30 October 2008. Shepherd Johnson sends:
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2008 20:26:23 -0400
Subject: Witness the federal police state. Coercion, lies and the mockery
I went down to the Richmond federal building today and made a statement
to a Special Investigator with the Department of Homeland Security concerning
the assault on me by an employee of the General Services Administration outside
of a Federal Courthouse that occurred on October 21, 2008.
I did so at the behest of Special Agent Ed Ryan with the Dept. of Homeland
Security. First off, he never informed me that I was going to be doing
that. It was only at the end of the statement did I find this out, that this
would be a "sworn affidavit".
Second, HE wrote down the statement, and there were several inaccuracies.
When I pointed them out, the statements were stricken on that page. Even
after I pointed out several, he left in a lot stuff that I told him to strike
and I had to tell him to strike it again.
He wanted the statement to look disjointed, it was obvious that he was doing
this on purpose which in my opinion is obstruction of justice. When
I asked him about this he said, "That's okay," and tried to make me believe
that it was no big deal.
He purposely misinterpreted what I said and wrote it down in his own
hand writing. When I told him that I wasn't signing it he all but coerced
me into signing it and made me swear to it. I only swore to it because of
two reasons, the statement had a caveat which said to the "best of my knowledge"
and he also wrote at the bottom that he wrote the statement. When I
told him to put this in he refused: "If there are any discrepancies or
inaccuracies in this statement they only occur because of Ed
Ryan's inability to interpret what I have told him and to right it down
in the manner in which I stated." He refused to put that into my "official
statement" even though I dictated that part to him and told him to put it
When I was done with that, he said that he would answer my questions. I asked
him about the case. This is where he accused my of making the entire story
up even though there were several witnesses. He said there were several
"inconsistencies". He said that the witnesses claimed that the guy was
never closer that 10 feet to me. A lie.
He then pointed to a statement in the affidavit. He had asked me if I had
made a statement about this case anywhere before. I told him about the original
statement to Homeland Security and the statement to the Richmond P.D. He
whipped out a printed article from afterdowningstreet.org, the original email
I had sent to David Swanson and John Young at cryptome.org and
claimed that this was proof that I had lied in my sworn affidavit.
This really wasn't as shocking as Ed thought it might have been. You
see, I sent a link to the Office of the Inspector General for the General
Service Administration. I also sent the article to somebody in
the Department of Homeland Security asking for an investigation.
He really thought he had a "gotcha" moment there but it fell flat.
So, Ed, if you are reading this and I know you are, does this email
count as an official statement? Huh, Ed?
On my way out he also claimed that I had lied to the Homeland Security officer
concerning my Social Security #. Why would I lie then, only to
come back and give them my proper Social Security #? Pretty weak arguments.
Why would I also supposedly lie about a statement which I myself sent to
the Dept. of Homeland Security? It's clear that his only intention was to
try and discredit me with his so called revelation that I had lied on the
so called affidavit. This was his only intention. He claimed that the federal
government could come after me for making false statements.
It was clear that Special Agent Ed Ryan was not concerned with justice, he
was only concerned with making this case go away for the Federal government.
He did a pretty horrible job of it.
The Special Agent was Ed Ryan. He is a Special Agent with U.S Immigration
and Customs Enforcement. Contact info here:
Federal Protective Service
U.S, Department of Homeland Security
701 Market St. Suite 4200
Philadelphia, PA 19106
21 October 2008
Shepherd Johnson sends:
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2008 13:28:58 -0400
First, let me say, the man who assaulted me was NOT a federal police officer.
He works for the General Services Administration.
I was down in Richmond, VA, taking pictures of the Virginia State Capitol
and then I decided to take pictures of the United States Post Office and
Custom House (now a federal courthouse) just below the capitol. A guide
says, "The building remains in use by the Federal District Court and the
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The building is one of Richmond's oldest
and finest examples of government architecture." This is the building:
This GSA guy was on a smoke break in an alley next to the Post Office
building and told me to stop taking pictures. I ignored him, he continued
to harass me, so I said I wanted his name and the name of his supervisor.
He said he'd let me talk to him in person and took me into the building with
A federal marshal started asking what was going on when we try going through
the metal detectors. At this point the GSA guy told me, "it is illegal to
take pictures of federal buildings".
The marshal started asking me questions and the GSA guy started going off.
The marshal asked me to come outside to talk to him and I did.
More marshals arrive, and the original hotheaded GSA guy is out there as
well. We are all now on a public sidewalk outside the federal
Buildings. I tell my side of the story to the marshals.
At one point I point to the GSA guy and say, "I don't need to talk to that
guy," at which point he yells, "Fuck you". I say (to him), "I'm gonna need
your name and your supervisor's name," and I snap off several pictures of
him to record the event. He again explodes and comes at me.
The marshals are trying to hold him back, he swings and hits me in the chest.
Not sure if it was with his elbow or fist. Anyway, that's assault.
The entire thing was witnessed by several people. And it was caught on tape
by several security cameras.
I wrote a statement to Dept. Homeland Security ICE (Federal Protective Services).
Tomorrow I will go down to the State Courthouse and file criminal charges
against the guy.
Two Federal Protective Services officers, James A. Russell and Commander
R. Cox responded. They said I would have to file requests with their office
to get the security tape. One guy said to file an FOIA.
Is this true? I need to get that tape. It shows the assault. Any ideas on
how to proceed?
I need to get a lawyer but can't afford one. Do you think I could get a lawyer
to do this on a contingency basis? Do you know a lawyer who specializes in
this who might like to take on the case?
I have pictures of the building and the GSA guy but not of the assault. Right
now I have a copy of my statement to ICE and the names of the ICE officers.
I don't know the name of the guy who assaulted me.
There were tons of witnesses. Federal marshals and the administrator of that
GSA building were there, people on the street and people in the office complex
across the street. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Here is the contact info for the ICE officer who took my statement:
James A. Russell
Federal Protective Services
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
400 N 8th St.
Richmond, Va 23219
Cryptome Note: It is not illegal to take pictures of federal buildings or
any other facility from a public sidewalk. Cryptome has taken hundreds in
New York City, Washington DC and elsewhere. Cryptome has asked federal guards
on several occasions about taking pictures; all said it was okay, a couple
said this is your property not ours. On other occasions rent-a-guards have
been hostile, act as though they have something to hide about their unimportance.
In 2002 rent-a-guards at a CIA-State Department communications facility in
Training Center Site D) confiscated camera and and video chips, saying
they could be recovered by contacting CIA. Follow-up requests to CIA have
Please have someone try to take a picture of the DARPA building
N. Fairfax Ave, Arlington, VA). I have seen actual Arlington cops
chase people down and delete the images from their camera. Not just
rent-a-cops. Would love to see a collection of stories on your site.
Cryptome: New York State cops guarding WTC in October 2001 erased a camera
chip. The photos were restored with a photo un-erase program.
Try to not let the chips or camera be taken without a warrant by bluster
and bluffing, as happened at the CIA-State site. Keep spare chips for fast
swap. Then photo the grabbers. Send photos and stories to