How many of the 45 Male San Mateo County Sheriff Employees were ever Investigated by the Redwood City Police Department and the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office? They were Distributing Pornography and a VIOLENT RAPE VIDEO on San Mateo County Computers located in the 400 County Center Building. How many of the 45 SMCSO Employees shared that Porn with under aged girls or boys?
Ask Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos, Sheriff Captain Christina Corpus or D.A. Steve Wagstaffe what did they do when they found out about it?
November 23, 2021 Dr. Dylan Edward O’Connor pled nolo contendere to one count of PC 288.2 a misdemeanor. Why was he Investigated at all and the 45 San Mateo County Sheriff Employees never Investigated. He lost his career, What did any of them lose? Nothing.
Dr. Dylan O’Connor’s next court appearance is February 28, 2022.
Does anybody really think it is a good idea to have children bonding with an Organization that is top heavy (45) men who share Porn and Violent Rape Videos on San Mateo County Computers at the Sheriff’s Office. I don’t
Porn and Violent Rape Video Shared with Top 45 Sheriff Employees
Millbrae City Councilperson Anne Oliva is Hosting a Fundraiser for the re-elect Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos 2022 at her home this Wednesday at 4:30 PM.
Barbara Bonilla the former Campaign manager for Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos and Executive Director of the Sheriff’s Activity League who is being criminally charged by the Attorney Generals Office, donated to Anne’s Senate campaign.
Ballot box stuffing, voter intimidation and the politicians from San Francisco, in league with criminal gangs, who attempted to take over the county before it could be organized in an orderly fashion in 1856.
The results were predictable. Out of a total population of 2,500, 1,700 votes were counted. Gang members became sheriff, county clerk, county attorney, assessor and treasurer along with picking up one of the three supervisorial seats. They had a strange hold on the infant county.
Sounds just like today, Just follow the former San Mateo County Sheriff Juan P. Lopez criminal case that is speeding through the court system 6.5 years and counting. He made the mistake of running for Sheriff in 2014.
The Juan P. Lopez case should be compared to the Zain Jaffer of Hillsborough founder of Vungle case, start to finish in 8 months. Vungle was sold to Blackstone
Ask Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos what actions he took when in 2010 the brave female Sheriff Deputy reported the Gross Misconduct at San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office involving top management and Deputies sharing Porn Images and a Violent Rape Video on the County’s Computers in the 400 County Center Building while at work.
That involved 45 of San Mateo County Sheriff’s Finest Men.
Supervisor Don Horsley has already discussed and shared his thoughts, his personal opinions with Congresswoman Jackie Speiers daughter Stephanie Sierra.She is a reporter for ABC 7 KGO May 8, 2020. She somehow got interested in a meeting that took place 3 weeks earlier. Why? She also Interviewed Kevin Mullin. Why?
Don Horsley has placed this Vague subject on Tuesday’s agenda, I’ve asked him to explain what his wishes to accomplish, He has not responded.
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MAY 19, 2020
AGENDA ITEM 5
Discuss and/or Act on concerns regarding Harbor Board of Commissioners and request for updated Municipal Service Review on San Mateo County Harbor District by San Mateo Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo).
Sponsors: Don Horsley
Don Horsley wants to Discuss his concerns regarding Harbor Board of Commissioners. Which ones?
A Republican up until Nov 15, 2019, Virginia Chang Kiraly changed her voter registration from Republican to Democrat in preparation for upcoming campaign/s. That is the exact same thing Jerry Hill did. Virginia Kiraly who recently Victim Shamed S.B. “Stop Lying Sabrina” She couldn’t possibly be talking about the Pornographic Photos sent to Sabrina.
Democrat Sabrina Brennan a victim of Sexual Harassment by another Harbor Commissioner. The Harbor District dealt with that, like San Mateo County does with all of their Pornographic Passing and Child Molesting friends. They hire an Attorney (First Red Flag) to do an Independent Investigation which translates to results favoring those who paid for it.
Supervisor Don Horsley, a former school teacher and Sheriff of SMC wants Commissioner Sabrina Brennan to stop mentioning Pornographic Photos and Sexual Harrassment at the Harbor District Meetings. WHY?
The answer is simple Supervisor Don Horsley Supports it. He wants VICTIMS to Shut UP.
Supervisor Horsley has been interfering with the Harbor Districts business for years. May 26, 2015 Meeting is a perfect example.
Let the Commissioners solve this, Sabrina Brennan the victim has every right to mention this at every single meeting if she wants to. Perhaps at the Public Comment section just like the BOS meetings where serious subjects are made public and the Supervisors simply ignore them.
As a Private Victims Advocate for the last 22 years in San Mateo County I find the way to get a victim to stop talking about a subject is to deal with it Honestly in the first place. Victim Shaming, and telling the Victim to Shut up is a guarantee that you will hear about it at Every Single Meeting.
“I will continue bringing up my harassment at these meetings,” she said. “I won’t be silenced.” Sabrina Brennan.
If you would like to make a Public Comment to the Supervisors on this item you can send it by e-mail. It will be read into the record.
This morning Jan 16, 2020, In San Mateo County Superior Court, 400 County Center Redwood City.
San Mateo County prosecutor Alpana Samant asked for 89 years to life in prison. The defense asked for 10 years, 8 month state prison. The Hon. Judge Lisa Novak sentenced Noah White Winchester to 81 years to life in prison.
22 charges were filed against a former San Mateo police officer accused of sexually assaulting five women while on duty.
This is still the big question for parents of Daughters, what do you tell them about interacting with Police Officers. Should they pull over right away if they get lit up or continue driving to a very public location. San Mateo County Law Enforcement and the Supervisors have never addressed this very serious issue. Perhaps they should.
She is the one person who has confirmed many of the statements that San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy Heinz Punschendorf made during the June 2018 election race for Sheriff. ” “Undersheriff Carlos G. Bolanos was transported to LVMPD holding cell.” Heinz is the former President of the DSA and he was President on April 21, 2007 the night of the FBI Sting Operation Dollhouse. There was Nothing massage parlor about that night.
November 12, 2018 They threatened to break the door down and send the dog in. Why? I called LVMPD Dispatch that night to confirm it was in fact Metro Police Officers banging on Jody’s door. The nice female dispatcher told me she won’t open the door, I confirmed that she won’t. She said they just want to ask her some questions, I said if that is true call her on the phone she will be more than happy to speak with them on the phone. I asked the dispatcher to inform the officers that I had called regarding Jody Williams and them refusing to tell her why they were there, and to call her on the phone if that in fact was the real motive for them being there at 9:30PM just stopped by to ask a few questions….About What?
Jody informed me the officers left about 10 minutes after my call. Metro did NOT call that night or the next day to “ask some questions.”
Hint: April 21, 2007 Las Vegas Nevada, FBI Sting Operation Dollhouse Witness, Involving Sheriff Greg Munks & Undersheriff Carlos G. Bolanos.
Update 11/17.2018 The Siena Suites Hotel is on Notice that they are responsible for the safety of Jody Williams and her daughter from the Las Vegas Metro Police who are right outside her door this very moment, Metro Dispatch confirmed they were there per my phone call at 9:35AM She refused to say why they there. If it really was for an event for My Father’s House Church you would think she would tell me.
The photo of door was from Metro’s visit Monday night 9:30PM to ask a few questions.
Keep Jody L. Williams alive and well.
Here are the types of videos LVMP puts up:
Here is what the front of her door looked like after banging on it and threatening to break the door down and send in a K-9 for about 40 minutes. They could have just called her or politely knocked on the door, if they really wanted to ask her some questions.
Update November 17, 2018 New Notice up at Jody’s today.
I asked Jody if she wanted me to continue reading and she said yes, so I did. I was moved by her response, I have made these e-mails public for 10 years and I know of nobody in SMC that cried or was even disturbed by them. Jody’s response made it all worth while.
I got these e-mails from a public information request in 2008.
If you think about it these were San Mateo County’s top 4 Law Enforcement Officials expressing no regard for the Human Trafficked female victims. S.W. “Modern Media’s effort to make a story out of a non-story.” “Remember it will be yesterday’s news and irrelevant by tomorrow.”
District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe has now filed criminal charges against Jody for practicing law without a license. He also got a secret search warrant for her e-mails.
YOUR EMAIL TO CARLOS BOLANOS AFTER OPERATION DOLLHOUSE
Dear Mr. Wagstaffe:
I’m a very strong woman I like to think. I’ve been sexually abused by my father growing up, as well as physically abused by a mentally ill mother who ironically was driven crazy working for the LA Juvenile Courts for 13 years. My grandmother was brutally murdered by my step-father who vowed to murder both my mother and I. Meaning I grew up having to move a lot because he only received five years for the brutal murder.
Once he was out, he continued to hunt my mother and I down for at least 20 years before the attempts stopped. I have been raped more than once in my lifetime – both “date raped” by people I knew in school as well as horrifically gang raped by a bunch of Crip gang members in South Central. I have also survived a marriage where I had to take out 13 restraining orders which did nothing to protect my daughter and myself because the LAPD told me to my face they were “too scared of him” to lift a finger to protect us. I have been sex trafficked, kidnapped, brainwashed, and yet through everything I have survived. I even had 32 years clean now.
I have spent almost nine months nursing my mother to death in an ICU after a stroke she suffered turned into MRSA when her lungs were too weak to fight. After I suffered a major stroke and was completely bedridden myself, I had my hospital bed and wheelchair moved into hospice so that I could care for my grandmother who died of cancer alone except for my daughter and I. I have suffered more attempts on my life than I care to think about. Some at the hands of LAPD who didn’t want videotapes I had of them having sex with prostitutes to reach the hands of the press or their superiors who felt my life was worth less than them being open about their sex lives. I’ve even witnessed our own government drugging, then kidnapping American women who they put on diplomatic planes to trade to Saudi’s for oil deals we were making in the 1980’s, as well as drug cartels during Iran Contra. All while knowing, I couldn’t go to the police to save them even if anyone would believe me about it because we didn’t have any laws on the books back then against what I was witnessing happening in front of my own eyes. All of which has been subsequently verified as true by men like Gary Webb, who also gave of their lives to bring us the truth about these things also.
I have endured all of this Mr. Wagstaffe, and not ONCE have I shed a tear. Nor even when my home was completely destroyed by the 1994 Sherman Oaks earthquake, which completely threw me off the course I’d charted to become an attorney. Not at my mother’s death when no one would even so much as send a card of condolence. A death that brought my father out of the woodwork to threaten the life of my daughter if I didn’t lie to my mother’s pension company on his behalf so he could take over the pension my mother wanted me to have. When I refused, I had to move right after my mother’s death to protect my daughter’s life.
Not even when the doctors told me my daughter had a 26 pound tumor that needed to be removed they found after an SUV had run her over and broke her back so she lost her senior year of high school which she had earned because we had just got her back in school again after years of thinking she was bipolar, but putting her back together just to get mowed down. Nor when the doctors told me she has an “undetermined” brain mass that’s causing her to still be living at home with me dependent at 27 years of age – not though ANY of this Mr. Wagstaff have I cried one tear. Not one.
But that changed tonight when Michael Stogner read to me an email you had supposedly sent to Carlos Bolanos on the night of what’s been called “Operation Dollhouse”. When I heard your words – I broke down in tears and sobbed like a child. Mr. Wagstaffe, you are not in office to be the defender of Carlos Bolanos. You are the district attorney to protect the people. You’re there to protect the people so that they don’t take justice into their own hands.
You need to understand Mr. Wagstaffe, the day I saw those women drugged and loaded onto that diplomatic plane in the 1980’s, the man who made me watch this laughed while telling me there was “nothing I could do about it” because we didn’t have any laws on the books against organized sex trafficking back then.
We had laws against pimping – of course. That’s laws to put African American men in jail who can’t find jobs so they have to rely on living off their wife’s income. A wife where if she can’t get a job for whatever reason resorts to prostitution to feed their children – then he immediately by default becomes a felon guilty of pimping simply by his wife caring for him.
But the organized trafficking of women against their will – we had nothing unless we were Chinese as American women. The Mann Act of 1910 was written to aid Chinese women and juveniles taken across state lines from being sex trafficked. But yet as of the 1970’s, the only two people in our country’s history to be prosecuted under the Mann Act were two African American men who married white women and travelled – Chuck Barry (the musician) and Jack Johnson (the boxer). Yet Meyer Lansky was guilty of trafficking women like cattle and he wasn’t. In fact, he was used by our own CIA after such crimes – recruited right out of prison.
When the women who were being trafficked in connection with the case that came to light when Chris Butler was arrested, proving what I’d been telling people for years before about an organized ring of sex traffickers who were wearing uniforms as either cops or sheriffs, they came to me for help. They came to me for help because they clearly couldn’t go to the police. The “clients” came to me to help because when the brave few of them tried to go to the authorities about what they’d witnessed going on, the police threatened to arrest them in order to scare them into backing off trying to help these women. Some of them were even arrested and hit with gag orders simply for trying to get these victims help.
They came to me thinking if I could help these women escape and hide from pimps, that I could help them escape this trafficking network because going to the authorities had failed them.
Do you have any idea what I went through back in 1987 over the decisions that I made when I launched our hotline and program to aid these victims? I have an extremely high IQ and was in the Mentally Gifted Minors program in grade school. I was in college by the time I was 16 years old. I had a bright future ahead of me of being anything I wanted – a therapist, a lawyer, anyone. I could have married anyone I wanted. I could have been hired with any company in the world. I could have been anyone and done anything because no one knew about my past. All I had to do to grab this bright future ahead of me was to keep my mouth shut. That’s it.
Instead I made the decision before the internet was born to take the only route I knew to see the Trafficking Act of 2000 passed which gave the issue of sex trafficking federal recognition. We weren’t going to get a law about this passed unless the public knew there was a problem first. Which wasn’t going to happen unless someone went public about it that was believed. I believe Bruce Lee started to talk about it in “Enter the Dragon’ in 1973, but he died before the film premiered. I saw Linda Lovelace try to reveal it – only no one believed her. I talked to all the other madams in the country arrested with me in 1984 and they weren’t going to go public because it would mean not going back into the sex industry any longer. The sex industry is very much like a cult – once you leave or expose it’s secrets – you are no longer welcome.
So this left me to try and raise that awareness and get this Act passed. It was the law which allowed us for the first time to not be considered 100 percent across the board as “criminals”, but instead of that as “victims” so we could be treated as such. So that our government would allot money to aid these victims. Knowing we’d never decriminalize prostitution, I had hoped this federal recognition would allow at least those of us being trafficked to be treated as what they were – victims, not criminals. To also not be viewed as the “criminals”, i.e., “prostitutes” were also viewed publicly – but to have America understand these women had been victimized and therefore were not the “Happy Hooker” to be treated as such no matter how many years they’d been out of prostitution.
To do this meant I had to go on national TV and expose my name, my face, my identity, my family, everything about my past had to come in the open as well as everything about that bright future of mine to be trashed. My family stopped speaking to me the minute they saw me on Donahue, Sally and Geraldo. If you think I’m wrong I trashed my future by going public to try and not only promote our hotline, but also to try and change the way this country treated these victims – then show me ONE US professor who has received tenure who is openly an ex-prostitute, ex-porn performer, etc. Name me ONE senator or congress person who is a known ex-sex worker or even sex trafficking victim.
Do you realize that the Pope nor has any US President even been seen speaking to, let alone shaking the hand of any sex trafficking victims? Michael Avenetti defends Stormy Daniels, but do you think Stormy Daniels would ever be allowed to pass the Bar if she was open about her past? Do you think she’d pass the ethics bar? Miriam Weeks? Has she passed the Bar?
I made a conscious decision to throw my future away in order to get out into the public’s face and raise awareness that not all of prostitution was a “victimless crime”. I have spent over $500,000 of my own money I made while I was young and strong enough to work three jobs in order to keep Sex Workers Anonymous’ phone on and answering calls for the last 32 years now – calls that are taking calls that can’t go to the National Trafficking Hotline nor 911.
Celeste Guap’s mother answering the 911 phone wasn’t a coincidence – they have people in place within law enforcement who are there specifically to make sure victims calls alert the very people they’re trying to report no different than the drug cartel had set up in their phone systems.
When I saw these women being trafficked by police, sheriff’s, district attorneys, and aided by men like Joohon David Lee who were with ICE, Homeland Security, and the trafficking task force who had nowhere to turn, illustrated by the Ohio trafficking operation that was found guilty of trafficking kids on egg farms, only I hear about those being sex trafficked into brothels, massage parlors and strip clubs in places like strip clubs owned by DEA agents in NJ or massage parlors owned by Chris Butler in California – I didn’t take matters into my own hands to save these women although I have plenty of ex-military men volunteering to do just that.
No – instead I went to the Salvation Army for help to set up a system that would rescue these women through our legal system. I went to Melissa Farley for help who was supposedly connected to Gloria Steinhem and Hillary Clinton as well as Swannee Hunt who had the political and financial connections to aid us in setting up what was to be ATLAS and NCAST I was promised if I allowed Melissa to research everything about the work that I do, that we’d get this structure set up, and we could start rescuing women who were powerless to leave otherwise I know there’s good law enforcement out there to tap into, but we have to get to them.
In Nevada, victims of sex trafficking were being taken to the Clark County Detention Center where the very guards guarding them were part of this operation. Guards who they were alone with at night inside of a jail where they can’t make phone calls out. Where every letter and visit is monitored. Where every wrong word could mean someone in their family back home could die. If they messed up too badly, they’d be found like Sandra Bland dead in their cell.
So to aid them in even being able to speak to us about what was happening, I had ATLAS, which was launching in 2007, designed intentionally to take the victims to the Salvation Army for safety so they could be questioned about what was happening in the hopes of putting together not only their rescue, but the prosecution of those who were trafficking them so that we could stop them from doing this.
I had talked to officers like Vig Vigna, and others, and begged them to get help to those women in those houses for months before “Operation Dollhouse”, only to keep being told that there was “nothing we could do LEGALLY” to aid those women because we have to honor things like “search and seizure warrants” in this country because this is America. That without “probable cause” out of a “quiet house” as those brothels were, there was nothing they could do to get those women out of those houses. These were good cops telling me their hands were tied.
I have sat in a car in front of those houses knowing those women were trapped inside and more because they were trapped spiritually as well – feeling completely powerless to help those women because I was told there was “no legal way” to get them out.
I had been relying on the “power of the press” up to that point in time. Before 2007, when all else would fail at getting help to victims, we’d go to the press who would then put enough pressure on a case to get something done. That’s why we had been working on the man who finally came forward about Chris Butler about why he needed to come forward for months. It’s why again I enlisted the help of a reporter to push for a raid on a day I knew there was going to be a “drop” thinking if we got these traffickers “caught red handed” then not only could those women be freed in those houses, but then there’d be an investigation into the others in other states and in the other houses so that we could help to get them free too.
When I got the call those women were being taken to the Salvation Army, and that even the drugs had been found in the raid, as well as two officers, my heart soared with hope. I was raised with the anthem “if you can’t do the time don’t do the crime” so in my mind if any officer was caught in that house that shouldn’t have been there – that was HIS decision to make. However, those women were NOT deciding to be there. They were trapped inside there AND THIS WAS THEIR RESCUE.
Or so I thought. Even when those women were sent right back with their captors instead of being rescued by our government, I wasn’t without hope. We just used this to put even more pressure on the man who needed to come forward about Chris Butler. We knew no one would even publish our stories, let alone listen to us. Like with Bill Cosby, no one listened until a man said something about it. We knew a man who was also an officer had to be the one to make the public listen and stop what Chris was involved in.
Which he did and we thought we were making progress there. We actually thought there would be an investigation into the WHOLE operation he was just a tiny part of. Instead we were hearing about a witness who was “lost in the jail”, and his FBI handler being threatened by more sheriffs to keep her mouth shut. Again, if we can’t protect a witness and an FBI agent, how are we going to protect these victims? This is the greatest country in the world and we can’t rescue a few women out of a sex trafficking operation?
When a sex trafficking operation was being launched, we were threatened to “stay out of it” as was Celeste Guap being told to “stay home”. Can’t stop the show that’s PRETENDING to help us because the “show” is flooding millions of dollars into the state to set up programs TO HELP US. The only problem is it’s not HELPING us – it’s EMPOWERING THE VERY BONDS THAT ARE ENSLAVING US. Again, if I’m wrong then tell me that it was a trafficking task force that rescued Celeste Guap and NOT instead her going to the press as I’ve said seems to be only option most of the time to get anything done.
But we need proof. How do we get proof? Jeanne Palfrey, the D.C. Madam was the one who had PROOF. Not of her who clients were – but of who was using her and her escorts in the sex trafficking operation that’s only on the surface appearing to sell sex. You see, prostitutes are a dime a dozen. You don’t need to traffick prostitutes.
What you do need to “traffick” or “control” and “force”, are those who are only APPEARING to sell sex while in reality they’re being used for espionage, blackmail, drug muling, money laundering, drug sales, insider trading, political manipulation, and a whole host of OTHER crimes where you need to know these women will stay silent to the media and to law enforcement. I’ll give you an example – how do we know for a fact that Stormy Daniels is saying what’s she’s been saying against our president completely entirely of her own free will? The woman has admitted to “always have four men around her at all times” for protection. The problem is – how do we know that they’re not also controlling her? Could she, I mean seriously, could come forward if she was being forced and controlled into revealing who would do this to her and actually live to tell THAT story to the press?
So Jeanne tries to flee to Germany so she can write a book and expose the truth of what she’d seen, only she was stopped at the airport and arrested. Then when charged with being a madam, she could have taken the deal, paid a fine, sold a book and made a movie and retired like all the other madams have done.
But instead she stuck to her guns to try to reveal the truth about sex trafficking in this country. Knowing that ABC would lie about what was in her “Black Book” to prove her story that was to come, she gave 10 copies of her book to sites like the “Smoking Gun”, who at least started to get out the truth. But before she could, she was murdered in my opinion to keep her silent.
I was then threatened, harassed, chased, etc., by law enforcement for over a year trying to make sure I didn’t go public with the emails and texts between her and I before her death and what I knew. Forcing me to have to take my daughter out of school, and go into hiding “off the grid” in order to protect my daughter’s life. So Jeanne gave up her actual life trying to get the truth out about sex trafficking to try and bring rescue to these women on top of the sacrifices I’d made.
Then Mr. Wagstaffe, I had to listen to an email Michael read me tonight where the ONLY thing you cared about when you heard about “Operation Dollhouse” was Carlos Bolanos. Not the women. Not wondering if they were okay. Not wondering where they were sleeping that night. Not wondering how they felt for that moment thinking they were being rescued, only to be let go right back to where they started from that day. Knowing that law enforcement , ICE, Homeland Security, everyone KNEW about their situation, but let them go back to those same houses ANYWAY. You may not know what feels like – but I do.
I’ve sacrificed the quality of my life as has my daughter trying to get women like those women who were in those houses RESCUED. Jeanne Palfrey actually gave up her very life trying to get these women RESCUED. That “overblown media” you’re trashing in your email is the tool I’ve been using to alert the public these women need help to get them help when turning to law enforcement can’t be done. To hear that you WANT their plight to be “yesterday’s news” literally brought me to tears.
You showed those women as little thought as you showed me. Mr. Wagstaffe, I have pimps and traffickers who are in prison now who would love to murder me. One of the ways I protect myself, and my daughter’s lives, is by not tying my actual full legal name, my birthdate, my home address, where I work, my social security number, or anything else that can be used to locate me as to where I live or work not only to protect my life from retribution, and from those who want me silenced – but also so I can work a job when I can. I ask you – would YOU hire the “founder of Sex Workers Anonymous”? While I have lots of people pat me on the back and tell me what a “wonderful job you’re doing”, that doesn’t mean they want me around the office every day because of the fear of getting caught in the possible cross-fire meant for me.
When I was begging the police to find a way to get those women out of that house OTHER than staging that raid that day in the hopes that would get them rescued, I was told they couldn’t because we “didn’t have probable cause” and we “needed proper warrants”. What blows my mind however Mr. Wagstaff is that to come after me on a misdemeanor charge where I’m being accused of not sex trafficking, but of “practicing law without a license”, for THAT you bypass probable cause, you bypass proper service of the complaint, you bypass the law allowing me to know what I’m accused of or to face my accuser, and you further violate my very right of privacy that I’ve literally risked my life and harmed myself economically dramatically in order to be able to offer iron clad confidentiality to those who write us – just so you can come after me?
I had not applied for federal grants because it would mean turning over information on those people who contact us for help. I have not held fund raisers. I have not even entertained the ideas of the $20 million dollar grants Polaris gets to “partner” with companies like Google to “share their information” with off their website, in order to not share our information with anyone for any amount of money. I have turned down an offer to receive a monthly check as an informant in order to protect the people who email us their anonymity. I literally am living in an RV so that I don’t have a lease or a utility bill where a pimp can find me so that I can protect not just my safety, but the very safety of the women who have escaped pimps’ as to where they are today these men would do anything to try and force that information out of me.
But all those sacrifices went out the window when someone was able to just waltz into your office with a story of some kind of what I supposedly did, if it’s even me they were complaining about since there are 1000’s of Jody Williams in the world, I can name you 5 attorneys I know of even with my name for God’s sake, and then you were more than happy to not question me, charge me civilly, send me a letter stating I was violating the law and allowing me to address the matter, and then without giving me, or anyone in my email box, a chance to even defend ourselves against the right not to incriminate ourselves, our right to privacy, our right to free speech – you just dipped right into those emails like it was nothing without any consideration for any of the rights under our constitution for the people in that account, nor the ramifications either of what harm might become them. Do you realize I have a woman who is a CIA agent who was ASSAULTED AND HOSPITALIZED after those emails, and her location, were compromised and for all I know it was related to the seizure of my email. I don’t know but I bet the CIA is going to want to investigate the matter – so again all these 32 years and all this sacrifice to try and create a safe place for these women to be able to talk to me safely was treated with the tiniest of regards by you because of you being so willing to “do anything for Carlos Bolanos”?
What if you’re wrong Mr. Wagstaffe? I don’t know if Carlos Bolanos or Greg Munks are involved in the criminal act of sex trafficking for a fact. But I do know that the very day those men, and you, ALLOWED those women to go right back to where they were being sex trafficking – in my book MAKES YOU A PART OF THAT CRIMINAL OPERATION. You sure didn’t stop it so what do you call that Mr. Wagstaffe? It was an illegal brothel where drugs were found and it was not shut down in order to prosecute those behind it so you could make the news of the raid “yesterday’s news” – so what does that make you then?
I know for all of the money San Mateo has received to try and create a ‘task force” supposedly to help these women, I know that I’ve personally tried contacting the task force for help on behalf of victims and those calls are ignored. I know when I try to speak to other officers to see if they can help do you know what I hear? I hear “if I say anything about your name or about sex trafficking going on in San Mateo – I will be immediately fired or run off the force”. That’s what I know. SO YOU DON’T HELP THE VICTIMS – BUT YOU ARREST ME?
Before you demanded to see copies of the video tape taken from the car that brought those men to the Operation Dollhouse site, before you saw the FBI footage that was taken of them entering the property, footage that may or may not have shown them CARRYING THOSE DRUGS INTO THE HOUSE, before you questioned those women, before you did one shred of investigation into the truth of the matter Mr. Wagstaffe – you were patting Carlos on the back and telling him that this “bad news will blow over by tomorrow” in that email without one thought about these women or the YEARS OF WORK I had put into trying to get those women help and to freedom. Them and their mothers, sisters and daughters who are at other sites also.
Just like you showed not one shred of regard for me in this witch hunt that’s going on against me right now. I’ve done my home work and so far every other person I’ve located who has been charged with the same thing I’ve been charged with gets a letter in the mail. Me? I get not only a criminal arrest warrant, but I even get a sealed search warrant like I’m a wanted murderer!
So I cried when Michael read that email because you’re supposed to be the man victims in San Mateo of sex trafficking can go to for help. You’re also supposed to be protecting my rights for that matter Mr. Wagstaffe. Thirty-two years ago I got clean, I left prostitution, and I trained to become a paralegal. I became an ordained minister. I did so to become a decent person and not be treated like a criminal anymore. Whatever happened to “innocent until proven guilty”?
Thank you for showing me how much that meant to you in the way you treated my case Mr. Wagstaffe and my rights. Well at least I know how important we victims are to San Mateo now. Probably a spill over from Facebook and one of the reasons why I filed suit against them, Google and the USA, for their active interference in us getting aid to victims of sex trafficking also. Now if we could get you to use that same passion you used on me to go after the actual traffickers in this country – then we’d be truly accomplishing something historical.
NOTICE OF INTENT TO FILE LAWSUIT FOR INVASION OF PRIVACY
If you go to the site I have up for Sex Workers Anonymous at www.sexworkersanonymous.net, and go to the “products” page, down towards the bottom of this page you’ll see an explanation to people that if they send me a payment by Paypal that I have an email on there that will “disguise” what it is they’re sending money to in order to protect their anonymity. That email address I have listed is email@example.com.
I started the hotline for victims of sex trafficking, and those who have pimps, to call in 1987. So I’ve been doing this a LONG time. When the internet was born about 1995, we had to change our name actually from Prostitutes Anonymous to Sex Workers Anonymous in order to bypass the adult filters that were on just about every government building who might be looking for us as a resource. So clearly we have to respond to the times, as we do in order to make contact.
Before caller ID was invented, and the internet was born, we kept the hotline on a private landline. We did not have a commercial 800 number that would show up on a phone bill as a business line even though this meant instead of doing national PSA’s, we could only do local ones because of using a residential phone for our hotline.
We did this not only to make sure that no one could hit us with a warrant or a subpoena for information on a caller to the hotline, but also so that if a pimp saw the number on a phone bill they would think it was a residential call his victim had just made and therefore not question it too deeply. When pimps would call us back then demanding to know, “Who is this?” we used to just reply, that we were “an old girlfriend”.
In the late 1990’s, psychic hotlines were all the rage. To cover up what the calls were about to our hotline then, we set up fake psychic hotline websites, and also listed the phone number for the hotline on those sites. That way if a guy went searching for what our phone number was online, he’d find a psychic hotline. This way he’d think she just got a reading, and she’d avoid being exposed for him knowing she was thinking about leaving him. Certainly not making plans to leave him, because sometimes we have to stage their escape by making plans that take time.
Also, the psychic hotlines provided our survivors with a great way to work from home, take care of their kids without using a daycare provider, and not worrying about a pimp showing up at their job at a public location who could just show up and shoot them at work. By working out of their home, on the telephone, in a way that where they were physically couldn’t be traced – the psychic hotlines allowed a lot of survivors to be able to find safe work after having escaped.
When I had Beth Jacobs and Lynn Robertson going around online talking like I was actually doing psychic readings online, we had to drop that idea because people were associating us with “cults” and thinking we were doing all sorts of crazy things in their imagination. If I denied it, then I had the problem of pimps knowing that these were fake sites. If I admitted to it, then we’d get our Christian supporters running from us in terror. They put us in a horrible spot. Taking down those sites, and not using that “ruse” as a cover for victims to not only call us, but also find a way to be able to work without their pimp locating them again, cost us a lot of money because of those women running off their mouth about what they “thought” we were doing. If they had bothered to pull me over to the side, and ask me privately why our number was showing up on these sites, I would have explained the situation to them and it would have ended there.
But times have changed and many women are now being given “citations” for prostitution. Many prostitutes are being evicted, losing their bank accounts, and going through legal battles in connection to what’s going on with FOSTA right now, as well as the Backpage shut down. Many of these victims have resorted to trying new sites to advertise on for their services – sites that are now blackmailing them for more money to not “out” them, or even refusing to take down their ads unless they’re paid more money. Now I ask you, can they afford an attorney to threaten these grease balls with a lawsuit, or problems with the police, if they don’t stop blackmailing these women? Are they going to go to the police? What can the police do when a woman voluntarily posted a photo online advertising for sex, and then decides she wants to take it down, and the site owner is charging a “service fee” to do this? NOTHING is what a cop can do.
It’s for reasons like this why I started using the “paralegal” sites not only as a “cover” but even as a form of outreach. I started running ads for paralegal services in spots I knew would attract in potential sex trafficking victims, and I have sites up offering paralegal services to provide them with assurance we can help them with matters like this.
Does it mean I am actually DOING paralegal services? No it doesn’t. For one thing, if I do any type of legal work, I do it under the supervision of a licensed attorney. A licensed attorney who doesn’t want public recognition he’s helping prostitutes. We provide the attorney a way to provide legal assistance by working through us. That way he also doesn’t wind up with an angry pimp at his office, or with his pimp getting his lawyer on them which is very common.
The last time I hired an attorney to help a woman pull a police report where she said there was a false conviction on her record, put there by LAPD officers who were blackmailing her into having sex with them by threatening to arrest her if she didn’t, the attorney told me that if we ordered her “booking video”, we could get the conviction removed. He sent out a formal demand letter for this video to the Pasadena Police Dept., and in return he was threatened so badly back by their attorneys – he threw the case back at me. I can’t blame him either. That’s why any legal services we do offer our members, is bypassed through me to protect the victim and the ATTORNEY also.
But I don’t exactly want to tell Paypal that either now do I? If they think I’ve got prostitutes sending in money for book orders and donations, they’ll probably shut my account down in two seconds. That’s why we don’t have “Sex Workers Anonymous” on our paypal either. But yes we advertise it like it’s for “paralegal services”. Why? To fool wives and accountants. Where do wives come in? Do you have any idea how many sex addicts make “amends” to us each year? Last month I had a sex addict call up to make a donation for our filing fee for our lawsuit against the USA (www.williamsvsusa.com) as his “amends”. No I don’t think his wife is going to be happy if she saw that on his credit card bill. How does he “prove” his “cover story” about using the money for a “paralegal”? By referring her to the fake sites we have set up.
Which by the way is how I’ve also been able to gather information on PIMPS. I’ve had a few of the women involved in these situations actually tell their pimp they can “get paralegal help” showing them our site to get their kids back or fight a prostitution case. That way I can get a pimp to actually pay the money because they don’t want to use a lawyer, nor do they want to pay the fees. But I can assure you they aren’t going to do this, if I alert them that this is all a ruse.
Now I don’t know if the paralegal you’re accusing of “practicing law without a license” is actually me, because I don’t see what it is I’m charged with on this complaint. A complaint I’ve not been asked about, nor served either. I doubt it’s about paralegal work either and I’ll tell you a few reasons why.
First of all, look at the search warrant for my emails. Do they say “only emails that appear to be about providing legal services?” Do they specify, “Please don’t send anything that looks like personal emails to us in this seizure?” No. They ask for ALL of the emails connected to that account from the time period of May 15th to June 6, 2018. That’s a lot of emails.
Also, do they specify anything like, “Only emails from and to Jody Williams?” Something that looks like it pertains to an investigation into Jody Williams providing legal services without a license? No. It ask for EVERYTHING, which tells me this isn’t about these charges.
For another, I know for a fact there’s more than one Jody Williams in Las Vegas. If a complaint comes into the DA saying, “Jody Williams from Las Vegas was providing legal services without a license”, wouldn’t have something been sent to the California State Bar? I ask because I checked with the San Fernando Valley Bar, and I had membership with them valid from March of 2017 until September of 2018. So I was a member of the Bar Association.
Wouldn’t you have asked for the Nevada Bar Association to provide you with information? If you had, you’d know that I am a member with the Clark County Bar Association also. I assist with providing pro bono paralegal work through their volunteer program. I called to check on both of these, and I have documentation I could have provided about this if anyone had bothered to ask me, or them about this.
But what’s interesting is you went right for the DMV for information on my address. Instead of simply going online to find my address, which is very easy to find, someone went to all of the trouble to get the information form the Nevada DMV. But I know for a fact there’s over 100 Jody Williams in Las Vegas. I know because the last time I was at DMV and asked them what was taking so long, they told me, “There is over 100 of you in here and I have to make sure it’s you before I can release the ID”. So how did you know WHICH Jody I was?
But for some reason, you went straight to MY ID. Why mine? Why out all of all the Jody Williams who could be offering these legal services, did you just happen to go to the one who is running SWA for this information? I have not been served with this lawsuit, case number CM105014. No one called me about it either. No one asked me about it. I would imagine if I’d done paralegal work, you’d have a current address for me. Since my current address is listed on my site, and even on the phony paralegal sites, it’s easy to find a viable address for me to have served me with. But instead supposedly service went out to the address of 3395 S. Jones Blvd., #103, Las Vegas, NV 89146. That’s an address I haven’t used in many years.
An address on my license and that I don’t update it because I could have guys like Greg Munks, and Carlos Bolanos, just to name but two, who probably would love to come to my house and threaten me when they don’t like what I do or say like the raid I had arranged on those houses in Las Vegas on the day they happened to be there in what was called “Operation Dollhouse”.
Or maybe from the Pasadena Police Dept. who threatened the attorney I hired would love to come to my house to threaten me. Just like “FBI Special Agent Leah Marx” who “told a rapt jury about the pivotal moment now-convicted LASD Deputy Gilbert Michel accepted a cash bribe to smuggle a contraband cellphone into jail for inmate Anthony Brown.” In case that’s connected to Juan Lopez, a man who has had the same kind of thing happen to him out of San Mateo’s DA’s office and judge’s chambers that I’m being subjected to now according to Michael Stogner, reporter for the San Mateo Daily News who tells me he thinks that the reason why my emails were attacked this way is connected to Juan’s case. https://abc7.com/news/fbi-agent-testifies-in-ex-sheriff-lee-baca-corruption-trial/1657217/
I’m involved in so many cases right now where the victims report to me that the people who were trafficking them were either cops, sheriffs, judges, prosecutors, etc., that it could be one of any number of cases why someone would love to get ahold of my emails, cell phone records, etc., but that’s why I limit my accounts to PERSONAL email accounts, and PERSONAL phones – is so that one has to obtain a legal search warrant to get at them. Seems like I’m going to a lot of expense when all they really have to do is just go to San Mateo to get them it seems.
I learned last year when Metro took and stole my license plate from me when they illegally arrested me for no probable cause then, that DMV between California and Nevada do not share information. So I know that the only legal way you’d be able to obtain my middle name, and that address, would have been to pull my drivers license. So someone wanted to know where I lived. This has NOTHING to do with someone “practicing law without a license”.
I know because I went through the same thing when Jeane Palfrey was murdered. Only then the bogus warrant was to search my house claiming I had “impersonated Jody Williams”. I had called the detective in charge of investigating Jeane’s death and I told him I wanted a murder investigation done on her death, or I’d go onto a national TV Show like Geraldo (who I knew his producer well then, and Geraldo after doing 4 of his shows) and I’d made arrangements to go on there showing the daily emails and texts with Jeane and myself to prove she did not kill herself.
But the day I was supposed to leave to appear on the show, I get a search warrant claiming I was “impersonating Jody Williams” who then took my ID, my debit cards, my checks, and anything else I would need to get onto a plane and travel as “evidence”. Who filed the complaint? No one. Seems that a local Tonopah cop went to the restaurant I had ordered dinner delivered from asking if I showed my ID to him when I ordered on the phone. When the owner said no, the cop asked him to sign the complaint that I hadn’t shown ID. The local judge signed that bogus warrant too, and they came to take my ID, and also try and take the papers I had on Jeane.
I would like to refer you to my tax exempt papers, as well as our nonprofit papers, and nowhere in ANY press, or legal papers, I’ve filed for SWA, have I linked that with my actual identification. I’ve not listed my social security number, my birth date, nor my middle name. I’ve done that to try and remain “personally anonymous” with respect to SWA for obvious reasons – if a pimp or trafficker got pissed off at me I don’t want him to be able to figure out WHICH “Jody Williams” out of the millions out there are the one who runs SWA. I do that in order to PROTECT MY LIFE.
So if you ask me, that’s what all this is about – trying to figure out WHICH Jody Williams is connected to SWA by pulling that license and then seeing if I yell. Only what you’ve really done is now put a target one me where if I’m murdered now by someone who figures out I’m “that” Jody because of this search warrant, I’ve instructed my family to hold San Mateo responsible for my death. Because NOTHING ANYWHERE has tied me legally to SWA before someone went in and yanked my drivers license, and I have no choice but to respond because of a warrant, and the emails of sex trafficking victims who have now been compromised, whose lives now may also be in danger because those emails went out of my control.
There was no warrant or subpoena issued to Nevada DMV to obtain information off my drivers license. There were no grounds to issue a search warrant for my PERSONAL emails for supposedly a business activity in the blanket manner in which that search warrant did. A “gmail” account is a PERSONAL account. In which I have PERSONAL emails between sex trafficking victims and myself, as well as reporters, therapists, ministers, and other people who are also entitled to confidentiality when contacting me.
This search warrant for my emails did not have probable cause either. Again, it’s a “gmail” account, not a business account. This is supposedly about “doing business” without the proper licensing. I say “supposedly” because I (1) don’t see a victim’s report, (2) I don’t see a actual claim of anything I’ve done so I don’t even know if this is me or not, (3) I don’t see what judge even signed this, (4) I wasn’t served with this to even be under the court’s jurisdiction.
So the court had NO RIGHT to either access my drivers license information NOR to access my private emails based upon the papers I’m seeing. Mostly, by not being served in any way, I’m not under the court’s jurisdiction. As such, there was especially no right to issue a warrant for me, let alone a search warrant. What I’m seeing here is no different than someone breaking down my front door and stealing mail off my desk. I see no difference.
All arguments which I would have presented at a hearing if this had been handled properly. A hearing I was denied, as was the people whose privacy has now also been violated by that search warrant not only being executed, but executed UNDER SEAL of not telling me about it until AFTER it was done. There were no probable grounds for that either – not on a misdemeanor. I’ve seen MURDER cases where their emails weren’t pulled like this.
On top of this, I’ve suffered defamation and economic damages. I had job interviews I’ve gone on where I’ve been turned down based on them thinking I’m a “fugitive”. What law firm is going to hire a paralegal who has a warrant for them out? So I’ve suffered defamation from people who think I’m a “criminal”, as well as economic damages that from August to October add up to about $6,000 so far that I can calculate. I normally make that much doing freelance work FOR ATTORNEYS. Who haven’t hired me since August, and now I know why. Who knows if any will hire me again see this now? So you’ve just put me out of work for who knows how long with this stunt also.
So please let me know if you want to waive service of the complaint, or what attorney I should send the complaint to, because I will be filing a lawsuit for invasion of my privacy, as well as that of SWA, I have suffered great defamation, and also economic loss because of your actions. I don’t even know if I’ve lost trust among potential victims who now will be afraid to send us an email for fear of being violated by their information being sent back to some prosecutor or judge who could be one of their clients, or even someone raping them as we saw in Tennessee.
I’m going to pose a question for you here – WHAT IF Alisha Grundy WAS FORCED to lie against Ray Sharpe as she alleges in this hand written letters that Ray says she sent him? Who exactly is she supposed to tell that to if she’s concerned that if she tells me this information, that it’s just going to get back to the very people who forced her to lie that could be a prosecutor in the DA’s office, or an officer with Metro, if any time you guys feel like it, you can go behind my back and just pull into my emails using sealed records and not serving me so I don’t even know what’s going on, nor have time to get an attorney to object to such invasions of privacy?
I say this because I’ve also been talking to Alisha Grundy, Ray Sharpe and Gena Johnson, to try and figure out what the truth is here. Not for LEGAL reasons, but for Alisha to HEAL. I don’t have budgets like Polaris, I can’t fly to every victim’s home town to talk to them face to face. They have to be able to trust talking to me by email or even Facebook as part of their healing – which you’ve just thrown out the window with this move. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I’ve attached a copy of Ray’s hand written appeal where he’s attached hand written letters from Alisha claiming she was “forced to lie” to the court in her case.
What you’ve done by this is violate a trust that I may NEVER GET BACK among these victims that could be responsible for destroying our very organization. Damages I can’t put into dollars and cents. But for the sake of brevity and to try and move on with the work that I need to be doing helping these victims try and heal from what’s happened to them, I’m sending the following demand letter, notice and request to “meet and confer” before filing a federal action against the parties involved here. I am NOT responding to this lawsuit because I haven’t been served with it yet, nor do I even know if I’m the person in the complaint because I see nothing in the complaint I can admit or deny anything about either!
You have five days to (1) dismiss this case number listed above whether its me or not I don’t care, (2) dismiss with prejudice so it’s not filed again, (3) I want to know that any emails you’ve seized form me are destroyed immediately, (4) I want all record of this warrant taken offline so I’m not barred from finding work in the future, and (5) I want a check for damages that have been cost me from the loss of jobs for $10,000 (I’m adding in $4,000 for the emotional stress this has caused me and for the money I’m going to have to spend taking all of our emails off gmail now and transferring everything in our system over to regular mail to avoid a repeat of this which is going to cost me money now I don’t have because I’ve been unable to find work since August). I will not consider this as any “admission of guilt” and am willing to sign an agreement to such.
By the way, I also consider this as possibly hindering my ability to ever work again. I say that because in job interviews for the last 30 years since I started our 12 step program, when job interviews ask me if I’m “that Jody Williams”, I deny it. I hate to work at a legit job and since I provide the employer with my legal identification, it’s not a crime for me to deny that’s me in social media talking about prostitution and sex trafficking. But by you TYING in my ID now to SWA, I may never be able to work again anywhere. I might not even be able to get licensed by the Bar if they find out I work with all these trafficking victims. So if forced to sue, and this all then become public record, then you’ll understand why I’ll be asking for $10 million dollars.
However, if the above is not accomplished within the next five days, then know I will be moving forward with a federal lawsuit for those causes of action, and more if I can think of any over the next few days such as malicious prosecution, or lack of equal protection, etc.
If you think this Jody Williams was “practicing law without a license” then you should go after her the way I’ve seen it done before in the past. I’ve seen paralegals in the past many times hit with such accusations and it starts wit ha letter sent to their business address informing them of what they’re doing and requesting them to either show their licensing, or to cease and desist their actions, and then it informs them of their fines. Which was not done here and unless you want to explain why it wasn’t done this way during litigation, then I suggest you settle this case with me immediately.
San Mateo County Residents know and remember April 21, 2007 9:20 PM the night their Number 1&2 Sheriff and Undersheriff were caught, detained and Transported from a single family residence 3474 Eldon Street, Las Vegas, Nevada which had bars on all the windows to keep the Human Trafficked women and at least one minor Sex Slaves in place.
It’s all about who controls the Data, Investigations, Charges, to protect the abusers.
Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos
D.A. Stephen M. Wagstaffe
April 25, 2007 Emails of Support and Condemnation of the Media by SMSDA’s 1&2 no concerns for the victims. None
San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks hires Mike Brosnan to be the County’s first Human Trafficking Coordinator $140,000 first yr. Carlos Bolanos raised it to $280,000 the next year. Paid for with Measure A funds.
Why wasn’t Jody Williams of Las Vegas considered for that position. She has much more experience in helping victims of Human Trafficking. Also the Supervisors never questioned Munks or Bolanos as having a conflict of Interest in that subject since it is a fact they were detained as customers in Operation Dollhouse. Recently San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy Heinz Pushendorf has stated they were both Transported to the Las Vegas Metro Police Department. He also stated while he was President of the Deputy Sheriff Association Carlos Bolanos ordered him not to speak about Operation Dollhouse. Jody Williams recently confirmed they were Transported.
District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe is now interested in Jody Williams. Secret Warrant.
As a Private Victim’s Advocate I support victims to go public before you report any criminal act to the School, the Church, HR, Police Department, District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff’s Office etc. The article below explains why.
April 25, 2007 at 10:20AM & 10:47AM The San Mateo County’s 4 most powerful men were attacking the media. Almost all of the other elected officials went along with it.
What about the VICTIM’s? “Operation Dollhouse” 25 women including one pregnant and a minor. According to Jody L. Williams. Not a word. Not a concern of these fine men.
Jim, is James P. Fox San Mateo County District Attorney.
Steve, is Steve Wagstaffe San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney.
Greg, is Greg Munks San Mateo County Sheriff
Carlos, is Carlos Bolanos San Mateo County UnderSheriff
D.A. Stephen M. Wagstaffe
Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos
Those before Khashoggi
After reporters die, outrage melts into indifference.
INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST Daphne Caruana Galizia of Malta was one of 90 journalists killed over their work in 2017. (Matthew Mirabelli AFP/Getty Images)
By Suzanne Nossel
Turkey’s allegation that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was tortured, killed and dismembered inside Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul did something unusual: It shocked the global conscience.
That wasn’t the case for other foreign journalists killed in the last year. Not Indian television reporter Sandeep Sharma, killed when a truck rammed into him in March. Not Hector Gonzalez Antonio , a Mexican journalist whose bludgeoned corpse turned up on a dirt road in May. Not Maltese investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia , who died in a car bombing one year ago. Not for more than 40 others just so far this year.
The furor over Khashoggi’s fate is striking given this backdrop. It’s broken through as a major news story even as authoritarian regimes are increasingly indifferent to criticism on human rights. Western governments are less and less willing to raise such issues, which might distract from their trade or security objectives. Shaming by human rights organizations, foreign officials and the media — the traditional tactics for defending the lives of journalists and dissidents — has lost much of its potency.
Even the heart-rending individual cases that historically put a face to human rights abuses and kindled global outrage seem scarcely to register amid the distractions of our rapid-fire news cycle. Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo was diagnosed with liver cancer while serving an 11-year prison sentence for penning a pro-democracy charter. Prohibited from traveling abroad for potentially lifesaving treatment, he died in July 2017. Not even the Nobel Prize was enough to render his health crisis a notable international cause.
Oleg Sentsov, a writer and filmmaker from Crimea imprisoned in Siberia, mounted a four-month hunger strike this summer to protest the dozens of Ukrainians being held by Russia as political prisoners. Sentsov’s case was not even mentioned when President Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, three months ago.
Khashoggi’s case, by contrast, sparked an extraordinary global uproar. It attracted international headlines, threats of economic sanctions, swift bipartisan action by Congress to penalize the alleged perpetrators, and a boycott of a high-profile Saudi investment conference. The chorus of disgust even prompted Trump, who was at first clear he’d prioritize U.S. weapon sales to Saudi Arabia over any retribution, to waffle and weave. He simultaneously dispatched the secretary of State to meet with Saudi King Salman, and also mused that Khashoggi’s disappearance inside the diplomatic compound might somehow be the work of “rogue killers.”
Several factors account for the Khashoggi clamor. He was a contributor to the Washington Post and the newspaper has put its full weight behind covering the case since his disappearance Oct. 2. The revelations also laid bare how tech moguls, media personalities and Trump consigliere Jared Kushner have courted Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, naïvely imagining that the young royal would prove a reformer. That backdrop made the a llegedly state-ordered assassination not only brazen and brutal, but also an embarrassing betrayal for prominent elites.
Above all, though, the global convulsion over Khashoggi stems from the lurid spectacle: his being lured to the consulate the day before his planned marriage, the Saudi agents landing in private jets, one allegedly carrying a medical bone saw.
Will the fury over Khashoggi’s fate melt into indifference? The prospect that the Trump administration will reshape the U.S.-Saudi relationship in a gesture of protest on behalf of human rights seems far-fetched. In his own umbrage over Khashoggi’s disappearance, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would have the world overlook his own track record as the world’s foremost jailer of journalists. His government has used false charges of terrorism to justify prosecuting reporters and editors to put Turkey’s once relatively independent news media under Erdogan’s firm thumb.
Meanwhile the Saudis will wake up to what fellow authoritarian regimes learned long ago: that even a modest veneer of legality — a show trial, some formal charges — or a modicum of distance from any accused killers can enable them to crush their critics without much fear of consequence. The relentless swirl of the news cycle means that Khashoggi won’t remain on the home screen forever.
Khashoggi’s disappearance has prompted people of conscience in capitals, newsrooms and corporate boardrooms around the world to wonder what we have come to. Yet if this tragedy is to prompt a true reckoning, it must encompass not just this singular alleged act of savagery but a much wider, accelerating pattern of intimidation, suppression and abuse of those who dare to dissent, of which the Saudi journalist is but one victim.
Suzanne Nossel is the chief executive of PEN America, which works to protect free expression rights in the United States and around the world.
To all the journalist who have paid with their lives, I say Rest in Peace, and Thank You.