I thought a wise and necessary first post of the year would be one that addresses and some of the recent toxic and distracting drama that has surfaced last year. Lay bare my honest and direct thoughts and answer some to the pervading questions submitted to me about and then lay the matter down once and for all and move forward, doing my part to continue to strive and labor to bring to light a little more justice and truth to this new year though BTYT and my life outside it.
Many have written me asking about the sudden involvement of Anonymous in the Stebenville gang rapes and possible corruption in that community, my views about whether I feel their involvement will help or hurt. Others have written asking me about a sudden flurry of tweets and hate blogs looking to undermine my contribution to this case and the many facts we have uncoverd and the increased critical thinking questions we have raised and cause many to consider. They also sought to undermine my background, experience, and abilities as an investigator.
To these things Ill simply say, consider the source. A simple google search or LinkedIn review will more than start you on a journey that will show years of verifiable background, training and experience. Endorsements and support from real industry professionals and not only media personalities. They will see a history of going to great lengths to help others in their pursuits of justice and answers to tragedies and loss. Compare that to those with a history of hate blog writing, bitter rumor mongering, and petty blog dramas reminiscent of the high school “he said, she said”, and make your own judgements.
Ill let you review my blogs, radio broadcasts, FB Posts, Tweets on this case that more than predate the sudden appeareance of Anonoymous and hate bloggers and decide for yourself who is standing on whose labors and looking to claim undeserved credit and exploit a case for the sake of fame and attention.
As for Anonymous or the ones who have inserted themselves into this case claiming to be part of this movement, ill simply offer the below leave it at that.
These guys are proof why even cyber vigilantism is a dangerous endeavor and often leads to more suffering than it claims to end.
They took and cited the work my show and blog has done for months investigating and exposing not only the rapes but also the potentially corrupt network and names of those who may have helped try to cover up the crimes and protect other suspects. All done through tireless research, phone calls, contact development, community trust building and not at the further expense and disregard for the rule of law that these people are claiming outrage is not being honored by their opponents.
They then start outing people we exposed long ago as if they are the first ones as a result of their investigative prowess, they are focusing on the wrong police agency, threw out names of people not actually involved or never confirmed or any remote evidence to back such claims, and bragged about hacking an email and possibly showing proof of another crime. Failing to recognize that by gaining evidence through such means and then brag about it, they may have tainted the usefulness of that evidence and possibly further victimizing someone by further minimizing any hope for justice in a court of law.
They are taking bits of my work, bits of that of a colleague, breaking the law to get more data and still coming to the wrong conclusions and focusing on the wrong people.
Awesome, lets top it off by telling a town to come to a disorganized protest in front of a government building, on a Saturday, when it’s closed, in the snow where people are less likely to be out and see, and think a few hundred people (many out of towners) yelling and hooting insults, false accusations and uninformed questions at cops is called making a difference.
Brilliant. Do me a favor, by the time you’re done playing impulsive games in a real community and with the lives of real people who are enduring real suffering, try not to get anyone hurt or yourself for that matter and further shake the hopes of an already disappointed community.
If you’re gonna play Messiah, you better be prepared with the miracles.
Please hurry up and be done mucking up this case more than it has been and let the grown ups who have been working day and night on this get back to the real work of going after the truth of these rapes and the corruption that has pervaded this community and hopefully get real long lasting results that involve accountbility in a cout of law (not just an empty public apology), something that Steubenville and their violated daughters demand and has a right to, that loud public tantrums, cyber terrorism, and flashy but vapid public stunts can never bring.
I am not hiding behind a mask and asking a wounded community to stand up and show a courage that I myself and not willing to show. Steubenville needs to be empowered to stand up and at last declare THEY are NOT ANONYMOUS ANYMORE to these people, they are no longer faceless victims. Steubenville needs to be encouraged to take hold of the strength already within them to resolcve and declare that they will not hide from the corrupt, nor bow to whims of the selfish and corrupt anymore. They need to be in the light in order to bring others to it and expose them.
Steubenville needs to be emboldened to show THIER OWN faces at last, not hide behind that of a failed British terrorist and would be mass murderer. They need to be built up to at last speak with THERE OWN voice not that of a kid behind a computer miles away who will likely have moved on in a little while to a new case or crisis to toy with and build their own mystique on, instead of building up the people they claim to be serving, satisfying their own passions sometimes at the cost of the needs of the public they claim to champion.
Yeah I know what I’m saying and apparently risking. Go ahead and youtube threaten me, hack me, slander or whatever for speaking my mind here and elsewhere, as you have many others who did no more but dissented and spoken out against your views and methods.
Then people will see that you are no saviors of tyranny or champions of free speech, just vain individuals offering a more “benevolent” tyranny and a speech monitored by YOU instead. They will see though more charming and flashy, all you have to offer is the same fear based rule and false leadership that already plagues this small community.
The justice system is not failing, its the many within it that have forsaken the trust given them. Take hold of and draw from the law to deal with these people and have them removed from power. It may not be easy but it is possible. Learn from Guy Fawkes, Tim McVey, the Unibomber and the many others who failed to understand that you dont repair a broken system by trying to undermine or obliterate it, leaving even less opportunity of justice for the people.
You don’t inspire order by threatening chaos, you don’t uphold the law by breaking it, you don’t inspire freedom and peace by inciting more fear and more anger, and most of all you don’t lead others to the light by hiding in the shadows.
I AM NOT ANONYMOUS. I am one man. You don’t have to forgive me, I know you won’t forget me. Respect me.
I am Joey Ortega