19 June 2017

Wanted Felon Morton Broadcasts on the Run


It appears wanted felon Sean David Morton did a broadcast of his Internet streaming show allegedly while driving on the freeway in Los Angeles today.

Morton failed to appear before a federal court today for his criminal sentencing after he and his wife were convicted in April 2017 on numerous felony counts including fraud and conspiracy from their roles in a tax scheme.  A federal warrant has been issued for Morton's arrest.

Morton was reported to be driving around the L.A. area broadcasting from a cellphone telling listeners that "everything's all right,  I'm fine."  Morton was reported to have not commented on absconding from his sentencing hearing or why he was broadcasting from a cellphone in a moving car.

Morton stated he filed an appeal with the United States Supreme Court earlier in the morning and intends to get a response from the Supreme Court on Tuesday, though even an emergency appeal could take weeks for the courts to consider.  The U.S. Attorney General's office appears unaware of any appeal and prosecutors are generally notified if an appeal in their case has been filed.

Morton claims "constitutional rights violations" as the basis for his appeal, but a similar appeal made by Morton to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals was denied last week and that court stated in its response it would not entertain any further appeals from Morton.  If Morton did file an appeal with the Supreme Court, what will he do if the appeal is denied?  Traveling outside of the United States might be a problem for Morton, as part of his release agreement when he was originally arrested in 2016 was Morton being required to ask for permission to travel and his passport being held by the federal government along with a $10,000 release bond.

Morton stated last Friday on his Internet streaming show that he had a plan to deal with his current legal problems and said he couldn't discuss it.  Prosecutors in the case recommended Morton be imprisoned for 87 months.  Morton is likely now facing more time in prison for failing to appear at his sentencing hearing.

Morton has claimed the United States federal court does not have jurisdiction over him and he is a sovereign citizen of the state of what he calls the California Republic.  Morton also claimed the judge presiding over his criminal case was not a real judge.  Morton was reported to have stated lower courts in the federal system have no jurisdiction over constitutional matters, which is incorrect.  Morton has advertised himself to be a "constitutional and legal expert".

A question then arises that if Morton believes the United States has no jurisdiction over him, why is he filing an appeal with a court of the United States government and why did he ever file any tax returns of any sort, or file for bankruptcy through federal court?

UPDATE 06/20/17 @ 12:30 PST

Morton posted a message to his Facebook account asking for people to send money to a fundraiser for his wife to get an apartment and move; the post was later removed.  Morton's wife, Melissa Ann Morton, was also convicted in the tax fraud scheme and is scheduled for sentencing July 24th in the same Los Angeles federal courthouse Morton was supposed to appear at for his sentencing.

Some might use a few choice words other than generous and kind to describe someone involved with ripping off investors and defrauding people.

ufowatchdog.com received a report that Melissa Ann Morton was spotted at the Los Angeles Disneyland around the time Morton didn't show up for his sentencing, furiously texting on her mobile phone appearing nervous and distracted while pacing.  Looks like Mrs. Morton's story is that she doesn't know where Mr. Morton is and she dropped him off at the courthouse earlier.

Morton was heard on his Internet streaming show talking about his wife needing a wheelchair and she was allegedly paralyzed on her left side, but on Monday she appeared in good enough condition to make a trip to Disneyland where she was formerly employed.

One might ask where Mrs. Morton is going to be relocating to considering her criminal sentencing date is a mere five weeks away, and she is likely going to prison.

Bunk Psychic Absconds from Criminal Sentencing

Bogus psychic and convicted felon Sean David Morton was scheduled to be sentenced today for his part in a tax fraud scheme.  Prosecutors in the case recommended an 87 month term of imprisonment for Morton.

Morton was to appear in a Los Angeles, California federal court today at 11AM (PST) and failed to show up for sentencing.  A source within the United States Attorney General's office confirmed a federal warrant has been issued for Morton's arrest and his current whereabouts are unknown.

Morton and his wife, Melissa Ann Morton, were accused of filing false tax returns and charged victims thousands of dollars claiming their debt could be erased through a bonding process , in spite of knowing the process did not work.  When victims sought refunds upon discovering the process did not work, Morton refused to refund their money plunging them further into debt.

Morton also defrauded the government out of nearly half-a-million dollars by filing a false tax return and forging other tax documents by submitting multiple copies to various IRS offices in an effort to circumvent the IRS's system.  In all, Morton attempted to claim more than $12,000,000 in refunds even though he does not have any verifiable income.

"Defendant reported no income on his financial statement, but monthly expenses of $3,306, with no genuine explanation as to how he meets these expenses."
--United States Parole & Probation report on Morton.

During a 2015 federal bankruptcy hearing, The Mortons lied about their business interests and attempted to mislead bankruptcy officers about their finances, causing their bankruptcy filing to be denied.  Morton filed a number of bizarre motions and arguments during the bankruptcy case including this one.

Agents from the Internal Revenue Service's criminal division began investigating Morton and his wife after Morton filed multiple fraudulent tax returns and documents, including OID (Original Issue Discount) forms he claimed were issued to him by a bank.   Bank employees testified the OID forms were never issued to Morton and an expert witness confirmed the documents submitted by Morton were fraudulent.

The investigation also focused on Morton and his wife obtaining a nearly half-million dollar tax refund they were not entitled to.  The IRS investigation found The Mortons moved quickly to divert the money to different accounts in an effort to hide it from the IRS, which included withdrawing $70,000 in cash and later lying to investigators about their bank accounts.  Part of the money was used by The Mortons to purchase a BMW automobile.

In January 2016, a federal grand jury indicted The Mortons on 56 felony counts including fraud and conspiracy.  In February 2016 while disembarking from a cruise ship, The Mortons were arrested by federal agents and later released after posting a $10,000 bond.  Federal agents also served a search warrant on an apartment The Mortons were living in and seized documents, computers, and other items.

The Mortons entered not guilty pleas and the case went to trial April 2017 with Sean David Morton representing himself while his wife obtained court appointed counsel.  Morton previously claimed to be a "legal and constitutional expert" though he does not have a law degree and is not licensed to practice law.

Morton filed a number of disjointed, rambling briefs and motions with the court prosecutors said were designed to delay the criminal trial.  Those documents submitted to the court included Morton proclaiming himself judge of his own court, stating the courts had no jurisdiction over him, attempting to withdraw his not guilty plea after he'd been convicted, notifying the IRS he did not fall under their rules, filing a state lawsuit in an attempt to stop federal criminal proceedings against him, and more.  A jury took two hours to return guilty verdicts against Morton and his wife on all counts.

"The Court is familiar with the multitude of nonsensical pleadings [Morton] filed and stated in Court throughout the course of this criminal case, which has not abated since his conviction.  [Morton]’s pattern of conduct of filing unintelligible pleadings began weeks after the initial indictment of defendants...The day [Morton] was released from his arrest, he filed unintelligible pleadings..."
--Dept. of Justice attorneys in a brief filed with the court on Morton's barrage of filings.

Morton's filing of numerous motions in an attempt to stall proceedings is a tactic referred to as paper terrorism, in which a person files copious amounts of paperwork to bury the court in order to delay proceedings or hoping for the court to make an error.

At a New Life Expo conference, Morton referred to himself as a paper terrorist claiming he could shut down a court by filing excessive paperwork and lawsuits.  A federal agent was at the conference and recorded Morton making this claim.

Morton's filing of what prosecutors called "unintelligible" and "nonsensical" motions play a part in his sentencing and add to the amount of time he will spend in federal prison if he is ever taken into custody.  When a defendant attempts to stall or otherwise interfere with court proceedings without a legitimate legal basis, it can be considered obstruction of justice in federal court.  In a recommendation to the court, prosecutors requested Morton be imprisoned for 87 months.

Morton's legal shenanigans came to an end when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals notified Morton the court would no longer accept his filings.  Morton asked his sentencing date be changed and the court denied that request.

"Defendant is a serial fraudster with a long history of perpetrating financial crimes and wasting precious time and resources of the government and the courts."  -- U.S. Attorney General counsel on Sean David Morton.

Morton described the case against him as "thought crime" claiming there is a government conspiracy attempting to silence him for self publishing books he says contain information exposing the government.  In spite of this alleged conspiracy to silence him, Morton's books are readily available online and he has freely discussed them on Internet podcasts and videos as well as at conspiracy conferences.

When the Securities and Exchange Commission sued Morton and his wife in 2010 for swindling investors out of more than $6,000,000 in what was called a "psychic scheme", Morton filed an inordinate amount of documents and briefs with the court in an attempt to stop the Securities and Exchange Commission from suing him.  The SEC found The Mortons diverted large sums of investor money into personal and other business accounts including $250,000 Morton put in his Prophecy Research Institute.

Morton publicly claimed his investment account had been certified by a prestigious accounting firm when it had not.   The SEC was successful suing Morton who was ordered to pay back millions.  Morton was also sued by investors including an elderly woman who lost her life savings in the scheme.  It is not known if Morton has paid anything to the SEC or the victims.

Morton was exposed in the ufowatchdog.com investigation The Shameless Psychic and his Porphecy of Lies, in which the majority of Morton's educational and background claims were found to be false.  Morton attempted to sue ufowatchdog.com for $1,000,000 claiming the story was designed to defame him and was untrue.  Morton was only required by law to prove a single false statement had been made.

After failing to show the court any of the information published was untrue, Morton lost the case and was ordered to pay ufowatchdog.com $16,000 in legal fees.  Morton continued disparaging the investigation and failed to respond to a challenge to provide his proof even when directly contacted.

Morton's co-conspirator/wife Melissa Ann Morton (pictured below, left) is scheduled to be sentenced July 24th and she has acquired new legal counsel.

Morton gained notoriety in psychic and conspiracy circles for his fast talking appearances on the popular late night radio program Coast to Coast AM and was heavily promoted by then host Art Bell.

Morton made predictions on the program and claimed to be a UFO insider with government and intelligence contacts.  The majority of Morton's predictions failed to come true and UFO cases endorsed as genuine by Morton were often found to be hoaxes.  Morton advertised himself as the"World's Foremost UFO Researcher".

Morton was later banned from appearing on Coast to Coast AM with current host George Noory after the program was served with a subpoena by the SEC during its investigation into Morton swindling investors out of millions.  Coast to Coast AM and George Noory were not involved in the investment scheme.

Morton's self published biography changed multiple times throughout the years to incorporate areas that were popular at the time.  Morton's original biography was erased from his website in the wake of the ufowatchdog.com investigation being published.  Morton later continued making claims in his biography that have been refuted.

Morton hosted an online streaming radio program and boasted it to be the number one show on the Internet with millions of listeners, though no data could be found to confirm this claim.

Morton wrote and self published a newsletter that later ceased publication amid complaints from subscribers that it was either late or never published.  The newsletter was also a focal point during the SEC investigation due to Morton using it to entice investors.

Touting himself as "simply being the best" psychic in the world, many have wondered why Morton was unable to foresee his future legal troubles.

15 June 2017

Sean David Morton's Legal Shenanigans Shut Down

Sean David Morton, who was convicted of numerous felony crimes in a tax fraud case, is scheduled to be sentence this coming Monday, June 19th in federal court.  Prosecutors are recommending Morton be sentenced to 87 months in prison.

Before, throughout, and after the trial Morton has attempted at every turn to inundate the court with an inordinate amount of nonsensical motions and paperwork in attempt to slow down or shut down proceedings.  Morton attempted to do this when the SEC sued him for bilking investors out of more than $6,000,000.00.

Most recently, Morton asked that his sentencing be rescheduled so he could have time to receive discovery from the prosecution.  The only problem is he already received discovery, had his day in court, was convicted, and this request was a repeat of a previous argument Morton made that had previously been denied.  The court quickly denied Morton's latest motion advising it was a repeat of an argument Morton had already made.

Morton also filed an appeal with the 9th Circuit Court claiming he had not been given a fair trial.  Morton's motion was again denied and the court also ordered all future motions filed by Morton would be considered "moot" and "No further filings will be entertained in this closed case."

Morton has appeared on YouTube and various Internet streaming shows claiming he has been railroaded by the courts and that he's the victim in this case, just as he had when he swindled investors out of more than $6mil.

Morton has also been repeating numerous claims that have been proved false about himself including discovering Freedom Ridge at Area 51, exposing Area 51 to the national media, living with monks in Tibet, working with Gene Roddenberry on Star Trek, being part of the SRI remote viewing project and more.

In just under three days as of this article, Morton is to appear in court for his criminal sentencing.  What's amusing in this is that Morton's so-called psychic abilities failed to see any of this coming...

12 June 2017

South of East Gate?

The Rendlesham Forest Incident is considered by many to be one of the most credible UFO cases.  Though recently, one of the alleged witnesses in the case has come under fire.  A lot of questions have been raised about the credibility of witness Larry Warren; allegations of lying, fraud, forging a photograph of Warren and John Lennon, and his story about witnessing events at Rendlesham - that being some claim Warren was never present at the base during the time of the incident.

Larry Warren and UFO investigator Peter Robbins (pictured left) authored the book Left at East Gate about the Rendlesham UFO encounter.  Since information about Warren has come to light, some wondered what Robbins would do since he was an advocate for Warren and coauthored a book with him.  Robbins has recently made a rather lengthy posting on Facebook about Warren:

The reason I chose it was because to my untrained eye it appeared to be the crudest, most cut-and-paste-looking picture in the bunch. I even imagined, and wrote the same to you, that somehow Sacha and/or Dave had managed to create a fake FB screengrab of it. Remember? When you responded “pete the pict is real,” I was all but bowled over. It led me to revisit your earlier FB postings and find the photo where you’d posted it earlier in June. You deleted it not that long afterward. In response to your claims of the picture’s authenticity, I pulled up every single photo I had of you taken when you were 19 and 20, comparing them all to each other, then comparing them to ones taken years after, then compared each of the 19-20 year old Larry photos to the one allegedly taken Nov 28 1980 in New York City. Larry, there is no question that your face in that picture is broader and wider than any of the photos of you taken in 1980 and 1981. That broadening of the face is something that comes with age, and there is also no question that your hairline is receding in the Nov 28 picture, something that is definitely not happening in actual photos of you taken in 1980 and 1981.
Even so, I still did not want to believe you were responsible for creating the photo. In an attempt to exclude this possibility, I used Google’s ‘Reverse Image Search’ to see if I could rule out a similar, separate photo of John. Image Search works a lot like modern fingerprint search technology. You enter any photo ever taken, then search for it or the closest ones to it. If the picture appears anywhere on the internet, Image Search will find it. As it turned out a pair of pictures comes right up. They were taken seconds before or after the one you’re paired with John in, only they have a completely different background, and John’s mouth is as clear as the rest as the photograph and not with the mouth strangely smudged as in the one of you and John. Yours is a bogus photograph Larry yet you insist it’s not. Not good.
As I wrote to you in June, there is no way I will ever believe that you neglected or forgot to mention to me that 2 days before you flew from the States to England to begin your Air Force assignment there you met and were photographed with John Lennon in New York City.
Then that you expected me to believe you had withheld this fact from both me and from Left At East Gate because you were saving it for your next book? Yes, I know that you have met many famous and interesting people in your life, people who you do not mention in our book, but please, in the words of the great judge Judy, ‘Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining.’ In my entire life I never met anyone – anyone - more interested or obsessed in John Lennon’s life, work, history, instruments, etc., then you, and that goes back to from when we first met. I do not believe, not for a moment, that given how heartfelt you were in writing up how John’s murder affected you, and how you and other guys attended the huge memorial that weekend in Liverpool, and that you never bothered to mention to me that you just happened to meet (and be photographed with) John Lennon in New York City the week before he was murdered? I get angrier just thinking about it. What I hated most about being lied to like this was just how insulting it was to my intelligence. But it wasn’t just to me of course. It was a lie to everyone who sees your posts. In doing so you ‘opened the door’ as they say, to the unwelcome reality of a permanent cloud of reasonable doubt hanging over other things you have said, maintained, or are otherwise on record with, and more’s the pity. In this case, if you had faked a photograph once, might you have done it another time? And if you would fake a photo, might you also fake something else? The answer sadly is yes on both counts and you and only you are responsible for creating the reasonable doubt that it springs from.
Then there’s the deeper question of what would drive a person to make such an outrageous claim? What is it that compels you to make others believe this had really happened to you? That if you had been there a week later… you would have taken a Mark Chapman bullet for him? Do you really need for people like Kate McKenna Lawler to write, “RIP John and so incredible you met him!” I’m at a loss here Larry and not being a mental health professional I don’t know how to deal with it. Nor do I want to deal with it. So what’s the big deal about a single, basically harmless untruth like this? Does it have anything whatsoever to do with Rendlesham/ Bentwaters? No, of course not. Does it have anything to do with my and others take on your basic honesty, ethics and trustworthiness? Yes, very much so.
In May 2016 you were increasingly on my case to drop Ronnie Dugdale as a friend. You made it abundantly clear that you were convinced he was our ‘enemy’ and never really been our friend and how he had turned on us, especially on you. As a result I wrote to him to get his side of things, and you know what? I thought he made a great case but dumped him anyway, something that I sure caused him real pain, which I know would have been fine with you. My main point is that I did it because I felt that loyal to you, because you wanted me to. On reflection, every falling out I’m aware of that you’ve had with someone you’d previously considered a friend seems to have been that person’s fault, never yours. So it was with (name of individuals). I used to just accept this but don’t any longer. Isn’t it just possible that you contributed something to the misunderstanding responsible for that friendship ending? According to you, you were innocent in each case and I find that harder and harder to believe in light of what these people have shared with me or otherwise made public. In the case of Ronnie, one of the things he did that I think infuriated you was something I should have done 25 years ago, that being (to) really check out and independently confirm the written account of your interview with Keith Beabey as it appears in Left At East Gate. In fact you altered the facts Larry. Not a lot. I think it was a matter of not feeling comfortable with some of the things you told him back then, but you changed (a) fact in our book to suit yourself. Does this, should this change people’s opinions about the great book we wrote together? Should readers, and should I, now wonder if maybe you changed some other little fact here or there? Unfortunately, definitely. Again, you opened the door to this line of questioning and my doubts have only grown stronger (than) ever since (realizing) you did.
In your msg from earlier this week, you tell me I should drop Alyson Dunlop and James Welch as FB friends. Again, in past I’ve done this in every instance you’ve asked me to, not necessarily to my credit, but almost always without even looking into what the person has allegedly done to warrant being dumped by you/us. But let’s talk about Alyson. And while we’re at it, what exactly is behind your battle with ‘Scottish ufology,’ the University of Glasgow, James Welch, etc., beginning at the beginning.
I met Alyson on FB about 2 years ago and was first a guest on her show in January 2015. She was a huge fan of ours and Left At East Gate and asked me if I would come on to talk about the incident and about our book. She asked great questions and the show went great with lots of listeners commenting on it. But with you being the one actually involved, she was even more interested in you being a guest on the show and asked me if I thought you’d be willing to appear on the show as well. I said yes, I certainly thought so. She then sent you a friend request and you two became friends on Facebook. Your interview with her also resulted in a kick-ass programme which she more than appreciated. It was during this time that she learned we had not spoken together on the same stage for more than 10 years, the result, that she made it her business to change that by convincing Malcolm, Ron, and other colleagues involved in the Society for Paranormal Investigation Scotland (SPI) that you and I should headline their 2016 conference. After all parties agreed she began the process of raising the hundreds of pounds necessary to bring us to Glasgow for the conference. It was going to be structured so that everything would build toward our presentation with us scheduled for the feature spot as the final presenters of the day.
Alyson was regularly attacked by Sacha and her buddies once she began her efforts in our behalf and began promoting the conference. How did she respond? By getting in Sacha & company’s collective faces every time they came at her, in fact spending months and months defending you at every turn, on her FB page and on the SPI’s Facebook page. If you go back and read her posts and responses it’s obvious she must have spent hours on some days doing little else but coming to your defence, praising your courage and contributions to the RFI and refuting Sacha every chance she got.
We then come to this past June. Up until just after the conference itself there had never been any negative statements, negative behavior, or negative comments about you from anyone in ‘Scottish ufology,’ not that I’m aware of or remember anyway, and I’m going back to 1987 here. But please correct me if I’m wrong. It was in June that Kellymarie McColl Beggs made the comment she did in direct response to Sacha’s being banned (by Alyson!) from the conference. The result of this was your telling Kellymarie that if she attended, that you would come down into the audience and rip her windpipe out through her spine. {Correction: Larry’s actual statement was that he would “..put your windpipe through your spine.” My error.} Maybe you consider comments like this MC/outlaw humor, but to the rest of us they constitute a genuine threat of physical violence, and that is not okay with me.
I don’t know Larry. Perhaps you’ve just gotten so used to routinely threatening people’s health, safety and lives that you no longer consider the impact your words really have on others. I know that I have completely had it with your physical threats against people. No one else I have ever known (ever) resorts to them as often and as routinely as you do. When Kellymarie made the University of Glasgow aware of your threat to her, they responded by banning you from speaking on campus, and this is where you began spinning things. As far as I’m concerned the school did the absolutely correct thing. They weren’t being wusses in taking your threat seriously. They certainly don’t know you or that you never make good on your threats, at least that I’m aware of. All they did was what any responsible school should do in the face of a stated threat of violence on university grounds, end of story.
With respect my friend, when you shot that brief video with Tino, it should have featured an apology to Alyson, Malcolm, Ron, and the other folks who volunteered their time to make this event a reality, not to mention the audience members who paid their money, at least in part, for the historic chance of hearing us speak together again. Instead, you set out to make it seem that others were at fault for your not speaking, not you, and that’s a lousy way to treat people who had nothing but goodwill and respect toward you.
Your recent post, “this bitch needs to be run out.........just sayin,” only makes me feel more disgusted with your attitude toward a woman who never meant you any harm. Just the opposite, not until you gave her cause to anyway. Yes, you genuinely do have a problem with Alyson, James, and other members of ‘Scottish ufology’ now, but a problem that you singlehandedly created on your own and are 100% responsible for.
And a little about James Francis Welch who you have also asked me to unfriend. Prior to your infuriating him by unfriending him as one of many in your purge of FB friends who happened to have any FB friend who is on your enemies list, he was one of your {the word “your” should have read “our” here} hugest fans in all of Scotland. It is sad to me that you have become so rage-filled and defensive that you are unable to tolerate anyone (maybe with the exception of me, thus far anyway) having anyone you don’t approve of among their FB friends. Often such friendships are meaningless or dormant, but they have to be non-existent in your book. True, your dumping James turned him into an attack dog overnight, and over the top in some respects, but you are 100% responsible for turning him from a major supporter into a major critic, no one else. Your rage and paranoia can be contagious in such a situation.
And speaking about paranoia, were you even remotely serious in your August post: “16 hr delay....due to a bomb threat against the flight.just found out ? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. makes one wonder..trolls n all.” I am sure as I can be that you did not tell people or note on Facebook what your flight to Toronto was or what airline you were flying, did you? So how could anyone have made such a threat? And do you honestly think, even for a moment, that if one of your haters did have your flight information, they would actually be willing to risk a major felony or even terrorism charge just to delay your flight? If so please think again. The Larry Warren I used to know would never have even considered it. But ‘Old Laz’? He’s something else again.
I could go on Larry, but do I really need to? I would never have believed it, not even as recently as early this summer, but you have blown your credibility with me. Correction. You have blown enough of your credibility with me that I do not know what to trust and what not to trust anymore when it comes to your statements, opinions, beliefs or stances. This is so not where I saw our relationship being after 29 years and I need to separate myself from you and get on with my life.
I know I’ve given you a lot to think about. I hope you know I wish you well, but also stand by all I’ve said here. With respect, this has got to stop.
This is Larry Warren’s copy of USAF In-processing Sheet for personnel entering the 81st Security Police Squadron at RAF Bentwaters. It appears on page 446 of Left At East Gate and is self-explanatory. Note that Sgt. Swain has signed off on it, twice, and with two different pens. I have never confirmed this with Sgt. Swain, but while other men named Lee spell their name that way, he spells it ‘Lea,’ twice, even though ‘Lee’ appears clearly typed below the first signature. Cutting Larry Warren every latitude possible, I guess there is a chance that this Lee is the one-in, what? A thousand? Fifty thousand? Who spells ‘Lea, but if not, Lee misspelled his own name, twice, and with two different pens. I think this is damning. Why didn’t I follow up on it twenty five years ago? Because I believed Larry and rationalized that Sargent Swain did spell his name with an ‘a,’ and that the typed word ‘Lee’ was simply an understandable bureaucratic typo. I was obviously not the investigative writer I wanted to be back then. Highly suspicious? Yes. Smoking gun? Not quite.
The document below however is damning, and the only piece of Warren’s original paperwork loaned to me that I can confirm with certainty. USAF form 490 is a light blue five by seven card whose purpose is to confirm a medical or dental appointment. In this case confirming, or seemingly confirming that Larry had an appointment to have his eyes checked at the clinic located at (fairly) nearby RAF Lakenheath. You can find it on page 451 of our book. A memorable part of his account of his involvement on the third night of UFO activity was that his eyes began to bother him immediately after the incident he claims to, and may in fact have been involved in. If only because of some of the outright lies I caught him in last year I will never again be able to take him at his word again on anything that is not 100% fully documented.
The problem that exists here is both massive and undeniable. There is no question that there was only one Dr. Echols serving at that clinic at that time. It was he who signed off on Larry’s form 490 and would have written the explosive comment, “OPTI/RET BURN/EXP - optical retinal burn exposure, caused by the brilliant flash of light that Larry has always maintained immediately preceded the appearance of the craft in the farmer’s field known as Capel Green. I think I have brought this impressive ‘fact’ to the attention of others in interviews, talks, radio broadcasts, and conversations on several hundred occasions. Unfortunately, if Larry was there, this piece of paper should be given no weight whatsoever in backing up his assertion.
Dr. Paul Echols was (and remains) a doctor of orthopedic surgery, not an ophthalmologist or eye doctor. Note: Orthopedics is the medical specialty concerned with correction of deformities or functional impairments of the skeletal system, especially the extremities and the spine, and associated structures such as muscles and ligaments. The only reason Dr. Echols might have been assigned to examine this patient would have been if his eyes had been attached to his spine or other bony structure rather than set in his face. Either the writing on this card is a complete forgery, or that selective parts of it have been altered. It makes no difference. Only one conclusion can be drawn here and it involves both outright forgery and intentional deception. It also establishes for me beyond any doubt that Larry Warren intended to deceive me from the very start, even if it had only had been with this one damning document, and that’s being kind.
Here is some background information on Dr. Echols:
This ‘healthgrades’ website data confirms Dr. Echols’ current professional status:
There are other documents also being held in serious contention regarding their natural state and with good cause, but I need to move on.
Some of you may feel that the sanctity of the contents of a ‘private FB message’ is as inviable as the confessional. But when it comes down to allowing this madness to continue on and on, I am not one of them. For months I tried in every way I could think of to resolve this situation privately with Larry via FB messaging, only to have him stand firm in reiterating proven falsehoods, double down on them, or go silent on me when pushed too hard. I also attempted to do the same via back channels of sorts with no more success than I’d had in dealing directly with him. There is only one result I am interested in producing now and, it is that this madness must stop, and stop now. I resent the fact that I am likely the only person with a chance of doing so. I have far better things to do with my time that spend these valuable hours slugging it out in an ongoing battle of words. However I also realize I have a responsibility to do so, even if the only solution I can think of may seem draconian to some.
There are many straws that have contributed to breaking this camel’s back, but the final one, that point of absolutely no return, was Warren’s daring to even suggest that I might have been responsible for alterations to some of his military paperwork, or that I have been under the influence of the ‘Larry haters’ all along, but in doing so he made a terrible miscalculation. The one and only person responsible for this response to his outrageous behavior is Larry Warren, despite what he insists on, imagines, or may even have come to believe.
And something new for you to consider. This by me from the updated 2005 edition of Left At East Gate, page xxii-xxiii:
Publication of the book sparked a surprising amount of mail, and as anticipated, included letters from some of the men we’d named. I was both glad and relieved that none had written to correct or criticize our characterizations of them. On the contrary, each of the letters confirmed key points of my co-author’s account, some even offering details and particulars that were new to us. Excerpts from half a dozen follow, the originals being in Larry’s possession. They begin with an excerpt from a letter that Mark Thompson sent to Larry. Mark, a former 81st Security Police Specialist (SPS), had been assigned to D Flight along with then-Airman Warren. Mark is mentioned on page 141:
“Its real, it happened to us, and we will never forget it. Your book brought it all back for me. … (How) Halt can put it all into a little box is beyond me. He should take at least some responsibility for helping to keep the lid on the thing! Oh sure, he talks about what he saw but what about the hell we went through afterward. Thanks for fighting for us Larry, I’m grateful. Now maybe we can all get a good night sleep.”
From Steve LaPlume, another former Security Police Specialist assigned to D Flight and referred to on nine of these pages:
Larry, I asked your publishers to forward this to you. 17 years blew by quick – I tried to forget the UFO, but Left At East Gate brought it all back! How can Halt play it down – you were there and so was I. We got debriefed after and some guys like you got f**ked over later for asking too many questions – I remember that Navy guy saying that “Bullets are cheap.” The difference between us I guess is that I believed him. … People died after this for God sake. Maybe they were right when they told us that civilians were not ready for this yet. I will try to get in touch with other witnesses and let them know about East Gate.”
I never saw any of the actual letters, though that did not bother me at the time; I was just relieved that none of the men who’d allegedly written did so to criticize, condemn or deny how they had been characterized in the book. When I first agreed to write this book with Larry it was understood that I would be organizing all of the material that would go into it, but he did agree to my request that all of drafts of his chapters would be given to me on floppy discs and double spaced to make editing easier. He had no problem agreeing to this request and made a point of telling me that he was a fast typist. But when I received the first draft from him of his first chapter, it was handwritten on lined yellow legal paper and single spaced.
When I reminded him of our agreement he told me he couldn’t afford a typewriter and did not have a computer, and despite the extra work it put on me, every chapter that followed was written out in longhand on those pads. So it did not surprise me when the contents of the relevant letters he had received were given to me, not in the form of the emails or original letters, but written out in his handwriting on lined yellow paper as usual. This took place within a few months at most after our book had charted as a bestseller in the UK and once again I saw no reason that I should insist on seeing the originals. What was I thinking? That he might find such a request insulting. Again, the thought that he might have overtly and intentionally lied to me about this or anything else in writing the book was simply something I never considered.
Jump ahead to about four years ago. I was speaking at a conference in Leominster Massachusetts, the hometown of Steve LaPlume who we quote above. Steve and I had become friends years earlier via emails during a period of years when he was living in China. For whatever reason, Larry has stated that he and I are not friends, but nothing could be further from the truth. When he and his wife came to visit New York City with their two daughters some years after that I spent part of the time with them which deepened our friendship. As you might imagine, I was happy to learn that he had agreed to speak at the conference that was going to be held in his hometown. He had only given one previous talk about his USAF UFO experience and that had been in 1984. His talk was extremely personal and particularly moving at times, especially as there were people in the audience who had known him growing up there, including his sister, a retired police officer as I recall. It was at that time I gave Steve a copy of Left At East Gate as a gift.
While pleased, I think, Steve, who functions under an extremely high code of personal honor, told me that in the interest of fairness, he would read it, but only after RAF Bentwaters former Deputy Base Commander Charles I. Halt’s book was published so that he could read them at about the same time. I appreciated his decision and that was the end of it.
A few weeks later I received an extremely curt and angry email from Steve LaPlume that shocked me. In it he told me that he’d decided to read just the updates part as it appeared in the front of the book, and, well, what the heck. But as he explained, when he got to the inclusion about him, he was furious. So much so that he did not want to speak with me again and as far as he was concerned our friendship was done. Why? Because he had never sent Larry any letter following our book publication and had never written the quote attribute to him.
I was shocked, embarrassed and confused all at once. Larry had certainly approved the quotation in draft form prior to the updates edition going into print so I couldn’t understand what had happened. Things between us were icy for a brief period of time, but then he was big enough to forgive me, though still wary of how this could have occurred. Then I had a brainstorm and called him. There had been two Steve L’s in the Security Police with Larry on Bentwaters, Steve LaPlume and Steve Longero. Despite the fact that Larry’s handwritten version of Steve’s letter said LaPlume and not Longero, both Larry and I are dyslexic and one way or another this was obviously the cause of the confusion, somehow. That is, until I phoned Steve Longero, a Facebook friend of mine over a year ago to confirm that it had been he who had written Larry the letter. There was no question in my mind that he would confirm the fact (I mean, how could he not?).
When he immediately answered that he had also never written to Larry I knew I had a big problem but have not said anything about it until now. Steve LaPlume and Steve Longero are very real people and can confirm the above, though Steve LaPlume has made it more than clear to me that he never wants to have anything to do with the Rendlesham Forest incident or Larry Warren again.
I realize now as the daylight floods into my window that I am not going to be able to address other important and significant points here, but will do so beginning next month when I’m back home, though on the air rather than writing. This will include as full a response as possible to the things he has said about me on Emlyn-Jones radio show last month. His even daring to suggest that if anyone altered any of his military documents it might be me as I had them for years. This is the closest thing I have ever had to an “I know it was you Fredo” moment in my life and made me realize the depth of his willingness to do anything or say anything to get himself such a sharp hook. In any event, I expect this long statement will catapult me to the top of Larry’s enemies list and he will continue to rail away at me and anyone else who brings some of the discrepancies in his account to light.
In Larry’s world, nothing, as in nothing bad that has ever happened to him is ever his fault, a fantasy assertion that I did not wake up to until it was too late. In his world, everyone is out to get him, to discredit him, and make him look bad. He is responsible for none of it.
But taken all together, it is still not that simple to dismiss Larry from the events in question. As he notes in his May 29 Interview with Ben Emlyn-Jones, the soil analysis I had conducted on the samples drawn from the specific site he identified when we first visited there have revealed truly anomalous results. But as I stated earlier when addressing myself to Gary Heseltine, the important question is not what he says that is in fact true, its what he says and has written that is not true – regarding Rendlesham, and regarding his dealings in the rock & roll memorabilia business.
An example, and one of a disturbing number. Not long after we began working together, I introduced him to my friend the singer, the late, great Phoebe Snow, who in turn introduced him to May Pang. May had been John Lennon's girlfriend during a split with Yoko Ono in 1974. I most clearly remember his returning to my East 46th Street apartment after saying he had just visited with May and that she had given him a pair of John’s eyeglasses as well as an Army issue shirt that had also belonged to the legendary rock star. I handled them both and was happy for Larry whose admiration for and obsession with Lennon was deeper than anyone I had ever known.
Years later when Larry put up a pair of eyeglasses for auction that he claimed had belonged to John, along with a questionable letter of provenance which he said had been written by Ms. Pang, she responded thusly:
““I basically knew him {Larry Warren} for a couple of months. I would never give or sell him anything of John’s. He never met John as far as I know. I met him in 1988. I had to authenticate my handwriting to Sotherby’s when a friend discovered a pair of glasses sold with a “provenance letter” from me. My friend to the guy immediately in charge and said it isn’t May’s handwriting. They called me immediately and they had to take the glasses off the market. It was being sold for $20,000 at the time”
May Pang, August 16, 2016
Regarding Larry’s thinking that the book we wrote together is his, it is not. It is ours. Nick Pope's suggestion that it be taken out of print because it is filled with lies enraged him and didn’t make me any too happy either. While it is of course built around his story, or, again, his ‘story,’ I was the one who did the majority of actual day-to-day, year-to-year work that turned it into a reality. But any decision to end Left At East Gate’s twenty year-long production run has nothing to do with what Larry, or Nick, or I want. In 2005 Larry Warren and I signed a contract with Cosimo Press, a small print-on-demand publishing company in New York City. As usual in this industry, the publishers get the lion’s share of the revenues, but at least I know these people are honest with their authors unlike our original publishers. The actual person who heads Cosimo truly believed in our book and was happy to add the title to his company’s roster. Our royalties don’t amount to that much each year, but for me it has remained a point of pride to know that it remains in print. I’m sure that Larry would never dream of informing our publisher of any of the matters touched upon here, but he more than most people not only has a right to know what has been going on – it would be completely immoral not to do so, the unhappy job of which of course falls to me. If he, after reading this, which he most certainly will, then decides to drop the title, Larry will only have himself to blame for it, but like all else, he will blame it on someone else, like me for example.
As far as I am concerned my former coauthor has taken me for the ride of my life and it is nearing the time for me to get off the bus. Yes, I cannot discount and will not discount that he has also told the truth about certain things, but he seems incapable and unwilling to admit that he has ever done anything wrong or untruthful and I expect will continue to do so for the rest of his life. If you want to continue fighting this battle for him you are welcome to it. To those of you who have allowed your lives to be consumed by rage and hatred toward him for the more than understandable reasons he has given you, you need to get on with your lives. Remaining fixated on this obsession is like digesting poison every morning and has the potential of making you into what you hate about him. No one wins when that happens.
As far as I am concerned some of you owe each other apologies and need to understand that you are the only ones who can end this. . I know I owe apologies to more people than I can even count. I do however appreciate more, and more than I can say, the incredible number of people who have written, texted or called me in the past weeks and months to let me know that they stand with me. More than anything else right now I need to turn my attention to more life-positive things, finish packing, and do my best at the two upcoming conferences I next speak at. I also need to take a break from the social network for the next few weeks and try and begin to get my life back. I know most of you understand.

Peter Robbins
Ithaca, NY
June 12, 2017

01 June 2017

The Sands of Time

Looks like time is running out for Sean David Morton. Convicted in early April 2017 of numerous felony charges including fraud and conspiracy, Sean David Morton has a date with a judge this coming June 19th for sentencing. Prosecutors in the case are recommending Morton serve 87 months in federal prison. Morton's wife/co-conspirator, Melissa Ann Morton, is scheduled to be sentenced July 24th and she was also convicted on numerous felony charges of fraud and conspiracy.

27 May 2017

87 Month Prison Term Recommended for Morton

"Defendant is a serial fraudster with a long history of perpetrating financial crimes and wasting precious time and resources of the government and the courts."  -- U.S. Attorney General in prison sentencing recommendation for Sean David Morton.

Federal prosecutors have recommended an 87 month prison sentence for Sean David Morton who was convicted in April 2017 of multiple felony counts of defrauding the United States government.  You can read the recommendation filed by prosecutors here.

Prior to, throughout, and after the trial, Morton filed a number of bizarre motions with the court that include claiming the court had no jurisdiction over him, a befuddling document in which Morton named himself judge in his own court, a filing in which Morton proclaimed he was withdrawing from the rules of the IRS, a motion claiming his conviction should be withdrawn because the judge in the court wasn't legit, another filing attempting to change his initial plea after he was convicted, and the list goes on.

Prosecutors seeking the 87 month prison term wrote in their brief to the court:

"The Court is familiar with the multitude of nonsensical pleadings [Morton] filed and stated in Court throughout the course of this criminal case, which has not abated since his conviction.  [Morton]’s pattern of conduct of filing unintelligible pleadings began weeks after the initial indictment of defendants...The day [Morton] was released from his arrest, he filed unintelligible pleadings..."

Apparently after his conviction, Morton had a meeting with the federal probation department and could not "provide the Probation Office with clear information regarding his financial condition.  Defendant reported no income on his financial statement, but monthly expenses of $3,306, with no genuine explanation as to how he meets these expenses."

Morton filed so much paperwork in a clear effort to misdirect, obstruct, and delay the court in prosecuting the case, what is referred to as paper terrorism tactics, the prosecutors are asking for a sentencing enhancement which is designed to punish offenders who attempt to bury the courts in legal filings and other paperwork:

"The design of the aforementioned conduct of defendant is crystal clear: to burden the court system, harass the prosecutors and the Court, and delay the administration of justice. One of the goals of the “sovereign citizen” criminal subculture is the harassment and burdening of courts with mountains of frivolous paperwork – what some courts have referred to as “paper terrorism” tactics – in an effort to degrade the court system over time and make it more difficult to efficiently resolve cases, especially tax cases."

In 2015, the IRS had an agent go to one of Morton's seminars at the New Life Expo where Morton recounted a story in which he told a court clerk the following over what appears to be a ticket he received for driving without a license:

MORTON: And he's like okay. And then the Judge is like all right. So now this girl chases me out of the courtroom, because now they've got this thing on their docket for two years, right? For two years. And she chases me out of the courtroom and she goes oh, and I said you know what? You ever heard of those people they call paper terrorists? You ever hear of those guys? They file liens against your bond for hundreds of millions of dollars and make sure that you never see the inside of a courtroom because you can't work because you have a lien against your bond and shut down courtrooms? She goes yeah, I've heard of those people. And I said, "I'm that guy."

Turns out the IRS agent recorded the seminar.

While the U.S. Attorney General's Office is recommending an 87 month prison sentence, the judge in the case has the latitude to sentence Morton to more than the recommended time.  Withing the guidelines, the judge could sentence Morton to 121 months, maybe more because the guidleines are just that.

Morton is scheduled to appear for sentencing on June 19th.

19 May 2017

Sorry, IRS, I'm withdrawing from your rules. Because.

"Dr." Sean David Morton, self
proclaimed "legal expert"
Wouldn't it be great if you had a magic piece of paper and pen that allowed you to write a letter to someone and simply tell them you're no longer responsible for anything?

"Hello X, sorry I backed into your car, but I'm voiding my responsibility in this matter."

"Hello X, I did agree to pay back that loan, but have since changed my mind.  Our agreement is void."

"Hello X, I just don't feel like paying any of my bills.  All bills owed by me are now void."

How about this one, which I think every tax payer wishes they could do:

"Hello Mr. IRS Director, be it know I have rescinded all contracts made between the IRS and I."

This is exactly what Sean David Morton has done and in some nutty way seems to believe that this will relieve him of any civil or criminal liability he currently faces.

Melissa Morton (left) and Sean David Morton (right) were both
convicted in April on numerous federal felony charges.
Now Morton has filed an incredulous notice to the courts claiming him and his convicted felon wife/co-conspirator Melissa Morton free of all contracts including those of the IRS.  Well, this little contract is called the law and all U.S. born citizens fall under it.  Morton has made the ridiculous assertion that he isn't a citizen under U.S. authority, yet he had no problem filing for bogus refunds with the IRS, appearing in court on multiple occasions, and attempting to file for bankruptcy through the courts.

But that isn't all.  Oh, no, that would be too simple.  In addition to the ludicrous notice Morton filed, he also filed the following "demand[ing]" the court to vacate his conviction and sentencing because the judge isn't a real judge and has no jurisdiction in the matter, and no actual claim was ever stated.  Morton goes as far to claim the federal court is not a court of record.  It gets better...

"I am a private man, this public non judicial trial is destroying me!"

"The situation has destroyed me by law enforcement being lawless!"

"I require and demand the case and jury convicrion [SIC] is discharged, vacated, set aside because it is void, not voidable."

Don't trust him, he isn't a lawyer.
Morton, who is facing serious federal prison time after being convicted of fraud, has filed a litany of babbling legal motions with the court making demands including that the IRS agents who arrested him and the U.S. Attorney General's Office lawyers who prosecuted him must fall under his authority in "Morton Court".

Morton had the opportunity to retain legal counsel and chose to represent himself. Morton has advertised himself as a "constitutional and legal expert".  Morton tried to claim he was just following the advice of people he trusted when he and his wife began filing bogus tax returns with the IRS asking for millions in tax refunds.M  orton has no excuses, though it is clear by all these amateur, nonsense laden, ranting court filings he's manufactured, he's as much of a "legal expert" as he is a psychic.  How did Morton not see this all coming?

Sentencing for Morton is scheduled for June 19th...