Those were the words at the end of an email that Joseph Haas of Concord, N.H. wrote at the end of an email to Terry Dudley a W. Lebanon city council member that got him arrested for threatening and menacing a 2nd degree misdemeanor. Joe was arrested tonight at 7:15pm est. at the combination police dept. and city offices of Plainfield, NH.
Joe knew that there was the possibility of being arrested but went to the town selectman meeting anyway to confront them at their meeting about the letter they sent to US Marshal Steve Monier.
In this letter the city selectmen asked for "definitive action" to end the impasse with Ed and Elaine Brown. Joe Haas and his friend Bernie Bastian went to this meeting to demand the town selectman honor the NH constitution that requires the city of Plainfield to protect its law abiding tax paying citizens from unwarranted prosecution by federal authorities. The Brown's have paid all of there local property taxes to the city of Plainfield.
In my opinion this arrest by a combination of Plainfield police and West Lebanon police was pure harassment of a Brown supporter. This reporter also witnessed what appeared to be federal authorities standing around trying to intimidate the people that went to the meeting, along with an unmarked Chevy parked about a half a block away that when confronted by Brown supporters who wanted to take pictures of the occupants immediately reversed and made a U-turn and sped away.
Joe Haas was released about shortly after his arrest on a personal recognizant bond, and he is due in court on July 31st in W. Lebanon, NH.
Joe said to me after his release that "in a state where the motto is Live Free or Die his statement of "wise up or die" was protected 1st amendment speech and that it was nothing more than his opinion and that he never willfully threatened anyone."