posted on Apr, 1 2009 @ 11:15 PM
In 2005, I experienced several things that made me very paranoid that I was being surveilled by the government. I am thinking about filing a Freedom
of Information Act request to find out, but needed guidance on how to do this, which agencies I should contact.
Here are the experiences:
(1) In June 2005, I was to travel to Paris for a summer institute in international and comparative law (I am an attorney). When I went to the French
consulate in Boston for a visa, they kept my passport. I was sure that this was some sort of violation, but I was also sure that something was up.
They said they would mail me my passport, and the visa, in 3 days. My flight was in two days, and I didn't think I needed a visa anyway, if I went
on a tourist visa, so I tried to board the flight to no avail. I called the consulate, and representatives of the French government arranged to meet
me at Out of Town News in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Mass. This is a newstand in the middle of the town. At this point, I thought things were very
odd, it was all very cloak and dagger. I was "interviewed" by a man, his business card said he was an Attache, whatever that is. After about 30
minutes of questioning, who I was, schooling, plans in Paris, my feelings about being American, my thoughts on 9/11, et cetera, he gave me my passport
back, and off to Paris I went. Nothing much happened to me while in Paris, other than being invited to London by Brazilians who were at the
institute, which is when the 7/7/05 bombings occurred, allegedly perpetrated among others by a Brazilian electrician, who was shot and killed.
(2) After Paris, I returned to Miami where I was living, and in September 2005 attended a symposium on Intellectual Property Law given by the United
States Patent and Trademark Office. At the same time, the national sherriff's convention was being hosted in Miami. After the symposium, I was
scheduled to fly to Denver, and then drive to Vail, Colorado to attend a lecture given by Supreme Court Justice Scalia. This event was to be heavily
secure, since Justice Scalia has a Secret Service detail. I thought that I might be on a list after the French Consulate experience, so I was curious
as to what would transpire. Sure enough, I was searched at the airport, and for the flight to Denver was assigned to a seat between two sherriffs who
were returning home from the convention. They both interrogated me for most of the flight about my background, schooling, politics, reason for
attending Justice Scalia's lecture, and on and on. I dutifully answered. After the flight, after we deplaned, while walking to baggage claim in the
Denver airport, one of the sherriffs came close to me, and whispered in my ear "They are watching you, be careful" and then he nodded to the man in
a green camouflage uniform patrolling the airport. I got away from the sherriff, and collected my bags. In the van ride to the lecture, I was
interviewed by a retired FBI agent who was a law professor. The lecture was uneventful, other than being glared at most of the time by the secret
service agents, who circled around me whenever I tried to talk to Justice Scalia during the breaks.
(3) After the lecture, I returned to the East Coast and then decided I would take a sabbatical for a year and live in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and ski
and work on a novel idea I had. So I drove from DC, and was pretty manic at the time. I drove for about 50 hours straight, and was very delirious
during this ride, and during it things got weird with the Onstar/XM radio. To keep myself awake, I began to say aloud the names of the songs on the
XM radio that were displayed. After a while of this, the radio began to announce with a bing, and then the female computer voice would say the name
of the song, after I said it. I thought that was cool. Then I had the idea to request songs, and sure enough, when I said the name of a song aloud,
the song would be the next one ... (cont'd) ...
[edit on 1-4-2009 by greenorbs]