Adam Kokesh Pleads Guilty To Gun & Marijuana Charges, Faces Six Years In Prison

By: Kristin Tate
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Libertarian activist Adam Kokesh was arrested in July for uploading a video of himself loading a shotgun in D.C.’s Freedom Plaza.

D.C. gun laws are some of the strictest in the U.S. As reported by ABC News, “The District has a litany of laws on the books that make it more difficult to obtain some firearms, impossible to obtain others, and illegal to carry any loaded gun in the city.” Just being in D.C. with a loaded firearm, even if it is legally registered, is a violation of the law. D.C. laws also ban gun owners from carrying firearms openly or concealed in public.

On July 9, not even a week after producing and uploading his video, Kokesh’s home was raided by a SWAT team. He spent over 120 days in jail with no bond, no bail, and no trial. 57 of those days were spent in solitary confinement.

On Wednesday, Kokesh pled guilty to to carrying a rifle or shotgun, possession of an unregistered firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition. He also pled guilty to possession of marijuana in Washington, DC. He will now be released from jail while he awaits his sentencing on January 17.

Just two weeks ago, Kokesh pled not guilty to the charges, claiming he was merely exercising his constitutional rights.  However, on October 23, Kokesh’s attorney Peter Cooper randomly quit his case. After the court appointed the activist a new attorney, he decided to plead guilty.

At this time, it is unknown why Cooper suddenly quit the case. Kokesh’s manager, Jeffrey Phillips, said, “Cooper is a buddy of Adam and represents him whenever he gets in D.C. trouble. There’s no reason for him to just leave other than [the feds] got to him. He was scared away by the government basically. The court appointed Adam a new lawyer who has no idea what he is getting himself into. They obviously do not want him to have a good lawyer, and we had a good lawyer.”

While Kokesh awaits his January sentencing, he is not allowed in the District of Columbia and must report to supervising authorities once per week. He is also not allowed to own any firearms.

Kokesh could spend over six years in prison, but his friends and family maintain that he is not a danger to society.

His girlfriend Carey Wedler said, “While everyone may not agree with Adam’s way of doing things, he is and has always been very peaceful. He has never been a dangerous person.”

We will keep you up-to-date on Kokesh’s situation as news breaks. See our piece from last week with exclusive interviews here.

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  • david

    Good bye life, goodbye freedom………..

    • steve

      he never had freedom…none of us have.

      • david

        And Then deduct from that

    • Daimyo

      Yes, for all of us, not just Adam.. Adam is sacrificing himself so that we can sit comfortably and standby and see how the elite react to those who threaten them. His lawyer was probably threatened, im sure even death threats. Things you never prepare to hear can scare you.

      I’ve donated what I can to his defense even though I’m broke and working independently. He knew it was coming else he wouldn’t post the video. Its what happens when you pull the lions tail…

      • Joe

        “I’ve donated what I can to his defense even though I’m broke and working independently”

        You realize you got scammed, right? Adam got arrested on purpose to increase his wealth, which his family has a huge amount of (40+ million). He also works for the Russian government spreading pro-leftist (namely multiculturalist by way of the IVAW) messages.

        I thought this guy was legitimate at first but now I see that he’s just a clown designed to make people think there’s an actual revolt going on. There’s not, and there never will be. That’s the sad reality we live in.

        • Drew R

          I think Kokesh is sincere and I don’t know where you get your theories from. There is a revolt going on but it’s a revolt of intellect and ideas more so than a Pickett’s Charge style bayonet attack on redcoats or something. a bloodless revolution is ideal

          • unsheepled

            he gets his info directly from cointelpro stooges… ehem… satan

          • Drew R

            lots of people unknowingly get misinformed (like those who watch corporate news).

            can you give me an example?

        • BambiB

          Is there a revolt going on? Probably not. Will there be? Yes… I think it’s inevitable. Conditions here will get so bad that even the sheep will wake up to the fact that they’re being screwed over daily. When the government sends out their minions to draw blood directly from your arteries because the dollar is worthless, some people will wake up.

          The biggest question is, can the administration count on the military to kill American citizens? If not, then we may yet have a relatively bloodless second American Revolution. But in the event there’s a fight, lots of people will die on both sides. 300 million firearms in private hands is a serious force. If only 1 in 100 is used to good effect, killing just one enemy of freedom… 3 million dead? That’s more than the total forces of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and Marines combined.

        • RichFR

          @Joe Talk about brainwashed… you need to get out of the basement and talk to somebody

  • dozr

    victimless crime,

  • Kyle Davis

    I greatly admire you for standing tall this long, Adam.

  • CMJO

    It may be good for the liberty movement though. He was kind of a put off to a lot of people, sadly. I’m not saying I think he should be going to prison though, so don’t think that.

  • jabowery

    I’m a radical proponent of jury nullification and rather than advocate that people never take the plea deal, I recommend radical action to punish the treason of suppressing jury nullification:
    http://sortocracy.org

  • Ryan Cates

    I guess we just really need to push for jury nullification.

    • Daniel Ros

      Have you looked at a jury of your peers lately? Fluoride swallowing FAUX/CNN watchers? Good luck with finding one jurist that even knows what that is.

      • SlimJim

        Sad but true. I did manage to get on a Jury despite having LE background. I finagled myself into the position of jury foreman and we found the defendant not guilty of conspiracy to distribute controlled substance. The charges stemmed from her being in her car watching her children while her boyfriend transacted business. Standard practice is arrest everybody and let the court sort it out. Well we did and I’m happy to say that I influenced this jury because of my background. That’s not supposed to happen but any trouble that could come my way has exceeded the statute of limitations. This was in the 90′s.

      • Ryan Cates

        Who swallows their toothpaste? Fluoride occurs naturally in ground water. Sounds like you could lay off the natural news…

  • g.johnon

    excuse me but….the judge says he cannot own any firearms BEFORE he is convicted? who is this “judge”?

    • Barry Buckwheat Hayes

      Ummm…first off, he’s on bail for a firearm offense. Like it or not, it’s not only legal but also very commonplace for felony bail.

      Also, maybe you missed the part about him pleading guilty. Anything beyond this point is merely a formality.

      • Fox

        Barry Buckwheat, are you an attorney? It wouldn’t surprise me if you are. Attorneys are smut peddlers for this system.

        You are yet another person claiming to know something about the court system, who has probably not even read the Rules of Civil Procedure letalone gained an understanding of the Roman Ecclesiastical/English Common Law court system.

        “Innocent until proven guilty” isn’t a pet phrase, it is reflected in Maxims of Law. The attorneys and public officials who do not understand these things are guilty of gross negligence, equal to fraud and breach of the contract that is the oath taken under the constitution. In other words, it’s a felony. And in the U.S. Code it is described under Treason. Section 2381 if you’re interested.

      • Fox

        By the way, the guilty plea was veritably forced from his mouth. They threw him into solitary confinement for over 57 days which is TORTURE. Maybe you don’t think so, but if you don’t, you haven’t been there. His guilty plea is null and void upon his own declaration. He should have never been in jail, period. It’s called Corpus Delecti. No victim, no crime — no crime, no punishment. It should have NEVER become an arrest warrant. The judge who signed that warrant is guilty of gross negligence.

        • Draken

          Corpus Delecti is not “no victim, no crime” it is “no evidence, no crime.” It means that the state has to prove (by facts or evidence) that there was a crime. In our common law system this can be done at trial, or by admitting guilt.

          By facts, evidence, and by admitting it, the dude is guilty. Does that mean that the law is a good one? No it doesn’t. If you would like to repeal the law go for it, call your congress man/woman right now. Hell call the NRA they love fighting gun laws. But don’t knowingly break the law to try to argue the law is a bad one. (Well unless you are Larry Flint, but lets face it he had the $$$ to afford a good lawyer)

          • g.johnon

            couple things here draken.
            first off, how is loading a shot gun such a foul and heinous crime that it requires one to be locked up for months, mostly in solitary confinement, denied bail and stripped of legal council?
            and second, when did it become the law of the land to extract ‘confessions” out of united states citizens with torture?

          • settheline

            Nobody is saying these “laws” are just or good. They’re on the books though and Kokesh did break them. The government has immense flexibility in how it interprets and enforces laws. Secondly, what makes you think we have a law of the land anymore? In case you missed it, torture and thuggery ARE the laws of the land these days.

          • g.johnon

            I really don’t give a rat’s ass about what is on “the books”.
            if the law does not square with the compact for human dignity and respect that our founders gave us, then it is not the law.
            where do you set the line?
            what makes me think we have a law of the land?
            what makes me think it is not important, what is important is that I do.
            what do you think?

          • Draken

            Law 101: “actus reus and mens rea”

            Was there an act that was against the law? – Yes

            Did the individual act knowingly, or purposely? – Yes

            I never said the law was good, I only said that he broke it. He acted knowing that what he was doing was breaking the law.

            I never said the law was fair. In fact I’m rather sure I said that there are ways to fight it, but just not the way this guy did it.

            So again g.johnon, are you trolling me? Because I’m starting to think that you are…

          • g.johnon

            you also never answered my question.
            please use the troll defense for actual trolls.

          • Draken

            You’re right I didn’t answer your question as it asks for facts beyond the record. We don’t have facts here outside of the statement of the girlfriend and the ‘manager’ of the accused. So we have accusations of abuse, not facts of abuse.

            As for the lawyer who mysteriously quit because ‘the Feds got to him,’ again accusation not facts.

            As for Solitary confinement – Have you been to prison or known anyone who has? Because from what I’ve heard/seen sometime Solitary can be the best place to be. You don’t have to worry about getting attacked by any of the other inmates, and there are a LOT more cameras so it is harder for the Gov to get away with anything as well.

      • g.johnon

        “legal” but not lawful. the pivot upon which my outrage spins.
        second point is well taken but mere formalities re constitution are more than a little sobering.
        “firearm offense” really. that is what this is?
        but you make a good point barry, its important to keep an eye on the law and its many colors.

    • unsheepled

      The judge is a ‘interested party’ as he indirectly profits from the convictions and fines he doles out.. He should recuse himself ;)

  • Naia McCoy

    Wow, six years…hell, rapists do less time and then repeat their crimes.

  • Lee Wickman

    Adam is a truly brave man, and after his attorney was threatened, there was little choice. I salute him for fighting for my freedoms

  • b

    changing his plea to guilty is a mistake

    • http://toscanapotrebbe.tumblr.com Mark A. Duckworth

      He would get more had he dragged the case on, without his lawyer he was pretty much doomed.

      • Mark Vance

        He could have pleaded no contest

      • Fox

        Yes, at his current level of learning, without the lawyer he would be doomed. However, with a working knowledge of the Roman Ecclesiastical/English Common Law court system that he is going up against, he might have the bureaucrats balking and whetting their silk undergarments.

        He would know something about the term “Corpus Delecti”

    • g.johnon

      obviously a mistake made under duress.

  • Jason G

    6 years in prison for making a point. They wouldn’t do that, because we all know what he was doing. If they do there will be outrage.

    • BambiB

      A hundred pounds of “outrage” and a shotgun in DC will get you up to six years in the slammer.

      To make a real difference, you need enough people to sway an election… or enough dedicated folks to do a series of assassinations.

      To the former, we have a chance in the 2014 and 2016 elections. I have a feeling Obamacare is going to be such a blight on the Country that even the “progressives” will consider it an abomination. The danger is, we might wind up with more neocons in Congress, and some Quisling like Christie in the White House.

      On the latter, I think along the lines of the “DC Snipers”. Two dumb, black, muslim queers with a rifle paralyzed the region for weeks by shooting people at random. Suppose instead of random targets, they had been shooting anti-freedom senators and representatives? What if instead of just two shooters, there had been two dozen, totally independent, picking off traitors at random times and places? What if they actually knew what they were doing, and instead of shooting at ranges from 50-100 yards, they were operating at 500, 700, 1000 yards? They might never be caught. And understand this: The ability to kill politicians who violate your rights, the ability to overthrow your own government, the ability to remove it from power and create any form of government you desire, is PRECISELY what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they drafter the Second Amendment. They had just fought a war against overwhelming odds against the world’s greatest superpower. The won freedom. And they wanted to ensure that any future fights for freedom tilted in favor of the People.

      Now I really hope we can get our Country back through the ballot box, because civil war is a really nasty business. But with the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few through the malfeasance of government, and the continual tamping-down of people seeking freedom, I wouldn’t be surprised if people started taking out the nearest anti-freedom targets at all levels. Frankly, I’m surprised it hasn’t happened already. The Revolutionary War was fought over less than 3% in taxes. Today the Fedgov bleeds us all for closer to 50%.

      Sure, we should be peaceful. But how long can you be peaceful when the government isn’t being peaceful, isn’t following the Constitution? The Constitution IS the contract between the government and the People, and as with any other contract, when one side is in material breach, the other side can breach as well. A government that does not honor its duty to the citizens, does not respect the citizen’s rights, is not entitled to the recognition, obedience, or loyalty of the citizenry. If the People REALLY understood what the Federal Government has become, we would all be practicing MASSIVE civil disobedience. No one would continue to work for the government. Congress could pass laws all day long – which would be ignored. If Obama called out the military, they’d just laugh at him and go back to drinking beer and playing poker. The official answer to any cop in any jurisdiction at any time would be, “screw you”.

      When they’re locking up a guy for up to six years for doing something that hurt no one, and which is an activity EXPLICITLY guaranteed by the Constitution, the other side isn’t being peaceful. They are attacking people and locking them up. With over 300 million firearms in private hands in this Country, no combination of police, military, or government agencies at the local, state and federal level combined have any prayer of effective resistance to an enraged citizenry. That’s something we all ought to think about… before it’s too late.

  • Mark Vance

    Break the law..the law breaks you

    • gkrents

      your an idiot

      • Joe Atallah

        You mean you are or you’re if you are lazy.

      • Fox

        Second the idiot bit. People claim that statute is law, not realizing that if they are speaking in a legal capacity then they have implicated themselves in gross negligence, which is equal to fraud and can be deemed as due cause to have you tried for treason, i.e. breaching the contract that is your oath under the constitution.

        But an attorney won’t tell you that. He clings to his precious bar card.

        • Draken

          You do know that “treason” is defined in the Constitution right?
          ======================
          Article III, Section 3.

          Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.

          The Congress shall have power to declare the punishment of treason, but no attainder of treason shall work corruption of blood, or forfeiture except during the life of the person attainted.
          ======================

          So how does anything that you said make sense? And please be sure to site case law, or at the very least a secondary source of some form.

          • g.johnon

            you have provided the required law. when the government makes war against we the people and the constitution, the government commits treason.
            no rocket scientists needed here.

          • Draken

            Are you a troll g.johnon? You must be trolling me…

            Okay I’ll admit it is not rocket science. But there are some fundamentals that I’m not sure if you are overlooking, or trolling.

            (1) The Federal Gov cannot commit “treason” I know this sound weird, but they can’t. Individuals who work for the Gov can, but not the Gov itself. The Act of treason is defined as “…levying war against the United States…” The US cannot levy war against itself. (Civil war doesn’t count, that was Fed v. State.) Treason is also defined as giving “aid and comfort” to enemies of the State. Admittedly this is a grey area unless you start looking into case law for examples, but basically if the Gov is giving you something that means that you are not it’s enemy so no treason there.

            (2) The US Constitution gives the Gov the authority “To … execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions.” So where you say the Gov is a criminal here, the Gov is acting within its powers. Gov is empowered to protect itself. (Kind of interesting that the Founders gave the people the power to rise use against the Gov, and yet gave the Gov the power to suppress any uprising.)

            If you want to say that the Gov’s actions are ‘on the same level as treason,’ or maybe even ‘treasonous’ you could. This may all be a just play on words, but the definition of treason was important enough for our founding fathers to place in the constitution, so let us respect their definition.

          • g.johnon

            you are asking me if I am a troll because I commented on two of your posts? really?
            “the federal government cannot commit treason” ok, I will give you that the fedgov is a non-entity and that only humans can commit treason. excuse my license for the sake of brevity please.
            “the US cannot levy war against itself”
            and yet it has.
            also defined as giving aid and comfort to enemies of the state. ok, so how does actually being an enemy of the state fit in here? are we defining “state” as the representation of we the people or defining it as we the people?
            the government does not “give me something” it protects what I already have, aka natural rights.
            I would agree with you that there is a lot of “interesting” wording in the constitution, to the point where giving it over to lawyers to decipher is a dicey prospect. better to observe it in it’s spirit and intent (see preamble) and understand it for the contract to insure the liberty of individual human beings that it was designed to be.
            the core definition of treason is betrayal. ergo the fed gov, excuse me, those who work the fed gov have betrayed we the people on numerous occasions. ergo the government can indeed commit treason and does so willingly and with impunity as they have no fear of repercussions from the people.
            so we can take you tact and be content to mince words with members of the bar, or we can decide to establish those repercussions.
            all comes down to whether or not we think liberty is worh the fight.

          • Draken

            I assure you that your replying on two of my comments had nothing to do with my question of you as a troll.

            My first comment was to question Fox’s definition of treason. Somehow he or she believes that ‘speaking in a legal capacity’ is treason. I didn’t follow the logic there so I asked for an example, as a plain reading Article III, Section 3 doesn’t say that. I also posted the definition of treason to make that point.

            You then commented that when the Gov attacks the Constitution it is treason. Where in Article III, Section 3 does it say that? My entire comment was to say that there is a specific definition of treason, to which you then created your own definition for…

            I’m sorry if you were offended by me calling you a troll, but when I gave the definition of a word, and then you turned and said that what I posted is not the definition I could only assume that you were trolling me.

        • settheline

          I think he was referring to the fact that a statute is a source of law in our country, for better or worse. Wouldn’t you agree that even if it’s not theoretically true, it ‘s true in practice? And nobody is going to get tried for treason for saying a statute is a law, so just cool it Perry Mason.

      • indeed

        To call someone an idiot when you yourself can’t spell…

        • unsheepled

          don’t be petty ..please?

          • indeed

            Seems its too late if you already had to call me out.

    • DB.Coupe

      Okay, Yakov Smirnoff lol.

  • gkrents

    Total Bullshit! This country is doomed.

  • http://bevoluntaryist.com/ BeVoluntaryist

    I’d like to believe there is a strategy beyond getting out earlier. Maybe he was transforming lives in jail, thought he could do more in prison… not sure. In the end, if it is just for lesser sentencing, no one can blame him. Government won’t fall due to Adam Kokesh or Larken Rose or Jeffrey Tucker or whoever… it will fall though.

  • autmtcstl

    Welcome the New World Order! “Bow down before the one you serve…”

  • Tim

    So, basically he pled guilty to two things that no man should spend time in prison for if he is truly free in this country.

    • unsheepled

      ahem, let me break this to you as gently as I can.. THIS IS NOT ,NOR HAS IT EVER BEEN A FREE COUNTRY. Its justice and liberty for a select few.. from the beginning

  • Trevor

    I can’t even begin to describe how upset this makes me.

  • Justin Myrick

    They are making an example out of Adam. Try to stand up to tyranny and unjust laws and they will crush you.The ironic thing is they are using the force and coercion that Adam talked about so much, to make sure he doesn’t receive a fair trial.

  • Sigmar

    he was an idiot and those of you that back him I didnt hear y’all were standing behind him. you dont go breaking a law and then whine when the opposition takes you up on it. Change the law.

    • DB.Coupe

      DC laws and regulations are almost impossible to change. It suggests how incoherent and corrupt the city legislatures are. Pete’s sake, their motto is taxation without representation. Ironically they bear it on their license plate. You would think it’d be to promote awareness, but it almost seems Ike they put it on their to boast about.

    • unsheepled

      Give one example where laws have ever changed to benefit the common man? This land has always been about the rights and privileges of a select few.. ‘and justice for all…’ a joke!

    • settheline

      Here that folks, all we have to do is “change the law”. Nice work Sigmar, not sure why we hadn’t thought of that. How do you recommend we start?

    • BambiB

      What we need is a “law” that says anyone with the user name “Sigmar” must kill themselves. The penalty for failing to comply would be life plus 1000 years, no parole.

      What’s that, Sigmar? You don’t plan to comply with the law? It’s unconstitutional? Well, you’ve broken the law. Go to jail until we figure it all out – sometime in 2190.

      Don’t look now, Sigmar, but your swastika is showing.

  • http://wasatchintercept.blogspot.com/ Gary Moore

    None of the things he did should be against the law.

  • Kent

    I do not understand why he plead guilty? I don’t believe you can challenge in the supreme court if you accepted a guilty plea. To me it goes against his whole message. If he broke no legal law, which I believe he did not, then you plead innocence. I think he bowed under the immense pressure of the federal government. If he plead to six years he was probably facing 20+ at trial. I do not blame him, I have personally accepted a plea bargain even though I felt the charge was bull. “10 to life for a drug charge you say? Oh yeah 10 years of probation sounds fantastic, thank you for raping me and making me a part of the system for a non violent crime. SIR.” So I get it. However, if he planned this properly he should have known the possible consequences before hand. Maybe he anticipated more support than he received. For instance his attorney bailed on him. At any rate I wish him the best.

    I hope we have all learned a lesson from this. Do not F with the Federal government or any law enforcement unless you are prepared to face the full repercussions of your actions. I know I will be called a pussy again, but honestly he is not going to accomplish anything by sitting in jail for six years.

    • settheline

      He plead guilty because he realized that the Constitution means nothing to most judges, prosecutors, even juries. It wasn’t a winnable defense. He thought he was just poking the bear, but it turned out that the bear was sick of being poked. For instance, according to the WP, “Authorities said the drug charge was the result of a June incident in which police saw Kokesh smoking marijuana near the White House”. They saw Kokesh coming from a mile away and pulled out all the stops to take him off at the knees. You’re last paragraph is spot on.

  • Freedom

    I don’t understand why the NRA and ALCU get a really good attorney for him

  • Freedom

    I don’t understand why NRA or ACLU steeped in to provide Adam with a really good attorney.

    BTW I thought the constitution was the supreme law, so how can Adam lose in court??

    • DB.Coupe

      Talked about the NRAs participation in the comments below. Kokesh is a little too extreme for the NRA..as for ACLU idk where their reluctance lies.

      It is supreme law, but it is enforced the least. It is interesting to note the Supreme Court doesn’t vote on laws or cases based on its constitutionality. Instead they make their decisions based on precedent. Stupid right?

      • Gregg Braddoch

        The ACLU is a part of George Soros “Open Society Foundation” babies – they get a lot of funding from that particular foundation, and their main goals are not protecting constitutional rights, but twisting the law to remove constitutional rights.

        At the core, the ACLU is a propaganda outlet for the Democrats and Left-Wingers, nothing more – they don’t care about you if you don’t fit their agenda.

      • BambiB

        ACLU has a HUGE blind spot where the Second Amendment is concerned. How does an ACLU lawyer count to ten? “One… Three… Four…”

        Seriously, for a long time the ACLU’s take on the Second Amendment was that it was a “collective” right, not an individual right. Now that’s horse shit, it’s always been horse shit, and every honest JD knows it. But there are lots of dishonest lawyers who don’t know history, don’t want to know facts and choose to believe what they want regardless of the fact that they’re just plain wrong.

        Incidentally, AARP has come out against the individual right to keep and bear arms. Seems too many old folks use firearms to commit suicide. Well, I’ve got news for them too. The guns don’t just jump up and shoot the owners. Sometimes it’s just time to go – and a gun is a good tool for that too. But I guess dead people don’t pay AARP dues, so it’s all about the money for them too.

    • TrueAmerican

      It is supposed to be, but our “president” says that it is the “main problem with America” and anyone that believes in it is a “traitor and a terrorist”.

    • Robert Zraick

      Do you really believe that the Constitution means anything to the tyrants?

  • http://www.historicalpreterism.com/ Ken Palmer

    Wasn’t he in a gun free zone?

  • Drew R

    there are murderers who get less time, very ridiculous. so tell me what his crime was again? is DC a 2nd Amendment free zone? the Founders are spinning in their graves..

    also, isn’t DC a medical marijuana locale now?

    i don’t get why he didn’t fight

  • Undecider

    Sorry to say but AK should have thought ahead about this. You don’t want to go off half-cocked with these criminals. They run the system. He just didn’t know who he was up against.

    Never run out there alone. Go in numbers. Fighting in Iraq is not the same as going up against the NWO. You have to be slick and use politics.

    • BambiB

      Or large numbers and firearms.

  • Marc

    SMASH THE STATE!!! Ⓐ

  • fyi4u2day

    Where is the statement from Adam on all this? Is he going to wait till he is sentenced to speak out? This is all very strange.

  • Kbush

    6 years for a non violent crime!!!! This is BS when I see rapists getting off with less than a year and murderers getting less than 5!!. I lose more hope in our governed systems every day.

  • John Smith

    Okay let me propose a challenge to libertarians in general.
    So you tell a select few people to prove a point, that
    humans are not in the shark’s menu so going into a shark infested reef while
    the sharks are in a feeding frenzy while swimming in such waters is safe,
    exciting, within your rights and will not be harmed by these sharks because you pose not immediate threat to them.

    But when a curious and vicious dangerous hungry shark bites
    you, somehow you complain, explain, plead, and demand that the shark not eat you and that you must be left alone because you are not shark bait nor shark food. You demand uselessly to be left alone because it is your right to do as you wish without the threat of being eaten alive by sharks.
    If you have any thinking abilities, you will have realized that Gov. is a dangerous gang (Like sharks) and to believe that you can join such gang from within and change its unethical nature to one of righteousness and virtue only makes you a futile individual and a fool.
    Pointing out Government’s unethical and dangerous nature of use of force to stop people from going about their lives can be achieved by educating the sheeple by pointing out its falsehood of virtue and integrity,
    not by getting arrested and put in a cage.

    Don’t blog or tell about it, live your life by the non
    aggression principle (NAP) and universal preferable behavior (UPB) as an
    individual. Don’t hit / spank your kids, learn to negotiate by true voluntary means and society will for ever change for the better. Getting put in a cage
    because someone in Gov. disapproves of your life choices only displays your
    lack of understanding of the true efforts and ways to rid the world of the
    Government beast.

    Libertarians somehow think that if they get behind the wheel
    and controls of the beast called Government somehow they will change its
    unethical nature. If you believe such non-sense then you are only contributing to the problems of society.
    Again you can’t join the mafia become the President Mafioso
    and somehow make the gang of thieves and murderers a gang of good ethical deeds. If you think this is possible then join the any Mafia Cartel today that doesn’t come close in comparison to the mafia that is Government but in any event start by joining and changing a small unethical unscrupulous mafia cartel and if you get its members to become virtuous and moral people then make sure you let society know it and state your name for I will at least have some confidence in voting for you, for you are concrete proof that you can achieve such an incredible task.

    Otherwise treat everyone with respect and live life by NAP,
    UPB principles. I can assure you that this will achieve more positive changes in society then getting arrested to assert your “RIGHTS”.

    • Jared Baker

      ALSO id add ignoring gov whenever possible and live like they dont exist…

    • BambiB

      That’s why they invented “bang sticks”.

      • John Smith

        So you are a statist.

        • Fred Rock

          Remember that little war called Vietnam, America bombed and burned the forests down, sent thousands of troops and were held off by farmers with Ak-47s. Resistance is resistance, and if you think about it, 300m people in this country if only 1% of them decided enough was enough, thats 3 million people…2% 6 million people 3% 9 million… And 25% of the people polled said they believe a war will be needed to get the country back on track. Think what you will, but the US military only has 1.5 million troops

          • John Smith

            You know Rambo is so 80′s.

            But Okay, digest the rest of my initial comment and give us all a rational, objective concrete solution.

            Pointing out Government’s unethical and dangerous nature of use of force to stop people from going about their lives can be achieved by educating the sheeple by pointing out its falsehood of virtue and integrity, not by getting arrested and put in a cage.

            Don’t blog or tell about it, live your life by the non aggression principle (NAP) and universal preferable behavior (UPB) as an individual. Don’t hit / spank your kids, learn to negotiate by true voluntary means and society will for ever change for the better. Getting put in a cage because someone in Gov. disapproves of your life choices only displays your lack of understanding of the true efforts and ways to rid the world of the Government beast.

            Libertarians somehow think that if they get behind the wheel and controls of the beast called Government somehow they will change its unethical nature. If you believe such non-sense then you are only contributing to the problems of society.

            Again you can’t join the mafia become the President Mafioso and somehow make the gang of thieves and murderers a gang of good ethical deeds. If you think this is possible then join any Mafia Cartel today that doesn’t come close in comparison to the mafia that is Government but in any event start by joining and changing a small unethical unscrupulous mafia cartel and if you get its members to become virtuous and moral people then make sure you let society know it and state your name for I will at least have some confidence in voting for you, for you are concrete proof that you can achieve such an incredible task.

            Otherwise treat everyone with respect and live life by NAP,

            UPB principles. I can assure you that this will achieve more positive changes in society than getting arrested to assert your “RIGHTS”.

  • Russ L. Smith

    If we’ve learned anything from this, it’s that the feds will abrogate justice whenever it’s politically expedient. When dealing with D.C. in particular, might makes right and the only rule of law is that of the jungle.

  • George Viaud

    He “randomly quit his case” ?

    How about “quit his case for unknown reasons” or “Is not longer on his case for reasons unknown”?

    I doubt he just randomly quit the case. Who does anything randomly? Nobody.

    Sorry for being so critical… been bothered by “news” lately and hate to take it out on you since you’re actually pretty non-biased.

  • kent

    Nothing about this makes sense. So, kokesh was denied bail because he was a danger to society, but now he is released awaiting sentencing. Also, I thought they found magic mushrooms, not marijuana. I think the whole deal was contrived and kokesh is controlled opposition. They’re using him to instigate.

    • BubbaHillbillyJihad

      I agree. There’s something odd about Kokesh and his relationship to DC. I smell an agent provocateur.

      • Notstupid

        That is just stupid.

    • Adam

      the possession of marijauna isn’t from the police raid it’s from the smokedown

  • Edward Caldwell

    Kokesh should have declared himself a political prisoner and refused to cooperate IMO. I’m disappointed.

  • Bob Loblaw

    Holy crap, they either intimidated the hell out of him, or he has no idea what he’s doing. I get the feeling they told him they would fabricate evidence and keep him in a cell for life if he didn’t bend over. But now he will likely go to prison.

    Moral of the story- ALWAYS request a JURY TRIAL. NEVER take a plea bargain, and NEVER plead guilty.

    Adam Vs. The Man.
    And the winner is… The Man

  • dddienst

    Maybe he was offered the choice of guilty or enemy combatant.

  • BambiB

    I’d be interested in his reasons for accepting a plea deal. It’s probably something like, “take the deal of up to six years or we’ll put you on trial for life plus 1000 years”.

    Still, it’s pretty clear that Washington DC hasn’t come into compliance with the Heller decision, and another challenge in the Supreme Court is overdue. Note: The Supremes SUCK. The closest they came to an HONEST interpretation of the Second Amendment was US v. Miller where they basically said, “Nobody has shown us that a sawed-off shotgun is the sort of weapon useful for military [militia] use… so we can’t say that it is protected by the Second Amendment.” So the case was reversed and remanded for further proceedings. Unfortunately, the reason no one presented evidence of the militia suitability of short-barrelled shotguns was because THE PLAINTIFF WAS DEAD AND HIS ATTORNEY DIDN’T SHOW UP! But the irony is that while BB guns might not be protected by the Second Amendment, under the Miller test, M-16s and AK-47s certainly are.

    The Heller decision was a milquetoast sop to the police state that doesn’t pass the smell test and barely passes the laugh-out-loud test. Yes, it finally said that the right to keep and bear arms was an INDIVIDUAL right, putting to rest all the left-wing liars from so-called constitutional experts right down to the dipshit in the street. But then the Court cocked it all up by adding stupid limits that were NOT necessary and are insupportable.

    Take the “unusual and dangerous” test put forth in Heller to limit the scope regarding firearms like M-16s. What firearm ISN’T “dangerous”? So that part of the test is pure B.S. The test becomes, “The unusual firearm” test.

    Now, why are M-16s “unusual” in private hands? Why, because the Feds have restricted their sale and ownership for 45 years! It would be like the Supreme Court ruling that blacks could not be free because that would be “unusual”. Why would it be “unusual”? Why, because under Federal law, slavery was legal!

    Just one of many Supreme follies from the Boobs in Black.

    • Kenneth Lou

      His Court Appointed Attorney was suppose to get Adam to plea out.
      This is what they are paid to do. This is why they are not regarded as good attorneys.

  • 2ndforsafety

    Please to explain for me…what part of SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED don’t these bastards understand? When the derivatives bubble pops there will be a reconing. Buy ammo and get ready.
    Peace~

  • Scott Robart

    I was under the impression that Adam was going to fight this in court and ultimately try to get the case heard by the supreme court in hopes that they would overturn the DC gun ban. Now that he’s pled guilty, that strategy is off the table as you cannot appeal a plead of guilt.

    Something sounds very fishy about all of this, to me. I’ve listened to Adam for years, he was one of the ones who got me interested in libertarianism and I am grateful for that. However, this action makes me wonder about his motives all along. Was he just self-destructive? Gave in to his anger/frustration? Going to prison serves no purpose and does nobody any good. I am going to choose to believe that he wasn’t an agent provocateur.

    He didn’t hurt anyone, he didn’t threaten to hurt anyone, he didn’t do anything that caused someone to get hurt, so this should not be something for which he spends time in prison. Like others have said, there are rapists who are doing less than 6 years in prison. This is nuts.

    • juliebaker

      Um, he is a human being just like the rest of us. We are fallable and sensitive little creature and the rotten creeps in power know that. It is sad but he should have known the risks.

    • jwclark

      Yes, first his lawyer and then Adam; this is not believable. Is anybody in touch with Cooper, is he incommunicado or something? Who is talking with Kokesh?
      And Julie, saying “he should have known the risks” doesn’t make it the case just because it comes out of your mouth. That is nonsense. Of course he knew the risks! JWC

  • 60 and disgusted

    So he goes to jail for a photograph!!! 6 years…. Unbelievable. he harmed no-one.. The pose was free speech. The government storm troopers are at work here. The populace should be outraged, but the picture of a fanatic has already been painted by the press. Its too bad, we need men of political valor like Adam to butt heads with these governmental elite.

    • BambiB

      Want an example of something worse? Kiddie porn laws. Well, no one has sympathy for people who produce kiddie porn. And people who get off on it are pretty scummy. But what if you’re a journalist trying to expose kiddie porn? Doesn’t matter. You can’t even tell the jury that’s the reason you have “kiddie porn” photos. The judge won’t let you, because it’s NOT RELEVANT.

      Don’t believe me? Check out http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/15537/pleading-the-first

      Imagine someone sends you an email with an attached computer file. The file is encrypted. You can’t read it. You delete the email and the file. Ah, but DID you REALLY delete it? Turns out, most systems don’t actually erase the file. So now you have an encrypted file hanging out on your computer. If it contains kiddie porn, it’s a ticking time bomb. Just the fact that the file is on your computer means you are GUILTY. That’s the law. It’s not that you may be charged and explain your way out of it. No. You are GUILTY under the law. How the file came to be on the computer, whether you have any knowledge of it, is immaterial. You… are… guilty.

      The penalties can run to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine… per image. So if you have a 1 second video clip (at 30 frames per second) that’s 30 images and you can be sent to prison for 450 years and fined $7.5 million. Maybe they won’t send you away for that long. Maybe they will.

  • W o r l d T r u t h

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  • Willy

    He’s been replaced by an identical clone. The real Adam is still in prison or dead.

  • Klaatu Fabrice Aquinas

    I do admire the courage (or say “balls”) of Kokesh. Keep in mind, that if one pokes Caesar in the eye, he will definitely notice.

    I’m a Marine, but Kokesh is probably not the model for most to follow. Being an atheist, most like Adam do not understand the basis of their liberties. Therefore, they readily lose them.

    A better example for us to follow, is Dr. Paul Craig Roberts. Swann & Co. needs to give the good Dr. a ring and an interview.

    http://paulcraigroberts.org/2013/11/07/america-lost-paul-craig-roberts/

  • Brother Jonathan

    Adam has done us all a favor by honoring our rights under the second amendment. Historically, rulers have repeatedly tried to take weapons from the people in order to control them. There is nothing new under the sun.

    Molon Labe

    http://www.guncite.com/journals/vandhist.html

  • Trev Tastic

    Ok, there is something WRONG here. I’ve followed Adam for a long time and gotten an idea of his personality and how he works.

    1) He’s NOT dumb. If you read the first story on this, they said they found SHROOMS in his house (note: witnesses say the police brought in brown bags with them and appeared with the “drugs” later), but now he’s charged with MJ? As smart as Adam Kokesh is, I can guarantee you he would have cleaned house of any drugs before he shot that video & uploaded it.

    2) His lawyer just up and quit and noone has heard from him. Sounds like he was THREATENED and/or Adam told him to keep safe after finding out what the DA was planning.

    3) We need RISE UP AND FORCEFULLY REMOVE THESE GREEDY CORPORATE FUNDED POLITICIANS.

    There is no more Democracy — Voting is only an Illusion of Choice.

  • dan

    not much trial coverage of that guilty plea…….soon we may see what Adams plan is…..but the lesson we as a nation will learn from this event…is…..the ‘Gandhi style’ gets you removed from your pursuit of happiness and your loved ones for many a year…………soon many will surmise that the ‘ Gandhi style’ is respected and effective as our Bill of Rights…….and nothing short of a ‘Lexington on the Green style’ will suffice…..Semper Fi

  • AJ_Olding

    Hopefully we can educate the country about Jury Nullification.

  • BambiB

    A hundred pounds of “outrage” and a shotgun in DC will get you up to six years in the slammer.

    To make a real difference, you need enough people to sway an election… or enough dedicated folks to do a series of assassinations.

    To the former, we have a chance in the 2014 and 2016 elections. I have a feeling Obamacare is going to be such a blight on the Country that even the “progressives” will consider it an abomination. The danger is, we might wind up with more neocons in Congress, and some Quisling like Christie in the White House.

    On the latter, I think along the lines of the “DC Snipers”. Two dumb, black, muslim queers with a rifle paralyzed the region for weeks by shooting people at random. Suppose instead of random targets, they had been shooting anti-freedom senators and representatives? What if instead of just two shooters, there had been two dozen, totally independent, picking off traitors at random times and places? What if they actually knew what they were doing, and instead of shooting at ranges from 50-100 yards, they were operating at 500, 700, 1000 yards? They might never be caught. And understand this: The ability to kill politicians who violate your rights, the ability to overthrow your own government, the ability to remove it from power and create any form of government you desire, is PRECISELY what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they drafted the Second Amendment. They had just fought a war surmounting overwhelming odds against the world’s greatest superpower. They won freedom. And they wanted to ensure that any future fights for freedom tilted in favor of the People.

    Now I hope we can get our Country back through the ballot box, because civil war is a really nasty business. But with the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few through the malfeasance of government, and the continual tamping-down of people seeking freedom, no one should be surprised if people started taking out the nearest anti-freedom targets at all levels. Frankly, I’m surprised it hasn’t happened already. The Revolutionary War was fought over less than 3% in taxes. Today the Fedgov bleeds us all for closer to 50%.

    Sure, we should be peaceful. But how long can you be peaceful when the government isn’t being peaceful, isn’t following the Constitution? The Constitution IS the contract between the government and the People, and as with any other contract, when one side is in material breach, the other side can breach as well. A government that does not honor its duty to the citizens, does not respect the citizen’s rights, is not entitled to the recognition, obedience, or loyalty of the citizenry. If the People REALLY understood what the Federal Government has become, we would all be practicing MASSIVE civil disobedience. No one would continue to work for the government. Congress could pass laws all day long – which would be ignored. If Obama called out the military, they’d just laugh at him and go back to drinking beer and playing poker. The official answer to any cop in any jurisdiction at any time would be, “screw you”.

    When they’re locking up a guy for up to six years for doing something that hurt no one, and which is an activity EXPLICITLY guaranteed by the Constitution, the other side isn’t being peaceful. They are engaging in the violence of locking people up for exercising their rights… and the only reason they have that power is because we have not resisted them… yet. With over 300 million firearms in private hands in this Country, no combination of police, military, or government agencies at the local, state and federal level combined have any prayer of effective resistance to an enraged citizenry. That’s something we all ought to think about… before it’s too late.

    • James

      The problem with killing people is that it comes back to haunt the killer. For example, somebody may want to avenge those who were killed by killing (or do something worse) the killer. And if the avengers cannot punish the culprit, they may punish the killer’s family, or friends… and that is how Afghanistan was founded.
      Killing politicians may solve some problems in the short run, but may also create more and bigger problems in the long run. Also, by killing a human being who I consider guilty of something will surely give me a pleasurable sensation of justice, and probably will satisfy my craving for justice for a little while, but what if a end up regretting my action? How do I restore the life I destroyed? Because I can’t give life back to any being, I should not remove life from any being. The sad thing is that I have to kill plants and animals to sustain my life, just as plants and animals kill each other to keep living on. But this action is different than “killing for justice”, isn’t it?

  • jason

    I’m not surprised that Kokesh has reversed himself yet again. The march on DC that had a huge turnout of marchers was a great success that put him on the political target map. At that point, I thought Adam was a great man/leader and I would have marched with him into hell, but I was disappointed with him when he suddenly turned against Ron Paul and cancelled the march on the RNC in Tampa, Florida. Since then, it has been one goofball stunt after another. IMHO

  • Matt

    Seems to me that 57 days in solitary confinement is borderline torture. Who knows what this man went through and what experiences he may have had. I know I certainly would not want to put on his shoes and walk the mile he’s walked. This is all the more reason to keep up the fight for freedom and judicial transparency.

    • Jimmy Scallons

      Kokesh is a Marine for f#(ks sake… he dealt with more bullshit in 57 days at boot camp than 57 days in solitary confinement…something is not right here…

      • jwclark

        That’s right,; something is not right about this. JWC

  • insectg

    There is a reason Snowden did not hedge his bets on the legal system here. It is rigged!

  • Alberto

    Adam Kokesh + Kristan Tate = Two NWO talking head hand puppet stooges. Long Live The Republic!

  • http://www.facebook.com/codyalanreel Cody Alan Reel

    I love Adam Kokesh!