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Project Aladdin Journal 03-05-2002

Hello, everyone. SoundByte, I'm scheduled to talk to the reporter from Channel 5 this afternoon. I figure I'll tell him the whole story. I called the Reno office of the FBI and asked for Agent Paul Brewer, but I was told he was in the field, unable to talk. I didn't say who I was, but said I'd call back later. I didn't want to reveal who I was, in case they wouldn't want to call me back. Of course, they might have traced the call, in which case I'm out of luck.

I called Kelly last night and told her about the agents.

"Sounds like they're trying to scare you," she said.

"What do you mean?"

"If they thought you were doing something wrong, why didn't they just arrest you?"

"Do you think these guys were real FBI agents?"

"If they were con artists, why were they just waiting for you when you got back from Nevada? Seems like an awfully big coincidence. Especially after the Nevada cops got tipped to you."

"Can the FBI do that? Just take things without a warrant?"

"Officially, no. But the laws apply to mere mortals. The FBI can do whatever it wants."

"I don't know."

"I know. I know how these guys operate. They need you, that's why they didn't arrest you. They just wanted to show you who's boss."

I decided not to tell her about Gabrielle, at least not yet. I don't know why. Anyway, when I talk to the reporter this afternoon, I'll tell him what happened. I'm not sure if it's better for him to think this is a con artist or a genuine FBI agent. I guess we'll see what he thinks.

I'll give you an update on the discussion board after I talk to the reporter. What do you think of Kelly's theory?

Project Aladdin Journal 03-05-2002

she's a smart girl, Kelly. the fbi is well aware of who calls without having to ask your name. have you clearly thought this reporter plan through? are you prepared for the repercussions? what will your allies think? the public at large? what will your opponents do? what are you expecting to achieve? discretion is a virtue, Patrick.

if you aren't up to rereading Thorne, perhaps you might be interested in this month's issue of popular science.

Patrick, this is Bob. I don't know who posted to the journal earlier below your entry, but IMHO you're right to go public. Two things could happen; either you'll smoke out what's going on and stop it in its tracks, maybe even get back the stuff stolen from you, or the story will get spiked and you'll be written off as an eccentric by the media and the cops. Either way, the pressure will be off and you'll likely be able to go about your business. You'll also be marked down as more trouble to harass than it's worth.
Good luck on your chat with the Fox 5 reporter.