March 19, 2016
Author: Dee Corley
I took a road trip this week from Georgia to West Virginia with a couple of local friends, one a long time independent journalist covering stories of fraud and injustice in our government. The other his companion, a phenomenal and tireless talent at supportive research. It was my second trip with them in a month to a state where I previously had never been before. I wasn’t sure why I was going, I just knew I was led to go and help support a man whom I didn’t know, but who seemed to stand for what I believe to be true and just. My awakening to this subject began a few years ago, and has rapidly increased over the past year or more. Now, I’m ready to do what I can, so with the opportunity I chose to show up.
Once there, I sat for two days in a Circuit Court courtroom and acquired an education in local civics. What I learned was almost shocking to me, even with the knowledge I already had of the widespread government fraud in our country, knowledge the average working class American is not yet aware of. In this case, a circuit court judge insisted upon trying a federal case. Accountable to no one, he did as he pleased.
Thomas David, House of Deegan made history almost single handedly during the third week of March, 2016 in that courtroom. Charged with the crime of being a terrorist of the state of West Virginia, his trial and prior hearings looked quite different for him than did the end of his trial over the three days leading up to the verdict. The arrogance and tendencies toward distain that showed up from one person then another towards him within the courtroom finally surrendered, and melted into respect for a man of apparent honor and compassion for humanity by the end of the trial. The judge and officers in the courtroom could not help but find him to be a highly intelligent and humble young man of 39 years of age. Having viewed him originally more along the lines of a crazed lunatic out to take over a state capital, they became unable to lack respect for him.
Between two separate sessions of meticulously shredding the under-oath testimony of state witness Trooper Kevin Williams, one of a group of troopers Deegan planned to cross examine for his defense, Deegan discovered that the detained troopers would have to miss attendance of a wake and funeral for a fallen officer on that day. Deegan chose at that time to give up his remaining witnesses. During the next recess he asked Judge Reed to release the troopers from their duty to his trial so they could attend the funeral. They were released as requested.
Trooper Williams had clearly written out a complaint, under oath, made up of opinion, past experience with “other sovereign citizens like him”, and nothing based on fact. He could not verify any dates, details or even specify what detailed actions his complaint was based upon. You couldn’t have written a better script than this one. It was just priceless.
Thomas was poised, calm, extremely focused, and if he missed any details, no one could tell. He was respectful to all, never arrogant, never accusing of his accusers, but rather he calmly played his role in the statutory law playground he was required to play his part in. He took the case apart with his defense, educated the jury and anyone listening about how government was designed to serve the people rather than the other way around as it now functions. He expressed his concern for all children, and charged all adults with allowing the current state of government through our complacency. He defined the words that make up the heavily used phrase sovereign citizen, which Trooper Williams used in his complaint to label Thomas and connect him with others the trooper categorized him with. One, he said, means in authority, the other means under another’s authority. Together, it makes no sense.
During the prosecution, Mr. Deegan had been accused of making terroristic threats on one particular conference call played for the jury. It seemed to be an urgent and blunt call to action, yes. However, that call to action followed years of legal study on his part, and hours of filings with the state court by he and two other educated and much older men, all requesting their state return authority in America to its rightful place, with the people. These legal documents were all unanswered and ignored by the state, time after time. At that point Mr. Deegan stressed his expectations of severe effects due to particular current affairs scheduled to take place soon after the time of the conference call. Was he seriously concerned for the future, or testing the group on his call, which according to the prosecutor was admittedly filled with federal agents.
This particular two hour conference call was played in full for the court at the request of Mr. Deegan, as was a full interview with a Canadian radio host that was recorded after the conference call took place. These two recordings together painted an amazing picture for all who listened to them. They did portray a man making a call to action against the state government system, and they also educated their audience to why that call was going out.
A beautiful thing took place within the trial, something completely unexpected by Mr. Deegan’s accusers. I found it thrilling to watch, and was honored to have the privilege to watch this scene play out within the courtroom, as the eyes of some of the members of the jury began to open. Some appeared to be in disbelief at first, as they discovered that their rights have been stripped away through fraud that has been taking place in our government unbeknownst to them for generations. A few jurors appeared to experience some degree of horror, while others still seemed dazed and clueless of what they were hearing, until the accusing witness’s testimony began to disintegrate before them. Others never got past the words in the recording.
The jury was offered the evening off if they felt time would be required to reach a verdict. One round of votes brought them back into the courtroom to accept the judges offer to start fresh in the morning. Clearly some eyes were opened and could no longer see his efforts as terroristic, while others were committed to the breaking of codes and statutes. In the morning, and after an hour or so of awaiting the call to reconvene, the jury returned with a guilty verdict.
During the hearing Thomas had the opportunity to share before the court each of his constitutional rights that he felt had been violated. Afterwards, I heard the judge say to Mr. Deegan, “your supreme law of the land is not recognized in this courtroom. This is how we’ve always done things and this is how we’ll do it.” During the trial, I heard him say that “the court interprets the laws”. Apparently case by case. Yes, it’s actually come to this. We’ve allowed it. For the non-believer, the entire trial and hearings can be heard on recording, online.
Considering the mere handful of people at the hearings and trial, who of us is willing to show up at all, to stand with this mission that has the names of every child and future generation on it? There was less than ten people in that courtroom in support of Thomas. We’ll have to do way better than that with some sort of effort as Americans if we’re ever to make a dent in removing the chains of slavery we have allowed ourselves to become bound by with our complacency and deliberate ignorance of what’s so. Stand before any judge and tell him you didn’t know. He will tell you that ignorance is no excuse, and you will face the consequences anyway. This is no different. Think about that. Explain it to your young. This is a call to action. The best place to start is to educate yourself. Explore Congressional documents, read the statutes. A little at a time, and then be seen at the local level asking questions and learning. And speak up. After you turn off the television for a while. What you see and hear there is only a fraudulent veil that’s been created to dumb us down and to deceive us all.