Activist Adam Kokesh to Stay in Jail After Refusing to Speak to Judge

Adam Kokesh at PUFF: Peace Unity Freedom Festival in Colorado
Adam Kokesh at PUFF: Peace Unity Freedom Festival in Colorado

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RT During a Thursday morning arraignment hearing outside of Washington, DC, jailed activist Adam Kokesh refused to answer questions from a judge and was told that he’ll continue to be locked up without bond.

“I loaded a shotgun on Independence Day, but I didn’t kill anybody. I didn’t drone any children,” Kokesh said. “I didn’t steal any children’s future. I didn’t sell this country into debt. I didn’t do any of the crimes that the man two blocks over at the White House is responsible for.”

Adam Kokesh (R) with Anthony LaRocca and Luke Rudkowski in Colorado
Adam Kokesh (R) with Anthony LaRocca and Luke Rudkowski in Colorado

Kokesh, 31, will likely now stay in a northern Virginia detention facility until a preliminary hearing scheduled for October 2 is held. He was arrested Tuesday evening at his Herndon, Virginia home and charged with drug and gun felonies.

The raid on Kokesh’s home occurred amid a US Park Police investigation which was brought on by a video that the Second Amendment activist posted on YouTube a week earlier.

In the clip, Kokesh is seen loading a shotgun in downtown DC’s Freedom Plaza – located just two blocks away from the White House.

We will not be silent. We will not obey. We will not allow our government to destroy our humanity,” Kokesh said in the clip, which was recorded after his planned “Open Carry March” was cancelled amid warnings from law enforcement. “We are the final American Revolution. See you next Independence Day,” he continued.

Kokesh hoped to have hundreds, perhaps thousands, of residents walk into the nation’s capital carrying loaded firearms in defiance of the district’s ban on guns outside the home.

After police concluded a search of Kokesh’s Herndon, VA house on Monday, they charged him with possession of a Schedule I or Schedule II narcotic, namely psychadelic mushrooms, and also having drugs while possessing a firearm. If convicted on that count alone, he would receive a minimum sentence of two years in jail.

Adam Kokesh at PUFF: Peace Unity Freedom Festival in Colorado
Adam Kokesh at PUFF: Peace Unity & Freedom Festival, Colorado

Kokesh was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday, but reportedly refused to leave his holding cell. He finally made his appearance before a judge the following morning, but had to be carted in on a wheelchair because he refused to cooperate.

He happened to be in a wheeled chair because he did not want to walk,” First Lieutenant Steve Elbert of the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office told WTOP News.

When he was wheeled before a judge to be arraigned, Kokesh reportedly refused to speak.

I’ll take your silence as your consent,” a Fairfax County judge told him, according to WJLA News.

Adam Kokesh (R) with Sheriff Richard Mack and Gary Franchi
Adam Kokesh (R) with Sheriff Richard Mack and Gary Franchi

A friend of Kokesh told News4 Washington that refusing to leave the jail cell was meant to be an act of civil disobedience. The Sheriff’s Office previously confirmed that Kokesh initially refused to be photographed or fingerprinted upon being detained.

Kokesh has been arrested in the past, including earlier this year at a marijuana legalization rally in Philadelphia and at a dance-off he hosted inside the Jefferson Memorial in DC two years ago. He told News4 last week that the YouTube video that sparked a police investigation was also an act of civil disobedience.

Adam Kokesh You Tube When a government has repeatedly and deliberately failed to follow its own laws, violated the fundamental human rights of its citizens, threatened the sanctity of a free press, created institutions intended to eliminate privacy of communication, waged war at the behest of special interests that threatens the public safety, killed hundreds of children with drone strikes, imprisoned and destroyed the lives of countless individuals for victimless crimes….
….stifled economic opportunity to maintain the dominance of the financial elite, stolen from the people through an absurd system of taxation and inflation, sold future generations into debt slavery, and abused its power to suppress political opposition, it is unfit to exist and it becomes the duty of the people to alter or abolish that government by whatever means necessary to secure liberty and ensure peace. A new American revolution is long overdue.

  • We who recognize the illegitimacy of this government will withdraw our material support.
  • We will take every reasonable measure to avoid the theft of taxation.
  • We refuse to serve the federal government with our labor.
  • We reject the authority of the federal government and will resist at every opportunity.
  • We demand an orderly dissolution of the federal government through secession and reclamation of federally held property.
  • We will mark Independence Day not with a celebration of collectivism, but with direct action to create freedom.
  • We will recruit others to this cause and share this pledge.

The time to sit idly by has passed, to remain neutral is to be complicit, just doing your job is not an excuse, and the line in the sand has been drawn between we the people, and the criminals in Washington, DC. While some timid souls will say that it is too early, that we can solve this problem through democratic means provided by government, that current levels of taxation are reasonable for the services provided, and that the crimes of this government are merely a tolerable nuisance; it may already be too late. While there is risk in drastic action, the greater danger lies in allowing this government to continue unchallenged. We will not be silent, we will not obey, we will not allow the government to destroy our humanity: we are The Final American Revolution.

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