FTL's Main Host Released on Highly Restrictive Bail
|RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, June 10, 2021|
At 6am on March 16, the windows of Free Talk Live (FTL) were smashed in at the FTL studio, which is also the home of lead host Ian Freeman. Approximately two dozen armed men and women from the FBI, IRS, ATF, USPS and others decided to pay them a visit and confiscated some computers and phones, as well as take Freeman and his next-door neighbor and co-host "Nobody" into custody. At the same time, they raided the home of another FTL co-host, Aria DiMezzo, as well as a few of their mutual friends.
Freeman said that in total, six of them were arrested and have been charged with various victimless 'crimes' relating to the alleged distribution of Bitcoin without government permission. Four of the six were released on the same day, while Freeman and Nobody were held pending bail hearings. His first hearing took weeks to get the ruling, but the magistrate denied Freeman's release, calling him a flight risk and "economic danger to the community."
Freeman subsequently appealed and six weeks later a judge released him on some very restrictive bail conditions. Nobody is still being held and is appealing his initial bail denial as well. Freeman's bail conditions include home confinement, no access to cryptocurrency and he's prohibited from speaking his co-host of nearly 20 years, Mark Edge, as well as Aria, Nobody and several other mutual friends.
Freeman said that they plan to fight these restrictions as they are a "clear violation of the right to free speech and free association." "One thing is for sure - it certainly doesn't feel like innocent until proven guilty with 69 days behind bars pre-trial and insane bail conditions, that I've only glossed over here to keep this update short," said Freeman.
The hosts are denying "the ludicrous charges" against them and planning for a trial in 2022. Freeman says he's facing the brunt of it and has been labeled a "sophisticated criminal" and "kingpin" by the prosecutors. "Bitcoin of course, is not illegal, so they had to cook up some other scary sounding charges like 'wire fraud' and 'money laundering' and the biggie, 'continuing financial crimes enterprise,' which alone has a ten-year minimum sentence," said Freeman.
Free Talk Live was the first national radio show to discuss Bitcoin and they've been longtime advocates for it and other cryptocurrencies. Even though Freeman is prohibited by the bail conditions from using cryptocurrency, he can still talk about it, so if you'd like to discuss Bitcoin on-air and why the federal government and banks are so afraid of it, he's happy to be interviewed at 603-513-2449. He's available via POTS, Comrex Access, or any online method like Zoom, Jitsi, etc.
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