It’s no secret many Texans would prefer the state part ways with a corrupt Washington that shows little to no interest in upholding the constitution. Many Texans have, for many years now, talked of secession and regardless of whether or not it will ever happen, it’s not an uncommon topic across the state.
Which makes something that recently happened in Bryan, Texas, quite disconcerting. A group of secessionists were holding a meeting where topics of the economy and other national issues were discussed in an open forum. While the group peacefully met inside, city, county, state and federal agents gathered outside in preparation to raid the event. Not only did they crash the event with the full force of the FBI, they even searched every member and took their fingerprints.
It seemed like a typical congressional meeting for the Republic of Texas. Senators and the president gathered in the center of a Bryan, Texas, meeting hall, surrounded by public onlookers, to debate issues of the national currency, develop international relations and celebrate the birthday of one of their oldest members.
But this wasn’t 1836, and this would be no ordinary legislative conference. Minutes into the meeting a man among the onlookers stood and moved to open the hall door, letting in an armed and armored force of the Bryan Police Department, the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office, the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office, Agents of the Texas District Attorney, the Texas Rangers and the FBI.
In the end, at least 20 officers corralled, searched and fingerprinted all 60 meeting attendees, before seizing all cellphones and recording equipment in a Valentine’s Day 2015 raid on the Texas separatist group.
“We had no idea what was going on,” said John Jarnecke, president of the Republic of Texas. “We knew of nothing that would warrant such an action.”
What reason was given for the raid?
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