THE DOC released

Rifling Of Old Cannon, View On The Inside

This is sort of true – the long awaited release of THE DOC revised edition in print. The revised edition was not available before at all. Saturday, June 14, is the release. Preorders have been available as noted on the Black Opal Books publisher website.
This is short as it is the major announcement. All important sites are below.

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Sensory Deprivation

Sensory Deprivation

There was a recent blog on this topic. The site has many provocative and interesting posts. I read this one with interest. You may find it at:

I get the premise and the rational as proposed by having oneself be suspended into that certain state of awareness or unawareness . As with TM, or even Zen, I am not a huge subscriber to the value of it all. I am sure that many may embrace this with wild acclaim. In a clinical setting, such as patients in a long term Intensive Care situation, “sensory deprivation” as such is considered a negative thing for the patient. So I don’t think it is such a healthy idea. I’ve also alluded, in one novel, to the clandestine use of “non-invasive” sensory deprivation in the “breaking down” of prisoners, detainees, or others being interrogated. This was for extracting information. Is that a non-water boarding torture? Either way, if not dangerous, as a misuse, I think it is not healthy. Call me old school. Some new ideas aren’t always good. If you go to that site and check it out, I’d be curious to know your reaction. What do you think?

Timothy J. Desmond
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Illegal Federal Courts

This is to raise the question for any of my crime, mystery, thriller, conspiracy writer friends. Are there illegal federal courts?

A fellow was in a Federal court hearing once.  The judge read the charges. The fellow answered by telling the judge a certain federal law U.S. CODE number and section. The judge immediately released the man and stated that he had no jurisdiction in the matter and then left the court immediately.

As a writer, I am surprised that there isn’t more fiction, screenplays, or articles written on this subject. In another case, there was a fellow in Montana who was involved in a shootout with authorities at his home. I don’t remember the charges, but when he was arraigned in the court hearing, he refused to cooperate and pointed to the American flag with the gold fringe and stated, “the gold fringe on the flag means it is a military court and an illegal court.”

Back in the 80s and 90s I read about this sort of thing, and there was the talk about the “gold fringe flag courts.” See: For more questions see: and perhaps:

Supposedly, ever since President Lincoln declared martial law during the Civil War, that declaration had never been rescinded after his death nor after the end of the war later.  Apparently, that is the reason for the jurisdiction issues and “legality issue over civilians.” Article III courts and Foreign Intelligence Security Act [FISA] courts aside, it was clear that most of the so-called “illegal court” references had to do with tax issues.  Google: “IRS Hoax.”

Related to the tax issues is the supposed viewpoint that the state of Kentucky never ratified the nearly eighty or ninety year old original IRS Act, according to anti-tax proponents. And that may be a reason that some authors have avoided the issue like the plague.

The gold fringe flag thing has a certain kooky history, which according to some is completely false. See: Amongst other sites there is argument as states at: But the federal jurisdiction cases are real, and may be so because of the increased federalization of a number of crimes. These crimes in the past were the sole jurisdiction of states.

Still, the question persists for me. Even if there is a legal gray area, what is the truth about illegal federal courts? Any of you writers heard of this stuff?  Are any of you crime writers out there, up on the laws with this?

Timothy J. Desmond
THE DOC, ebook conspiracy thriller novel at

The unit at the FAO

The unit at FAO

Hank turned to Glen.  “Have you ever heard of SRI?”

“You mean IRS?”

“This is no riddle, Glen,” Hank said.  “SRI.  It stands for SAFETY RESEARCH INSTITUTE.”

“Never heard of it, man.  Where’d you find it?”

                “Haven’t found it yet,” Hank said.  “Just came across a reference, while looking for information on Dana Sweet.” In Washington Dana had no reason to believe what she thought, but it was a result of her observations.  The SRI unit was something other than what they said they were.  No one with whom she worked seemed to care.  To her the SRI was in the FAO building as a base of operations.  This amounted to believing that the SRI, as a unit responsible for FAO Building security, was a cover.  The fact that building security had their own office and department, staffed by uniformed officers, seems to have escaped anyone’s scrutiny.  In fact she did just that.  She asked someone.  She was told that SRI was the security management department.  However, the SRI did not manage the other security department.

            The physical office of the SRI was small and occupied a space of two thousand square feet.   [This is a work of fiction and any resemblance of names and organizations is purely coincidental.]

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Conspiracy – Part 3

This story –THE DOC novel – was written in a different title, before the year 2000.  Since then, other references and certain events have been added to the story.  It is somewhat remarkable that it was written before the Chandra Levi case and the knowledge of hundreds of other missing Washington women, before September 11, 2001, before videos of terrorist beheadings, before the Executive branch was accused of outing a CIA employee, before books by former Texas judge Catherine Crier. 

       THE DOC was written years after White House “plumbers,” after the movie “JFK,” after other conspiracy theories, after UFOs and Project Bluebook, after James Bamford’s “Puzzle Palace” on the NSA, after “Iran Contra,” after BCCI banking scandal, after Linda Hunt’s book “Secret Agenda” about Project Paperclip, after President Clinton impeachment acquittal, after 1990’s urban legends and Stephen Foster murder, after Oklahoma City.

        Before September 11, 2001 this story, as a novel, was not completed.  After September 11, 2001, this story was not pushed or submitted for publication.  It didn’t seem right to reflect on a fictional government unit even if it was only a part of the GAO, the Government Accounting Office, and only a part of the whole fictional system of security.  

       That was ten years ago.  Now, the global war on terrorism and terrorists is continuing.  What has made the news during the past five years of anti-war criticism, the Iraq questions, and media naivety have shown that some incredibly bright people in government bureaus, as well as reporters, have said and done some incredibly stupid things.  Whether or not one believes that a “government” really worries about a panic of the American people in a particular crisis can be argued.  How is it possible that Ollie North pulled off his operations?  Why did Waco happen, then Oklahoma City federal building bombing?  And writing of the Timothy McVeigh case, why did a government agency turn on its own agent working undercover on those people in Arizona?  These are only some things through the years.  The average man-or-woman-on-the-street may have no answers, and is too busy making a living or trying to get by, to have to bother to ask.  And, yet, the question persists.  What is there, that one doesn’t know?  What could be wrong?  “Right?”

Conspiracy – Part 2

Then there is the water boarding.  Doesn’t policy controlling the controllers of detainees mean anything?  If torture is or was performed, not just water boarding, but real physical invasiveness, is that possible to hide?  According to experts, chemical and drug administration is considered an invasive procedure.   Conspiracy theorist Jim Marss has written that mind control and pharmaceutical research was conducted and then abandoned in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

            But, did it end?  And if not, the naïve question is, how can a person treat another person like that?  Invasive or not, painless or memory loss or not, is drugging torture?

            Regarding Waco, Ruby Ridge issues, and subsequently Oklahoma City bombing by conspirators, the government reacted in the 1990s. All of this cooled the militia movement, which was gaining members across the country in most states.  Prior to this was the 1980s and the movie about white supremacists which starred Tom Berringer.  In that movie there was a scene of a gathering and camp in a mountain lake area in Idaho.  Around a campfire a man explained why he was a part of that group.  It was interesting because what he said was what most Americans have wanted.  That is, that he wanted freedom from excessive regulation, having a job and a wife, and raising his kids. These were his main concerns and thoughts.  These views are common to all of us, across the political spectrum, across the country.

            What could be wrong?  “Right?”