Category Archives: Combat Research and Prose

Here’s some of the applied research that I’ve been trying to do for our wounded warriors and their families. And here are some emails from 12 – 14 months of failed attempts to make peace with these guys so that I can secure funding and get back to work.

 

 

 

 

 

Overview of combatresearchandprose, a planned open-source applied research initiative 

CRP principal researcher is Charles L. K. Bloeser, M.A., J.D., a researcher whose published and still cited works begin in 1992. He’s licensed to practice law by the Supreme Court of Tennessee, U.S.A. After first serving as an assistant district attorney in the State of Oklahoma, his career in the courts has been spent in criminal trial, appeal, and post-conviction cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts, including certiorari practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Support staff isn’t needed at this stage, and it’s anticipated that collaborations with other researchers can be secured on a volunteer or independent contractor basis. Combat research and prose will not engage in the provision of direct services.

Contact info: lawyerckbloeser.usa@outlook.com

Mobile: 520.306.6888 (USA)

This research initiative seeks funding to support the applied research and writing activities described below. More details follow this description of combatresearchandprose.com. 

Charles.photo.lawlibrary. 150 x 200Recent publications, current projects and future applied research activities:

“Combat Translation Project”

“Combat Translation Project”: ongoing multi-product “research +” activity in support of bridging – among members of relevant policy crowds – an existing chasm in experience, knowledge, and understanding which divides the 93% of persons who’ve never served in the Armed Forces from the seven percent who have (U.S. data).

Objective: provide to members of the national security/defense /veterans policy crowds top-shelf research products that assist their efforts to make informed and intelligent decisions on matters that affect those who’ve served in the United States military as well as in the military services of U.S. allies, and these service members’ families.

Here are three examples of “combat translation” products:

strife-henry-part-1-charles-bloeser-article-on-strifeblog-2-august-2018-419 x 213STRIFE, a dual-format publication from the Department of War Studies, Kings College London, published in August 2018 the account of a now-deceased client, a combat-wounded veteran who fell between the cracks of a modern jail after his latest arrest for PTS-related domestic violence. http://www.strifeblog.org/2018/08/02/henry-a-wounded-soldier-forgotten-by-all-in-an-american-jail-by-all-except-his-brothers-who-fell-beside-him-in-vietnam

joshua-wheeler-return-home-325 x 225The second example of this researcher’s combat-translation work examines why the United States and her allies need special operations forces. It does so through the life and service of fallen “Delta Force” special operator Josh Wheeler, a Cherokee Indian from Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, who enlisted in the U.S. Army one month after the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Two hours west of where U.S. Army Master Sergeant Joshua L. Wheeler was born and raised. https://combatresearchandprose.com/2018/07/07/in-2018-we-still-need-our-warriors/

Cure for PTSD image and excerpt. 350 x 205The third example of “combat translation” work comes from an article in progress. The research product introduces civilians to today’s combat-related wounds through an autopsy of trauma experienced by Allied airmen flying bombing runs over occupied Europe during World War II.  https://combatresearchandprose.com/2018/08/24/a-cure-for-ptsd-swift-efficient-soul-stealing/

father with haunted eyes clutching family image 425 x 287Foster kids / military family applied research project:

2 components – new research article and proposed model legislative language 

Child welfare services across the United States remove children from their homes after state authorities conclude that one or more children is in immediate danger of harm. “Harm” is generally defined as abuse or neglect. A recent report from the National Conference of State Legislatures reports that “just over 415,000 children and youth in the U.S. currently reside in foster care.”

Child welfare workers are not generally required to place children from military families with military foster families.

While, generally speaking, child welfare agencies prefer to place children with suitable family members nearby, that’s seldom possible when children are removed from military families stationed far from home.

Researcher has just completed a substantive new research product that examines challenges and successes of foster kids who enter military service, as well as the threats to keeping military families together, especially during and after deployments.

Pursuant to recent discussions with legislative experts who’ve repeatedly demonstrated success in getting the states to adopt proposed model legislation, researcher is now drafting for their consideration proposed state and federal legislative language intended to keep military children clothed, fed, sheltered, and safe while increasing the likelihood that state child welfare authorities and the courts will reunite military children with their past and present service member parents.

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Researcher’s role as a participant in America’s “foster-child system”

The author’s responsibilities in criminal and civil matters while serving as an assistant district attorney for the State of Oklahoma were, among others:

(a) reviewing child welfare reports to determine which warranted applications for judicial child removal orders and possible criminal prosecution;

(b) representing the State’s interests in civil “deprived child” actions arising from these cases, as well as in civil cases alleging actions by minors that, if done by an adult, would be criminal offenses and subject to prosecution;

(c) learning whether a crime committed against or by a child occurred on land and under circumstances that authorized the State of Oklahoma to act (the judicial district I served is a patchwork of jurisdictions that include a number of Indian tribes and in which the land that the State couldn’t touch might be no bigger than the lot where the crimes occurred);

(d) primary assistant D.A. on call to respond to ER, courthouse, or other locations in order to seek, if necessary, order from the judge authorizing the emergency commitment of persons deemed danger to self or others, an order which, in the absence of suitable family, resulted in kids going into foster care;

(e) took turns with other assistant D.A.’s on call to respond to scenes of suicide and other deaths when requested by law enforcement;

(f) on occasion, participating in case conferencing with other relevant actors re children placed in the custody of child services and perhaps housed in foster homes; and

(g) serving as the District Attorney’s representative at some of the informal foster parent gatherings held in that judicial district.

Mr. Richardson and attorney Charles Bloeser State of Tennessee carjacking and murder trial. 375 x 210Regardless of which side I’ve represented over the years, America’s foster system has always insisted on showing up, either openly or by lurking in the shadows in cases involving:

(a) criminal defendants, appellants, and petitioners who had been removed from their homes as children due to abuse, neglect or a parent’s inability to keep them housed, fed, and in school;

(b) clients whose children had been removed for any or all of the same reasons and who had not been reunited with their kids;

(c) persons arrested, charged and sometimes previously convicted for committing crimes against children, including sex crimes, assault, criminal neglect, and homicide; and

(d) persons who insisted on pleading guilty to crimes they didn’t commit or which the State couldn’t have proven at trial, under threat that child services would be sent into the home to remove their children if they did not plead guilty.

Foster kids / military family applied research project: status update

1st component: Charles Bloeser. “Many of America’s Foster Children Come to Military Service with Stowaways to Declare.” Article manuscript completed October 2018 but will be reviewed for possible update before publication/release

3 excerpts from article manuscript as posted on social media:

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Military brats who join up haven’t had it easy.

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+CharlesBloeser/posts/E4EQCLse8S

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Geography’s another enemy of military parents trying to get their kids back.

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+CharlesBloeser/posts/1xq9sta4QDd

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Worthless meds and destroyed documents make reuniting homeless veterans andtheir children in foster care even harder.

https://combatresearchandprose.com/2018/10/10/worthless-meds-and-destroyed-documents-make-reuniting-homeless-veterans-and-their-children-in-foster-care-even-harder/

19 November 2018 “Bad Paper” UPDATE:

Lorelei Laird. “Veterans may sue over discharges they say were result of untreated mental health problems.” ABA Journal. 19 November 2018.

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/veterans_may_sue_over_discharges_they_say_were_result_of_untreated_mental_h

The court’s description of the class who may sue the VA, taken from page 21 of the court’s order, is as follows:

Veterans who served during the Iraq and Afghanistan Era—defined as the period between October 7, 2001, and the present—who:

(a) were discharged from the Navy, Navy Reserves, Marine Corps, or Marine Corps Reserve with less-than-Honorable statuses, including General and Other-than-Honorable discharges but excluding Bad Conduct or Dishonorable discharges;

(b) have not received upgrades of their discharge statuses to Honorable from the NDRB; and

(c) have diagnoses of PTSD, TBI, or other related mental health conditions, or records documenting one or more symptoms of PTSD, TBI, or other related mental health conditions at the time of discharge, attributable to their military service under the Hagel Memo standards of liberal or special consideration.

The Yale Law School’s Veterans Legal Services Clinic and Jenner & Block LLP are the lawyers on this case, and they have filed similar litigation in the hopes of securing this same opportunity for veterans of other branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Here are the links to the complaint that started this lawsuit and the judicial order that allows these veterans to sue the VA as a class:

https://law.yale.edu/system/files/area/clinic/manker_v._spencer_complaint.pdf

https://law.yale.edu/system/files/documents/pdf/lso/manker_rulingonclasscert_11.15.18.pdf

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“Bad Paper” discharges and collateral consequences of criminal convictions are two of the snake pits that can prove lethal to military families’ chances of getting their kids back from state child welfare authorities. Here’s some of that discussion, excerpted from the new article manuscript.

Denial of veterans’ services*

“Although by law, Congress denies veterans’ services only to those “discharged under dishonorable conditions,” the VA has interpreted the intent of the law as excluding anyone with Dishonorable discharges as well as all veterans with Bad Conduct or OTH discharges, regardless of whether or not these latter discharges were related to any action understood as ‘dishonorable.’”

Ali R. Tayyeb and Jennifer Greenburg. “Bad Papers”: The Invisible and Increasing Costs of War for Excluded Veterans 6. Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs, Brown University. 20 June 2017 (citations omitted).

media image to accompany Yochi Dreazen book excerpt re suicides among past and present service members and impact on families. 564 x 250“Exclusion from basic veteran services is not only unfair, it is also deadly. Denying basic services means no health care for former servicemembers who are disabled, and no income support if disabilities prevent the servicemember from working. For veterans struggling with mental health problems, this abandonment is life-threatening. The suicide rate for veterans excluded from VA health care is twice the suicide rate for VA-recognized veterans.”

Swords to Plowshares a Veterans Rights Organization with assistance of Veterans Legal Clinic, Harvard Law School. Getting It Right: “Bad Paper” Legislation That Works. Prepared for March 29, 2017 House Veteran Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Health Legislative Hearing on H.R 918 and others.

[*The article manuscript notes that spending legislation signed by President Trump in February of 2018 includes a number of intended improvements for those who’ve served in the U.S. Armed Forces, including for some of those with “bad paper.” Links to CRS guides to these new laws are included in the article mss.]

You didn’t have to go to prison? Cool. Time to lose government benefits, such as VA pension, medical care, TANF and SNAP; and no, you may not work in construction or as a cab driver, midwife, or barber.

John G. Malcolm, Vice President, Institute for Constitutional Government, Director & Ed Gilbertson and Sherry Lindberg Gilbertson Senior Legal Fellow, Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation testified in May of 2018 about more than 48,000 state and local “collateral consequences” that destroy families but which folks might not have heard about before they decided to take that plea deal. Because these “civil” penalties are so destructive to a family’s chance to keep everyone together, here’s an excerpt from Mr. Malcolm’s 4 May 2018 testimony:

“Collateral consequences are considered to be civil in nature and thus distinct from criminal laws and penalties, so courts, prosecutors, and defense attorneys have generally treated them as falling outside the scope of their control and immediate concern. Few are aware of the full scope of these “post-sentence civil penalties, disqualifications, or disabilities” that follow a conviction, including criminal defendants and defense counsel. They should be.

“Similar problems can arise with respect to another category of collateral consequences: those that revoke receipt of or eligibility for certain government benefits. For example, a criminal conviction may cost a military veteran his or her pension, insurance, and right to medical treatment, which is particularly troubling because studies indicate that veterans who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and therefore in serious need of medical treatment may be more likely to commit crimes. 

Strifeblog Henry part II 425 x 197As I explained on Strifeblog in August, in discussing a lawyer’s duties to a client,

“You do the best you can, though, because you swore you would and because the outcome of a criminal case – regardless of whether a client goes to prison – frequently inflicts significant consequences on the lives and fortunes of not just your client but also your client’s family. A criminal conviction, the criminal record that follows it, and any collateral consequences from the conviction, e.g., loss of professional license, reduction in amount of VA disability compensation, termination of VA pension payments, deportation, denial of access to public housing and federal student aid, etc., can hurt and even destroy families.”

http://www.strifeblog.org/2018/08/02/henry-a-wounded-soldier-forgotten-by-all-in-an-american-jail-by-all-except-his-brothers-who-fell-beside-him-in-vietnam

 

Veteran staffed + veteran occupied civilian sector lock-up facilities

Veterans Serving Veterans” applied multi-product research project. Initial pre-project research underway. Project objective: if comprehensive research activity confirms pre-project research findings, then project seeks to contribute applicable information and relevant facts necessary for public policy communities to make informed decisions re establishment of lock-up units for military veterans who are held pre-judgment or incarcerated following criminal conviction, with such facilities to be characterized by four attributes:

(a) both staff and population are comprised solely of military veterans;

(b) facility policies, procedures, and practices are informed by current science re specialized needs of this highly specialized population with an eye toward avoiding population management practices that trigger combat-trauma associated symptomology;

(c) the provision of expert individualized evaluation and treatment for detainees or inmates suffering from internal and external trauma, whether acquired in combat or otherwise; and

(d) for veterans serving term of imprisonment by judgment, the provision of pre- and post-release transition/re-entry services designed to seek solutions for veterans who face especially difficult challenges securing sufficient income, housing, and services due to felony convictions, “bad paper” discharges, loss of or ineligibility for VA and other federal benefits or professional licenses, or whose continued injuries restrict available work options.

** Recent discussions with experts who’ve seen their proposed model legislation passed into law by state legislatures should encourage not just protections for military families whose children are taken into emergency custody by state officials; it’s reasonable to expect that these nascent relationships can also contribute to legislative support for further experimentation, and the establishment of, vet-focused jails, prisons, and tenant institutions within existing facilities.

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Summary of researcher experience re detention- and incarceration-relevant issues

Charles LK Bloeser began his legal career as an assistant district attorney in the State of Oklahoma, where his responsibilities included pursuing the State of Oklahoma’s interests in criminal and civil cases. For most of the years since then, he’s dedicated his skillset to representing criminal defendants, appellants, and post-conviction petitioners in state and federal courts in the United States, including certiorari practice before the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Bloeser’s represented incarcerated clients in federal constitutional challenges to the terms and conditions of their confinement. He’s represented clients in federal district courts in Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Arizona, as well as in cases before the United States Courts of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit, Ninth Circuit, and Tenth Circuit. Mr. Bloeser’s interviewed clients and witnesses in state and federal lock-up facilities in Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. Researcher maintains a Tennessee law license.

Almost 30 identified pre-project issues for this research activity include:

  • determination of how vet-dedicated facility to be designated / classified for purposes of institutional and inmate administration, for example, if facility designated under U.S. BOP, then inmates from USPs likely wouldn’t be allowed into the program but perhaps some from FCIs, dependent on offense of conviction, inmate disciplinary record, but most likely from lower-level correctional environments such as camps;
  • consideration of inmate disciplinary options and the extent to which these can be applied given a veteran’s particular mental and physical health considerations including, e.g., PTSD, blunt-force and explosive-blast-induced traumatic brain injury; absence or limitation of function with human limbs;
  • review extent to which WIT-SEC procedures can or must be employed for inmates at high risk of inside or external manipulation and threat by foreign governments, terror networks, and other threats to the safety of inmates and KSAs they possess;
  • examination of protections that need to be put in place for the protection of veterans who are not only inmates but also witnesses to crimes and other events for which they will be called to testify, including when an inmate is called to answer questions and/or testify in a criminal case against another housed inmate;
  • analysis of the various legal environments within which a vet-dedicated facility would operate, incl. state and federal constitutional requirements; process for redress and civil rights liability issues; professional licensing matters; applicable employment and contract law; applicability of statutory and DEA regulatory provisions concerning psychotropic drugs and their administration; and search for alternatives to exorbitant prison phone call rates and other practices and procedures that sever, often permanently, inmates from their families, resulting in increased vulnerability to health challenges, inability to access medical care and necessary medications, homelessness, and suicide.

Some challenges faced by veterans who would be detained or incarcerated in facilities such as those under consideration in this research activity

“[Those with bad paper discharges] are more likely to have mental health conditions and twice as likely to commit suicide. They are more likely to be homeless and to be involved with the criminal justice system.”

Legal Services Center, Harvard University, Nat’l Veterans Legal Services Program & Swords to Ploughshares. (2016, March).Underserved: How the VA Wrongfully Excludes Veterans with Bad Paper. Cambridge, MA: Harvard. 23

 “Veterans who received bad-paper discharges are overrepresented in the criminal justice system. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 23.2% of veterans in prison and 33.2% of veterans in jail were discharged with bad-paper, compared to less than 5% of the total veterans population.”

Legal Services Center, Harvard University, National Veterans Legal Services Prog. & Swords to Ploughshares 23

“. . . The VA created a Veteran Justice Outreach (VJO) program with staff who provide case management and other supportive services to veterans to help them avoid unnecessary incarceration. However, the VJO Program can only assist VA-eligible veterans, . . . one-third of Veteran Treatment Courts do not allow veterans who are not “VA eligible” to participate in their programs at all.”

Legal Services Center, Harvard University, National Veterans Legal Services Program, & Swords to Ploughshares 23 (2016, March). Underserved: How the VA Wrongfully Excludes Veterans with Bad Paper.

Amicus Briefing

Crafting proposed model legislation designed to get more military families back together is not the only research activity that benefits especially well from the tools in this particular lawyer’s skill set and experience. Writing amicus briefs in cases that affect past, present, and future members of the Armed Forces is another. This comment from a law professor who clerked for two justices on the United States Supreme Court is from a few years ago, and it is specific to this lawyer’s practice at the United States Supreme Court. The diligence and commitment to producing top-shelf legal work are the same:

This past year, Charles called me several times for consultation on petitions for certiorari to the Supreme Court. Although an excellent writer and advocate already, Charles solicited my insights as a former Supreme Court law clerk on how to make a compelling case for review. The result of Charles’ extra efforts were two petitions that made the best case for certiorari possible given the available facts and law, and that were better than many of the hundreds of petitions by regular Supreme Court practitioners that I have reviewed.”

Prof. Joe Thai, University of Oklahoma College of Law

Charles Bloeser is licensed to practice law by the State of Tennessee (Tennessee Board of  Professional Responsibility #024022), in the United States. Prior to that, he served as an assistant district attorney and criminal trial and appellate lawyer in the State of Oklahoma. Attorney Bloeser has represented clients in a number of state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as in certiorari practice at the United States Supreme Court. Having opted for inactive status while not in Tennessee, he’s open to providing contract research and writing services for legal counsel pursuing matters that concern the priorities of combatresearchandprose. He will explore whether returning his law license to active status will make it easier to do more good for more past and present military personnel and their families.

The following is a sample of emails from the last 12 – 14 months, reflecting one failed attempt after another to make peace with these folks and secure the funding necessary to work full-time on projects that will benefit past and present military personnel and their families

Where additional factual, contextual, or explanatory content has been added, these appear in red. You’ll note that a number of these emails attempt to appeal to reason and rationality. But I’ve now learned that they went in together on a condo in Florida and have already moved away.

Shall we begin?

10 March 2018 email to Fr. Robert Hendrickson, III, rector at St. Philips Tucson, formerly handled corporate communication for Brooks Brothers, served as PR guy for Trinity Wall Street, and former Republican political operative, advising him that tentative referral was made to the authorities for possible investigation re apparent on-line child predator, who works as IT/cyber military contractor, and also appeared to be public policy adversary.

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A brief detour: even though I’d found it necessary to make a tentative referral of the above IT/cyber govt contractor for investigation as an apparent on-line child predator, i included him, along with several other influential and highly networked persons I have good reason to believe could help bring a swift end to the conflict. Current bio and contact information for these individuals are among the contents of a giftwrapped three-ring binder that I personally delivered to the church office on or about Fr. Robert’s birthday before last, along with a card requesting assistance putting an end to the fight.

This was before I knew that the LGBT and human smuggling/sanctuary crowds were among my adversaries. This was before I learned that St. Philips Tucson is one of more than 750 Episcopal churches that have entered into formal relationships with Integrity, a nonprofit organization that for many years has been running a national political campaign that’s had great success achieving LGBT political goals. The goal that my former parish church in Tucson and 750 + other Episcopal churches have signed onto is one that, rather than guard society against all manner of sexual deviants, demands that we “welcome” and “affirm” them.

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The individual I complain about to LinkedIn in the following request for assistance, summarily and without stated cause threw me out of a 70,000 member vet-focused LinkedIn group, and he manages a dozen social media networks for the same national security crowd my work is supposed to be serving. He’s among those included in Fr. Robert’s binder.

 

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Jumping ahead to 5 September 2018 email to Fr. Robert inquiring as to wa whether he thought that the continued strangling alive of almost everything I produced or shared to benefit vets and their families might be prompted by aggression related to a 2004 article for my fellow lawyers and my work for Senator Jim Inhofe, a reliable conservative from Oklahoma and current Chairman of the Senate Armed Services committee. 

 

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14 September 2018 follow-up email to Fr. Robert again requesting that he facilitate a meeting with a Mr. Bill Carrell, an apparent associate of the gentleman I referred for possible investigation as an apparent on-line child predator, and someone I have good reason to think has information that may be key to finally resolving the conflict with this extreme leftist alliance so that I can get back to the serious business of research fbo wounded warriors and their families.

As i advised Fr. Robert on 10 March and as I had previously advised the authorities, I learned about Mr. Carrell because he appeared separately on the incriminating Facebook page of the IT/cyber govt contractor. I advised both Fr. Robert and the authorities I’d made the referral about that I’d seen nothing to suggest that Mr. Carrell might also be (apparently) involved with very young girls.

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I think I’ll let Fr. Mark Schultz, Curate for Children and Youth at St. Philips Episcopal in Tucson, speak for himself:

 

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10 July 2018 email to Conrad Plimpton re further show of good will by me to adversaries, following substantial showing of good will on 7 November 2018.

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This may be a good place to insert a 10 July 2018 supplement to my 12 May 2018 crime report and accompanying evidence that I filed with the FBI IC3 (cybercrimes) office. It references my 22 June 2018 attempt to get advice re an armistice that I wanted to propose, from a DOJ attorney at the USAO’s office in Tucson. He’d been my opposing counsel in a federal civil case with my dad in the late 1990s.

A good faith mistake derailed that effort, though. Conrad told me that when he broached the subject of getting us together on this, that the AUSA angrily snapped that he didn’t want to have anything to do with me. They talked at a 7 July 2018 tropical-themed Rotary event that Conrad had invited me to at a country club on the east side of Tucson.

I was still putting together a substantial social-media focused good-faith peace offering the evening of 7 July 2018 and wanted to complete it and email it to Conrad before I left for the event. By the time I got there, though, Conrad had left to catch a plane from Sky Harbor. But he later told me that when he brought the matter up with that lawyer earlier on the evening of 7 July, it was the AUSA’s belief that I was the same person as my father that he gave for not wanting to have anything to do with me. Perhaps worse than that, the lawyer had, according to Conrad, as a result of that belief suffered great distress for nearly two decades.

When I later reflected on a fellow lawyer’s lengthy distress all because he made a simple mistake that I could have made, it got me thinking. An object lesson that I crafted for my fellow lawyers, appears after this IC3 supplemental.

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25 July 2018 follow-up email to Howell Herring, former deputy IT director for City of Philadelphia, who now serves in the same role for City of Tucson, and his wife, Mary Hickert Herring, St. Philips Tucson vestry member, yet again trying to get help settling the feud from this particularly well-networked couple, fellow University of the South (Sewanee) alumni, who served for 3 years as mentors of my Sewanee-based EfM theological seminar that meets Tuesday evenings on the St. Philips Tucson property.

A couple of notes of interest re Education for Ministry (EfM): more than 800 EfM groups, their mentors linked by an on-line messaging system, are run every year out of Sewanee’s school of theology. Sewanee, itself, was founded by the Southern dioceses of the Episcopal Church  and it remains as a cluster of institutions under authority of the Episcopal Church. As you’ll see in another email, Mr. Clyde Kunz, an influential Episcopalian who spends most of his hours working for the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, was also approached by me in attempt to quiet the restless natives. Clyde is an LGBT community member who moved to Tucson to take a job  with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra some years ago, runs his own non-profit consulting business and is an EfM mentor at another Episcopal Church in Tucson.

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31 July 2018 email to Conrad Plimpton in advance of his meeting with Peggy Hutchison for the purpose, I had proposed, of defusing the ongoing conflict with the leftist alliance by getting Peggy Hutchison, the CEO at former employer Primavera Foundation – who had always held me in high regard – to back the effort to resolve the conflict.

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Let’s jump ahead to see what came out of Conrad’s meeting with Peggy. This email is from 12 May 2019

 

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http://www.strifeblog.org/2018/08/02/henry-a-wounded-soldier-forgotten-by-all-in-an-american-jail-by-all-except-his-brothers-who-fell-beside-him-in-vietnam-part-i/

http://www.strifeblog.org/2018/08/07/henry-a-wounded-soldier-forgotten-by-all-in-an-american-jail-by-all-except-his-brothers-who-fell-beside-him-in-vietnam-part-ii/

 

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31 August 2018 request for assistance in another attempt to resolve matters, request made of PR professional and involved local volunteer Donna Breckinridge in response to her request to connect on LinkedIn. Husband is Fr. Allen Breckinridge, an affiliated priest of St. Philips Tucson, and another fellow Sewanee alum.

 

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12 September 2018: Yes, I stand behind my article and the legal reasoning on which it rests. Here’s just another wasted effort at showing good will so we can settle this damned thing and finally get back to doing right by the people who deserve better from us.

 

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Information prepared for Conrad Plimpton in advance of his having another meeting in New Jersey with Ranger Schleck, West Pointer, defense/space materials contractor, who has served for several years as COO of Community Solutions. A bit later, I tell you more about who they are and why they, more than almost any other civilian sector participants, could without too much trouble, shut down this conflict and meaningfully encourage a mutually acceptable resolution to it. That’s why Jamie Schleck keeps showing up in this chronology.

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7 October 2018 failed attempt to get assistance shutting down the war at the Diocesan level from Episcopalian LGBT community member and non-profit professional Clyde Kunz, whose then current and past clients include Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, longtime employer of Beth Carey, COO at Tucson’s Primavera Foundation and longtime confidant of Peggy Hutchison and “Punch” Woods, a former, well-respected executive director of the Southern Arizona Food Bank. Punch told me once that every three months, the three of them get together for supper at one of their homes.

 

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Although the issues have changed since then, one might say that Beth Carey started this war in the Spring of 2017.  She told me in the upstairs hallway at Primavera’s building at 702 South 6th Avenue, Tucson, that she did not disagree with my structural analysis of an assessment tool used to decide which homeless vets and others get housing with federal dollars. She told me that it had, in fact, confirmed her long-time concerns about the survey instrument. My reports (March 1 and March 13, 2017) found that nearly six out of every ten questions on the analyzed survey instrument are, structurally, fatally flawed. The result of these fatal design flaws is that the nationally used tool to pick who’s housed for 3 or 4 months and who’s kicked back to the curb determines relative vulnerability with the precision of a carnival raffle drum. 

Beth started the war in late March or early April of 2017 when she, in the language of Western lore, told me to shut up and lie about it. The woman on the left in this photo was or still is Primavera Foundation’s CFO.

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In March 2019, I began efforts to interest members of a local philanthropic group, 100 + Tucson Women Who Care, in three matters: (1) encouraging Arizona-licensed lawyers who practice business, non-profit organization, insurance, regulatory law, etc. to look into what would be required to establish and provide to those on the streets a secured refrigeration  service for insulin and other medications that are worthless if not kept cool; (2) exerting their influence to put a stop to local Drag Queen Story Hour activities held in libraries and bookstores around the country (these events are used to normalize sexual deviancy and to give sexual predators access to small children); and (3) to use their power and influence to get Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to stand down and work toward a mutually satisfactory resolution to the present conflict.

The concern I still have, and one which I’ve expressed to Bishop Curry and others, is that if I’m left with no reasonable alternative to suing the Episcopal Church and members of its extreme leftist alliance for damages suffered by their vast and highly destructive character assassination campaign against me, the scope of permissible discovery and investigation activities in that type of case and under even just the facts known so far, would be so broad and so deep that it would, without doubt, lead to divulging a lot of private information about donors. This would discourage much private philanthropy, especially among donors who prefer or need to keep their financial matters private.

My hope was that if I could interest them in one or more of these issues, I might have a realistic chance of securing from their group both financial support and a public endorsement that might begin to undo some of the damage. But I swung and missed three times.

 

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3 October 2018 proposed language for Ranger Jamie Schleck, Conrad’s friend who serves as COO at nationally-respected Community Solutions, following another meeting among myself, Conrad, and wife Ann Plimpton. I think I’ve concluded that Conrad’s been more foe than friend. But he’s one of very few indiduals I know who, within 24 hours, would be able to advocate with most of the key decision makers and influencers in the Country. 

The reason that I encouraged Conrad to advocate with Community Solutions’ COO Jamie Schleck is this, in a nutshell. But in a blogpost on his company’s website, the creator and key spokesperson for the worse-than-worthless instrument writes that it is the reason he’s been invited to the Obama White House later that day. And he credits, or implicates, Community Solutions as the reason that his assessment tool gained acceptance across the country as quickly as it did.  

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14 November 2018 email to “Punch” Woods, longtime confidant of aggressive and extraordinarily well-networked adversaries Peggy Hutchison and Beth Carey, urging that they use their influence to help bring a peaceful end to the conflict. I make the argument with three examples of applied research issues that very few others are qualified to handle. Again, no favorable response or action followed this appeal.

This is the same “Punch” Woods who three days later, on 17 November, would receive the first of 5 written notice and warnings (including 2 reminders)  on behalf of Peggy, Beth, and their allies. These warned them not to take any action against Christine now that we were dating. They were advised that because of a sufficiently identified medical condition, any actions against her by them would bring increased risk of causing her serious harm or worse. Rather than respond favorably to this information, the alliance has its its skilled operative exploiting Christine’s vulnerabilities.

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21 November 2018 response from me to suggestion of assistance from Ranger Schleck, following our on-line introduction – courtesy of Conrad – the night of the 7 November 2018 tropical party that I was running late for. 

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Here’s just one of several failed attempts to get Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to do what’s right for a lot more people in the long run.

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There’s a lot more emails to quite a few more well-connected and influential Episcopalians and others, reflecting many more doomed good-faith attempts to get back to doing what I do best for past and present members of our various national security communities and their families. All of these have failed.

 

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Two examples of ongoing smear campaign tactics that undermine potential funders’ perceived viability of the proposed research initiative

EXAMPLE 1: Current day combat – related trauma issues presented through the experiences of Allied airmen flying bombing runs over occupied Europe during World War II

*** The first three images below are from an article project that stalled when LinkedIn – I assume – abruptly and without notice sliced the head off a scholarly collaboration with a number of British Military History subject matter experts. These are smart, experienced people in and out of government who introduced me to relevant source materials from the UK that were new to me. One of those sources, the late Ben Shephard’s A War of Nerves: soldiers and psychiatrists in the twentieth century, has proved itself more valuable than any other source on the subject of trauma as it’s experienced by military service personnel.

The hatchet job on our collaboration occurred, if I remember right, somewhere in the 24-hour space between these Brits’ enthusiastic source sharing re Great Britain’s decision to follow America’s lead in performing leukotomy/ lobotomy procedures on World War II veterans and the moment when those same experts as well as quite a few others, simply vanished, most not to be seen again. Not even when I shared what I’d written about Britain’s decision to drink the leukotomy/lobotomy KoolAid with the sources and ideas they’d given me.

There are 3 items I hope you’ll take note of in these images: (1) the number of reported views for each post; (2) the directional path those numbers take; and (3) any notable changes in the composition of employers who appear in the left column as a result of having seen the posts and engaged with them.

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ON LIFE SUPPORT: Open-source article explains why SOF troops are needed now more than ever.

The second example of research shop viability getting sucker-punched can be seen in a sequence of hich relate to a images related to an almost overnight enthusiasm for my research article about fallen “Delta Force” operator Josh Wheeler and the kinds of work and personalities such jobs demand, especially in an ever more challenging international security environment.

The open-source article introduces us to fallen U.S. Army MSgt Joshua L. Wheeler (1975 -2015), from Sequoyah County, Oklahoma and who was last assigned to 1st SFOD-D. Sequoyah County is one of 20 counties assigned to me for the 1996 reelection campaign of U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe, successor to Senator John McCain as Chairman of the Senate Armed Services committee. Cherokee warrior Josh Wheeler had enlisted in the Army the year before my political work in Oklahoma’s northeastern corner began.

Praise from cleared military and ex-military told me that I’d gotten a lot right. [Here’s a link to the renamed article.]

https://combatresearchandprose.com/2019/06/09/in-2018-we-still-need-our-warrior

But that’s a problem for those peddling the lie that I’m the one who’s really a security threat.

So, for more than a year the SOF/Josh Wheeler article has been fighting for its life. Time and again Facebook has blocked my efforts to post the article because it’s “against community standards.” And Facebook and LinkedIn (it appears) have cooked up fraudulent analytics that suggest the article’s really not that good and not much of anybody cared about it. The bogus analytics now appear where the legit numbers used to be. Both sets of numbers can be seen in the images I provide here.

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Truncated digital bio of researchers, followed by two pages outlining the law and policy requirements before operations such as theirs may be given approval or executed.

 

Charles Bloeser is a Tennessee (USA) – licensed lawyer who is also a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. He is the son and grandson of military veterans and a U.S. State Department and ARAMCO (then: Arabian American Oil Company) brat. 

Following a staff position on the successful 1996 re-election campaign of U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), researcher began his legal career as an assistant district attorney in Oklahoma (USA). Since then he has spent the largest part of his legal career representing criminal defendants, appellants, and post-conviction petitioners in state and FBA seal 175 x 175federal trial and appellate courts in the United States, including the following:

  • United States District Court for the District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court for Western District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
  • United States Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeal for Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeal for the Tenth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States

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Researcher has met with clients in county jails in Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas; in state prisons in Oklahoma; at the Federal Transfer Center in OKC; and in federal prisons in Oklahoma and Texas. He inspected new native-American owned detention facility and advised Kay County, OK commissioners as they considered whether to contract with the tribe for space in the facility. Among CLEs taught are Federal Criminal Practice and Procedure and administrative law. He’s a past president of the OKC chapter of the Federal Bar Association, has served in American Inns of Court in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Nashville. He’s a member of Phi Delta Phi, international legal fraternity, and served on law review during law school. 

phi delta phi logo 200 x 229A few words about this lawyer and researcher:

He has frequently been in my court handling matters by appointment under the Criminal Justice Act. He is always prepared, effective, and above reproach, ethically.”

– U.S. District Court Judge

. . . Charles has always been an innovative, responsible and thorough advocate for his clients. We don’t often agree, but he is a thoughtful professional in his representation. I have found him to be particularly scrupulous in ethical matters.”

– Assistant U.S. Attorney

“Charles himself is also admirably dedicated to improving his own practice. This past year, Charles called me several times for consultation on petitions for certiorari to the Supreme Court. Although an excellent writer and advocate already, Charles solicited my insights as a former Supreme Court law clerk on how to make a compelling case for review. The result of Charles’ extra efforts were two petitions that made the best case for certiorari possible given the available facts and law, and that were better than many of the hundreds of petitions by regular Supreme Court practitioners that I have reviewed. Afterwards, at Charles’ request, we met to go over his petitions with an eye towards producing even stronger ones in the future.”

– Law Professor and former law clerk for two justices on the U.S. Supreme Court

 

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Attorney Bloeser listening to his client at state murder trial in Tennessee

Among researcher’s published research are works re Libyan-supported Jihadi terrorism in the Western Hemisphere, civilian-military law enforcement relations, federal criminal law, and Federal court procedure. His research agenda includes national security/defense/ veterans issues, with special attention to those suffering from shell shock aka combat trauma aka PTS/PTSD and related challenges.

 

Selected praise for author’s recent research products:

Excellent piece of writing. You have an excellent start for a book about Wheeler. I wish I would have had some of your material for two of the Veteran’s Day speeches I gave the past couple of days. I’ll use next year.” Rear Admiral, USN (Ret), personal email re Cherokee DELTA Operator: Invisible. Not Unseeable.” (Nov. 2017)

Stunningly accurate piece of writing that will hit a chord with anybody who has served in any of the war-torn areas of the world.” Senior Operations Officer/Flight Commander, RAF (Ret), commenting on “Thank You for Your Service.” (Sept. 2017)

“I have read your article very carefully. It is a most thought-provoking piece of writing by an expert in the true meaning of the word. . ..” Command Officer, Royal Navy (Ret), personal message re “Writing Is About Turning Blood into Ink.” (June 2018)

NEW FROM STRIFEBLOG and this lawyer – an ugly true story of a former client: Part I of Henry: a wounded soldier forgotten by all in an American jail – by all except his brothers who fell beside him in Vietnam

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“But for this combat veteran’s wife, Henry was never the kind of man who could be distilled into simple words like “defendant” and “perpetrator and “abuser.” There was no black and white in being struck by a man she knew had always loved her but whose best efforts to get relief from the symptoms of war had proved little more than the American version of a snipe hunt.

NEW FROM STRIFEBLOG and this lawyer – an ugly true story of a former client: Part II of Henry: a wounded soldier forgotten by all in an American jail – by all except his brothers who fell beside him in Vietnam

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“Decades of medical practice have allowed the physician to see the signs of trauma in a broad range of patients who’ve served in the military and those who haven’t. In patients who’ve been in combat and those who have not. And while he does not suggest that a survivor of domestic violence has no claim to the label or resources associated with a PTSD diagnosis, there is, he agrees, a clinically meaningful difference between the kind of trauma that person suffers and the nature of the trauma experienced by members of the armed forces who must decide again and again which of the identically dressed men, women, and children in a dust-soaked, IED-laced town square can and might kill you or those you’ve sworn to protect.”

Citing this author’s research and writing: some examples and pinpoint cites

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Williams, Hon. C.J. 2016. “An Argument for Putting the Posse Comitatus to Rest.” Mississippi Law Journal 85: 99, 117 n.91.

 

 

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Mawby, Spencer. 2012. Ordering Independence: The End of Empire in the Anglophone Caribbean, 1947-69. Palgrave Macmillan UK: conclusion n.5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oliveira, Brandon, and Darby Aviles. 2012. “Disrupting Emerging Networks: Analyzing and Evaluating Jamaat Al-Muslimeen (JAM) and the Development of an Extremist Threat in the Caribbean.” Thesis, Monterey: Naval Postgraduate School. U.S. Naval Postgraduate School: 11 n.33,34.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Civins, Braden. March 6, 2011. “Optimizing Use of the Armed Forces in Combating Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations.” Small Wars Journal: 10 n.68.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Craw, Ashley J. 2007. “A Call To Arms: Civil Disorder Following Hurricane Katrina Warrants Attack On The Posse Comitatus Act. .” George Mason Law Review 14: 829, 833 n.36.

 

 

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Seger, James L. 2017. “The Occupy Movement: Signs of Cultural Shifts in Group Processes Shaped by Place.” Dissertation, Pacifica Graduate Institute: 105.

 

 

 

 

 

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Healy, Gene. 2009. The Cult of the Presidency: America’s Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power. Cato Institute: 367 n.24.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hill, Stephen, and Randall Beger. 2009. “A Paramilitary Policing Juggernaut.” Social Justice: a Journal of Crime, Conflict & World Order 36 (1): 25, 35. (Juggernaut: “Anything that draws blind and destructive devotion…” – American Heritage Dictionary, 2005)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Linda Bailey, Sakina Khan, and Ryan Prince. 2006. “Negotiating ‘Tax Peace’: Best Practices in Tribal Fuel Taxation Agreements.” Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine ) 1956: 111)(citing, inter alia, Charles K Bloeser, Hayden-Cartwright: A Ready Remedy for Oklahoma’s Indian Fuel Tax Woes, Tulsa Law Journal 32: 139 (1996)

 

 

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Weisberger, Erica S. 2008. “Unpublished Opinions: A Convenient Means to an Unconstitutional End.” The Georgetown Law Journal 97: 621, 650 n.13.

 

 

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Meighoo, Kirk Peter. 2003. Politics in a ‘Half-Made Society’: Trinidad and Tobago, 1925-2001. Ian Randle Publishers: _.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Timko, Jeremy J. 2015. “The 1033 Program: Redefining Police-Community Relations.” Master’s Capstone Theses. Paper 83.” American Military University: 15.

 

 

 

 

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Parness, Jeffrey A, and Matthew R Walker. 2003. “Enforcing Settlements in Federal Civil Actions.” Indiana Law Review 36:
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DeBianchi, J. 2006. “Military Law: Winds of Change – Examining the Present-Day Propriety of the Posse Comitatus Act After Hurricane Katrina.” University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy 17: 473, __

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scars in the right places

We choose to serve. And when we choose to serve, sometimes chance chooses us. Every deployed service member leaves behind someone who cares, someone who, when giving one last hug before their warrior ships out, feels their pride clash with the fear that this last hug might be the last hug. After that, every call from an unknown number, every unexpected knock on the door, reignites the constant worry in the daily lives of those on the home front, making them shudder at the prospect of what might be.” – Gus Biggio served as a Marine in Afghanistan in 2009, quoted by the Washington Post

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More than a dozen months ago I wrote to an Army general that the life I’ve known since first being introduced to the ill-mannered end of a bayonet in Africa at age 5 has prepared me better than most civilians to write about what our wounded warriors and their families have to go through all the time. I asked him – as I ask all who’ve done military service – to support this published researcher and my effort to get off the ground and make thrive a modest open-source “think tank” committed to producing high-quality research products that are grounded in the way life is for our past and present military personnel and their families. Not grounded in the way that I and others who’ve never served might want or assume your lives to be. Research products that ask and seek to answer this question: What will those whose policy choices affect past and present military personnel and their families, need to know if they’re to fix this problem or that one?

I can’t and won’t try to argue with those who say that because I’ve never served in the military I “don’t know what it’s like.” They’ right. I don’t know what it’s like.

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I wrote an essay some time back about the men from the U.S. Army’s 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division who were owned by Uncle Sam lock, stock, and barrel when, in late 1950, they were ordered into a Communist Chinese hornets’ nest they had heard didn’t exist. But I didn’t know – I couldn’t know – how even one soldier felt when he learned that what he’d been told about being home by Thanksgiving wasn’t true. I don’t have a single reference point to help me understand how grandad felt as his soul bled out on the battlefields at Unsan, DPRK.

As much as this writer agrees that he should feel what those warriors felt and know intimately what too many still experience, I don’t have a way to make that happen.

But I want to propose something. And I hope that y’all will agree.

It’s this: the thing about meeting the unfriendly end of a bayonet when you’re a five-year-old kid living below the Sahara is that early on you get to see things different from most folks back home. It’s even better if – like I was – you’re a kid living in a place where the bodies of family members who vanish are sometimes returned in horrible shape but with a certificate of natural death. But as a lot of veterans’ kids know far better than I, it sucks when each moment is drenched in fear that those who love you and protect you will end up dead, leaving you to ask, “what’s gonna happen to me?”

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I learned early on that my country and those tasked to do its work operate under threat 24/7. The only question about my duty to God and country has always been nothing more than how I would carry it out. And even though it didn’t work out for me to serve in my nation’s armed forces, as an attorney I still have a sworn duty as to the United States Constitution.
One thing about being a lawyer who works to send people to prison and then a lawyer who works hard to keep your clients out of prison is that you ask a lot of questions and you listen carefully to what people say and to what they don’t say. There’s not a critical fact that a prosecutor presents that doesn’t have to be proved or “stipulated to” by a criminal defendant. There’s not a consequential fact alleged against a defense attorney’s client that shouldn’t be met with “prove it.”

Fortunately for the men and women I’ve defended over the years, a lot of those questions and answers came during my first “lawyer job” after completing law school, passing the Bar exam, and working 20 counties for the 1996 re-election campaign of U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe. They’re lessons that I picked up during my service as an assistant D.A. in a rural judicial district in Oklahoma. I learned a lot of those lessons on the job. But I learned others after my experiences as a prosecutor had time to ferment.

Let’s begin with death duty. Lawyers on the D.A.’s team took one-week turns being available to law enforcement any time of day or night that they thought it best that a lawyer come see a dead person who’d been found. My experience was that the ME often arrived just minutes before I did.Oklahoma state seal 175 x 176

I’m pretty sure that we all saw some pretty nasty stuff during our weeks on death duty. I can’t, and don’t think that I should, forget one bright afternoon not far from the Kansas line. I had been called to a forlorn house two blocks from the D.A.’s office. Marty got there about the same time that I did, and we followed a sheriff’s deputy down a short hall to a room that had been spray-painted in blood earlier in the day. Marty had this ritual he had to go through before I asked any questions. So, the ME lit his cigar, pulled on his rubber gloves, and donned a hazmat suit stitched from gallows humor.

I had a hard time figuring out what exactly I was looking at in the place where a mother’s head should have been. Deputies told us that the woman’s son had been to visit her a few hours before she stripped naked and fired a shotgun into her mouth.

What I experienced in that room sticks with me and is probably why it was important to me years later that if, as I had planned, I fired a round into my skull with the revolver I was clutching in my hand, it was only right that I leave as small a mess as possible for those who cared about me to clean up.

My particular mix of work at the D.A.’s office meant that more often than not, I was the lawyer who represented the State in mental health commitment proceedings. These might happen in a courtroom with the judge robed and managing the hearing from the bench. That’s the way it was the day that an obviously brilliant, articulate gentleman eloquently explained that he was Jesus Christ and that he had some killin’ to do.

But the courtroom wasn’t the only place these emergency proceedings were held. Frequently the commitment hearing met legal standards but was a rather ugly, duct-taped proceeding held in the middle of the night in the local ER. Or, as happened one day, the judge presided over a woman’s commitment hearing at the jailhouse. We were in a bare holding cell or locker room. I forget which.

Those of us who had roles in that hearing happened to be men. So, we averted our eyes and hurried through the hoops that the law required us to pass through; the person whose life was in our hands was a young woman in a nearly catatonic state. She sat buck naked in front of us, a deputy explained, because she had been so persistent in trying to kill herself that jail staff decided the only way to keep her from getting it done was to take away any clothing item she might weaponize.

There seemed to be rhythm to the series of commitment hearings held each month. But God help the families, first responders, and my secretary each time the full moon paid a visit.

Years ago, a psychiatrist I called to the stand told jurors that some of the smartest, most creative, and most accomplished members of society have, in my words, fought the devil to stay alive. The people he listed had household names.

The questions that I asked gave the doctor a chance to testify about a few things the jurors might not have heard of in our “if it bleeds it leads” news culture. Jurors found his testimony helpful, and the trial ended the way that I thought it should.

I accepted everything that expert witness had said with professional detachment. As with most witnesses, I doubt that I felt an emotional response to anything the doctor had told jurors. But I knew this was good stuff to keep at the ready.

A few years after that trial, a lot more of what the psychiatrist told jurors became personal for me. And I was forced to learn at least a few intimate truths about the wicked high wire that life demands so many of our veterans walk.

I’ve never been quite able to figure out why that happened. But at the time I was trench deep in reviewing seemingly never-ending evidence that federal prosecutors had turned over in a multi-state child-sex-trafficking case. I was having a hard time shaking an image my mind had created while reading through FBI FD-302s and other investigation documents: a ten-year-old girl who’d been kidnapped and taken from her home state so that she could be sold out for sex. What was left of the child’s broken body had been found in a dumpster behind a grocery store. The poor kid had refused a bottom bitch’s order to let an over-the-road trucker rape her.

My little girl had been that age not too many years earlier.

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Bridge on the Devils Backbone aka Natchez Trace. Williamson County TN USA. Image attribution Galen 911. accessed 12 June 2018

As far as I know, I was never involuntarily committed for treatment. And only once was an ambulance sent to collect me. It seems that once I finally decided to call the number on the “please don’t jump” sign in front of my jeep, I spent too long discussing the merits of crashing onto State Route 96 from a popular diving bridge in Williamson County, Tennessee. Number 7 on Forbes 2017 list of 10 wealthiest counties in the United States.

One Size Fits All

Recently departed British historian Ben Shephard reports unsettling truths about how we now decide who suffers from shell shock aka combat trauma aka post-traumatic stress. He writes:

“The rapid growth of ‘traumatology’ within medicine was helped by the authority which Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder quickly acquired by being included in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-III) in 1980. Not only was there now a ‘Chinese menu’ of its symptoms, easy for both doctor and patient to read, there were also standardised packages of diagnostic questionnaires and psychometric devices. No longer need the doctor struggle to understand his patient’s life history and personality, assess his ability to cope, make a ‘subjective’ judgement on his state. Now, the checklist of symptoms told him at a glance whether the patient’s condition was PTSD or not; it was all ‘objective’, taken out of the clinician’s hands.”[v]

I don’t claim to have PTS(D). And the experts I met with back then seemed to split on that question.

In fact, I’ve had a pretty trauma-free life. At least when compared to those we send into combat and their spouses and children who may never get back the same person who left. So, I don’t even want to go down that road.

But Mr. Shephard’s point that we’ve objectified away even the process by which a clinician asks the right questions, listens deliberately, and tailor-makes a treatment plan helps explain, at least to me, one of the reasons that veterans who suffer from PTS(D) don’t get the help they need.

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U.S. Navy SEAL Ryan Francis Larkin, fallen 23 April 2017. image courtesy navysealfoundation.org

People who should know better can be quick to attach labels that lack nuance. And knowing that we do it to our vets makes it easier for me to divine the frustration flowing through the words of a former Navy SEAL who broke silence in order to let others in the NSW community know about new evidence from post-mortem studies of explosive-blast traumatic brain injury.

If I read the 40th Sergeant at Arms of the United States Senate correctly, evidence of blast-wave damage to the brain structure confirmed his concern that those who treated his son for PTS-related symptoms took the easy way out when it came to diagnosing and treating U.S. Navy SEAL Ryan Francis Larkin.

“Throughout Ryan’s painful journey, the ‘system’ defaulted toward treating him as a behavioral problem or a mental health patient. The ‘system’ hung all types of labels on him to justify their assessments and actions.”[vi]

As his father put it, “[o]ne Sunday morning this past [April 23, 2017], Ryan ended his pain, but ours only continued.”
“Time for Group!”

There are a few things only experienced by those of us lucky enough to have spent a few days, a few weeks, months, or maybe longer in a hospital with doors that lock you in, staff who immediately take your phone and shoelaces, mandatory queue for meds and meals, and maybe an hour or two during the week when the people who love you come by, avert their own eyes, and fumble for something to say.

One of those things you learn quick is that even if, as I did back then, one goes voluntarily into one of these places, once the doors lock behind you, you can’t just walk out of the place at will. I was there because I knew that I needed the help of professionals who know a lot more about the brain and mind than I did. But I also wanted to get the hell out as soon as I could. So, I learned quickly how many “group” therapy sessions I could miss and how much I had to participate in those groups if I wanted to be reported in staff notes as being committed to my “recovery.” The more committed you are, the earlier they let you out. At least that was my experience.

I learned how much I had to comply with staff directives. And I kept my mouth shut around the staff person we all called “Nurse Ratched.” This approach worked well, and I never had to stay in one of those places very long.

Speaking just for me, though, two facts of life about those facilities and the reasons that they exist have a way of beating up on you years after I needed that kind of specialized care. One is that while on the way there, it’s damned easy to burn just enough bridges that no matter how good you are at what you do you find yourself without enough work references to complete the job application on the back side of a McDonald’s tray liner.

The other thing is that even though they tell you not to, you come to care a lot about those who intimately understand what you’ve been through – about those who “get it” – and you stay in touch after y’all leave the place.

But too many times, these people – whom you’re sure will make it – don’t. And our hearts get rubbed raw, as mine did one year ago today while reading a Facebook post from not long before thar, written by the only son of someone I shared a lot of meals and down-time with at one of those places.

Both his mom and I were in love with Tennessee but we also had strong ties to Arizona. That son’s mom made you think. Made you feel. She was someone I never spent time with on the outside. But i’d come to care a lot about her anyway. She lost her fight with her demons a few years ago.

Her son, a child she always talked about and who’s now older, had written a note to his mom in cyberspace to tell her how much he loves her and how much his life hurts without her and how much he just wants to give up so that he can be with her.

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United States Marine Deana Martorella Orellana, USMC, RIP. image courtesy NPR/WUNC

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My message for those I ask to support this research initiative is NOT “I almost put a bullet through my skull, so I must know how those guys feel.” It’s also not “I was scared dad would get killed so I know the anxiety that soldier felt when the best fighter in the squad was killed, leaving him to ask “what’s going to happen to me?”

My message for you is neither of those things. And it’s not a hundred other bogus equivalencies that someone who’s never served might make. I’m still a civilian who’s never done military service and whose life has spared me the ugly stuff y’all experience.

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One big reason that this duct-taped, Bondo-filled life gives me a better shot than most civilians at doing this kind of work is that I’ve become very good at sorting out what questions need to be asked and figuring out where – and who – I need to go to for the answers, if there are any.

Countless hours with witnesses inside and outside criminal court proceedings has taught me to listen deliberately to the words that someone speaks but also to the words they don’t say. Or can’t say.

Another thing is that during my four years with a Tucson area non-profit that still does a lot right by a lot of people – veterans included – I got better at looking forward and observing how one domino in someone’s life falls onto another. And that one falls onto the next one. And so on. How an action now – whether intended or not – can have consequences for family members who won’t be born for another 20 years.

That’s a lesson many who’ve served in the military and their families have learned the hard way. Not just once. But again and again. That’s just one reason that the 93% of us who’ve never served need to start listening to the seven percent who have.

The best way that I can thank you for your service is to do what I can to make those of us who’ve never served start listening to you.

You can help me do that.

Private: I’ve set this document not to share on my social media platforms. So, before I ask you to do one thing as soon as you’re able, please know this: there is nothing in me or in my love for Christine that has grown and matured these past 7 years, that would ever let me put my wants or needs ahead of her well-being. To do so given Chris’ very specific vulnerabilities, would be sin of the worst kind. So please do this no matter what you think of what I ask you to do or what you may now think of me. The Army writes that these men and women are elite warriors who “use their skills to change attitudes, behaviors, values, beliefs, and influence foreign audiences.” The Army’s not just talking big. One reason these folks excel in human manipulation is the detailed instruction they get in step 5 from Chapter 5 in an Army field manual that I can supply you, should you want it. I’ve placed step 5 ahead of everything else that I’ve prepared for you in this document. And I’ve also attached to this email the same pages. Read step 5. Please. That’s all I ask from you.

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INTRODUCTION TO THIS DOCUMENT

I’ve prepared this document to answer questions that you’ve rightly asked in the past and which I hope you’ll have reason to let me answer in the future. With this introduction, I affirm my continuing desire and intent to commit my skill set, my experience, and my energy to producing and effectively disseminating to the relevant policy communities top-shelf research products. Practical, realistic answers to questions that frequently stand in the way of sensible policy choices.

Going forward, I commit to renewing my commitment to pursuing and acquiring peaceful relationships with policy adversaries and to pursuing, where possible and sensible, project partnerships with those whose policy interests, relationships, and approach are compatible with those of CRP.

Working with, instead of against, adversaries is far from a new idea for me. There’s a saying in politics that “countries don’t have friends. They have interests.” I believe “they” are right about this and that it’s true of individuals and organizations as well. A number of my emails from the last 12 months begin with my trying to establish that kind of mutually beneficial relationship with those who disagree with me on this or that issue.

Securing this kind of relationship with those who think and believe differently, is not an academic matter. My commitment to remain in Tucson after mom moves to Santa Barbara early next year has not changed. And it won’t change, even if Christine and I can’t put the pieces back together and marry, as we had planned.

Like many “third culture kids” I’ve always found it hard, if not impossible, to find any place that can deliver the “feeling of home” that I subconsciously think everyone else has. Besides, two of my degrees are from UA, and there’s no state I have more ties with than this one.

What comes next is an overview of the open-source research shop that I’ve been trying to get funded. The balance of this document consists of three sections and a truncated digital bio.

Section 1 – a sample of emails from the last 12 – 14 months, reflecting multiple attempts to calm the natives and secure the funding necessary to work full-time on projects that will benefit past and present military personnel and their families;

Section 2 – two examples of ongoing smear campaign tactics that undermine potential funders’ perceived viability of the research initiative; and

Section 3 – an overview of my current thinking about a suitable path forward if I’m to (1) recover my reputation for producing high-quality, ethical, and effective work; and (2) secure full funding for CRP and the freedom that CRP will need if it’s to thrive.

Overview of combatresearchandprose, a planned open-source applied research initiative 

Combat research and prose (CRP) is an Arizona-based sole proprietorship at the present. But the merits of incorporating and securing 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status are being examined.

CRP principal researcher is Charles L. K. Bloeser, M.A., J.D., a researcher whose published and still cited works begin in 1992. He’s licensed to practice law by the Supreme Court of Tennessee, U.S.A. After first serving as an assistant district attorney in the State of Oklahoma, his career in the courts has been spent in criminal trial, appeal, and post-conviction cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts, including certiorari practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Support staff isn’t needed at this stage, and it’s anticipated that collaborations with other researchers can be secured on a volunteer or independent contractor basis. Combat research and prose will not engage in the provision of direct services.

Contact info: lawyerckbloeser.usa@outlook.com

Mobile: 520.306.6888 (USA)

This research initiative seeks funding to support the applied research and writing activities described below. More details follow this description of combatresearchandprose.com. 

Charles.photo.lawlibrary. 150 x 200Recent publications, current projects and future applied research activities:

“Combat Translation Project”

“Combat Translation Project”: ongoing multi-product “research +” activity in support of bridging – among members of relevant policy crowds – an existing chasm in experience, knowledge, and understanding which divides the 93% of persons who’ve never served in the Armed Forces from the seven percent who have (U.S. data).

Objective: provide to members of the national security/defense /veterans policy crowds top-shelf research products that assist their efforts to make informed and intelligent decisions on matters that affect those who’ve served in the United States military as well as in the military services of U.S. allies, and these service members’ families.

Here are three examples of “combat translation” products:

strife-henry-part-1-charles-bloeser-article-on-strifeblog-2-august-2018-419 x 213STRIFE, a dual-format publication from the Department of War Studies, Kings College London, published in August 2018 the account of a now-deceased client, a combat-wounded veteran who fell between the cracks of a modern jail after his latest arrest for PTS-related domestic violence. http://www.strifeblog.org/2018/08/02/henry-a-wounded-soldier-forgotten-by-all-in-an-american-jail-by-all-except-his-brothers-who-fell-beside-him-in-vietnam

joshua-wheeler-return-home-325 x 225The second example of this researcher’s combat-translation work examines why the United States and her allies need special operations forces. It does so through the life and service of fallen “Delta Force” special operator Josh Wheeler, a Cherokee Indian from Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, who enlisted in the U.S. Army one month after the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Two hours west of where U.S. Army Master Sergeant Joshua L. Wheeler was born and raised. https://combatresearchandprose.com/2018/07/07/in-2018-we-still-need-our-warriors/

Cure for PTSD image and excerpt. 350 x 205The third example of “combat translation” work comes from an article in progress. The research product introduces civilians to today’s combat-related wounds through an autopsy of trauma experienced by Allied airmen flying bombing runs over occupied Europe during World War II.  https://combatresearchandprose.com/2018/08/24/a-cure-for-ptsd-swift-efficient-soul-stealing/

father with haunted eyes clutching family image 425 x 287Foster kids / military family applied research project:

2 components – new research article and proposed model legislative language 

Child welfare services across the United States remove children from their homes after state authorities conclude that one or more children is in immediate danger of harm. “Harm” is generally defined as abuse or neglect. A recent report from the National Conference of State Legislatures reports that “just over 415,000 children and youth in the U.S. currently reside in foster care.”

Child welfare workers are not generally required to place children from military families with military foster families.

While, generally speaking, child welfare agencies prefer to place children with suitable family members nearby, that’s seldom possible when children are removed from military families stationed far from home.

Researcher has just completed a substantive new research product that examines challenges and successes of foster kids who enter military service, as well as the threats to keeping military families together, especially during and after deployments.

Pursuant to recent discussions with legislative experts who’ve repeatedly demonstrated success in getting the states to adopt proposed model legislation, researcher is now drafting for their consideration proposed state and federal legislative language intended to keep military children clothed, fed, sheltered, and safe while increasing the likelihood that state child welfare authorities and the courts will reunite military children with their past and present service member parents.

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Researcher’s role as a participant in America’s “foster-child system”

The author’s responsibilities in criminal and civil matters while serving as an assistant district attorney for the State of Oklahoma were, among others:

(a) reviewing child welfare reports to determine which warranted applications for judicial child removal orders and possible criminal prosecution;

(b) representing the State’s interests in civil “deprived child” actions arising from these cases, as well as in civil cases alleging actions by minors that, if done by an adult, would be criminal offenses and subject to prosecution;

(c) learning whether a crime committed against or by a child occurred on land and under circumstances that authorized the State of Oklahoma to act (the judicial district I served is a patchwork of jurisdictions that include a number of Indian tribes and in which the land that the State couldn’t touch might be no bigger than the lot where the crimes occurred);

(d) primary assistant D.A. on call to respond to ER, courthouse, or other locations in order to seek, if necessary, order from the judge authorizing the emergency commitment of persons deemed danger to self or others, an order which, in the absence of suitable family, resulted in kids going into foster care;

(e) took turns with other assistant D.A.’s on call to respond to scenes of suicide and other deaths when requested by law enforcement;

(f) on occasion, participating in case conferencing with other relevant actors re children placed in the custody of child services and perhaps housed in foster homes; and

(g) serving as the District Attorney’s representative at some of the informal foster parent gatherings held in that judicial district.

Mr. Richardson and attorney Charles Bloeser State of Tennessee carjacking and murder trial. 375 x 210Regardless of which side I’ve represented over the years, America’s foster system has always insisted on showing up, either openly or by lurking in the shadows in cases involving:

(a) criminal defendants, appellants, and petitioners who had been removed from their homes as children due to abuse, neglect or a parent’s inability to keep them housed, fed, and in school;

(b) clients whose children had been removed for any or all of the same reasons and who had not been reunited with their kids;

(c) persons arrested, charged and sometimes previously convicted for committing crimes against children, including sex crimes, assault, criminal neglect, and homicide; and

(d) persons who insisted on pleading guilty to crimes they didn’t commit or which the State couldn’t have proven at trial, under threat that child services would be sent into the home to remove their children if they did not plead guilty.

Foster kids / military family applied research project: status update

1st component: Charles Bloeser. “Many of America’s Foster Children Come to Military Service with Stowaways to Declare.” Article manuscript completed October 2018 but will be reviewed for possible update before publication/release

3 excerpts from article manuscript as posted on social media:

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Military brats who join up haven’t had it easy.

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+CharlesBloeser/posts/E4EQCLse8S

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Geography’s another enemy of military parents trying to get their kids back.

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+CharlesBloeser/posts/1xq9sta4QDd

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Worthless meds and destroyed documents make reuniting homeless veterans andtheir children in foster care even harder.

https://combatresearchandprose.com/2018/10/10/worthless-meds-and-destroyed-documents-make-reuniting-homeless-veterans-and-their-children-in-foster-care-even-harder/

19 November 2018 “Bad Paper” UPDATE:

Lorelei Laird. “Veterans may sue over discharges they say were result of untreated mental health problems.” ABA Journal. 19 November 2018.

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/veterans_may_sue_over_discharges_they_say_were_result_of_untreated_mental_h

The court’s description of the class who may sue the VA, taken from page 21 of the court’s order, is as follows:

Veterans who served during the Iraq and Afghanistan Era—defined as the period between October 7, 2001, and the present—who:

(a) were discharged from the Navy, Navy Reserves, Marine Corps, or Marine Corps Reserve with less-than-Honorable statuses, including General and Other-than-Honorable discharges but excluding Bad Conduct or Dishonorable discharges;

(b) have not received upgrades of their discharge statuses to Honorable from the NDRB; and

(c) have diagnoses of PTSD, TBI, or other related mental health conditions, or records documenting one or more symptoms of PTSD, TBI, or other related mental health conditions at the time of discharge, attributable to their military service under the Hagel Memo standards of liberal or special consideration.

The Yale Law School’s Veterans Legal Services Clinic and Jenner & Block LLP are the lawyers on this case, and they have filed similar litigation in the hopes of securing this same opportunity for veterans of other branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Here are the links to the complaint that started this lawsuit and the judicial order that allows these veterans to sue the VA as a class:

https://law.yale.edu/system/files/area/clinic/manker_v._spencer_complaint.pdf

https://law.yale.edu/system/files/documents/pdf/lso/manker_rulingonclasscert_11.15.18.pdf

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“Bad Paper” discharges and collateral consequences of criminal convictions are two of the snake pits that can prove lethal to military families’ chances of getting their kids back from state child welfare authorities. Here’s some of that discussion, excerpted from the new article manuscript.

Denial of veterans’ services*

“Although by law, Congress denies veterans’ services only to those “discharged under dishonorable conditions,” the VA has interpreted the intent of the law as excluding anyone with Dishonorable discharges as well as all veterans with Bad Conduct or OTH discharges, regardless of whether or not these latter discharges were related to any action understood as ‘dishonorable.’”

Ali R. Tayyeb and Jennifer Greenburg. “Bad Papers”: The Invisible and Increasing Costs of War for Excluded Veterans 6. Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs, Brown University. 20 June 2017 (citations omitted).

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Swords to Plowshares a Veterans Rights Organization with assistance of Veterans Legal Clinic, Harvard Law School. Getting It Right: “Bad Paper” Legislation That Works. Prepared for March 29, 2017 House Veteran Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Health Legislative Hearing on H.R 918 and others.

[*The article manuscript notes that spending legislation signed by President Trump in February of 2018 includes a number of intended improvements for those who’ve served in the U.S. Armed Forces, including for some of those with “bad paper.” Links to CRS guides to these new laws are included in the article mss.]

You didn’t have to go to prison? Cool. Time to lose government benefits, such as VA pension, medical care, TANF and SNAP; and no, you may not work in construction or as a cab driver, midwife, or barber.

John G. Malcolm, Vice President, Institute for Constitutional Government, Director & Ed Gilbertson and Sherry Lindberg Gilbertson Senior Legal Fellow, Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation testified in May of 2018 about more than 48,000 state and local “collateral consequences” that destroy families but which folks might not have heard about before they decided to take that plea deal. Because these “civil” penalties are so destructive to a family’s chance to keep everyone together, here’s an excerpt from Mr. Malcolm’s 4 May 2018 testimony:

“Collateral consequences are considered to be civil in nature and thus distinct from criminal laws and penalties, so courts, prosecutors, and defense attorneys have generally treated them as falling outside the scope of their control and immediate concern. Few are aware of the full scope of these “post-sentence civil penalties, disqualifications, or disabilities” that follow a conviction, including criminal defendants and defense counsel. They should be.

“Similar problems can arise with respect to another category of collateral consequences: those that revoke receipt of or eligibility for certain government benefits. For example, a criminal conviction may cost a military veteran his or her pension, insurance, and right to medical treatment, which is particularly troubling because studies indicate that veterans who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and therefore in serious need of medical treatment may be more likely to commit crimes. 

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“You do the best you can, though, because you swore you would and because the outcome of a criminal case – regardless of whether a client goes to prison – frequently inflicts significant consequences on the lives and fortunes of not just your client but also your client’s family. A criminal conviction, the criminal record that follows it, and any collateral consequences from the conviction, e.g., loss of professional license, reduction in amount of VA disability compensation, termination of VA pension payments, deportation, denial of access to public housing and federal student aid, etc., can hurt and even destroy families.”

http://www.strifeblog.org/2018/08/02/henry-a-wounded-soldier-forgotten-by-all-in-an-american-jail-by-all-except-his-brothers-who-fell-beside-him-in-vietnam

 

Veteran staffed + veteran occupied civilian sector lock-up facilities

Veterans Serving Veterans” applied multi-product research project. Initial pre-project research underway. Project objective: if comprehensive research activity confirms pre-project research findings, then project seeks to contribute applicable information and relevant facts necessary for public policy communities to make informed decisions re establishment of lock-up units for military veterans who are held pre-judgment or incarcerated following criminal conviction, with such facilities to be characterized by four attributes:

(a) both staff and population are comprised solely of military veterans;

(b) facility policies, procedures, and practices are informed by current science re specialized needs of this highly specialized population with an eye toward avoiding population management practices that trigger combat-trauma associated symptomology;

(c) the provision of expert individualized evaluation and treatment for detainees or inmates suffering from internal and external trauma, whether acquired in combat or otherwise; and

(d) for veterans serving term of imprisonment by judgment, the provision of pre- and post-release transition/re-entry services designed to seek solutions for veterans who face especially difficult challenges securing sufficient income, housing, and services due to felony convictions, “bad paper” discharges, loss of or ineligibility for VA and other federal benefits or professional licenses, or whose continued injuries restrict available work options.

** Recent discussions with experts who’ve seen their proposed model legislation passed into law by state legislatures should encourage not just protections for military families whose children are taken into emergency custody by state officials; it’s reasonable to expect that these nascent relationships can also contribute to legislative support for further experimentation, and the establishment of, vet-focused jails, prisons, and tenant institutions within existing facilities.

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Summary of researcher experience re detention- and incarceration-relevant issues

Charles LK Bloeser began his legal career as an assistant district attorney in the State of Oklahoma, where his responsibilities included pursuing the State of Oklahoma’s interests in criminal and civil cases. For most of the years since then, he’s dedicated his skillset to representing criminal defendants, appellants, and post-conviction petitioners in state and federal courts in the United States, including certiorari practice before the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Bloeser’s represented incarcerated clients in federal constitutional challenges to the terms and conditions of their confinement. He’s represented clients in federal district courts in Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Arizona, as well as in cases before the United States Courts of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit, Ninth Circuit, and Tenth Circuit. Mr. Bloeser’s interviewed clients and witnesses in state and federal lock-up facilities in Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. Researcher maintains a Tennessee law license.

Almost 30 identified pre-project issues for this research activity include:

  • determination of how vet-dedicated facility to be designated / classified for purposes of institutional and inmate administration, for example, if facility designated under U.S. BOP, then inmates from USPs likely wouldn’t be allowed into the program but perhaps some from FCIs, dependent on offense of conviction, inmate disciplinary record, but most likely from lower-level correctional environments such as camps;
  • consideration of inmate disciplinary options and the extent to which these can be applied given a veteran’s particular mental and physical health considerations including, e.g., PTSD, blunt-force and explosive-blast-induced traumatic brain injury; absence or limitation of function with human limbs;
  • review extent to which WIT-SEC procedures can or must be employed for inmates at high risk of inside or external manipulation and threat by foreign governments, terror networks, and other threats to the safety of inmates and KSAs they possess;
  • examination of protections that need to be put in place for the protection of veterans who are not only inmates but also witnesses to crimes and other events for which they will be called to testify, including when an inmate is called to answer questions and/or testify in a criminal case against another housed inmate;
  • analysis of the various legal environments within which a vet-dedicated facility would operate, incl. state and federal constitutional requirements; process for redress and civil rights liability issues; professional licensing matters; applicable employment and contract law; applicability of statutory and DEA regulatory provisions concerning psychotropic drugs and their administration; and search for alternatives to exorbitant prison phone call rates and other practices and procedures that sever, often permanently, inmates from their families, resulting in increased vulnerability to health challenges, inability to access medical care and necessary medications, homelessness, and suicide.

Some challenges faced by veterans who would be detained or incarcerated in facilities such as those under consideration in this research activity

“[Those with bad paper discharges] are more likely to have mental health conditions and twice as likely to commit suicide. They are more likely to be homeless and to be involved with the criminal justice system.”

Legal Services Center, Harvard University, Nat’l Veterans Legal Services Program & Swords to Ploughshares. (2016, March).Underserved: How the VA Wrongfully Excludes Veterans with Bad Paper. Cambridge, MA: Harvard. 23

 “Veterans who received bad-paper discharges are overrepresented in the criminal justice system. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 23.2% of veterans in prison and 33.2% of veterans in jail were discharged with bad-paper, compared to less than 5% of the total veterans population.”

Legal Services Center, Harvard University, National Veterans Legal Services Prog. & Swords to Ploughshares 23

“. . . The VA created a Veteran Justice Outreach (VJO) program with staff who provide case management and other supportive services to veterans to help them avoid unnecessary incarceration. However, the VJO Program can only assist VA-eligible veterans, . . . one-third of Veteran Treatment Courts do not allow veterans who are not “VA eligible” to participate in their programs at all.”

Legal Services Center, Harvard University, National Veterans Legal Services Program, & Swords to Ploughshares 23 (2016, March). Underserved: How the VA Wrongfully Excludes Veterans with Bad Paper.

Amicus Briefing

Crafting proposed model legislation designed to get more military families back together is not the only research activity that benefits especially well from the tools in this particular lawyer’s skill set and experience. Writing amicus briefs in cases that affect past, present, and future members of the Armed Forces is another. This comment from a law professor who clerked for two justices on the United States Supreme Court is from a few years ago, and it is specific to this lawyer’s practice at the United States Supreme Court. The diligence and commitment to producing top-shelf legal work are the same:

This past year, Charles called me several times for consultation on petitions for certiorari to the Supreme Court. Although an excellent writer and advocate already, Charles solicited my insights as a former Supreme Court law clerk on how to make a compelling case for review. The result of Charles’ extra efforts were two petitions that made the best case for certiorari possible given the available facts and law, and that were better than many of the hundreds of petitions by regular Supreme Court practitioners that I have reviewed.”

Prof. Joe Thai, University of Oklahoma College of Law

Charles Bloeser is licensed to practice law by the State of Tennessee (Tennessee Board of  Professional Responsibility #024022), in the United States. Prior to that, he served as an assistant district attorney and criminal trial and appellate lawyer in the State of Oklahoma. Attorney Bloeser has represented clients in a number of state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as in certiorari practice at the United States Supreme Court. Having opted for inactive status while not in Tennessee, he’s open to providing contract research and writing services for legal counsel pursuing matters that concern the priorities of combatresearchandprose. He will explore whether returning his law license to active status will make it easier to do more good for more past and present military personnel and their families.

Section 1 – a sample of emails from the last 12 – 14 months, reflecting multiple attempts to calm the natives and secure the funding necessary to work full-time on projects that will benefit past and present military personnel and their families

Where additional factual, contextual, or explanatory content has been added, these appear in red. You’ll note that a number of these emails attempt to appeal to reason and rationality. But I’ve now learned that they went in together on a condo in Florida and have already moved away.

Shall we begin?

10 March 2018 email to Fr. Robert Hendrickson, III, rector at St. Philips Tucson, formerly handled corporate communication for Brooks Brothers, served as PR guy for Trinity Wall Street, and former Republican political operative, advising him that tentative referral was made to the authorities for possible investigation re apparent on-line child predator, who works as IT/cyber military contractor, and also appeared to be public policy adversary.

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A brief detour: even though I’d found it necessary to make a tentative referral of the above IT/cyber govt contractor for investigation as an apparent on-line child predator, i included him, along with several other influential and highly networked persons I have good reason to believe could help bring a swift end to the conflict. Current bio and contact information for these individuals are among the contents of a giftwrapped three-ring binder that I personally delivered to the church office on or about Fr. Robert’s birthday before last, along with a card requesting assistance putting an end to the fight.

This was before I knew that the LGBT and human smuggling/sanctuary crowds were among my adversaries. This was before I learned that St. Philips Tucson is one of more than 750 Episcopal churches that have entered into formal relationships with Integrity, a nonprofit organization that for many years has been running a national political campaign that’s had great success achieving LGBT political goals. The goal that my former parish church in Tucson and 750 + other Episcopal churches have signed onto is one that, rather than guard society against all manner of sexual deviants, demands that we “welcome” and “affirm” them.

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The individual I complain about to LinkedIn in the following request for assistance, summarily and without stated cause threw me out of a 70,000 member vet-focused LinkedIn group, and he manages a dozen social media networks for the same national security crowd my work is supposed to be serving. He’s among those included in Fr. Robert’s binder.

 

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Jumping ahead to 5 September 2018 email to Fr. Robert inquiring as to wa whether he thought that the continued strangling alive of almost everything I produced or shared to benefit vets and their families might be prompted by aggression related to a 2004 article for my fellow lawyers and my work for Senator Jim Inhofe, a reliable conservative from Oklahoma and current Chairman of the Senate Armed Services committee. 

 

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14 September 2018 follow-up email to Fr. Robert again requesting that he facilitate a meeting with a Mr. Bill Carrell, an apparent associate of the gentleman I referred for possible investigation as an apparent on-line child predator, and someone I have good reason to think has information that may be key to finally resolving the conflict with this extreme leftist alliance so that I can get back to the serious business of research fbo wounded warriors and their families.

As i advised Fr. Robert on 10 March and as I had previously advised the authorities, I learned about Mr. Carrell because he appeared separately on the incriminating Facebook page of the IT/cyber govt contractor. I advised both Fr. Robert and the authorities I’d made the referral about that I’d seen nothing to suggest that Mr. Carrell might also be (apparently) involved with very young girls.

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I think I’ll let Fr. Mark Schultz, Curate for Children and Youth at St. Philips Episcopal in Tucson, speak for himself:

 

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10 July 2018 email to Conrad Plimpton re further show of good will by me to adversaries, following substantial showing of good will on 7 November 2018.

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This may be a good place to insert a 10 July 2018 supplement to my 12 May 2018 crime report and accompanying evidence that I filed with the FBI IC3 (cybercrimes) office. It references my 22 June 2018 attempt to get advice re an armistice that I wanted to propose, from a DOJ attorney at the USAO’s office in Tucson. He’d been my opposing counsel in a federal civil case with my dad in the late 1990s.

A good faith mistake derailed that effort, though. Conrad told me that when he broached the subject of getting us together on this, that the AUSA angrily snapped that he didn’t want to have anything to do with me. They talked at a 7 July 2018 tropical-themed Rotary event that Conrad had invited me to at a country club on the east side of Tucson.

I was still putting together a substantial social-media focused good-faith peace offering the evening of 7 July 2018 and wanted to complete it and email it to Conrad before I left for the event. By the time I got there, though, Conrad had left to catch a plane from Sky Harbor. But he later told me that when he brought the matter up with that lawyer earlier on the evening of 7 July, it was the AUSA’s belief that I was the same person as my father that he gave for not wanting to have anything to do with me. Perhaps worse than that, the lawyer had, according to Conrad, as a result of that belief suffered great distress for nearly two decades.

When I later reflected on a fellow lawyer’s lengthy distress all because he made a simple mistake that I could have made, it got me thinking. An object lesson that I crafted for my fellow lawyers, appears after this IC3 supplemental.

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25 July 2018 follow-up email to Howell Herring, former deputy IT director for City of Philadelphia, who now serves in the same role for City of Tucson, and his wife, Mary Hickert Herring, St. Philips Tucson vestry member, yet again trying to get help settling the feud from this particularly well-networked couple, fellow University of the South (Sewanee) alumni, who served for 3 years as mentors of my Sewanee-based EfM theological seminar that meets Tuesday evenings on the St. Philips Tucson property.

A couple of notes of interest re Education for Ministry (EfM): more than 800 EfM groups, their mentors linked by an on-line messaging system, are run every year out of Sewanee’s school of theology. Sewanee, itself, was founded by the Southern dioceses of the Episcopal Church  and it remains as a cluster of institutions under authority of the Episcopal Church. As you’ll see in another email, Mr. Clyde Kunz, an influential Episcopalian who spends most of his hours working for the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, was also approached by me in attempt to quiet the restless natives. Clyde is an LGBT community member who moved to Tucson to take a job  with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra some years ago, runs his own non-profit consulting business and is an EfM mentor at another Episcopal Church in Tucson.

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31 July 2018 email to Conrad Plimpton in advance of his meeting with Peggy Hutchison for the purpose, I had proposed, of defusing the ongoing conflict with the leftist alliance by getting Peggy Hutchison, the CEO at former employer Primavera Foundation – who had always held me in high regard – to back the effort to resolve the conflict.

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Let’s jump ahead to see what came out of Conrad’s meeting with Peggy. This email is from 12 May 2019

 

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http://www.strifeblog.org/2018/08/02/henry-a-wounded-soldier-forgotten-by-all-in-an-american-jail-by-all-except-his-brothers-who-fell-beside-him-in-vietnam-part-i/

http://www.strifeblog.org/2018/08/07/henry-a-wounded-soldier-forgotten-by-all-in-an-american-jail-by-all-except-his-brothers-who-fell-beside-him-in-vietnam-part-ii/

 

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31 August 2018 request for assistance in another attempt to resolve matters, request made of PR professional and involved local volunteer Donna Breckinridge in response to her request to connect on LinkedIn. Husband is Fr. Allen Breckinridge, an affiliated priest of St. Philips Tucson, and another fellow Sewanee alum.

 

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12 September 2018: Yes, I stand behind my article and the legal reasoning on which it rests. Here’s just another wasted effort at showing good will so we can settle this damned thing and finally get back to doing right by the people who deserve better from us.

 

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Information prepared for Conrad Plimpton in advance of his having another meeting in New Jersey with Ranger Schleck, West Pointer, defense/space materials contractor, who has served for several years as COO of Community Solutions. A bit later, I tell you more about who they are and why they, more than almost any other civilian sector participants, could without too much trouble, shut down this conflict and meaningfully encourage a mutually acceptable resolution to it. That’s why Jamie Schleck keeps showing up in this chronology.

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7 October 2018 failed attempt to get assistance shutting down the war at the Diocesan level from Episcopalian LGBT community member and non-profit professional Clyde Kunz, whose then current and past clients include Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, longtime employer of Beth Carey, COO at Tucson’s Primavera Foundation and longtime confidant of Peggy Hutchison and “Punch” Woods, a former, well-respected executive director of the Southern Arizona Food Bank. Punch told me once that every three months, the three of them get together for supper at one of their homes.

 

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Although the issues have changed since then, one might say that Beth Carey started this war in the Spring of 2017.  She told me in the upstairs hallway at Primavera’s building at 702 South 6th Avenue, Tucson, that she did not disagree with my structural analysis of an assessment tool used to decide which homeless vets and others get housing with federal dollars. She told me that it had, in fact, confirmed her long-time concerns about the survey instrument. My reports (March 1 and March 13, 2017) found that nearly six out of every ten questions on the analyzed survey instrument are, structurally, fatally flawed. The result of these fatal design flaws is that the nationally used tool to pick who’s housed for 3 or 4 months and who’s kicked back to the curb determines relative vulnerability with the precision of a carnival raffle drum. 

Beth started the war in late March or early April of 2017 when she, in the language of Western lore, told me to shut up and lie about it. The woman on the left in this photo was or still is Primavera Foundation’s CFO.

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In March 2019, I began efforts to interest members of a local philanthropic group, 100 + Tucson Women Who Care, in three matters: (1) encouraging Arizona-licensed lawyers who practice business, non-profit organization, insurance, regulatory law, etc. to look into what would be required to establish and provide to those on the streets a secured refrigeration  service for insulin and other medications that are worthless if not kept cool; (2) exerting their influence to put a stop to local Drag Queen Story Hour activities held in libraries and bookstores around the country (these events are used to normalize sexual deviancy and to give sexual predators access to small children); and (3) to use their power and influence to get Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to stand down and work toward a mutually satisfactory resolution to the present conflict.

The concern I still have, and one which I’ve expressed to Bishop Curry and others, is that if I’m left with no reasonable alternative to suing the Episcopal Church and members of its extreme leftist alliance for damages suffered by their vast and highly destructive character assassination campaign against me, the scope of permissible discovery and investigation activities in that type of case and under even just the facts known so far, would be so broad and so deep that it would, without doubt, lead to divulging a lot of private information about donors. This would discourage much private philanthropy, especially among donors who prefer or need to keep their financial matters private.

My hope was that if I could interest them in one or more of these issues, I might have a realistic chance of securing from their group both financial support and a public endorsement that might begin to undo some of the damage. But I swung and missed three times.

 

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3 October 2018 proposed language for Ranger Jamie Schleck, Conrad’s friend who serves as COO at nationally-respected Community Solutions, following another meeting among myself, Conrad, and wife Ann Plimpton. I think I’ve concluded that Conrad’s been more foe than friend. But he’s one of very few indiduals I know who, within 24 hours, would be able to advocate with most of the key decision makers and influencers in the Country. 

The reason that I encouraged Conrad to advocate with Community Solutions’ COO Jamie Schleck is this, in a nutshell. But in a blogpost on his company’s website, the creator and key spokesperson for the worse-than-worthless instrument writes that it is the reason he’s been invited to the Obama White House later that day. And he credits, or implicates, Community Solutions as the reason that his assessment tool gained acceptance across the country as quickly as it did.  

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14 November 2018 email to “Punch” Woods, longtime confidant of aggressive and extraordinarily well-networked adversaries Peggy Hutchison and Beth Carey, urging that they use their influence to help bring a peaceful end to the conflict. I make the argument with three examples of applied research issues that very few others are qualified to handle. Again, no favorable response or action followed this appeal.

This is the same “Punch” Woods who three days later, on 17 November, would receive the first of 5 written notice and warnings (including 2 reminders)  on behalf of Peggy, Beth, and their allies. These warned them not to take any action against Christine now that we were dating. They were advised that because of a sufficiently identified medical condition, any actions against her by them would bring increased risk of causing her serious harm or worse. Rather than respond favorably to this information, the alliance has its its skilled operative exploiting Christine’s vulnerabilities.

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21 November 2018 response from me to suggestion of assistance from Ranger Schleck, following our on-line introduction – courtesy of Conrad – the night of the 7 November 2018 tropical party that I was running late for. 

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Here’s just one of several failed attempts to get Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to do what’s right for a lot more people in the long run.

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There’s a lot more emails to quite a few more well-connected and influential Episcopalians and others, reflecting many more doomed good-faith attempts to get back to doing what I do best for past and present members of our various national security communities and their families. All of these have failed.

 

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Section 2 – two examples of ongoing smear campaign tactics that undermine potential funders’ perceived viability of the proposed research initiative

EXAMPLE 1: Current day combat – related trauma issues presented through the experiences of Allied airmen flying bombing runs over occupied Europe during World War II

*** The first three images below are from an article project that stalled when LinkedIn – I assume – abruptly and without notice sliced the head off a scholarly collaboration with a number of British Military History subject matter experts. These are smart, experienced people in and out of government who introduced me to relevant source materials from the UK that were new to me. One of those sources, the late Ben Shephard’s A War of Nerves: soldiers and psychiatrists in the twentieth century, has proved itself more valuable than any other source on the subject of trauma as it’s experienced by military service personnel.

The hatchet job on our collaboration occurred, if I remember right, somewhere in the 24-hour space between these Brits’ enthusiastic source sharing re Great Britain’s decision to follow America’s lead in performing leukotomy/ lobotomy procedures on World War II veterans and the moment when those same experts as well as quite a few others, simply vanished, most not to be seen again. Not even when I shared what I’d written about Britain’s decision to drink the leukotomy/lobotomy KoolAid with the sources and ideas they’d given me.

There are 3 items I hope you’ll take note of in these images: (1) the number of reported views for each post; (2) the directional path those numbers take; and (3) any notable changes in the composition of employers who appear in the left column as a result of having seen the posts and engaged with them.

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ON LIFE SUPPORT: Open-source article explains why SOF troops are needed now more than ever.

The second example of research shop viability getting sucker-punched can be seen in a sequence of hich relate to a images related to an almost overnight enthusiasm for my research article about fallen “Delta Force” operator Josh Wheeler and the kinds of work and personalities such jobs demand, especially in an ever more challenging international security environment.

The open-source article introduces us to fallen U.S. Army MSgt Joshua L. Wheeler (1975 -2015), from Sequoyah County, Oklahoma and who was last assigned to 1st SFOD-D. Sequoyah County is one of 20 counties assigned to me for the 1996 reelection campaign of U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe, successor to Senator John McCain as Chairman of the Senate Armed Services committee. Cherokee warrior Josh Wheeler had enlisted in the Army the year before my political work in Oklahoma’s northeastern corner began.

P{raise from cleared military and ex-military told me that I’d gotten a lot right. [Here’s a link to the renamed article.]

https://combatresearchandprose.com/2019/06/09/in-2018-we-still-need-our-warrior

But that’s a problem for those peddling the lie that I’m the one who’s really a security threat.

So, for more than a year the SOF/Josh Wheeler article has been fighting for its life. Time and again Facebook has blocked my efforts to post the article because it’s “against community standards.” And Facebook and LinkedIn (it appears) have cooked up fraudulent analytics that suggest the article’s really not that good and not much of anybody cared about it. The bogus analytics now appear where the legit numbers used to be. Both sets of numbers can be seen in the images I provide here.

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Section 3 – an overview of my current thinking about a suitable path forward if I’m to (1) recover my reputation for producing high-quality, ethical, and effective work; and (2) secure full funding for CRP and the freedom that CRP will need if it’s to thrive.

[in progress. will forward upon completion]

Truncated digital bio of researchers, followed by two pages outlining the law and policy requirements before operations such as theirs may be given approval or executed.

 

Charles Bloeser is a Tennessee (USA) – licensed lawyer who is also a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. He is the son and grandson of military veterans and a U.S. State Department and ARAMCO (then: Arabian American Oil Company) brat. 

Following a staff position on the successful 1996 re-election campaign of U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), researcher began his legal career as an assistant district attorney in Oklahoma (USA). Since then he has spent the largest part of his legal career representing criminal defendants, appellants, and post-conviction petitioners in state and FBA seal 175 x 175federal trial and appellate courts in the United States, including the following:

  • United States District Court for the District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court for Western District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
  • United States Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeal for Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeal for the Tenth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States

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Researcher has met with clients in county jails in Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas; in state prisons in Oklahoma; at the Federal Transfer Center in OKC; and in federal prisons in Oklahoma and Texas. He inspected new native-American owned detention facility and advised Kay County, OK commissioners as they considered whether to contract with the tribe for space in the facility. Among CLEs taught are Federal Criminal Practice and Procedure and administrative law. He’s a past president of the OKC chapter of the Federal Bar Association, has served in American Inns of Court in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Nashville. He’s a member of Phi Delta Phi, international legal fraternity, and served on law review during law school. 

phi delta phi logo 200 x 229A few words about this lawyer and researcher:

He has frequently been in my court handling matters by appointment under the Criminal Justice Act. He is always prepared, effective, and above reproach, ethically.”

– U.S. District Court Judge

. . . Charles has always been an innovative, responsible and thorough advocate for his clients. We don’t often agree, but he is a thoughtful professional in his representation. I have found him to be particularly scrupulous in ethical matters.”

– Assistant U.S. Attorney

“Charles himself is also admirably dedicated to improving his own practice. This past year, Charles called me several times for consultation on petitions for certiorari to the Supreme Court. Although an excellent writer and advocate already, Charles solicited my insights as a former Supreme Court law clerk on how to make a compelling case for review. The result of Charles’ extra efforts were two petitions that made the best case for certiorari possible given the available facts and law, and that were better than many of the hundreds of petitions by regular Supreme Court practitioners that I have reviewed. Afterwards, at Charles’ request, we met to go over his petitions with an eye towards producing even stronger ones in the future.”

– Law Professor and former law clerk for two justices on the U.S. Supreme Court

 

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Among researcher’s published research are works re Libyan-supported Jihadi terrorism in the Western Hemisphere, civilian-military law enforcement relations, federal criminal law, and Federal court procedure. His research agenda includes national security/defense/ veterans issues, with special attention to those suffering from shell shock aka combat trauma aka PTS/PTSD and related challenges.

 

Selected praise for author’s recent research products:

Excellent piece of writing. You have an excellent start for a book about Wheeler. I wish I would have had some of your material for two of the Veteran’s Day speeches I gave the past couple of days. I’ll use next year.” Rear Admiral, USN (Ret), personal email re Cherokee DELTA Operator: Invisible. Not Unseeable.” (Nov. 2017)

Stunningly accurate piece of writing that will hit a chord with anybody who has served in any of the war-torn areas of the world.” Senior Operations Officer/Flight Commander, RAF (Ret), commenting on “Thank You for Your Service.” (Sept. 2017)

“I have read your article very carefully. It is a most thought-provoking piece of writing by an expert in the true meaning of the word. . ..” Command Officer, Royal Navy (Ret), personal message re “Writing Is About Turning Blood into Ink.” (June 2018)

NEW FROM STRIFEBLOG and this lawyer – an ugly true story of a former client: Part I of Henry: a wounded soldier forgotten by all in an American jail – by all except his brothers who fell beside him in Vietnam

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“But for this combat veteran’s wife, Henry was never the kind of man who could be distilled into simple words like “defendant” and “perpetrator and “abuser.” There was no black and white in being struck by a man she knew had always loved her but whose best efforts to get relief from the symptoms of war had proved little more than the American version of a snipe hunt.

NEW FROM STRIFEBLOG and this lawyer – an ugly true story of a former client: Part II of Henry: a wounded soldier forgotten by all in an American jail – by all except his brothers who fell beside him in Vietnam

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“Decades of medical practice have allowed the physician to see the signs of trauma in a broad range of patients who’ve served in the military and those who haven’t. In patients who’ve been in combat and those who have not. And while he does not suggest that a survivor of domestic violence has no claim to the label or resources associated with a PTSD diagnosis, there is, he agrees, a clinically meaningful difference between the kind of trauma that person suffers and the nature of the trauma experienced by members of the armed forces who must decide again and again which of the identically dressed men, women, and children in a dust-soaked, IED-laced town square can and might kill you or those you’ve sworn to protect.”

Citing this author’s research and writing: some examples and pinpoint cites

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Williams, Hon. C.J. 2016. “An Argument for Putting the Posse Comitatus to Rest.” Mississippi Law Journal 85: 99, 117 n.91.

 

 

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Mawby, Spencer. 2012. Ordering Independence: The End of Empire in the Anglophone Caribbean, 1947-69. Palgrave Macmillan UK: conclusion n.5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oliveira, Brandon, and Darby Aviles. 2012. “Disrupting Emerging Networks: Analyzing and Evaluating Jamaat Al-Muslimeen (JAM) and the Development of an Extremist Threat in the Caribbean.” Thesis, Monterey: Naval Postgraduate School. U.S. Naval Postgraduate School: 11 n.33,34.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Civins, Braden. March 6, 2011. “Optimizing Use of the Armed Forces in Combating Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations.” Small Wars Journal: 10 n.68.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Craw, Ashley J. 2007. “A Call To Arms: Civil Disorder Following Hurricane Katrina Warrants Attack On The Posse Comitatus Act. .” George Mason Law Review 14: 829, 833 n.36.

 

 

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Seger, James L. 2017. “The Occupy Movement: Signs of Cultural Shifts in Group Processes Shaped by Place.” Dissertation, Pacifica Graduate Institute: 105.

 

 

 

 

 

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Healy, Gene. 2009. The Cult of the Presidency: America’s Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power. Cato Institute: 367 n.24.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hill, Stephen, and Randall Beger. 2009. “A Paramilitary Policing Juggernaut.” Social Justice: a Journal of Crime, Conflict & World Order 36 (1): 25, 35. (Juggernaut: “Anything that draws blind and destructive devotion…” – American Heritage Dictionary, 2005)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Linda Bailey, Sakina Khan, and Ryan Prince. 2006. “Negotiating ‘Tax Peace’: Best Practices in Tribal Fuel Taxation Agreements.” Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine ) 1956: 111)(citing, inter alia, Charles K Bloeser, Hayden-Cartwright: A Ready Remedy for Oklahoma’s Indian Fuel Tax Woes, Tulsa Law Journal 32: 139 (1996)

 

 

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Weisberger, Erica S. 2008. “Unpublished Opinions: A Convenient Means to an Unconstitutional End.” The Georgetown Law Journal 97: 621, 650 n.13.

 

 

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Meighoo, Kirk Peter. 2003. Politics in a ‘Half-Made Society’: Trinidad and Tobago, 1925-2001. Ian Randle Publishers: _.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Timko, Jeremy J. 2015. “The 1033 Program: Redefining Police-Community Relations.” Master’s Capstone Theses. Paper 83.” American Military University: 15.

 

 

 

 

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Parness, Jeffrey A, and Matthew R Walker. 2003. “Enforcing Settlements in Federal Civil Actions.” Indiana Law Review 36:
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DeBianchi, J. 2006. “Military Law: Winds of Change – Examining the Present-Day Propriety of the Posse Comitatus Act After Hurricane Katrina.” University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy 17: 473, __

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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No, federal agents and other law enforcement have little interest in drinking socially with anti-government resister types. Here’s a year of emails that prove two truths: (1) I’m not the one who’s a danger to the American people; and (2) month in and month out, Episcopal clergy, laity, and their allies have obstructed every attempt to secure funding and technical support for applied research fbo wounded warriors and their families.

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MY NOT WORKING VET-FOCUSED RESEARCH IS NOT FOR LACK OF TRYING

I’ve tried and failed once and again to communicate to those who love me that I’ve never given up on our wounded warriors nor their families. Using my skill set, being scarred in the right places, and still keeping and looking through the clear and the polished and the cracked and the broken lenses my life’s given me, all to produce high octane, practical research products that others can use to save lives, is the closest I’ll ever come to thanking these remarkable men and women for their service and sacrifice to our Nation and to the American people.

Fighting with the Rabid Left over human smuggling and Drag Queen Story Hour are not the work I’m best equipped to do. And they’re not the best way that I can serve those who’ve honored this nation by their service and sacrifice.

Besides, I’m a bookish, introverted type. “Cerebral,” as a couple of federal prosecutors have described me. It’s the evidence that can and must tell the story; my role is to pull it all together and offer it for your consideration.

I don’t like being the focus of attention, and I despise shining a spotlight on others because it seems that I have no other way to even try to protect them from harm. Especially harm they’ve done nothing to deserve.

 

MAYBE THESE EMAILS CAN EXPLAIN A FEW THINGS THAT I’VE NOT BEEN ABLE TO

Here’s just a portion of the emails I’ve written these past 12 months as part of my twin efforts to (a)  get everyone to stand down and find a resolution that does not include my personal destruction or that of those I love; and to (b) secure funding and technical support needed to make this applied research initiative work and thrive.

But whether spoken or not, the answer to each proposal is always the same: No.

But those arrayed against me and my efforts to do right by those who’ve done right by us, aren’t satisfied with refusing to help. They want blood. And it doesn’t matter that the U.S. Constitution has never enshrined a right to fuck someone over because you hate someone else.

 

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KILLING THE TRUTH: 2 examples

It’s often assumed that one person’s operating environment in cyberspace is the same as it is for anyone else. But it’s not. And sometimes that electronic/digital work space and toolbox differ radically from those most folks are familiar with.

My enemies who’ve attacked an innocent woman because they hate me and the American values I aim to defend have already seriously undermined confidence that I can make this research initiative work. One way they’ve been so successful is to make sure that no one ever knows about my work.

ON LIFE SUPPORT: Current day combat – related trauma issues presented through the experiences of Allied airmen flying bombing runs over occupied Europe during World War II

*** The first three images below are from an article project that stalled when LinkedIn – I assume – abruptly and without notice sliced the head off a scholarly collaboration with a number of British Military History subject matter experts. These are smart, experienced people in and out of government who introduced me to relevant source materials from the UK that were new to me. One of those sources, the late Ben Shephard’s A War of Nerves: soldiers and psychiatrists in the twentieth century, has proved itself more valuable than any other source on the subject of trauma as it’s experienced by military service personnel.

The hatchet job on our collaboration occurred, if I remember right, somewhere in the 24-hour space between these Brits’ enthusiastic source sharing re Great Britain’s decision to follow America’s lead in performing leukotomy/ lobotomy procedures on World War II veterans and the moment when those same experts as well as quite a few others, simply vanished, most not to be seen again. Not even when I shared what I’d written about Britain’s decision to drink the leukotomy/lobotomy KoolAid.

There are 3 items I hope you’ll take note of in these images: (1) the number of reported views for each post; (2) the directional path those numbers take; and (3) any notable changes in the composition of employers who appear in the left column as a result of having seen the posts and engaged with them.

 

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The second example of research shop viability getting sucker-punched can be seen in a sequence of six images that appear later in this post and which relate to a research article that I wrote about the operators tasked with the Nation’s hard jobs in an ever more challenging international security environment.

The open-source article introduces us to fallen U.S. Army MSgt Joshua L. Wheeler (1975 -2015), from Sequoyah County, Oklahoma and who was last assigned to 1st SFOD-D. Sequoyah County one of 20 counties assigned to me for the 1996 reelection campaign of U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe, successor to Senator John McCain as Chairman of the Senate Armed Services committee. Cherokee warrior Josh Wheeler had enlisted the year before my political work in Oklahoma’s northeastern corner began.

The article did well among members of the national security communities of the United States and its allies, most notably Great Britain. New requests to connect by security professionals – back in the day when the members of the natural and intended audience for my work were allowed to know that it existed – and praise from cleared military and ex-military told me that I’d gotten a lot right. [Here’s a link to the renamed article.]

https://combatresearchandprose.com/2019/06/09/in-2018-we-still-need-our-warrior

But that’s a problem for felons and Southern Arizona local “heroes” like Peggy Hutchison and John Fife, who’ve actively and from sea to shining sea undermined this Nation’s laws and endangered the American people by one means or another for decades but who have been peddling the bullshit story that I’m the one who’s really a security threat.

So, for more than a year the SOF/Josh Wheeler article has been fighting for its life. Time and again Facebook has blocked my efforts to post the article because it’s “against community standards.” And Facebook and LinkedIn (it appears) have cooked up fraudulent analytics that suggest the article’s really not that good and not much of anybody cared about it. The bogus analytics now appear where the legit numbers used to be. Both sets of numbers can be seen in the images I provide here.

HERE’S SOMETHING ELSE ABOUT THESE EMAILS

A number of these emails attempt to appeal to reason and rationality. But I’ve now learned that they went in together on a condo in Florida and have already moved away.

 

Here’s an example from a 14 November 2018 email to “Punch” Woods, longtime confidant of key  enemies Peggy Hutchison and Beth Carey. I try to talk sense into him with three examples of research issues that very few, if any, are as equipped as I am to recognize, let alone know what to do with them.

 

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Their response? By hook or by crook launch a PSYOP capture or kill operation against a woman who’s done nothing to them. Nothing.

Except, of course, she loves me. And loving me – the object of their hate – is more than enough to impose on an innocent civilian their twisted form of justice. I just pray to God it’s not a capital sentence.

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WHAT’S NEEDED FIRST

First priority for me is this woman’s safety and the best of federal resources and expertise for her reprogramming and recovery, at no expense to her or her family. And safety options for her, going forward. Of secondary, yet still of much importance is rebuilding the trust and confidence that Christine and her family and friends had in me before the prep work for Christine’s PSYOP began.

 

I’ve seen nothing from the Rabid Left to suggest that they’ll either act in good faith or obey the law about anything. Past performance from these folks hints at more trouble.

So, I could really use some folks to ride shotgun for me and bring along the folks who can secure for me effective endorsements from men and women and organizations that can correct audience members negative perceptions about me and the work that I do.

FUNDING COMBATRESEARCHANDPROSE

FOR discussion’s sake, I’m looking for financial, business, and technical support for the first 24 months of operation, with an additional 12 months conditional on securing publication in venues that serve national security decision makers and influencers whether in the U.S. or among the Nation’s allies.  For this to work, though, I need the broader national security professional community that’s the natural and intended audience for my research products to know that I’m a patriot who does good work fbo those you care about. And neither Christine nor I are security threats.

 

Shall we begin?

10 March 2018 email to Fr. Robert Hendrickson, III, rector at St. Philips Tucson, formerly handled corporate communication for Brooks Brothers, served as PR guy for Trinity Wall Street, and former Republican political operative, advising him that tentative referral was made to the authorities for possible investigation re apparent on-line child predator, who works as IT/cyber military contractor, and also appeared to be public policy adversary.

 

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A brief detour: even though I’d found it necessary to make a tentative referral of the above IT/cyber govt contractor for investigation as an apparent on-line child predator, i included him, along with several other influential and highly networked persons I have good reason to believe could help bring a swift end to the conflict. Current bio and contact information for these individuals are among the contents of a giftwrapped three-ring binder that I personally delivered to the church office on or about Fr. Robert’s birthday before last, along with a card requesting assistance putting an end to the fight.

This was before I knew that the LGBT and human smuggling/sanctuary crowds were among my adversaries. This was before I learned that St. Philips Tucson is one of more than 750 Episcopal churches that have entered into formal relationships with Integrity, a nonprofit organization that for many years has been running a national political campaign that’s had great success achieving LGBT political goals. The goal that my former parish church in Tucson and 750 + other Episcopal churches have signed onto is one that, rather than guard society against all manner of sexual deviants, demands that we “welcome” and “affirm” them.

 

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The individual I complain about to LinkedIn in the following request for assistance, summarily and without stated cause threw me out of a 70,000 member vet-focused LinkedIn group, and he manages a dozen social media networks for the same national security crowd my work is supposed to be serving. He’s among those included in Fr. Robert’s binder.

 

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It’s not terribly important for you to read the following letter, although you may find it informative.

But it’s part of my effort to fight back against lies and insinuations made to the very audience I’m trying to serve. Lies that I’m the one who’s really a radical, anti-govt resister. A threat to America as pitched by those who’ve inflicted more harm on the United States and on the American people than could the combined inmates on a dozen states’ death rows. 

 

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Jumping ahead to 5 September 2018 email to Fr. Robert inquiring as to whether he thought that the continued strangling alive of almost everything I produced or shared to benefit vets and their families might be prompted by a aggression related to a 2004 article for my fellow lawyers and my work for Senator Jim Inhofe, a reliable conservative from Oklahoma and current Chairman of the Senate Armed Services committee

 

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14 September 2018 follow-up email to Fr. Robert again requesting that he facilitate a meeting with a Mr. Bill Carrell, an apparent associate of the gentleman I referred for possible investigation as an apparent on-line child predator, and someone I have good reason to think has information that may be key to finally resolving the conflict with this extreme leftist alliance so that I can get back to the serious business of research fbo wounded warriors and their families. As i advised Fr. Robert on 10 March and as I had previously advised the authorities, I learned about Mr. Carrell because he appeared separately on the incriminating Facebook page of the IT/cyber govt contractor. I advised both Fr. Robert and the authorities I’d made the referral about that I’d seen nothing to suggest that Mr. Carrell might also be (apparently) involved with very young girls.

 

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I think I’ll let Fr. Mark Schultz, Curate for Children and Youth at St. Philips Episcopal in Tucson, speak for himself:

 

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10 July 2018 email to Conrad Plimpton re further show of good will by me to adversaries, following substantial showing of good will on 7 November 2018.

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This may be a good place to insert a 10 July 2018 supplement to my 12 May 2018 crime report and accompanying evidence that I filed with the FBI IC3 (cybercrimes) office. It references my 22 June 2018 attempt to get advice re an armistice that I wanted to propose, from a DOJ attorney at the USAO’s office in Tucson. He’d been my opposing counsel in a federal civil case with my dad in the late 1990s.

A good faith mistake derailed that effort, though. Conrad told me that when he broached the subject of getting us together on this, that the AUSA angrily snapped that he didn’t want to have anything to do with me. They talked at a 7 July 2018 tropical-themed Rotary event that Conrad had invited me to at a country club on the east side of Tucson.

I was still putting together a substantial social-media focused good-faith peace offering the evening of 7 July 2018 and wanted to complete it and email it to Conrad before I left for the event. By the time I got there, though, Conrad had left to catch a plane from Sky Harbor. But he later told me that when he brought the matter up with that lawyer earlier on the evening of 7 July, it was the AUSA’s belief that I was the same person as my father that he gave for not wanting to have anything to do with me. Perhaps worse than that, the lawyer had, according to Conrad, as a result of that belief suffered great distress for nearly two decades.

When I later reflected on a fellow lawyer’s lengthy distress all because he made a simple mistake that I could have made, it got me thinking. An object lesson that I crafted for my fellow lawyers, appears after this IC3 supplemental.

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25 July 2018 follow-up email to Howell Herring, former deputy IT director for City of Philadelphia, who now serves in the same role for City of Tucson, and his wife, Mary Hickert Herring, St. Philips Tucson vestry member, yet again trying to get help settling the feud from this particularly well-networked couple, fellow University of the South (Sewanee) alumni, who served for 3 years as mentors of my Sewanee-based EfM theological seminar that meets Tuesday evenings on the St. Philips Tucson property.

A couple of notes of interest re Education for Ministry (EfM): more than 800 EfM groups, their mentors linked by an on-line messaging system, are run every year out of Sewanee’s school of theology. Sewanee, itself, was founded by the Southern dioceses of the Episcopal Church  and it remains as a cluster of institutions under authority of the Episcopal Church. As you’ll see in another email, Mr. Clyde Kunz, an influential Episcopalian who spends most of his hours working for the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, was also approached by me in attempt to quiet the restless natives. Clyde is an LGBT community member who moved to Tucson to take a job  with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra some years ago, runs his own non-profit consulting business and is an EfM mentor at another Episcopal Church in Tucson.

 

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31 July 2018 email to Conrad Plimpton in advance of his meeting with Peggy Hutchison for the purpose, I was told, of defusing the ongoing conflict with the extreme leftist alliance.

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Let’s jump ahead, shall we? From August 2018 to 12 May 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

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http://www.strifeblog.org/2018/08/02/henry-a-wounded-soldier-forgotten-by-all-in-an-american-jail-by-all-except-his-brothers-who-fell-beside-him-in-vietnam-part-i/

http://www.strifeblog.org/2018/08/07/henry-a-wounded-soldier-forgotten-by-all-in-an-american-jail-by-all-except-his-brothers-who-fell-beside-him-in-vietnam-part-ii/

 

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31 August 2018 request for assistance in another attempt to resolve matters, request made of PR professional and involved local volunteer Donna Breckinridge in response to her request to connect on LinkedIn. Husband is Fr. Allen Breckinridge, another fellow Sewanee alum.

 

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12 September 2018: Yes, I stand behind my article and the legal reasoning on which it rests. Here’s just another wasted effort at showing good will so we can settle this damned thing and finally get back to doing right by the people who deserve better from us.

 

 

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Information prepared for Conrad Plimpton in advance of another meeting in New Jersey with Ranger Schleck 

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7 October 2018 failed attempt to get assistance shutting down the war at the Diocesan level from Episcopalian LGBT community member and non-profit professional Clyde Kunz, whose then current and past clients include Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, longtime employer of Beth Carey, COO at Tucson’s Primavera Foundation and longtime confidant of Peggy Hutchison, Primavera Foundation CEO, and “Punch” Woods, former longtime director of the Southern Arizona Food Bank. Punch told me once that every three months, the three of them get together for supper at one of their homes.

 

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Although the issues have changed since then, one might say that Beth Carey started this war in the Spring of 2017.  She told me in the upstairs hallway at Primavera’s building at 702 South 6th Avenue, Tucson, that she did not disagree with my structural analysis of an assessment tool used to decide which homeless vets and others get housing with federal dollars. She told me that it had, in fact, confirmed her long-time concerns about the survey instrument. My reports (March 1 and March 13, 2017) found that nearly six out of every ten questions on the analyzed survey instrument are, structurally, fatally flawed. Thevresult is that the nationally used tool to pick who’s housed for 3 or 4 months and who’s kicked back to the curb determines relative vulnerability with the precision of a carnival raffle drum. 

Beth started the war when she, in the language of Western lore, told me to shut up and lie about it.

 

 

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In March 2019, I began efforts to interest members of a local philanthropic group, 100 + Tucson Women Who Care, in three matters: (1) encouraging Arizona-licensed lawyers who practice business, non-profit organization, insurance, regulatory law, etc. to look into what would be required to establish and provide to those on the streets a secured refrigeration  service for insulin and other medications that are worthless if not kept cool; (2) exerting their influence to put a stop to local Drag Queen Story Hour activities held in libraries and bookstores around the country (these events are used to normalize sexual deviancy and to give sexual predators access to small children); and (3) to use their power and influence to get Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to stand down and work toward a satisfactory resolution to the present conflict.

The concern I still have, and one which I’ve expressed to Bishop Curry, this group and others, is that if I’m left with no reasonable alternative to suing the Episcopal Church and members of its extreme leftist alliance for damages suffered by their vast and highly destructive character assassination campaign against me, the scope of permissible discovery and investigation activities in that type of case and under facts known so far would be so broad and so deep that it would, without doubt, discourage much private philanthropy, especially among donors who prefer to keep their financial matters private.

My hope was that if I could interest them in one or more of these issues, I might have a realistic chance of securing from their group both financial support and a public endorsement that might begin to undo some of the damage. But I swung and missed three times.

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3 October 2018 proposed language for Ranger Jamie Schleck, Conrad’s friend who serves as COO at nationally-respected Community Solutions, in response to another meeting with Conrad and Ann 

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14 November 2018 email to “Punch” Woods, longtime confidant of recalcitrant adversaries Peggy Hutchison and Beth Carey, urging a peaceful end to the conflict and identifying three applied research issues very few others are qualified to do. No resolution followed this appeal either.

Three days later, on 17 November, Punch received the first of 5 written notice and warnings (including 2 reminders) for his Alliance allies not to take any action against a specific innocent woman because, due to a sufficiently-identified medical condition, any such act carried a very real risk of inflicting on her serious injury or death. Response from the Alliance? Launch the primary component of their attack against innocent victim at a support group that she attends for persons with that exact same, sufficiently identified medical condition. 

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21 November 2018 response from me to suggestion of assistance from Ranger Schleck, following our on-line introduction – courtesy of Conrad – the night of the 7 November 2018 tropical party that I was running late for. 

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Here’s just one of several failed attempts to get Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to do what’s right.

 

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There’s a lot more emails to quite a few more well-connected and influential Episcopalians and others, reflecting many more doomed good-faith attempts to get back to doing what I do best for past and present members of our various national security communities and their families.

But let’s just stop with yet another email to Peggy Hutchison, this one more than a year after I found it necessary to make a tentative report to authorities re a possible on-line child predator and following her alliance’s attacks on an extraordinary woman I’ve loved for a very long time. A woman who’s hoped month after month that I could stop this war, finally secure funding to support applied research activities for a population she cares a great deal about, too, and buy her a proper engagement ring.

 

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EMails: For an entire year before extremist left alliance launched its baseless attack on an innocent American citizen in Tucson, Arizona, clergy and laity with the Episcopal Church, from the Presiding Bishop on down, obstructed one attempt after another to resolve feud for the benefit of America’s wounded warriors and their families.

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I’ve tried and failed to communicate to those who love me that I’ve never given up on our wounded warriors nor their families. Using my skill set, some scars in the right places,  and the clear and the polished and the cracked and the broken lenses my life’s given me, to produce high octane, practical research products that others can use to save lives, is the closest I’ll ever come to thanking these remarkable men and women for their service and sacrifice to our Nation and to the American people.

Fighting with the Rabid Left over human smuggling and Drag Queen Story Hour are not the work I’m best equipped to do. And they’re not the best way that I can serve those who’ve honored this nation by their service and sacrifice.

Besides, I’m a bookish, introverted type. “Cerebral,” as a couple of federal prosecutors have described me. I don’t like being the focus of attention, and I despise shining a spotlight on others because it seems the only way to protect them from harm. Especially harm they’ve done nothing to deserve.

But what we see over and over again in these emails are good faith, well-considered efforts to shut down this goddamned war so that we can get back to those who deserve a hell of a lot better than they’re getting from us.

Here’s an example from a 14 November 2018 email to “Punch” Woods, longtime confidant of recalcitrant radicals Peggy Hutchison and Beth Carey. I try to talk sense into him with three examples of research issues that very few, if any, are as equipped as I to recognize, let alone know what to do with them.

 

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Their response? By hook or by crook launch a PSYOP capture or kill mission against a woman who’s done nothing to them.

Except, of course, she loves me. And loving me – the object of their hate – is more than enough to impose on an innocent civilian their twisted form of justice. I just pray to God it’s not a capital sentence.

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First priority for me is this woman’s safety and the best of federal resources and expertise for her recovery, at no expense to her or her family.

I’ve seen nothing from the Rabid Left to suggest that they’ll either act in good faith or obey the law about anything. Past performance from these folks leaves me uncertain they won’t attack her again.

And I could really use some folks to ride shotgun for me and get me key endorsements and technical support so that we can get this project funded and I can get back to the important stuff. For this to work, I need the broader national security professionals to know that I’m not the one who’s a threat to the Nation.

Shall we begin?

10 March 2018 email to Fr. Robert Hendrickson, III, rector at St. Philips Tucson, formerly handled corporate communication for Brooks Brothers, served as PR guy for Trinity Wall Street, and former Republican political operative, advising him that tentative referral was made to the authorities for possible investigation re apparent on-line child predator, who works as IT/cyber military contractor, and also appeared to be public policy adversary.

 

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A brief detour: even though I’d found it necessary to make a tentative referral of the above IT/cyber govt contractor for investigation as an apparent on-line child predator, i included him, along with several other influential and highly networked persons I have good reason to believe could help bring a swift end to the conflict. Current bio and contact information for these individuals are among the contents of a giftwrapped three-ring binder that I personally delivered to the church office on or about Fr. Robert’s birthday before last, along with a card requesting assistance putting an end to the fight.

This was before I knew that the LGBT and human smuggling/sanctuary crowds were among my adversaries. This was before I learned that St. Philips Tucson is one of more than 750 Episcopal churches that have entered into formal relationships with Integrity, a nonprofit organization that for many years has been running a national political campaign that’s had great success achieving LGBT political goals. The goal that my former parish church in Tucson and 750 + other Episcopal churches have signed onto is one that, rather than guard society against all manner of sexual deviants, demands that we “welcome” and “affirm” them.

 

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The individual I complain about to LinkedIn in the following request for assistance, summarily and without stated cause threw me out of a 70,000 member vet-focused LinkedIn group, and he manages a dozen social media networks for the same national security crowd my work is supposed to be serving. He’s among those included in Fr. Robert’s binder.

 

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It’s not terribly important for you to read the following letter, although you may find it informative.

But it’s part of my effort to fight back against lies and insinuations made to the very audience I’m trying to serve. Lies that I’m the one who’s really a radical, anti-govt resister. A threat to America as pitched by those who’ve inflicted more harm on the United States and on the American people than could the combined inmates on a dozen states’ death rows. 

 

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Jumping ahead to 5 September 2018 email to Fr. Robert inquiring as to whether he thought that the continued strangling alive of almost everything I produced or shared to benefit vets and their families might be prompted by a aggression related to a 2004 article for my fellow lawyers and my work for Senator Jim Inhofe, a reliable conservative from Oklahoma and current Chairman of the Senate Armed Services committee

 

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14 September 2018 follow-up email to Fr. Robert again requesting that he facilitate a meeting with a Mr. Bill Carrell, an apparent associate of the gentleman I referred for possible investigation as an apparent on-line child predator, and someone I have good reason to think has information that may be key to finally resolving the conflict with this extreme leftist alliance so that I can get back to the serious business of research fbo wounded warriors and their families. As i advised Fr. Robert on 10 March and as I had previously advised the authorities, I learned about Mr. Carrell because he appeared separately on the incriminating Facebook page of the IT/cyber govt contractor. I advised both Fr. Robert and the authorities I’d made the referral about that I’d seen nothing to suggest that Mr. Carrell might also be (apparently) involved with very young girls.

 

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I think I’ll let Fr. Mark Schultz, Curate for Children and Youth at St. Philips Episcopal in Tucson, speak for himself:

 

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10 July 2018 email to Conrad Plimpton re further show of good will by me to adversaries, following substantial showing of good will on 7 November 2018.

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This may be a good place to insert a 10 July 2018 supplement to my 12 May 2018 crime report and accompanying evidence that I filed with the FBI IC3 (cybercrimes) office. It references my 22 June 2018 attempt to get advice re an armistice that I wanted to propose, from a DOJ attorney at the USAO’s office in Tucson. He’d been my opposing counsel in a federal civil case with my dad in the late 1990s.

A good faith mistake derailed that effort, though. Conrad told me that when he broached the subject of getting us together on this, that the AUSA angrily snapped that he didn’t want to have anything to do with me. They talked at a 7 July 2018 tropical-themed Rotary event that Conrad had invited me to at a country club on the east side of Tucson.

I was still putting together a substantial social-media focused good-faith peace offering the evening of 7 July 2018 and wanted to complete it and email it to Conrad before I left for the event. By the time I got there, though, Conrad had left to catch a plane from Sky Harbor. But he later told me that when he brought the matter up with that lawyer earlier on the evening of 7 July, it was the AUSA’s belief that I was the same person as my father that he gave for not wanting to have anything to do with me. Perhaps worse than that, the lawyer had, according to Conrad, as a result of that belief suffered great distress for nearly two decades.

When I later reflected on a fellow lawyer’s lengthy distress all because he made a simple mistake that I could have made, it got me thinking. An object lesson that I crafted for my fellow lawyers, appears after this IC3 supplemental.

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25 July 2018 follow-up email to Howell Herring, former deputy IT director for City of Philadelphia, who now serves in the same role for City of Tucson, and his wife, Mary Hickert Herring, St. Philips Tucson vestry member, yet again trying to get help settling the feud from this particularly well-networked couple, fellow University of the South (Sewanee) alumni, who served for 3 years as mentors of my Sewanee-based EfM theological seminar that meets Tuesday evenings on the St. Philips Tucson property.

A couple of notes of interest re Education for Ministry (EfM): more than 800 EfM groups, their mentors linked by an on-line messaging system, are run every year out of Sewanee’s school of theology. Sewanee, itself, was founded by the Southern dioceses of the Episcopal Church  and it remains as a cluster of institutions under authority of the Episcopal Church. As you’ll see in another email, Mr. Clyde Kunz, an influential Episcopalian who spends most of his hours working for the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, was also approached by me in attempt to quiet the restless natives. Clyde is an LGBT community member who moved to Tucson to take a job  with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra some years ago, runs his own non-profit consulting business and is an EfM mentor at another Episcopal Church in Tucson.

 

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31 July 2018 email to Conrad Plimpton in advance of his meeting with Peggy Hutchison for the purpose, I was told, of defusing the ongoing conflict with the extreme leftist alliance.

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Let’s jump ahead, shall we? From August 2018 to 12 May 2019

 

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http://www.strifeblog.org/2018/08/02/henry-a-wounded-soldier-forgotten-by-all-in-an-american-jail-by-all-except-his-brothers-who-fell-beside-him-in-vietnam-part-i/

http://www.strifeblog.org/2018/08/07/henry-a-wounded-soldier-forgotten-by-all-in-an-american-jail-by-all-except-his-brothers-who-fell-beside-him-in-vietnam-part-ii/

 

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31 August 2018 request for assistance in another attempt to resolve matters, request made of PR professional and involved local volunteer Donna Breckinridge in response to her request to connect on LinkedIn. Husband is Fr. Allen Breckinridge, another fellow Sewanee alum.

 

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12 September 2018: Yes, I stand behind my article and the legal reasoning on which it rests. Here’s just another wasted effort at showing good will so we can settle this damned thing and finally get back to doing right by the people who deserve better from us.

 

 

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Information prepared for Conrad Plimpton in advance of another meeting in New Jersey with Ranger Schleck 

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7 October 2018 failed attempt to get assistance shutting down the war at the Diocesan level from Episcopalian LGBT community member and non-profit professional Clyde Kunz, whose then current and past clients include Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, longtime employer of Beth Carey, COO at Tucson’s Primavera Foundation and longtime confidant of Peggy Hutchison, Primavera Foundation CEO, and “Punch” Woods, former longtime director of the Southern Arizona Food Bank. Punch told me once that every three months, the three of them get together for supper at one of their homes.

 

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Although the issues have changed since then, one might say that Beth Carey started this war in the Spring of 2017.  She told me in the upstairs hallway at Primavera’s building at 702 South 6th Avenue, Tucson, that she did not disagree with my structural analysis of an assessment tool used to decide which homeless vets and others get housing with federal dollars. She told me that it had, in fact, confirmed her long-time concerns about the survey instrument. My reports (March 1 and March 13, 2017) found that nearly six out of every ten questions on the analyzed survey instrument are, structurally, fatally flawed. The result is that the nationally used tool to pick who’s housed for 3 or 4 months and who’s kicked back to the curb determines relative vulnerability with the precision of a carnival raffle drum. 

Beth started the war when she, in the language of Western lore, told me to shut up and lie about it.

 

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In March 2019, I began efforts to interest members of a local philanthropic group, 100 + Tucson Women Who Care, in three matters: (1) encouraging Arizona-licensed lawyers who practice business, non-profit organization, insurance, regulatory law, etc. to look into what would be required to establish and provide to those on the streets a secured refrigeration  service for insulin and other medications that are worthless if not kept cool; (2) exerting their influence to put a stop to local Drag Queen Story Hour activities held in libraries and bookstores around the country (these events are used to normalize sexual deviancy and to give sexual predators access to small children); and (3) to use their power and influence to get Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to stand down and work toward a satisfactory resolution to the present conflict.

The concern I still have, and one which I’ve expressed to Bishop Curry, this group and others, is that if I’m left with no reasonable alternative to suing the Episcopal Church and members of its extreme leftist alliance for damages suffered by their vast and highly destructive character assassination campaign against me, the scope of permissible discovery and investigation activities in that type of case and under facts known so far would be so broad and so deep that it would, without doubt, discourage much private philanthropy, especially among donors who prefer to keep their financial matters private.

My hope was that if I could interest them in one or more of these issues, I might have a realistic chance of securing from their group both financial support and a public endorsement that might begin to undo some of the damage. But I swung and missed three times.

 

 

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3 October 2018 proposed language for Ranger Jamie Schleck, Conrad’s friend who serves as COO at nationally-respected Community Solutions, in response to another meeting with Conrad and Ann 

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14 November 2018 email to “Punch” Woods, longtime confidant of recalcitrant adversaries Peggy Hutchison and Beth Carey, urging a peaceful end to the conflict and identifying three applied research issues very few others are qualified to do. No resolution followed this appeal either.

Three days later, on 17 November, Punch received the first of 5 written notice and warnings (including 2 reminders) for his Alliance allies not to take any action against a specific innocent woman because, due to a sufficiently-identified medical condition, any such act carried a very real risk of inflicting on her serious injury or death. Response from the Alliance? Launch the primary component of their attack against innocent victim at a support group that she attends for persons with that exact same, sufficiently identified medical condition. 

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21 November 2018 response from me to suggestion of assistance from Ranger Schleck, following our on-line introduction – courtesy of Conrad – the night of the 7 November 2018 tropical party that I was running late for. 

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Here’s just one of several failed attempts to get Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to do what’s right.

 

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There’s a lot more emails to quite a few more well-connected and influential Episcopalians and others, reflecting many more doomed good-faith attempts to get back to doing what I do best for past and present members of our various national security communities and their families.

But let’s just stop with yet another email to Peggy Hutchison, this one more than a year after I found it necessary to make a tentative report to authorities re a possible on-line child predator and following her alliance’s attacks on an extraordinary woman I’ve loved for a very long time. A woman who’s hoped month after month that I could stop this war, finally secure funding to support applied research activities for a population she cares a great deal about, too, and buy her a proper engagement ring.

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In 2018 we still need our warriors

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“PROSE”: “the ordinary language people use in speaking or writing.”   – Merriam Webster

 

“Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause, and the aid of the supreme Being, in whose hands Victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble Actions—The Eyes of all our Countrymen are now upon us.”

General George Washington, General Orders, July 2, 1776[i]

Author Note 

[21 March 2019 author update re current research activities follows this article.]

In the United States, 92.7% of us have never served under arms.[1] And we – myself included – seldom have a clue what life is like for those who do. One example: almost nothing in our civilian reality mirrors a fundamental fact of life for our Marines, soldiers, sailors, and airmen, as well as their families: an order to march into Hell is neither an invitation to nor an opportunity for, a career change.[2] For this Independence Day 2018, I share the story of a Cherokee warrior from the sticks who charged into Hell time and again to defend this nation and its interests.

Please note: An earlier version of this article appeared on social media on Veterans’ Day weekend 2017. Among changes that appear in this version is the inclusion after the endnotes, of two short video clips from the James Gandolfini/HBO documentary, WARTORN:1861-2010. These seek to answer Homer’s question of Achilles in the Odyssey: “Must you carry the bloody horror of combat in your heart forever?”

Also provided in this American Independence Day 2018 version of this article is sourced information re suicide among active-duty service members and veterans, including the ungodly numbers of women who kill themselves. Reported 24/7 suicide prevention contacts for veterans, service members, and their loved ones, even those who are not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care, are also provided.

 

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U.S. Army Master Sergeant Joshua L. Wheeler, 1st SFOD-D (1975-2015)

Article Note

On this Veterans Day weekend 2017, I respectfully offer this true story of a Cherokee warrior from rural Oklahoma who, by choice or happenstance, enlisted in the U.S. Army just five months after members of the Armed Islamic Group (G.I.A.) hijack a passenger-laden Air France Flight 8969 in Algiers on Christmas Eve, 1994. It’s also a story of that same man, a soldier who joined the Infantry only two months after members of Aum Shinrikyo cult release Sarin, a deadly nerve agent, at virtually the same moment into five different subway lines . . . all converging on the center of Tokyo.

But this is also the story of an older brother who from his youth fed and clothed and protected his 5 younger siblings, a big brother who by accident or purpose, enlisted in the Army the month after what was until then the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil. 168 dead. Nineteen of them babies and young children. Their little shoes to become an exhibit none should forget. And all the carnage . . . just two and a half hours west of the economically struggling patch of eastern Oklahoma where that warrior had been born and raised.

This is a story about that same man, by 2015 a highly decorated member of “Delta Force,” who died in combat with ISIL a little more than two years ago. A warrior who by creed assured the nation that, “I will never surrender though I am the last.” A special operator whose last mission saved 70 lives destined for a waiting mass grave. As U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) told his Senate colleagues during a floor speech on November 16, 2015, “I think we all understand what Delta Force is all about. It’s a unit of the elite, the very best of the best. That was Josh. The best of the best. A true American hero.”

The breadth and depth of this Oklahoma warrior’s valor over a 20-year career will likely never be made public. And there may be many reasons for that. An October 10, 2017 article in The Times (London) reveals just one of the easier-to-miss but closer-to-home reasons that secrecy cloaks much of the work done by “special operators”: Operators like Joshua Wheeler have families who can become targets of the same adversaries who plot to kill them: retired SAS operator Chris Ryan told The Times that his adult daughter had become the target of an Islamist-backed threat. A threat serious enough for her to need two years of police protection and threat monitoring by the anti-terrorist branch.

Whatever the myriad of reasons for State secrecy surrounding special ops, what it means is this: the research this article is built on is open source. So it may be only those with sufficient clearance who will ever know if I told his story right.

An “Unseeable” American Hero

On Christmas Day in 1834, U. S. Rep. Davy Crockett (TN-12) wrote that the Federal policy of removing Native Americans from their homelands was built on a particular assumption about the nature and value of humanity: “The time has Come that man is expected to be transfarable and as negotiable as a promisary note of hand, . . . .”

A little over two years ago and on the far side of the world, a Cherokee warrior from lands forced on his tribe at gunpoint, testified that such a “transactional” view of humanity is a lie. U.S. Army Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler was the married father of 4 and a decorated member of 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D). As the Washington Post wrote for Memorial Day 2016, “On Oct. 22, [2015] he became the first U.S. service member to die in combat against the Islamic State… The mission freed some 70 prisoners who U.S. officials think would have been executed and dumped in a mass grave later that day.”

The Presidential Citation that accompanied a posthumously awarded Silver Star declared that team leader Joshua Wheeler’s fearlessness, selflessness, and effectiveness in the face of enemy fire had been critical to mission success and had saved lives. His “. . . distinctive accomplishments,” the citation says, “are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service. . . .”

Those Sworn to “Fight Whenever and Wherever [Their] Nation Requires”

Master Sgt Wheeler is just one of the remarkable, non-fungible warriors I might never have heard of were it not for my own consequential duty: to do what I can to help bridge the spreading gap in knowledge, experience, and understanding that divides the 93% of us who’ve never served from the seven percent who have.

The need for such a bridge is urgent: it’s too easy for our overwhelming majority to make public policy that runs right over those who’ve served this nation in uniform. And we can do it without ever even knowing that we hit something on the road.

None of the warriors I now think I know something about even those whose valor was “accidental” – can be squeezed into the 1,300 characters and spaces allowed for most LinkedIn posts. And any effort to make them fit would fail.

But few would question the decision to craft a longer piece about a decorated member of “Delta Force,” a special operator who was killed in combat while saving others, a warrior who deployed at least 14 times and whose “acts of heroism involving cobunflict with an armed enemy” had been honored repeatedly.

It’s not Master Sgt. Wheeler’s many awards or his hidden service in 1st SFOD-D that has prompted quiet reflection about him every day for weeks. It’s the fact that his life and service demonstrate two truths that can kill if we fail to learn them. First, Cherokee Joshua Wheeler from rural Oklahoma shows us how wrong we are to assume that “unseeables” of any stripe are all the same, will never make the world a better place, and that no one will miss them when they’re gone.

And Master Sergeant Wheeler, his widow, his four sons and other family aren’t asking us. They’re telling us in unison that there is a second lethal truth: that we visit unforgivable evil on the very ones who have kept us safe when we dare to insist that the civilian lives of most of us in the modern, industrialized world are really no better and no worse than the lives of our veterans and their families.

But there’s another reason that I keep thinking about this particular warrior and now, on this hallowed Veterans Day, tell you a bit about him:

I know the land and the good people Joshua Wheeler came from.

 

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A Word about Special Operators

I’ve found during research for this task that my attention is often drawn to the special operators – smart, broadly skilled, deliberate, resilient and quick of mind, flexible, multi-lingual, resourceful, ever lethal. Flawed mortals to be sure, but efficient warriors known for their loyalty, effectiveness, and ability to get the job done even if their silence leaves hidden cavities in a nation’s historical record. Even if their work prompts the powers that be to burnish the nation’s historical record with some Bondo and fresh paint.

 

“Quiet Professionals” Who Manage – and Deliver – Violence

I don’t look at special operators in the same way that, as a 6-year old State Department evacuee still living below the Sahara, I looked at the Marines who provide the visible defense of our embassies.

I was just a privileged white kid from America. A “young’un” whose gestating geopolitical consciousness received plenty of nourishment during his years in Africa – only some of which came by way of a welcome wagon of Guardia Nacional, soldiers who laid a bayonet against him and then, months later, attempted to arrest the kid before later that day charging him with the national security crime of making a “weapon dangerous to the Republic.”

Back then those Marines represented more to me than just a force to keep me and my family safe. They represented my country, which was an ocean away. And they were visible evidence that proved true all the national myths into which this son and grandson of veterans had been baptized.

As an adult in 2017, I think sobering is the term that best fits what I think I now know about those chosen to serve as special operators – whether they be the Navy SEALs who slipped into Pakistan and in May 2011 killed Osama bin Laden as the President watched; in Sierra Leone, where British JSFAW Chinooks joined with SAS/SBS forces in September 2000 to rescue captured British military trainers while under fire; or French GIGN special operators who, at a Marseilles Christmas in 1994 and in a raid broadcast on live TV – stormed an Air France Airbus A300, killed the four Islamist hijackers in a 17-minute firefight and freed the plane’s 173 passengers and crew. With no else on that plane having to die that Christmas.

Special operators like Joshua Wheeler are among the most agile of weapons in a nation’s arsenal. And as Army Gen. Raymond A. Thomas III, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) said during the Aspen Security Forum in July of 2017: “We are relevant to most if not all national security challenges.”

MSgt Joshua Wheeler was among those operators who offer precision, scale, and discretion to politicians seeking flexibility in a game of three-level chess that’s increasingly played atop a checker board drawn from fault lines. Special Forces warriors who are ready to go anywhere in the world when they get the order. Special operators who train for and then tackle tasks they’ve known and done for decades. Warriors whose job it is to tackle the new threat within hours of anybody knowing that threat exists. And when combatants now lock horns in cyberspace, fake news is just another weapon in the arsenal, SIGINT remains a limited tool, and reliable intelligence assets can be hard to come by, there are places and circumstances on the planet where the clandestine special operator may be the only one left who can separate fact from fiction and relay critical facts to those who must make decisions that affect the nation.

So what do a lot of special operators have in common? A July 1994 report from the U.S Naval Health Research Center says this of Navy SEALS: “. . . SEALs are more likely to be forceful, energetic, and to become leaders than men of the general population. The average SEAL is also more persistent, reliable, and scrupulous, viewing life as a series of task oriented challenges.”

The Art of War, which is still ascribed to “Sun Tzu,” contains a teaching that warriors must find frustrating: “[h]e will win who has military capacity and is not interfered with by the sovereign.” For it remains true that in the United States and a number of other countries, warriors report to the political class. No matter how elite. No matter how decorated. No matter how close to power.

Like all who serve in uniform, warriors are de facto government property. Tasked by politicians to act in the name of national security. When and where they are told to do so.

In a November 2010 review of A. J. Langguth’s Driven West, the Pulitzer Prize – winning biographer of Andrew Jackson, Jon Meacham, wrote of two immutable truths of the political class, two truths with life and death consequences for the special operator: (1) “[p]olitics is rarely logical, and politicians are, at best, flawed logicians;” and (2) “[p]hilosophical coherence is an academic, not a political, virtue.

But cowardice can also be a truth of the political class. And in a series of decisions that should be seared into the American consciousness, political cowardice killed legions more of those sent to war than valor and courage ever would.

In a Sept. 26, 2017 column in the Indianapolis Star, U.S Army veteran and seasoned political scientist Pierre Atlas strips away an insincere varnish from the historical record. In writing about U.S. decisions about Vietnam that go all the way back to 1945, Professor Atlas writes about “what was arguably the most egregious aspect of the war: one U.S. administration after another, Democratic and Republican, knew that the war was unwinnable but kept sending more troops nevertheless. They were more concerned with losing face than with losing the lives of young Americans.”

A Rare Peak Inside the Machine

A “groundbreaking” exhibition re Special Operations opened in October at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Former Australian Minister of Defence, Special Representative to NATO, and current director of the Australian War Memorial Dr. Brendan Nelson told the Sydney Morning Herald that the new exhibition is a first-time-ever among the “Five Eyes” Special Forces communities of Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada and Britain.

Dr. Nelson explained that State secrecy about these types of operations is necessary. But he also recognized that one consequence of secrecy is that the public has “no idea” what these soldiers face on the frontlines of the Middle East and elsewhere around the world. Fighting in Afghanistan has often been “as intense as the battles of the Vietnam War,” said Dr. Nelson, a physician.

And special operators pay a high price for doing the nation’s work.

Dr. Nelson asked the Australian public not to judge these warriors before they had seen the new exhibition. “We can’t as a nation send these young men, highly trained, highly skilled, repeatedly into operations and expect that everything will always go according to plan,” he said. When U.S. Sen John McCain (R-AZ) spoke to the American Legion earlier this year, he talked about those missions that don’t go according to plan. When that happens, he urged, it’s not for lack of valor: “To somehow equate whether a mission succeeds or not with their bravery is a failure to understand the courage and sacrifice because these brave Americans when they are told to go they go.”

Combat: a Costly Business

Second Lt. Billy Bob Walkabout – also a Cherokee Indian and Airborne Ranger from Eastern Oklahoma – was awarded for his service in Vietnam the Distinguished Service Cross, a Purple Heart, five Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars. Following his death at 57 from complications related to Agent Orange exposure, USA Today quoted the Ranger as saying that war is worse than hell.

Per USA Today:

He said he struggled with failed marriages, thoughts of suicide and years of self- isolation when he would spend six months at a time alone.

Everyone I went to high school with thought I was dead for years. They’re amazed when they see me and they say, ‘You’re not dead.”‘ Walkabout said.

He often refused to sleep near his wife, afraid he would strangle her in his sleep or try to push her under the bed to protect her from the bombs he imagined were going off.

Tragic responses to combat are nothing new. But we keep rebranding them.

[Brief video interviews and/or other sourced information re combat trauma and suicides among current and former military personnel appear at the end of this article. So too are VA-reported 24/7 suicide prevention contacts for veterans, service members, and their loved ones, even those who are not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care.]

Over the years, militaries in the U.S. and in other NATO countries have doubled down on the selection process for special operators as well as the training they receive. And national experts in participating NATO countries appear to agree on what psychological, cognitive, and physical qualities SOF “ideal candidates” have.

These traits are discussed in an unclassified October 2012 NATO technical report entitled, “Psychological and Physiological Selection of Military Special Operations Forces Personnel.” Among other qualities, the ideal operator “must be stable and stress-resistant, able to overcome fears, and endure and maintain cognitive abilities (e.g., attentiveness, reaction speed and accuracy) in persistent, physically and psychologically demanding environments.”

How these psych traits converge to protect the mind of the special operator doing his job is explained in the first of five SO “personality traits” posted by “Sig” at SOFREP.com in October of 2014.

Stress Resistance. The typical individual who succeeds in BUD/S, Ranger school, or the Q-Course, has a high resistance to stress. In fact, a man who can make it through such a trial has an almost inhuman ability to absorb a stressful situation and carry on through it, while suppressing whatever other emotions might be trying to bubble up during the course of the stressful conditions. This can manifest itself in an often limited emotional range in everyday social interactions, but in combat conditions, it is ideal. We enter a mental auto-pilot, and shut out emotions that might keep us from carrying on.

“Sig” doesn’t claim that the special operator can’t suffer psychic trauma in the months and years following one mission or many missions. But he seems to tell us how the “typical” special operator deals with that trauma:

Stoicism. Finally, we learn in SEAL training to “suffer in silence,” and it is a trait we try to carry with us throughout our lives. Operators just learn to deal with shitty situations, and we revel in them over time, often to the point of finding humor in horrible circumstances. . . .Efforts to Train a Bulletproof Mind

Shortly after 9/11, Peter Maass wrote in the New York Times Magazine that “. . .Today, the military believes, the United States is fighting an intimate war in the right way, because soldiers have been prepared and equipped in a manner that increases the prospect of their victory and decreases the prospect of their injury – whether physical or psychological.” The result, writes Maass, is what a former Ranger, professor, and author of On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society, refers to as “the bulletproof mind.”

How to get there? Maass quotes from Lt. Col. Dave Grossman’s first book: “What makes it work is the single most powerful and reliable behavior modification process yet discovered by the field of psychology, and now applied to the field of warfare: operant conditioning.” When combined with stress inoculation training at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Ft. Bragg, the result, as Maass puts it, is that “Special Forces soldiers may develop cold-blooded reflexes, but they are also trained to know when not to kill.”

But reflex-quick killing carries a risk for the special operator. Quoting a then-recent article by a philosophy instructor at West Point, Maass writes that such efficient killing “can be a psychological time bomb”:

“Training soldiers to kill efficiently is good for them because it helps them survive on the battlefield,’‘ wrote Maj. Peter Kilner, ‘‘However, training soldiers to kill without explaining to them why it is morally permissible to kill in combat is harmful. . . . When soldiers kill reflexively — when military training has effectively undermined their moral autonomy — they morally deliberate their actions only after the fact. If they are unable to justify what they have done, they often suffer guilt and psychological trauma.”

In 2014 RAND Project Air Force issued the study, “Enhancing Performance under Stress Inoculation Training for Battlefield Airmen.” The report also examined how Special Operators from other branches receive SIT. But it cautioned that “[t]his report is not intended to inform issues related to stress and mental health (e.g., post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD], depression, or anxiety). Consequently, we do not review research evaluating the effects of SIT to either treat or prevent psychopathology (e.g., PTSD).”

For many who do the kind of work that Delta operator Joshua Wheeler did for much of his military career, there’s yet another job hazard. As one former SEAL explains in writing about the 2017 suicide of his son, Ryan (also a SEAL), new scientific evidence reveals that the psychically shitty situation that “Sig” said typical operators face with stoicism, can be due, at least in part, to violent structural damage to the brain.

U.S. Dep’t of Defense – Funded Research: High Price Paid by Special Operators and Their Families

A little over three weeks ago, Navy SEAL Ryan Larkin was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. He ended his life after tremendous suffering and repeated inability to get relief from blast-induced TBI as well as PTS.

In a letter titled “Traumatic Brain Injuries are a Physical Problem, Not an Emotional One” his father, Mr. Frank J. Larkin, a former U.S. Navy SEAL and the [recently retired] Sergeant-at-Arms of the United States Senate, wrote,

Like many special operators suffering from PTS and TBI, it was a struggle for Ryan to move through daily tasks; sleep was elusive and nightmares were abundant. He was always on guard for something to happen, often dealing with unannounced attacks of anxiety and depression. Ryan often expressed he was haunted by things he experienced in combat; where at times he questioned his own survival.

Ryan’s father expressed a frustration voiced by many veterans – special ops or not – and their families:

Throughout Ryan’s painful journey, the “system” defaulted toward treating him as a behavioral problem or a mental health patient. The “system” hung all types of labels on him to justify their assessments and actions.”

Mr. Larkin referred his readers to a June 2016 article in The Lancet Neurology, which revealed findings from a U.S. Department of Defense – funded study to determine what impact blast exposure has on the structure of the human brain. https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/5bde91bb-dda5-43f6-8257-e8add28afd04

As Mr. Larkin explained,

The new injury pattern of concern for NSW and our larger special operations community is different, in that the blast wave from an explosive detonation travels through all the brain tissue at high speed, causing micro-tears, scarring and a unique pattern of injury very different from CTE.

He explained that the kind of structural damage discussed in The Lancet article can only be found post-mortem.

Ryan’s brain damage was never picked up on X-ray, MRI, CAT or PET scans, let alone blood markers.”

Blast-induced structural damage to the brain has been around a long time. As the Fourtieth Sergeant-at-Arms for the United States Senate put it, “. . . we have been effectively blowing ourselves up since World War I.

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An “Unseeable” From Flyover Country

During the summer and fall of 1996, I coordinated and implemented selected activities in support of an Army veteran’s reelection to the United States Senate. My zone of responsibility included the entirety of Oklahoma’s 1st Congressional District, a big chunk of OK-02 and a sliver of OK–03. Twenty counties in northeastern Oklahoma, almost all of which had entrenched majorities of conservative aka “Blue Dog” Democrats. Master Sergeant Joshua L Wheeler was born and raised in one of those.

Shoved up against the Oklahoma / Arkansas line at Ft. Smith is Sequoyah County, named for the Cherokee credited with the birth of the tribe’s written language. And it was there, on the 12th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination that Joshua Lloyd Wheeler was born to a mother with far more troubles than she had resources. She would be single much of the time that her children were growing up, and the family often needed help from grandparents and government assistance to get by. Her kids are heirs of what media reports describe as their late mother’s two marriages with “troubled and abusive men.”

As Dan Lamothe wrote in the Washington Post for Memorial Day 2016, it was there, “[i]n a tiny trailer near the eastern Oklahoma border, [that] Joshua L. Wheeler played a central role in raising his five younger siblings. He’d cook them breakfast, work odd jobs to bring in extra money, and even fasten his little’s sister’s hair in ponytails before school.”

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36603241_10216958494936994_2432404438317531136_nThe Lands that Sired Joshua Wheeler

Besides metropolitan Tulsa and, to a lesser extent, Bartlesville and Muskogee, this part of Oklahoma was in 1996 largely rural. Terrain ranges from the tallgrass prairie of the Osage to the dense woods of the Ozark Forest. The area, part of modern day Oklahoma, is nearly halfway between the coasts and still not the easiest of places to travel to.

On May 28, 1830, President Andrew Jackson signed into law the Indian Removal Act. And in the years that followed, these lands became the unwanted home of, among others, five tribes that had been “removed” from the Southeastern part of the United States: Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek and Seminole.

Perhaps it’s historical irony that the traditional Seminole lands are now home to MacDill AFB, FL, home to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) and U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Both unified commands with roles in operations such as the one in which Delta operator Wheeler lost his life.

“Indian Territory” became one of the names used to refer to this part of modern-day Oklahoma. But it was not an “organized,” or “incorporated” United States territory. And as far as Congress was concerned, the U.S. did not have a territory relationship with the land. Much like a sausage, over the years “Indian Territory” shrunk as slices were cut in order to make formal territories. (For convenience, “Indian Territory” will be a term used here to designate this part of current-day Oklahoma.)

In the absence of a formal territory arrangement, treaties provided the relationships that Congress had with the Cherokee and the other tribes in Indian Territory. But during the American Civil War, Congress gave the President the authority to abrogate by proclamation all treaties with a tribe that was “in a state of actual hostility to the government of the United States.

That was pretty much the case for those tribes that had been removed from the South and which now largely fought for the Confederacy. Perhaps by a four-pack of historical curiosity, it was Brigadier General Stand Watie – like Master Sergeant Wheeler, also Cherokee – who (1) joined the minority in signing the 1835 treaty that surrendered Cherokee lands in Georgia and forced the Cherokees’ move to Indian Territory; (2) in 1861 raised and then commanded the Cherokee Mounted Rifles, the first Cherokee volunteer regiment in the Confederate Army; (3) led his troops in the only combat action to happen in the Sequoyah District during the Civil War when they ambushed a Union steamboat on the Arkansas River in June, 1864; and (4) on June 23, 1865, earned his place as the last Confederate general to surrender to the Union.

Indian Territory would soon be sliced again on the west to punish the tribes for siding with the Confederacy. Settlers and land speculators began to salivate.

It would be five decades after the Civil War before MSGT Wheeler’s part of Indian Territory was reconnected with lands to the west. With that merger came the current-day State of Oklahoma and the death of aspirational Indian Territory.

It would be a little more than 110 years after the Civil War that Cherokee Joshua L. Wheeler would be born in Roland, a pin dot on a map near Ft. Smith and the Arkansas line. An overlooked spot in the middle of flyover country.

The People Who Nurtured a Warrior

Oklahoma is a pretty conservative place to begin with. It was the last state in the Union to allow tattooing (again), when it ended its prohibition in 2006. Oklahoma voters have picked the GOP nominee in all but one of the last 16 or 17 trips to the wrestling mat. And in the last 4 presidential contests, the Republican ran the table.

I wrote in the Oklahoma Bar Journal in 2003 that more of those who jeopardize U.S. national security should face the death penalty (the law makes that easier now), but I still had to ask what it was about Oklahoma that led to the state in 2003 having ten times more people on death row than any other state in the U.S. Tenth Circuit.

It’s Either Right or it’s Wrong

The term “flyover country” is not just a geographic descriptor for that part of the continental U.S. that is bookended by the coasts. It’s shorthand for the people who call the place home.

Writer Matthew Wolfson equated “flyover country” with the American Midwest in a March, 2014 article in the New Republic:

Unlike many parts of the coasts, as well as the South and West where lax labor laws have attracted multinational corporations, the Midwest enjoys a degree of insulation from drastic changes. There’s still relatively little ethnic or religious diversity, there’s plenty of space to own land, prices aren’t too high, there’s not too much traffic congestion and, in an environment this familiar, people can afford to be friendly.

In a Molotov cocktail lobbed through cyberspace, The Hill contributor Mr. Duane Townsend described some of these regional attributes and the changes they brought in November 2016 derisively. In one of the less incendiary passages – I’m not kidding – he describes the region and its people this way:

A flyover state is the huge region between the coasts. As opposed to the eastern seaboard, northern post-industrial states and Pacific Ocean states, they’re overwhelmingly Republican, stanchly conservative, regressive right wing, evangelical Christian and working class, well, the loudest, most ill-informed of them are.

But politics has always had its own version of the fickle football fan. Writing in National Review in March 2016, Kevin Williamson said,

The truth about these dysfunctional, downscale communities is that they deserve to die. Economically, they are negative assets. Morally, they are indefensible. . . The white American underclass is in thrall to a vicious, selfish culture whose main products are misery and used heroin needles. . .

It’s not hard to argue that the corner of Oklahoma that gave birth to Delta Force warrior Joshua Wheeler is a land of perceived moral clarity. A land in which the answers to difficult spiritual and theological questions are certain. Certain because they’re rooted in the widespread belief and practice of an evangelical, Protestant brand of Christianity that considers “Old” and New Testaments to be the specifically chosen words of a Trinitarian God.

To many, the Protestant Bible contains words directly from the Divine that allow it to serve as an instruction manual for anything humanity might encounter. Ready guidance for a largely white population whose exposure to those who look and believe differently was in 1996 more limited than it is now. For those who take pride in claiming that this part of the Country is the “buckle of the Bible belt,” there have been and always will be “absolutes.”

Some of these are subject to change.

Despite larger portions of rigidity and legalism than is probably necessary, these remnants of an aspirational Indian Territory are home to a good and generous people who do what they can for the untethered soul who finds herself in desperate straits. More often than not, even those who believe it’s a sin for folks who are not married to each other to have sex with each other, can find compassion for a single, teenage mother with few resources and who can sure use some help.

But no place, no people can avoid suffering. And the widespread and deeply entrenched belief in an omnipotent, anthropomorphic God has too often had to serve as a deep well from which solace is drawn.

Adversity and hardship and loss can come in a lot of shapes and sizes. So whether the tragedy is the combat death of a child or parent or sibling or a visit from a malevolent tornado that scrapes from the face of the planet all evidence that an entire town ever existed, Oklahomans in this corner of the state and elsewhere have for generations viewed – or at least explained – tragedy as being “Gods will.”

The predominant faith tradition in this part of Oklahoma extends the belief in Divine determinism to the political realm. And it uses Christian scripture to support the belief that God picks leaders, both good and bad (“Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.” Romans 13:1, NLT)

God’s been busy. Oklahoma voters picked the GOP nominee in all but one of the last 16 or 17 times at bat. And in the last 4 elections, including 2016, the GOP presidential nominee won all 20 counties in this corner of Oklahoma, as well as all the other 57 counties in the state.

Work Hard. Be Tough

Everything I know about the people from these 20 counties, including MSGT Wheeler’s Sequoyah County, is that hard work was and is considered proof of good character. Resilience has no alternative. And shame has long accompanied those – especially men – who accept public assistance.

During the years that Joshua Wheeler took care of his brothers and sisters, took roofing jobs, played football, and graduated from Muldrow High School, it was Tulsa County that proved a significant magnet for diversified economic growth in the Northeastern 20. But it was the petroleum business that paid for some of Tulsa’s elegant mansions and prospered the town of Bartlesville to the north.

In 1996, the petroleum business was in the midst of global changes that Oklahoma couldn’t control. Direct flights to Houston were becoming less frequent.

Perhaps the Cherokee Nation wanted to help Josh Wheeler’s family more than it did. Maybe the tribes in this part of Oklahoma wanted to offer more in the way of social services or supplement local healthcare services or create funds to encourage and support tribal members who wanted to go to trade school or college. Maybe Native families could have struggled just a little bit less.

In June of 1996, a class action lawsuit was filed that ripped an ugly scab off a long- concealed, festering wound. Estimates said that 50,000 Native Americans in Oklahoma, including many Cherokee, had been injured.

The lawsuit, filed in federal district court in D.C., alleged that for more than a century federal officials systematically stole or squandered billions in royalties owed to American Indians for oil and gas extraction and other activities on lands the Dept. of the Interior held in trust for them.

It would be three presidents and four Interior secretaries before the case would settle. In approving the $3.4 billion settlement, U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan said that the legitimacy of the Natives’ claims could not be questioned.

By 1996, the vast part of Northeastern Oklahoma that was rural offered a number of locally sufficient but isolated, limiting employment opportunities. A large plastics manufacturing facility here. And there, hidden off the main road, a medical-grade sterile plant that makes replacement parts for warplanes. A glass factory not far from Tulsa.

County governments and state social service agencies and public utilities employed people. Hospitals. Retailers. The VA medical center in Muskogee. Bacone College and Northeastern State University are among the educational institutions that hired folks. So did law enforcement. And tribal governments. Tribal-run casinos would improve the lives of many Native Americans, but at that time the tribes and the State of Oklahoma were still mud-wrestling over what kinds of gaming would be allowed.

Interstate highways vivisect the northeastern 20. I – 44 cuts a diagonal through Tulsa northeasterly to the far corner where Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas meet up. Interstate 40 slices horizontally out of Oklahoma City, ultimately cutting through three of the 1996 – assigned counties before entering MSGT Wheeler’s Sequoyah County, then exiting at Ft. Smith, Arkansas. Of course, Oklahoma has long thrown in a turnpike here and there for good measure.

Like in much of the rest of the country, interstate highways proved good for multi-state and international commerce. But the sacrifice to be made for that benefit were the collective souls of smaller communities that once prospered from networks of state and county roads. The same freeways that made it harder for the children of these counties to find work at home made for a much quicker, easier trip away from their families and the communities they had known as they went in search of work in cities thousands of miles away. Often on the coasts.

Oklahoma State Seal 200 x 201You’ve Always Got Your Kin

Flyover Country like the old “Indian Territory” never has and likely never will match the myriad of things to do and see and learn and earn in global cities like New York and London, Tokyo and Sydney. In places like Roland and Muldrow, Oklahoma, going to “the city” can easily mean Little Rock or Oklahoma City or Tulsa. Or, for the more adventurous and aggressive drivers, the Dallas/Ft.Worth metroplex.

But close to home, events such as Vinita’s “World’s Biggest Calf Fry Festival,” Fourth of July events in Sallisaw, or a Friday night high school football game almost anywhere, take on a worth greater than the sum of their parts.

The people in this part of Oklahoma, the people special operator Wheeler came from, usually don’t get it when those of us who are third-culture kids tell them they have it so great. You see, people like Josh Wheeler already have what we’ve always wanted: a sense of rootedness, a sense of place, the confidence that we belong to family and community who will always be there for us.

It’s true that county courthouse dockets in the Northeastern 20 feature many of the same criminal charges you see in the bigger cities: domestic violence, drunk driving, shoplifting, child endangerment, theft, sexual assault, the occasional murder, and so on. Families sometimes mix it up, too.

There’s no question that agricultural communities like those in the Northeast 20 have also suffered the outsized destruction from methamphetamine and the scourge of opioids. In June, Oklahoma became the fourth state in the nation to sue opioid manufacturers.

Treatment resources for drug and alcohol addiction can be hard to find anywhere. But it’s even harder when you come from a part of the state with smaller, widely dispersed communities, limited ability to invest in community services, and few ways to get from here to there if you don’t have a vehicle, can’t keep the one you have running, or lost your license along the path to addiction.

My work that 1996 campaign season was about politics, not about practicing law. But if what I’ve encountered in courthouses in similar rural communities in Oklahoma and Tennessee is a guide, then family will likely be there for you if you get in trouble. At least eventually.

And unlike Tulsa or Oklahoma City, let alone New York and Chicago and L.A., sometimes the prosecutor and the defense lawyer can huddle for a minute after church or during half-time at Friday night’s game, or in a hall at the courthouse and haggle for justice.

At first blush, the process can look a lot like the negotiating that’s been done through millenia in any one of the numberless local souqs that dot the ancient lands where Delta operator Josh Wheeler made an exchange with multi-generational impact: offering his life for the lives of scores of parents and children and siblings who, it turns out, might not be that different from his own.