Austin Family Concerned for Their Safety After Austin Police Officer Leaves Cryptic Intimidating Message with Mother and Baby

March 9, 2012 in Press Releases

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Austin Family Concerned for Their Safety After Austin Police Officer Leaves Cryptic Intimidating Message with Mother and Baby

March 9th, 2012
Contact: JohnBush512@gmail.com 512-773-6102

Austin, TX – What started as a normal court hearing for a charge of “failure to comply with a lawful order”, ended with the arresting officer, Jason Mistric (#4856), cryptically passing an intimidating note to Catherine Bleish, partner of the defendant, Austin activist, John Bush.

The papers tossed next to Catherine by Mistric were print outs of facebook screenshots of posts and comments regarding the arrest. To make matters stranger, the facebook account used to obtain the screenshots was that of Max Rock, a profile that local activists had suspected of being a police officer. In the months prior to the hearing, Max Rock, who those involved believe to be Officer Jason Mistric, had been friending and cyber stalking Catherine and other Austin activists. Text of the strange messages sent to Catherine by “Max Rock” are linked to below.

Officer Mistric has a history of intimidation and bully tactics and the family is concerned for their safety. They plan to file complaints with Internal Affairs and are considering filing a restraining order to ensure the situation is not allowed to escalate. Below is also a video of Catherine and John speaking to Chief Art Acevedo about the incident. They are hoping he does everything he can to help get to the bottom of this.

Catherine said of the matter, “I’m not sure what to make of it. Is he stalking me? Is he threatening our family? Was he acting as a rogue officer or was this part of his work? Creepy. To the max.”

Below is the first hand account of what happened to Catherine Bleish including video taken after the incident and a scan of the note that was passed. John and Catherine are available for media comment. Email or call contact info above.

On Thursday March 8th at 2PM I attended John Bush and Matt Medina’s pretrial hearing for their arrest last winter for filming an officer. That video is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzL-admemJA

The hearing was reset, nothing special there, but what happened next was beyond strange. As I’m seated on a bench in the hall outside the courtroom, the man who kidnapped John and Matt, Officer Jason Mistric (badge number #4856) sets down 4 pages of printouts containing facebook conversations about John and Matt’s arrest. Here are the docs he left: http://www.scribd.com/doc/84606517/max-rock-cop-jason-mistrick-creepy-stalker-arrest-john-bush

When I chased him down in the hallway and asked him about his action he says its “trash” then tries to have us kicked out of the public hallway. Here is video of the end of that confrontation: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10100180277474293

Next we spoke with the chief of police about the incident. He kissed our baby and smiled as he made a copy of the facebook printouts assuring us he’d call John. Here is that interaction : https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10100180286840523

When I looked closer at the printouts I realized the account he was logged into when he took the screenshots was an account I had conversed with a few weeks back. In fact the account, “Max Rock”, was an account many of us thought was a cop because it was only commenting on recent Austin arrest videos and asking obvious questions, so of course, I had chatted him up trying to get info. The conversation was WEIRD and ended with him saying he has many gigs of “screenshots”. Here is that conversation: http://www.scribd.com/doc/84607087/Creepy-Stalker-Cop-Pretending-to-Be-Max-Rock-on-Facebook

Here is my recap right after the event: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10100180311281543

Catherine Bleish, concerned mother and liberty activist

Austin Bully Cop Jason Mistric Attempts to Intimidate Mom and Baby at Father’s Court Hearing

March 9, 2012 in News, Police Accountability

On Thursday March 8th at 2PM I attended John Bush and Matt Medina’s pretrial hearing for their arrest last winter for filming an officer.  That video is here: target=”_blank”>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzL-admemJA
The hearing was reset, nothing special there, but what happened next was beyond strange.

As I’m seated on a bench in the hall outside the courtroom, the man who kidnapped John and Matt, Officer Jason Mistric (badge number #4856) sets down 4 pages of printouts containing facebook conversations about John and Matt’s arrest. Here are the docs he left: http://www.scribd.com/doc/84606517/max-rock-cop-jason-mistrick-creepy-stalker-arrest-john-bush


When I chased him down in the hallway and asked him about his action he says its “trash” then tries to have us kicked out of the public hallway.  Here is video of the end of that confrontation: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10100180277474293

Next we spoke with the chief of police about the incident.  He kissed our baby and smiled as he made a copy of the facebook printouts assuring us he’d call John.  Here is that interaction : https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10100180286840523

When I looked closer at the printouts I realized the account he was logged into when he took the screenshots was an account I had conversed with a few weeks back.  In fact the account, “Max Rock”, was an account many of us thought was a cop because it was only commenting on recent Austin arrest videos and asking obvious questions, so of course, I had chatted him up trying to get info.  The conversation was WEIRD and ended with him saying he has many gigs of “screenshots”.  Here is that conversation: http://www.scribd.com/doc/84607087/Creepy-Stalker-Cop-Pretending-to-Be-Max-Rock-on-Facebook

I’m not sure what to make of it.  Is he stalking me?  Is he threatening our family?  Was he acting as a rogue officer or was this part of his work?  Creepy.  To the max.

Here is my recap right after the event: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10100180311281543

Catherine Bleish, concerned mother and liberty activist

We will be updating this page as more information comes in.  

With Oppression and Rights Abuses On the Rise, Lone Star SMART Announces the Launch of the Lone Star Liberty Bell!

November 10, 2011 in Press Releases

***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***

November 9th, 2011

With Oppression and Rights Abuses On the Rise, Lone Star SMART Announces the Launch of the Lone Star Liberty Bell!

Central Texas — The sirens flash in your rear view mirror and your heart skips a beat as you pull over to the shoulder.  You think of all the videos you’ve seen and stories you’ve heard about traffic stops gone bad.

You are nervous.  You start sweating.  You feel……..afraid.

Well fear not! – Lone Star SMART has got your back!

Reach for your phone, call 512-34-UNITE (512-348-6483), record a message, and send an audio notification via email, text, twitter, or facebook to those subscribed to the network.  Help is on the way!

The Lone Star Sovereign Mutual Aid Response Team, an Austin based effort committed to organizing community responses to common problems, is proud to announce the launch of the Lone Star Liberty Bell.  Lone Star Liberty Bell is a dedicated phone line that allows users to record an audio message that is then uploaded and instantly made available to subscribers on the network.

Subscribers may receive the audio messages from the following mediums:

Email – Fill out the form found here - http://lonestarsmart.net/liberty-bell-sign-up

Twitter – Subscribe to the Twitter feed - http://twitter.com/lonestarliberty

Text – Subscribe via text message through the email sign up link or through Twitter

Facebook – Like the Facebook Page - http://www.facebook.com/lonestarlibertybell (NOTE: the Facebook Page is generally delayed 10-15 minutes)

The launch date was chosen to coincide with FEMA’s nationwide emergency media takeover test which took place today at 1PM CST.  FEMA is not the only group preparing for the rocky road ahead of us.

John Bush, co-founder of Lone Star SMART, had this to say about the importance of Lone Star Liberty Bell, “It is becoming all the more evident that government, whether it’s local, state, or federal, is not interested in allowing people to live in a manner consistent with their inherent freedom.  Additionally, government has shown itself to be incapable of handling major problems like a currency collapse or natural disaster.  It is for these reasons we’ve created Lone Star Liberty Bell. For anybody in Central Texas trying to live free in an unfree world, we at Lone Star SMART want you to know that you are not alone.”

Call the Lone Star Liberty Bell at 512-34-UNITE should you find yourself in need of mutual aid or tyranny response and the community will show you support!

Visit Lone Star Liberty Bell on the web - http://lonestarlibertybell.com/ - to sign up!

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Lone Star SMART wishes to thank the folks who put together Porc411 -http://nh.porcupine411.com/ - for the inspiration to build this system.

With Oppression and Rights Abuses On the Rise, Lone Star SMART Announces the Launch of the Lone Star Liberty Bell!

November 9, 2011 in Press Releases

***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***

November 9th, 2011

With Oppression and Rights Abuses On the Rise, Lone Star SMART Announces the Launch of the Lone Star Liberty Bell!

Central Texas — The sirens flash in your rear view mirror and your heart skips a beat as you pull over to the shoulder.  You think of all the videos you’ve seen and stories you’ve heard about traffic stops gone bad.

You are nervous.  You start sweating.  You feel……..afraid.

Well fear not! – Lone Star SMART has got your back!

Reach for your phone, call 512-34-UNITE (512-348-6483), record a message, and send an audio notification via email, text, twitter, or facebook to those subscribed to the network.  Help is on the way!

The Lone Star Sovereign Mutual Aid Response Team, an Austin based effort committed to organizing community responses to common problems, is proud to announce the launch of the Lone Star Liberty Bell.  Lone Star Liberty Bell is a dedicated phone line that allows users to record an audio message that is then uploaded and instantly made available to subscribers on the network.

Subscribers may receive the audio messages from the following mediums:

Email – Fill out the form found here – http://lonestarsmart.net/liberty-bell-sign-up

Twitter – Subscribe to the Twitter feed – http://twitter.com/lonestarliberty

Text – Subscribe via text message through the email sign up link or through Twitter

Facebook – Like the Facebook Page – http://www.facebook.com/lonestarlibertybell (NOTE: the Facebook Page is generally delayed 10-15 minutes)

The launch date was chosen to coincide with FEMA’s nationwide emergency media takeover test which took place today at 1PM CST.  FEMA is not the only group preparing for the rocky road ahead of us.

John Bush, co-founder of Lone Star SMART, had this to say about the importance of Lone Star Liberty Bell, “It is becoming all the more evident that government, whether it’s local, state, or federal, is not interested in allowing people to live in a manner consistent with their inherent freedom.  Additionally, government has shown itself to be incapable of handling major problems like a currency collapse or natural disaster.  It is for these reasons we’ve created Lone Star Liberty Bell. For anybody in Central Texas trying to live free in an unfree world, we at Lone Star SMART want you to know that you are not alone.”

Call the Lone Star Liberty Bell at 512-34-UNITE should you find yourself in need of mutual aid or tyranny response and the community will show you support!

Visit Lone Star Liberty Bell on the web – http://lonestarlibertybell.com/ – to sign up!

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Lone Star SMART wishes to thank the folks who put together Porc411 -http://nh.porcupine411.com/ – for the inspiration to build this system.

Feds to ‘keep their grubby paws off’ donations

September 20, 2011 in News

Original article here: http://downdirtyword.blogspot.com/2011/09/libertarians-protest-fema-rules-for.html

 

Austin – In a cramped basement office next door to the Brave New Bookstore on Austin’s Drag – M.L.King at Guadalupe – Heather Fazio runs the affairs of the local chapter of the Libertarian Party of Texas.

When the wildfires broke out in nearby Bastrop, burning 1,500 homes and displacing families who had nowhere to go, no clothing, cash, household items or shelter from the 100-plus degree heat, she got busy.

Within days, she and her colleagues at Texans for Accountable Government had put together a coalition of people who brought “gently used” clothing, infant items, cash and hope to the Bastrop Christian Miniserial Alliance office for distribution to the needy wildfire victims.

Their only requirement: FEMA and the Red Cross could have nothing to do with their largesse. These agencies spend more on the bureaucratic requirements of their mission than on the charitable work at hand.

So far, so good.

But then the federal bureaucracy showed its ugly face. FEMA officials contacted Ms. Linda Sparks at Bastrop and persuaded her to require applicants to include a disaster claim number generated by that agency.

Why? It was done in the interest of reducing fraud – even looting, the officials said.

When word filtered back to Heather Fazio and her colleagues at the Libertarian Party, they put it on a number of Facebook sites, started making phone calls of protest to the ministerial alliance hot line, and the rest is a classic social media tail wags dog story.

When the dust cleared, Ms. Fazio and Ms. Sparks learned they have something in common.

They neither one like the kind of federal meddling displayed in disasters nationwide, including Hurricane Katrina, the BP spill, Ike or Tropical Storm Lee.

The result is simple enough. All they require now is some form of ID that shows an address. If the Bastrop County emergency office shows the address on a list of ruined dwellings, the applicant is welcome to the kind of relief the community has to offer.

Websites such as www.lonestarsmart.net offer subscription service as a committee of safety for those who protest such federal and state intrusions on personal liberty as guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution.

ACTION: Strong Community, Speedy Recovery

September 15, 2011 in Call to Action

Our neighbors are in need after devastating wildfires raged through Central Texas. Now is the time for turning your compassion into ACTION!
There are two ways for you to help:

1) Donate!

Fire Victims: Any gently used clothes and shoes, new underwear and socks, bedding, toiletries, cases of water,  non-perishable foods, OR  a place to sleep for those turned away from over capacity shelters. You may also contribute to a fund dedicated specifically to this cause here.

Firefighters: Cases of water or sports drinks, lip balm, white t-shirts, hand towels, wipes, and snack foods.

2) Volunteer!

We need help sorting donations and delivering them to shelters and fire stations. Please contact Heather Fazio for details: 512-825-9142 or heather.fazio@tagtexas.org.

Our donation station is Brave New Bookstore located at 1904 Guadalupe Street - Austin, TX 78705.

The drive will last from Wednesday Sept. 7th 2011 – Friday Sept. 9th 2011

** All this week, 5% of any purchase made at Brave New Books will go to help fire victims **

This drive is sponsored by Brave New Books, Texans for Accountable Government, and Lone Star S.M.A.R.T.

This is your chance to be the change you want to see in the world.  ACT NOW!

Ministerial Alliance soldiers on amid FEMA furor

September 15, 2011 in News

The content of this post was origionally published at: http://downdirtyword.blogspot.com/2011/09/ministerial-alliance-soldiers-on-amid.html

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Bastrop – Political activists squabbled over donations given to the Bastrop Christian Ministerial Alliance for wildfire victims displaced from their homes.

According to Facebook entries, FEMA had required residents seeking donated household items and cash contributions or hotel vouchers to first prove with government ID to FEMA authorities that they are actually displaced by the disaster which has claimed more than 500 homes and 50 lives.

According to Joyce Evans, a spokesman for the Alliance Hotline, “We are not working FEMA, nor the Red Cross.” Ms. Evans said those seeking assistance need merely call 512-332-8661 to arrange to pick up any items or cash assistance available.

How do they determine the eligibility of those who apply for relief?

“We have a list,” said Ms. Evans. “It shows the area of devastation.”

No approval by FEMA or Red Cross officials is necessary, she said.

A website maintained by the church group details the type of assistance offered at www.BCMATX.org

There is information about the re-entry plan declared by Emergency Coordinators, hotel vouchers and health and safety assistance available on-line.

ACTION: Donations to Wildfire Victims Held Hostage by FEMA!!

September 15, 2011 in Call to Action

by Heather Fazio on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 5:18pm

 This is EXACTLY what Texans for Accountable Government, Brave New Books, and Lone Star S.M.A.R.T aimed to avoid by delivering donations to church organizations (Bastrop Christian Outreach Center and Bastrop Christian Ministerial Alliance) supposedly giving relief DIRECTLY to victims.

We were assured by the church on multiple occasions that neither FEMA nor the Red Cross would have anything to do with the items donated.

As of today, all victims are required to produce a FEMA Identification Number in order to receive the items that our community has produced. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE!!!

 FEMA has now interposed itself and is restricting victims’ access to aid. The church says that it is now requiring victims to register with FEMA to prevent people from taking advantage of the donations. In times of disaster, some people will always try to take advantage. This does not mean that we should allow a failing federal bureaucracy get in between victims and community assistance. There are ways to identify whether or not a person is an actual fire victim without the feds. GOOGLE MAPS!!

Please contact the Bastrop Christian Ministerial Alliance to insist that they NOT require fire victims to register with FEMA to receive the aid they so desperately need! 512-332-8661 *Please be polite but direct*

Local Activists, Bookstore put Principles into Action with Fire Assistance

September 15, 2011 in Press Releases

Local Activists, Bookstore put Principles into Action with Fire Assistance

by Texans for Accountable Government on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 5:35pm

***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***

Sept. 6, 2011

Local activists, bookstore put principles into action with fire assistance

AUSTIN — A speedy recovery requires a strong community, says a group of local activists dedicated to self-sufficiency and smaller government.

“Our neighbors are in need after devastating wildfires raged through Central Texas — so now is the time for turning your compassion into action,” said Heather Fazio, Executive Director of Texans for Accountable Government (TAG).

Texans for Accountable Government, the Lone Star S.M.A.R.T. project, and Brave New Books is offering several ways to assist the greater Austin community — most notably Bastrop County, Leander, and the Steiner Ranch neighborhood, where hundreds of houses were lost Sunday and Monday.

*DONATIONS TO FIRE VICTIMS: Victims of the fire are in need of any gently used clothes, shoes, new underwear, socks, bedding, toiletries, cases of bottled water, non-perishable foods, or even a place to sleep for those turned away from over-capacity shelters. Items and offers of places to stay may be left at Brave New Books, 1904 Guadalupe St.

*DONATIONS TO FIREFIGHTERS: Cases of water or sports drinks, lip balm, white T-shirts, hand towels, wipes, and snack foods are requested. These items may also be left at Brave New Books.

*VOLUNTEERING: TAG is asking for help in delivering and sorting the donations, to be given directly to shelters and fire stations. To help with the effort, contact Heather Fazio at 1(512)825-9142 or heather.fazio@tagtexas.org.

Brave New Books will be accepting the donations through Friday, Sept. 16. Brave New Books is also contributing 5 percent of each purchase through this week to fire victim assistance.

For more information, email contact@tagtexas.org.

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September 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

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