A spokesman for the Slidell Police Department in Louisiana said there was no "anti-government" rally in Slidell when the Hakkens were there.
He said if there had been, they would have known about it, and they also are wondering where that part of the story came from.
Last Wednesday, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office put out a media alert with the following information.
"What we have learned so far, and keep in mind this a still preliminary, that on June 17th 2012, the father Joshua Hakken was arrested in a hotel on multiple drug charges in St. Tammany Parrish, Louisiana after attending some type of anti-government rally."
Media outlets have used the phrase "anti-government" since then in stories, headlines and social media to describe the couple.
Today, Slidell Police Department Detective Daniel Seuzeneau told FOX 13's Stef DiPietrantonio that if there ever was a rally, it wasn't there. He said that Slidell is a small town where three major interstates intersect, and many people pass through -- and that is what he said the Hakkens said they were doing at the time.
Seuzeneau added that he had not even heard of any rallies in New Orleans at the time, 20 miles away.
Blog reveals clues into Joshua Hakken's mindset
Before sailing to Cuba, Hakken had been posting on an online forum called "Adam Versus The Man."
His blogging there gives at least some idea of why Hakken was unhappy, not only with the government, but with the way he felt his liberties were being infringed on when his kids were taken from him and his wife Sharyn, and placed in foster care.
"Adam Versus The Man" is a daily podcast on YouTube. Forum monitor Adam Kokesh said it's based on Libertarian principles, empowering self-ownership and asserting your rights as an individual -- all qualities which appealed to Joshua Hakken, who went by the handle, 'sailingbull'.
"The government qualifies as 'the man,' but it's really that innate desire in every human being to control and dominate and manipulate others, and so there's a little bit of the man in all of us. But the primary manifestation of that unhealthy human desire is a government," Kokesh said in an interview with FOX 13's Stef DiPietrantonio.
"So, you don't think Joshua turned around, and became 'the man' himself, by using dominant force, to overtake somebody, with a weapon?," we asked. "Hypothetically yes, you could twist it around and say that Joshua was being, 'the man' in doing so, but I think more he was challenging the authority of government and very successful in doing so," replied Kokesh.
In late February, Hakken wrote that he was a father, mechanical engineer and a U.S. Air Force veteran, honorably discharged for medical reasons in 1998, But never let on about what he might have been planning.
"I don't think he really talked to anybody that allowed for any chance his plans could go awry," Kokesh said.
Online support grows for Hakkens
And if you want to get into the mindset of Joshua Hakken, read why Kokesh supports him:
"Clearly, what he was doing was seeking justice and trying to regain custody of his children, when they were unjustly taken from him by government. This was not a kidnapping, this was a liberation," said Kokesh, who also added, it's been a few weeks since he heard from Hakken, who had sent him his cell phone number. He has not been able to reach Hakken and they've only communicated via his online forum.
"I think people are watching the Hakken case and they're definitely cheering for Joshua, Sharyn and the boys to get away safely. And to be able to lead happy, healthy, productive lives and that's the reaction we've seen," Kokesh said.
We're also learning more about the book series of fantasy novels the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office is pouring through right now, called "The Sword Of Truth" by best-selling author Terry Goodkind.
Hakken has said the books quote, "changed his life."
Slidell Police said Hakken rambled on about "The Sword Of Truth," and about Armageddon, which detectives told us was the primary reason the Hakkens were arrested. And that the Office of Child and Family Services were the ones who made the decision to place their kids in foster care, because of the extreme rantings by the couple -- it was not the police department that made the decision.
Police say the drug charges were only a contributing factor to the children being removed from their parent's custody.
"Guys with swords fighting dragons, you know, that kind of thing," is how Rick Feltman at Demolition Comics in Tampa describes "The Sword Of Truth," series of books. He has read the first eleven novels.
"They are your basic good versus evil stories, with plenty of magic and wizards. And that each book leaves the reader with a sort of moral code or message."
In book one, Feltman said his takeaway after reading it was the willing suspension of disbelief.
"Maybe, if he [Hakken] recognized all those Wizard's Rules as kind of a code? Because people want to believe so much, the regular population will believe whatever the government will tell them? Well, if they want to believe so much, why should I believe so much, ya know?" Feltman said.
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