Black man flying confederate flag arrested for living in national forest
By Martin Hill
October 8, 2014


Terry L. Sharkey is a man who can be described as a modern-day homesteader. He set up camp in the Cherokee National Forest in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of east Tennessee. Sharkey had planted a garden, pitched a tent, formed a bathtub made of rock, and flew a rebel flag. Unfortunately for him, the land he chose purportedly belongs to the federal government, and they won't stand for the likes of Sharkey.

Sharkey was convicted in April of this year after being charged for the same thing. In that case, he represented himself, PRO SE in Case # 3:14-PO-031, United States of America vs Terry L. Sharkey.

He was found guilty of four counts after entering a peal of not guilty. The counts were occupying a site for more than 14 days, failing to dispose of all garbage, camping within 300 feet of the Skyway, and residing on national Forest Land without authorization.

Judge C. Clifford Shirley, Jr. signed the ruling on April 2, 2014 and noted "it is ordered that the defendant shall notify the United States Attorney for this district within 30 days of any change of name, residence, or mailing address until all fines, restitution, costs and special assessments imposed by this judgment are fully paid." Sharkey was also ordered to notify the government of any "changes in economic circumstances." However, there were no criminal monetary penalties assigned to Sharkey for that case.

Soon afterwards, Sharkey was arrested again, after being spotted by a government helicopter surveying the area. WBIR reported that rangers hiked to the location and found Sharkey's camp "which included a tent, a Rebel flag, and a bath tub made of rock." Sharkey also had planted a garden and was building a log cabin.

The U.S. Forest Service website states "The Cherokee National Forest is your destination for outdoor recreation. Enjoy a scenic drive through the mountains, the pursuit of wildlife, the thrill of whitewater, a night under the stars, or solitude on a backcountry trail." The area in which Sharkey set up his home is described as a "650,000-acre forest" and "the largest tract of public land in Tennessee." It has more than 600 miles of trails, hundreds of miles of cold water streams, 7 whitewater rivers, 3 large lakes managed by the Tennessee Valley Authority, and "11 congressionally designated Wilderness areas."

The Cherokee National Forest rules and regulations page governs matters such as camping, public behavior, sanitation, and firearms. It states "As a visitor to the National Forests, you are asked to follow certain rules designed to protect the Forests and the natural environment, to ensure the health and safety of visitors, and to promote pleasant and rewarding outdoor recreation experience for all visitors. Forest Officers are empowered to enforce the Federal Regulations."

There are many instances of people being prosecuted and even kicked off their own land for living "off the grid." The Madison County, Indiana Planning Commission evicted a 72-year-old man from his 38 acres because he allegedly "broke all kinds of laws": no electricity, no septic system, no running water, and he lived in a camper on land he bought from his parents." (By the way, that Planing Commission can be reached at (765) 641-9541.)

Retired Congressman Ron Paul said that Secessionism is 'grand American tradition' and that he is encouraged by recent interest in the matter.

Update: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (IP in Cleveland, Tennessee has visited this article. [Screenshot here.] Apparently they were searching for evidence in the prosecution of Sharkey, to see what he had in his unauthorized garden. What a joke. This article has also been visited by the United States Navy Network Information Center (nnic) (IP in Springfield, Virginia, and the Department Of Veterans Affairs (IP in Illinois.

See also: U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE: 14-031 - USA v. Sharkey

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