Houck Defenders Pack Chestnut Street To Witness To Feds — About 100 persons packed the sidewalk at 615 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, starting at 11 this morning, Oct.7, to call attention to the plight of the Houck family and the de facto declaration by the Biden Administration that political dissenters are enemies of the state.
The address houses the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania which is leading the Mark Houck persecution.
Houck allegedly shoved anti-life activist Bruce Love in October 2021 during a dispute at a Planned Parenthood clinic. Federal law prohibits the blocking of clinics — not just abortion ones — and that’s what the feds say Houck did.
Houck says he was 50 feet away from the entrance and Love had left his station, where he was an escort, to harass his 12-year-old daughter.
Regardless, on the early morning of Sept. 23 a group of about 25 heavily armed FBI agents in a convoy of 15 vehicles arrested Houck in front of his family.
For at worst a shoving match.
Dr. William Develin, a human rights advocate, emceed the event, which he called a “public witness” and led public prayer to start things. He reminded the group that they should love their enemies.
He introduced WPHT host Dom Giordano, a strong supporter, who said that someone in the state government had to sign off on the arrested.
Was it Attorney General — and Democrat gubernatorial candidate — Josh Shapiro?
Giordano noted that Houck is being represented by Brian J. McMonagle, one of the nation’s premier defense attorneys, along with Peter Breen. He said McMonagle is doing it at a steep discount.
Giordano contrasted the treatment Houck is receiving to criminals in Philly — there have been 410 murders so far this year in the city — and Hunter Biden, who he described as a “walking example of privilege.”
He called on the remaining good agents in the FBI to act and stifle the erosion of civil liberty.
Ashley Garecht of Pro Life Union of Philadelphia described how she and her teenaged daughters were harassed by State Rep. Brian Sims (D-182) at a demonstration and Sims went so far as to doxx the young girls.
“Nothing happened to Sims,” she said.
She said the Houck raid was the result of Joe Biden’s hellish rant at Independence Hall on Sept. 1 in which he said half the country “represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our Republic.”
She said a fundraising campaign she started has raised $300,000 for the Houcks.
Patrick Stanton of the same group described the vandalism that has occurred at Catholic churches in the city and mocked the FBI for lack of arrests. The crowd joined him in the mocking.
The event was observed by city police and uniformed officers of the Department of Homeland Security, and who knows what else.
Peter Breen described how he made several offers to have Houck surrender voluntarily. He also said that if they wanted to arrest him he could have him appear in a convenient public spot to spare his family.
Wasn’t going to happen. Stasi gonna Stasi.
Breen said that he was surprised at the blackout of the event in the local media.
He said the charges have no basis and every new fact he finds is in his client’s favor.
Kathy Barnette, who finished strong in the GOP Senate primary in May, passionately expressed anger at what was happening to this nation,.
“The issue of defending life is not a Republican issue,” she said. “It’s about defending truth.”
She said there were far more people like her than not.
She gave a shout out to a woman holding a sign saying “Atheist/Progressive/Pro Life”. The woman was found to be Terrisa Bukovinac, the founder of Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising.
Ms. Barnette said the federal government has been weaponized and the battle isn’t going to be easy.
“It’s going to cost us something for standing up for truth,” she said.
She noted that we should not expect a hero to save us.
“If you are sitting waiting for someone, it is you,” she said.
FBI whistleblower Steve Friend was scheduled to attend but did not.
The FBI wouldn’t allow him said Rev. Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense League.
Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale was recognized from the podium for his presence.
Kenneth Stracuzzi of Hope for Pa led group prayer prior to the official start of the event.