Sunday, November 21, 2010

Private Goons in Hardin, Montana: Hoax?

Last night I posted an item about a private security firm "taking over" the town of Hardin, Montana: Are you SURE it's the police?

That post caused "Sherlock" to leave the following comment:
The myth of the APF taking over the town of Hardin, Montana, won't die.

On September 10th, the day that the arrangements for career California con man, "Michael Hilton," became known, I exposed him as a fraud, proving that most of his contentions were transparent lies and that his corporate "history" was a fabrication.

Despite making half a dozen phone calls and sending 18 e-mails with my findings to the regional media in Billings, the AP and the Gazette took another day to demonstrate the slightest skepticism regarding the hoax. For the next two weeks they continued to treat the scam as if it had some element of truth, until after I'd sent them and TV station KULR 26 pages of face sheets of breach of contract, recission and unlawful detainer suits brought against Hilton in the two decades plus of his perpetrating scams. I sent two criminal cases as well, though I couldn't tell if they were for this "Michael Hilton" or not. I had also discovered 17 aliases that he'd been using since the '80s.

There were two gaps in the almost endless record of scams in which he was involved. I presumed he had been in jail for those two or three year periods. It turned out I was correct again.

Despite my efforts, the beat reporter from the Gazette, a woman I'd long been trying to get removed from the jail scam beat, actually quit her job of 20 years at the paper to go to "work" for Hilton. He paid her with a Mercedes SUV and probably one of the many bad checks he'd kited around town to a Hardin innkeeper and a Billings lawyer. The MB SUV was repossessed a couple of weeks later.

Alex Jones arrived in Hardin, weeks after I'd blown the cover of the con man and exposed the stupidity of local officials who'd been taken in by him. Anyone with a room temperature I.Q. should not have been taken in by the silly sting, but Alex either was too stupid to see what was happening in front of him, too delusional to be able to distinguish illusion from reality, or he found the fake story too delicious and valuable, in terms of his own ego gratification and unwarranted fame, to abandon it.

Whatever his reasons or shortcomings, The myth has persisted for the last 14 months because people need fables when truth doesn't serve their purposes.

"Octopusconfessional" should be ashamed of itself, as should Regan Lee for continuing to perpetuate these myths, but both have a lot of company. There's hardly a day goes by when I do not receive still another breathless, often "eyewitness" account regarding the supposed existence of something that never actually happened.

"You could look it up," as they say.

So I looked up some things, starting with Sherlock's profile and links to his blogs. Nothing on the profile, and one link to a blog seems to be dead, the other leads to a blog with no posts.

I did find this however on The United American Freedom Foundation site.
(There are other sites and comments about this on various message boards; this is one example of the tumble fest  down the rabbit hole of this hoax-not-a-hoax.) Frankly, I'm confused; the company does seem to be real, what their motives are is murky, and, while they may or may not have been heavy handed Blackwater Monsanto owned Xe thug types or just some money making scam, they seem to have appeared as real cop like authorities.

But then, there are plenty of links and items pointing to the melodrama of the hoax idea. Which, here at Octopus Confessional and its tentacled array of blogs, is a moot point, since it's all part of the trickster tweaking that goes in para-politics and esoteric realms. It's to be expected: confusion, hoaxes, hoaxes about hoaxes, and all the rest. From a Fortean perspective, this is not unusual at all.

1 comment:

  1. Sorry to see that you didn't bother to write to the address I sent and that you apparently didn't pursue the URLs I sent that explained the hoax in terms other than "mercenaries," "NWO," "FEMA camps," "H1N1 vaccines," "Area 51," "precious bodily fluids," and "the Second Coming of Christ."

    Too bad.