The PATCON File, Pt. 1: Jesse Trentadue and the Clues Pointing to January 6th
Recent events in American society present troubling prospects for the future of the United States. Daily news cycles inundate their viewers with narratives and sound bites myopic in scope, rarely demonstrating how all these current affairs are connected with past happenings in this country. No clear picture is presented, except what appears to be a framed good guy, bad guy narrative. Tumultuous as the current state of the union is, there appears to be much more going on in the background than most Americans, especially those within media, are willing to admit or report on.
One event, having occurred on January 6, 2021, presents a spectacle shrouded in mystery as there remains unanswered questions regarding the happenings of that day. The reporting in the wake of the event leaves more questions than answers for the viewers. Examining various videos surrounding the proclaimed “storming of the capitol,” something becomes quite conspicuous at the outset, namely the unobstructed entry of the people onto the capitol grounds.
Security officials essentially opened the gates to them without accosting them. This threw up red flags. However, some will object and state that this is standard procedure given the summer of 2020 BLM riots. Refuting the objection comes by way of another little know standard operating procedure, which will be addressed in a moment.
The portrayal by the media was quite different. Media pundits took to the airwaves, with great concern of course, asking how in the world could a mob storm the capitol building. Their spin on the information depicted these people as violent protesters, which may be true for some but not for all. At least five protesters lost their lives. Why? Returning to the footage that showed the security agents allowing protesters to enter onto the grounds, if these people were such a threat, then why permit them to encroach upon the capitol unhindered? Returning to the refutation mentioned earlier, my rebuttal to those who assert that this passivity is now the common practice among law enforcement is this: another standard operating procedure of the federal government is to entrap those whom they deem as enemies of the state and its interests, or, to put it bluntly, their agenda. The process of entrapment is a very delicate matter the government has perfected over the years by running a little known covert operation called PATCON.
What is PATCON?
PATCON, or Patriot Conspiracy, was, and possibly still is, a long-term provocation operation against militia and patriot groups around the country, with the objectives of infiltrating and inciting them to violence.1 Given the government’s usage of propaganda techniques for warfare in the past, their use of these to lure group members towards violent action would be a feasible task to accomplish. All a government agent would need to do is pose as a concerned and passionate patriot, a charade that would persuade fellow members of the agent’s feigned, genuine nature. With group members’ trust fixed in this agent, they would be willing to heed the counsel provided by him. Not only would this agent provide sound advice, but he would also have access to needed tactical supplies for carrying out the violent acts he entices them towards, since he has connections with government armories.
Think of how insidious this type of operation is. Before infiltration, more often than not, most of the groups simply trained and discussed political issues that beset the nation, but once infiltration occurred, government agents, individuals whose salaries are paid with taxpayer dollars, goaded these individuals to commit violence against the public for the sole purpose of crushing these groups and further undermining any and all who stand up for the liberties granted by the Constitution of the United States.2
This is the ultimate objective of PATCON. Never mind that a government agent is the mastermind behind the plan, for all that matters is that the militia and patriot groups did it; only these must be brought to justice. With the militia members and patriot groups firmly in the spotlight, mainstream media outlets, who often have several FBI and CIA agents housed in their institutions, spin the propaganda, generalizing the acts of a few and superimpose them on the unassuming general masses who care for the Constitution. This ignites distrust and suspicious among the once apathetic portion of society. This also further provides political ammunition for those opposed to traditional values in America. While this political theater streams through the airwaves, care is taken to ensure that all government connections with whatever violent acts committed disappear from media coverage.
Jesse Trentadue and the Quest for Justice
One man, in his herculean effort to obtain justice, has brought what once was a clandestine operation to light. This man is Jesse Trentadue, an attorney based in Salt Lake City. The tale of how Trentadue uncovered PATCON is a tragic one.3 His brother, Kenneth Trentadue, was arrested in a mistaken identity case, but unfortunately for him, the arrest implicated him in the Oklahoma City Bombing of the Murrah Building on April 19, 1995. Believing Kenneth to be another man, the Feds interrogated and tortured him in a prison cell in Oklahoma, resulting in his brutal murder and the government’s attempt to cover it up.
This case is disturbing on many levels. For starters, why in the world is the FBI torturing an American citizen or anyone? The most shocking aspect is that the FBI told the family that Kenneth hung himself in his cell, which heightened the suspicion of Jesse and the rest of the Trentadue family. To widen the gulf of distrust, the federal government attempted twice to have the body cremated before sending it to the family. The first time this author had heard about the Trentadue case was while watching an explosive documentary about the Oklahoma City Bombing, called The Noble Lie. Kenneth’s story has a brief segment within the film, but Jesse has told his story in much greater detail at other venues.
On September 6, 2012, Jesse gave an address at the Seattle Town Hall and discussed at length his uphill battle for justice against the federal government. Jesse’s first remarks address the corruption of the FBI and their ability to hide and even tamper with evidence, keeping it away from judges and defense attorneys. He adds that not only are they able to do this, but the FBI and the Department of Justice actually have a system in place for carrying out these subversive acts.
Jesse discovered that the government established what is called “a June file” in the 1980s to circumvent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests; however, this is not all. Once the public became aware of the “June file,” the federal government attempted to cover their tracks by replacing it with what they called “The Zero file.” Yet the government again was caught in their deception, forcing them to create an “I-Drive,” later replaced with the “S-Drive,” where they could upload only the evidence they wanted, not all of it, to defense councils. The lack of evidence obviously skewed the outcome in the government’s favor, ensuring that the people remain ignorant of the elite’s misdeeds. Also, those who are deemed threats have FBI informants deployed undercover into their work environments which included those of senators, congressmen, among religious clergies, local law enforcement, and federal judges.
The obstruction of justice did not happen at the lower echelons of government alone, for Jesse’s investigation and research posed such a threat that even the highest levels of government became involved. A key figure in thwarting Jesse’s case was, then, the Deputy Attorney General, Eric Holder. To cover the tracts of the government, Holder and his cabal had to put together a plan to stop what he called “The Trentadue Mission.”
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J. M. Berger, “PATCON: The FBI’s Secret War Against the ‘Patriot’ Movement, and How Infiltration Tactics Relate to Radicalizing Influences,” New American (2012): 3. See this link to access document.
Ibid., 3. Berger says that PATCON became an intelligence tool, predicated on a series of suspected crimes, most of which were discussed but never committed.
The public had not known of this government operation until Jesse brought it forward in 2007 through his FOIA requests.