It was shortly after September 11, 2001, when I chose to close my business, Valentine's Orlando Escorts. I made this decision mainly because I was all too aware of the future of government surveillance. I could foresee a PATRIOT Act wherein agents of our government, state and federal, could easily make an end-run around the Fourth Amendment to justify any type of search and any method of surveillance. I knew I was on a hit list and indeed I was correct.
My arrest came more than two entire months after I closed the business, yet to this day there are statements on the MBI website that include a nefarious claim that the agency closed it. Still, to this day, I am painted as the villain in the malicious prosecution and false arrest based on the clear and obvious lies of a criminal informant trying to escape her own valid prosecution. Also to this day, I am pursued by the losers in the case as if it were eleven years ago and I was still in business.
PATRIOT Act Passes
You may know me as someone that rarely bothers to mince words and states exactly what I think. I used to be even more forthright with my thoughts, believe it or not. In this land of the free, the outspoken are not viewed with kindness, especially when they express thoughts deemed unacceptable by mainstream America.
My thoughts expressed both before and after September 11, 2001, have placed me on one or another agency's hit list. After PATRIOT passed: They attached a GPS tracking device to my vehicle without warrant or court order, long before any court ruled on specific uses available to government agencies. When they did it, it was definitely illegal. They went digging in my backyard and they screwed with my telephone lines. Hell, they broke into my home at least twice when I was not home and without any warrant or court order.
In October of 2001, when the PATRIOT Act was passed and it became known that few representatives that voted for it had even read it, I was appalled. I read it and for law enforcement around the country it was like a wish-list filled in its entirety. Suddenly, making an end-run around the Fourth Amendment was easy. What Fourth Amendment? There was no such thing for the most part as all of its intended protections for the people were gone forever.
More recently I was approached by a woman I called Kendall in the Memoirs book. Although she claimed to have never heard of Paul Bergrin, she tracked me down to a NorthJersey.com article about Bergrin wherein I had exchanged a couple of comments with a friend in NJ. She used an alias Facebook account and left an email address, begging me to contact her. I did.
As it was explained to me, a former MBI agent supposedly had documents that involved me and the case against me that he wanted to give me. The particular agent was someone that she had an affair with. The affair was something I knew about for many years - like back to 1994. After many conversations it was made clear to me that this agent would only give me the documents in person. I requested a specific list of the documents. I feared meeting with him. When he refused to send a list over, all bets were off for me.
The particular agent had some involvement in my case, but his specialty was surveillance for the drug unit of MBI and not vice and organized crime. He has long since been retired and in business for himself, but I did see him around my home before and after my arrest. Back then he had long hair. Today he wears his hair short, but it is the same man that lurked around my house and even knocked on the door once prior to my arrest. I believe it was an attempt at what MBI refers to as a "knock and talk," but he sure as hell didn't get invited in. So I did see him up close and recognized him when I found a recent photo after I was contacted. No amount of denial from any former agent will change that. Yes, one retired agent contacted me and claimed it just was not so... Yeah buddy. To be fair, I believe the retired agent that contacted me was clueless on all of it - the surveillance before and after arrest and the recent contact in reference to the documents.
Where were you on September 11, 2001?
In the early morning on that fateful day that would change life as we all knew it, I was trading and choosing stocks for the day in Nasdaq after-hours trading. I had a streaming ticker of my main list of stock picks in front of me and was closely watching bid/ask when the tickers slowly stopped moving. No buys or sells were taking place. I could hear CNBC in the background and knew that something was wrong. I walked into the living room and saw the scene unfolding live on television. It went on and on. Where was NORAD?
Obviously NORAD was nowhere to be found. If my father had been alive, it would have raised his eyebrows to say the least. People used to tell me that I look just like my father, I thought like my father, and I was a younger female version of my father. My father used to tell me that I was a rebel without a cause, but that one day I would have a cause. Boy was he right. He died too young. No one ever told me that I was anything like my mother.
My Past Connections
My parents were both career USAF, though my mother had to get out to have me (the rules were different back in 1960) and then rejoin later. They divorced when my father refused to volunteer to go to Vietnam years later. She was always the saluting patriot. He would tell me in later years that I should ignore much of what she said because they had brainwashed her. He stated it in a matter of fact voice and point blank. He meant it, for sure. He also told me to never, ever leave my son alone with her. I did once and got the point quickly as I drove 90mph back to pick him up.
I have no idea what they did to her, but I do remember when she disappeared. Today she doesn't recall anything at all about her service. Back when she did remember everything, I would try to discreetly question her, though it always resulted in her freaking out on me.
In my mother's later years, she was one of the few women commanders of the VFW. No, not the Ladies Auxiliary, but the VFW. She did that until one day when she called me confused about money missing from the post. Someone had convinced her to sign a bunch of blank checks and then used them for all sorts of crap. I made sure that no one would pursue her over it and talked her into dumping the VFW. That post closed long ago, but she's still a lifetime member.
My father was personal driver to several SACEURs (Supreme Allied Commander Europe), including USAF General Lauris Norstad, US Army General Lyman Lemnitzer, and US Army General Andrew Goodpaster. General Lemnitzer was the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff until JFK discovered Operation Northwoods and sent him to the European Command. My father always spoke highly of Lemnitzer, though less so of Norstad., and especially Norstad's wife I have all sorts of memorabilia, personal letters, and personal photos from this time.
If I buy a scanner I will probably post some of it online. I tried to buy an all-in-one printer that included a scanner almost a year ago, but got the damn thing home from Walmart and could not piece it together. Really it was the top to the scanner that wouldn't attach. I brought it back to Walmart in its many pieces. So if I can find one that is already together, I'll try again. They sure didn't used to make them like they do today. Pure junk.
Actually both of their careers went beyond the military. My father was working for a contractor out of Washington DC and lived in Moscow and in Helsinki for some time, up until late 1989. My father was in charge of securing the building materials from electronic bugs when they rebuilt the U.S. Embassy in Moscow after the USMC scandal. I recall something about them having to bring-in the building materials from elsewhere as when it was first rebuilt there were bugs in the materials. Remember that sex and spy scandal?
I do not consider myself unAmerican
To question what our government does should never be considered unAmerican or unpatriotic. Yet these days I have been labeled as such because of my support for Brad Manning. Well hell, the banner is in your face when you come to this blog to read what I write. Let's not pretend I hide my support, right?
Brad Manning saw something really wrong and he is accused of doing something about it and leaking top secret documents to Wikileaks. Manning is the hero in my eyes and not the many that ignored the illegal acts and even participated. Did you see the Collateral Damage video? I did. How can anyone claim that the behavior of the US military participants is acceptable? I will admit that I do not get it.
As far as Julian Assange is concerned, it looks like he is experiencing the set-up of anyone's lifetime. To claim that there is not any sealed indictment in Eastern District of Virginia is absurd. Hell, they indicted Jennifer Churchill for editing images with Photoshop for Classy DC Escorts. Do you really think there is a chance in hell that they didn't indict Assange?
Before you answer, consider the level of embarrassment that was experienced by so many governments, but especially the US, over the leaks. Do not forget to consider the many representatives of the US government and citizens that have called for his head on a platter. I truly hope he makes it to Ecuador; however, I seriously doubt that he will stay alive for long there.
So if my support for Brad Manning makes me a traitor as some claim, then what does that make the perps that were exposed in the leaked documents or the government representatives that lied left and right to the people they represent? Some people are simply pro-war because they are in some way profiting from it. Really - it is that simple. It is all about the money and the benefits.
The military sure is not what it used to be. Today we have young soldiers returning from the Middle East to a new car and an upper middle-class house that would otherwise have been flipping burgers at a McDonald's. How many human beings did each kill to gain that wealth and the many benefits offered by the US government to those willing to kill on demand or order others to do so? How many innocent bystanders died as a result of their presence?
War on Terror Hypocrisy
Nothing makes me more ill than to hear someone say that while they do not support war, they do support the soldiers. Really, I mean what the fuck is that? We have had an all volunteer force since the Vietnam War was declared over decades ago. Of course I do not place any blame on anyone that was not allowed to leave the military after the War on Terror began back in late 2001, but that is related to stop-loss and is a different topic.
How can I support someone that volunteers to join knowing they will likely be participating in killing in the Middle East? Even not having a decent job is no excuse in my eyes. To volunteer to join an illegal invasion and occupation for money is far from excusable. They are not much better than the war profiteers, except that they're receiving much less money.
So life continues eleven years after September 11, 2001, with millions dead and unheard of profits going to investors and businesses and retired military in the form of lucrative contracts. Meanwhile, we no longer have a Fourth Amendment or many rights left. Yet at least half of these people will claim they are doing it for my freedom, your freedom, and freedoms in general. What, because I'm not sitting in a prison, I'm free? Laughable indeed.
What I want to know is who in the hell has brainwashed the masses here? What sort of drugs are so many people that I encounter on? We are involved in never-ending wars around the globe at great expense and with money we no longer have to spend. People in other sovereign nations are dying every single day so that the war profiteers at the top and their cohorts on down the line can make more flippin' money. They have proved that they are the masters of deception.
Life is worse than ever for citizens around the world and I do not see any possible improvement in the future. I am truly sorry for the children that will suffer because of what we the people have allowed them to do for money. We spend $billions searching for, developing, and making new and innovative weapons to kill people, but more than half of our citizens have no health insurance or health care. Tell me again how advanced our society is and why the rest of the world would want a democracy such as ours?
And of course Guantanamo camps are still open. What freedoms? What rule of law? What U.S. Constitution?
And of course Guantanamo camps are still open. What freedoms? What rule of law? What U.S. Constitution?