Janet Phelan, investigative and human rights journalist, poet, author of the memoir Exile, whose recent appeal to the Inter American Commission on Human Rights seeking protection as an American journalist from retaliatory harassment and death threats was covered here earlier, responded this week to an email solicitation from Team Trump asking Americans to sign the “Official Stand for the National Anthem petition NOW” with a powerful reminder to the President about the dismal state of affairs in the USA today—and the complete loss of freedom and lack of justice evident currently in America.
Team Trump from DonaldJTrump.com’s letter offered the usual verbiage appealing to patriotism and calling up veterans and sacrifice and freedom:
“The President has asked for a list of everyone who supports STANDING FOR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM, our country, and our great veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice defending our freedom.”
Pointing to the rampant corruption and abuse in today’s fallen US court system where judges take bribes, police kill citizens, minor drug-offenders are excessively penalized, and children are wrested from families and handed over to “sexual predator(s) and known abuser(s),” Ms. Phelan called attention also to intensive whistleblower retaliation, the current use of “unconventional weapons” on NSA whistleblower Karen Melton-Stewart and the silencing of dissent, saying she was not going for stand for the national anthem but weep for it instead.
“At one time, America was the leader of the free world. At this juncture, America is no longer free.”
I am not going to stand for the National Anthem. I am going to weep for it.
In language and admonition that surely resonates across the length and breadth of America today, Janet Phelan wrote:
I have made my decision. I am not going to stand for the national anthem.
I am going to weep for it.
At one time, America was the leader of the free world. At this juncture, America is no longer free.
Police kill citizens with impunity. The courts are dead set on extracting as much money as possible from litigants, while dispensing abuse, rather than justice. This is best seen in probate courts, where judges regularly appoint guardians-for-profit who then rape the hard earned savings of their wards and then deny them appropriate medical care, sending them off to early graves. Equally problematic are family courts, where children are regularly sent to live with a sexual predator or known abuser while the judges demonize a loving parent.
The plight of those in the criminal justice system is equally severe. For years, concerns have been voiced about the incarceration of those who commit victimless crimes, such as minor drug offenses. We are now seeing criminal sentences being levied for what are non-crimes: lengthy incarcerations for violating unconstitutional and first amendment violating- gag orders, lengthy incarcerations for contempt of court for violating unconstitutional court orders, and even incarcerations for failure to pay court costs, which were already deemed to be non-jailable and redolent of “debtors prisons.” Judges’ orders—even when legally unsupportable and clearly unconstitutional–have the effect of law and are being used as political tools to shut down whistleblowers and dissidents and to fill private prisons and psychiatric hospitals.
Foundationally, America is a system of laws. This has been corrupted beyond recognition and we now have judges taking bribes under the table through “loans” they do not pay back or through other mechanisms, such as laundering payoffs through casinos. We have dedicated whistleblowers, such as former NSA analyst Karen Melton Stewart, who are under mortal attack by unconventional weapons and we have an increasing number of Americans fleeing the country for their safety.
I am still waiting for you to “drain the swamp,” Mr. President. I am waiting for freewheeling judges who legislate from the bench to be led off in handcuffs. I am waiting for the police officers who attacked me, including Loren Dawson, to face a jury and culpability. I am waiting for the district attorney who tried to jail me for reporting a death threat to join Officer Dawson. Until then, there is nothing very much to stand up about.
I stand for freedom and justice, not for tyranny and lies. When America has returned to her principles, I will then join you in standing for the national anthem. Until then, I will only weep.
Source: Janet Phelan, email. Posted with thanks, by permission of the author.
Many of us in America know already that our whistle-blowers are being persecuted, not protected, that revealing evidence of government corruption or crime has become grounds for career sabotage and character assassination, that speaking out about war crimes, illegal CIA programs of torture, or illegal NSA activities of waste and mismanagement have become grounds for criminal charges and jail time.
In this atmosphere of over-extended government control, NSA Whistle-blower Karen Melton-Stewart’s accomplishments and openness in speaking out post-retaliation from the NSA stand out. To date, she is the only NSA whistle-blower speaking openly and regularly about the crimes of electromagnetic weapon/Directed-Energy Weapon and pernicious neuro-technology use on civilians in the USA and worldwide.
Distressingly, retaliation from the clandestine services including local fusion centers in the way of stalking, surveillance, and DEW assaults have continued, she reports. Investigative journalist Janet Phelan reports on an assault on her person by a young trespasser on her parents’ property, in attempts to falsely incriminate Ms. Stewart. Re-posted, with thanks, by permission of the author.
Karen Melton-Stewart, a foreign language intelligence analyst with the Weapons and Space Directorate at the NSA, discovered that the Russians were selling GPS jammers to Iraq before the 2003 US invasion. The jammers would have caused missiles to go off target and very likely hit civilians, as well as US military. Her six month series of subsequent reports, delineating the technical attributes of the Russian GPS jammers and their sale and transfer details was credited by her management team with saving thousands of American lives.
What she didn’t know then was that her efforts very likely cost her her own.
Her reports, which formed the basis of a technical team’s countermeasure efforts, resulted in the US being able to circumvent the jammers and proceed with the effort known as Operation Iraqi Freedom. All the team came up for awards and/or promotions due to this effort and Stewart was also submitted for a promotion by her branch chief. Inexplicably, Stewart’s name was removed from the list and her promotion was given to another analyst, who did not work on the report and whose high school level education did not provide her with the skill set to do so.
And when Stewart wanted to know why she was passed over, she set in play a maelstrom of reaction which she could never have foreseen. At that time, Stewart believed in the integrity of the NSA and had no clue that what she had stumbled upon was an entirely illegal blackmail cell, operating within NSA Security.
Says Stewart, “The woman who got my promotion was a “honey pot,” and was setting up management level NSA officials for sexual blackmail.” Stewart believes that this was being run by a sector within the NSA called NSA Security.
Stewart was subsequently fired from the NSA, after several bouts of veiled accusations that she had made security leaks, numerous lie detector tests and several forced psych evaluations. She had served for 28 years at the time of her termination.
Her problems, however, were only beginning. She has been stalked, surveilled, harassed, subjected to home invasions and is now facing criminal charges for defending herself from an assailant on her own property. This in a state which has a strong “Stand Your Ground” law, Florida.
Russell Tice, a former NSA employee who was also terminated when he began to object to NSA surveillance of US citizens, calls the efforts to imprison Karen Stewart “a typical tactic.” Tice also reports a “robbery” at his residence in which items of value, such as his wife’s pearls and other jewelry, were not taken. In a recent interview with this reporter, he states that he believes the NSA was sweeping his house to see if they could find anything incriminating.
Karen Stewart actually saw the man leaving her house after she was also “swept.” She then saw him shortly thereafter at NSA Security and believes she has determined his identity as “Eric Hagemann,” an NSA executive with Computer Science and Electronics. However, when she requested her attorney to do a records request in Maryland for his driver’s license and photo, Stewart began to be attacked with unconventional weapons. She has joined a growing number of people, including several former intelligence officers, who are alleging microwave and directed energy attacks.
It was during a 2016 visit to her parent’s home in Florida that she was arrested and charged with several crimes, including two felonies. She had previously prevailed upon the local police to curtail the alleged trespass and harassment by a neighbor, Chris Dean. The police had ignored her. According to Stewart, she was packing up her car preparing to return to her home in Maryland, when Dean came onto the property of her parents and, cursing her, took a swing at her. He split her lip. She had a flashlight in her hand and hit back. When Chris continued to batter her, she smashed the windshield and then the back window of his car, which was also parked on her parents’ property.
At that point, the man retreated. Both of them called 911. The Leon County Sheriff’s Department responded and were on the verge of arresting Dean for the assault, also witnessed by Karen’s mother, when she reports that a supervisor from the PD showed up, drew aside the officers who had responded to the 911 calls, and instructed them to arrest Stewart.
Prior to taking her to the jail, the police took her to the local hospital for stitches. She made bail quickly and was rearrested within the week. She was charged with “cyberstalking,” due to a trail camera which had been set up on the fence to record any illegal entries onto the property by the neighbor.
She currently faces three charges: 1) Aggravated battery with a deadly weapon (the flashlight), 2) Criminal Mischief (the breaking of Dean’s car windows) and 3) Cyberstalking.
The trail camera, by the way, was not connected to the Internet and could not be implicated in cyberstalking.
At a recent pre-trial hearing, the court suggested a ”deferred prosecution” for Stewart, suggesting that if she were “good,” the prosecution would be withheld, for the time being at least. Stewart has objected heartily to this. Deferred prosecution keeps the accused on a tight leash and opens the door for further prosecutions based on perceptions, rather than concrete behaviors. It is akin to putting someone on probation, but in this case, no crime has been adjudicated.
As it turns out, Chris Dean has had a number of brushes with the law. He has been arrested on several prior occasions, on charges ranging from Driving Under the Influence to Battery, in Florida and in Georgia. Karen’s legal slate, however, is clean.
Her story is sadly not unique. The list of intelligence officers who have come to the attention of the legal system, however, generally only includes those who have been charged with intelligence violations. The list includes, of course, Edward Snowden, Thomas Drake, John Kiriakou, Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, Jeffrey Sterling, James Hitselberger, Shami Liebowitz, Bradley Manning, all charged under The Espionage Act under President Obama. Reality Winner, an NSA contractor arrested this past June, is the first to be so charged under the Trump Administration. Prior to Obama, only three individuals had ever been charged under this Act.
A name not gracing this list is that of former NSA intelligence analyst Ken Ford, who was charged with storing classified documents in his home, and who served six years in federal prison. Karen Stewart, who knew Ford, denies that he committed this crime, stating that he was set up by NSA Security. States Stewart, “Ken Ford was an intelligence analyst on Iraqi matters. He was producing reports stating that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, essentially stating that the President lied. He was set up by a woman who was planted on him, whom he was dating, and she put the incriminating documents in his home.” Stewart went on to say, “The security at NSA is daunting. If you try to leave work with so much as a piece of paper in your possession, Security is going to want to know what that paper is and will look it over before letting you out the door. The very idea that Ford left the campus with these documents is laughable.”
It should be noted that during the period of time that Stewart was under intense scrutiny at the NSA, there was an attempt, which failed, to implicate her in a leak to the Baltimore Sun. States Stewart,
The fabricated leak accusation came after I began asking questions as to why a promotion board member informed me (2005) that they had been tricked into giving the double-promotion for my work (2004/2005) to another woman, based on lies from the woman, her friend my technical lead, and the head of W&S who among other W&S managers was sleeping with her and according to yet another analyst, Cindy H., was desperate to get her promoted, but had had her turned down on merit before. The technical lead no doubt was coached to accuse me of leaking something
A) I had absolutely no training in; B) I had absolutely no access to; C) and this was easily ascertainable by my education, training, job history and aptitude scores (bad at math/computer science) and the leak had to do with NSA computer problems – Trailblazer.
In fact, this leak was later attributed to Thomas Drake.
When the leak accusation fell flat on its face, other ploys were used against Stewart. Stewart recalls that, “Based on this set-up accusation, I was given three polygraphs, the first of which was sabotagedby an abusive examiner. It was this one I flunked for the first time ever. The third polygraph examiner told me I passed the 2nd & 3rd despite an attempt to intimidate me by a third party just before the 3rd and last try.”
Jared Burt, another individual who left the NSA under less than ideal circumstances, refers to what happened with the firing of multiple individuals at the NSA as a “purge.” In a recent interview, he stated that “They spent a number of years setting this up. They wanted to make sure that they could block any avenue towards redress from those they wanted to get rid of.”
In 2009, Stewart filed an EEOC lawsuit against the NSA, alleging wrongful termination.
This reporter has retrieved some of the documents filed in the case, wherein the NSA misstates Stewart’s allegations surrounding her termination, in an apparent further attempt to malign her. Nowhere in her complaint did Stewart say she was terminated because she is white.
In addition, the NSA did not conduct their investigation of her claims within the legal time limit. As instructed by the judge, settlement offers were tendered by her lawyer and the NSA blew these off, too. Their sole and only counter offer was for $1000. This does not even cover the legal fees.
The NSA declined to comment on questions tendered about Karen Melton-Stewart and also declined to confirm or deny any employment record for Eric Hagemann.
At this juncture, the suit appears stalled and has been languishing on the docket without a scheduled hearing for years. Her lawyers repeatedly contacted the EEOC for a case status and update and have gotten no reply.
Yet another attempt to falsely incriminate Stewart was recently made at her home in Maryland. When she saw an individual standing across the street photographing her, she walked up to him and asked him why. He began to yell at her and she walked away. The individual, who has been identified by Howard County Police Department as a “Fred Duvall” then crossed the street, came onto Stewart’s property and called 911. Officer Joel Henderson responded to the call, and determined that Duvall’s accusations of Stewart were invalid, after ascertaining that there was a witness to the entire interaction. According to Howard County PD, the call came in at 1:36 on July 8 of this year and Stewart’s home address was given as the “crime scene.”
The charter for the NSA, drawn up in the fifties, gives the agency the mandate to intercept foreign language communications on foreign soil. These are the people who are supposed to keep our country safe from foreign foes–not from analysts who are wrongfully deprived of a promotion. Beyond the personal nature of Stewart’s own particular plight may lie a strong and compelling warning. A beast which attacks its own constitutes a clear and present danger for us all. If Snowden’s revelations did not make the present nature of the NSA abundantly clear, then Stewart’s story should.
Stewart’s next pre-trial hearing in Leon County takes place on August 31.
Janet Phelan is an investigative journalist and author of the groundbreaking exposé, EXILE. Her articles previously appeared in such mainstream venues as the Los Angeles Times, Orange Coast Magazine, Long Beach Press Telegram, etc. In 2004, Janet “jumped ship” and now exclusively writes for independent media. She is also the author of two collections of poetry—The Hitler Poems and Held Captive. She resides abroad.
Forced to flee the United States in concern for her own safety after experiencing intensive retaliation and discrimination including assault with chemical weapons succeeding her exposure of public corruption and the murder of her mother–investigating which she uncovered many legal abuses in the case of guardianship of the elderly in the US–she was subjected to similar retaliatory and harassive activities in her abode in Mexico.
In the current atmosphere of mainstream media non-reportage and lack of investigative journalism at even the most respected of US newspapers and magazines (or perhaps I should say once-respected), the extraordinary contributions made by Ms. Phelan to our increasing awareness of rights-curtailment and retaliation against whistleblowers, activists, and caregivers in the United States and worldwide must not be ignored. As Katherine Hine reports, in her expansive book review of Exile, Janet Phelan has stepped well beyond mere reportage to alert and act on behalf of all Americans and all humanity:
“In 2011, Phelan presents at a review conference of the U.N.’s Biological Weapons Convention [BWC] in Geneva, Switzerland and she reveals what others will not – the probable location of some of the stockpiles and the significance of Sec. 817 of the U.S. Patriot Act, enacted in violation of its responsibilities under U.N. conventions seeking to protect human rights, including the BWC. Phelan’s presentation summarizes the methods by which the U.S. continues to perpetrate human rights abuses, specifically demonstrating to the U.N. body and the world how the U.S. is “engaged in an offensive bio weapons program” [p. 260] and believes itself capable of doing so with impunity, according to Sec. 817.”
American journalists of integrity are being oppressed and human rights agencies including the Committee To Protect Journalists are turning a blind eye; this is a story Ms. Phelan herself reported on recently. This should be a situation of extreme concern to all Americans. When American journalists who seek to publish the truth and report on the facts of encroaching totalitarianism are oppressed, there are inevitable implications there for all Americans. Is it right that those who speak out in these times of nonstop State tyranny and who work to inform the public be subject to extrajudicial assault including being gassed and poisoned? Why are international human rights commissions and national human rights agencies silent? In a recent email, Ms. Phelan writes:
“386 days and counting with no action taken by the Inter American Commission on Human Rights. My situation has gone from emergent to extreme. Is the IACHR simply waiting for me to succumb? And what does this mean about the legal and human rights for any American who falls afoul of the intelligence networks?”
It is to be hoped that people reading this will help the Inter American Commission on Human Rights wake to a sense of true justice and humanity and step forward in courage to remedy this situation and provide the precautionary measures of protection petitioned for, as one would hope in any humane and informed society protective and caring of its most conscientious and attentive journalists.
*** 365 Days and Holding–Human Rights Agencies Support US Human Rights Abuses
By Janet Phelan
It was a year ago today that I filed a request for precautionary measures with the Inter American Commission on Human Rights. The request asked for certain measures to be enacted for my safety and security—including that a guard be provided at my home for the periods of time I have to leave, in order to deter the repeated and illegal entries into my home.
Precautionary measures are considered to be emergency measures and the IACHR is mandated to deal with them as such.
I’ve been waiting for a year for my request to be dealt with. In that year, my home has been entered dozens of times. Documents have been stolen, computers have been smashed and at one point, a jug of grape juice was poisoned. I collapsed but thankfully did not die.
As many of you know, I am a journalist by profession. You may not know that I was forced to flee the US in 2008 and that upon publication of my book, EXILE, which details the circumstances that forced me to flee my own country, my situation in my host country became fragile. When I filed my request with the IACHR, I named the host country as the perpetrator, acting upon orders of the United States government. Globalization at its worst…..
But the IACHR is now appearing to be afflicted with the same moral disorder that has compelled a Latin American country to take up the banner of the US’s vendetta. The venerable Commission appears to be acting as agents of the country whose murderous policies, directed against the elderly and minorities, were discussed in detail in my expose.
Ever so politely, the IACHR is simply failing to process my request.
My request for precautionary measures, enumerated as 16-559, is listed as “under study,” which is the initial stage for any entry into the IACHR system. Human rights law firms and journalists have contacted the IACHR to ask why no action is being taken on my issue. They have received no response. In the meantime, a review of the IACHR website reveals that they are now granting requests for precautionary measures filed in 2017. Mine was filed in July of 2016. It has clearly been shuffled to the bottom of the stack, if not put into the garbage can.
In her article concerning my plight, published last October, Katherine Hine wrote: “For years, Phelan’s journalism has dealt with issues of public corruption in the United States. In 2011 she traveled to Geneva on behalf of the organization ITHACA to be the first and only reporter to expose the enactment of Section 817 of the USA Patriot Act in which the US. gives itself immunity for violations of its own bioweapons legislation…….She is also the first reporter to publish photographs documenting what appears to be a domestic delivery system for a bio/chem attack within the United States. She was one of the first reporters to publicize the ongoing abuses being committed by the US. probate courts that authorize the plundering of the assets of the elderly and disabled whose lives are then cut short through court authorized drugging and isolation, a multi-billion dollar scandal now recognized even by corporate media.”
I would like to add to that list that I have now uncovered a scam by which state court judges are in great number laundering bribes and payoffs, through their home mortgages.
Scandal on the Bench
It is one of my core beliefs that we are put on this earth to try to make it a better place, a place where life and art and love and beauty and faith can flourish. I am facing challenges now in simply staying alive and it is with some reluctance that I find I must now try to bring more attention to myself. I frankly abhor doing so. But given the challenges that are now facing my continued existence, I am asking those reading this to be please be aware that yet another journalist is under significant attack and those who have pledged to protect human rights in the Americas won’t do a damn thing about it.
Janet Phelan July 18, 2017
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Update, 8/12/2017: Janet Phelan is requesting individuals to kindly contact the IACHR and ask if they would please move on her precautionary measures. The email address to send your letter is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Even a brief note may help.
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