Thanks to Worker Bee and Pete Perry, we now know how to access the archives at Protest.net. We have been unable to find my private email which was in the
First, let me remind you of the background of the matter. You may remember during the trial of the Ghosts of the
After the trial of the Ghosts of the
At the hearing, Eric Orsini, a civilian employee of the U.S. Capitol Police, testified that he found my private email on Protest.net some time between 5 and 6 AM on March 12, 2008. I did not believe his testimony, but for argument’s sake let us assume it was truthful. Why, then, was the source for my email inaccurate? Orsini testified that he would log into Protest.net on a regular basis and simply cut and paste relevant protests. He said he never checked out the URL. Under cross-examination, I asked him, “Don’t you try to provide accurate information in an intelligence report?” He stuck to his story. Though, during the cross-examination his eyes constantly darted to the table where the prosecutor Andrew Warren and the Capitol Police lawyer sat.
On the surface, Orsini’s testimony seemed absurd. How did he know, eight months later, where he got that particular email? His testimony indicated he was a web surfer of many progressive sites looking for listings of protests. He also admitted getting information from police agencies. So how would he remember where he found my email?
The judge tried to pull up the archives for Protest.net. He was not able to find any archives, and no one else in the courtroom knew how to find the archives. He then denied my motion for dismissal. He accepted Orsini’s memory as being accurate; yet there was no evidence on paper confirming that the email appeared on Protest.net.
Actually, though, as recently discovered, Protest.net does have archives. I googled Protest.net, and then went to the link List Regions. There I selected Northeast Region. This brought up the archives. I then went to the year 2008, and selected March 12. There I found two events posted: Stop-Loss Congress March 10-12 and Conference/Forum Royal Cash. Nothing else. Our action in the gallery was not listed, nor did my email appear. So I used the archive calendar to look at other dates in March. Again there nothing about the gallery action. I then selected December 2007, as my original proposal was sent to the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance organizers list on December 19. Again nothing appeared about the gallery action. When I inserted Ghosts of the
I believed Orsini was fibbing on November 7, and this search of Protest.net would seem to suggest the fibbing has been confirmed. But I would like others to do some research and confirm my findings. If others confirm my analysis that the private email did not appear on Protest.net, then I will file a motion to impeach Orsini’s testimony. This would then be followed by a motion to dismiss the convictions of five Ghosts of the
Our sentencing hearing is December 15, so I hope to file the motions in a week or two. I look forward to hearing from you. How the Capitol Police obtained my email remains a mystery. This is a mystery which may never be solved.
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