When I first saw this article entitled “14-Governor Threatened with Immediate Arrest by Obama” published on Canada Free Press I immediately contacted the editor. It initially seemed like a hoax to me, but if true was big news. Given the wild topic, I only found the article’s validity possible because of the strong reputation that CFP has for truthful reporting. Based on their rapid resolution, I still believe that CFP is a high quality source. Here’s part of the letter I sent to the editor:
“I just ran across a very interesting article but I have strong doubts that the article is based on fact. Can you vouch for the information found here, or for this author: [original link to CFP article removed]“
Apparently the author of this article was a new writer for CFP and after checking the validity of the article the editor immediately removed it from the CFP website. Here was the meat of the editor’s response:
“Thank you for your email which sent us checking the source of the story. We found it led back to often inaccurate [inaccurate website removed]. We have now removed the article. It was posted in error and thankfully was up for less than two hours.”
The following day, I received a stock letter from the author of the “14 Governors” article. In my opinion, the letter seemed like an attempt to defend his reputation after publishing an unverifiable article by positioning himself as a champion of freedom with inside information. You know the old “I could tell you, but I’d have to kill you” routine. Here’s is the part of the letter that explains, in his words, why the article was pulled.
“My briefing paper was not “scrubbed” because of some sordid reason. I became aware of an issue in the content of my report, and wholeheartedly endorsed removing the report. The government did not threaten any action. I was not nor was the site coerced into removing the report. I became aware that the sensitivity of the material was of such a nature that unless I could produce actual National Security Letters I referenced, it would be better to remove the report. I could not produce these, and I realized the information could easily be questioned and discarded as another reactionary conspiracy theory gone amuck.”
Obviously, the part in bold above stuck out like a red thumb. The article’s message is fundamentally based on these “National Security Letters” that cannot be produced and there is no reason to believe that the author has any inside ties that would give him temporary access to the letters. Therefore, there is no story.
After it was removed from CFP, less reputable web sites ran with the story and you can find it all over the internet today by simple searching on “14 Governors”. So the article continues to live on as a some kind of conspiracy theory.
Finally, after hearing rumors Rick Perry’s office was refusing to deny the report, I called the Office of the Governor. They indicated that they knew about the article and adamantly stated that “no letter was received” by the office.
The bottom line: The article is likely a hoax and the author is likely a fraud.
Brian Roberts is a long-time volunteer with the Texas TAC and a regular contributor to the Tenth Amendment Center website.
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