While I drove I listened distractedly to some car radio. I wasn't really hearing the news or the announcer as I drove and was, in fact, just about to tune to a *hairier* spot on the radio dial... when, abruptly... the announcer used the expression "UFO."
Anyway... the reporter shared (and I paraphrase) that some loopy UFO whack-job from
...Let's pause for a moment to let all that sink in...
I remember thinking at the time that this incredibly hapless fellow must be one mondo-bionic dim-bulb of a ruminating snot-bubbler... (!) ...to try a stunt like that! How could that, remotely, work?
...Something about it just wasn't right, though, and curiosity's fuse was lit. I thought about it off and on all weekend, and I decided that when I returned to
It's many years later, and I am saddened in the extreme regarding what I found out, almost from the beginning, that there is much, much more than meets the eye... ...with regard to the John Ford Affair... like it is, I suppose, with pretty much anything else... well, like it is with pretty much everything else... but I digress again.
Right off the bat there were surprises...
Consider... someone *unsettled* enough to put radium in someone else's toothpaste... must have some kind of *history* of aberrant behavior, wouldn't you think? I mean, a guy like this just doesn't spring fully formed from the head of Zeus! There must be some kind of record or audit trail of deviancy... wouldn't that be fair?
But no—there is no such record! In fact, the absolute and exact opposite is the case! John Ford was a model citizen, a court officer, and a holder of a college Master's degree. He was good to his mother, and though he has yet to marry, he'd dated and gotten close a couple of times; he's a normal guy!
...Think, for a moment, about the *influence* of a political machine such as the one just described... think what it could impose, ...and throughout a slew of conflicted government departments and hip-shooting private agencies!
...Let that sink in a moment!
John Ford was something else, too. He was stubborn. For cause? He could get so far up your nose you could feel his boney knees on your septum, and he was prone to explore every inch of his constitutional *rights*—to every corner of the ethical envelope, too!
John Ford was something else, still. He was EASY to discount. He was EASY to marginalize. He was easy to discredit!
John Ford may have been one more thing. He may have been crazy. But if he was, good listener... he was benignly and efficaciously so! Take craziness out of the equation!
What was John Ford doing, really, when a couple of platoons of SWAT team showed up at his residence to arrest him for conspiracy to commit murder? Well, he was doing what he did best!
What was John Ford's root concern in all of this?
Well—John Ford, no dummy remember, was sure that Suffolk County officials, and the titular head of those officials, John Powell, were all hip-deep in a *conspiracy*... to cover up the crash of an alien space craft near Moriches Bay on September 28 in 1989...
Now—for any of you listeners out there smotherin' a giggle... remember that dozens of credible witness saw something highly strange transpire in and around the bay on that night, so those foundationless giggles (the listener might be muffling?)... can be retired with some shame!
In a completely lawful manner, with a minimum of "actionable eccentricity", and with some intelligent intensity and single-minded passion, John Ford investigated John Powell. Well within the law, and with some vigor, the little guy tried to get the gotcha *goods* on the big guy. One can certainly begin to predict the eventual outcome of this David and Goliath story...
When I was a child living in west
Let me just cut to the curly short-hair chase, ladies and gentlemen!
John Powell was dirty as hell!
John Ford, on the other hand has not drawn a free breath or seen the light of day since 1996...
Is anyone else seeing the connected dots in this picture? Let me help!
Is it a stretch to suppose that John Powell could have exercised a few tainted *muscles* of his vast political machine of graft and conspiracy... to... TORPEDO John Ford? Given the senseless facts of the case, John Ford's history, education and references... does the listener think it *remotely* possible that this is so?
Oh, it's so... it's just another iteration of the same old story we become more and more accustomed to in increasingly terrorized and tyrannical world... Goliath, friends and fellow motes, only loses in the Bible!
John ford is innocent, and he rots in prison today for the convenience of an ongoing conspiracy and a criminal elite! Plain and simple!
Ford's very suspect initial attorney, one John Rouse (deceased), had given every indication that the case against Ford is specious at best... and wholly contrived at worst! The "witnesses" were as suspect ...perhaps planted, or sold Ford out for reduced sentences committed in other crimes—I mean nobody knows went on in the belly of the machine; the clinical evaluation determining that he was *insane* was almost certainly flawed, canted, or ignorantly uninformed, and the "B" movie circumstances surrounding Ford's ongoing torment... are too suspicious to be minimally credible... and are without DOUBT scurrilously fabricated! Even guilty of the accused crime he would have been out a decade ago.
John Ford deserves a re-look, a change of venue, or a hearing of some type to try to get some real justice done. The loss of Ford's freedom for the convenience of a craven convicted criminal is the symbolic loss of all our freedoms, a repudiation of everything that America is supposed to be, and a crime in its own right.