Please Stand By …

According to the site statistics, many of you have been checking back to see if we have posted anything new.  While putting together the third installment of our series we stumbled across some new information that may well leads us to shedding new light on what we have been uncovering.   We needs some time to digest this new information and put it in context and then get it into written form.

If you are curious as to what we stumbled across, we will leave you with this link here, and see if you might be able to connect the dots as well.   Two specific pieces of information jumped out at us in this article, one of them being this, “In 1970 she helped form the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia to give families comfort and help connect them with resources to bring loved ones home.”

Keep in mind, we have proven that Susie/Susan Lowenthal-Geist-Ragan-Stephens-Harvey was born in November 1959.  She would have been 11 years old as a founding member of the NLF.

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Ann Mills-Griffiths’ Straw-man Argument

As was discussed in our last post, POW/MIA son Larry Echanis wrote to the NLF Board perfectly outlining the illegal elections and the family member status that AMG has vicariously given to Susie Harvey and her fourth husband, Allen.   After publishing our post last night, someone was kind enough to send us AMG’s reply to Larry.  You can read AMG’s contemptible response here: Email_from_AMG_to_Larry_Echanis.

AMG tosses the name of Karen McManus into the situation as the Board member who, over the years has been responsible for maintaining changes/updates to the League’s By-Laws.  This is another red herring.  AMG gives the impression that she has no idea what the present By-Laws state on this issue and that Karen will have to take her valuable time to do some “historical research” – which will, of course,  take time away from “the League’s critical mission.”

This is a straw-man argument!  As the former Executive Director of the NLF, AMG should have had a current file readily available of the organization’s By-Laws as a reference.  This would also be necessary when members or the public requested them.  So, the claim that someone is going to have to do all of this research is simply bogus.  Lastly, if AMG is casually admitting that as Executive Director, she never kept a current file of our By-Laws then this would raise some more interesting questions.

Going a step further, the NLF Board just reviewed the existing By-Laws in anticipation of the 2011 annual elections to put together a list of By-Law changes that were part of the voting packet.  Therefore, how can access to the existing By-Laws be considered such a chore and ” require historic research that will drain time and attention from the League’s critical mission?”

AMG’s next argument makes reference to historical changes in NLF membership over the years, including the addition of family members in the KIA/BNR category.  Because we are talking about the status of the missing men, not the relationship between the man and the potential NLF member, we are dealing with another misdirection.  The usage of “extended family members” is interesting because, as Larry so clearly stated in his initial letter, the definition of family member includes only those who are blood or legal family members.  Susie Harvey is neither.  The By-Law section that Larry cited made no mention of “extended family members” and furthermore, as we have stated almost ad nauseam, Susie, upon divorcing her first husband lost her legal status as SSG Geist’s sister-in-law.   Divorce severs all legal ties to your former spouse AND his/her family.

In all reality, the third paragraph of AMG’s rebuttal is at the heart of this entire situation.   AMG feels that because Susie Harvey has worked so hard in the POW/MIA Issue this gives her the right to go against NLF by-laws.  Could AMG simply want to keep one of her foot soldiers on the Board with her?  There are others in the issue who work just as hard as Susie does, yet don’t claim a status that they do not have the right to and still accomplish much good work on behalf of our missing men.  Is AMG implying that Susie can only be effective as a family member?  Should we consider that a slap in the face to those who aren’t family members? Susie can be just as effective, as she has been all these years when she was not on the Board, in her rightful place as an associate member of the NLF.

After all of her years in DC, one would think that AMG would be the last person to simply believe what someone tells her without obtaining verification.  Ann apparently asked Susie for a narrative and took her word for it -bad move-AMG didn’t do her job.   As was stated in our last post, a background search of Susie Lowenthal-Geist-Ragan-Stephens-Harvey shows that she was born in November of 1959.  Per AMG, Susie was active in the POW/MIA issue as early as 1972.  Susie wants us to believe that she was putting her first husband Jeffrey through law school at that time.  We have a few pertinent questions for her.  Since Susie was born in 1959, in 1972 that would have made her all of 12 – 13 years old.  So, are they expecting us to believe that at age 13 Susie was already married to Jeffrey and working as a teacher to put him through law school?

We were happy to do Ann’s job for her.  If you would like to check our research – Here are the steps to follow:

1) Go to http://www.zabasearch.com  (This site uses various public/vital records and cross references them to give you a list of options)

2) Simply type in SUSIE HARVEY as the name and then use GEORGIA as the state.

3) All of the SUSIE HARVEYs in Georgia are listed by city.  According to Susie’s contact info on the NLF’s website, her mailing address is 902 Mill Court, Savannah, GA. According to Chatham County, Georgia’s Real Property Records, this is one of TWO residences that the Harvey’s own.  The Mill Court address was purchased by Susie Stephens (last name of Susie’s 3rd husband) in 2006 and is still listed as being in her name.

4) Scrolling down the list, once you arrive at Savannah, you will see an address of 8 River Bluff listed.  This is the other property that, according to the County Real Property Records, Susie and Allen purchased in 1999.   See link here: Real Property for Susie Stephens-Harvey.  If you want to trust us, this link shows that in October 1999 Susie and her present husband Allen purchased this property at 8 River Bluff in Savannah, GA.  (It is quite possible that after they were married, Susie added Allen to the property tax records-so Allen as the initial purchaser could be misleading.)

SUSIE E HARVEY Born  Nov 1959     
8 RIVER BLUFF   Neighborhood & Property Report  Record Created: 03/2010
SAVANNAH, GA  31406   (912) 354-4630

Please notice, after Susie’s name is her month and year of birth NOV 1959.  So how could Susie and Jeffrey be husband and wife in 1972 when she was only 13?  Ann, are you listening?

In the next paragraph Ann makes this admission of not following NLF by-laws by stating that, “The dissolution of their marriage did not result in Susie’s being disqualified as a voting League family member, nor has it since.”   If it didn’t, then why not?  Over the years AMG have removed certain women from the Family Member status and downgraded them to associate members when they remarried.  So, why not Susie?  Could it be that AMG also bought into Susie’s claims of being the biological sister of Army SSG Stephen J. Geist and now, not wanting to admit such an egregious error?Is AMG going to fight this battle to the bitter end?

Just a few final thoughts:  The fact has already been made clear that the need for substantive research to track down By-Laws is a straw-man argument.  They were certainly reviewed  prior to the 2011 elections in order to have prepared the proposed By-Law changes that were part of the ballots.   This begs the question, who prepared the proposed By-Law changes?  AMG or the Board?

Lastly, the only reason this issue may cause the NLF to spend money for legal counsel is because AMG refuses to adhere to the By-Laws. She is digging in her heels in a battle that she knows she cannot win in the hopes of wearing people out.  In addition, at the annual meetings AMG claimed that Susie had the right to be a family member because she claims to hold a Power of Attorney for her ex-brother-in-law’s case (a non sequitur).  It was also argued that “once a family member always a family member.”  Well, apparently Ann uses this last argument when it suits her because, as even Larry Echanis stated, his mother lost her family member status when she remarried.  Others did as well.

One would think that with all of the networking that AMG has done over the years in DC that she either would personally know, or have an acquaintance that would know of an attorney, who would look at this issue on a pro-bono basis.    Surely AMG knows this is an option.

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Tomorrow: The Supporting Evidence of Susie Harvey posing as an MIA Sister

Part II: Money Laundering 101 with Ann Mills-Griffiths

Good Afternoon and thank you for reading.

Today we are going to present the second of two parts on the money laundering scandal that involved Ann and Carol Bates and most likely others.  Collectively these folks worked behind the scenes funneling money from the Support Our POW MIAs non-profit to, basically, as you read yesterday, various recipients in various parts of the world, per AMG’s specific direction.

In early June of 1987 AMG most likely sensed Ron Martz, a journalist with the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, inquiring about the laundering. He wrote this expose which lays out the way AMG used Support Our POW MIAs and their Board to funnel money wherever she pleased.  Read here: Ron_Martz_Article

Apparently, Earl Hopper, former Chairman of the Board of the National League of Families contacted Martz about his article and responded to Hopper here: Letter_from_Martz_to_Hopper  The most significant part of the letter appears at the bottom and was apparently highlighted.  By blowing up the document, the highlighted portion reads, “Griffiths seems to have been much more involved.  (This is) because she and Carol Bates helped set up the whole XXXX.   It was Anne (sic) not LeBoutillier, who knew all the details about the financial transactions.”

In yesterday’s article, we showed you a 1985  letter that Support Our POW MIAs sent to AMG at the urging of their VP Errol Bond, Sr. asking for clarification for two checks that AMG had told them to dispense to an individual and another corporation.  Here you have AMG’s response. Read here: AMGs_denial_of_knowledge_of_money_laudering_1985

AMG’s denial letter, as we said yesterday, lead to the resignation of Support Our POW MIAs’ VP Errol Bond, Sr.   Apparently, there were rough waters between the parties involved and the Support Our POW MIAs eventually saw their non-profit status suspended in the late 1980’s.  (The California Secretary of State website confirmed this, yet we could not confirm if it was in 1986 or early 1987.)

But the story doesn’t end there.

On June 8, 1987, AMG began feeling the pressure as journalist Ron Martz began his investigation for his expose.  Ann was compelled to attack.  Read here: AMG_letter_desperate_allegations.  Three weeks later the article was published.   Yet, most likely Ann,  and some even speculate former NSC official Richard Childress, designed a back-up plan to continue their money laundering.

On January 5, 1988, without the knowledge or permission of the NLF Board, AMG, Executive Director of the National League of Families, established another corporation in the state of Delaware called Foundation for Tomorrow, Inc.  You can see the initial pages of the incorporation paperwork, including the notarized signature of AMG as the sole corporation official.  Read here: Foundation_for_Tomorrow_Incorporation_Documents.

Since beginning to publish this information, we have had over 1,000 hits on the various articles that have been published over the past week.  We sincerely hope that those on the NLF Board will take a good hard look at this information and realize that it is time for a change.

Part I: Money Laundering 101 by AMG

Forgive the delay in posting.  We have been making sure that we have everything in order before delving into AMG’s extensive past of money laundering via a non-profit in her home state of  California called Support Our POW/MIAs.   This group, was organized to “… be used for the collection of POW/MIA information through interviews with indigenous forces in anticipation that such information will lead to the location and potential return of live hostages and or the remains of Americans who died or were killed in Southeast Asia.”

The officers were:

George Bartles, President

Errol Q. Bond, Sr., Vice President

Betty Bartels, Secretary & Treasurer

Collen Lucas, Director

Diane Collins, Director

You can find their 1981 Non-profit Tax return here: Support_Our_POW_MIAs_1981_Tax_Return

This group kept in regular contact with AMG via phone calls on a regular basis with updates on the amount of donations that had come in, from whom and then large “donations” as well.  Additionally, per instructions from AMG and Carol Bates at the NLF Office, Support Our POW MIAs sent various amounts of funds to places in the US and abroad (Thailand for example).  AMG may not have been aware but Treasurer Betty Bartles documented not just donations but also calls from both AMG and CB instructing her where to send the money and to whom.  (Update: A reader emailed asking if Carol Bates would have already been employed at DIA at the time this money laundering was taking place.  If anyone knows, please let us know.)

Here are some 16 pages of notes and communications between AMG, CB and Betty Bartels Communication_Records_between_AMG,_CB_and_Betty_Bartles

We hope you paid special attention to the last page of the previous document collection.  That was where things began to get interesting.   When Support Our POW MIAs was bringing in thousands of dollars annually to be used, quite often, as AMG dictated, things may have gotten a little too comfortable.  As you saw in the last page of the previous document link, the Vice President, the officer who was signing the annual tax returns started asking questions, questions that AMG didn’t want to answer.

On October 15, 1985 Support Our POW MIAs’ VP, Errol Q. Bond, Sr. resigned his post and left a resignation letter that would have made Col. Millard A. Peck proud.   Here is Bond’s letter of resignation.  Errol_Q_Bond_Resignation_as_VP_Support_of_POW_MIAs

This was the beginning of the end for AMG and CB’s money laundering gig.   Yet, as we all know, AMG always has a back-up plan … Expect to see that tomorrow afternoon.

While AMG has vehemently denied any involvement with the distribution of the monies of this California non-profit, the evidence is clear that she used all of these people for her own agenda and when things started to go bad, she did what she does best.

Support Our POW/MIAs would lose their non-profit status in the year following Bond’s resignation.

What does Ann Mills-Griffiths Really Know? Part II

Our apologies for not posting about the Foundation for Tomorrow scandal just yet, that will have to wait for tomorrow.  We found a few more really interesting and insightful documents that must see the light of day.

The first, without a doubt, simply stands on its own merits.    It is a communication on League letterhead asking for donations for the NLF, yet the entire letter is in the first person singular.  Apparently, AMG considers herself a one woman show.  Read here:  AMG I wanna talk about ME!

The second is an exchange of letters between AMG, Dermot Foley, then NLF Counsel and Earl Hopper, then Chair of the NLF.  In short, Mr. Foley made a comment about AMG at a status review hearing with DIA over the POW/MIA case for Earl, Jr.  Someone at DIA, ignoring the parameters of the closed meeting, leaked the comment to AMG.  The following pages are a series of letters that show again, the narcissistic character of AMG.  Read here: AMG tipped off by USG on statements in closed hearing

Next we have the Assistant Secretary of Defense, after being made aware of a letter from a Mrs. Sullivan (who was requesting that the NLF Board received a report at the end of every POW/MIA technical talk with Vietnam) responded to Mrs. Sullivan’s letter by writing to AMG, not Mrs. Sullivan.  Additionally, there is no mention, reference or cc of this correspondence to the NLF Board.   Does the USG not understand that AMG works for the Board and the Families?  They seem to have erroneously given AMG the impression that she IS the POW/MIA issue. Read here: Mrs Sullivan letter reply sent to AMG

The next document is our personal favorite.  Doris Zimmerman, a parliamentarian consultant, after attending the 1986 NLF Annual Meeting, had this almost hilarious professional review of the NLF’s adherence to Robert’s Rules of Parliamentary Procedures.  This one is a must read. Read here: NLF and Parliamentary Procedure

Lastly, which is a perfect introduction to the Foundation for Tomorrow piece that will run tomorrow, this series of communications between AMG and the then Chair of the NLF, Charles Walker, outlines AMG’s almost salacious need to leave everyone with the impression that she is “in the know.”  This lack of self-control apparently may have put a rescue mission of live POWs in jeopardy in 1981.  Read here: AMG potentially foils a POW rescue mission

Thank you for reading and please check in tomorrow afternoon for the beginning of the Foundation for Tomorrow scandal.  After you read these documents you will wonder how AMG managed to stay out of prison.

What does Ann Mills-Griffiths Really Know? Part I

Thank you for your patience, we have received several emails asking why there was no post from yesterday.  We had some technical issues that needed to get sorted out and are now all set.   Just as an aside, the posts over the past few days have received over 550 reads – THANK YOU!

Before we forget – from an earlier post that referred to the Secrecy Agreement with DIA; here is the standard secrecy agreement of the day that AMG most likely signed.  AMG has never made her signed agreement public.  AMG Secrecy Agreement

Today we are going to take a look at a few documents that clearly show AMG’s narcissistic nature and her obvious belief that her role in the POWMIA issue was/is her personal playground.  You will read correspondence that shows AMG’s communications with League members as being her thoughts and beliefs, not those of the organization.  The Board of Directors at the time felt it was necessary to communicate with the membership to let them know that AMG was publishing the League’s newsletters without clearing them with the Board first and that she was offering up her personal opinions and beliefs disguising them as the League’s.

Read here: Col Hopper re Newsletters not from B of Dir

The next document shows proof that AMG knew the truth about the Tomb of the Unknown and to protect the US Government, she kept the truth from the League Board and the League membership (and the Blassie Family)  to, most likely, maintain her alliances within the Government in tact.  It was Ted Sampley, a Vietnam Veteran, who pieced together the evidence that finally brought to light the truth about the remains that were buried in the Tomb of the Unknown.  The simple chronology of the voice messages that AMG left on the League’s answering machine clearly show that she was attempting to protect the Government after they knowingly put the remains of  who they thought was Lt. Michael Blassie, in the Tomb of the Unknown in Arlington National Cemetery.   If anyone every wonders where the strong animosity between Ted and AMG comes from, this incident with the Tomb of the Unknown was the tipping point.    Whose side is she on?

Read the email from Ted Sampley here: The Real Story Behind the Tomb of the Unknown

Update: Someone contacted us and told us about this document that shows more of AMG’s slight of hand in the Tomb of the Unknown: Read more here

Most disturbing to all of us was the letter from DIA to AMG outlining DIA’s strong belief that “The Mortician” was providing solid evidence and that the Vietnamese did/do indeed have a storage facility outside Hanoi where hundreds of remains of our service members sit.  The most interesting aspect of this letter is that it is address to AMG only, not the NLF Board and there is no mention or suggestion that AMG share this information with anyone else.  In short, AMG was once again attempting to control the issue in a manner that she personally say fit, not per the directives of the NLF Board.   Why has AMG never gone screaming from the rooftops calling for the US Government to press the Vietnamese about this storage facility?

Read the letter from DIA to AMG here: DIA to AMG re The Mortician

Thank you to all of the readers who have sent us emails of support, we appreciate the feedback.  Also, a blanket thank you to those other individuals who have decided to share documents that they had in their possession that would help shed light on other aspects of AMG’s character and her often questionable actions.  We have a LOT more to post.  With that said, we will be posting two articles today, so check in with us later this afternoon for our second installment for the day.

In that article, once we have permission, I will be posting some of the anonymous comments we have received.   We will leave you with this one which we have already received permission to post …

“Ann knows about the documents you are putting up – She is pretty angry.”

Well, AMG, if you are reading this, please know that our goal here is to give the POW/MIA issue back to the families.

Later: The Foundation for Tomorrow …

Acts of Defiance by League Executive Director and Illegalities of 2011 Elections

Included here below are a series of letters and correspondence that confirm AMG’s ongoing defiance of directives given to her by the Board of Directors of the National League of Families dating back some 30+ years. Aside from the specific events listed in the correspondence, it has surprised us how AMG so easily allowed then National Security Council’s Dick Childress, a government official, now advisor to the NLF, such unvetted access and such direct involvement in the day-to-day operations of the NLF.

The disingenuous AMG, apparently wanting to give the impression of being “connected”, claimed and still claims today to have a security clearance when actually what she signed was a secrecy agreement. Only an employer can request a security clearance for an employee which also requires an official background check, interviews with known associates, etc. Has anyone reading this post ever been approached by any US Government official asking questions about AMG for a security clearance? If so, please let us know. Lastly, if AMG claims to have a security clearance, they who is her true employer?

The linked documents below span various decades and show an ongoing attempt of AMG to control each and every aspect of the POWMIA issue as she felt fit.

Childress Protecting AMG after violating NLF bylaws 1983  (AMG sharing NLF Board Meeting notes with Childress and DIA)

Earl Hopper to AMG 1992 (Former NLF Chairman of the Board outlining unfathomable actions of AMG)

AMG falsely accuses Patty Skelly and the Fallout (AMG attempting to discredit another POW organization in an attempt to control the POW issue)

and my personal favorite …

From America for Freedom Always to AMG post 1988  (Another POW group expresses their malcontent with AMG and her actions)

Now *there* was some fun reading!

Returning to the security clearance, there is a liability issue that NLF members need to concern themselves with in light of AMG’s resent announcement that she is stepping down as NLF’s Executive Director to write a book on the POW/MIA issue. Her secrecy agreement (NOT security clearance) includes a clause that she will, basically, take all the secrets to her grave and will not share them with anyone either verbally or in written form. Will the NLF be held financially responsible for any breach of that clause considering the fact that AMG was acting as a representative of the NLF at the time?

Then there is the change in staffing at the NLF of adding a National Coordinator and doing away with the Executive Director position. Did the Board of Directors vote on the addition of this position and was the position advertised? Or was the candidate hand-selected by AMG and then presented to the Board for their approval in direct violation of NLF by-laws?

It is interesting how the above mentioned change coincides with changes in the by-laws. Why wasn’t there made available, even on the NLF website or via email, a copy of the existing by-laws and an explanation why the proposed changes were needed? Is AMG, assuming that she rejoins the Board of Directors, positioning the organization in a way that will give her more power as the new Chair of the Board of Directors? With the present Chair stepping down, it will entail a Board vote as to who will fill the Chair post. Since AMG oversees who is put on the ballot for the Board of Directors, it is certainly not a stretch to assume she could possibly stack the deck, making sure that she can control all those on the Board.

So, not only do we have the inexplicable changes in the by-laws, the addition of staff done behind closed doors, we also have the presence of a non-family member on the Board of Director’s ballot. Susie Stephens-Harvey *was* the sister-in-law of SSGT Stephen Geist, USA. She is not a blood relative of Geist and is no longer married to Geist’s brother. She is no longer a family member, by marriage, and should have been downgraded to an associate member as soon as the divorce was final. Therefore, Ms. Stephens-Harvey is thus ineligible to run for the Board seat. Yet, because she is someone who AMG considers one of her foot soldiers, this fact was ignored. This act alone makes the entire election null and void – in other words, illegal. A new election will need to be organized and this time, considering the above improprieties, the Board may want to reconsider having the completed voting ballots sent to the NLF Office and instead hire a third-party agencies with no ties to the NLF or any of its Board members or employees, past or present.

One final thought … If you perused just about any website that offers advice or suggestions about how to properly run a non-profit organization, you will find a suggestion that is strongly reiterated time and time again. Employees or former employees should not have the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors as this would be a direct conflict of interest.

Lots to think about here.

Tomorrow Part III: More Documentation of Ann Mills-Griffiths Fleecing of The Missing