Fri Dec 7, 2012 12:11AM
A "doomsday prepper" in a rural area of Maryland became a target for police and the FBI after he told an undercover cop that he was "very irritated" about Barack Obama's re-election, sparking an investigation that eventually led to 46-year-old Terry Porter being thrown in prison and having his home raided by 150 armed officers.
The series of events began when an anonymous person contacted state police in early November claiming Porter was "getting crazier and crazier" and had been stockpiling "machine gun-style firearms" at his home in Sharpsburg. The police followed up by sending an undercover officer to Porter's home pretending to be a potential customer for his welding business.
According to a charging document filed in Washington County District Court, Porter "openly admitted to being a prepper" (as if this was an illegal act in and of itself) and said that he was "very irritated" about the recent presidential election. Porter had also invested in an underground bomb shelter and had installed surveillance cameras on his property.
Once the investigation into Porter began, police discovered that he had a 1992 felony drug conviction and was therefore barred from owning firearms. On Thursday of last week, no less than 150 armed and militarized police and FBI agents in the guise of tactical assault teams descended on Porter's house as if they were confronting a terrorist cell. The raid also included helicopters, SWAT crews, armored vehicles and even excavation equipment.
Porter was absent at the time of the raid but turned himself in the next morning at Hagerstown Barrack. Prison Planet
It is important to stress that Porter's possession of guns merely provided a justification for the police raid and came to light only after authorities began to investigate him over his anti-Obama statements. Prison Planet
As the Intel Hub highlights, "The fact that 20 years before he had a drug conviction enabled the FBI to carry out a raid they would have never even considered if it wasn't for the fact that they knew that the man was preparing and was distrustful of the government. To say the raid was simply for illegal possession of firearms is to ignore all the facts of this horrific story." Prison Planet
Terry Allen Porter, 46, of 4433 Mills Road, Sharpsburg, was charged with seven counts each of being a convicted felon in possession of a rifle or shotgun and possession of firearms after being convicted of a disqualifying offense, court records said. herald-mail.com
Porter was the subject of a manhunt after his property was searched Thursday [Nov. 29]. He turned himself in Friday morning and was briefly held on $75,000 bond before posting bail, court records said. herald-mail.com
A state police corporal went to Porter's home Nov. 16, posing as a customer for the business Porter runs from his home, the charging document said. Porter got "very irritated" during a discussion of the recent presidential election and "openly admitted to being a prepper," the document said. herald-mail.com
Porter showed the officer a 10-by-20-foot concrete slab, telling him that beneath it was a bunker with electric, water and septic service that was stocked with food, the charging document said. He also told the officer he buried refrigerators in the woods containing food and guns, the document said. herald-mail.com
Porter also showed the officer his surveillance system and a metal box concealed in a log pile, the charging document said. herald-mail.com
After the raid, the claim that Porter was stockpiling "10-15 machine gun-style firearms" was demolished when police uncovered "four shotguns, a .30-30-caliber rifle and two .22-caliber rifles," hardly a deadly mass arsenal. Prison Planet
Police SWAT teams shut down the rural Mills Road outside Sharpsburg for hours Thursday [Nov. 29], but Porter was nowhere to be found. wjla.com
Police say several SWAT teams had been doing a training exercise not far away when they were called in to help execute the warrant. wjla.com
Porter's neighbors expressed their fury at the needless expense of the raid, noting that Porter was a trustworthy man who did not pose any kind of violent threat. Prison Planet
"It was ridiculous for (the man), who would not hurt another person for anything. Unless you would attack him, he’s not going to go after anyone," said 35-year-old Heather Hamilton who lived around the corner from Porter, adding that the whole episode was "a big waste of taxpayer money." Prison Planet