So This Anti-Government Hero Was a Garden-Variety FBI Snitch?

Charles P. Pierce
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Photo credit: Stephanie Keith - Getty Images
Photo credit: Stephanie Keith - Getty Images

From Esquire

The shebeen opened late on Wednesday because snow knocked us off les Intertoobz for the morning. So the management needed a good laugh to chase away the blues. Luckily, Reuters was here to serve.

In the Miami hearing, a federal prosecutor, a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and Tarrio’s own lawyer described his undercover work and said he had helped authorities prosecute more than a dozen people in various cases involving drugs, gambling and human smuggling. Tarrio, in an interview with Reuters Tuesday, denied working undercover or cooperating in cases against others. “I don’t know any of this,” he said, when asked about the transcript. “I don’t recall any of this.”

Who among us hasn't forgotten our first job diming out drug dealers?

So the leader of the resistance against the tyranny of face masks and Nancy Pelosi was a garden-variety FBI snitch? A fella's got to pay for all those armbands somehow.

The records uncovered by Reuters are startling because they show that a leader of a far-right group now under intense scrutiny by law enforcement was previously an active collaborator with criminal investigators. Washington police arrested Tarrio in early January when he arrived in the city two days before the Capitol Hill riot. He was charged with possessing two high-capacity rifle magazines, and burning a Black Lives Matter banner during a December demonstration by supporters of former President Donald Trump. The D.C. Superior Court ordered him to leave the city pending a court date in June.

Life, as it turns out, is full of surprises.

Former prosecutor Johannes said she was surprised that the defendant she prosecuted for fraud is now a key player in the violent movement that sought to halt the certification of President Joe Biden. “I knew that he was a fraudster – but had no reason to know that he was also a domestic terrorist,” she said.

Well, people have been saying for a while that we all have to get accustomed to having several careers. Also, Ms. Johannes has a gift for snark that I find encouraging in a prosecutor.

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