AMARILLO — THIS IS JACKSONVILLE DAILY PROGRESS REPORTER BEN TINSLEY'S MAY 6, 2013 INTERVIEW WITH RICHARD MCLAREN, THE SELF-STYLED AMBASSADOR TO THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS. MCLAREN IS CURRENTLY SERVING HIS 16TH YEAR OF A 99-YEAR SENTENCE AT THE CLEMENTS UNIT IN AMARILLO.
UNLIKE ROBERT FOX — WHOSE STATE JAIL FACILITY INTERVIEW WITH TINSLEY WAS CONDUCTED WITH THE PRISONER ENCLOSED IN A BOOTH WITH A THICK GLASS WINDOW SEPARATING INTERVIEWER AND INTERVIEWEE — MCLAREN AND TINSLEY WERE SEATED FACE TO FACE, NO BARRIERS BETWEEN THEM, AT A TABLE WITH A GUARD ON IMMEDIATE STANDBY.
BECAUSE MCLAREN WAS EXTREMELY REPETITIOUS, THE TRANSCRIPT HAS BEEN CONDENSED. EACH OF THE “JUMPS” IN CONTENT ARE MARKED WITH EXPIRED TIME SIGNATURES.
Q: We are talking to Richard McLaren. Sir, I was just wondering for our sake if you could just identify yourself as if you were talking to an audience.
A: I am ambassador Richard Lance McLaren.
Q: And how old are you now?
A: I am 59.
Q: And how long have you been in jail?
A: Be 16 years actually on Friday.
Q: On a 99 year sentence?
Q: Basically, what I wanted to do first is kind of have you bring us up to date. I know that when you were incarcerated in '97, that was a long time ago so basically you're still ambassador of the Republic of Texas and all your belief systems that were in effect then are in effect now?
A: Yeah. Um, so you want me to start what's current? Basically what's going on?
Q: That's fine. As long as you don't. ..
Q: … violate what they asked.
A: Back in 1996 then Dan Morales-Attorney general of Texas sued the people of Texas as a national group called the Republic of Texas. You can find that definition of the people under Texas called the Republic of Texas.