The following is excerpted from an email sent by Roger Stone’s wife Nydia on behalf of the Roger Stone Legal Defense Fund. Though I am not personally involved with raising money for that fund, I decided to share a portion of her letter not directly related to their financial situation because it gives such a powerful perspective on what it’s like for an innocent person to be caught up in a “home invasion”-style raid...

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By now, I'm sure you have heard about the terrifying pre-dawn raid on the house in Ft. Lauderdale where I live with my husband, Roger Stone. 

A little before 6 a.m., 29 assault-weapon-wielding FBI agents in full tactical gear and wearing night vision goggles surrounded our home. Because I am hearing-impaired and I was sleeping, I did not hear the commotion when an FBI agent pounded on the door demanding my husband open it, and I did not know he had been handcuffed and taken into custody.

 

I woke up only when two FBI agents burst into our bedroom and demanded that I get out of bed at gunpoint. I was marched out to the street in front of our house wearing only a night gown and in bare feet. I was instructed to stand next to my husband, who was handcuffed and also barefooted. I am not charged with any crime. 

This has to be the most terrifying thing I have ever experienced as FBI agents swarmed into our home after announcing they had a search warrant. 

My husband has no previous criminal record, not even a speeding ticket. He is charged and pled not guilty to seven non-violent process crimes. We do not own a gun, and my husband's passport had actually expired. The idea that he is a danger to anyone or a flight risk was disproved hours later when a federal magistrate released him on a surety bond.

 


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The FBI used 29 agents [and] 17 vehicles, including 2 armored vehicles, a helicopter, and 2 amphibious units because our rented home backs onto a canal. Every agent was carrying an AK-47 as well as a sidearm. This is a much larger force than [was] used to capture and kill bin Laden or arrest El Chapo. It must have cost U.S. taxpayers a half a million dollars. 

Even more humiliating, for some odd reason a CNN camera crew had arrived at our home only 50 minutes before the FBI strike force and was allowed to film the assault on our home and my husband's arrest. If my husband was considered "dangerous," why was a CNN film crew in position 10 yards from our front door? How convenient that the CNN producer at our home is a former special assistant to FBI director James Comey! 

 

My parents came from Cuba. I can understand how these kinds of police state tactics can happen in a communist country, but it is hard to believe that the FBI Director and acting Attorney General would allow this kind of brutal assault on a U.S. citizen with no prior criminal record and charged only with non-violent process crimes here in the United States. 

After the FBI took my husband away, I was allowed to dress under the supervision of a woman FBI agent, who even had to watch me while I used the bathroom. I was not allowed to touch my cell phone even though I could see that my children and grandchildren were calling to see if I was all right. FBI agents tore through every square inch of our home and removed my husband’s computers and iPads. They also took my computer, which means they got many beautiful pictures of my grandchildren.

 

I wasn't allowed to turn on the television, so I did not see the angry and hateful mob that gathered outside the federal courthouse in Ft. Lauderdale, where I later learned that my husband was placed in hand and foot shackles and held in a holding cell after being fingerprinted and having his mug shot photos taken. The FBI spent seven hours tearing through our house, as well as raiding a storage facility nearby, where they also took a computer and went through financial records that are at least 15 years old. 

Although you would never know it from the fake news media, my husband...is not charged with Russian collusion, Wikileaks collaboration or any other crime associated with the 2016 election...Now we are facing a $2 million cost for lawyers In order to fight the bogus charges against my husband, who at 66 years old is facing a potential 45-year prison sentence for crimes he did not commit. 

Every day brings death threats [and] late-night anonymous phone calls threatening to kill us, and it's gotten so I can't even go to the grocery store without somebody screaming at me and accusing us of being Russian spys –- which is funny because my parents fled Cuba and the brutal regime of Fidel Castro while my husband's family members were mowed down by Russian tanks in Budapest in 1956.

 

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There’s little to add to Mrs. Stone’s letter; it speaks for itself. I do particularly like her point that if her husband is so dangerous that he requires a SWAT team to take him into custody, it’s odd that CNN was allowed to be up so close with their cameras. I also appreciate her very appropriate reference to Cuba.

 

This kind of thing is not supposed to happen in America, but it obviously does, at least to people on the wrong political side of those running the show. In this case the result could have been tragic. If it’s true that Mrs. Stone could not hear instructions spoken by the armed agents, she might have acted in self-defense and ended up dead. Whoever signed off on this raid should be held accountable for prosecutorial misconduct.

 

On Friday night, Tucker Carlson showed home security video from Roger Stone’s house covering multiple angles of the pre-dawn raid. It shows CNN arriving around 5AM, about an hour before the FBI agents show up. The CNN cameraman immediately sets up his tripod, obviously expecting something, and gets back in his vehicle to wait for FBI agents to arrive.

 

When agents pull up, the CNN cameraman jumps out of his car, camera on his shoulder.  He’s not far from the action, only about 40 feet away. The agents surrounding the home can be seen as heavily armed, carrying assault weapons and sidearms and wearing anti-ballistic armor. They’re using red-dot sights and tactical flashlights. They look ready to fire. One has a battering ram.

 

A camera at the back of the house captures one of the boats referred to by Mrs. Stone. It carries at least two agents, who shine a floodlight into the home.

 

It’s like something out of a movie. From the look of this, you’d think Stone was a drug lord, or maybe a serial killer.

 

We’re being told that all this was “by the book.” I don’t accept that. If such action against a non-violent 66-year-old man with absolutely no record of prior offenses can be considered business as usual by the FBI, then we are no longer in the America we used to know.

 

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  • Chris Harrison

    02/18/2019 01:13 AM

    How in Hades does a search warrant and subsequent take-down of this magnitude get leaked to a news outlet (haha, I know CNN isn't news, but humor me)???? Even more incredibly, how does the leaker of such information not end up in handcuffs the very next day?????

  • LYNN A Thompson

    02/16/2019 06:59 PM

    I find it so disgusting that this was handled in this matter. I can't believe that anyone would think it was o.k. to treat this man that way, not to mention his wife. I don't care what political side a person is on......we should all be concerned. FBI is out of control.

  • Martin A.Welt,PhD

    02/16/2019 11:37 AM

    An un-called for nightmare for the Stone family, but unfortunately it is not a unique expeience. This demonstartes that our Constitutional right to equal justice under the law is a joke, and cries out for a remedy. In fact, you might say that our legal and non-justice system as now practiced may be the largest unpunished criminal enterprise in the United States. The Constution does not require that Judges be lawyers and it would be a good idea to have term limits for judges. With super computers able to compare previous comparable civil and criminal matters that had been adjudicated and decisions renderd by the Court, judicial prejudice and lawyer familiarity would be eliminated.

  • Virginia Crawford

    02/16/2019 11:29 AM

    This is an absolute outrage, but sadly what can be done? We the people need to take to the streets in droves and for a very long time. In the meantime the press makes money on both sides with editorial comments. Our only comfort is in knowing God is in control.

  • Christine Marriott

    02/14/2019 07:53 PM

    I have been waiting for Justice. It only took 8 years for that obamantion administration to corrupt most of our Federal Departments from the FBI to the IRS. When will the people own the government again? This is a scary time. Evil has been widespread across many mediums and we need God to help our nation. This is what is mounted against us: Corrupt US Federal Departments, Hollyweird, Main Stream Media (Fake Nasty News), Voter Fraud (illegal alien votes), FAKE POLLS (that scare our representatives into submission), the Evil heads of the Democrat party, Fake Republicans (McCain, Romney, Kasich, Corker, Flake to name a few) Liberal activist courts. Its is by God's Will and Blessings that we won the Presidency.
    Corruption at the highest levels is evident to those with open minds and common sense. What is happening to those who were complicit in the Uranium One deal? What is happening to those in the government who used their positions to sell us out????? We want JUSTICE. We need representatives of Truth. We need representative with half a brain and a heart to see through the tricks of the New World Order. We need them to be brave when a FAKE POLL comes out. Stick with the heart and throw caution to the wind. Be not afraid of those demon-c-Rats they stink to high heaven there is no truth in them they are filled with hypocrisy and lies.. We NEED TO DRAIN THE SWAMP but for two years now they have been controlling and creating FAKE investigations against our God Blessed President. When will they be made to PAY for their CRIMES WHEN????????????

  • Rose Bronikowski

    02/13/2019 11:41 PM

    It just proves what many of us have suspected. The FBI has turned into the KGB. After all, the fake news media has been PRAVDA for quite some time now.

  • Joyce Harris

    02/13/2019 11:24 PM

    This is so horrifying and makes me so angry. On top of that, with the way members of the left and/or apparently FBI agents seem to think they can do whatever and get away with it, it's really hard to hope for justice over this. General Flynn also had his life seriously disrupted. Maybe they can both be pardoned, but their astronomical legal fees on top of the trauma of being treated like this, may not ever be recoverable. And the perpetrators of this abuse will probably just go on their merry ways with not even a slap on the wrist.

  • MARIE DAHL

    02/13/2019 06:27 PM

    My husband is retired from the FBI (40 yrs) He's probably rolling over in his grave and my son who is also retired from the FBI is ashaed to say he ever worked for them. Smething needs to be done about these people. They should be on the list to go to GITMO and face the military tribunals and then hung for being traitors to our country. They must be communists.

  • Wendy G. Moss

    02/13/2019 12:10 PM

    Such an abomination; all while nothing is done about the real criminals in the DOJ, FBI, etc.. While I no longer recognize our country I find comfort in, and always enjoy, your well-grounded insight into the many injustices perpetrated by those charged with protecting us.

  • Judith Simpson

    02/13/2019 09:37 AM

    This is so outrageous! The FBI and persons responsible need to be reckoned with. Including CNN. Not right.

  • Judith Simpson

    02/13/2019 09:36 AM

    This is so outrageous! The FBI and persons responsible need to be reckoned with. Including CNN. Not right.

  • Brenda Ladd

    02/13/2019 09:24 AM

    2 things:
    1) the FBI agents themselves don’t look like they are approaching a serious threat...they act pretty casual., so why so many and such extremes?
    2) if this is standard procedure...what is it standard procedure for? What types of scenarios and what level of offense triggers this level of show of force?

  • Gordon Crenshaw

    02/13/2019 04:49 AM

    It's time for the President to fire the FBI director for allowing this behavior. He needs to appoint Sheriff Clark or the Sheriff from Arizona to head the FBI.

  • Kay Kunter

    02/13/2019 12:30 AM

    My heart goes out to Mr. and Mrs. Stone for this disgraceful exhibition I am sure was prompted by Mueller and his band of Democrats . This reminds me of what you see in third world countries. Every day I begin to wonder what the government is up to next. The corruption I have seen recently is mind boggling. Where will it end? I am so frustrated with the political hacks who are in power.

  • Marianne moore

    02/13/2019 12:23 AM

    This is the way J Edgar Hoover operated. FBI needs a major cleanup!

  • Donna Leroux

    02/12/2019 07:47 PM

    This whole thing makes me soooo angry. I hope whoever ordered the absolutely unnecessary actions taken by the fbi is removed from their position!

  • Cliff Kirts

    02/12/2019 06:45 PM

    i know i just posted but another comment if you dont mind... i dont recall you mentioning anything about kent hovinds arrest, which was much like this one... only more cops, more confiscation, more humiliation, and a lot of corruption.. im sick of 'servants' of the courts rather than the constitution.. we need cops who will say 'thats not a lawful order' instead of brown boothed thugs

  • Cliff Kirts

    02/12/2019 06:41 PM

    these fbi agents are the 'rank and file'? same as waco?'' i dont care if these kind of cops are ambushed, targeted, spat upon, ridiculed, denigrated, etc.. and i was a trump man long before it was cool.. i support police who act like servants and defenders of my constitution.. i wish destruction upon any other kind

  • Lisa Dulaney

    02/12/2019 03:59 PM

    Ridiculous use of power. The water in the creek won't run clear until you get the pigs out of there! Stand strong and brave like the U.S. May God bless you and yours.

  • RICHARD MCNEIL

    02/12/2019 02:56 PM

    Welcome to the new Amerika. If these people are not held accountable in a serious manner then we can expect the creep of such injustice to continue and even accelerate. I am difficult to awaken and had I heard someone crashing through my door at O'Dark Thirty my first instinct would be to grab my .45 with one hand, reach over to make sure my wife was next to me with the other and to start shooting as soon as I saw the intruder. The most likely outcome would be my death, her possible death or wounding and the possible death of a "law enforcement" officer.
    If I was "lucky" enough to realize it was a legal raid and I didn't get shot, I'd go to prison for endangering cops. Folks we are in a police-state situation now. All I have to say is that if we don't see SERIOUS repercussions for the individual whose authority allowed him to set this in motion and he is held PUBLICLY accountable, my new motto is going to be "G. GORDON HAD IT RIGHT"
    Enough is enough. I'd rather be dead defending my freedom than licking FBI boots or placed in an Amerikan Gulag.

  • DAVID COX

    02/12/2019 01:46 PM

    I once read that LAPD officers like to refer to the FBI a 'fan belt inspectors'. Arrogant types who love to pull rank on others in the law enforcement community. If ever an FBI type asks a question about ANYTHING I won't answer one word until their entire department is cleaned up. They will have to re-earn the respect of We The People. I hope and expect President Trump to pardon all of these 'fake crimes'. Let's go after Mueller!

  • Vicki L Kuhl

    02/12/2019 01:46 PM

    Everyday I am more and more embarrased to be an Aerican citizen in the USA because of actions like these. Its shameful.

  • Darrell D. Murray

    02/12/2019 01:11 PM

    While I don't condone the FBI Actions, I would expect accuracy in the reporting of the article of the type of firearms used in the raid. The FBI Agents were armed with M4 rifles, NOT AK47's.

  • Janice Short

    02/12/2019 11:38 AM

    I want the Stone family to know how appalled I am at the treatment they received from the FBI, a government agency who was at one time above reproach. What has happened to the FBI? Maybe they need to be further investigated!

  • Joyce A Thompson

    02/12/2019 11:13 AM

    After reading Mrs. Stone's account of the FBI assault on her and her husband, I am appalled at this unconscionable act. She's absolutely correct. There was less power and force used to apprehend Bin Laden and El Chapo. Also, why would Christopher Wray and Michael Whitaker allow this to happen? Whoever ordered this is despicable!