Meet Defendants: Thomas John Ballard, Derek Gunby, Clifford James Meteer
Full disclosure there are a lot of files/data in this article because I respect my reader’s ability to absorb factual data -Domestic Terrorist should never be RoR’d & USAO-DC needs to get it together
Defendant Thomas John BALLARD:
Case Status: Arrested 8/10. Detention hearing scheduled for 8/13 at 10AM
Case Documents: Ballard Complaint & Statement of Facts
18 U.S.C §111(a)(1) and (b) -Assaulting, Resisting or Impeding Certain Officers Using a Dangerous Weapon
18 U.S.C. §231(a)(3) and 2; -Civil Disorder
18 U.S.C. §1752(a)(1) and (b)(1)(A) -Entering and Remaining in a Restricted Building or Grounds with a Deadly or Dangerous Weapon
18 U.S.C. §1752(a)(2) and (b)(1)(A) - Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct in a Restricted Building or Grounds with a Deadly or Dangerous Weapon
18 U.S.C. §1752(a)(4) and (b)(1)(A) -Engaging in Physical Violence in a Restricted Building or Grounds with a Deadly or Dangerous Weapon
40 U.S.C. §5104(e)(2)(D) -Disorderly Conduct in Capitol Building
40 U.S.C. §5104(e)(2)(F) -Act of Physical Violence in the Capitol Grounds or Buildings
40 U.S.C. §5104(e)(2)(G) -Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building
Thank you Witness -1
the tipster used facial recognition software and that’s how they discovered his YouTube Channel — and forwarded that information to the FBI. For example this November 2020 YouTube video
The FBI conducted a Google search of “CliffCares” and “motorcycle” and found a publicly accessible YouTube channel titled “CliffCares,” a publicly accessible Facebook business page titled “Cliff's Mobile Motorcycle Tires,” and an Instagram account titled “CauseCliffCares.” All three social media accounts appeared to be operated by an individual matching the appearance of the individual depicted in 325-AFO-A. In several videos on these social media accounts, the individual is wearing the same “Infowars” baseball cap seen in 325-AFO-A.
Defendant Ballard’s Instagram Account archived -his Business Facebook account also archived - Ballard’s personal Facebook account, also archived. Like I said I’d rather take my time and archive any and all social media and/or digital footprints. Versus rushing to be the first to report. Mainly because I’m not that insecure nor is my self worth tied to “likes and retweets” —social media is addictive and incredibly harmful.
The reason I tend to archive is if their account(s) are suspended or deleted then that information is no longer available. And in today’s climate of Blue-QANON-sense and MAGA-QANON. All of whom display parasitic information horse-shoe behaviors. I think it’s paramount that data and facts are preserved/archived. Mainly for future research purposes. I mean have you ever tried to talk over an insane drug addled alcohol immersed screaming goat? You can’t win because they tend to scream the loudest. And frankly the reality is facts do not matter to conspiracy-prone nonsensical-theory grifters/charlatans.
I like facts and I like files. I also find that a slow & steady pragmatic approach is better versus rushing out a “article” sans all the facts. But I’m not the boss of you. I’m merely stating my journalistic standards.
…June 4, 2021, the FBI interviewed Officer-1…shown a photograph of an individual at the Capitol Riots…identified the individual in the photo as “Cliff,” who Officer-1 had previously hired to work on Officer-1’s motorcycle… Officer-1 also directed the FBI to another Arlington, Texas police officer (“Officer-2”) who had used “Cliff’s” repair services.
June 7, 2021, the FBI interviewed Officer-2…shown the same photograph shown to Officer-1, and recognized the individual as “Cliff” who owned a motorcycle tire replacement business in Texas. Officer-2 said that “Cliff” had provided Officer-2 with the same telephone number ending in 7148 as was given to Officer-1.
With a very high degree of confidence (like a 100% degree of confidence) this is the Video referenced on pages 4 and 5 of the Affidavit. The timestamp is 0:32 and then I actually realized something …
As page 5 of the affidavit states -you can clearly see Defendant Ballard repeatedly assaulting Law Enforcement with a baton. I believe at least one of the police officers ended up with a shattered wrist —but it’s possibly I’m incorrect. Notwithstanding the time and location match up to a police officer sustaining serious injuries to his lower arm/wrist.
March 2021 -you thought I was kidding. I wasn’t.
Back in March I was added to a private Facebook group - one of the members posted numerous videos that were not widely circulated - the defendant can be seen in the video.
I explained in my March 2021 article (see below) how I became aware and ultimately in procession of these previously uncirculated facebook videos. And yes of course I sent the videos to the FBI before publication of this March 2021 article. Because I’m not looking for notoriety or going viral. Incidentally shortly thereafter I guess my cover was blown. I found myself unceremoniously ejected from the “private WildProtest Trump” Facebook group. Being booted didn’t bother me because I was able to extract nearly 22 videos totally more than 1 hour and 43 minutes. And after all that was always my goal, infiltration, extraction and get those videos to Law Enforcement. I guess mission accomplished? <snort>
Like I said the time and location match up but again I’m not 100% certain that Defendant Ballard actually broke the police officers wrist. Irrespective of that, what is certain and confirmed by Body Worn Cameras, Defendant Ballard assaulted multiple law enforcement officers with a police-like baton. And he used a dangerous/deadly weapon to assault law enforcement.
So help me sweet baby Jesus if the USAO-DC does not file a motion to detain pending trial I will lose my every loving mind. I haven’t seen it hit the docket but Defendant Ballard does have a Detention hearing set for later this week.
Arrest Warrant Returned Executed on 8/10/2021 in Fort Worth, TX as to THOMAS JOHN BALLARD - see DDC-ECF for returned warrant
Defendant Derek Cooper GUNBY
Look I don’t even know where to begin with Defendant Gunby because the level of WTF is too much for me to comprehend —but I’ll give it a legitimate college freshman try. Full disclosure things are going to get weird and if you give me a bit of time I think I can un-weird the various factoids
Defendant Gunby https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/defendants/gunby-derek-cooper
Case Status: Arrested 8/10.
18 U.S.C. §1752 (a)(1) —Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority
18 U.S.C. §1752(a)(2) - Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct in a Restricted Building or Grounds
40 U.S.C. §5104(e)(2)(D) -Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct on Capitol Grounds
40 U.S.C. §5104(e)(2)(D) -Parading, Demonstrating or Picketing in a Capitol Building
A brief biography of Derek Gunby;
He described himself employed as a “Sleeper Agent” - but there’s some really troubling red flags. It appears he doesn’t actually respect the Judicial System. He clearly holds a lot of animus towards women,
Example # 1 February 2016 BlueBanner Article:
Derek Gunby, a 35-year-old satellite communications operator from Greenville, said he strongly advocates for the Fathers’ Rights Movement, which pushes for family law reform at the federal and state level. According to Gunby, the legislative reform would state that in child custody cases, there would henceforth be a presumption of equal fitness to raise the child regardless of gender.
“When you are a father or a mother in the unfortunate situation should you separate, when you’re walking into a courtroom to fight for your children, you need to be on equal footing,” Gunby said. “We are nonpartisan. We are willing to throw our support behind any candidate who’s willing to tackle this massive issue.”
Example # 2 —February 2016 Facebook Message posted “on behalf of Derek Gunby, archived
25S Satellite Systems Operator
US Army Oct 2002 - Oct 20108 years 1 month
Operation, troubleshooting, and maintenance of SATCOM systems
NCO team chief responsible for training and welfare of Soldiers/NCOs
Example # 5 — January 2019 TFRM newsletter —his writing in this newsletter is, slightly unnerving.
Example # 6 —Fathers’ Rights Movement Leadership file - and then run a word Search, pages 1-3
To be clear there are numerous podcast that Defendant Gunby has been interviewed or made an appearance on. For Example
Example # 7 —The Father Matters Show podcast via www.blogtalkradio.com —however I took the liberty of querying that website and this Link will go fo Defendant Gumby’s four appearances 2016 to July 26, 2021 (YES just days before his arrest) › thefathermattersshow › podcast
Jul 26, 2021 ... Guest Speaker Information: Derek Gunby Vice President of Operations E-mail: email@example.com
Defendant Derek Gunby Affidavit/Statement of Facts
The affidavit is -in a word? Chilling. I mean look at what I highlighted. He purportedly stated he was employed as a “Sleeper Agent”. Perhaps I’m being too rational but if you really were a “sleeper agent” would you ever actually put that in writing in a public document?
Although come to think of it, we have a cadre of individuals masquerading as part of the “intelligence community” or “insiders in the inside” —Factually speaking this same cadre of individuals have never held any security clearance, none whatsoever. Setting aside the obvious fact that most individuals with actual important jobs are not tweeting like the subway-pizza-rat mainlining Red Bull.
I find that “important” people with “important jobs” are not tweeting like they just snorted crushed up Ritalin with a chaser of Xanax and washed it down with a nice tall glass of Tito’s on the rocks. So there’s that fun fact nugget…
Cops in leftover controlled areas…
I actually remember that picture being speed tweeted on Twitter. I think I was one of many Twitter accounts that debunked that photographic disinformation. My recollection is the same account that had tweeted that Trump had declared Marshal (I know it’s martial) Law and posted a video of a railroad track in Southern California that depicted the DOD moving a ton of tanks and other heavy artillery equipment.
But it’s the following paragraphs in the affidavit that sent shivers down my spine. If you want to know how a radicalized domestic terrorist sounds/writes, just read what I highlighted in the affidavit. Because that’s not “blowing off steam” those are very chilling thoughts. And it’s also instructive on how easily Donald J Trump & his surrogates & media echo chamber machine radicalized thousands of Americans.
“We are also smarter and willing to die for our beliefs..”
“Up at zero dark thirty to Stop the Steal”
You get how Defendant Gunby actually sounds like a radicalized Trump-Jihadist, right? That his comments closely echo/mirror the same pattern and rhetoric used by foreign Terror groups like Isis and al-Shabaab. Defendant Gunby stating “he’s willing to die for his beliefs” that is textbook terrorism talk. Specifically glorification of willingness to being a martyr for the cause. And if you want my unsolicited opinion, Donald J Trump is akin to Osama bin Laden;
Trump radicalized thousands of domestic terrorist.
Trump told them where to go.
Trump told them the mission and the targets.
So if you have another more “political correct” description/phrase of what the Jan6th Domestic Terrorist are - then I’m all ears. Until such time; if it acts like a domestic terrorist. If it talks like a Domestic Terrorist. If it proselytize for their Domestic Terror leader Donald J Trump or “the cause” —then shocker well duh it’s a domestic terrorist.
And the USAO-DC better get their act together because their record sucks elephant balls. Hundreds of domestic terrorist RoR’d yea GTFOH because I’m done being polite and nice. You don’t allow domestic terrorist to be RoR’d so they can stockpile dozens of guns or strangle and cause seriously bodily injury on their girlfriend (and then you file an emergency motion nearly 9 days after Pretrial Services notified you about the violation. And you filed it 7 days AFTER the Court issued an arrest warrant on July 30 -your emergency motion was filed/docketed on August 6, 2021 -fact check that, I’ll wait.
I don’t know what is going on at the USAO-DC but I’ll keep silently screaming about what in the freshest of all fresh hells is this “acting” US Attorney thinking and doing because it’s maddening to see nearly 4 out of 5 Defendants being either RoR’d or minimal unsecured bond
Yes because naturally any sane and patriotic American would live stream their Trump-Jihad to storm the Capitol, please note the dripping sarcasm (FFS Derek it is C-A-P-I-T-O-L not with an “a”)
A DOMESTIC TERRORIST is NOT A PATRIOT
Clearly there’s a disconnect or they are already beyond the point of no return. With respect to Trump’s-Domestic-Terrorist;Trump lied to you. Trump repeatedly gave you disinformation about the election. Trump lost the election. Trump doesn’t actually like or respect his supporters. Trump sees you as easy to emotionally manipulate. Trump and Fox News radicalized you and now you have become Domestic Terrorist.
And listen up Gumby (yes I know your sur name is Gunby) but for now I’ll only refer to him as Jihadist-Gumby. You seriously live-streamed your putrid word salad stream of WTFINGF consciousness is likely the most Domestic Terrorist propaganda I’ve read in a while.
the election was NOT stolen. Trump lied to you. Trump manipulated you. Trump radicalized you.
…How much they have tried to take from us, and we are still not taking up arms against our government, against the Capitol. So, we surrounded the Capitol today. Eventually tear gas started flying. They started shooting tear gas… detonated, it was like a flash bang with a, they did a lot of flash bangs and things, and people stayed peaceful. I don’t care what the media is telling you. The media told you that, that we terrorized anybody, that the American patriot, that the Trumps supporters, that the people that were here to protest the stealing of the votes, of the election in this country.
Came a little closer to some nightsticks and rubber bullets than we wanted to. But, this was ultimately peaceful. I do believe that the Metro police here in Washington do understand the stark difference between Trump supporters, the patriots, what have you, than say ANTIFA, Black Lives Matter. The character is completely different.
Gumby as a NCO - US Army, You took a LIFETIME oath -
“…will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same…”
You live-streaming your threats and actual misinformation does not make you a patriot. It makes you the exact opposite. It also makes you “ Jihad-Gumby” because your word salad is exactly how Domestic Terrorist talk.
…If the American Patriot wanted to storm the Capitol, take over this building and take care of all of Congress in there, they could do it. They could do it
They just tried to steal this election right in front of everybody’s face. And any of you, any of you, who are gonna sit there and look anybody in the face and say that, that didn’t happen. That this election fraud didn’t happen, that we’re making it up, that it’s unsubstantiated, you need to wake up..
Defendant Clifford James METEER
Upon reading the Affidavit/Statement of Facts as to Defendant Meteer, it was déjà vu —especially when I went to his Facebook account because I had previously researched him back in late February after I stumbled upon this Facebook post
On August 10, 2021 the FBI executed a judicially authorized search warrant on Defendant Meteer’s Knoxville, TN home. And then a local ABC news affiliate broadcast an interview with Defendant Meteer. I’ve embedded the video below and you can draw your own conclusions about his specious statements and unapologetic attitude towards his activities
18 U.S.C. §1752 (a)(1) -Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority
40 U.S.C. §5104(e)(2)(G) -Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building
Brief biography of Defendant Meteer
His Twitter Account appears to have been abandoned in 2012, archived -his Facebook account reads like a slow descent into a conspiracy Mecca of madness, archived. For Example his June 4, 2021 Facebook post, also archived —Defendant Meteer also posted 5 different videos -which depicts him watching the MyPillow QANON-lunatic espousing his dangerous lies about the 2020 Election.
Based on preliminary research — and with a high degree of confusion this is Defendant Meteer in October 2014 performing Live at Randy’s
To be clear I am not 100% confident that this is the Defendant but this February 2013 news clip caught my attention when I was data scraping. The issue is the DOB, full name match to Defendant Clifford J Meteer. Conversely what are the chances that there are two Clifford James Meteer born on the same date and living in Youngstown and Knoxville? I suppose it’s possible but again I’m not 100% confident that these are one in the same.
Defendant Meteer https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/defendants/meteer-clifford-james
Case Documents: Meteer Complaint & Statement of Facts
As the affidavit states, Witness # 1 is a family member of Defendant Meteer and that witness submitted a tip to the FBI on January 13, 2021 and four months later the FBI interviewed the witness.
On April 19, 2021 the FBI interviewed witness 1. Whereas on January 13, 2021 Witness 1 submitted which was a screen shot depicted below..
Save the Republic & Stop the Steal…
Witness 2 was interviewed by the FBI on April 20, 2021. Witness 2 is a former classmate of METEE and they have associated with each other through Facebook. Witness 2 stated that METEER had multiple Facebook posts on his personal page regarding his involvement at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, to include the photograph in the tip. Witness 2 stated the related Facebook posts had since been deleted. Witness 2 identified the man holding the sign as CLIFF METEER.
Investigators were then able to piece together Defendant Meteer’s movements on the Capitol Grounds complex and eventually inside the Capitol Building. The Affiant provided 10 different screen captures from CCTV security surveillance cameras.
Personally I found paragraph 32 et seq the most interesting. Largely because the Defendant appears to have been “proud” about storming the Capitol and wanted his “friends” to know he was there. Sliding into 3 different Facebook-Friends DMs
But paragraph 35 is, in my view the most damning and ironically Defendant Meteer appears to be parroting Donald Trump’s own statements. When I say that Trump has radicalized thousands, likely millions of Americans to take up arms and violently attempt to overthrow our Government…Which reads in part:
In a string of public comments on Facebook beginning on January 7, 2021, METEER posted;
“I was there. No riot. Trump Lives Matter. I was right where our honored veteran was viciously assassinated. Dems protest by looting Walmart; reps protest by “petitioning” congress. And their answer is a modern day Boston massacre.”, “Murder case n the capital building. Trump lives matter”…
“I was there”, “Are you nuts!!!!!? The democrat stealing the election is the cause of loyal citizens storming the Bastille”, “That’s Our house. They don’t get to disregard our vote”, “I saw no violence. I saw no destruction. Are you surprised he media is distorting reality? I saw 2 kids trying to kick in a door and we told them to stop and they did. As to violence, I was right around the corner from the vet who was murdered.”
And for now I think you are mostly caught up —I’d keep an eye out for the USAO-DC filing a Pretrial Detention motion for Defendant Ballard and Gunby…but then again the USAO-DC track record has been let these Domestic Terrorist out on RoR or a tiny unsecured bond. I know you are sick of hearing me say this but I’m going to repeat it:
Any Domestic Terrorist that beat Law Enforcement should be in custody pending trial. Period. Full Stop