Larry Klayman vs. Pete Santilli Defamation lawsuit: Update on Court Filings

On February 9, 2019,  the Larry Klayman vs. Pete Santilli defamation lawsuit was filed in the District of Columbia Superior Court.

The records for this court are easily accessed for free by their search system. I have linked 9 of the docket filings below; however, there are others if one desires to view the entire proceedings thus far.

Of interest is that Larry Klayman amended his lawsuit to include Deborah Jordan as a defendant.

3/8/2019  Amended Complaint (276 pages)

klayman v santilli amended complaint 3 8 2019

3/29/2019  Defendant Peter T. Santilli’s Special Motion to Dismiss pursuant to the D. C. Anti-Slapp Act, D. C. Code sec. 16-55-1 Et Seq (35 pages)

klayman v santilli motion to dismiss 329 2019

4/5/2019  Defendant Deborah Jordan’s Motion to Dismiss pursuant to Rule 12(B)(2) for lack of Personal Jurisdiction-Rule 12(B)(6) for Failure to State a Claim & Motion to Strike pursuant to Rule 12 (F) and Motion to Dismiss for Forum Non Conveniens

klayman v santilli jordan motion to dismiss 4 5 2019

4/19/2019  Plaintiff Larry Klayman’s Opposition to Defendant Pete Santilli’s Motion to Dismiss (36)  klayman v santilli oppos to santilli mtd 4 19 2019

4/19/2019  Plaintiff Larry Klayman’s Opposition to Defendant Pete Santilli’s Special Motion to Dismiss pursuant to the D. C. Anti-Slapp Act & Cross Motion for Sanctions (117 pages)  klayman v santilli oppos to santilli antislapp 4 19 2019

5/10/2019  Defendant Deborah’s Reply to Plaintiff Larry Klayman’s Opposition to Defendant Deborah Jordan’s Motion to Dismiss (15 pages)

klayman v santilli jordan oppos to pl opps to mtd 510 2019

5/13/2019  Order (2 pages)  klayman v santilli order 5 13 2019

6/11/2019  Plaintiff Larry Klayman’s Opposition to Defense Pete Santilli’s Motion to Strike  (4 pages)  klayman v santilli opp to santilli motion to strike

6/11/2019  Oral Argument Requested-Plaintiff Larry Klayman’s Opposition to Defendant Deborah Jordan’s Motion to Dismiss  (76 pages)

klayman v santilli oral arg req jordan 6 11 2019

 

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Larry Klayman Sues Pete Santilli for Libel and Slander

On February 9, 2019 Larry Klayman filed a 174 page complaint against Pete Santilli with the Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division, case no. 2019 CA 000896 B.  See link below:

larry klayman vs pete santilli 2 9 2019

 

Pete Santilli Files A Complaint with the DC Bar Against Attorney Larry Klayman

Yesterday I wrote an article on Larry Klayman and noted that he is no friend of journalists.

Today, Pete Santilli revealed on his January 28, 2019 LIVE broadcast that he has filed a complaint with the District of Columbia Office of Disciplinary Counsel against attorney Larry Klayman for actions which involve a betrayal of trust between a  lawyer and his clients.

This is a Must See broadcast of the Pete Santilli2 Show

Today’s LIVE stream broadcast titled Major Complaint Filed Against Jerome Corsi’s Attorney Larry Klayman, features Santilli discussing the Bundy case and his own involvement in legal proceedings which had kept Santilli in jail for over 600 days.  I recommend listening to the major portions of this live broadcast, where Santilli recounts the lawsuit which involved him, and then proceeds to explain the details of his complaint against attorney Larry Klayman. (The complaint in full has been added to the above video.)

Here are a few screenshots of Santilli discussing the details of his complaint.  I recommend viewing the broadcast to hear Santilli explaining these documents.

Meme Mug Shots Ricocheting around Alt Media: Jason Goodman and Certified CSI Pete Santilli Discuss Who Ruined Their Reputations for Journalistic Integrity

A couple of days ago social media was discussing the change in Pete Santilli’s attitude towards his former activist friends, as expressed below in this message.  In 2016, Santilli’s handsome face was memorialized in a Mug Shot taken when he was arrested during the  Oregon Standoffs.  In the past  few months, Jason Goodman has interviewed Pete Santilli on more than one occasion, and seems to feel a  kinship with Santilli for his ordeal of spending 619 days in jail, while he  contended with two separate federal criminal lawsuits.  Jason Goodman is presently a defendant in two federal civil lawsuits: one for defamation, and the other for racketeering.  He has expressed concern over the potential of getting his own Mug Shot photo someday, and appears to be psychologically compensating by creating Meme Mug Shots of his legal adversaries.

Pete Santilli Show guest introduction states, “Jason Goodman is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker and stereoscopic cinematographer.  A little over one year ago he left the world of Hollywood to pursue independent journalism, creating Crowdsource the Truth.”  From that lofty beginning, Jason Goodman has now lowered himself to designing Memes for Mugs as part of his unusual legal defense strategy. His favorite mug design was on display for a July 24, 2018 LIVE show with Pete Santilli, which unfortunately had to be canceled due to technical difficulties.

Note the coffee mug of one of Jason Goodman’s favorite Memes showing  his greatest nemesis wearing a dunce hat and straight jacket.

Goodman recently translated this image into a nine sentence finding of Facts to support his Memorandum in Support of Motion to Dismiss in the federal civil RICO lawsuit against him.

Today we are going to explore the mysteries behind the reputational crises of broadcast journalists, Jason Goodman and Pete Santilli.

A little background on Santilli:

Two years ago when Santilli was arrested in the Oregon Standoffs, a commenter calling himself Cwp54nm  observed,  “Shock jocks are simply practicing stochastic terrorism”.  To explain what he meant, Cwp54nm provided a link to the website, stochasticterrorism. blogspot.com, which features a January 2011 article,  Stochastic Terrorism:  Part I, triggering the shooters.  

Jason’s other mug called Deep State Dunces which sells for $16.90. I assume this represents his response to the federal civil lawsuit involving a defamation complaint filed by Robert David Steele.

The author G2G explains, Stochastic terrorism is the use of mass communications to incite random actors to carry out violent or terroristic acts that are statistically predictable but individually unpredictable.  In short, remote-control murder by lone wolf….The stochastic terrorist is the person who is responsible for the incitement.  For example they go on radio or television and stir up hatred toward a particular person or group….At each step, plausible deniability increases through the diffusion of responsibility…The random actor gets captured and sentenced to life in prison, while the stochastic terrorist keeps his prime time slot and goes on to incite more lone wolves.”

This photo provided by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, shows Peter Santilli, one of the members of an armed group occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge as part of a dispute over public lands in the Western U.S. Santilli and several others were arrested on Tuesday, Jan. 26, prompting gunfire and leaving one man dead during a traffic stop along a highway in Oregon’s frozen high country. (Multnomah County Sheriff via AP)

Cwp54nm’s comment was a response to a  February 4, 2016 article by Maxine Bernstein at oregonlive.com, Federal judge affirms decision to keep Pete Santilli behind bars in conspiracy case.  In the case of Santilli, the Oregon standoff scenario did not play out in conformity with the stochastic terrorist definition, for this Shock Jock spent nearly two years in jail, and the lone wolf shooter never showed…or did he? After all, one protestor in Oregon did lose his life by gun fire…

If one delves into these Hammond and Bundy stories with an unbiased view, it is clear that the Alternative News Media Shock Jocks were instrumental in creating a false narrative in order to stir up the righteous indignation of their viewers against events that were falsely labeled as government injustices.

Santilli as a Suit and Tie Man

At the beginning of Santilli’s broadcast career, his photo displayed an executive type with a short haircut, wearing glasses and a suit and tie.  In this conservative attire, Santilli claimed he was  “indisputably the most controversial voice of reason and reality on the air in the United States.” He stated he subscribed to principles  learned from “the late, great William Cooper”.  Incidentally that particular conspiracy theorist died while confronting law enforcement.   Santilli advised, “Never trust anyone.  Listen to and read everything you can get your eyes and ears on.  Never believe anything you haven’t personally researched yourself.”

Out with the Executive Look, In with the Camo Cowboy Image

At the time of Pete Santilli’s arrest, he had changed his image to that of a CAMO COWBOY holding a bullhorn who was shouting down environmental protestors. This change in demeanor was noted in an article written February 21, 2016, as a special to the Washington Post, by Leah Sottile of bendbulletin.com called Pete Santilli:  a shock jock, a journalist or a mouthpiece for the patriot movement?  The Shock Jock image was dismissed by “Santilli’s attorney, Thomas Coan”, who “argued that his client was not to be taken seriously: His words were the bloviations of a ‘shock jock,’ ‘an entertainer,’ but also a ‘new-media journalist’.  U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman saw Santilli’s words differently: ‘When he says he will die a free man, I don’t take that as a man who is joking about it,’ he said.”

In contrast to his attorney, Pete Santilli’s girlfriend and co-host, Deborah Jordan Reynolds was quoted as saying, “What he does is dangerous. He’s speaking out against the United States government, and he’s an activist.” “It’s ambush journalism,” she says. It’s “this new in-your-face journalism.”

That latter opinion certainly underscores the Stochastic Terrorism observation of Cwp54nm, for this type of activism can no longer be regarded as unbiased journalism. Ambush journalism is a façade for the works of an agent provocateur.  The question which appears to haunt Pete Santilli is whether or not he was ever employed as an FBI operative who had infiltrated antigovernment protest groups.  Santilli claims that the federal criminal trials in which he was a defendant proved he had never been employed as an informant for the FBI. Pete Santilli took a plea bargain in the Nevada case for time served while in an Oregon jail, and now he is back on the air waves.

Jason Goodman Inserts Himself Into Santilli’s Story

Today we are going to take a look at the Jason Goodman interview of  Pete Santilli which addressed this question, Pete Santilli-FBI Informant or Framed By Hackers?; originally posted  April 21, 2018 on his Crowdsource the Truth 2 YouTube channel. This video was reposted May 7, 2018 on the Jason Goodman You Tube channel.

Towards the end of this interview (44.32), Jason Goodman declares, “Pete, this is one of the most important shows I’ve ever done, because you, Sir, are a victim of the intelligence agencies of the United States of America taking action against the citizens [Santilli:  Oh, yeah.] when we try to utilize our power through social media and through connecting in the way they are attempting to stomp us down even farther. I haven’t told you this prior to now, but there is a very active and troublesome individual who is engaged in a campaign to get me indicted…”.

Note that Jason Goodman is interested in linking his perceived victimhood of being set up and framed,  with that of Pete Santilli’s imprisonment for federal charges in two criminal lawsuits, two years ago. This particular video was done almost two months prior to Jason Goodman being named as the Defendant in a federal civil RICO lawsuit by Plaintiff, D. George Sweigert. As we shall observe, the narrative which Jason Goodman related in his August 3, 2018 federal court filing, Memorandum In Support of Motion To Dismiss was being storyboarded ahead of schedule, and enhanced by Pete Santilli’s explanation for his own reputation problems on the internet.

The main focus of Pete Santilli’s personal story of the FBI informer accusations which had been made against him in 2013, involves some anonymous hackers and later on, his former associate in the Guerilla Media platform,  New Zealand radio host Vinnie Eastwood, in coordination with writer Susan Posel.

Jason Goodman turns this 58 minute interview into a confirmation of his own claim that he was setup by several individuals, which resulted in his being named a defendant along with two others in a September 1, 2017 Federal civil lawsuit for defamation by Robert David Steele and his Earth Intelligence Network nonprofit corporation.  At that same time, there was also a cloud hanging over Jason Goodman and his Crowdsource the Truth broadcasts due to his association with George Webb and his hidden source, Deep Uranium and their combined responsibility for the events that unfolded June 14, 2017 when a false report of a dirty bomb caused the Port of Charleston to be shut down for 8 hours.

After viewing this CSTT interview of Santilli, there is a clear thread of remarks by Jason Goodman that suggest that the focus on Santilli’s possible FBI informant history is secondary to Goodman establishing a defense for his own journalistic liabilities.  When I independently reviewed the many internet references to Pete Santilli, I found no rock solid proof that he ever was employed as a FBI informant.  This accusation, even where  documentation is provided, only leaves more unanswered questions.  And Santilli now claims that during his recent federal trials, the question of his FBI informant employment was laid to rest.

So are these internet accusations  merely an orchestrated diversion for entertainment and profiteering purposes? Goodman leads in to his interview with Santilli, by discussing the recent Inspector General investigations into the top of the tier of the FBI.

At the 2.08 mark, Jason Goodman says, “…and I’m particularly interested Pete because as an independent journalist, as a guy who’s been investigating the activities of the BLM and the possible collusion of the BLM and the FBI to basically steal the land of the Bundy’s…”.

Wait just a minute Jason! You are reframing the illegal cattle grazing problems on public lands of the Bundy’s into an entirely different story board; that of the theft of the land of the Bundy’s. This latter conclusion is not based on the facts, nor the laws involved in the Bundy controversy. Such willful ignorance is unbecoming to a broadcast journalism interviewer.

But then perhaps this interview of Santilli is not meant to be an unbiased investigation into a story.  For just two minutes into the interview, Goodman shows his underlying self-serving motive as he tries to insert himself into Pete Santilli’s story, by asserting, “It’s not at all inconceivable to me that you could be framed and of course I personally have experienced a lot of malicious hacking activities…”.

Pete Santilli is then allowed to explain the FBI informant accusations which were brought forth against him, utilizing a set of exhibits to illustrate his story. In addition, Pete Santilli presents Jason Goodman and the viewing audience with a February 24, 2014 article from The Intercept written by Glenn Greenwald titled: Psychology: A New Kind of SIGDEV- How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations.  This article centers its discussion around another publication, The Art of Deception:  Training for a New Generation of Online Covert Operations.

Online Covert Operators are charged with targeting Alt Media Journalists

The viewer’s focus has just been drawn into the world of online covert operations which have the intent of destroying a person’s reputation, as shown in this screen shot from The Intercept article linked to above.

from The Intercept article, How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations

While Jason Goodman expresses his belief that these techniques are being employed against him, it must be noted that he has been accused of doing these same things to others. What is it that the viewers are being distracted from seeing?

Let’s ask a simple question with regard to Pete Santilli’s employment history:  just exactly, what is presently being covered over?   So let’s begin with the biography which Pete Santilli provided for Rense Radio years ago, when The Pete Santilli Show had been broadcast from their platform.  This particular bio had also been reviewed by the government prosecutors of the 2016 lawsuits against Santilli.

First part of resume on Pete Santilli as provided by Rense.com

On March 4, 2016 a 59 page document (#3) was filed in the United States District Court, District of Oregon Case 3:16-MJ-00024, (The United States of America v. Peter T. Santilli, Jr.), titled Government’s Memorandum in Support of its Motion for Pretrial Detention.

In this document the Government was seeking to continue pretrial detention of Santilli based on the facts which existed in his Nevada federal criminal case.  Among other things, this Memorandum stated on page 2, “Santilli was a key player in the build up, organization and execution of an unprecedented, massive armed assault against federal law enforcement officers near Bunkerville, Nevada, on April 12, 2014.  As set out in the Superseding Criminal Indictment, in which he is named as a principle organizer and leader of a criminal enterprise, Santilli is charged with knowingly joining a criminal conspiracy to threaten and use force and violence against law enforcement officers in order to extort about 400 head of cattle from their care and custody…”.

On page 9, this document continues, “Based on the evidence adduced from its investigation to date, the government proffers the following in support of its motion for pretrial detention:  A. Background.  At the time of these events, Santilli (50) was a resident of Hesperia, California.  A former Marine, having served honorably as an aviation ordnance technician from 1983 to 1987, there is evidence to show that Santilli worked as a security guard and as a real estate agent during his civilian career.”

“According to his self-reported biography, however, Santilli claims that he is a disabled veteran and former executive with Coca-Cola who, according to him, became a ‘whistleblower’ after discovering an ‘inside wage skimming scheme’ at Coke, supposedly initiating a class action suit against the company for ‘millions of dollars’.    None of those claims, however, is corroborated by any evidence adduced by the investigation.”

Of interest to us is this statement made by the Government about Pete Santilli, saying,  “Further uncorroborated is his claim that he is aCertified Crime Scene Investigator’ who ‘developed revolutionary evidence detection techniques with the use of LASERS.’  He advertises that he taught forensic experts at the FBI Academy, U. S. Secret Service, Department of Justice, almost every State D. O. J. in the Nation, as well as County/Municipal/City police crime labs,…”.

The subtle covering over of Pete Santilli’s history by his attorney

These declarations by the Government were countered on March 10, 2016 in Document 5,  Defendant’s Response to Government’s Detention Memorandum filed in the District of Oregon U.S. District Court by Thomas K. Coan, the attorney for Pete Santilli.  This 109 page response including extensive exhibits, acknowledges that Santilli is “a boisterous, right wing, libertarian, shock-jock, talk show host and independent news reporter who has been openly and highly critical of the FBI and the BLM on his Internet talk shows…Much of what Santilli says, though, needs to be evaluated in this context, because as he uses audacity and bravado to attract and entertain viewers….”.

Thomas Coan then provides information and exhibits of Santilli’s Coca-Cola lawsuit, showing him as one of the plaintiffs. Also the medical discharge for a service related injury is discussed, and other such matters. Thus some of the facts asserted by the Government Memorandum were in error.

Page 2 of Coan’s reply explains, “Set out below is a summary response to the Government’s 59 page detention memorandum, and while this summary does not address every point in the Government’s memorandum, the failure to address each and every point should not be considered an admission by Santilli but just a lack of time to address each and every point.”

Under the subheading, II. The Government’s unwarranted character attack is evidence of retaliation for Santilli’s criticisms, it is asserted, “The Government spends several pages of its memo disparaging Santilli and casting doubts upon his background.  It is unfortunate the Government felt the need to do this, because all they had to do was search their own databases or conduct a simple Google search to verify much of the information they imply is false.”  Coan then provides information and exhibits to counter several claims made in the Government memorandum.

However, one point in the Government’s memorandum was not addressed in the Defendant’s response. The Government had claimed that Santilli’s assertion that he is a Certified Crime Scene Investigator and had taught forensic experts at the FBI academy, the Secret Service and the Departments of Justice at various levels was not corroborated. 

This would seem to be an important fact for the defense attorney to establish, as an argument that the Defendant was not an antigovernment extremist.

So why did Pete Santilli and his attorney fail to specifically address this claim on his resume?  Is it because Santilli had lied on his resume? Or was there some other reason that Santilli felt the need to brush this issue aside, and out of view. Was it because at that time he was incarcerated with his fellow antigovernment protestors and concerned about retribution?

Pete Santilli claimed in his interview with Jason Goodman that no proof was set forth in his two federal criminal lawsuits that he was ever a paid informant for the FBI.  But as we see here, there was a shifting of the walnut shells by Santilli’s defense attorney in regard to one facet of his self published employment history as a government contractor.

The Stupid Illiterate Masses Need A Meme

At the 32.35 mark in the Jason Goodman interview of Pete Santilli,  he says, “Pete, it’s a compelling story and I have to tell you I believe you because what’s happening to me right now is so similar.  [Santilli: Mmm.]  People coming to me telling me to do things, gaining my trust, trying to set up these elaborate scenarios where their groups of people instructing people over You Tube and Facebook and Twitter [Santilli: Yes.],  that don’t send money to Jason or Crowdsource the Truth.  Jason’s doing all kinds of things that I’m not doing [Santilli:  Right.].  People who have come to me to gain my trust only to turn around and start campaigns where they’re emailing my associates and calling my associates and telling them false things about me. [Santilli:  Oh, yeah.]  You know networks of individuals that are making hoax videos with ridiculous memes that are intended to make me look silly.”

They love the Memes, according to the Counter Meme Mug Maker

Continuing, Goodman adds, “They love the memes, Pete, they love to put out a meme because I think what I’ve realized is by making counter memes, is that you know you and I could sit here for two hours presenting a bunch of compelling evidence, but it doesn’t seem to grab the masses quite as quickly or directly as a single image making you look evil, that burns in to someone’s mind and all this complicated discussion about dates and FTP servers and passwords you know sort of escapes most people and they’re not going to necessarily listen, but when you can make a meme and put it out there and put the face on a pig and show the person in a straight jacket where they belong that upsets them because they know that people are going to start to realize they’re disgusting pigs and lunatics, and that said with an image.”

An example of Jason Goodman’s concept of Compelling Evidence as shown in his August 3, 2018 filing of Facts to support his motion to dismiss:This is a nine sentence interpretation of one of his Meme Mug Shots, as displayed at the beginning of this post. If these lawsuits against Jason Goodman ever come to trial, will he have to hire a Meme Interpreter as an Expert Witness?  Will Goodman’s words be translated back into a Meme Mug Shot?

One question which remains unanswered in the Jason Goodman interview with Pete Santilli is,  How does a Covert Operative go about destroying the reputations of two Alternative News Media journalists, who had already ruined any chances they might have had of  being regarded as credible investigative journalists?

 

 

 

Doug Hagmann: A Man in Deep Trouble

Proverbs 14:25  A true witness delivereth souls:  but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.

On August 3, 2015, Douglas Hagmann published an article entitled, Planned Parenthood, unequal justice, and dark forces which can be found at Canada Free Press, or at The Hagmann & Hagmann Report. Most of us can agree with Doug Hagmann’s comments on the darkness of the purposes and deeds of Planned Parenthood.hagmann lion

But what is most interesting about Hagmann’s article is the darkness of his own philosophy.  This he discloses in his opening sentences, saying, “As an investigator and in particular, when I was working as an operational asset for the FBI in the 1990’s, I was particularly good at securing covert video like that captured by the Center for Medical Progress of Planned Parenthood.  In fact, I was used because I could convincingly present myself to the subjects of investigation as someone I was not, and secure the needed evidence that served as the basis for immediate raids, arrests and sometimes later, as courtroom exhibits for a jury to see”.

The theme of this post centers on Doug Hagmann’s statement, “I could convincingly present myself …as someone I was not.”  Now this statement was made by a man who professes to be a Christian, and one who once attended some sort of seminary.  I presume this seminary experience was shortlived, as Hagmann is very often uncomfortable discussing the Scriptures with on-air callers, and often defers comments to Pastor David Lankford, who he considers to be an expert on such questions.

On July 30, 2015, a few days prior to the above quoted article, Douglas Hagmann interviewed the former associate of the Clintons, Larry Nichols, on the Hagmann and Hagmann blogtalk radio show.  When the subject of  Larry Nichols’  September 24, 2013 radio interview with Pete Santilli was brought up, wherein Nichols claimed that he had killed people for the Clintons, Doug Hagmann hemmed and hawed,  barely able to get out a coherent statement. Listening to this awkwardness,  Larry Nichols  graciously took over to state in a straightforward manner what Hagmann, as radio host, found  difficult to state with his own lips on-air. One wondered who had scripted this show, if not Hagmann himself. But it was evident, that the Hagmann show had been chosen to overturn the negative publicity which Larry Nichols himself had generated by his own words.

Months before the Hagmann interview, on December 29, 2014, Nichols had been interviewed by Veterans Truth Radio, and had himself already backtracked from his hitman declarations, saying that he had taken pain medications after some surgery, and was not responsible for his words that day. The Politics Forums website links to this interview.

Now it is interesting that Larry Nichols, who claims to be a Christian, had no problem throwing Pete Santilli under the bus, in order to provide a cover for himself when people began to wonder why Nichols, the self-declared hitman, had not been investigated for murder. Although I do not think highly of Santilli,  I listened with interest to the tapes he played in his own defense against the Larry Nichols turnabout.   I came away convinced that  Santilli had been treated unjustly by both Nichols and Hagmann.  The taped recordings are evidence which  reveal that Nichols sounded  lucid and not under the influence of drugs in the interview in question.  On Santilli’s show, at about the 44 minute mark, we also can hear the awkwardmess of Doug Hagmann’s words on July 30, 2015.  Pete Santilli’s defense can be found on Youtube, episode #1032, Clinton Hitman Confession: “I Committed Murder for The Clintons”.  I recommend that the reader listen to this show and determine for yourself that  Hagmann and Nichols have indeed tried to rewrite history.

It appears that Larry  Nichols  is being scheduled for several future shows, as a repeat guest on Hagmann and Hagmann blog talk radio.  One must wonder why, and who has directed Doug Hagmann to highlight Larry Nichols “insider revelations” and counsel.

To any listener or reader of Doug Hagmann who thinks that he is a great Christian, please read the following comments made by the late pastor, A. W. Tozer on the subject of  a Christian who has the ability to “convincingly present himself as someone he is not”. In the mid 1950’s, Tozer published a booklet called The Menace of the Religious Movie. He makes some interesting observations that also would pertain to religious radio, or perhaps being an actor for the FBI.

We must remember that the Hagmann & Hagmann radio show is at heart a religious production.  Steve Quayle and Pastor Lankford are regularly featured discussing the Scriptures,  and giving on-air communion, or the Lord’s Supper. So when Hagmann, explains to us  that one of his personal attributes is that he is a great actor, or hypocrite, he is a man in deep trouble.

The following is excerpted from A. W. Tozer’s booklet, reprinted by James L. Snyder under the title, Tozer on Worship and Entertainment.  Tozer highlights one of his arguments as “The religious movie is a menace to true religion because it embodies acting, a violation of sincerity.”  Then he continues to say, “Without doubt the most precious thing anybody possesses is his individuated being; that by which he is himself and not someone else; that which cannot be finally voided by the man himself nor shared with another.  Each one of us, however humble our place in the social scheme, is unique in creation.  Each is a new whole man possessing his own separate “I-ness” which makes him forever something apart, an individual human being.  It is this quality of uniqueness which permits a man to enjoy every reward of virtue and makes him responsible for every sin.  It is his self-ness, which will persist forever and which distinguishes  him from every creature which has been or ever will be created.”

“Because  man is such a being as this, all moral teachers, and especially Christ and His apostles, make sincerity to be basic in the good life.  The word, as the New Testament uses it, refers to the practice of holding fine pottery up to the sun to test for purity.  In the white light of the sun all foreign substances  were instantly exposed.  So the test of sincerity is basic in human character.  The sincere man is one in whom is found nothing foreign; he is all of one piece; he has preserved his individuality unviolated.”

Four paragraphs later, Tozer continues, ” No one who has ever been in the presence of the Most Holy One, who has felt how high is the solemn privilege of bearing His image, will ever again consent to play a part or to trifle with that most sacred thing, his own deep sincere heart…..In order to produce a religious movie someone must, for the time, disguise his individuality and simulate that of another.  His actions must be judged fraudulent, and those who watch them with approval share in the fraud…’

Towards the end of Tozer’s essay he comments that, “play acting…embodies a gross moral contradiction in that it calls a lie to the service of truth”.

So what is the true agenda behind the star of Alternative Media, The Hagmann & Hagmann radio show?  And why are so many “professing” Christians hiding behind the masks of being Insider Intelligence sources?  Or do I have it backwards?  Perhaps Insider Intelligence sources are hiding behind the mask of a “Christian believer”.  Either way, to play with Truth when your heart is full of guile, is dangerous to your soul, and for many they have gone past the Point of No Return.