"Truth against the World!"
cry of Queen Bodicea
LECTOR: I don't expect that this report will be of interest to some
readers, as it addresses issues which probably don't concern them.
The point is that they are of great concern to me. Just another
NOTICE which I find it important to document for the public record.
Could I be the subject of a case of mistaken identity? I often wonder. So many people, who apparently believe I am someone – or something – I am not. What's more, I seem to be a lightning rod for exploitation, for misrepresentation, for defamation, and for false accusations, from the ludicrous to the reprehensible. (Why me, Lord?)
least once a year I find it necessary (even imperative) to set the
record straight concerning the purpose of this website, my policies
on various issues, and the numerous and diverse falsehoods which are
published on the Internet in connection to the name of Barbara
Hartwell. This false information by far exceeds any truthful,
factual, accurate information, which has caused tremendous
frustration and outrage, at the cumulative damage to my good name, as
well as the larger issue of falsehoods being substituted for the
truth. False information about any subject or person is damaging not
only to that person, but also to anyone who believes it, much more to
the society at large.
dread even the thought of putting my name in any search engine, but
though I don't, I still find a plethora of falsehoods on a regular
basis when conducting a search, even for unrelated subjects.
of the false information is the result of a massive smear campaign,
which has continued for decades, engineered by my enemies in the
intelligence services, for the purpose of discrediting my reports and
vilifying my name. Libel, slander, character assassination, spread
far and wide, on high traffic, commercial sites, on radio/podcast
platforms and social media. I know I have seen only a small fraction
of what is out there. And since I am “locked out” of most social
media sites (never being a member – heaven forbid!), I know I will
never see some of the worst of it.
some cases, I make a point of refuting the defamatory falsehoods, and
exposing the offenders as the liars, hacks, frauds, shills,
government stooges, and criminals they are. Mostly, I ignore them. I
simply don't have the time to get to them all and have far more
important issues to deal with.
is important to state that I consider ALL false information to be
defamatory, even if that was not the intent of the offender (and I
use that term in the specific sense of civil law). It is defamatory
because it misrepresents persons and places them in a false light.
The same applies to the name of Barbara Hartwell being grossly
exploited, falsely associated with so many persons or issues where
there is in fact no connection, no relevance whatsoever. I do not
care what the motive is. I do not care if they “mean well”, or
act without malice. The road to Hell is paved with good intentions
and the damages occur just the same.
complicate the situation, there are people who are acting on the
false information they have heard or read, by parroting it in a
public venue AS IF it were a statement of fact, the gospel truth.
in the same vein, there are those who are attempting to make contact
with me. Some are requesting investigative services or private
consultations. Strangely, some are acting on the false belief that I
am a licensed attorney, though I have always made a point of clearly
stating that such is not the case.
letters are sent by the post, as I don't have a public e-mail address
or other published contact information. At least 2 or 3 times a
month, these letters arrive. This has continued for at least 2
decades, despite the fact that I have repeatedly published NOTICES
clearly stating that I do NOT offer such professional services to the
general public, and requesting that people please NOT send me case
files, legal briefs or their personal testimony. Since I do not
respond to these letters (which I also have stated in my NOTICES), I
often receive repeated requests from the same person, asking if I
have received their letters, speculating as to why I may not have
received them, and providing e-mail addresses and phone numbers, and
apparently expecting a response.
are acting under the false impression that I myself am seeking
assistance of one kind or another, and have made various offers of
such. Though I appreciate their kindness, I don't accept such offers.
Some are acting under the mistaken notion that I am seeking
interaction (social or professional). Again, I am not. None of the
addition to the plethora of false information published on the
Internet, it appears that many people are simply making unwarranted
assumptions, engaging in speculation (often of the extreme variety)
and/or projecting their own subjective values, beliefs or
proclivities on me. What's worse, they are actually publishing all of
this, which does great harm to me, through gross misrepresentation.
order to set the record straight (yet again...), I have divided the
issues of concern to me into categories for easy reference. I can
hope this will set the record straight, though I know from past
experience that is unlikely. At least, I know I have documented all
this to plainly state the facts for the record, and in defense of my
honor and integrity, and provided the opportunity for those who wish
to know the truth.
PURPOSE OF THIS WEBSITE: Barbara Hartwell Vs. CIA
My site is FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY. It is an archive of my reports, generally over the past quarter century. It is not a “news” site. I am not a “news reporter”. I am an advocacy journalist, who has worked in terrestrial radio/cable TV as host and producer as well as in print journalism, formerly in hard copy periodicals (including mainstream media), and since 1995, on the Internet, for a total of over 40 years.
do not run a high-traffic, commercial site. No advertising, nothing
to sell. I do not seek publicity nor engage in any form of
self-promotion. I do not post my reports or other information
anywhere else. I want to make this clear because I have been a victim
of plagiarism, forgery, fraud and identity theft many times over.
Some of these offenders have set up fraudulent message boards
exploiting my name; have sections of websites dedicated to defamatory
content against Barbara Hartwell, and even a fraudulent Facebook page
for Barbara Hartwell Vs CIA. And the devil knows what all else is out
is nearly impossible to track these reprobates down, as they
invariably use pseudonyms, or are entirely anonymous. So I need to
make it clear that anything found outside this website, exploiting
the name of Barbara Hartwell, did not come from me, is unauthorized,
is fraudulent, and should be disregarded.
issues I choose to cover are those which are important to me,
including for personal and professional reasons. In general terms, I
focus on exposing government corruption and tyranny, defending
liberty and pursuing justice. And I am passionate about putting bad
guys (government or not) out of business, and criminals behind bars,
where they belong.
do not run an interactive site, nor do I provide a platform for
others to air their views. My site is a closed system, for the sole
purpose of publishing information, which the readers may take or
leave, like or dislike, agree or disagree, and make of it what they
will. Unlike most others, I do not seek 'input' or 'feedback'. None
of this is of any concern to me.
take no part in the Internet culture, which I find to be a hotbed of
busybodies, gossips, attention-seekers and salesmen, most sticking
their noses where they don't belong. Especially social media, which I
have never used and never will; aside from being a government data
extraction operation and surveillance system, it is a cesspool of
sensationalism, vulgarity and idiocy, as far as I am concerned.
do not have a “comments” section on my site, nor engage the
readers (or the general public) in discussions, arguments, debates,
nor do I answer questions. If the readers have questions, they will
either find the answers in the published content on this site, or
they will not. I do have a 3-part FAQ in the NOTICES section, though
it is limited to the issues I find most important.
no one is authorized to speak for me, no accurate answers (or factual
information) may be found elsewhere, only just subjective opinions
and speculation, which is entirely worthless to anyone seeking the
facts and the truth.
understand that there is no way to stop the hordes of cyber-junkies
from promoting their wild speculation, unwarranted assumptions,
erroneous suppositions, or outright defamatory falsehoods; it is the
nature of the beast. But I won't ever open a door and provide the
means or the opportunity for these unprincipled and intrusive
same applies to radio/podcast interviews. I do not appear on live
programs, where there is a chat section where the audience is invited
to make comments, ask questions, or where they can call in to join
the discussion. If the recorded interview is posted on YouTube, or
other platforms, I tell the host beforehand to please disable the
comments section. If I do find a podcast where comments have been
enabled, despite my wishes, I will not promote the podcast, nor will
I appear on that program again.
say what I mean and mean what I say. I am very serious about this,
and that is my prerogative, though I am aware it is unusual. Most who
run websites and/or host radio/podcasts engage the audience; that is
how they gain followers, fund their platform and make a profit.
And/or, they may enjoy the interaction. I don't criticize them for
this, it is not my business. But I don't seek “popularity”, I
don't share their viewpoints or policies; my policy, in all cases, is
DO NOT ENGAGE.
have made every effort to clearly state my policies and purposes in a
number of NOTICES which are prominently displayed in a section at the
top of this site. Yet, no matter how many times I have stated these
policies, they are regularly disregarded or ignored. I must say, it
is a shame that so many people would have so little respect for the
privacy and personal boundaries of an individual, especially when I
have made my position crystal clear.
RIGHT TO PRIVACY:
7 WORDS: MY LIFE IS NOT AN OPEN BOOK.
The prevailing culture, especially on the Internet, has become a free-for-all, where anything goes, where proper manners and standards of decency and morality have plummeted. It is a surveillance society, engineered by the Marxist/progressive takeover, where snoops and snitches have free rein, and privacy has been all but expunged.
will take no part in it. I am a fierce defender of my privacy. My
life is NOT an open book, for all and sundry to peruse. I maintain a
public website, of which I am the sole editor and administrator. That
said, I am a very, very private person.
is an integral part of my liberty. The right to live in peace, to be
free from intrusions, from unwanted, unsolicited contact. The right
to protect personal/privileged information which is not the concern
or the business of anyone unless I choose to reveal it, either under
confidence, or to the general public.
do not have a public e-mail address, nor a listed telephone number or
stated above, I do not use any form of social media, nor do I solicit
any form of social or professional interaction.
who wants to contact me, for any reason, may easily do so using the
postal mailing address prominently displayed on this website. If that
is too much trouble to take, then I can't imagine it would be all
any case, contact by the post weeds out most of the curiosity
seekers, busybodies, salesmen and crazies. With few exceptions, it is
mostly effective in preventing the harassment and threats I used to
get when I had a public e-mail address (not since 2003). As for death
threats, most of the criminals know better than to send such a thing
in writing by post.
I may be considered a “public figure” by virtue of a long career
as an advocacy journalist and public speaker, I am not a “public
servant”. I hold no public office, nor am I a candidate for such. I
have no criminal record. I am law-abiding and respect the privacy,
personal boundaries and rights of others, on principle, even though
in many cases, they don't respect mine.
am not employed by any person or entity. I have purposely avoided
getting licensed in any area of my professional work, for the purpose
of remaining entirely independent and free from all restrictions and
government control. I can't be “fired” from a job where I am not
employed, and a license which I don't hold cannot be suspended or
terminated, as no one has lawful authority over me or my work. Nor
can I be held in check by such threats.
example: Since I was already trained as an investigator, I considered
becoming a licensed private investigator, as a way to have some
income, as do many former law enforcement and intelligence
professionals. I went through an additional formal detective training
course, as it would have made it easier to qualify for a license. But
then, I decided against it, for the simple reason that in the state
of Maine, where I lived at the time, all licensed private
investigators were under the authority of the police. No way!
point of explaining all this? No one, from the government, nor the
general public, has any right, nor any legitimate reason, to pry into
my business, to invade my privacy, or to wield any influence or
control over me, as long as I am law-abiding. Case closed.
busybodies and control freaks (from the government, or not), take
heed. You invade my privacy, there will be consequences!
important issue: I do NOT use intermediaries, for any reason. There
have been people who wanted to contact me, but instead of honoring my
policies as given in NOTICES on this site, they have contacted “known
associates”, usually those who have promoted my work on their
websites and/or talk show hosts with whom I have done interviews.
They request that these individuals pass messages to me by e-mail or
by phone. As stated in my NOTICES, I do not wish to receive, nor do I
respond to third party communications. Again, the one way to contact
me is by my postal mailing address.
I am a true introvert by nature, and a recluse, by intent. My dream
is to live in a monastery in some remote location, far from the
World, and the Good Lord willing, I would be there now.
MY POLICY ON DONATIONS
I no longer solicit donations from this website, nor from any other venue. However, I do accept them, with gratitude, with the proviso that they are given free and clear, no questions asked, no strings attached, as 'Christian charity' or 'gifts'. All donations are to be used at the sole discretion of Barbara Hartwell, to support my work, including, but not limited to, this website, and to cover other expenses as they are necessary. Donations are NOT tax-deductible.
do not use any form of electronic payment, but do accept checks,
money orders or cash, sent by post to the mailing address:
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
I do not offer subscriptions, nor do I seek supporters or followers. I am unable to offer any special benefits or exclusive content in connection with donations, as many do.
am a senior citizen on disability benefits, which do not even begin
to cover my monthly living expenses, much less the expenses related
to my work. From those who find value in my work (including this
website), and would like to make it possible to continue, your
donations are greatly appreciated.
please do read the NOTICES at the top of this site before sending
notes, letters or donations. Hopefully that will prevent you from wasting your precious time, and prevent me from
being a case of mistaken identity inasmuch as this is possible.
those reading this who do respect the privacy, personal boundaries
and rights of others, thank you for your consideration.
The Truth in the Record
IN THE WORLD, NOT OF THE WORLD
June 15, 2022