7:45 pm is not really the "middle of the night". With DST in effect it is still light out. Sunset will be at 8:36 pm there tonight.
The warrant also seems to have listed the shotgun specifically.
A roommate who saw the search warrant said police were looking for the shotgun Kokesh allegedly used in a July 4th video and materials related to the creation of the video.
The public will mostly see the police as merely being cautious by serving the warrant in this manner since firearms were involved. They will not see this in terms of "storm troopers" as Kokesh's camp has now conveyed.
While ideologues with similar sentiments as Kokesh might see him as a likable guy they would not mind having over for dinner and even be able to trust others might not. Now after some of the things he said (see article below) it is no surprise law enforcement has a different perception. Taking precautions seems perfectly within bounds.
The rhetoric in the following article is going to further estrange this strain of libertarianism to the general public. A change of tactics and better spokespersons might not be totally unreasonable to consider?
Keep in mind The Daily Caller was founded by a conservative libertarian and is still considered conservative within the Beltway. If they are characterizing Kokesh as a "conspiracy theorist" then it will do much to influence the national conversation if there even is one. Merely labeling them as mainstream or statist is just a disservice to the libertarian cause and does not really stain the rest of us or begin to change the deficit of goodwill libertarianism will face if the gun waving rhetoric continues.
The recent storm of scandals plaguing Washington has some anti-government activists eager to harness popular outage and implement radical policy changes or even the overthrow of the federal government. Some, however, are attracting the avid interest of police instead of average citizens. Kokesh had planned an open carry march on Washington for July 4, but called it off late in May.
Last Thursday, Kokesh uploaded a video to YouTube in which he loads four shells into a shotgun in Freedom Plaza in the early morning, while reciting a “Pledge of Resistance.” In the video’s description, Kokesh dares viewers to count the number of felonies he commits in the 23-second clip, which is oddly titled, “Open Carry March in DC a success.”
“We are the final American revolution,” Kokesh says as he cocks the shotgun. “See you next Independence Day.”
Announcing the cancellation of the open carry march, Kokesh warned darkly in a statement issued from a Philadelphia jail, “Should one whole year from this July 4th pass while the crimes of this government are allowed to continue, we may have passed the point at which non-violent revolution becomes impossible.”
Edited by The world needs you, 10 July 2013 - 09:13 PM.