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000
4th December 2012, 21:03
Hello,

I have been away from the forum for a while focusing on my own work. I felt it necessary to return briefly to bring to your attention a potential pyramid scheme which may be affecting a number of people involved in the 'awakening' community.

The possible scheme in question is a website which goes by the title of FreedomClubUSA (http://www.freedomclubusa.com/home). I came across this website over a year ago while researching the revaluation of the Iraqi Dinar which a number of you may be familiar with.

In my research I endured listening to a number of conference calls which originated from FreedomClubUSA. I unfortunately did not save any of the links or save archival copies of the MP3s.

What one generally hears while listening to such conference calls is probably fraudulent information regarding the implementation of a new global financial system, in particular in the United States. The information is similar to that of the material that constitutes NESARA which many of you will already be familiar with. NESARA in particular is something which has had an internet presence for quite some number of years. There is the constant promise of global settlement funding which never comes to fruition.

NESARA related material often incorporates the revaluation of the Iraqi Dinar as a trigger for the launch of the global settlements and new financial system and thus it has made its way into this sort of material over the years ever since the Iraqi invasion began in the early 00s. The Dinar 'investment' is something which involves a number of Dinar dealers and Pumpers. Pumpers can be found around various Dinar sites and are often referred to as Intel Gurus who claim they have insider connections high up in the financial sector who feed them information from various 'bank screens' of which the public is not privy too.

Pumpers exist to keep the potential investor in a state of mild euphoria, always bringing 'news' of an imminent revaluation of the Dinar, so that the potential investor is tenderized enough to want to begin or sustain buying Dinars from various dealers who are often connected to websites featuring various Intel Gurus.

I mention this to give you an idea of the psychology that is at play here; a manufactured state of mind where the individual is kept constantly on the edge of their seat for years so that they continue to invest in hopes of a very high payout. In the case of the Dinar, the payout depends on how many Dinars the investor purchases and the rate of exchange were the Dinar to revalue. Intel Gurus often state fraudulently high rates of exchanges (3 Dinars to 1 USD for example... one dinar is currently worth a fraction of a penny, so you can see why it would be perceived as a very attractive investment).

With the Dinar, there are also Newshound Gurus who do actually give legitimate information found via reading Iraqi news, however, the news that is often relayed is not very hopeful as Iraq does not have a very stable government and is still a borderline dictatorship. So people often choose, at first, when they get into this investment, to follow the Intel Gurus simply because they are the ones offering hope (although that hope is based on fabricated information).

To bring this back to the website I mentioned a few paragraphs above; having established the basics of this state of prolonged 'edge-of-seat' euphoria, I want to bring the pyramid scheme aspect of this site into question. A pyramid scheme works by promising large returns for a smaller investment (although in this case some people actually invest quite a bit of money and time). It seeks to bring in new members through older long time members who are often referred to as Consultants, Ambassadors, etc.

The objective of the long time members is to bring in new members so that the long time members in question can increase the quantity of their payout. Since I have no contact with any member of this site I do not know the patterns of their payments/commissions. From what I have seen thus far in my research, former members payed the organization directly, so the funds went directly to the operators of the organization. I have not yet found evidence of payments made from new recruits to long-term members which makes this appear as a quasi-pyramid scheme rather than a typical one.

To make things more atypical is the use of metaphysical information and Maritime Admiralty Law information. The latter is the premise that this scheme is based upon, using the Straw Man theory i.e. the concept that differentiates our Being from our Person, our Person being the Straw Man version of ourselves tying us into the current legal and financial matrix. Your name in ALL CAPS being your Person (Straw Man) and your name Written As Normal as your Being.

Many of you are likely familiar with this information and that it is indeed a reality. The thing is that this site is making use of this knowledge to bring people like you and I into their fold so that the organizers may make an enormous profit. They claim that they are deeply involved with the creation and activation of the new financial system while providing very little evidence of this.

My current *opinion* and intuition is that the operators of this organization in fact do not have any legitimate contact with any would be operatives working on a new financial system or handling any form of global settlements. I do not know what they are using the funds they receive for but I feel with certainty that it is not going towards the benefit of anyone outside of themselves and their families.

I have looked into the legal history of one of the key operators, one Thomas J. Lawler, and found that he has had quite the past where court interactions are concerned.

From within the county he is (or was) located [SOURCE (http://www.gwinnettcourts.com/home.asp#partycasesearch/pnamelast:lawler/pnamefirst:thomas/pnamemiddle:j/qfields:8199/pcsform:1/)]:


lawler, thomas j. 03-A-11734-7. three pixels designs vs elite access et al. contract.
lawler, thomas j. 03-C-03964-S2. discover bank vs lawler et al. contract.
lawler, thomas j. 03-C-04776-S5. bank of america vs lawler. account.
lawler, thomas j. 03-C-07749-S2. american express vs lawler et al. account.
lawler, thomas j. 03-C-13048-S4. american express vs elite access et al. contract.
lawler, thomas j. 04-C-04111-S2. american express vs lawler. garnishment-continuing.
lawler, thomas j. 04-C-06715-S5. mbna america vs lawler. contract.
lawler, thomas j. 04-C-09010-S5. american express vs lawler. post judgment-other.
lawler, thomas j. 04-C-14198-S4. american express vs lawler. post judgment-other.
lawler, thomas j. 04-M-20435. bank one delaware na vs lawler. small claims general civil.
lawler, thomas j. 05-A-04158-9. lawler vs american express centurion bank. injunctive relief.
lawler, thomas j. 05-A-09162-7. three pixels designs vs elite access et al. contract.
lawler, thomas j. 05-C-01371-S2. lawler vs american express. general civil-other.
lawler, thomas j. 06-A-00333-9. elite access inc vs three pixels designs. general civil-other.
lawler, thomas j. 06-C-17580-S6. performance capital management vs elite access et al. account.
lawler, thomas j. 06-C-21389-S2. palisades collection vs lawler. account.
lawler, thomas j. 06-M-28253. chase manhattan bank vs lawler. small claims general civil.
lawler, thomas j. 07-A-03653-10. lawler vs three pixels design. injunctive relief.
lawler, thomas j. 07-GC-03282-S6. bank of america vs lawler. garnishment-continuing.
lawler, thomas john. 00-A-04680-2. lawler vs conway. appellate-other.
lawler, thomas john. 99-D-00630-S1. state vs lawler. .
lawler, thomas l. 92-M-06885. lawler vs grimshaw. small claims general civil.
lawler, thomas j. 05-A-04168-7. three pixels designs vs elite access inc et al. post judgment-other.I have also come across a selection of PDF archival copies of some cases from 2010 which involved the IRS. I have uploaded them to Scribd HERE (http://www.scribd.com/05C1LL473). In these 2010 cases it appears he was up against some serious daily fines. I am not well versed in legal matters however and would appreciate it if some members here who are more well versed could take a look at these documents and perhaps search for more recent cases on PACER if there have been any (I do not have an account there). There are also a couple of documents as evidence of Lawler setting up another LLC called Biorenew (http://www.biorenew.com/).

Here are numerous examples of non-members and former members and their experiences with FCUSA:

Complaints and Evidence Suggesting Likely Pyramid Scheme:

* http://getoutofdebt.org/46342/freedom-club-usa-offers-debt-settlement-help-and-extraterrestrial-awareness
* http://www.internetscamswatch.com/2012/09/freedom-club-usa-scam.html
* http://parenthotline.blogspot.ca/2009/07/freedom-club-usa.html
* http://www.scambook.com/report/view/18918/Freedom-Club-USA-Complaint-18918-for-$3,000.00
* http://www.ripoffreport.com/home-based-business/freedom-club-usa/freedom-club-usa-freedom-found-b628f.htm
* https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups=#!topic/lawmen/ParpwOZ8tpc
* http://radio.rumormillnews.com/podcast/2012/05/03/tom-and-joanne-offer-their-roadmap-for-entering-a-new-prosperous-age/
* http://elkodaily.com/news/local/police-don-t-fall-victim-to-recent-scams/article_c8a7797a-23d5-11e2-bd17-001a4bcf887a.html
* http://margiecasey.wordpress.com/2009/08/07/freedom-club-usa-will-the-truth-set-us-free/
* http://subspecies.wordpress.com/2011/05/17/the-power-youre-supplyin-its-electrifyin/
* http://www.freedomhabits.com/money-matters/debt-elimination-programs-are-popular
* http://www.scam.com/showthread.php?t=190295
*http://www.scam.com/showthread.php?p=1258495#post1258495

Source for the documents I found among other things [some of the posts are crass so you shall have to excuse the wade through the mud]:

* http://www.campidiot.com/pub/viewtopic.php?pid=2066286
* http://www.campidiot.com/pub/viewtopic.php?id=342904&p=195
* http://www.campidiot.com/pub/viewtopic.php?pid=2096828
* http://www.campidiot.com/pub/viewtopic.php?pid=2668445
* http://www.campidiot.com/pub/viewtopic.php?id=342904&p=1298

Connection with a young con named Casey Serin:

* http://www.caseypedia.com/wiki/Timeline


April 17, 2010: The president of "Freedom Club USA," the scam A4V-related organization that Casey paid money to the previous November, is arrested for forgery and counterfeiting.* http://jamesmarks.wordpress.com/2010/04/17/caseys-criminal-activities-accepted-for-value-a4v/

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In conclusion for the time being, what I have found through my searching is that the Lawler family looks to be predominantly Christian (this is a common thing among various groups seeking debt relief using conference calls as a method of en mass communication). [No offense at all to any Christian members here, this is just what I have found]. The fact that they are all able to be found on Facebook (EXCLUDING Thomas) tells me that they are not involved in anything which would require a very high level of security. If a new financial system were being implemented it would be far more likely that you would not be able to find those involved in the public sphere. It would be an operation of such sensitivity that it would have to be air tight.

I also highly doubt that a single family from Georgia, likely using alter egos on their site, would be capable of knowing who to be in contact with to set up such a new financial system.

On every surface of this particular site I smell a scheme. You will also likely notice, going through the site, that they make quite a bit of use of Esther Hicks' channeling of "Abraham", the mention of Galactics/GFOL, et al. They also sometimes recycle posts from Benjamin Fulford's blog and I HIGHLY doubt that he is in any way connected with this site.

Over all it is all too highly suspect and has always been so since I came upon it. It is a psychologically tricky site because it points out that the current financial system is a Pyramid/Ponzi scheme, which it is, but the irony is in that this site is doing a very similar thing. It is taking advantage of people who are mostly Christian and New Age in faith who are enduring hard times financially and personally.

I have done this investigating because I feel it is necessary once and for all to allow it to be known who is behind this organization and what they are doing. It is likely safe to assume that a few thousand people have put in a few hundred to a few thousand dollars into this and will likely never see one dime of that returned.

Thank you for your time reading this and I would encourage the search for further information relating to this likely scheme as this could potentially help a number of people who would otherwise be suddenly and negatively surprised and devastated in the end.

DeDukshyn
4th December 2012, 21:54
Nice work ... I hope this helps someone see it for what it is and you are able to stop a few people from getting scammed.

There's the flip-side I'm going to present - and it is not intended to be antagonistic to this but highlights the reason why things like these happen:


If people didn't worship the almighty dollar this wouldn't happen. And ... I'm not talking about the schemers. Christians and "New Agers" being targeted ... makes sense .. (and by new ager I mean the type that just want to follow others to heaven instead of creating it).

If we take out the schemers .. two more will follow, if we kill the "elite" there will be more to come. As long as there is a fool who will part with that which is valuable to him for "hope", there will be a scammer who will do it for them.

The only way out is stop pretending that money is our "God" and learn to make decisions from the heart, out of desire for things we TRULY love, not for the purpose of alleviating fears. While any "Elite" (or anyone for that matter) has one on their knees asking for alleviation of fears, they have total control over that person and will feed them that which alleviates their fears .. but just enough to keep them hoping for more while they stay on their knees.

Each individual learning to not choose in fear, and do it properly is ONLY way the power over the masses will be absolved. And no one can do this but each ourselves individually with our daily choices. Anyone who claims they can "fix" things with enough money is after your money. What I outlined above is the ONLY way to permanently solve this ... each person has a responsibility to learn how to choose with love and stop putting undue value on fear.

My two cents.

000
4th December 2012, 22:40
Nice work ... I hope this helps someone see it for what it is and you are able to stop a few people from getting scammed.
[...]

Each individual learning to not choose in fear, and do it properly is ONLY way the power over the masses will be absolved. And no one can do this but each ourselves individually with our daily choices. Anyone who claims they can "fix" things with enough money is after your money. What I outlined above is the ONLY way to permanently solve this ... each person has a responsibility to learn how to choose with love and stop putting undue value on fear.

My two cents.

I agree entirely with your post.

Total Freedom = Total Self-Responsibility, through daily choices from the simplest ones to ones of great significance.

Fear is such a trickster that it can manifest as what is perceived as something loving to those who are not yet aware of that aspect of themselves.

With schemes like this, the Greater Fool theory (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_fool_theory) is employed, abusing the psychological conditioning to feel needy for something external to solve one's issues, financially or otherwise. So it is of exceptional importance that we see that it is us as individuals who are paving our own futures with every choice we make. I feel deeply that we do have help and are lightly guided, but ultimately it is something subtle that flows through us to kick our own asses into gear so to speak, so we make it happen and really put some elbow grease into it.

DeDukshyn
4th December 2012, 23:59
...

I agree entirely with your post.

Total Freedom = Total Self-Responsibility, through daily choices from the simplest ones to ones of great significance.

Fear is such a trickster that it can manifest as what is perceived as something loving to those who are not yet aware of that aspect of themselves.

With schemes like this, the Greater Fool theory (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_fool_theory) is employed, abusing the psychological conditioning to feel needy for something external to solve one's issues, financially or otherwise. So it is of exceptional importance that we see that it is us as individuals who are paving our own futures with every choice we make. I feel deeply that we do have help and are lightly guided, but ultimately it is something subtle that flows through us to kick our own asses into gear so to speak, so we make it happen and really put some elbow grease into it.

Yes exactly my thoughts as well; I made a post recently (well I make these types a lot), on exactly this subject and used the example that I could easily call my hoarding of money and goods (actually I live simply), my "love of being prepared!" which actually the ego's "reason" for keeping to honour the fear. Without the fear of scarcity - the love of being "prepared" in the face of scarcity cannot exist therefore it is a fear - not a love. The ego is very tricky this way.

There's a few tools that work great for addressing this problem, one, is ask yourself, what if I had no fears or obligations? What would I do? Choose those things as often as you can and never give up, eventually you will free yourslef of the web you didn't know you were tangled in. Another is to ask what is my reason for doing "X", then pretend that reason doesn't exist, do you still have a reason? pretend that reason doesn't exist. Keep going until you get to the root of the fear, or you decide that if you still want to do "X" - you have a proper view of what you're actually selecting and why, as opposed to just "trusting" those old heavy bags of automatic "reason" we carry around all our lives instead of living and loving in the moment.

It is called a "spiritual" advancement but I see this as more of also a psychological shift -- the two are not all that seperated, as my spiritual studies always lead me back to the duality of the mind and how it works and how psychology relates to that -- it's all tied together.

My 2 cents ;)

This is the most important topic on this forum right now actually -- although few still yet realize this. We are going in the right direction in general (as a collective), in my opinion. The tricky part is getting people to look into their own minds ... ;)

000
5th December 2012, 02:23
Yes exactly my thoughts as well; I made a post recently (well I make these types a lot), on exactly this subject and used the example that I could easily call my hoarding of money and goods (actually I live simply), my "love of being prepared!" which actually the ego's "reason" for keeping to honour the fear. Without the fear of scarcity - the love of being "prepared" in the face of scarcity cannot exist therefore it is a fear - not a love. The ego is very tricky this way.

There's a few tools that work great for addressing this problem, one, is ask yourself, what if I had no fears or obligations? What would I do? Choose those things as often as you can and never give up, eventually you will free yourslef of the web you didn't know you were tangled in. Another is to ask what is my reason for doing "X", then pretend that reason doesn't exist, do you still have a reason? pretend that reason doesn't exist. Keep going until you get to the root of the fear, or you decide that if you still want to do "X" - you have a proper view of what you're actually selecting and why, as opposed to just "trusting" those old heavy bags of automatic "reason" we carry around all our lives instead of living and loving in the moment.

It is called a "spiritual" advancement but I see this as more of also a psychological shift -- the two are not all that seperated, as my spiritual studies always lead me back to the duality of the mind and how it works and how psychology relates to that -- it's all tied together.

My 2 cents ;)

This is the most important topic on this forum right now actually -- although few still yet realize this. We are going in the right direction in general (as a collective), in my opinion. The tricky part is getting people to look into their own minds ... ;)

I am again in complete agreement :) I made bold the parts which are really essential.

Spirit, Mind, Body; they all work in tandem with each other indeed. It is when only one or the other, or only a couple, are being focused on that people can lose balance and fall into a trance or be susceptible to external psychological manipulation.

That is indeed the tricky part, to guide others to look into themselves. It takes a lot of integrity and gentleness, and to be as 'out of the way' as possible, while still being there; a fine balance.

Hermite
5th December 2012, 10:31
DeDukshyn, that was awesome what you said there,
ask yourself, what if I had no fears or obligations? What would I do? Choose those things as often as you can and never give up, eventually you will free yourslef of the web you didn't know you were tangled in. Another is to ask what is my reason for doing "X", then pretend that reason doesn't exist, do you still have a reason? pretend that reason doesn't exist. Keep going until you get to the root of the fear, or you decide that if you still want to do "X" - you have a proper view of what you're actually selecting and why, as opposed to just "trusting" those old heavy bags of automatic "reason" we carry around all our lives instead of living and loving in the moment. I even copied it to my private page of things to ponder. Thanks.

Joe Akulis
5th December 2012, 13:43
Wonder if the guy who runs that Removing The Shackles website has been fooled by all this Dinar stuff. The Daniel papers that he posted there were very informative, but some of the other posts on there get me wondering if they've been suckered. I always took any of those posts with a big grain of salt as they follow the same pattern like you point out with the NESARA promises. "Soon." Always big prosperity funds right around the corner, for years now.

000
5th December 2012, 15:38
Wonder if the guy who runs that Removing The Shackles website has been fooled by all this Dinar stuff. The Daniel papers that he posted there were very informative, but some of the other posts on there get me wondering if they've been suckered. I always took any of those posts with a big grain of salt as they follow the same pattern like you point out with the NESARA promises. "Soon." Always big prosperity funds right around the corner, for years now.

He could very well have been.

What I have noticed with Dinar culture is that hardcore followers really get themselves into it deeply and will spend a good portion of every day dedicated to following Dinar updates all over the web.

The same seems to hold true for anything to do with global settlements, including FreedomClubUSA, where followers and members partake in conference calls sometimes every weekday, dedicating a rather large portion of their time to it.

These calls are of course where most of the psychological play really occurs. Since it is crowd psychology, they reinforce each others' belief that settlements or funding will occur, while also reinforcing each other while listening to channeled information, alternative news (i.e. Fulford or anything to do with the Scott/Keenan lawsuit).

A borderline cult psychology seems to be employed, using this crowd psychology, so that members will be less likely to leave for fear of being chastised by other members if they express their doubts. In the case of FreedomClubUSA I believe I read that some members were indeed removed because they were becoming doubtful and challenging the operators of the organization.

With some members paying a few thousand dollars, the operators of FCUSA are certainly bringing in a lot of cash, most likely a few million by now. It is no wonder why they were withholding their bank statements as indicated in the documents I uploaded to Scribd from the 2010 cases involving Thomas J. Lawler and his wife Diane Lawler.

Naturally these schemes cannot last of course. The Dinar one will probably last until Iraq does revalue, which in reality will probably mean a free-float of the currency with non-astronomical returns. FreedomClubUSA however will likely implode at some point when new members can no longer be recruited en mass and it becomes too costly to keep up the lie. When the operators see their time is up and they can no longer bring in as much money from it as they used to they will probably plan on ditching it.

When the operators either get caught (I would hope for this scenario) or they disappear and abandon the organization (making a false excuse for their exeunt or not), my concern is that members who were convinced that they were doing something good will be quite shattered psychologically. This is a concern because some people have been in it for years and it has been their main focus in life for those years.

They have invested money and time that would otherwise have been spent doing their own things, perhaps their own direct action work in the world. In a moment, that focus is suddenly gone forever and they are left with the realization that all the work they have done has been for naught and they will still be left holding the bag of financial burden which likely attracted them in the first place (debt relief) but now with likely a lot more debt ironically.

As the old saying goes; if it is too good to be true, it probably is. Wouldn't it be lovely if other people could fix all of the world's problems for us without us having to do so much as pay them? Not quite. We wouldn't learn anything nor would we develop ourselves in any meaningful way. Evolution requires a little bit of pressure to get us off our behinds and into action in some way. We humans have shown we can put a lot of effort into great tragedy but also great triumph, so naturally if we play our parts together we create a world of great prosperity by doing the work and making it happen. It is better that way because then the world ends up being constructed as we wish it to be, together, without having to yet again follow the leader, trusting that their idea for the world is the most optimal.

It's good that you brought up the Daniel papers too. I read them and thought that they were very informative too and that they were quite accurate in some ways. Particularly where he made mention that we should not really concern ourselves with waiting for a timeline convergence (because it in essence has already happened) and that we should put our focus into paving our futures together now, sustainable ones.

There is a possible bright side, that on the other side of this FreedomClubUSA scheme collapsing, that those who make it through psychologically will feel more empowered and eventually create quite some strength within themselves to bring about change in their lives on their own. Kind of a psychological rebound. I am sure some will wallow in it for a while too, but stewing would be not much different than what they are already doing now, which is waiting for something that they could actually be creating on their own; a decent and balanced life.

If anyone here (or anyone who comes across this post at all) knows someone who is a member of FreedomClubUSA, I would suggest not confronting them about it at first but rather let them come to you about and simply be a good listener and ask questions about it if they talk about it, why they felt they wanted to join, etc. If they ask you to buy in just gently and politely tell them you are not ready to put your heart and soul into something of that nature. I would suggest seeding positive ideas in conversation about other things that can be done for the world on an individual level, or a collaborative level, that give results that are tangible and can be verified as being helpful; ideas that are more attractive than something that requires buying in with no tangible results.

It is a difficult situation to be in if you know someone who has been entranced by such a scheme but who you also know is intelligent, savvy, etc. They need to know they are still loved and that they didn't do something like this totally willingly, they were simply in a psychological and spiritual state which was more suggestible than their usual self and it caused them to enter into something they normally would not have. They need to know you are there for them if they need you to be. When handled gently, gracefully and lovingly, even if it requires giving them a lot of space for a bit, it should work out well.

Joe Akulis
5th December 2012, 16:13
Much obliged to you, for the insight.

000
9th December 2012, 18:10
As I continue my research, I have found a very similar scheme that was eventually busted in the past; Omega Trust. Here is the article from Wikipedia [SOURCE (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omega_Trust)]:


Omega Trust was a fraudulent (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraud) US (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States) investment scheme in Illinois.

Clyde D. Hood is a former electrician from Mattoon, Illinois (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mattoon,_Illinois). In 1994 Hood formed Omega Trust and Trading Limited and began to lecture to church groups. He said that the Lord had given him a mission. He claimed that he was one of the international traders who could make secret multimillion-dollar deals to benefit humanitarian programs through debentures (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debenture) and "prime bank notes" in foreign banks. Hood asked for an investment of $100 and promised a payout of $5,100 within 275 days. He wanted the money delivered wrapped in aluminum foil and via Federal Express (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Express) because U.S. federal government was trying to block the trades through the United States Postal Service. Therefore the scheme should remain secret. Thousands of people from USA and overseas sent money.

The program stopped accepting new investors in 1995. By that time, Hood had received more than $10 million. He began to present number of excuses as to why investors had not been paid, blaming administrative costs, problems with foreign banks and international financial conflicts. When some people still wanted to join, Hood and accomplices claimed that they could sell share units of people who had wanted to leave the program. The estimated total amount of money was $20 million.

In addition, Hood began new investment schemes named Alpha and Destiny and obtained more money from those who had invested to Omega. With the money Hood and his associates bought land and businesses in Mattoon, gave no-interest loans and made trips to Europe. Some of the money also went to finance businesses of other Hood associates like construction contractor Chris Engel.

Engel later cooperated with the police and let them tape a phone conversation with Hood. Hood lawyer Steve Ryan was also later removed from the case when he was subpoenaed (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subpoena) as a witness (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witness) and for possible collusion.

Clyde Hood and his 18 associates were indicted in 2000. Some of them pled guilty or were convicted of multiple counts of fraud (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraud), mail fraud (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mail_fraud), money laundering (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Money_laundering) and filing a false tax return (see 26 U.S.C. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internal_Revenue_Code) § 7206 (http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/26/7206.html)).

On April 10, 2001, Hood pled guilty to mail or wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, and filing a false tax return.[1] (http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/ilc/press/041001hood.html)

On January 24, 2002 Hood was sentenced to prison for 14 years and was fined $5,000. Five of his associates were convicted of active participation of the scheme and were ordered to make restitution. Thirteen associates were convicted of money laundering. Three hundred fifty-five victims received restitution from forfeited Omega Trust funds to the total of $1,697,310.00.

The Omega Trust still lives on in the Internet as a supposed global poverty relief program (see NESARA (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory)).

Hood is imprisoned at the "Federal Medical Center Devens," north of Worcester, Massachusetts, and is scheduled for release in November of the year 2012. Update CLYDE D HOOD was RELEASED on 04-08-2010 new address 1020 S 15th St Mattoon, IL 61938 Phone number 217-234-3110
And here of course is the very related NESARA [SOURCE (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory)]:


NESARA is an acronym for the proposed National Economic Security and Recovery Act, a set of economic reforms suggested during the 1990s by Harvey Francis Barnard. Barnard claimed that the proposals, which included replacing the income tax with a national sales tax (see also FairTax (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FairTax)), abolishing compound interest (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compound_interest) on secured loans, and returning to a bimetallic currency (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bimetallism), would result in 0% inflation and a more stable economy. The proposals were never introduced before Congress.

NESARA has since become better known as the subject of a cult-like conspiracy theory (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conspiracy_theory) promoted by Shaini Candace Goodwin, who claimed that the act was actually passed with additional provisions as the National Economic Security and Reformation Act, and then suppressed by the George W. Bush administration (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_W._Bush_administration) and the Supreme Court (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supreme_Court_of_the_United_States). Other people have adopted and embellished Goodwin's ideas.

History

Origins

Harvey Francis Barnard, a Louisiana graduate in systems philosophy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Systems_philosophy), and an engineering consultant and teacher, created the NESARA proposal during the late 1980s and early 1990s. He printed 1000 copies of his proposal, titled Draining the Swamp: Monetary and Fiscal Policy Reform (1996), and sent copies to members of Congress, believing it would pass quickly on its merits. Based on a theory that debt is the number one economic factor inhibiting the growth of the economy, and compound interest the number one "moral evil" and reason for debt, Barnard made several other attempts during the 1990s to draw political attention to the problems he saw in the US economy, and his suggested economic recovery proposal based on the root causes he determined. After these did not succeed, he decided in 2000 to release the proposal to the public domain (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_domain) and publish it on the internet. Barnard established the NESARA Institute in 2001, and published the 2nd edition of his book in 2005, retitling it Draining the Swamp: The NESARA Story - Monetary and Fiscal Policy Reform.[1] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-robinson_1-1)[2] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-2)

Goodwin's allegations

Soon after Barnard released NESARA on the internet, a user known as "Dove of Oneness" began posting about it in internet forums. "Dove of Oneness" has since been identified as Shaini Candace Goodwin, a former student of The Ramtha School Of Enlightenment (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramtha), referred to in the media as a "cybercult (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cybercult) queen."[1] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-robinson_1-1) According to Goodwin's website (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Website), the NESARA bill languished in Congress before finally being passed by a secret session in March 2000 and signed by President Bill Clinton (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Clinton). It is claimed that the new law was to be implemented at 10 am on September 11, 2001, but that the computers, and data (of the beneficiaries of the trillions of dollars of "Prosperity funds") were destroyed on the second floor of one of the World Trade Center towers in New York City during the terrorist attacks (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_11_attacks). Supposedly an earlier gag order (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gag_order) issued by the Supreme Court (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supreme_Court_of_the_United_States) had prohibited any official or private source from discussing it, under penalty of death.[3] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-3)[4] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-4)[5] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-5) Goodwin refers to "White Knights," most of them high-ranking military officials, who have since been struggling to have the law implemented despite opposition by President George W. Bush (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_W._Bush). Goodwin allegedly believes and purports that Bush orchestrated the September 11, 2001 attacks (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_11,_2001_attacks) and the Iraq War (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraq_War) as distractions from NESARA.[6] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-6)[7] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-7) Goodwin's description of NESARA goes far beyond Barnard's proposal by cancelling all personal debts, abolishing the Internal Revenue Service (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internal_Revenue_Service), declaring world peace, and requiring new presidential and congressional elections. Goodwin often claims that Bush officials are attempting to hack into and bring down her web site to prevent her from publicizing the law.[8] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-8)
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-8)
Goodwin began commenting on NESARA in connection with Omega Trust (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omega_Trust), a fraudulent investment scheme whose creator, Clyde Hood (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clyde_Hood), was on trial at the time. According to Goodwin, Omega Trust investors would receive their returns after NESARA was announced.[1] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-robinson_1-1)[9] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-9) Goodwin repeatedly predicted that the NESARA announcement would occur in the very near future,[10] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-10)[11] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-11)[12] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-12) although in recent years she has been more reserved in these predictions.[13] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-13)

Further development

Since Goodwin began commenting on NESARA, other internet-based conspiracy theorists have latched onto it. One supporter, Sheldan Nidle, ties the imminent NESARA announcement into his years-old prophesy of an imminent large scale UFO (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UFO) visitation by benevolent aliens (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extraterrestrial_life) (occasionally on his website reports, but more prominently in his videos,[14] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-14) seminars[15] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-15) and public appearances[16] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-16)). Jennifer Lee, who used to publish internet NESARA status reports almost daily[17] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-17) on her now defunct site, discussed a host of other-worldly and "interdimensional" beings who are helping behind the scenes to get NESARA announced. Internet evangelist Sherry Shriner, who operates many websites, sees NESARA as linked to malevolent reptiloid (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reptiloid) aliens she feels have long controlled the U.S. Government.[18] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-18)

NESARA groups are known for certain to exist and to have attracted press attention in Utah (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utah),[19] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-waiting-19)[20] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-20) and the Netherlands (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netherlands).[21] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-robinson_3-21) Members of these groups get together to discuss the status of NESARA, read the various reports, hold protests, and pass out fliers about NESARA to the public. Goodwin claims that NESARA groups exist throughout several nations and US states including California, Washington, Arizona, and Texas, and provides hundreds of pieces of photographic evidence of people in public protests holding NESARA banners,[22] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-22)[23] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-23) but it is not clear to what degree the people holding the banners are aware of what NESARA is, or for how long these groups were active. The News Tribune has traced the story behind at least some of these photos (photos of trucks driving around Washington DC (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_DC) bearing the words "NESARA Announcement Now!"), and found that they were part of a $40,000 advertising campaign allegedly paid for an elderly San Francisco (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco) resident who had made donations to Goodwin.[21] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-robinson_3-21)

Criticism and comparison to a cult

Barnard became aware of Goodwin's description of NESARA before his death in 2005. He denied that NESARA had been enacted into law or even assigned a tracking number, and condemned Goodwin's allegations as a disinformation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disinformation) campaign.[24] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-24)

Goodwin, for her part, dismisses the NESARA Institute as a disinformation front for the Bush family (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bush_family).

Some NESARA detractors claim that NESARA is a cult (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cult) designed primarily to provide an income to Goodwin and others. They point to the fact that Goodwin, Lee, and Nidle frequently ask their readers to donate money.[25] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-25)[26] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-26)[27] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-27) Goodwin, who also asks readers to donate their frequent flyer miles (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frequent_flyer_miles),[28] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-goodwin_20041024-28) claims that she needs and has used the funds to travel to various locations around the world to secretly meet with high-level government officials about getting NESARA announced.[28] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-goodwin_20041024-28)[29] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-29)

Some NESARA supporters also make the claim that otherworldly beings are working to get NESARA announced. These include a "channeled (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Channeling_%28mediumistic%29)" cosmic being (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiritual_Hierarchy#Cosmic_beings) called "Hatonn (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiritual_Hierarchy#Cosmic_beings_from_the_Pleiade s)"[30] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-30) (an android (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_%28robot%29) Pleiadean (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleiadean)), and another named Sananda (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sananda_%28New_Age%29). According to some Ascended Master Teaching proponents such as Joshua David Stone (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joshua_David_Stone), Sheldan Nidle, and Luis Prada, Sananda (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sananda_%28New_Age%29) is the "galactic name" of Ascended Master Jesus, which he uses in his role as Commander-in-Chief of the Ashtar Command (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashtar_Command) flying saucer fleet. Pallas Athena (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pallas_Athena) is regarded as being the Vice-Commander of the saucer fleet. Ashtar (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashtar_%28extraterrestrial_being%29) (Ashtar Sheran) is regarded in these teachings as being third-in-command.[31] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-31) Saint Germain (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Germain_%28Theosophy%29), an Ascended Master (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ascended_Master) borrowed from the I AM Movement (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_AM_Movement) and the Church Universal and Triumphant (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_Universal_and_Triumphant), along with benevolent aliens from the Galactic Federation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiritual_Hierarchy#Galactic_Confederation_of_Plan ets), are also frequently mentioned (most prominently by Nidle) as working towards the NESARA announcement. The designation of George W. Bush as a disguised reptilian (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reptilians) often co-occurs with this claim.[32] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-32) Goodwin has claimed that Ascended Master Saint Germain (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Germain_%28Theosophy%29) has come down from the etheric plane (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etheric_plane) to physically meet with heads of banks and world leaders regarding the NESARA announcement.[33] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-33)[34] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-34)

The prominence of failed prophecy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leon_Festinger) also lends support to the cult theory. NESARA supporters often tell their readers that the NESARA announcement is going to happen in a matter of days. These claims have been made too many times to enumerate, without ever coming to fruition. According to the documentary Waiting For NESARA, the claim was also made prior to March 2003 that George Bush was planning the war with Iraq only to further delay the NESARA announcement. It was prophesied that spiritual (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supernatural) beings and UFOs would intervene with Bush's plans and prevent the war.[19] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-waiting-19)

A June 2006 complaint to the Washington consumer protection division accused Goodwin of using the NESARA story to defraud a 64-year-old San Francisco woman of at least $10,000. The woman's daughter said the actual amount is much larger, in the hundreds of thousands.[21] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NESARA_conspiracy_theory#cite_note-robinson_3-21)

Of course for the people who got caught up in these things it was their own free will based choice to get involved. However it is very sad to me when people who otherwise have some degree of openness and intelligence get so seduced by false hope like this, particularly false hope that is of a 'wishful thinking' based nature.

As discussed earlier in this thread, we are here to act upon our desires in a fashion that is steadily centred within integrity. It is sad that such things as NESARA have only caused people to become spiritually and mentally sedentary. If one cannot begin to act upon one's own will, someone else will take one's will and use/abuse it, as such schemes as Freedom Club USA, Omega Trust, et al have done.

When we take the focus out of our own hearts, we are slowed and less likely to take direct action to change the things about the world that we wish to change.

In nature, change is emergent and gradual. There are on occasion relatively sudden 'leaps' but they are not usually predictable and we never quite know when, how, why, etc.

Human evolution seems to be speeding up ever more so with each passing moment but it is entirely based on an impeccably intricate network of Causes and Effects between us all, on all levels from the physical to non-physical.

When we require icons such as angels or 'ascended masters' to tell us how we ought to behave and act, we are not following our true paths or true inner intentions. Rather, we woefully neglect our very cores and stunt our own individual evolutions by doing so.

Lessons can be learned from anything of course, even if it is from the ingestion of pre-digested opinions and practices. If one must fall a certain number of times before one can see one's own situation then perhaps it is necessary in that individual's life. When it is in the context of a scheme or cult, however, it becomes very unnecessary and far more damaging than it is helpful.

We shall likely always experience heartbreak to some degree, perhaps changing in context as we evolve, learning from it, but to actively promote it via scheming and ritual is beyond immoral. It is the literal theft of an individual's energies, their focuses, on a mass scale.

Here is the documentary mentioned at the end of the Wikipedia article "Waiting for NESARA":

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I have been finding further connections to FCUSA that appear to have, in the past, branched out to other companies/organizations with fairly shady histories.

From this post [SOURCE (http://scam.com/showthread.php?p=1284900)]:


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Here is an article from 2009 that I found linking one James Goetz of Grileck International to Freedom Club USA in passing [SOURCE]:


Feds Search Lakeland Candidate Goetz's Home

By Rick Rousos (http://www.theledger.com/personalia/ricrou) & Lyle McBride (http://www.theledger.com/personalia/lylmcb)
THE LEDGER

Published: Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 1:24 p.m.

Last Modified: Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 10:57 p.m.

LAKELAND | Federal and state investigators spent five hours Wednesday searching the home of Lakeland City Commission candidate James Goetz.

http://www.theledger.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=LL&Date=20091007&Category=NEWS&ArtNo=910079950&Ref=AR&MaxW=198&border=0 (http://www.theledger.com/article/20091007/NEWS/910079950) Enlarge (http://www.theledger.com/article/20091007/NEWS/910079950)

James Goetz

Fifteen agents from the IRS, the FBI, the U.S. Postal Service and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement served a federal search warrant at Goetz's home at 3038 Cleveland Heights Blvd. Lakeland police accompanied them to assist, but said the case belonged to federal authorities.

The warrant is sealed, meaning it is not a document that is open to public inspection at this time.

At 4:30 p.m., investigators from the U.S. Postal Service loaded five cardboard boxes into the backseat of a car and drove off.

Goetz, 29, was not arrested.

He implied that his opponent for City Commission, Edie Yates, was somehow involved in the scrutiny from investigators.

Goetz spotted a Ledger reporter outside his home as the search was under way and sent the reporter a text message that began 'my opponent is dirty.'

Yates responded later that she has run a clean campaign and always will.

'There is no way I have so much influence as to bring federal and state agents down on anybody,' she said.

Goetz texted that he had no comment on the investigation now. 'My family is of the utmost importance to me during this difficult time,' he wrote.

In a second text message, he wrote, 'It's a barrel of emotions right now ... I'm very confused and concerned for my wife and daughter.'

An anonymous tip alerted The Ledger to the search at Goetz's house.

Investigators who were conducting the search would not comment on what they were looking for nor what items were listed in the search warrant.

'There are IRS special agents on site for official purposes' was all that Norm Meadows, an IRS special agent, would say.

When interviewed by The Ledger last month, Goetz said he made a living with a variety of ventures. Among those was a health program called the Essential Spine, which involves using essential oils to help relieve back and other pain. He sells it through a Web site. He also said he trades stocks and currency in foreign markets.

Goetz is also involved in a company called Grileck International. A source close to the investigation said Monday that he could neither confirm nor deny that the company is a main focus of the inquiry.

Goetz said he has done work for Grileck International, which he described as a small, off-shore operation that worked like a savings and loan. He said his work was similar to being a loan officer. It also involved giving motivational talks and educating people on how to handle money.

In the company's listing on the Web site eCRATER.com, Grileck International says it is headquartered in Montevideo, Uruguay, and was formed to do a variety of things, including making investments in securities and other financial instruments, exporting, buying and selling mortgages, and handling real estate.

On the eCRATER site, which describes itself as a free online marketplace for sellers to present their products, Grileck sells its help in setting up different kinds of corporations in the United States and offshore, in such places as Panama, Costa Rica and the tiny island nation of Nevis in the Caribbean.

Goetz was listed as the company's president and CEO on its Wikipedia page until May, when Grileck's listing was shortened. That page now excludes any mention of the company's officers.

Grileck and Goetz have been criticized on a Web site called www.scam.com (http://www.scam.com) by people who said Goetz was a consultant with an organization called the Freedom Club USA. Those critics complained about a program they said Goetz was involved in that was supposed to help people fix credit problems and improve credit scores but didn't.

Goetz is a candidate for the Southeast ñ District D seat, now held by Yates, who is seeking re-election to another four-year term in the Nov. 3 election.

This is not the first time Goetz's home has drawn interest from officials.

Last week, he paid $16,445 in local back property taxes, penalties and interest.

He received notice of the debt Sept. 30 and paid the entire amount with a cashier's check the same day, a Polk County Tax Collector's spokeswoman said. The Polk County Property Appraiser's Office had finished an investigation of the property Sept. 29, concluding that he owed the $16,445 for the years 2006, 2007 and 2008.

His property was given tax-exempt status by the county beginning in 2006. The designation was granted because the house was owned by a corporation called the Goetz Foundation of Florida that was awarded 501(c)3 nonprofit status as a charitable organization by the federal government in 2004.

Property Appraiser Marsha Faux said the main reason Goetz was ordered to pay the $16,445 was because the home needed to be used solely as a charity in order to receive the tax exemption.

Goetz said he and his wife have operated a charity for years that helps the poor.
And here (http://www.tdi.texas.gov/consumer/cpmwin.html) I have found a page about Healthshare's (and related companies) being found insolvent:


W.I.N. Association Resource Page

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (http://www.tdi.texas.gov/consumer/cpmwin.html#FAQs) | Contact TDI (http://www.tdi.texas.gov/consumer/cpmwin.html#Contact) | Shopping for Coverage (http://www.tdi.texas.gov/consumer/cpmwin.html#Shopping) | Helpful Publications (http://www.tdi.texas.gov/consumer/cpmwin.html#Publications) | Prevent Insurance Fraud (http://www.tdi.texas.gov/consumer/cpmwin.html#Fraud) | File an Insurance Complaint (http://www.tdi.texas.gov/consumer/cpmwin.html#Complaint)

On April 3, 2009, the Travis County District Court entered a Default Order of Liquidation and Permanent Injunction against W.I.N. Association, Healthshare America LLC, Chamberhealth USA, and Healthshare Marketing LLC finding the companies to be insolvent.

Commissioner has been named Liquidator

The Agreed Liquidation Order names Insurance Commissioner Mike Geeslin as the liquidator of the companies. Members of the liquidator’s staff are currently on-site to monitor the companies’ operations and ensure that the liquidator maintains control over the assets and operations.

Permanent Injunction and Automatic Stay

The entry of the Agreed Order of Liquidation and Permanent Injunction triggered an automatic stay under Chapter 443 of the Texas Insurance Code. Pursuant to the automatic stay, certain actions against the companies, such as lawsuits, are prohibited.

Additional Background Information

Wellness International Network (a.k.a. W.I.N. Association, formerly known as Healthshare America and Chamberhealth USA) engaged in the unauthorized business of insurance by soliciting, marketing, selling, administering, executing and issuing health insurance plans to individuals and small businesses without any authority to act as an insurer.

TDI issued an Emergency Cease & Desist Order against the companies for selling unlicensed insurance coverage, collecting premiums and failing to pay medical claims. W.I.N. Association covered approximately 400 people in the United States, including 42 people in the state of Texas, and 57 in the state of Georgia.

In addition to the Texas insurance commissioner and the state of Texas, several other states have also taken action against W.I.N. Association.

Current Status

The companies are insolvent, meaning that they do not have enough assets to pay claims. On the date of the liquidation order, the companies had virtually no assets and hundreds of thousands of dollars in claims and other liabilities. At this time, it is not expected that the estate will be able to make even a partial payment on claims. The liquidator will implement a process by which parties can formally make claims against the companies.
The further I dig around, the more shady this organization becomes in my perception. There are simply too many holes, frayed ends and paths of false hope leading nowhere.

Continuing on, let us switch aspects of this topic for a moment to group psychology and how it is used in the case of Freedom Club USA. During the week FCUSA is host to a conference call labeled "Quantum Energetics", which of course Thomas J. Lawler claims to be a "Master Practitioner" [SOURCE (http://www.biorenew.com/quantum_energetics1)].


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And here are some explanations delivered via their FAQ [SOURCE (http://www.biorenew.com/quantumenergetics_faqs)]:




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This method is claimed to be supported by ACEP [Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology] however if you go to the ACEP website (http://www.energypsych.org) and search for Quantum Energetics or BioRenew, nothing comes up.

Energy healing is a very real thing, yes, however experiencing it over the phone with many others listening is more akin to a group meditation than a specifically tailored individual healing session. We each have lived through different traumas and although we may experience them similarly we all experience them individually and in unique contexts.

Meditation is a positive thing, it relaxes us and allows us to center ourselves for a period of time. It does not instantaneously heal our traumas but it is a helpful practice on a path of processing and letting go of our traumas.

Some people have lived through such magnitudes and complexities of trauma however that it takes some time to process and let go of. It is also far from pleasant. To let go, one must also face directly and feel the original pain as it passes through and dims in magnitude with each pass. And that only occurs when one begins to understand the pain themselves, in their own context, rather than a generic context.

I will stop myself here though before I go off on a tangent as there is plenty of material on Avalon regarding healing of all sorts, psychology, alternative medicine, etc.

My perspective is that in the context of group meditation these "Quantum Energetics" sessions are used to create anxiety reduction and create a certain degree of pacification in order to indirectly, emotionally, encourage members of the organization to continue attempting to recruit new members and bringing in new money for the top members of the pyramid.

This plays in directly with the sense of being on the edge of one's seat, consistently anticipating 'funding' although it shall not arrive. When one is in a state of reduced anxiety that is prolonged through quasi-meditative practice, the euphoria will last longer and be able to be reignited a number of times as various dates come and go with no success.

The dangerous aspect to this is that when the house of cards eventually does destabilize and fall, all of the traumas that people thought they may have left behind may surface once more with increased strength, particularly if they were based upon trust. A lot of members I would assume have put a high degree of trust and faith into the outcome that is consistently sold to them, that of prosperity in a monetary wealth sense, in order to help the world.

Those who truly help the world though do not wait around to do it and often they do not wait for enormous amounts of money to do it, they simply GO. That is the true human spirit in action.

So when this, often years in depth, anticipation is suddenly and permanently removed with nothing to show for it, there will be a lot of individuals facing the reality of what they have just been through and done for the past number of years and it will not feel nice at all.

For some it may trigger actual positive actions with tangible results, following their decompression. For some it simply may cause further trauma because they were unable to comprehend, or are not willing to face up to, what they chose to participate in.

It is a fairly sticky situation. On the FCUSA website there are a large number of disclaimers, and of course there is the fact that there are No Refunds at all, and that the money that is 'gifted' to the organization is for Educational Materials.

This is another shady aspect to the organization. When you truly want to share valid and important information with people, and you want them to read and understand it, you make it available for free and do not profit from it. Information that needs to be known, needs to be known, there are no excuses like 'but you have to pay for it monetarily to get it'. They also make sure their members do not share this information with non-members.

Once more, if one wants to better the world, why restrict the flow of supposed 'need to know' information? Why the desire to profit from it? It is all highly suspect.