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Fred C. Arena, a former employee of the Navy Yard in Philadelphia with no criminal record, has been sentenced to 6 months in prison for the process crime of “lying to the FBI.”

According to the indictment, Arena had filled out an electronic questionnaire to obtain a national security clearance for his job. On it, there he answered “no” to a question asking if he was a member of a group or organization that uses violence to deny the constitutional rights of others.

The FBI claims that Arena was lying and was a member of the nationalist group Vanguard America due to photographs they uncovered of him posing with alleged members. Federal informants were also apparently in communication with Arena on Facebook, where he admitted to attending the 2017 Charlottesville march. Vanguard America, by August 2018, when Arena was interviewed about his supposed membership, was largely defunct and has never been officially designated a criminal or terrorist organization.

The FBI never provided any hard evidence that Arena was an official member of Vanguard, but FBI prosecutor William McSwain – a “partner” of the non-governmental Israeli lobby group the Anti-Defamation League – decided to bring him up on federal charges of “lying to the FBI” over this supposed omission, along with stacking Arena with fillers like forgetting that he had a car repossessed six years ago in an interview.

What is most shocking about this case is that US Attorney McSwain called on Judge David R. Strawbridge to deny Arena bail, which the judge agreed to. Arena had no criminal history and lying to the FBI is not a violent crime, but McSwain argued that Arena’s constitutionally protected nationalist beliefs were “dangerous,” and that he should be stuck in solitary confinement, where he has remained since November 2019.

The FBI and various unscrupulous judges enabling them have been using the denial of bail for minor offenses as a way to torture political dissidents in solitary confinement until they plea, or in other words, sign confessions for crimes they are not guilty of. The FBI’s case against Arena was transparently political and testing it in open court would’ve exposed this, but under the plea agreement, the defendant may be finally allowed to go home by April, so he complied.

The inability of dissidents to access fundraising and banking platforms for crowd funded legal support has allowed the FBI a free hand to violate our constitutional rights. This is how capital, the controlled media and the state have colluded since Trump’s election to make the Constitution and rule of law nothing more than a museum mantle piece in order to ensure a populist movement can never rise again. Without erecting a powerful legal network to defend the vulnerable, the purge will continue.

With the abuse of Roger Stone by the FBI and its careerist prosecutors in the headlines, the public has been increasingly noticing that politically-motivated abuses like this are rampant. The FBI has been exposed as little more than a secret police agency. Just like the FBI has been using the criminal system to politically retaliate against Paul Manafort and Roger Stone for helping Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton in 2016, they have gone off the rails in their paranoid crusade to terrorize critics of permanent Washington’s increasingly unpopular state ideology.

(Republished from National Justice by permission of author or representative)
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  1. The FBI has become an enemy of the people. Solitary Confinement for a non-violent “crime” ?

  2. KenH says:

    On it, there he answered “no” to a question asking if he was a member of a group or organization that uses violence to deny the constitutional rights of others.

    Uh, antifa has been crossing state lines to assault and intimidate right of center political activists and the FBI sees so evil and hears no evil. Fred Arena was being honest because even if he was a member of Vanguard America can the FBI point to any incidents where that organization used violence to deny the constitutional rights of others? What evidence did the FBI have that Vanguard America has used violence to deny people their constitutional rights and does Mr. Arena have a lawyer who can effectively rebut this?

    The violence in Charlottesville doesn’t count and only occurred because the local authorities abdicated and allowed the violent leftists to attack the UtR attendees who obtained a permit to hold a rally while antifa and other left wing scum did not. In the ensuing melee some UtR protestors were forced to use violence to defend themselves.

    The FBI has now become the American version of the Cheka and this is a clear case of the FBI using its power for partisan political purposes and to intimidate and persecute someone whom they perceive as an “enemy of the state” simply due to their politically incorrect beliefs.

    Both the judge and the FBI agents taking part in this charade should be sentenced to ten years in solitary confinement since this is a conspiracy to violate the civil rights of Americans citizens with political beliefs they find objectionable.

    • Agree: brandybranch, Ragno
  3. Lot says:

    Roger Stone should of course receive a full pardon, and probably will.

    Once again you aren’t being honest about your latest neonazi martyr on his way to a long prison sentence.

    His Facebook pages are littered with photos of him brandishing guns and knives with captions such as “coming to a synagogue near you.” He routinely shared disturbing right-wing memes, including one depicting a bleeding woman hanged for dating outside her race.

    And when others online challenged Fred C. Arena, an avowed white supremacist and internet troll, he boasted of doxxing and haranguing a former ally until the man “was ready to kill himself.”

    That’s why he was denied bail: he posted on facebook how he was intimidating witnesses!

    “ Arena has remained in the federal detention center in Philadelphia since FBI agents arrested him in a hotel room he was renting as temporary housing. Strawbridge, in his decision Wednesday, cited the fact that Arena has no fixed address. His family refused to allow him to live with them had he been released and he was fired from his job at the Navy Yard last week.”

    That’s what happens when you go neonazi folks: loss of job, loss of housing, disowned by family, federal prison.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    , @Sean
  4. @Lot

    ‘… That’s what happens when you go neonazi folks: loss of job, loss of housing, disowned by family, federal prison.’

    Jeepers. Good thing we live in a free country, huh?

    There is a Nazi here, Lot: someone who likes seeing the police and courts used to suppress dissent.

    Kind of fits, though, doesn’t it? After all, you really, really like Israel.

    • Replies: @Lot
  5. Sean says:

    He was an exibitionist net nutzi, but was that what the question he answered–with what the feds said was a lie–was about?

    On it, there he answered “no” to a question asking if he was a member of a group or organization that uses violence to deny the constitutional rights of others.

    I think the feds were stretching a bit to charge him with lying as it seems he is individually fond of rhetorical violence on his own account, rather that being a member of an organisation that was advocating violence. These charges always seem to get used in a way that no one brought up when the procedures were being instituted.

    That’s what happens when you go neonazi folks: loss of job, loss of housing, disowned family, federal prison.

    Even though he will be in for extra time over an equivalent State sentence, Federal prison will be a lot safer for him than a State penitentiary, and that is just him being white, never mind his views.

  6. Realist says:

    The War on Dissent: FBI Gives Man 6 Months in Prison for His Political Beliefs

    As corrupt as our government is the FBI does not hand down sentences.

    • Replies: @Lot
  7. Lot says:
    @Colin Wright

    Who said I like it?

    That bad things seem to keep happening to neonazis is just an observation.

    As long as we’re slipping toward authoritarianism though, it’s better that globocapitalism in charge here as opposed to neonazis or communists or jihadis.

    I wish the happy America of my 1990s childhood, but with more advanced technology, were the reality today.

  8. Lot says:

    Agree, for a dude already on the FBI’s list, he should take the time to learn the proper names.

    It isn’t “FBI prosecutor” it is “United States Attorney.”

    And the sentence is determined by the “U.S. District Judge” or “Senior U.S. District Judge.”

  9. Dutch Boy says:

    To heck with the lies – he should be jailed as a public eyesore got those gruesome tattoos!

  10. @Lot

    ‘I wish the happy America of my 1990s childhood, but with more advanced technology, were the reality today.’

    Those clothes look about like what the African vagrants who wander aimlessly through the streets of Naples et al wear right now.

    You could move there.

    • Replies: @Lot
    , @Anon
  11. While I don’t care for neoNazis or Antifa, hate speech IS freedom of speech, as ruled repeatedly by SCOTUS. Watch these people closely and when they assault and battery someone, arrest them. Otherwise, as Bertrand Russell noted “in a democracy it is necessary that people learn to endure having their sentiments outraged!” Checking the wrong box on a federal form seems less egregious and reprehensible than lying under oath to Congress (as Brennan, Clapper, Mueller and others have done) or lying to the UN to start a war with Iraq, as Colin Powell did. Surely these are in jail alongside Arena or American Justice needs a new name (“Perfidity” has a nice ring to it). The selective prosecution in kangaroo courts of John Kiriakou, and of slimy but harmless people like Roger Stone, and Manafort and Arena, while leaving Establishment’s torturers and murderers free, just shows how corrupt our judicial system is.

    • Replies: @Orville H. Larson
  12. @Lot

    That’s what happens when you go neonazi folks: loss of job, loss of housing, disowned by family, federal prison.

    Who said I like it?

    I’ll say you like it. You never let an opportunity go by without celebrating the fact that what we call ‘freedom’ in this country is a complete sham, permitted only to those who either spread Establishment Propaganda, or kowtow to it, or both.

    You’re clearly pretty happy with the wreckage your little tribe has visited upon our once-great nation, and if that bizarre photo you posted is any indication, your knowledge of America is so limited that it’s a fair bet you’re ringing in from Tel Aviv or Kyiv rather than, say, San Diego.

  13. Lot says:
    @Colin Wright

    Might be the same clothing, goodwill clothing donations often end up in Africa.

    As for Napoli, it is a nice place to visit, but the locals need to get off the 5-star train and onto Team Salvini.

    He had a nice trip to Israel last month, here are some highlights.

    I am excited Italy may soon have such a great leader!

  14. @Michael888

    It’s easy for the FBI to go after ordinary, powerless people. When it comes to prominent and influential scumbags like Colin Powell, John Brennan, Clapper et al.–well, the FBI just can’t be bothered. Torture, perjury by officials, and the like is nothing to get riled up about.

  15. onebornfree says: • Website

    The FBI, [like the CIA, NSA,EPA,FDA and 1000’s of other federal agencies], is entirely unconstitutional, and totally criminal, from top to bottom.

    The inherent, unchangeable criminality of the FBI and these other agencies can never be corrected via “reform” because:

    “Because they are all ultimately funded via both direct and indirect theft [taxes], and counterfeiting [central bank monopolies], all governments are essentially, at their very cores, 100% corrupt  criminal scams which cannot be “reformed”or “improved”,simply because of their innate criminal nature.”   onebornfree

    However ,getting rid of the FBI and all of the other unconstitutional wholly criminal agencies, and reducing the federal government to its original constitutional functions, would at least temporarily reduce the amount of “legal” criminality to its original constitutional “limits”.

    Book: “Why Government Doesn’t Work”:

    Regards, onebornfree

  16. If I had a son, he’d look like Fred Arena.

  17. @Lot

    The 90’s were not all that great and the problem is that the 90’s were your happy childhood so you have no additional reference points. In fact, I would argue that the tangible sense that something was awry in America started to manifest in the 90’s, and went full throttle in the 2000’s.

    80’s were much better, far more stable. People were happy, more polite, and would never have put up with 5% of the crap we are witnessing today.

    70’s, bad economy and horrible fashion aside, were far better. That was my childhood. Manners were still paramount. Community still mattered. The vast majority of youth STILL respected their elders.

    Memoirs from my father, who grew up in the 40’s and 50’s, make me green with envy.

  18. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Colin Wright

    Oxfam and other European equivalents of Goodwill. Aka the hobo’s rag bag I don’t remember kid’s clothes being quite so colorful.

  19. SafeNow says:

    An FBI memo from last May defined as potential domestic terrorists those who are “conspiracy theorists.” I believe this is equivalent to saying those who are skeptical or open-minded about the controlled explanation of certain events. This would include virtually everyone here. The Manafort and Stone raids are shots across the bow of decent, nonviolent, intelligent, fact-oriented people.
    Send not to know for whom…

  20. eah says:

    What is most shocking about this case is that US Attorney McSwain called on Judge David R. Strawbridge to deny Arena bail, which the judge agreed to.

    No question this was malicious judicial persecution, which once again, in my mind anyway, raises the questions: What wouldn’t your average government employee do? Have any of them even a shred of self-imposed restraint and moral decency? — anyone with doubts about the meaning and importance of the 2nd Amendment should note this case (among others).

    William McSwain

    United States Attorney nomination

    On December 20, 2017, President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate McSwain to be the next United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

    • Replies: @eah
  21. eah says:

    malicious judicial persecution

  22. Eric135 says:

    Trump has been gaslighting his supporters.

    I’m not voting for him again.

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