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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  • Frank James Gaughan

    01/03/2020 11:59 AM

    When they came for the Jews, nobody cared.
    When they came for the Unionists, nobody cared.
    When they came for the Christians, nobody cared.
    When they came for me, there was nobody left to care...

  • Carol pickard

    01/01/2020 05:21 PM

    My prayers are with this family and that all who have been involved in this horrible fiasco caused for power efforts only disregard peoples lives be held accountable and justice be done. Honest Justice!

  • Ann Woleslagle

    01/01/2020 03:33 PM

    This is an outrageous example of power run amok. How dare the Government use the tactics they used and spend the money they spent to arrest a man who may or may not be guilty of a crime, If they had sent one agent to his home during daylight hours he would have willingly accompanied them to the police station for booking and the circus described would not have taken place and the woman would not have been in fear of her life.

  • karen vitale

    01/01/2020 02:46 PM

    SHAMEFUL AND REMINESCIENT OF GERMANY AND FACIEST APPROACH TO SCARE AND DISORIENT PEOPLE

  • Robert W W Johnson

    12/31/2019 08:14 PM

    WHO in the FBI and/or Justice Department signed off/on for this raid?

  • Marion Tillis

    12/31/2019 05:00 PM

    These agencies should have to foot the lawyers bill. This is NOT the American way to pull this kind of a stunt on innocent people. And these people who did it should be highly investigated and punished!

  • Jacquelyn Etchison

    12/31/2019 04:32 PM

    How frightening! Shouldn’t someone be held accountable?

  • Stephen Russell

    12/31/2019 04:28 PM

    I say apply to the Dems involved in Russia hoax, collusion & impeachment day 1 IF not abiding by the law for Senate trial etc or after.
    IF needed, C how they would like it then Things change Real Fast
    Do raid in Bev Hills, Hamptons, Marthas Vineyard.
    Shake up DC elites CA NY big time.
    Do multiple raids.
    Nationwide.

  • Donald W. Nutter

    12/31/2019 01:34 PM

    Maybe they should show up at Comey,s house when the time comes to arrest him for all of the crimes he has committed under the guise of being From the FBI

  • karen heller

    12/31/2019 12:51 PM

    It's like something out of a movie! This poor couple! They have ruined them for political ambition and the perpetrators should be held accountable!!! AND pay all the legal fees too. Its slander, libel, and communist tactics that do not belong in our country. Thank GOD for Donald Trump! Trump 2020!!!!

  • Mindy M Odom

    12/31/2019 12:24 PM

    The Stone family has truly been violated!! Routine procedures, please! I feel so bad for the entire family!! May God Bless them during this horrific time!

  • Iris Hall

    12/31/2019 12:19 PM

    Since Roger's arrest I haven't heard anything regarding his situation. Has he been in court yet? What has happened to him? It is absolutely appalling that the FBI officials that ordered this raid on Me. Stone is still in their job and collecting a paycheck that taxpayers have to pay. It's even more appalling that OUR PRESIDENT signed a bill giving all FEDERAL employees a sizeable raise. Maybe lower echelons deserve it but NOT the TOP BRASS. I HATE THAT NOTHING IS BEING DONE TO RID US OF THE SCUM!!!

  • Klaus J Christoph

    12/31/2019 11:26 AM

    This is exactly what happens in Communist countries. The people responsible for this home invasion need to spend time in jail, for they are the guilty ones, not Roger Stone or his wife.

  • Nelda White

    12/31/2019 11:05 AM

    No, it was overkill and deliberate for show. There bill for the lawyers should be paid for by the nut jobs that sent all these over zealous people to his house. All they had to do was ask him to come in for an interview. The price of the home invasion should also come out of the pockets of the these same nut jobs. He would have been better treated in Russia or Cuba than he was here. Are these people proud of their fascist way of handling this. They need to prosecuted for abusing their power so that such abuse never happens again.

  • Gene

    06/27/2019 11:57 PM

    So can we start a GoFundMe to sue our government and the FBI for allowing this to happen?

  • Carol Miller

    03/25/2019 12:30 PM

    Thanks for Sharing this. Someone needs to get to the bottom of who ordered this & who alerted CNN. This is horrific

  • Jeff McMurtrey

    02/25/2019 08:50 PM

    It is ridiculous and outrageous what happened to Mr. and Mrs Stone. We, the people, want this farce of an investigation against duly elected President Trump to stop, immediately and we want the appropriate people, the Clintons, the Obamas, James Comey, Mr. McCabe and Mr. Mueller to be brought up on charges for conspiring against the United States of America.

  • Robert F Murphy

    02/25/2019 09:13 AM

    I'd say this is another case of : OVERKILL!!

  • Mary Briden

    02/24/2019 06:11 PM

    Absolutely frightening,
    disgusting and despicable. Never thought this would be happening in the U.S.A.

  • John Davis

    02/24/2019 09:03 AM

    Totally unacceptable in America!

  • Linda Flynn

    02/24/2019 08:38 AM

    Dear Governor Huckabee, Thank you for sharing Mrs. Stone's partial letter. It was well written, informative and direct. The details on the raid are nothing less than SHOCKING. I had many reactions and quite a few questions, beginning with (1) who gave the orderd for that raid? (2) is there a manual we can get hold if that details "standard operating procedure" for a first-time, non-violent suspect, accused of non-violent crime (3) can you help uncover the actual cost if such a raid? (4) is "public humiliation (refusing to allow either Mr. or Mrs. Stone to dress before going outside/ standing over Jrs. Stone while she used the restroom - they could gave easily checked for weapons, phones, tv's etc. before allowing her into the bathroom) and cruelty (refusing to allow either of them to put on shoes or a bathrobe prior to taking them outside, shackling and cuffing an elderly non-violent man accused of - what? ). (5) what were the actual charges that required a dawn raid, surrounding their home with 27 heavily armed agents, two armored vehicles, a helicopter and other uses of excessive force, rather than just ask him to surrender, then show the couple the search warrant, take the keys and execute the search?? (6) is there any way to prove CNN was given a call so they could be on site to capture the "perp walk moment and gloat," claiming to be just more brilliant (seriously, they are all lazy journalists - they do not ask questions or seek the truth. (7) Remember Waco and the Branch Dividians, shot, burned to death - murdered by an out-of-control FBI under Janet Reno and the Clinton administration, when all that needed was to wait for David Koresh to come into town, as he frequently did, then arrest him in a store? Or, wait until others were out of the compound to save the innocent (which, arguably, David Koresh was at that time? (8) if look for Russian collusion in the 2016 election was the mandate, why have they refused to investigate the other side? Unless, of course it is because the top people at the FBI, along with the top people at the CIA, Justice Department and the State Department are all part if a criminal conspiracy cover up. Can you please help us find some honest investigative reporters who will bulldog their way to the truth, then tell us, please, because the swamp smells worse than ever and is underwater at this point. The progressive Democrats are in a deep, dark place and likely - given their refusal to be open or cooperative - destroying evidence daily. We must hurry.

  • Jennifer A. Abercrombie

    02/24/2019 01:02 AM

    This is the most ridiculous bunch of c—p I have ever seen!! The left is losing their minds!!! ??

  • Rose Bollig

    02/23/2019 09:20 PM

    I find this whole thing APPALLING....WHAT IN THE WORLD have we come to? A police state?? Why was CNN notified to even come with their cameras?? Why did it take so many FBI agents to arrest one person? This act right here should be PROOF that our DOJ, FBI and any other so called entities are corrupt. What utter BS....

  • Jayne Bloesch

    02/23/2019 05:47 PM

    The Dems really have taken over OUR COUNTRY. THE EVIL IS IN THE AIR. The DOJ, FBI, IRS AND CIA are in the devil's pocket.
    What judge signed off on this attack? All to get at PRESIDENT TRUMP.
    DISGUSTING!

  • Georgia Weaver

    02/23/2019 04:52 PM

    I am shocked and appalled that this happened in the United State of America. May God help us all.