This may or may not deserve a new thread; as a newbie I don't have enough posts to create - so moot point. I will eventually post info about my CoS
past life(s); but for now, I just wanted to mention something interesting that occurred on national television tonight.
Brian Willams interviewed Hollywood director Paul Haggis tonight on Rock Center. Paul has directed many mainstream films (Crash, Million Dollar
Baby), and was part of the upper echelon of CoS. He left the "religion" and has begun to speak out about mental and physical abuse in the
organization, and some of the evil direct actions (most recently child abuse and violation of child labor laws) that takes place within CoS. A
comment about all of the issues that exist and the few that came up in the interview would be very, very lengthy. I will limit this post to something
that happened on the show, but was not part of the actual interview.
CoS has demonstrated its paranoia and fear of discovery for a very long time; critics are harassed by phone calls, threats of injury to them or their
families, and letters from attorneys threatening civil action. There is a very large unit within the organization that deals with "external
threats" by hiring private investigators to dig up dirt, and developing specific plans to discredit, intimidate, or directly harass those that are
enemies. Many incidents have occurred, including; website hacking, anonymous postings on websites, sending forged statements or other documents in
the targets name, etc. They are very frustrated when the media releases negative stories about them, and have tried to stop those releases with court
orders, buying counter-attack ads, and using harassment (such as anonymous bomb threats to TV and radio stations, and destroying newspaper racks).
They have been searching for any method possible to stop the media reports.
Tonight, there were several specific times during the interview broadcast by NBC with Paul Haggis. I noticed that there seemed to be an unusual
amount of "freezes" of the broadcast, and I began to pay close attention to them. I replayed the show on my DVR, and counted 9 of these events that
lasted over 2-3 seconds each time, with the longest "freeze" (single frame on screen - stopped - no audio at all) at 18 seconds. This made the show
frustrating to watch, and always occurred as Haggis was replying to a question. The next section of the program had 2 "freezes" with the same
amount of time for the segment. Also, there were no glitches during commercials.
OK, my TV programming is delivered via internet based digital in high def. This type of signal delivery has many glitches, including "freezing" of
digital images, sometimes lasting so long that a hard reboot of the modem is required. So, I called three people (woke my brother-in-law up - he
already thinks I am a total wacko, so I know this didn't help!) All three watched the program. All three, once I prompted them with "notice any
unusual problems with the picture?” did remember the same glitches. One checked his DVR and we matched up on the times of occurrence. Two had
providers from different cable companies than mine, and more importantly, my nephew in Chicago watched via his antenna (direct broadcast from TV
station antenna), and could name "freezes" (although he observed not a "frame freeze", but instead described the picture as looking like it was
scrambled with no audio) that occurred at the same time as my observation.
CoS is really, really into tech and really, really rich. They have spent millions on acquiring state of the art equipment, and technicians/operators
for the equipment that tracks negative media comments, websites that are criticalOperation Clambake
, and any comments
that "out" them in any form. Since my long involvment with CoS that ended over a decade ago, their knowledge and ability to monitor and respond to
"threats" has increased tenfold.
I believe that they have the ability, skills and motive to try to sabotage the media. To me, based on my past experience, this specific mainstream
broadcast seems like a test or even a planned event that CoS has developed, and may now use more extensively to sabotage information releases with
There are already CoS spokespersons and actors denouncing Haggis and this interview. It will be interesting to see the overblown responses to the
interview that CoS will get published or broadcast - they believe that destruction of critics at any cost
is a huge priority. I am going to
watch for more incidents like this, and how CoS will continue to steer response in the media.