I am glad I got to compliment Ambassador Eric J. Boswell two years and a half before what has become known as the "Benghazi Scandal", for which he was unfairly judged. But wait, after my brother interviewed Robert L. Bannerman in early 1991 and suggested that he be present at the Diplomatic Security: 75th Anniversary Program later that year it seems he was not only present but played a big part in the celebration. I have ordered some information on that gathering in November 1991 as seen on my latest FOIA request F-2015-16203
I was walked through the Command Center of the U.S. State Department in 1975 by an executive of the Communications Department when asked to serve as a Communications Office at a post far from home. It was a room in the lower levels of the U.S. State Department with rows of teletype machines, receiving information from points throughout the world. No desktop computers or even large rows of IBM computers. The Command Center was manned at that time by Marines trained to take orders and follow certain protocols should emergencies occur. It wasn't until 1980 that I again had need to contact the State Department Command Center, with the news that our mother was dying, calling my brother home from the middle of a rescue attempt for 52 Americans hostages being held in Iran. Marines were manning the phones and my brother was reached within an hour. Again, in 1986 upon the death of our father I reached my brother in Beijing, China within minutes at the Embassy and he was home with 24 hours. Again Marines were manning the phones and were trained on certain protocol. I have tried to find out if the State Department Command Center was manned by Marines in September 2012 during the attack on our diplomats and Security Officers in Benghazi, Libya but as of yet have not been able. Was protocol followed and has protocol changed over the years? If anyone knows the answer please let me know.
I have read another account from a different perspective. That of the CIA Operatives in the CIA station called the Annex. It follows much of the same account that Fred Burton held except Mr. Burton's was from the perspective of the Diplomatic Security detail. 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi
HOSTAGES RECOUNT THEIR CAPTIVITY
Sixty-six Americans were taken captive when Iranian militants seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran on Nov. 4, 1979, including three who were at the Iranian Foreign Ministry. Six more Americans escaped. Of the 66 who were taken hostage, 13 were released on Nov. 19 and 20, 1979; one was released on July 11, 1980, and the remaining 52 were released on Jan. 20, 1981.
My interview with Lloyd Rollins 34 years ago tells me why Mr. Rollins has not been very vocal regarding the "situations" that lead up to the Embassy takeover. In other words his comment to me that "There were plenty of signs that the Embassy siege was about to happen but that the work that they were doing was too important to evacuate them." He doesn't tell of being fired upon while riding through the streets of Tehran days before the Embassy siege or his and others pleas to evacuate them or that the CIA stopped him for writing a book containing many of the "facts" surrounding the seige. This would have been considered then and even now as "UnAmerican". Ask Mr. Rollins who he had rather work for, the CIA or the U.S. State Department and see what he tells you. - Joe Payne
Celebrating The Life Of Lloyd Andre Rollins - Rep. Steve Stivers - Thu, Feb. 14, 2013.
CNN News - UPDATED 5:44 AM EST Dec 25, 2015
Lawyer Thomas Lankford has been working with the former hostages for 16 years trying to win some type of monetary award for them.
Lankford said the budget bill included a provision authorizing each of the 53 hostages to receive $10,000 for each day they were held captive. In addition, spouses and children would separately receive a one-time payment of $600,000. Thirty-eight of the former hostages are still alive. Approximately 150 people associated with the embassy hostage ordeal will be covered, Lankford said.
"It brings closure to a very horrific time for these folks," Lankford said.
The ordeal for the Americans who were working at the embassy began on November 4, 1979, after the Iranian revolution, when the compound was overrun,. They were held for 444 days. The hostages were freed in 1981.
32 years ago, 2 local men were among 66 held hostage in Iran
Tuesday, November 3, 2009 3:00 AM
Looking into an Iranian militant's gun barrel can make someone's heart pound so hard that the feeling lingers 30 years later.
Lloyd Rollins knows that terrifying sensation all too well.
"I remember saying to myself: 'I don't mind dying, but I don't want to die like this,' " he recalled.
About 20 Islamic students had seized Rollins, a Columbus native, and two of his colleagues on the grounds of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran on Nov. 4, 1979.
The fateful day of revolution had begun peacefully with Rollins and a fellow central Ohioan making small talk in an embassy office. "Is there supposed to be a demonstration today?" Rollins asked that morning.
"Yeah," Bert Moore replied. "We called the local police and foreign security office to make sure that protection is set up at the embassy."
The two U.S. State Department employees parted for another day's work, but the cauldron of political unrest in Tehran boiled over a short time later with the flash of guns, swirl of tear gas and chants of angry students.
"I will kill you!" the militants shouted.
Rollins found himself blindfolded with hands tied behind his back.Seven months later, his brother headed overseas again. Bert had accepted a job at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, Spain. Marjorie went with him.
"Bert wasn't going to get out of the foreign service," she said. "He loved it. That was his life."
By then, Rollins was working at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Canada.
"Once you get that foreign-service bit in your mouth, it sticks with you," he said. (Good analogy - They wanted me to go to Eathopia, see I can't even spell Eathopia and you know how I am about spelling - Joe Payne)
The fateful day of revolution had begun peacefully with Rollins and a fellow central Ohioan making small talk in an embassy office.
On November 4, 1979, an angry mob of young Islamic revolutionaries overran the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking more than sixty Americans hostage. "From the moment the hostages were seized until they were released minutes after Ronald Reagan took the oath of office as president 444 days later," wrote historian Gaddis Smith, "the crisis absorbed more concentrated effort by American officials and had more extensive coverage on television and in the press than any other event since World War II."
Peacekeepers at War: Beirut 1983—The Marine Commander Tells His Story - By Timothy J. Geraghty Responding to the Lebanon Crisis (NSC-NSDD-109)
The Afghan Pipeline and Tennessee Mules The administration at the time was trying to do TWO THINGS in 1983, shall we call it MULTI-TASKING. This may have been a problem. Read more about CHARLIES WAR during the early eighty's. Where were yew during the early 1980's? I had gone back to LMU to get a TEACHING CERTIFICATE in GENERAL BUSINESS on hopes of teaching school at Claiborne County High School. But during most of the year 1983 was working for the U.S. State Department.
Charlie Wilson's Rapture: Arming Afghan Islamists as Unintended Prelude to 9/11
The CIA pipeline operated at a fairly low level from 1980-1983. Weapons were loaded onto non-US ships and delivered, irregularly, into the port of Karachi. Things did not always go smoothly. Ships would arrive in clusters, overloading the distribution system. The CIA had literally hundreds of millions of rounds of ammunition constantly traveling by sea and air to Pakistan, notes Crile (13). ISI staff transported the weapons by train to warehouses in the cities of Rawalpindi and Quetta, where the commanders of the seven recognized Afghan political parties received their wares. From there, 200 non-descript five- and 10-ton trucks transported the weaponry 100 miles to Peshawar, the capital of the Northwest Territory bordering Afghanistan. (14) There the rebel leaders received their weapons and moved tons of weapons into Afghanistan by mule or camel.
The Russians were on to this mode of transportation and "placed the highest priority on hunting down and slaughtering the mujaheddin's long mule caravans," writes Crile. (13) Soon the CIA was canvassing the world for purchase of mules. Eventually the mujaheddin were moving their supplies on the backs of Tennessee mules, which the CIA flew on two 747's out of Fort Campbell. (13,15) According to Crile, the freedom fighters copulated with the mules, which was culturally acceptable as long as the freedom fighter was in the dominant position. They also ate the mules, according to Crile. (16)
|Bill Summary & Status 98th Congress (1983 - 1984) S.J.RES.159 - Latest Title: Multinational Force in Lebanon Resolution -Sponsor: Sen Mathias, Charles McC., Jr. [MD] (introduced 9/12/1983)||Bill Summary & Status 101st Congress (1989 - 1990) S.J.RES.159 - Latest Title: A joint resolution to designate April 22, 1990 as Earth Day, and to set aside the day for public activities promoting preservation of the global environment. - Sponsor: Sen Gore, Albert, Jr. [TN] (introduced 6/20/1989)|
Emails to Bethany Farmer, MIS | Interlibrary Loan Librarian, LMU Library, Jennifer Froetschel, Digital Asset Librarian,
Contractor, OBXtek, Inc., U.S. Department of State and myself
More video's to come.
A series of lectures, Lectures for Blacksburg UMC and St. Paul AMEC at the Whisner Building, Blacksburg UMC, Blacksburg, VA, were dedicated to Rev. Dr. Gunnar Teilman.
This is the Tazewell United Methodist Church 100 Year Celebration October 2008 and can be purchased "in it's entirety" from the Church. Please contact Randy England at firstname.lastname@example.org
Where were you Howard Hughes when we needed you?
Marquette University The Papers of Miss Frances G. Knight and correspondence with F.B.I. Director J. Edgar Hoover and John D. Ehrlichman - received 04/04/2008 - After reading through the more than 250 pages I find that most of them are between the dates January 1970 and March 1971 and all concern the harassment of Miss Knight by particular parties within the State Department and ultimately from the Nixon White House but not realized until the final correspondence with Hoover from her home in Washington, D.C. and signed with her maiden name Mrs. Wayne W. Parrish. I am suspecting that Miss Knight finally realized that the Nixon Administration may not have been the friends that she had expected. A wonderful lady who lived until September 11, 1999.
A colleague of Miss Knight:
Robert D. Johnson
Four research files No. 1 - No. 2 - No. 3 - No. 4 - Names are - Frances Knight - Marv Gentile - John Noonan - George Payne - Jay Taylor, Walentynowicz and Watson are just a few of the names that I have found in the amazing The Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training. Another U.S. State Department site that will give you a history of how Terrorism has found a friend by FLYING THE FRIENDLY SKIES
I grew up in a small Church with a very close congregation. After years of not attending I find it hard to become accustom to going back on a regular basis. Many consider it a moral condemnation to not attend Church every Sunday and would constitute it grounds for punitive punishment. Now, most Sunday's I switch between being a Baptist and a Methodist, ON TV. Is that an event that you consider grounds for condemnation?
My wife Amy was excited to see that the NBC Today Show was being broadcast from the same building off Nebraska Avenue, Washington, D.C. that her dad worked during the 1960's and 1970's and where she used to go with him to work.
Little Flower Parish just off Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland where Amy grew up and went to school, almost through High School. I plan on creating a few pages on Amy's mother's very strong Irish Catholic, HARTNETT, New York family. It includes pictures and drawings from a small area in Pennsylvania called Laurel Lake and the summers she spent there as a child.
I hope to someday put together a book on my Grandfather Joseph
Phillips. I saw a special on the History Channel over weekend of Jan
14th, 2006 that recalled Rumrunning
and Moonshinning throughout the country. I have only a small part
of my Grandfather's scrapbook scanned HERE.
One of my grandfather's raids was in the infamous Cocke County, TN
area. Read about the 1921 capture of "Wild
Bill" Gosnell. If anyone would like to help me put the
clippings and stories together in book form please email me at email@example.com
Here is a HODGEPODGE VIDEO regarding the location of my brother's vault in Arlington National Cemetery and also an INTERVIEW with Paul Phiilips and Irene Sobadosky Baker at Paul Phillips house in Helenwood, Tennessee
|Now speaking about "Who Done It". Let's just hope that our Top Cop's have a clear mind when investigating major crimes. Should they be guilty of wrongdoings you know that may "cloud their judgment in other matters".More of what I think
Now I may have to commend the Mayor and/or the Road Superintendent on the recent paving of Forest Hills Drive and then the remainder of Harmon Road. Although it is probably not going to be enjoyed by myself and wife very long. We have decided to either sell or rent our house in Forest Hills Subdivision because of our inability to find work in Claiborne County. I have very fond memories of growing up in Old Tazewell but for some reason just haven't found my last three years here all that pleasant.
What does need to be done to balance Affirmative Action? It is possible that in an majority office, be it by race, gender or age that a person can be discriminated against and not be able to prove it. Just how would you go about proving it. One Caucasian man's attempt made it all the way to the Supreme Court.
United Steel Workers of America v. Weber
Early in my career I found that Affirmative Action was not my friend. I worked in an racially unequal office very early on but I held fast my belief in racial equality. In mid career I worked in an office where I gender effected my career but I held firm my belief in gender equality. Now, late in my career I am finding that my age causes a problem in selection for certain jobs, but I still hold fast that my age and experience is a plus when being selected for jobs that require some knowledge of the importance of punctuality and detail. The following was one person's disagreement some of the policy of Affirmative Action. Wouldn't you agree with the socio-economic situation so unbalanced today that Affirmative Action should be redone to protect those being discriminated against because of their socio-economic standing and not just primarily race? I am hopeful the new administration will recognize this.
Group for Public Access to Breastworks Cemetery.
If elected as President of the Claiborne Historical Society I promise to work for Federal funding to have the Breastworks Cemetery declared a site of Historical Significance and have a permanent public access road constructed. Since elected Secretary I have brought this up and it is in the interest of the Society to form a committee. Will keep you posted. I have some pictures to post of Love Cemetery that is in very close proximity of Breastworks Cemetery.
CODE BREAKERS CONTINUES - PARALLELS
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The above documents are the results of my complaint to the Knox County Fire Prevention Bureau. Click on Picture for More.
Well I have gone back to work for Jewelry Television. I went back very soon after I left Commercial Furniture Group, Morristown and while I was still drawing severance pay. I was called in for two interviews. One for Purchasing Agent and another for IT Technician. Although I was qualified for both I feel their explainations were sufficient and am happy to be working back in the "call center". I have been studying and do plan to test for both the A+ Certification and on taking the "required" National Institute of Governmental Purchasing that they say are required for both jobs. Most recently new developments within the ranks of Jewelry Television lead me to believe that their hiring practices may not be what it should be. Theft by trusted employees has been discovered. I have heard that this may just be the tip of the iceburg.
CODE BREAKERS and WHAT HAPPENS TO THEM
Also when interview with Jewelry Television in October 2006 for both IT Tech and Purchasing Agent I was told I qualified for both but was not chosen. I was told that it was soon going to be required to be certified through the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP), so I began studying for the certification and have been accepted through previous experience qualified to take the test. I noticed that in an April 2007 ad for Purchasing Agent that the NIGP qualifications are not now needed. Here are the qulifications:
In Novmeber 2007 I obtained my CPPB Certification
Facts about my brother
A Great Man George Payne, while Regional Security Officer in Kenya, South Africa delivered supplies when he should have taken her guns and ammunition. Rwanda honors mountain gorilla researcher Fossey Rodney Dangerfield was a friend of my brothers.
Fact, my brother was Regional Security Officer West Germany 1968-1972, for U.S. State Department during which time my sister and I spent a month visiting and traveling throughout Western Europe with he and his family. We spent several days in Munich, staying at the Ambassador's apartment. He left before September 1972. To see the Movie Trailers click on the link or picture.
A man who goes out looking for a murderer in Africa, William Bradford Bishop, an ex-Diplomat, who he may have known while on assignment at the Washington Field Office. He took his two sons on this hunt and the double barrell, 12 guage shotgun that he had borrowed from his father. This hunt was the hunt that met the Lion on the Bridge and caused him to use the shotgun only to frighten the Lion off the Bridge. Click on the picture for more information on the continuing hunt for this man. Or you can Click Here
After his retirement as Special Agent in Charge of the Washington Bureau of Diplomatic Security in 1983 he retired to Arizona where he coordinated a training facility for Diplomatic Security. He solicited the help of a cousin, Charles McLaughlin, who was nearing retirement age with the National Security Agency, (NSA), to contact the NASCAR Training facility near his home in Franklin, North Carolina to obtain what my brother called his CRASH and BANG CARS. These cars would be fitted with bullet proof glass and steel beams down the interior side body and used to run across the runway at the Marana Training Facility to simulate terrorists trying to take hostages. The automatic wepons that were used were the Israeli Uziï¿½s. These he showed me. He formed his own private Security company called Intersect and worked at least two major sporting events, 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, Ca., and the 1986-1987 America's Cup in Perth, Australia. My brother would alway tell me of his many trips overseas - most were missions for which he was either working for the State Department or another government organization. A couple of the stories I can remember about his trips to TelAviv, Israel.
My wife Amy. Halloween 2001 Brendon Park Apartments - Bldg 9001
|Although in my remembrances of Presidents I can say that
being close enough to two to touch them, Nixon in a reception for the
Shah of Iran in the White House Rose Garden and Kennedy in the parking
garage of the U.S. State Department that the only one I have met, shook
hands with and had a brief conversation was Jimmy Carter. That was when
he was Governor of Georgia at a Convention in Atlanta in 1972.
My cousin, Judy Watts Breckenridge was writing speeches for Gov. Carter and I was working for the U.S. State Department. I drove to Atlanta and we went to the Hyatt Regency, downtown. We sat with several important black leaders as Judy being from Union, South Carolina felt much like Carter in her views of racial prejudice during the integration era, late 60's and early 70's, in the South. We, Judy and I had talked of this growing up close during those years when we weren't out walking the railroad tracks at Lone Mountain or swimming four, yes four miles in Norris Lake.
Well back to the conference. After just a few minutes most all the black leaders in the room abruptly got up from not only our table but from every table in the room. When I turned to Judy and asked what the reason for this was she pointed toward the main door and asked if I knew who that was. I said no and she said, George Wallace, Governor of Alabama had just entered the room. I remember there was one maybe two left at our table and soon after finishing we made our trip over to meet Gov. Carter.
The next day I returned back to Washington, D.C. where I was living on Connecticut Ave., NW. and working for the U.S. State Department. Strangely enough not too many months after that in Chevy Chase, Maryland Governor George Wallace was shot in the parking lot of a grocery store while making a speech.
I hear that noted News Journalist Walter Cronkite today (1/16/06) called for immediate withdrawal from Iraq by our Troops. I am hopeful that his statement will make a great difference in President George Bush's policies. Cronkite's speech regarding withdrawal from Vietnam, some say was a major turning point of our policies there. Former Senator and Ambassador Jim Sasser spoke to me in 1993 & 1994 of the situations in Yugoslavia - The Balkins and also in Iraq after George Bush, Sr.'s attempted assassination.
Where were you when our nation came under attack on September 11, 2001?Just as many Americans will remember where they were when our beloved President Kennedy was killed all of us alive now should remember where we were when the "9/11" attack took place. Well, I was sitting in the lobby of United States Cellular, Knoxville, Tennessee. I was waiting for what I thought was my final interview to begin work for the cellular company. My interview was scheduled for 9:00 a.m. and I was 30 minutes early, something I am famous for. I sat until 10:00 a.m. admiring the lobby in the West Knoxville building. It was a very nice open lobby with a garden and skylights. The pictures on the wall were, as I look back on it the most fascinating feature of all. It showed many service industries using cell phones. Especially interesting was the picture of a fireman, dressed in his yellow suit scaling a ladder with a cell phone in his hand. I stared at it and thought how much I was going to enjoy the job I was being interviewed for. Although in retrospect, since I didn't get the job, and was only briefly told that my interview was being canceled around 11:00 a.m. I realize I was part of a very bad time in not only the history of the United States, but in the cell phone industry. As I went back to the parking lot and tuned the radio to my favorite radio station, 98.7, The River did I realize what was going on. I quickly got back to my apartment and called my girlfriend, Amy Rinker, who was working at Shannondale Nursing Home, not far from there. We both watched as both towers collapsed. Something that will affect not only us but every American and lover of our American way of life for a long time.
Also a small file on AGING PARENTS and if you should consider taking care of them in their old age.
The above article from my Grandfather Joseph Phillip's Scrapbook refers to W.L. Stribling's Travel Air being at Bearden Field. Stribling was killed in October 1933, so I am pretty sure this article refers to the Bearden Field, precursor to McGhee Tyson Airport. W.L. "Young" Stribling was a dominant boxer based out of Middle Georgia last century. He also was a lieutenant in the Army Reserve Air Corps and flew his own plane to fights around the country.
On July 29, 1937, an American Airlines Stinson TriMotor, capable of carrying about 10 passengers, touched down at McGhee Tyson Airport, marking the first commercial flight at that facility.
August 1 and 2, 1934