‘Operation Burn Notice’ Rises From Ashes As ‘The Wisconsin Poll Watcher Militia’
A group of professional pranksters is at it again in America’s Dairyland. A group once known as “Operation Burn Notice,” headed by such folks as automobile repair store owner Matt Leppard, unemployed live-at-home Chris Heather, Arizona agitator in absentia Robin Causey and many of the same names we came to love during the 2011 effort to recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker are getting the band together in an effort to frighten Democrats out of voting in November.
OPERATION BURN NOTICE: PHONIES, FRAUDS AND COWARDS
This group was active during the petition drive to gather enough signatures to force a recall election of the unpopular Wisconsin governor. They pretended they were a large group, impersonating petition circulators, which they would get signed, gather and burn. They were featured in an AlterNet story, and were exposed as being behind a phony “Occupy Madison” website meant to mimic the actual “Occupy Madison” site in an effort to allegedly divert donations meant for the actual group into their own pockets. One of their prime members, Roy Innis of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, was exposed by the mother of his eldest child after bragging about being a mercenary who was a life-taking man-killer. The woman proved that Mr. Innis washed out of boot camp after 30 days.
Angry at having their scam shut down, the reporter responsible for the expose continues to be attacked by members of the group now three years after the event.
About a year ago, the titular head of the OBN Group, Matt Leppard, owner of L & M Automotive in North Prairie, Wisconsin, contacted this reporter to “out” a member of the OBN gang of goofballs as the person who was still engaged in harassment. With Walker being mentioned, at the time, as a potential GOP contender for President in 2016, Leppard and other middle-aged Republicans who were involved in OBN, decided it was best to go mainstream. According to Leppard, Chris Heather, 41, unemployed and living with his mother in a Racine, Wisconsin, apartment, just would not realize that it was all “over.”
“Attacking you makes him feel like a big man,” Leppard said at the time. “He has so many sock puppets (false Twitter accounts) he’s hard to keep track of, but the guy attacking you is definitely Chris Heather.”
A MILITIA OF COWARDS
Heather, who was notably once the victim of domestic violence in 1995 when his girlfriend beat him up, has been a particularly noxious troll with at least a dozen “sock puppets” on Twitter, all of which seem to be directed at attacking this reporter for the crime of having Parkinson’s disease. During his tenure in charge of the OBN Facebook page, Heather was responsible for images such as these.
Operation Burn Notice was a joke. A stunt. A gag. No petitions were gathered and burned. Some money may have been siphoned from the actual Occupy Madison site. But for the most part, they were an annoyance.
Now, they’ve got Talking Points Memo all riled up!
The Capital Times continues:
“We prefer our people be armed,” reads a Facebook post by Wisconsin Poll Watcher Militia, screen captured on a blog at Politicususa.com. “Some will be heading to some of Milwaukee, Racine, and Beloit’s worst areas. We will be armed with a list of people to look for at each location.”
The exchange posted on Politicususa continues:
Patrick Murray: “Just so you are aware, I will not report Republicans. Only Democrats.”
Wisconsin Poll Watcher Militia: “We will be targeting heavy democrat districts, so it is doubtful this will even be an issue.”
Another entry from the group’s Facebook page, which has 31 likes as of Friday afternoon, reads: “Please private message us names of people you know are active voters and wanted on warrants. We can get our agents to watch their polling location, identify the individual, and then follow them to their residence. A call the police and they will be picked up for processing.”
Another: “Attention all members: Militia training will be at HQ on September 20, 2014 at 0930. We will hand out updated watch lists, duty assignments, and discuss rules and regulations. Expect it to take around 2-3 hours. After our discussion we will be headed to the range for anyone who wants to participate.”