When Josh first came to see me, I told him that while he was doing a story on me, I would be doing a story on him. He still has enough integrity left to admit this, I truly believe. The tone of my response to his latest Wired article has been judged as imbalanced and unkind by many of the readers – especially my attitude of ridicule. But at some point, there is simply no other appropriate response.
In my humble opinion, the press, I truly believe, controls world events as much as, or perhaps more, than the the world’s ostensible leaders. The press is the conduit for our world views, our judgments, our multitudinous opinions and our loves and hates. A press that is taken in by evidence of non-existent weapons of mass destructions, for example, is more responsible for the decimation of the target country than the leaders who mislead the press. The leaders are merely pursuing their own goals and can be expected to prevaricate. The press, on the other hand, in a perfect world, is not expected to go along with prevarication. Yet it consistently does. A cynical person might point out that the press takes in an order of magnitude more money in times of war than in times of peace. No-one really wants to buy magazines that profile bake sales and peacetime pursuits. We all want to read about death and destruction. But I don’t insist, and this is really not my central point in any case. Just so you have an idea of my placement of the press in my world view of interesting things.
By now you will have hopefully read the transcript of Anthony Rhaburn’s first recording, and at least listened to his devastating second recording. And you have read the letter in “The Letter” and seen the photos of the unfolding story of the letter. These are a tiny fragment of the evidence that I gave to Josh as a reason for my apparent paranoia. At no point in his story were any of these things mentioned. Instead photos of me carrying a shotgun while half-naked appeared everywhere. If you truly believe that I wander my property half naked while carrying a shotgun, well, then I have no hope of reaching you. If you do believe that magazine photographers ask subjects to pose in extraordinary ways, and further believe that polite people accomodate reasonable requests (could you take off your shirt? — Uh, Ok. Would you hold this gun? — Uh, sure), then we may have a common ground for continuing.
This blog is as much the story of Josh Davis, Jeff Wise and the mass of press of a similar ilk, as it is the story of a corrupt government. What may appear on the surface to be grace and objectivity, with governemnts and people alike, is not always what lies beneath.
I will be unfolding this story over the next few months, weaving my required response to unforseen, unfolding events, with, I hope, a coherent story of corruption in its purest form.
Three of my friends are still being held in prison on trumped up charges. They are:
They were charged and have been imprisoned because three legally licensed firearms were found in the incorrect rooms on my property (stretching the law to the extreme). I would ask you to please email the following and demand their release: