Ted Nugent finally did his interview with Erin Burnett on CNN on Monday (I presume he had to be talked into it because she’s of legal age) and he told a big ol’ whopping lie on national television. He claimed to be both a local and federal law enforcement officer who goes on raids for the FBI, the U.S. Marshals and the DEA.
I’ve been a cop in Lake County, Michigan, since 1982 thereabout. I conduct federal raids with the DEA and ATF and U.S. Marshals and the FBI and Texas Rangers and heroes of law enforcement.
“And we are re-arresting fugitive felons let out of their cages after murdering and raping and molesting children, carjacking. And we keep going after these guys.
“The adrenaline is something like you will never experience, I hope you never have to experience it, but when we are done with these kinds of raids, we get together and our hearts are broken that we have to face these monsters. We call them mongrels. We call bad people who are destroying our neighborhoods mongrels.”
PolitiFact called all those agencies and they don’t have any idea what Nugent was talking about. First, the Lake County sheriff:
Nugent is a reservist for the county sheriff’s office, Sheriff Robert Hilts told us. But, “He’s never joined us for any raids. Fortunately, we don’t have those sorts of problems up here.”
Hilts said Nugent has no authority or official responsibilities. The only activity involving Nugent that Hilts could recall was raising money on behalf of the department and for a local boy who has cystic fibrosis.
“We’re always searching the woods for a hunter that’s lost or hurt,” Hilts said. “He helped us buy a four-wheel drive offroad vehicle so we could reach people faster.”
And the feds:
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) told us, “We are not aware of him conducting any raids with us.”
We asked the Texas Department of Public Safety on what occasions Nugent had joined Texas Rangers on raids. Press secretary Tom Vinger said, “In regards to your question about the Texas Rangers, that did not occur.”Joe Moses, a 22-year veteran special agent at the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), told us they have no record or recollection of Nugent participating in any of their operations. However, when there are special projects that involve many federal, state and local agencies, they wouldn’t necessarily know the name of everyone who showed up.
At the same time, Moses said there are strict standards for who is involved in an actual raid.
“You would not have someone who didn’t hold the status of a police officer or federal agent participate in such an operation,” Moses said. The process of arresting a person or collecting evidence must withstand challenge in a courtroom. It is not a place for the inexperienced, Moses told us.
The FBI said it could neither confirm nor deny Nugent’s participation in a raid.
When we reached out to Nugent, an assistant did not provide evidence that Nugent participated in raids with the FBI, the DEA or the ATF.
Instead, Nugent’s assistant Linda Peterson wrote, “Ted has been active in the following: U.S. Marshall Service FALCON fugitive task force arrest raids in Texas …”
That’s not quite what it sounds like, either. Nugent and a film crew “went on a ride-along with a U.S. Marshals-led task force in Waco, Texas, in 2005,” agency spokesman Dave Oney said. Oney believes they were shooting footage for Nugent’s television show Spirit of the Wild.
With the U.S. Marshals, observers work under clear limits.
“They cannot go with us into private residences,” Oney said. “So, he would have had to remain in the vehicle or on the sidewalk or some other public area.”
That ride-along took place about nine years ago. No law enforcement agency told us that Nugent has any current role in their efforts to apprehend felons.
They rate this as a pants-on-fire lie. And that’s exactly what it is.