Report & Joint Statement | Ramola D | November 23, 2019
Subsequent to the extraordinary year and a half of outright falsehoods and slander propagated against me by former colleague Dr. Katherine Horton in an endless public display via several media including Youtube, Twitter, and her website, inflicting tremendous damage on my name and reputation while inciting others to engage nonstop in similar smears, mobbing, and cyber-bullying, it was recently decided to issue a joint statement to refute one of Dr. Horton’s most outstanding lies regarding how Techno Crime Fighters Forum ended.
This particular false-narrative-construct states that I “single-handedly blew up Techno” and is the primary lie this Joint Statement from all members of the TCFF team bar Dr. Katherine Horton intended to address.
This Joint Statement has come about thanks to the thoughtful efforts of an independent observer encouraging us to revisit this matter and jointly publish the truth of what occurred, in the interests of serving the truth and refuting the slander adversely affecting my name and journalism.
Over the past two or more weeks we have sought to do so, deciding on the text of this statement jointly after much conversation, contemplation, correction, edits, additions.
This statement was approved by all three members of the group on November 20.
Regrettably and unexpectedly, just before finalizing and publication, Karen Melton-Stewart sought to delay publication for four weeks, stating the timing could be seen as coinciding with Dr. Katherine Horton’s court case. Given that this entire effort—slicing into time much needed for other work including my journalism—has been undertaken to address new damage inflicted by Dr. Katherine Horton, whose continued slanderous attacks on me I have sought often to quell, I expressed my disinterest in such a consideration, pointing out that Dr. Katherine Horton’s court case schedules—which no-one had been keeping tabs on–were irrelevant to the historic matter being addressed by the Joint Statement. Nor, in my view, was it necessary to give credence and consideration to activities of dubious merit being undertaken by Dr. Katherine Horton, who had necessitated these very efforts, onerous and time-consuming, to repudiate her outrageous actions of slander and defamation against me.
Karen Stewart then stated that she withdrew her support for the Joint Statement–after she had already given her approval for the Statement as it is published below.
I highly regret that this has occurred, but I bear no animosity toward a sister warrior fighting for the truth about these crimes against humanity to be heard. I am honored to have worked alongside her, to have supported her voice and work, and to have reported at length on her story.
I am publishing the Joint Statement currently, as earlier intended, and as written, edited, and approved by all three of us in the service of truth, to repudiate wanton slander, and in the spirit of informing the public at large what really transpired.
November 19, 2019
JOINT STATEMENT ON HOW TECHNO CRIME FIGHTERS FORUM ENDED
Correction of Dr. Katherine Horton’s False Narrative Changing Facts
Because there continues to be confusion among some on this matter, definitively speaking, we jointly need to establish that Techno did NOT end by way of Ramola “singlehandedly blowing up Techno,” as Dr. Katherine Horton has wrongfully mischaracterized it several times, including recently, on her website, in many videos, and on Twitter; Techno ended because of a primary issue we three–Millicent, Ramola and Karen–had tried hard over time and over that last week, via emails, to resolve with Dr. Horton but alas could not.
The major issue, brought to a head by her offer to host TCFF weekly at her channel while others wished to make TCFF monthly (thanks to the unstructured, time-wasting form some felt TCFF had degraded to, which had raised issues of changing its periodicity), was Dr. Katherine Horton’s calls for violence on some of our shows against those leaders running heinous operations against us; whether serious or sardonic, it was deemed by us all as unwise. A minor issue was Dr. Katherine Horton’s peppering her commentary with profanity not readily acceptable in American society, which struck us as unprofessional, and unwise.
Other reasons and issues have been documented by Ramola in her account The End of Techno Crime Fighters Forum: The Real Backstory — an account published only after review and approval by Millicent, Karen, and Melanie- -which unwound over a longer period of time than just that last week when conflict in conversation with Dr. Katherine Horton on the subject of those primary issues above, accentuated by her refusing to accept culpability for her own previous calls to violence, brought Techno to an end.
It also needs to be definitively stated that all 4 of us had understood that Techno Crime Fighters Forum had already come to an end, as a re-perusal of the email exchange between us establishes, before the occasion of the Video Note presented on August 2, 2018 by Karen, Millicent, and Ramola, which was only meant to be a note to viewers by one portion of the former group that the forum had closed.
Dr. Horton’s frequent statements that she was excluded from a TCFF episode are factually wrong. So also her statements that “Karen was shocked” to get a call that TCFF was to be announced as ended, when more accurately we understand now after much conversation, that Karen’s inability to be present for long at a 3-person conference call the night before (Aug 1) meant that she herself, sad at the impasse with Katherine, but aware (like all 4 of us) at that point that TCFF was over, was not expecting a call from Ramola and Millicent the next day (Aug 2) to publicly address the issue of TCFF closing; cyber-hacking on the day (Aug 2) also prevented Karen from being present earlier that morning to more fully discuss the matter before going on-air for a Video Note to say goodbye; all of which combined to her being “indeed surprised” when eventually reached late that morning, as she has stated earlier. However, it is important to note that the decision to go on-air to present that Note without Dr. Katherine Horton (and the distinct possibility of unpleasantness on-air) was taken by all three together, even if in haste, to honor the time-slot, and even if the Note itself, intended originally to be a brief and neutral announcement of the unfortunate end of TCFF, expanded unexpectedly into candor from Ramola as to why TCFF closed, after Katherine unexpectedly showed up in Chat and made statements there about “being excluded from the broadcast.” It is important to note Katherine herself did not label this in Chat a TCFF episode, which it most certainly was not, because she like all three of us knew full well by then TCFF was over. Her subsequent labelings of this being a TCFF episode from which she was excluded are questionable and erroneous.
Dr. Katherine Horton was indeed excluded from a notification podcast to wish viewers goodbye—on group consensus– only because she had already, prior to that podcast, rejected in-depth attempts, together and separately, from all three women to reason with her and find a solution. This was the primary reason for the breakup of the group, with much frustration and bad feelings generated by her refusal to further discuss the primary issue the group found problematic. TCFF as a group and a forum no longer existed at that point, and as a result, communications were strained and unfruitful or just finally non-existent.
Finally, it is important to note that Dr. Katherine Horton at the time, on email, denounced all three for not including her on that final Video Note, and all three stopped working with her on the Joint Investigation Team which she later erroneously cast as a team she had “led” when it had been agreed throughout it was a collegiate, not a hierarchized group, which certainly did not recognize her as a leader.
Dr. Katherine Horton’s repeated mis-characterizations since then and recently, scapegoating Ramola D as the prime cause or instigator of TCFF’s demise and publishing such mis-characterized interpretations and accusations against Ramola D— which may rise from her own denial that her calls to violence were inappropriate or had even been done, or as a desire to deflect attention from her own culpability in an unwise course of action which ultimately brought TCFF to an end– should be repudiated.
Karen Melton-Stewart, Dr. Millicent Black, Ramola D
November 19, 2019