Approach, Infiltrate, Influence, Sabotage:
Patterns of Deception in the ‘Alternative’ Media and ‘Anti’ Nuclear Movement
By Hatrick Penry
Back in February of 2012 online broadcaster Bob Tuskin approached my wife Debbie at her Father’s Laundromat and, after saying some nice things about my writing on FaceBook, asked if I might be interested in writing for The IntelHub (now The IntelliHub). When I heard the news I was very excited. I had never been published before. In fact, no one had really paid any attention to anything I had ever written except for my wife, my mother or my teachers from school. So I began to write for The IntelHub as a freelance writer who was upfront and vocal about NOT being in it for the money. I never accepted payment, even when Mr. Tuskin offered me ‘Federal notes’.
Until I wrote about Plume-Gate and the NRC FOIA documents I was happy as a writer for The IntelHub. When I began to write about the world’s largest, provable cover-up and the fact that the ‘alternative’ media was remaining silent on this incredible story, I noticed that someone began subtly modify my Plume-Gate articles (and only my Plume-Gate articles). Words were added or deleted from my titles. Sentences were shortened. I was being censored. (It was during this time I created the pen-name Hatrick Penry and wrote Operation Mockingbird Alternative Media Infiltration Exposed! I credit Alexander Higgins as the only one with the courage enough to publish what still to this day is the only legitimate critique of Alex Jones and his InfoWars operation.)
When I asked The IntelHub co-founder Alex Thomas why my Plume-Gate articles had been modified, he was evasive and avoided answering my questions. When I pointed this out, the fact that he would not explain why my articles had been modified and the fact I had asked the same questions more than once without receiving a proper answer, I was blocked on FaceBook (where we had been communicating), my 40+ articles were promptly deleted from The IntelHub website and any trace of my name was removed. (Author’s note: interestingly enough, if you check out today’s The IntelliHub all traces of co-founder Alex Thomas have been removed as well…it’s as if he never worked there)
“The petty man is eager to make boasts, yet desires that others should believe in him. He enthusiastically engages in deception, yet wants others to have affection for him. He conducts himself like an animal, yet wants others to think well of him.” ~Xun Zi
After my experience with The IntelHub I began to focus on FaceBook and my WordPress blog. My strategy was two-fold: report on the NRC FOIA documents and report on those who would not report on the NRC FOIA documents. During this time I became ‘friends’ with a person on FaceBook calling herself Julia Mitchell: she was very complimentary of my writing and told me everything I wanted to hear. She knew all about the infiltration of ‘alternative’ media and agreed with me on every point. I asked her to join my FaceBook group ‘COINTROLLPRO’ where I would be investigating the trolls and shills of the ‘alternative’ media. She accepted. At some point one of Julia Mitchell’s friends posted an article on FaceBook that stated Fukushima fallout would NOT reach the United States and that we had nothing to fear. In response, I posted 5-6 of my Plume-Gate articles in his thread.
My punishment for so doing was swift and severe. I was immediately ‘un-friended’ and blocked by both of these characters. Julia Mitchell went on to write an article in the ‘Examiner’ stating that I was an undercover COINTELPRO agent (COINTELPRO stands for Counter Intelligence Program). I can’t say I was shocked or that this was something new: Ed Chiarini (aka: dallasgoldbug) had already attacked and slandered me by saying I was an Illuminati actor who played Mark Dice, Danger Ehram (from the movie Jackass), Sheppard Ambellas and several other characters after I wrote to him to ask about The IntelHub and Alex Jones.
“People always overdo the matter when they attempt deception.” ~Charles Dudley Warner
In November of 2012 I began to receive messages in my BlogTalkRadio message box from a man named Pete Santilli. Mr. Santilli, also a broadcaster, praised my radio show and my writing and claimed he was on a crusade to expose Alex Jones as a fraud. Mr. Santilli pointed to a video on YouTube claiming that InfoWars hired former STRATFOR employee Molly Maroney and went on to claim that he had inside information that STARTFOR was a CIA front. It wasn’t long before Mr. Santilli asked if I would be a regular on his Friday broadcast and I accepted his invitation.
Everything was fine and I had a great time until one week of Mr. Santilli’s broadcasts began with an interview of two characters (Stewart Rhodes and Sheriff Richard Mack) who had just been interviewed by Alex Jones at InfoWars (one within just 24 hours). In an article titled ‘Why I quit the Pete Santilli Show’ I asked hard questions:
“Who has the connections to land these two characters? Why would Mr. Santilli draw from the same shill circuit as Alex Jones? Why would they do this knowing how I (and many others) feel about the trolls that work for Jones? Why would Mr. Santilli invite me on his show and then pull a stunt like this? Isn’t that called ‘hanging someone out to dry’? Did they not think someone would make the connection? Isn’t it hypocritical to harp on Alex Jones over the acquisition of Molly Maroney and then interview two long-time guests (and good friends) of Alex Jones?”
I never got answers from Mr. Santilli but I did get slandered by him: he broadcast that he ‘fired’ me, accused me of being a COINTELPRO agent and then proceeded to attack me in a bizarre tabloid style article.
“The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him” ~Proverbs 18:17
In 2013 (not sure of exact date) I receive in my YouTube inbox a message from Jann Brooks, aka: MrsMilkytheclown (MMTC). She praises my work in her message and during a subsequent phone call (the only one we would ever have) claimed she knew of another NRC FOIA researcher and suggested she have him call me. I agreed.
This is when I first came to know Shane Russell (aka: Shazzam or Shazzamm1971 on YouTube). Again, he told me everything I wanted to hear. My broadcasts were awesome, my videos were amazing, my articles fabulous. Mr. Russell suggested we work together and, as he seemed knowledgeable in not only NRC FOIA documents (providing an Adam link and link to a FOIA primer I had never seen and had no clue about) but in nuclear power and nuclear power plants in general, I accepted (and, after all, he was recommended by MMTC).
For several months I never suspected Mr. Russell of being anything other than what he claimed he was: another NRC FOIA researcher interested in shutting down nuclear power forever and bringing the participants in the cover-up I called Plume-Gate to justice. I spoke openly and freely with Mr. Russell on the phone as I always have with anyone, phone call or not. We exchanged information and theories and Mr. Russell would often send me screencaptures from the NRC FOIA documents or send links to whole files (it wasn’t until December of 2013 that another NRC FOIA researcher, Maureen Burke, informed me that most of Mr. Russell’s FOIA screencaptures originated from her and that he was taking the credit for her work).
It wasn’t until the day of my interview on Michael C. Ruppert’s ‘The Lifeboat Hour’ that Mr. Russell began to show his hand. When I logged onto FaceBook that day I was shocked to find that he had gone on Mr. Ruppert’s FaceBook page and began an argument with Mr. Ruppert himself…an argument that climaxed in Mr. Russell being blocked by Mr. Ruppert.
Mind you on the day of the biggest interview of my life, an interview that undoubtedly would raise Plume-Gate awareness to a whole new level, my ‘partner’ appeared as if he was doing his best to get me booted off the show. Why would he risk the chance to broadcast Plume-Gate to the world over an argument with Michael Ruppert? Why risk angering the man who was about to interview me that evening? In a message to Mr. Russell that same day I asked if he was trying to get me booted off the show and couldn’t he argue over coal and oil and alternative energy with Mr. Ruppert TOMORROW when the interview was over?
Around the time of my interview on The Lifeboat Hour (not sure exactly when but right around that time frame) I received a phone call from Mr. Russell wherein I was told a fantastic tale about a meeting between Arnie Gundersen (of Fairewinds Associates) and Jann Brooks (MrsMilkeytheclown from YouTube). I will repeat the story from memory as Mr. Russell was careful to only tell it to myself and Maureen Burke (a fellow NRC FOIA researcher) over the phone (also in phone conversations with two other individuals who confirm they were told the same story):
According to Mr. Shane Russell:
Because MMTC hosts Arnie Gundersen’s Fairewinds videos on a regular basis she eventually makes contact with Maggie Gundersen who arranges a meeting between Jann Brooks (MMTC) and Mr. Gundersen. Mr. Gundersen is in Michigan (where Jann Brooks lives) for the Ferme NPP court case, so the meeting is a convenient one. Before the meeting, Mr. Gundersen calls to make final arrangements with MMTC who seems to think that Mr. Gundersen sounded intoxicated on alcohol over the phone.
For the lunch date with Mr. Gundersen, MMTC will be joined by Christina Consolo (aka: Radchick) a former radio broadcaster and self-proclaimed anti-nuclear activist who also lives in Michigan. Before the luncheon, the three meet and, as the story goes, Mr. Gundersen is acting like a ‘giddy schoolgirl’ and MMTC thinks he has been drinking alcohol.
During the lunch meet Mr. Gundersen leaves twice to call his wife and is acting very strangely. Christina Consolo (Radchick) attempts to land a job with Fairewinds Associates. After the meeting, the three go their own way. MMTC ends up in an old bookstore and while searching through the section pertaining to nuclear power she stumbles upon an old letter from the company that owns Ferme. The letter, an original not a copy, contains incriminating information that proves Ferme is cutting costs in the safety department: this is exactly what the court case Mr. Gundersen is involved in is about-Ferme cutting the safety budget and the effects of doing so. Realizing this is an incredible stroke of luck, Jann Brooks (MMTC) calls Mr. Gundersen to inform him of her find. A second meeting is arranged between Jann Brooks and Mr. Gundersen.
At the second meeting Mr. Gundersen refuses a copy of the incriminating letter and insists on having the original. When MMTC refuses to turn over the original, Mr. Gundersen attempts to snatch the letter from her hand. Unsuccessful in his brazen attempt to take the original letter by force, Mr. Gundersen says he does not want a copy and is no longer interested in the information. The meeting ends.
This all caused me quite a bit of angst: I could say nothing as it is all hearsay to me but I kept asking myself: why would Mr. Russell and Jann Brooks remain quiet on such blockbuster information so critical to the anti-nuclear movement? The story would likely have ended here if it were not for my wife who, after hearing me grumble and complain for 2-3 weeks about the whole situation wrote Jann Brooks (MMTC) in an attempt to find out what the truth was.
In her response Jann Brooks tells a completely different story: she did meet with Arnie Gundersen, the meeting was amicable, and AG parts with the documentation without incident.
Note that in my wife’s letter she does not name the name of the source of the story, but a) MMTC must know it is Mr. Russell who she knows I have semi-regular phone conversations with and who she does as well and b) MMTC immediately forwards my wife’s letter to Mr. Russell (who forwards it to me and to Kevin Blanch) so that he is aware of the situation. To be sure, MMTC was quick to let the cat out of the bag and seemed not to be worried at all that someone was spreading such outrageous rumors about her and Mr. Gundersen (in fact this last week Jann Brooks friended Mr. Russell on Facebook). Interestingly enough, any chance to observe Mr. Russell’s future actions without him knowing about what I had found out was ruined when MMTC made him immediately aware. Also, there was mention of a late night phone call with MMTC the night she forwarded my wife’s letter to Mr. Russell but I never could get Mr. Russell to tell me what the phone call was about.
Realizing that the ‘cat was out of the bag’ I confronted Mr. Russell with this information and began asking questions.
As of yet, I have NOT received a proper answer from any of the persons involved in this case. Instead, a campaign of baseless attacks and slander has been mounted against me by everyone involved.
Update: in the video linked here Jann Brooks claims she did not make up the fantastic Arnie Gundersen story but REFUSES TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I HEARD THE STORY FROM MR. SHANE RUSSELL (WHO SHE HOOKED ME UP WITH) AND INSTEAD OF BEING ANGRY AT MR. RUSSEL FOR TELLING A LIE ABOUT JANN BROOKS TO MULTIPLE PEOPLE, SHE IS ANGRY WITH ME. AGAIN, SOMETHING IS TERRIBLY WRONG WITH THIS CREW AND I HOPE YOU UNDERSTAND THIS. ALL I DID WAS ASK QUESTIONS WHEN I KNEW SOMEONE HAD LIED TO ME. IF MR. SHANE RUSSELL IS THE LIAR, WHY IS JANN BROOKS NOT DIRECTING HER ANGER AND VITRIOL TOWARDS HIM? WHY AM I BEING ATTACKED???
(below) Certain person=Christina Consolo aka: RadChick
Update: (2/21/14) In a message to my wife on FaceBook Kevin Blanch now admits the fantastic tale of Arnie Gundersen DID COME FROM JANN BROOKS. Interestingly enough, Mr. Blanch has sat on this fact for weeks while Jann Brooks, Shane Russell and others attacked and slandered me in what appears to be an orchestrated effort (including Mr.Blanch’s video cursing at me and calling me a shill). Why did Mr. Blanch keep quiet when he knew the whole time that Jann Brooks was the origin of the fabricated story? What kind of person(s) act in such a deceptive manner? Was the fantastic tale of Arnie Gundersen an attempt to bait me into reporting on something I had no proof of? Imagine if I had been stupid enough to write an article or post a video telling the Jann Brooks story of drunken Arnie trying to snatch the documents from her hand…could Mr. Gundersen then have sued me for slander or defamation of character?
Again, Jann Brooks is angry with me for ‘attacking’ her, but all I did was ask about the fantastic tale of Arnie Gundersen and it was never an attack, I never used vulgarity or harsh tones…only asked questions TO WHICH THEY ALL KNEW THE ANSWSER BUT DID THEIR BEST TO OBFUSCATE MY INVESTIGATION.
“…I repeated the story Jann told me to Shane in a very innocent way…” ~Kevin Blanch 2/21/14
It is important to note that 1) Jann Brooks finances Mr. Blanch and 2) although Mr. Blanch says that “Gundersen is worthless” his ‘Post Ignorance’ website links to an article that quotes and promotes Arnie Gundersen AND the Unit 4 offload hoax. This fact was brought to Mr. Blanches attention over a month ago.
Again, I hope you understand that the fantastic tale of Arnie Gundersen is not some ‘innocent’ story being told for fun and games. I have been very effective at debunking Arnie Gundersen and it is widely known that as a result I (and my wife for that matter) have been blacklisted from groups like the Coalition Against Nuclear and InfoWars…places that Arnie is welcome but because I have pointed out the fact he downplays and dismisses the NRC FOIAs I am banned for life. I’ve no doubt that Mr. Gundersen would like to see me silenced. Remember that with the help of Michael C. Ruppert, I forced Mr. Gundersen to address the contents of the NRC FOIAs…this is how I debunked him. Could it be possible that Jann Brooks works for Mr. Gundersen? We know she meets with Mr. Gundersen personally and she continues to host his videos even after I have thoroughly debunked Mr. Gundersen and explained how controlled opposition works. If Mr. Blanch is financed by Jann Brooks and Jann Brooks takes her orders from Mr. Gundersen it all begins to make sense. This would explain why Mr. Blanch knew the whole time that Jann Brooks was the originator of the story but chose to not only remain silent, but to attack and slander me in a video and call me a shill.
Here is a link to my free book on controlled opposition…please take the time to read so you can identify the troll dens and shill networks for yourself.
“The new freedom of expression brought by the Internet goes far beyond politics. People relate to each other in new ways, posing questions about how we should respond to people when all that we know about them is what we have learned through a medium that permits all kinds of anonymity and deception.” ~Peter Singer
I hope all of you will understand that this is the FOURTH time that this has happened to me, that is to say, I feel my confidence was gained by someone in an effort to later sabotage my credibility or control some aspect of my work. In each instance I have been careful to document everything that happened. I have written multiple articles in an effort to keep the public aware. I hope you understand that once again, a pattern I recognize has unfolded before my eyes and I must be cautious and protect myself and my work. I have no choice but to disassociate myself from these characters.
Finally, I am not going to stop extending trust to people. If consequently you trick, deceive or lie to me, I see the fault as being yours, not mine. Normal humans love and trust one another. I want to remain a normal human. ~HP
Related article by Glenn Greenwald: How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations