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by hmb on Thu Dec 18, 2008 12:39 pm #120543
[I originally made this post on Tuesday, 12/16, on this topic, but a
moderator mistakenly removed it. Having not heard back again after
several rounds of correspondence, I am reposting it. And I thank Jack
LeMoine for his private followups to what I wrote, too. There are
things that need to be spoken, and heard, so members are informed and
able to evaluate the current situation.]

Jack - The United States of America is essentially a country of laws.
Based on what you have written here, I cannot see how you can say that
USCF "attacked" or "shut down" the chessdiscussion.com web site. And
your implication that the site is to be moved offshore suggests that
there is a desire to move beyond the reach of US law.

The lawsuit in San Francisco clearly spells out what Sue Polgar and
Gregory Alexander are accused of doing, in terms of actions, effects,
and law. It's all happening in front of one or more judges - and the
judges of the Northern District of California have a lot of experience
with technical cases, and are not reputed to tolerate a lot of
shenanigans. I would hardly expect that any use of data gathered by
subpoena would be made other than to seek to enforce lawful behavior,
and to seek redress for harmful and unlawful behavior.

You seem to subscribe to Ms. Polgar's widespread conspiracy theory.
What I see is a series of actions - starting with the exposure of Ms.
Polgar's husband and fellow USCF EB member, Paul Truong, as the person
behind the massive body of anonymous and pseudonymous internet posts
that were so ugly and harmful to so many - that shock the conscious of
legal and internet specialists, as well as an increasing number of
people here in our USCF community.

I'm glad that Ron Suarez has already addressed the false and
misleading statements you made about past incidents involving Mr.
Alexander. One of the saddest things in this entire series of
revelations about Ms. Polgar and Mr. Truong is that a formerly
independent chess volunteer for some reason got so involved with them
as to join them in what USCF's lawyers have shown to be breaking laws.
If you read the affidavits filed last Friday in Lubbock, you will see
that there are two more people with business relationships with Ms.
Polgar and Mr. Truong who I can assure you based on my own personal
knowledge have now crossed the line and made false statements under
oath before a judge. I urge you and other well-meaning folks to take
care that you not also cross such lines. Mr. Alexander and Ms. Polgar
may face time in prison for what is alleged in the San Francisco
lawsuit, and Mr. Truong may face time in prison for his clearly
fraudulent bankruptcy filing in New York.

I - and others here who were similarly outspoken in regards to past
behaviors and ongoing questions pertaining to Ms. Polgar and Mr.
Truong - have been sued for as-yet-unspecified reasons. Soon, the
entirety of USCF's membership may well be hearing the call to action
to bear the costs which she is imposing on USCF and such members as
myself who put ourselves on the line to both serve and speak up.

My own conscience was shocked back when Ms. Polgar and Mr. Truong and
Mr. Niro dealt US Women's Champion Anna Hahn out of her place on the
2004 Women's Olympiad Team. Since then, the number of things that can
now be seen in a new light has steadily increased.

Jack, I suggest that you take a deep breath, let go of your
misconceptions, and take a fresh look at the evidence of reality all
around you. You're a good man, just as so many members of the chess
community who volunteer and who love chess are good people. At one
time or another, every single one of us has probably been "had". In
this case, it's happened to quite a few of us. Some have already
realized it and moved beyond it; others are doing so now. In due
course, almost everyone shall. Pray join us, Jack.

---

For the benefit of readers here, I provide the initial reason given by
the moderator, and comment briefly:

in error, a moderator wrote:Your statement:

Mr. Truong may face time in prison for his clearly fraudulent
bankruptcy filing in New York.

(emphasis added)
seems to be a violation of

Do not post suggestions, without specifically identified
substantial proof, that a person may have committed an unethical or
criminal act.

and has been pulled.


The moderator's error consists of failing to take note of the
substantial proof that has been made available here and elsewhere, and
which has been repeatedly cited here, too.
Hal Bogner


Please note: Although I am a partner in Chess Magnet School and
perform consulting for USCF and others, nothing I post here represents
the opinions of my clients or partners unless stated otherwise.

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by jacklemoine on Tue Dec 16, 2008 12:29 am #120225

Another point. I plan on posting it on the public blogs but I want to
get this right. This USCF's legal attack on the outside forum has the
largest implications for the chess community. The USCF lawsuit names
Gregory, Susan and a WHOLE LOT of others - UNNAMED OTHERS - as
defendants. That the USCF will use this lawsuit to gain access to
private accounts of other chess sites on the web - what safeguards
does the chess world have for the use that the USCF will put?

And who will the USCF target? Gregory is adament that the whole thing
is frivilous. He didn't do it. Is the USCF using the lawsuit to embark
on a campaign of destruction of internet chess sites the leaders don't
like?

I really have no inside knowledge of this. And just for the record,
the first I heard of anything about Randy Hough's e-mail account being
hacked was when news of the lawsuit hit.

So, from an outsider's point of view, I concede that two individuals
hatching a conspiracy to hack someone's e-mail does seem plausible,
especially when one of the two individuals is a computer professional.
But a conspiracy of TEN or more individuals? Why so many? This just
does not make sense. Unless, the USCF wants to start intimidating and
attacking people.

I don't know if anything about this is true or not. And I suppose in
this litigeous and political poisonous environment it is dangerous to
put these thoughts in writing. But people out there are wondering.
Heck, they can't help it.

I think that the best thing for the USCF's leaders to do right now is
instead of launching yet more lawsuits and/or launching more internet
attacks against me or others (I've already been slimed with "racism"
here), the USCF would do far more good for both the organization and
for chess in general to give some assurance as to whose sites will be
hit with these kind of legal demands, what information the USCF will
mine from their databases, and what limits the USCF will place on the
use of individual information in those databases. What safeguards has
the USCF put in place to ensure that the data it supoenas will not be
misused - especially given the history of misuse of personal data in
its own website database?

Moderators here can play their games; you creatures inhabiting this
forum can play yours; the leaders can play theirs' but the chess world
is owed some kind of assurance and/or explanation.

P.S. Lawsuits cost money. Yes, you can prevail just by relying on the
fact that people can't afford to defend themselves. Gregory tells me
that the going rate for a lawyer to take a case is now around $25,000
retainer. A trial costs around $50,000. Is this justice?

Do the right thing. Explain to the chess world where you're going with
these legal attacks on chess web sites and what safeguards you have in
place.

And I do not mean snide answers about my "spellchecking the
complaint", either. The lawyer's carelessness with the facts can't
help but raise red flags. The attitude excusing the carelessness,
given the context of this attack upon ChessDiscussion and given all
those John Does can't help but raise the highest concerns. You people
really need to stop playing games with this and begin to get serious -
especially you people with leadership responsibilities.

Calling people "racists" may just be another day of fun and games to
you people. But going around the net shutting down chess websites -
this is a big deal.
Jack Le Moine
http://www.jacklemoine.com
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I lurk here ocassionally and post rarely but this brings back bad
memorieis

"My own conscience was shocked back when Ms. Polgar and Mr. Truong
and
Mr. Niro dealt US Women's Champion Anna Hahn out of her place on the
2004 Women's Olympiad Team. Since then, the number of things that can
now be seen in a new light has steadily increased."

I am sad to be reminded that I ceased to renew my USCF Membership
following
that event and hoped ever since that a new administration with even a
modicum
of ethical standards would be elected to serve so that I could, in
good conscience,
rejoin the orgization. Unfortunately, at least from the evidence I
have seen, those
standards have instead declined.

To me it seems quite simple, the USCF is a NFP Member Organization
whose
mission is to serve it's members as well as promoting the game to the
country as
a whole. As such there seems no room within that mission for:

Backroom Deals
Secret Contracts
Political Vendetas
Non-Disclosure Agreements
Questionable Payments
Closed Door meetings
Etc......

In other words this is not, or at least should not be, the chess
equivalent of a corrupt third word nation's government.

There is simply no excuse for all of the organizations business
to be conducted in a manner that is not only free from wrong doing
and corruption but indeed from from even the appearance of it.
Any and all decisions that affect the operation and health of the
organization should be open to scrutiny by the entire membership
with the board and officers being prepared to justify the actions thet
take on the member's behalf and being held accountable for those
actions.
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On Dec 18, 3:45*pm, wrote:
As such there seems no room within that mission for:

Backroom Deals
Secret Contracts
Political Vendetas
Non-Disclosure Agreements
Questionable Payments
Closed Door meetings
Etc......


Good. I agree.

Not why do not people start asking about Goichberg''s secret payment
to Polgar of $13,358.36 in November 2003 which was totally unknown
until I discovered it in the books when I was on the board in
November, 2006, three years later.

Why do people keep complaining that Brian Mottershead had violated a
"Non Disclosure Agreement" when he revealed that Paul Truong was The
Fake Sam Sloan.

The Real Sam Sloan
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samsloan wrote:
On Dec 18, 3:45�pm, wrote:
As such there seems no room within that mission for:

Backroom Deals
Secret Contracts
Political Vendetas
Non-Disclosure Agreements
Questionable Payments
Closed Door meetings
Etc......


Good. I agree.

Not why do not people start asking about Goichberg''s secret payment
to Polgar of $13,358.36 in November 2003 which was totally unknown
until I discovered it in the books when I was on the board in
November, 2006, three years later.


The Real Sam Sloan


Hasn't that horse gone to the glue factory by now? It wasn't a secret.
She did work and was paid for it. Why is this a hard concept for you?


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On Dec 18, 1:41*pm, samsloan wrote:
by hmb on Thu Dec 18, 2008 12:39 pm #120543
[I originally made this post on Tuesday, 12/16, on this topic, but a
moderator mistakenly removed it. Having not heard back again after
several rounds of correspondence, I am reposting it. And I thank Jack
LeMoine for his private followups to what I wrote, too. There are
things that need to be spoken, and heard, so members are informed and
able to evaluate the current situation.]

Jack - The United States of America is essentially a country of laws.
Based on what you have written here, I cannot see how you can say that
USCF "attacked" or "shut down" the chessdiscussion.com web site. And
your implication that the site is to be moved offshore suggests that
there is a desire to move beyond the reach of US law.

The lawsuit in San Francisco clearly spells out what Sue Polgar and
Gregory Alexander are accused of doing, in terms of actions, effects,
and law. It's all happening in front of one or more judges - and the
judges of the Northern District of California have a lot of experience
with technical cases, and are not reputed to tolerate a lot of
shenanigans. I would hardly expect that any use of data gathered by
subpoena would be made other than to seek to enforce lawful behavior,
and to seek redress for harmful and unlawful behavior.

You seem to subscribe to Ms. Polgar's widespread conspiracy theory.
What I see is a series of actions - starting with the exposure of Ms.
Polgar's husband and fellow USCF EB member, Paul Truong, as the person
behind the massive body of anonymous and pseudonymous internet posts
that were so ugly and harmful to so many - that shock the conscious of
legal and internet specialists, as well as an increasing number of
people here in our USCF community.

I'm glad that Ron Suarez has already addressed the false and
misleading statements you made about past incidents involving Mr.
Alexander. One of the saddest things in this entire series of
revelations about Ms. Polgar and Mr. Truong is that a formerly
independent chess volunteer for some reason got so involved with them
as to join them in what USCF's lawyers have shown to be breaking laws.
If you read the affidavits filed last Friday in Lubbock, you will see
that there are two more people with business relationships with Ms.
Polgar and Mr. Truong who I can assure you based on my own personal
knowledge have now crossed the line and made false statements under
oath before a judge. I urge you and other well-meaning folks to take
care that you not also cross such lines. Mr. Alexander and Ms. Polgar
may face time in prison for what is alleged in the San Francisco
lawsuit, and Mr. Truong may face time in prison for his clearly
fraudulent bankruptcy filing in New York.

I - and others here who were similarly outspoken in regards to past
behaviors and ongoing questions pertaining to Ms. Polgar and Mr.
Truong - have been sued for as-yet-unspecified reasons. Soon, the
entirety of USCF's membership may well be hearing the call to action
to bear the costs which she is imposing on USCF and such members as
myself who put ourselves on the line to both serve and speak up.

My own conscience was shocked back when Ms. Polgar and Mr. Truong and
Mr. Niro dealt US Women's Champion Anna Hahn out of her place on the
2004 Women's Olympiad Team. Since then, the number of things that can
now be seen in a new light has steadily increased.

Jack, I suggest that you take a deep breath, let go of your
misconceptions, and take a fresh look at the evidence of reality all
around you. You're a good man, just as so many members of the chess
community who volunteer and who love chess are good people. At one
time or another, every single one of us has probably been "had". In
this case, it's happened to quite a few of us. Some have already
realized it and moved beyond it; others are doing so now. In due
course, almost everyone shall. Pray join us, Jack.

---

For the benefit of readers here, I provide the initial reason given by
the moderator, and comment briefly:

* * in error, a moderator wrote:Your statement:

* * * * Mr. Truong may face time in prison for his clearly fraudulent
bankruptcy filing in New York.

* * (emphasis added)
* * seems to be a violation of

* * * * Do not post suggestions, without specifically identified
substantial proof, that a person may have committed an unethical or
criminal act.

* * and has been pulled.

The moderator's error consists of failing to take note of the
substantial proof that has been made available here and elsewhere, and
which has been repeatedly cited here, too.
Hal Bogner


Please note: Although I am a partner in Chess Magnet School and
perform consulting for USCF and others, nothing I post here represents
the opinions of my clients or partners unless stated otherwise.

hmb

* * Posts: 973
* * Joined: Thu Jun 29, 2006 2:22 pm
* * Location: Half Moon Bay, California
* * USCFId: 10062225


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