Apologia: Formal Defense or Justification
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and University of Washington
libeled and slandered with malice aforethought to prevent career advancement
and to deny equal employment opportunity.
Formal Defense or Justification
University officials at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and University of Washington (UW) singularly and collaboratively libeled, slandered and blackballed the author to prevent career advancement and to deny equal employment opportunity. When he made an appointment and traveled from Seattle to Troy to discuss the situation, Rensselaer officials trumped up charges to have him arrested. Campus police ambushed him in an administration building, arrested him without probable cause, then held him under campus arrest for four days.
Shirley Ann Jackson, Rensselaer and
The most outrageous aspect of defamation educes from people that one has never met or with whom one has had no contact. Self-serving administrators have acted under the insidious and coercive persuasion of a politically motivated minority in order to advance their own careers.
Similarly, Council House, Seattle directors and staff, their attorneys, state judiciary, and city and state officials conducted with malice aforethought an unconstitutional campaign of subornation, perjury, defamation, and frivolous court action to deny human rights by invoking an unlawful prior restraint. This resulted in torture and imprisonment in solitary confinement without benefit of legal counsel and without any apparent motive other than to cover up their criminal activity.
By unanimous decision, Washington Supreme Court found that the trial court abused its discretion by adding content restrictions to an antiharassment order. It also concluded that the trial court erred in multiple findings of contempt of court. It reversed draconian trial and appellate decisions which had resulted in the author spending time in jail (31 Mar 06).
All the contempt motions based upon alleged violation of an original flawed and unconstitutional anti-harassment order. The trial court denied the author his right to counsel and jailed him for 111 days (including 25 days in solitary confinement). These circumstances predicated upon the findings of kangaroo courts at UW.
Trial court had absolutely no justification for refusing a continuance and neglecting to provide legal counsel. By failing to address that neglect, the appellate court concurred with an unlawful trial court order - prior restraint, constructive eviction, and jail time without considering constitutional rights. Much of the suborned and perjured testimony in the case resulted from deliberate distortion of credentials similar to the defamation that happened at RPI and UW. The proceedings reflected the proceedings held at UW and Rensselaer.
The problem starts with condonation of lawless behavior by university presidents and judges who use anger and incivility to intimidate people who do not conform to their preconceived ideology. They assault the self respect of people with whom they disagree and use their power to silence them to further their personal agendas. They see power as a weapon for revenge against heterodox opinion. They take journalists hostage then demand silence as a ransom - a Kafkaesque situation to say the least.
Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) described American lawyers as a natural aristocracy - the intellectual basis for a profession based upon venerable precedents, formality, and predictability. At that time, judges stood apart from the majority and citizens respected and relied upon them to avoid potential tyranny - likewise, university presidents.
The public no longer shares de Tocqueville's view. The legal and academic aristocracy has shed its independence for commerce, collective greed, and self-aggrandizement. The public can no longer trust them to observe the fair processes essential to maintaining the rule of law; consequently, it loses all respect for the process.
The author attended a meeting at House of Commons, London (25 Jan 07), with a Member of Parliament, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, convened to discuss dereliction by the former British Consul-General in Seattle and his collusion with Seattle judges. It resulted in the MP saying that he found the occurrences so preposterous that he found them difficult to believe. He said that he would not have believed any of them if two top executives of the National Union of Journalists had not attended to verify the Kafkaesque situation.
Franz Kafka (1883-1924) summarized troubled individuals in the nightmarishly impersonal world in which he lived which have recurred in this writer’s personal experiences in Troy and Seattle.
"There can be no doubt." said K., quite softly, for he was elated by the breathless attention of the meeting; in that stillness a subdued hum was audible which was more exciting than the wildest applause "there can be no doubt that behind all the actions of this court of justice, that is to say in my case, behind my arrest and to-day’s interrogation, there is a great organization at work. An organization which not only employs corrupt warders, oafish inspectors, and examining magistrates of whom the best that can be said is that they recognize their own limitations, but also has at its disposal a judicial hierarchy of high, indeed of the highest rank, with an indispensable and numerous retinue of servants, clerks, police, and other assistants, perhaps even hangmen, I do not shrink from that word. And the significance of this great organization, gentlemen? It consists in this, that innocent persons are accused of guilt, and senseless proceedings are put in motion against them, mostly without effect, it is true, as in my own case. But considering the senselessness of the whole, how is it possible for the higher ranks to prevent gross corruption in their agents?
It is impossible. Even the highest judge in this organization cannot resist it." . . .
As he looked round, he saw the top floor of the building next to the quarry. He saw how a light flickered on and the two halves of a window opened out, somebody, made weak and thin by the height and the distance, leant suddenly far out from it and stretched his arms out even further. Who was that? A friend? A good person? Somebody who was taking part? Somebody who wanted to help? Was he alone? Was it everyone? Would anyone help? Were there objections that had been forgotten? There must have been some. The logic cannot be refuted, but someone who wants to live will not resist it. Where was the judge he'd never seen? Where was the high court he had never reached? He raised both hands and spread out all his fingers.
But the hands of one of the gentleman were laid on K.'s throat, while the other pushed the knife deep into his heart and twisted it there, twice. As his eyesight failed, K. saw the two gentlemen cheek by cheek, close in front of his face, watching the result. "Like a dog!" he said, it was as if the shame of it should outlive him.
The Trial (1925).
RPI (a private university), UW (a public institution), and Washington courts deny the basic protection that courts should provide. They do not make formal charges and present no evidence before convening kangaroo courts. Frequently, individuals neither know the names of their accusers nor the names of adverse witnesses. RPI, UW, Council House directors and staff, City of Seattle and Washington state officials have in common a total disregard for law and human rights.
The principals of these institutions and government agencies cannot comprehend that they receive their salaries to protect and serve the public. Willfully blind, they indulge in self-aggrandizing activities for ever more bloated salaries gained by having their snouts in a common trough of deceit and lawlessness. Neither ethics nor morals exist.
They hold "courts" in absentia thereby denying accused individuals an opportunity to present a defense. They deny basic rights in law by disallowing either oral testimony or written affidavits by defense witnesses. The accused individuals, whose only transgression probably relates to exercise of freedom of expression, do not have access to oral recordings or written transcripts of testimony that would enable them to appeal the findings. Kafka’s anonymous characters and their paid thugs provide a distinct analogy with the people who have proven that they have no ethics and even less morality.
If anything happens to this author in response to the death threats and violent assault that have already occurred, then Scotland Yard will know where to look. During the last decade, FBI, Washington State police, and Seattle Police Department have all turned a blind eye to premeditated torture and false imprisonment choreographed by sociopaths. [Ravening Sociopath]
Hannah Arendt, born in Germany in 1906, emigrated to Paris in 1933 to escape the Nazis then fled to New York in 1941. She covered the Adolph Eichmann trial for The New Yorker. The trial dragged on. The prosecution portrayed Eichmann as a much bigger fish than he deserved.
Arendt's account of the trial confronted many issues central to current behavior in both Troy, New York and Seattle, Washington. For this author, the horrors of World War II, especially the actions of the Nazi government with regard to Jews and other ethnic groups deemed inferior and politically dangerous, form part of his personal experience.
Arendt suffered wide criticism for her exposure of Nazi-appointed Jewish Leadership Councils (Judenräte) and their role in Nazi planning. Political correctness aficionados similarly criticize colleagues who expose wrongdoing which effectively grants impunity to wrongdoers. [Political Correctness]
Judenräte listed names of people for deportation and assisted in rounding up those they had fingered in cooperation with Jewish police. Today, the real moral imperative does not relate to enemies but to colleagues who refuse to dissent from fear or intimidation then finger their colleagues when it helps them advance toward their own career goals.
Centuries of Jewish strategy have accommodated enemies when it suited them. Those same poodle-pandering, exclusionary tactics exist in the academe. The public should cringe when they realize history has again repeated itself. Individuals fail to realize that neglect to address issues with particularity leaves them incapable of recognizing aberrant past behavior that has reappeared in a new guise.
Arendt classified Eichmann as a buffoon. His inability to speak intelligently closely paralleled his inability to think. Similarly, the problem today stems from faculty indifference and an inability to think coupled with increasingly psychotic behavior. It spawns in the humanities among malevolent clowns, many of whom possess very little intelligence and aspire to teach technical subjects in which they have no education, training or aptitude.
In his refusal to escape Athens when sentenced to death, Socrates formulated a fundamental doctrine of morality: "It is better to suffer wrong than to do wrong." That thinking produced a kind of "don't step beyond this line" thinking which moral people hold as a basis for their behavior - if they do wrong then the long-term attempt to live with themselves provides a worse punishment than the world could impose.
The court could not communicate with Eichmann because of his inability to understand reasoned argument and his flagrant contradictions. Speaking for the last time to witnesses at his execution Eichmann said that he did not believe in life after death and that he would meet the witnesses again after a short while. Such contradictions abound in academic circles among people who have a common psychological makeup and motive for their behavior - career advancement with a complete disregard for human rights.
At his trial, Eichmann showed no remorse. His principal regret was that his career had not advanced further. He had no personal hatred of Jews although driven by careerism he became one of the chief functionaries in organizing the Shoah. He became a cog in a bureaucratic machine that governed the Holocaust. Like his modern counterparts, he showed how bureaucrats do not feel any responsibility for what they do, despite criminal culpability.
Socrates provided a paradigm that questioned which ideas would not stand scrutiny. His solitary thinking allowed an internal dialogue - a dialog between him and himself that always tested beliefs or actions and grappled with reality. The notion that an Eichmann exists in everyone and that anyone could do what Eichmann did becomes daily more apparent. It calls for everyone to guard against totalitarian conformity.
Participation in any action always implies consent. No individual can become part of a machine in the same way that Jews and Germans acquiesced to Nazi behavior without personal accountability. Circumstances nearly always improve if enough people refuse to comply.
C. Lee Odell (RPI) and Richard S. Neel (UW) commenced an unending pattern of abuse. That abuse ended almost forty years of diverse employment that ranged from CEO to professor with many accolades and publications. They became intimidated by the achievements of a former CEO many years their senior with hundreds of publications to his credit and a 50-page curriculum vitae.
The information contained in the updated curriculum vitae will serve two purposes:
To prove deliberate defamation designed to destroy a career and/or prevent its advancement; and,
Odell, Neel and their minions spent many years trying to destroy these credentials despite repeated verification of them by other universities and agencies approved by US Department of Education. They started twenty-two years of humiliation and unemployment using malicious academic blackballing and discriminatory demands. Their xenophobia increased over the years as they repeatedly committed criminal acts, engaged in agism, and denied constitutional and human rights.
A thorough investigation by an attorney appointed by American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) verified the supporting documents and recommended civil and human rights action against UW which an ACLU committee approved. UW officials had those hearings unlawfully quashed, as they did on several other occasions, by trading off unrelated issues.
By maliciously ending his professorial career, they gave the author a reason and a purpose to return to his former profession as a journalist: a career started in London's Fleet Street during George Orwell's time. This move to a potentially higher calling could not have taken place without equivocation and disingenuousness by these Machiavellian princes coupled with Orwellian inspiration. The curriculum vitae (all of the entries have documents to support them) will hopefully dispel the propaganda and defamation spread by these disgusting snakes in the grass.
[Curriculum Vitae - Introduction - Full Text]
Nothing Succeeds like Excess
Academic freedom, an absolute right not an abstract philosophy, should not subserve economic considerations.
Moreover, information technology remains a right not a privilege despite technocratic claims to the contrary.
Legislative and judicial decisions have determined the right of individuals to distribute information freely and the Bill of Rights documents the protection individuals should expect from the state.
However, laws do not provide much protection when despotic administrators interfere with computer resources because they disagree with the content of messages: a disagreement probably based upon disclosure of their own malfeasance.
They fear dissent and have an aversion to controversy. Their addiction to political correctness frequently causes them to invoke censorship of Internet activities.
They not only empower their systems administrators to handle frivolous email complaints by arbitrarily removing computer access but also allow them to censor incoming mail - an outrageous invasion of personal privacy.
They act upon an irrational expectation that certain categories of email may contain something that Big Mama would not wish others to read then arbitrarily reject it.
Interference with email transmission not specifically proscribed by federal law classifies as a federal offense which Rensselaer and University of Washington officials commit with impunity.
Shirley Ann Jackson, the latest arrival in a trio of uncaring Rensselaer presidents: Schmidt (1988), Pipes (1993), Jackson (1999), continued to employ Thomas Phelan, former H&SS Dean, as "university historian" and publicly adulated him at his death (2006), knowing that he had defrauded the university of millions of dollars by posing as a PhD when he did not hold a post-graduate degree.
Phelan's fraud trickled down to negatively affect students. Informed about denial of due process of law to untenured faculty and students, Jackson did nothing about it. She maintains a hypocritical political silence on issues that have had a devastating effect on many faculty and student lives while she unashamedly touts an ethical institution.
Phelan's deanship allowed him to employ a cabal of unqualified and inexperienced faculty that in turn short-changed hundreds of students who had paid one of the highest rates of tuition in the US. RPI breach of contract left them with a huge tuition debt and cost them millions of dollars in income through loss of their careers. Successive deans Duchin (1996) and Harrington (2002) covered up the criminal activity that they inherited which effectively made them accessories after the fact.
2007 has seen publication of a series of articles that expose academic and criminal fraud at Rensselaer and University of Washington (UW). They describe a cover-up of ongoing fraud that Jackson, Palazzo, and Harrington (RPI) also Emmert (UW) have neglected to address.
A list of fifteen articles published during September includes a new series entitled Roll of Dishonor which exposes alleged criminal activity by individual tenured faculty members and administrators. New case studies will continue to appear each month.
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About the Author
Paul Trummel (Nmesis)
Paul Trummel, published since 1944, uses the pseudonym Nmesis and openly declares personal or conflicting interests.
These conflicts may relate to topics or to opinion, especially when the content draws upon advocacy, experience, conclusion, or interpretation.
As an accredited journalist, he conforms with the code of conduct and ethics of the journalism profession, tested by courts in both Great Britain and the USA.
Since 1947, he has worked as a journalist, an editor (commercial and academic peer-review), a technical communicator, an associate professor (visual communi-cation and rhetoric), and as an administrator at several leading universities.
He has held international press credentials since 1959 and holds two elected international graphic arts fellowships.
He earned professional letters in the UK that translated into two baccalaureate degrees and a terminal graduate degree in the US.
He has also earned a Rensselaer graduate degree and two US PhD degrees (now ABD).
He taught graduate level students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Northeastern University, Fitchburg State College,
He held an administrative post at University of Massachusetts, Boston, and has lectured at universities in US, Europe, and Japan.
In 1957 (London), he founded and operated the first full-service technical communication organization, a group of publishing and technical/graphic communication companies where he held the position of chief executive officer.
In 1973 (Connecticut), he designed and marketed the first typesetting system driven by a minicomputer, the precursor for today's desktop publishing systems.
He has won an international silver medal for his satire and a US city award for his educational programs for disadvantaged people.
Since 1992, he has investigated and written several hundred articles on bureaucratic and elder abuse.
He founded Contra Cabal, one of the first electronic magazines to appear on the web, for which he develops the site, writes articles, designs pages, and produces graphics.
Contra Cabal has now published for almost fifteen years.
Earlier, it published as email for six years. The hits/month now range between 100,000 and 150,000 with more than a million hits during the past twelve months.
Articles cover ongoing criminal activity by bureaucrats and elder abuse.
They describe the actions of corrupt judges and gross misconduct by lawyers who file frivolous law suits against tenants in government financially-assisted housing.
They outline how managers use unlawful retaliatory measures and propaganda to destroy the reputations of people who report illegal activity and racism.
Washington Supreme Court unanimously reversed a lower court decision that effectively allowed prior restraint and defined journalism inquiry as surveillance and harassment.
Repeatedly, lawyers who could find no fault with content instead personally attacked the author or his genre.
A corrupt judge imposed prior restraint and jailed him for contempt when he challenged the court decisions as a basic violation of constitutional and human rights.
To further coerce him, in consort with other jurists, the judge then arbitrarily transferred him to solitary confinement among murderers and rapists.
His published work in the print media for more than sixty years has received no challenge relating to accuracy.
People, among them elected judges and lawyers upon whom the public should be able to rely, have tried to stop him publishing information on politically sensitive issues.
That prior restraint, and restrictions on personal mobility, has now become a matter of international concern.
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