Shield Mutual Founder, George Donnelly, released an article on the company’s website today claiming to have dropped coverage for his once client, Adam Kokesh. Since George has essentially called me a terrorist, I wouldn’t normally encourage anyone to take him seriously. But say what you will about George Donnelly, he keeps good records, and the picture he paints looks very bad.
There are potentially tens of thousands of dollars missing from Adam’s business and personal accounts, including the legal defense fund, as well as an unknown and immeasurable amount of personal property being unaccounted for. I had expressed concerns about transparency from the AVTM team before I went down to Virginia to guest host the show with Derrick Broze, this past summer.
Unfortunately, my visit did not ease my concerns. For the former AVTM Team members who may be reading this, understand, I don’t necessarily have a problem with you, I just don’t know you that well. My friend is out tens of thousands of dollars, he’s in prison, he’s facing charges for drugs he says weren’t his, and everything being done is veiled in secrecy. So here’s my full and honest account of what I know, which frankly, isn’t much.
George’s article says I was given an “unknown amount of money”. Let it be known, that I went to Maryland to catch the Bradley Manning sentencing at the end of July, on my own dime, and while I was there I spent a few days at the AVTM house, guest hosting the show. Before returning to New York, Darrell Young asked me if I would like to return and do the show for a couple of weeks, and what it would cost for me to do that. I told him “travel expenses”, and he agreed. On August 10th, Darrell sent me $175 via PayPal, and I returned to Virginia shortly after. Later, Darrell also gave me $40 in Federal Reserve Notes for gas, while driving back and forth to Maryland to cover the Manning trial. I gained nothing monetarily from my Virginia visit, it was a costly thing for me in the end, and that’s okay with me because I didn’t go there to make money, I went there to help my friend and cover the Manning trial. Below is a screen shot of the PayPal transaction, the only alterations made were to crop for size, and to obscure email addresses to thwart spam.
While in Virginia, I saw and heard a number of things that concerned me.
Firstly, Darrell Young is an unapologetic gang member. He regularly refers to himself as “Crip”. He has never renounced his gang affiliations, he instead, brags about them. Last I checked, the Crips were not known for peacefully resolving conflicts or honest trade.
During a previous facebook conflict I had with Barbie Dunn, Darrell had touted his gang affiliations, and made threats of initiatory violence towards me and people on my side of the argument, over the internet. Darrell and I both put this conflict aside when I met Darrell in person following Adam’s arrest in Philadelphia.
While staying at the AVTM house, Darrell woke me up one morning saying “Brother Cantwell, time to commit those felonies”. At the time it seemed like humor, he asked me to come down to the basement and fill out a rental application for a new house for the team to stay in, and not with my own information. He gave me a different application, filled out by someone who Darrell claimed gave us permission to use his name, and asked me to copy the information over. I did so, because I did not mind acting as the agent of someone who had agreed to be party to the contract. Darrell then asked me to put myself as a reference for the applicant, and make up answers where the applicant had not filled out the other form. I told Darrell that I would not lie on a rental application, because this would be a contract violation, something I take very seriously.
He requested I do all this, not in the office, not in the kitchen, not upstairs, but in the AVTM Studio, in front of the cameras. I was originally seated behind the cameras, and he asked me to sit at the cohost desk in front of them to fill out there form. It made me very nervous.
Darrell also expresses sympathy for the Green Party on a regular basis. By itself, this might not be something to worry about, but while staying in a home that had recently been raided by federal agents, being around a philosophically incoherent gang member made me uncomfortable. When the stakes are that dire, I far prefer to surround myself with principled people who understand what it is they are fighting for. It’s hard to trust someone to be down for the cause, when they don’t even understand what the cause is.
Aside from all that, Darrell was fun to hang with and never did anything to wrong me personally.
There is a video out, of a meeting with the AVTM team following the raid, where Edd Skitz makes a credible threat of initiatory violence against Lucas Jewell. While I don’t care that Edd carries his gun all the time, (so do I when it’s legal) I do care about violations of the NAP, which the threat clearly was. I also care that he’s generally a hothead with a habit of yelling at his girlfriend and others, and striking inanimate objects that he becomes frustrated with. Granted, this can be fun to watch sometimes, and as I said about Darrell, Edd was fun to hang with and never did anything wrong to me personally. But again, living in a house where the door hadn’t even been completely repaired from a federal raid, being around people who were not NAP adherents made me uncomfortable.
Liz does not claim to be an NAP adherent, but did a fine job of adhering to it the best I could tell during my stay. However, there’s discussion of missing money, so it’s probably worth pointing out, that Liz claimed to be responsible for fundraising.
I don’t think I’m exactly making headlines by pointing out that the entire AVTM team are potheads. Now fine, that’s a pretty well accepted thing in this community, but it’s important to remember that I don’t smoke weed, and Virginia is a place that still takes marijuana seriously, especially if you have guns. Being in a house that is still damaged from a federal raid, where they claim drugs were planted, but smoking weed all day, even on live streaming video, while carrying guns, is stupid, at best. It’s also concerning because for people who were crying poverty, there sure was plenty of high end weed being smoked all day and all night.
The entire team expressed concern about Lucas Jewell’s girlfriend, who goes by Ciaran Being on facebook. I was asked to keep these concerns to myself because they were trying to get the facebook page back from Lucas. They suspect she might be a government agent, and I share these concerns.
Update 10:38am EST 9/26
She has commented on this blog as Elisabeth Kelly firstname.lastname@example.org from 188.8.131.52 (Apparently now back in Boston) Making thinly veiled legal threats against me. Surely, no government agent would make legal threats against the person who outed them, right? It’s also worth noting that I contacted Elisabeth while I was still in VA, giving her the opportunity to clear her name. Her only response was “I am not a government agent”.
The woman in question showed up outside the Federal Court in Philadelphia during one of Adam’s court dates. Nobody I’ve spoken to has ever seen her before this day. She claims to be a successful attorney in her 40’s, who lives in Boston. She approached me, offering to help with the Rich Paul appeal. I took her contact information, and passed it along to the defense fund organizer. After finding out about the suspicions, I broke confidence to warn them about her, check if they had used her services, and they had not.
She later wound up in a sexual relationship with Lucas. A 22 year old kid who went from High School, to military, to AVTM without ever holding any other job. Why does a 40 something attorney from Boston, show up out of nowhere in Philadelphia, then start spending all her time in Virginia with a 22 year old who has accomplished nothing?
If this woman is a government agent, everybody should be concerned, because that means our conflict with the State is on a whole new level. The FBI doesn’t send prostitutes in to seduce the people it investigates for crimes, that’s what spies do to people they are at war with, and it lends credibility to the story of the drugs having been planted in the house. If the CIA is sending women to seduce us, to pretend to be our defense attorneys, and plant drugs in our homes, then the gloves are off folks. You can’t fight that with petitions and ballots.
As I was leaving Virginia, I visited Adam in jail in DC. I expressed to him my concerns about his team. I asked him if he thought they could be trusted. He assured me that they could be trusted to act honestly, even if not competently. When I told him that Darrell had paid for my expenses, he told me that Darrell should have run that passed him, and had not done so. He also was concerned that Darrell was filling out a rental application, when Darrell had not finalized a rental with him. Yet he still said he trusted them. So I wished him well, and drove back to New Hampshire.
This is the extent of my knowledge and involvement with the AVTM team.
Going forward I prefer to maintain good relationships with all involved, but maintain a certain level of distance until it is clarified what happened to Adam’s property.