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Social Media Postings Reveal Much About ‘Psychic Medium’ Who Accused AF Basic Training Instructor of Sexual Assault

If the woman who waited 17 years to accuse Air Force MSgt. Michael Silva of sexually assaulting her is truly a “psychic medium” as she claimed in a series of Twitter postings in October 2009, shouldn’t she have known in advance if she was about to become the victim of a horrible crime?

The "psychic medium" who accused Michael Silva of sexual assault should have known if he was a threat to her, right?

The woman who accused Michael Silva of sexual assault should have known if she was in danger, right? After all, she claimed to be a “psychic medium” on Twitter.

Though I’m no expert on anything having to do with so-called “psychic abilities,” I consider myself a master of the obvious, often amazed by what I find on a person’s social media postings.

Only days after raising serious questions about the accuracy of information Silva’s accuser posted on her Facebook page three years ago, I became aware of this woman’s Twitter postings. I credit my awareness to several interesting screenshots, including the one shown above, forwarded to me by someone who’s been closely following the case of the 24-year Air Force veteran and former Basic Military Training Instructor who, in January, was tried, convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Do Facebook and Twitter postings alone indicate deceit on the part of this accuser? Hardly. They should, however, hold some weight for Maj. Gen. Mark A. Brown, the convening authority, as he makes his decision regarding the recently-filed request for clemency via which Silva hopes to have his conviction overturned.

If, based upon the details highlighted above and in previous articles, you believe Silva deserves some form of clemency, I encourage you to reach out and share your feelings with General Brown, 2nd Air Force commander. His contact information appears below:

MAJOR GENERAL MARK A. BROWN
2nd Air Force
Keesler AFB, MS
Email:  mark.brown@us.af.mil

At the same time, it wouldn’t hurt to contact — or simply copy — General Brown’s boss as well. His contact information appears below:

LIEUTENANT GENERAL DARRYL ROBERSON
Air Education and Training Command
1 F Street, Suite 1
JBSA Randolph TX 78150-4324
Phone: (210) 652-5224
Email: darryl.roberson@us.af.mil

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Limited-Time Offer: Download Free Copies of My Books

Beginning Monday, and for a very limited time, I’m giving away free downloads of the ebook versions of my first three books.

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To take advantage of this offer, simply visit my Amazon author page during the first three days of this week and download electronic versions of my books per this schedule:

For 24 hours beginning just after 12:01 a.m. Monday, you can download the electronic book version of my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice (October 2011);

For 24 hours beginning just after 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, you can download the electronic book version of my second nonfiction book, The Clapper Memo (May 2013); and

For 24 hours beginning just after 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, you can download the electronic book version of my first crime-fiction novel, The National Bet (November 2014).

Of course, there are a few “catches” I can’t enforce: In exchange for the free books, I ask for your feedback about them — good, bad or ugly — as well as photos of yourself holding up your ebook reading device with my book cover(s) displayed on screen. In addition, I hope you’ll share your feedback on Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels. And beyond that, I hope you’ll purchase the paperback versions of the book — signed or unsigned — or support my work by clicking the donate button in the right sidebar of my website, BobMcCarty.com.

UPDATE 4/23/2015 at 7:40 a.m. Central: With barely 16 hours remaining on this free download offer, nearly 700 copies of the electronic versions of my books have been downloaded this week. Hurry to take advantage before time runs out!

UPDATE 4/24/2015 at 6:21 a.m. Central: The free downloads promotion ended at midnight with 898 free digital copies of my books being downloaded. I was surprised when my first crime-fiction novel, The National Bet, turned out to be almost twice as popular as my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August. I was even more surprised to see my second nonfiction book, The Clapper Memo, finish a distant third. Oh well, that’s how the cookie crumbles.

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More Than 90 Controversial Files Disappear Overnight

As an investigative reporter and author of two nonfiction books critical of people at the highest levels of our government’s military and intelligence communities, I’ve been told to be careful on more occasions than I can remember. Yesterday, for the umpteenth time, I began to wonder if I should be concerned. Why? Let me explain.

Disappearing Files

Sunday afternoon, I uploaded more than 140 files — mostly PDF documents — to a large internet company’s free drive service so I could share them with a nationally-known investigative reporter and best-selling author who’s interested in their contents. When I awoke Monday morning, I was contacted by this person’s assistant about a discrepancy in the number of files. She said there were only 50 documents in the folder. I went to check and, indeed, discovered more than 90 documents had disappeared overnight.

What kind of documents were in the files? Without divulging too much, I can say that they deal with extremely controversial subject matter and many were, at one time, classified as TOP SECRET before they were later declassified and made releasable via redaction. I obtained them through a source with “skin in the game” who, in turn, had received them from top government officials. That’s as far as I can go.

I guess I could blame the disappearance of the files on Hillary Clinton, but that would be too easy. Or I could lump the disappearance in with the online nightmares I experienced during 2014 I highlighted in this Dec. 23 post.

Any guesses as to what could have happened to them? Leave a comment below or follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

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Bob McCarty Offers Weekly Recap: December 7-13

This week’s list of story topics included everything from bombings to “bullshit detectors,” and a lot of them seemed to come straight from the news headlines. Below is the weekly recap of activities at BobMcCarty.com:

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Sunday, Dec. 7 — I shared a half-dozen photographs taken on the “day that will live in infamy” under the headline, Remember Pearl Harbor — 73rd Anniversary.

Monday, Dec. 8 — One week after sharing my last Ferguson, Mo.-related post, I offered news about something an Army Special Forces veteran shares in common with residents of North Saint Louis County. Hours later, I posted an observation about how torture of terrorists might be a moot issue if not for the actions taken by James R. Clapper Jr. before he became our nation’s top intelligence official.

Tuesday, Dec. 9 — As the guy who wrote the book about credibility assessment technology, I was amazed to hear a Rolling Stone reporter claim she possesses a “finely tuned bullshit detector” during an October 2012 appearance at her alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania. So I shared a few observations here.

Wednesday, Dec. 10 — As the controversy about the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques continued to dominate the news, I pointed readers to a Vice.com interview of a man some say is “The Architect” of those techniques.

Thursday, Dec. 11 — Soon after I came across details about a new Wonder Woman book, I simply had to share news about the fictional superhero‘s connection to the polygraph machine. Later that day, I reflected upon how a Green Beret’s life changed forever after being accused of rape and kidnapping by a young German woman.

Friday, Dec. 12 — Why did I share another excerpt from my first crime-fiction mystery novel, The National Bet? Because Conservatives needed a reason to smile after learning about the passage of a $1.1 trillion cromnibus spending bill by members of the Republican-controlled and -led U.S. House of Representatives.

Saturday, Dec. 13 — Because the temperature is supposed to reach into the mid-50s or higher, I plan to spend as much time as possible outside; therefore, this might be the only post I share today.

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V-MAIL: World War II Soldier Writes to Parents Back Home

EDITOR’S NOTE: On this Veterans Day weekend, I share a post about someone special in my life.

Before there was e-mail, Twitter, Facebook or any of myriad ways for American Soldiers to communicate with loved ones back home, there was V-MAIL.  Below is the text of a V-Mail (a.k.a., “Victory Mail”) message dated Oct. 10, 1944.  Written by a 20-year-old Army private serving on the the front lines of war in Northwestern Germany during World War II, it carried thoughtful messages as it was delivered to his parents in Promise City, Iowa:

Vmail-Exterior-300x232Dear Dad + Mom,

I just finished a couple letters so I think I’ll write a few lines to you.  The sky is very clear tonight and it is turning awfully chilly.  By morning it will be very nippy I imagine.  My socks are a little damp so I am going to put on a dry pair before going to bed.  Between the bumps, cold + my rifle in bed with me to keep it dry, I admit I have had more comfortable beds.  We’re supposed to get two more blankets soon so it will improve the situation a lot.  I hope.  I got three letters today.  They started with the eighteenth, the first mail I got + have been going backwards.  Today they dated back to the 11th of Sept.  I heard you weren’t feeling so good about that time.  I hope you are much better now, mom.  You should take your regular vacation in Florida again this winter.  Right?  Well it’s time to put the cat out and wind the clock for tonight.  Goodnite.

Your loving son, Ted

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The American Soldier who wrote the letter above was my dad, and he’s still ticking today in his ninth decade of life. Thanks for serving, dad.

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