The jails seem to be filling up, these days, with people who fight the Banking System. There are at least two ways of looking at this growing trend and phenomenon:
(1) Individuals who engage in high profile litigation draw attention to themselves and heightened scrutiny of their activities. (This is the perspective most favorable to the Government). ”People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw bricks”—so if you have any potentially smelly corpses or skeletons in your closet, you should not draw attention to yourself.
(2) Individuals who make a career out of challenging the status quo should expect to be squashed like bugs because, after all, from the standpoint of the ruling elite, that’s exactly what the challengers are: annoying bugs who stand in the way of the rich getting richer (but they won’t stand in the way for long). (This is, perhaps, the more realistic perspective).
What’s curious about the timing of the case of Sean Michael Parks is that he and Catherine Bryan have both been jointly and severally accused (albeit, so far, informally) of embezzlement by conspiracy, inducing a criminal breach of fiduciary duty, and wire-fraud by one or more “fellow-travellers”, activists in the Mortgage Foreclosure Protest movement.
Sean Michael Park’s accusing fellow-travellers choose to remain anonymous for the moment and has asked me for an ethics opinion: when revolutionaries betray each other, should the betrayed party seek the assistance of or invoke the power of the government to squash his treacherous erstwhile compatriot?
Theft of small amounts of money from a Bank, or fraudulent statements regarding small amounts of money to a U.S. Court, positively pales in comparison with the massive epic frauds of which (those of us who have studied the matter) know the American Banks and Securities-Financial Industry generally to be guilty.
But when wealthier activists, protesters, and revolutionaries such as Sean Michael Park steal from poorer activists, protesters and revolutionaries, it demeans the movement, hurts the poor, and only helps the counter-revolution.
Revealing a fellow-traveller’s allegations of treachery of people like Sean Michael Park and Catherine Bryan to the world at large would never help our cause, but neither does letting them get by with their cunning, back-stabbing ways. Is it worse to let one or two bad eggs in the movement crack if they’re really guilty of crimes even against their fellows or should activists, protesters, and revolutionaries stick together against the Financial-Government-Industrial Complex at all costs? What, in short, is the moral obligation of “we who are still free?” Should we use the corrupt system to settle our disputes with one-another and subject the treacherous among us to the worst penalties that all of us know we face for our activism? Or should we suffer and withstand the injuries the treacherous and greedy within our ranks inflict on us so that we can stand “shoulder-to-shoulder” against the greater enemy, which eventually wants to imprison all of us on charges which may be true or false, serious or trivial, it hardly matters so long as they push us out of the way.
So, the victim(s) of Sean Michael Park and Catherine Bryan is perplexed, and wonders what s/he should do? Should he add his or her complaint to the Federal Prosecutor’s arsenal against Sean Michael Park and Catherine Bryan or should he stand by his or her fellow-travellers and deal with their treachery in some other way?
A rumor is floating around that someone inside the FBI or U.S. Attorneys office has speculated that Sean Michael Park might be released, and prosecution deferred, if Park would drop all of his numerous challenges to various foreclosure proceedings against his property, including his challenge to the Summary Judicial Eviction order against him for his home. This rumor (unsubstantiated at present) would strongly suggest that the prosecution against Sean Michael Park is merely pretextual.
It is noteworthy, in this connexion, that the charges against Sean Michael Park relate to transactions with, financial instruments allegedly received from (or pretended to be received from) his tenants in various rental properties.
It is standard practice and procedure for the Banksters to arrange to poison relationships between real-estate investors and their tenants, to give the tenants rewards or special favors for turning against their small investor-landlords in favor of the banks/secured financial industry specialists. ”Possession is 9 points on the law” and the loyalty or lack of loyalty of tenants is an easy way to transfer possession from one “claimant” of ownership to another.
So the Banks cut deals with tenants and this is what they may have done with Sean Michael Park’s tenants. I have no actual knowledge of anything that happened in relation to the Complaint or Criminal Charges against Sean Michael Park, and I have heard from fellow activists that Sean Michael Park and Catherine Bryan are swindlers and embezzlers. But I submit that it is at least possible that the Banks gave the tenants false/forged cashier’s checks or money orders for free, precisely with the long-term plan of entrapping Sean Michael Park. I haven’t examined the forgeries—I haven’t even seen pictures of them, but if they are GOOD forgeries—well, to the best of my knowledge, Sean Michael Park was an AIRLINE FLIGHT ATTENDANT before he was a real-estate investor, and the opportunities for learning how to be a skillful forger of cashier’s checks in the position of AIRLINE STEWARD or FLIGHT ATTENDANT are, to the best of my knowledge, slim-to-none, minimal at best.
But the coincidence troubles me: some of Sean Michael Park’s most sympathetic allies felt he had betrayed and cheated them, in the most outrageous and egregious manner possible.
Conspiracy to Embezzle Funds held in Fiduciary Capacity is a crime having no elements in common with Obstruction of Justice or Perjury or Forgery of Evidence except general dishonesty and mens rea.
So here’s the ethics question: what should the offended co-traveller do? Assist in the prosecution of Sean Michael Park or assist in his defense?
As all the world knows, I have been the victim of malicious prosecution myself—not once but at least on two completely separate and distinct occasions. I have the maximum possible sympathy for the many activists and protesters who have been indicted more because of their beliefs and ideologically motivated activism than because of any real wrongdoing.
But I always like to point out that some of the strongest evidence my persecutors in Texas ever used against me was that I gave a refund to clients and a bonus to employees who claimed dissatisfaction with my services and/or patronage. Several lawyers in Texas told me that no lawyer ever makes a refund to any client, so it was extremely suspicious that I did. Sean Michael Park and Catherine Bryan have not made any refund to the party they cheated and from whom they conspired to embezzle.