Category Archives: Conspiracies

The Obama Birth Certificate and Revisionist Journalism

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I’ve tried to remain open-minded about the true birthplace of our nation’s 44th president, but it’s impossible to sit comfortably ‘on the fence’, when online, archived articles undergo sudden revision.

Case in point, an article from January, 2006 that appeared in the Honolulu Advertiser’s online version. Here’s a link to the current version of the article. I happened to read this very article yesterday and made both a printed, pdf version of the article and a screen capture of the now altered section.

The original article, Oct. 15, 2009
The original article, Oct. 15, 2009 - Click to enlarge
Article as edited, October 16, 2009
Article as edited, October 16, 2009 - Click to enlarge

So, what’s the deal, huh? Shouldn’t the paper have titled this edited version as an Update with an explanation? If President Obama truly has the original birth certificate, why not just produce it?

Click for pdf version of full, unedited Honolulu Advertiser Original Article – The section in question is on page 3 of the pdf.

American Police Force is Now ‘American Private Police Force’

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APPF LogoFor the life of me, I can’t figure out why the insertion of ‘private’ into the company name helps with any potential legal action. If I understand California regulations, it is unlawful to use the word ‘police’ in the name of any private investigative agency.

Note also that the company’s ‘logo’ has changed from the Serbian coat of arms (though it’s still in the Flash movie at the top) to an Eagle. Becky Shay told KULR8 News that the logo change was simply  “the quickest thing he could to diffuse [sic] tension”.  Shay claimed to have no knowledge of any litigation pending from the Serbian consulate.

By the way, today’s the firs time I’ve noticed the music playing in a small Flash window beneath the logo — Ravel’s ‘Bolero’. Interesting.

Surprisingly, the contract between APF (oops, I guess that’s APPF now) and Two Rivers Authority is still on the table, and a town meeting is scheduled for this afternoon (Monday, Oct. 5) at 3:00 pm at Hardin City Hall.

To see the changes for yourself, visit the APPF website.

MSNBC’s May 2009 Report on Hardin, Montana’s Detention Center

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This video shows Greg Smith, the president of the Two Rivers Authority — he’s the same Greg Smith who was asked to step down three weeks ago with no explanation. Maybe Smith objected to the APF deal.

Shay: Job applicants overwhelmed American Police Force website

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American Police Force's new spokesperson Becky Shay introduces company president Michael Hilton to the media during a press conference at the Two Rivers Saturday, September 26, 2009. (LARRY MAYER/Gazette Staff)
American Police Force's new spokesperson Becky Shay introduces company president Michael Hilton to the media during a press conference at the Two Rivers Saturday, September 26, 2009. (LARRY MAYER/Gazette Staff)

According to yesterday’s article at the Billings Gazette, APF spokeswoman Becky Shay (who used to work for the Gazette) ‘explained’ why the APF website disappeared for several hours yesterday.

The Web site for American Police Force, the California company working on a contract to fill Hardin’s empty jail, is temporarily down.

Becky Shay, APF’s public relations director, said the Web site, www.americanpolicegroup.com, crashed because it has received more job applications than the server can handle. APF has received at least 2,000 applications, many of which are for jobs at the 464-bed jail in Hardin.

“The surge came after the announcement for Hardin,” she said. “Our Web site is getting 20,000 to 30,000 hits a day, and a lot of those are job applications.”

via Job applicants overwhelm American Police Force Web site.

Somehow, this explanation seems unlikely. Generally, an overwhelmed server simply reports a ‘server busy’ error, or the site simply fails to load. The APF site, however, reverted back to its ‘parked’ position at GoDaddy, as if all content had been removed.

Shay left her job with the Gazette to join the American Police Group as spokeswoman, promising ‘transparency’. However, she refuses to reveal the source of the group’s funding. I’m betting she doesn’t know. Sadly, if this all goes south, Shay may be knocking on the Gazette’s door with a smile and an apology.

American Police Force ‘Captain’ is from Serbia

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'Captain' Michael Hilton was born in Serbia.
'Captain' Michael Hilton was born in Serbia. (AP Photo)

Congratulations to all those who guessed that the ‘Phoenix’ crest used by American Police Forces (aka American Police Group) represents Serbia. According to an article written this morning by Bob van der Valk of montanawithkids.com, Michael Hilton was born in Montenegro, Serbia. Van der Valk made a few investigative phone calls to Hardin citizens to verify or debunk some of the internet rumors. His first call was to the mayor’s wife:

I informed her that the Internet community and talk radio were rife with reports that this private security force is already patrolling their town and that they had stopped several people in town yesterday. Those same reports also stated that they were building some type of heavy duty gates at the entrances into town. “No way is that happening”, she said, “ I would know since I drive around town every day and would have noticed anything out of place” She said that her husband had been fielding a lot of calls from inquiring reporters and others peppering him with questions about the American Police Force contract.

While the mayor’s wife might be inclined toward ‘partisanship’, van der Valk confirmed her answer through calls to several other citizens. Van der Valk also verified details of a recent AP article about APF’s arrival in town, and he answered the mystery about the captain’s reportedly ‘thick Russian accent’ and the odd emblem used by the APF group:

We did confirm that the Town of Hardin, Montana held a news conference conducted by Becky Shay, the spokesperson for the “American Police Force”, last Saturday. They had shown up earlier in the week with three darkened out Mercedes SUV’s with Hardin Police decals on their side doors. She quickly debunked the fact that they were taking over policing the town and the decals have been removed. The decals included a crest that closely resembles the Serbian-Montenegro national crest making the vehicles look even more official. One of their principals with the APF, Michael Hilton, was born in Montenegro and has been using the vehicles as a good faith symbol in dealing with Hardin and Two Rivers Authority officials to be used at the new facility.

Be sure to visit the MontanaWithKids.com website to read the entire article. Link:  MontanaWithKids.com » American Police Force hits Hardin, Montana.

UPDATED: What’s Going on in Hardin, Montana?

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Today, a PID listener sent me a link to an article at KULR television, a station serving the Billings, Montana area. (Hat tip to Allen!) This strange and disturbing report describes vague details around a deal between the city of Hardin, MT and a mysterious organization called “The American Police Group”.

Once you’ve read the article, you’ll understand why I immediately conducted a Google search for information about the group that has promised to visit “…Hardin next week and start filling about 250 positions, 80% of which will be hired locally.”  In such lean economic times as these, it’s natural that small towns would seek to bring in new business, especially if said business uses and/or renovates already existing property. In this case, it’s the Hardin jail, currently an empty building, that the new ‘business’ has promised to renovate.

But how much vetting did the Twin Rivers Authority conduct before signing with their new partner? Perhaps none. However, like it or not, the California company has arrived in Hardin, for better or worse. I’m thinking the latter is a strong possibility.

According to a Sept. 26, 2009 article at the Mercury News:

After arriving in this rural city with three Mercedes SUVs marked with the logo of a nonexistent police department, representatives of an obscure California security company said preparations were under way to take over Hardin’s never-used, $27 million jail. [direct quote, although the emphasis is all mine]

Significant obstacles remain—including a lack of any prisoner contracts on the part of the company that wants to run the jail, American Police Force.

And on Friday came the revelation the company’s operating agreement for the facility has yet to be validated—two weeks after city leaders first unveiled what they said was a signed agreement.

If this were an April 1st article or one at Spoof.com, it would make much more sense!  ‘Captain’ Michael Hilton (known originally only as “Captain Michael” since he declined to reveal his surname, even to AP reporters) says he plans a helicopter tour of the area to locate the perfect 5,000-10,000 acre spot for a ‘tactical military training ground’. Continue reading