Curriculum Vitae - Introduction

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and University of Washington
libeled and slandered a mature student with malice aforethought
to prevent career advancement and to deny equal employment opportunity.

Sycophancy and Abuse

Traditional Appalachian vendettas and the liaisons within decadent French aristocracies pale in comparison with the simmering hatreds and collegiate resentment engendered by admissions quota systems based upon racism, gender, and xenophobia. Ironically, officials acknowledge the illegality of quota systems then spend all their time finding ways to develop them. Their goal - to compromise principles for personal gain and obtain academic privilege without merit.

Rensselaer Easy Riders

If universities reward exploitive faculty members and sycophantic students, then pandering and sycophancy will predominate. If money forms the single measure of recognition, one rests assured that merit-less decisions that result from "merit raise" fights will prevail. Rewards would become more equitable with more emphasis on rights and responsibilities and less on status and privilege. Administrators must once again answer to both faculty members and to students whom the public pays them to serve. [Easy Rider]

Hiring and firing needs to revert to a collaborative function between the president and the professorate. Moreover, appointments should not result solely from presidential decree, department and college mandates, or from pressure by commercial or other special interest groups. They should result from democratically appointed campus-wide committees with membership appropriate to the position and discipline under review.

An RPI faculty member wrote about a recent article: “Quite wonderful and hilarious. Seeing some of my contemporaries razed was a relief. I've been an adjunct at RPI for eight years with no hope of full-time and now I am beginning to more fully understand why. My evaluations are some of the highest in the university. My publishing doesn't help, commitment to teaching doesn't help, my dedication to my students doesn't help. Meanwhile, Shirley [Ann Jackson] keeps throwing money at construction and nothing at scholarship or scholars”. Name withheld by request. [What Goes Around . . . ]

Universities have paid lip-service to the accepted principles and practices of The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) for many years. The time has arrived to consider those principles carefully. Appointments and admissions criteria must hinge on merit and not on personal, political, gender-related, or ideological agendas and appointment of part-time rather than full-time tenure-track faculty.

University trustees need to promulgate procedures for public accountability and insist that officials act responsively, competently, and, perhaps more importantly, within the law. Those who violate their positions by breaking laws, who fail to serve faculty and student interests, or who do not contribute to academic life, have no right to remain in the academe.

Sociopathic Snakes in the Grass

Academic Snakes in the Grass

C. Lee Odell (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) and Richard S. Neel (University of Washington) started a destructive pattern and their minions have spent many years destroying or forging documents to cover up for them despite repeated credential verification by other universities and agencies approved by US Department of Education. They, jointly and severally, started twenty-two years of humiliation and unemployment using malicious academic blackballing and discriminatory demands. Their xenophobia increased over the years as they repeatedly committed criminal acts, engaged in agism, and denied constitutional and human rights.

A thorough investigation by an attorney appointed by American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) verified the supporting documents and recommended civil and human rights action against UW which an ACLU committee approved. UW officials had those hearings unlawfully quashed, as they did on several other occasions, by trading off unrelated issues.

Neel and Odell, among others, violated federal laws and used administrative power to destroy a career seen as a competitive academic threat. Individuals who had done virtually nothing and been virtually nowhere set out maliciously to prevent gainful employment: aberrant behavior that has lasted for more than two decades. Council House commenced court action predicated upon private information disclosed by UW and RPI then involved straw lawyers and judges connected with UW in a conspiracy to deny due process of law.

Shirley Ann Jackson, President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights Mark A. Emmert, President, University of Washington

Shirley Ann Jackson, Rensselaer and
Mark A. Emmert, University of Washington
hold ultimate responsibility for
multiple violation of civil and human rights

Shirley Ann Jackson and Mark A. Emmert, presidents of RPI and UW respectively, have yet to address myriad issues involved not only with prior restraint but also violation of constitutional and human rights that led up to the arrest and jailing of the author. Unlawful constitutional restrictions on movement remain in force which have now become subject to international scrutiny.

By maliciously ending his professorial career, morons gave the author a reason and a purpose to return to his former profession as a journalist: a career started in London's Fleet Street during George Orwell's time. This move to a higher calling could not have taken place without equivocation and disingenuousness by Machiavellian (sociopathic) princes in three institutions coupled with Orwellian inspiration.

A “booster” wrote: “You might want to write a synopsis of the CV including accolades. You have a much better rounded education than any of the people concerned. First of all you are literate. Secondly, you not only have journalism credentials but you are well versed in law and have had business experience. That you have expertise in graphic design is evident. You also have won awards for your work with the disadvantaged. I would be tempted to categorize each of the aforementioned, highlight the important aspects, with the promise of full identification to come.” Other boosters, with knowledge of the situation, write similar encouraging remarks yet ask to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals by university administrators.

Anonymity has become the cornerstone of academic transgression which makes a sorry statement about freedom of expression and human rights within universities today. A synopsis will soon appear as a reconstructed curriculum vitae accompanied by a Roll of Dishonor that will list the names and addresses of malevolent participants encountered during the past two decades.

Contrived Humiliation

When a person attends a scheduled meeting for an interview and suffers humiliation without any provocation, that exposes psychological insecurity and sociopathic tendencies on the part of the interviewer. When two people holding deanships three years and three thousand miles apart conspire to humiliate the same person in the same way, it does not show a simple sociopathic condition; instead, it shows either collusion or a complex psychotic condition in each participant that forms a pattern of aberrant behavior. If a person who relies upon payment for his services attacks and destroys the source of his income, then his action can only construe as psychotic.

When the same deans, having committed irrevocable acts of humiliation, started a malicious campaign of abuse spanning more than twenty years against a person whom they met once and never spoke to again, they confirmed that they had a deep-seated psychological problem. While only a small number of faculty members display ravening sociopathic tendencies, many more exhibit varying degrees of antisocial personality disorder - it measures as a matter of degree in given circumstances.

Neel and Odell, sometime academic deans, maliciously commenced an unending pattern of sociopathic abuse. They started two decades of humiliation and used malicious academic blackballing and discriminatory demands to cause unemployment. Their xenophobia increased over the years as they repeatedly committed criminal acts, engaged in agism, and denied constitutional and human rights.

The abuse terminated almost forty years of diverse employment that ranged from CEO to professor with many accolades and publications. Both Odell and Neel, apparently intimidated by the achievements of a former CEO many years their senior with hundreds of publications to his credit, tried to destroy him.

Interviewees who treat interviewers with respect, despite suspicion of abnormal behavior, often get blamed as architects of their own misery. They unknowingly allow Machiavellian or contrived humiliation to gather momentum and develop into a conspiracy. This occurs when a racial or xenophobic ploy to subjugate does not become immediately apparent. The initial respect has not had time to dissipate in disgust if the victim does not suffer from paranoia about background or upbringing. The victim’s strength triggers the aggressor’s weakness.

Cooke and Michie analyzed three factors of psychopathy apparent in everyday contact with sociopaths. Their conception certainly applies in the RPI/UW/Council House conspiracy.

Three-Factor Model of Psychopathy


Deficient Affective Experience


Glibness/Superficial Charm

Lack of Remorse or Guilt

Need for Stimulation/Boredom

Egocentricity/Grandiose Self-Worth

Callous/Lack of Empathy

Parasitic Lifestyle

Pathological Lying

Shallow Affect

Lack of Realistic Long-Term Goals


No Responsibility for Actions


Cooke and Michie eliminated criteria related to criminal incarceration and juvenile delinquency and statistically analyzed three factors of psychopathy. This conception of the psychopathic personality is better applicable outside forensic populations.

Neel and Odell tried to justify their behavior by conspiring in the destruction of credentials despite repeated verification of them by other universities and agencies approved by US Department of Education. A thorough investigation by an attorney appointed by American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) verified those documents and recommended civil and human rights action against University of Washington which an ACLU committee approved.

The first indication of the psychosis arose from two almost identical confrontations three years and three thousand miles apart. Both antagonists acted out similar demeaning theatrical fantasies. Sociopaths often emulate the practice of stage actors who study other people then mimic them. In this case the psychopathology includes mutual mimicry. The rage or tantrums frequently exhibited may represent the limit of emotion sociopaths can experience. They watch and mimic other people’s emotions then act them out to mask their dysfunctional tendencies.

The term "sociopath" (formerly psychopath) describes the DSM-IV clinical term "antisocial personality disorder" which defines aggressive, impulsive, antisocial behavior. Approximately 3% of men and 1% of women suffer from this disorder. Both Odell and Neel classify as sociopaths based upon their recorded performance as deans in different universities. Sociopaths often encounter legal difficulties due to their disregard for societal standards and the rights of others which often includes criminal activity. They do not appear to experience a full range of human emotions which explains the lack of empathy and disregard of the suffering they cause to others.

Sociopaths remain indifferent to the possibility of physical pain or punishment because they think that they occupy positions of unimpeachable power. They show no indication that they experience fear when threatened; this may explain their apparent disregard for the consequences of their actions and lack of empathy when others suffer their abuse.

Neel and Odell used identical humiliation tactics. They made appointments for 30-minute sessions then waited beyond the appointed time with their doors left ajar so that I could see them and hear the trivia they were discussing on the telephone. After more than thirty minutes they waived me in saying that they could only stay a few minutes then spent that time making humiliating comments.

The University of Washington Kangaroo Courts:
Pattern of Fraud, Forgery, and Record Falsification
by University Administrators

At Rensselaer, Odell said: "I am not interested in anything you do or say" and at University of Washington, Neel said: "you must jump through my hoops" as though the author ranked as a circus animal with him as the ringmaster. Neel insolently used a secretary as a go-between while only twenty feet away. [Theater of the Absurd]

Neel silently blocked registration claiming lack of qualifications for doctoral work and ignored the fact that James I. Doi, a previous dean, had approved those same credentials. He then passed false and misleading credential information to a novice admissions administrator, John F. Swiney, for evaluation. Neel used the same fraudulent procedure that Halloran and Judd had followed at Rensselaer when they released only part of the curriculum vitae and a few documents for evaluation to insure a negative response. [Case Study]

At a meeting, Swiney said without interrogation or discussion: "your total education equates to what you would have gained from one year at a community college" . . . " you will have to earn an undergraduate degree first". He used identical humiliation tactics to those previously used by Neel and Odell.

Swiney ignored documents certified by International Education Research Foundation (IERF), a credential evaluation service accredited by US Department of Education which included: a Rensselaer masters degree; UK MSc and BSc equivalencies; and, completion of all course work for a PhD at Rensselaer. Although I had previously held positions as a tenure-track assistant and associate professor, Swiney told me to work towards an undergraduate degree and pass the graduate record examination.

Prior to Swiney's evaluation, Institute of Printing (IOP now 3P) elected me a Fellow after forty years as a full member and International Society for Typographic Design elected me a Fellow following sponsorship by three former ISTD presidents based in NY/Berlin/London for excellence as an international typographic designer. Concurrently, PCS/IEEE appointed me as Associate Editor for Graphic and Visual Communication, PCS/IEEE. Any rational person would determine that those accomplishments rank a little more than Swiney's evaluation: "your total education equates to what you would have gained from one year at a community college" . . . " you will have to earn an undergraduate degree first". [Educational Qualifications]

Academic Snakes in the Grass

John F. Swiney moved to Central Washington University

Instead of making a fair and unbiased evaluation, Swiney maliciously made a biased and politically expedient decision not based upon the facts. By that (as a state official), he allegedly committed crimes under Washington state laws.

RCW 9A.80.010. Abuse of Office. Official Misconduct.
Gross Misdemeanor. 1 year imprisonment and/or $5000 fine.

RCW 9A.08.020. Principles of Liability. Liability for Conduct of Another - Complicity
Gross Misdemeanor. 1 year imprisonment and/or $5000 fine.

Swiney left University of Washington (where he received $69,408/pa) eleven years later (2001) to become Director of Admissions and Records at California State University, Chico. He became a big fish in a small pool instead of a pollywog in the UW cesspool that he helped to create.

According to Beth Brogden, Office Manager, CSU-Chico Admissions Office: "John Swiney is no longer the director of admissions at CSU-Chico. He has been gone since the end of June 2007".

Background checks show that these descriptions exemplify common humiliating behavior used by academic administrators, usually people who have not been anywhere very much or done anything significant. They attacked and destroyed a professor many years their senior with both industry and academic experience far in excess of their own. Or, in newsroom vernacular that the next generation will understand, the articles describe how a bunch of sick bastards groveling before perceived authority for self-aggrandizement and career advancement now depend upon walls of political silence.

See also: [Criminal Conspiracy] [Conspirators] [Co-conspirators] [Malicious Evaluation and Career Devastation]

Five University of Washington Kangaroo Courts described in the Case Studies which
W. W. Washburn, Emeritus Assistant Vice President, Enrollment Services
and his assistant John F. Swiney initiated in a consort with
Presidential Shyster Steven G. Olswang,
Allen D. Glenn, Dean, and Richard S. Neel, Associate Dean, College of Education.

Malicious Disruption of Research

Academic work came to an abrupt halt due to destruction, unlawful alteration of transcripts, or withholding of databases and other records by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and University of Washington during 1980s and 1990s. Document alteration covered up multiple fraudulent activity and other criminal acts by university administrators and faculty members.

Then, with malice aforethought, RPI and UW released private information in violation of 20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99: a Federal law (FERPA) which protects the privacy of education records and applies to all educational institutions that receive funds under US Department of Education. Citing his rights under that act, the author challenged false and misleading records with both RPI and UW then requested correction of records. Neither university amended their records so he invoked his right to a formal hearing. Instead of a formal hearing, both universities held kangaroo courts in absentia.

Those illegal committee meetings found no cause to correct the record despite documented and corroborated evidence to the contrary. They then refused to accept placement of a statement on the record setting forth the author’s view on the contested information as required by law. Having exhausted all academic means of correcting the record, the author published his findings.

According to correspondence, both universities released information protected by FERPA to Council House staff and other third parties for them to fraudulently convert for blackmail purposes, despite formal complaints that the records contained false and misleading information. Council House reciprocated by exchanging similar protected information.

The author had previously proscribed the exchange or release of any information without correction of the record and prior written approval. This prohibited the universities from releasing information without formal hearings and prior written approval. Universities must have written permission to release any information from an education record.

The law does allow universities to disclose some records without consent under clearly defined conditions. In this case, none of those exceptions applied. The act certainly does not allow ex parte release of private educational information to a landlord for blackmail purposes. [Conspiracy 2001] [Conspiracy 2002]

Council House directors published the information that they obtained from university personnel and placed some of it on the court record. Based upon motions by Council House, Washington Superior Court issued unlawful prior restraint orders to censor the content of web pages which described criminal acts by Council House directors and employees. It later issued orders for incarceration when the author failed to censor content protected by First Amendment to the US Constitution.

Unlawful release of personal information by the universities allowed Council House to bring frivolous harassment charges that resulted in effective eviction, unlawful jailing, solitary confinement, torture, and violation of constitutional and human rights, some of which remain in force. Washington Supreme Court later reversed all findings relating to prior restraint under US First Amendment in a unanimous decision (30 Mar 06) with the exception of an initial harassment order issued unlawfully. [Supreme Court Decision]

Council House had delayed and denied due process of law and appeals in Washington courts for five years. Neither Council House nor the universities have taken any steps to mitigate damage. Instead, Council House has continued harassment of the author and brought a series of trumped up criminal charges in City of Seattle all of which the court has since dismissed.

Washington government has not addressed multiple corruption and falsification or destruction of public records among University of Washington, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Washington Superior Court, Washington Court of Appeals, and Washington State Attorney General.

Christine Gregoire, Governor, State of Washington continues to withhold public records that she withheld as attorney general. This makes a farce out of the new law that allows for more openness of government records which her flaks recently celebrated with an extensive media spin. Hypocritically, Gregoire has still not addressed formal complaints about University of Washington filed with her as attorney general when former Governor Gary Locke referred them to her several years ago. [Totalitarian University Ideology]

Outrageous situations occur when individuals do not acquiesce to abuse and breach of contract by university administrators and government officials. The ongoing reconstruction of files destroyed by both universities has taken a great deal of time. Apparently, RPI and UW presidents feel safe in ignoring repeated requests for due process because they know the amount of work and money involved for individuals to pursue their constitutional rights.

They know that they have virtually unlimited resources to protect themselves when they violate the laws that govern them. Consequently, they use unlawful risk management polices with impunity granted by government dereliction and corrupt courts. As for the law, they disdain it by using it to suit their own purposes.

Roll of Dishonor

The people listed have all contributed to the present anarchical state by allegedly committing criminal acts or acting as accessories after the fact. They will probably never come to trial because they control the process. To get their attention, perhaps they should suffer institutional ostracism in the same way that they have made others suffer. [Roll of Dishonor]

They have consistently abrogated established legal procedures designed to safeguard the rights of the individual. Their despotic behavior and failure to conform with promulgated regulations has transformed minor issues into matters of vast proportions. They have regularly conspired to act illegally and subversively. They have denied due process of law and ignored important issues which have now reached an irrevocable state. During investigation, some people committed more crimes in attempts to cover up their original acts and those of their colleagues.

They all present a real threat to academic freedom when they thrive upon the non-selection and non-promotion of individuals with nonconformist views. That process results in a standard of quality and excellence emanating from institutional judgment with a cultic instinct toward conformity. Such conformity eliminates inconvenient nonconformity (also honest dissent) so that those in administrative control can impose their ideologies instead of allowing individual freedom of thought and expression.

The present academic process guarantees mediocrity at undergraduate level and extends it into the graduate population. Many students admitted to universities under affirmative action quotas have acquiesced to coercion to compensate for their lack of merit and ability. They have graduated through a process of record falsification and grade inflation to become the next generation of faculty members. Their lack of education and ability does not allow them to compete for jobs in the public sector so they remain forever indebted to the process that admitted them into the academe.

First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States protects the liberty to speak and to write without fear of restraint. This freedom of expression closely links with freedom of the press. Fourteenth Amendment requires that state laws grant equal protection to all persons. However, the extrajudicial censorship that exists in academic institutions in the United States parallels that which exists in underdeveloped countries. A covert, extrajudicial act of censorship exists for every act that complies with law. The end of ethical academic standards has resulted in an apolitical, totalitarian ideology within which cultic forces compete.

Both administrators and faculty members have diluted the integrity of the institutions that they pretend to serve. Conceited, they pose as superior intellectuals but cannot sustain that posture through lack of personal integrity and acumen. They do not obey the law; instead, they manipulate it to serve themselves and have abandoned codes of professional ethics. Their inherent low level of intellect denies them the ability to discourse so they resort to using administrative power to attack their colleagues. [Roll of Dishonor]

Kafka Incarnate

Does all of this sound Kafkaesque?

To a reasonable person it probably does. [Kafka]

Camillus Lee Odell - Kafka

By publishing details of academic malfeasance, the author has apprised the public of one of the most unreal doctoral experiences in modern times. Other instances must exist; however, they will never see the light of day due to willful blindness within the academe, the unlimited amount of money available to buy silence, and the lifetime of ostracism that results from “omerta” used by collegiate mafioso to maintain silence about criminal activity.

A trilogy describes people in different institutions who have a dysfunctional commonality that research psychologists would probably clamor to study. The script chronicles unlawful happenings of no mean proportions which spanned more than two decades. The convoluted behavior of predominantly sociopathic actors has developed from an exhaustive analysis and development of case studies into an academic tragi-comedy. Permanent imprisonment in their personae has probably qualified them to play themselves in the stage and movie versions of this script.

The publication of detailed behavior by so many morons has required extended use of sources, readings and other pedagogical aids far in excess of anything that mere doctoral study would require. Assiduity has allowed the saga to reach maturity and to come of age. Indeed, the author hopes that his monumental work, the product of more than 20 years of diligence, represents a scholarly work of the first magnitude worthy of the arrests, imprisonment and torture that he suffered while writing them.

Document Reconstruction

Publication of a reconstructed curriculum vitae (all of the entries have documents to support them) will hopefully dispel the propaganda and defamation spread by disgusting snakes in the grass.

The linked curriculum vitae does not define as a résumé - a summary of education, professional history, and job qualifications, frequently used to convince a prospective employer of suitability for employment. The author does not need a job; instead, he has used the vitae to present evidence and facts. It contains a life history or autobiographical account rather than a spin to gain employment in the generally accepted way.

It consists of twenty or more lists of experiences held together by links to a retrospective of life events. To that end, the term "curriculum vitae" properly explains and supports the articles contained on Contra Cabal web sites. It does not try to persuade anyone to employ anyone else although it does substantiate their illegality in not doing so. It does not deal with equal opportunity; instead, it addresses claims of repeated failure to comply with equal opportunity laws. [Equal Opportunity Laws]

Therefore, the information contained in the reconstructed and updated curriculum vitae serves two primary purposes:

To prove deliberate defamation designed to destroy a career and/or prevent its advancement; and,

To reverse the arrogation of civil and human rights accorded by US Constitution and UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. [US Constitution] [Human Rights]

Some papers appear as scanned Portable Document Files (PDF) and others as reconstructed HTML files and graphics. They form a body of academic work - compiled during more than ten years of doctoral research - which resided on mainframe computers at Rensselaer (RPI) and University of Washington (UW) as text and graphics.

A faculty chairperson at RPI and an administrator at UW maliciously destroyed or otherwise denied access to those databases. Due to the small capacity of personal computer hard drives and accessories of that era no independent backup data exists. Officials also altered or destroyed official transcripts.

Reconstructed databases containing all of the required work for two PhD degrees (most of it published and all of it peer-reviewed) will appear in due course. Meanwhile, scanned images will occupy some pages pending retyping or reformatting text and redrawing all graphics. Many illustrations will need replacing which means reestablishing sources.

The publications list contains some interesting documents selected from probably thousands produced using cutting-edge technology in more than sixty years of writing, graphic design, and systems invention. In some cases, the author developed the technology to meet the need for specialized digital publication. Several of the document paradigms resulted in typographic encoding which later supported desktop publishing systems.

The university denied due process of law on grievances that ranged from prior restraint and intentional harassment to age discrimination and xenophobia. Prior restraint applies to the denial of the constitutional right of a journalist/professor (or anyone else for that matter) to gather and publish information or opinions without institutional control or fear of reprisal. Administrators made frivolous claims of rules infraction to deny computer access in support of aberrant administrative ideologies and to prevent publication of exposé. They covered up that censorship by misusing their power to deny due process of law.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) found probable cause after a nine-month investigation by an independent lawyer. However, UW lawyers and WA attorneys general thwarted due process by making a composition with an ACLU administrator and convening kangaroo courts. They did a similar thing with a complaint filed with US Department of Education.

US constitution establishes limits to the power of institutions. It also denies university administrators the power arbitrarily to deprive others of their constitutional rights. Such arrogance manifests the quintessence of academic totalitarianism at both these universities.

Due Process of Law

State officials and university administrators know that if a university receives federal funding and wishes to punish an individual by word or deed then the Constitution requires that punishment must result from due process of law. The Constitution presupposes that university officials have a knowledge of the law and apply it equally.

Only those universities that function within the law preserve the individual freedoms granted by the Constitution despite the self-government privileges that university and state officials possess. Both Rensselaer (a private university) and University of Washington (a public institution) denied both faculty members and students the basic protection that courts provide as a constitutional right even to jaywalkers.

Neither Rensselaer nor University of Washington made formal charges or presented evidence before convening kangaroo courts in absentia. They both took unlawful, arbitrary action with Council House and government agencies following suit. Notes extracted from hundreds of documents provide a clear-cut history.

Case Study - S. Michael Halloran and Gary Judd

This study exemplifies university lawlessness at both RPI and UW over two decades. S. Michael Halloran, former Chair H&SS/LL&C accepted European academic equivalencies recognized by a string of universities during doctoral program enrolment. He had no legitimate reason to question them later; however, he challenged them in an attempt to cover up program fraud clearly apparent to someone with many years experience as a technical communication CEO.

UK equivalencies in graphic communication were recognized by Boston University, Northeastern University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Fitchburg State College, San Jose State University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and University of Washington with comparability twice certified by International Education Research Foundation (IERF), a credential evaluation service accredited by US Department of Education.



S. Michael Halloran, former Chair, Language, Literature, and Communication, RPI.

H&SS/LL&C convened a “disciplinary faculty committee meeting” and denied the author an opportunity to attend or to present a written defense. Frequently with this type of meeting, the accused neither knows the names of accusers nor the nature of the charges made against them. They certainly do not receive a copy of the findings; instead, they hear from the registrar at the start of the following semester that she has denied registration for that year.

In this particular case, S. Michael Halloran, then Chair of H&SS/LL&C and Gary Judd, then Graduate Dean, silently blocked the author’s registration for a third year claiming lack of qualifications for doctoral work. They ignored the fact that two years earlier they had approved those same credentials and the H&SS dean had granted a faculty position to teach at graduate level. Nothing had changed except that the author had completed most of his doctoral work with an ‘A’ grade.

To cover their tracks when the author challenged them about their arbitrary action, Judd and Halloran supplied an obscure accrediting agency with inaccurate and incomplete information thereby insuring a negative and flawed report. Judd then used this flawed report to refuse registration for continuing doctoral work.

Exasperated, the author engaged an Albany, NY law firm. The lawyer insisted upon reevaluation of credentials with an agency recognized by US Department of Education and International Education Research Foundation filed a positive report. The new evaluation tallied with what the author had originally represented in his application for entry into the doctoral program more than two years earlier. Judd capitulated by reinstating PhD registration. [Educational Qualifications]


Rensselaer Department of Public Safety

In the effort to gain reinstatement the author incurred $6,000 in legal fees and lost a semester of PhD research while he reestablished his credentials. He also lost his computer databases. Judd neither mitigated the damage nor provided a reason for his actions.

Merrill D. Whitburn assumed the department chair the following year. He immediately blocked the author’s doctoral progress and access to facilities for several years and started a vicious blackballing campaign. He then denied registration without any explanation. Later, he choreographed an arrest by campus police when the author attended campus for a meeting to discuss the issues.

That campaign caused the author to lose his job as an associate professor at a California university. The California administration had promised full professorship with tenure as a “star” professor the second year upon completion of the RPI doctorate. Reportedly, Whitburn told the California dean that: “He will never get a PhD from RPI.” knowing that the State of California required by law a PhD for full professor with tenure. The saga has continued for almost another two decades at University of Washington. [Preliminary Injuction]


Under university regulations, expulsion of a doctoral candidate requires written notice and preliminary hearings with an opportunity to file a defense and to present witnesses. RPI denied basic rights in law by disallowing a hearing, oral testimony, and written affidavits by defense witnesses. University of Washington used the same modus operandi in consort with Rensselaer. Both universities and Council House used traditional and unlawful academic railroading techniques to deny due process of law and constitutional and human rights.
[Conspiracy 2001] [Conspiracy 2002] [Arbitrary Evaluation]

Frequently, accused individuals, whose only transgression probably relates to exercise of freedom of expression, do not have access to oral recordings or written transcripts of testimony that would enable them to appeal findings held in absentia. Yet administrators willingly disclose the content of kangaroo court documents to third parties for blackmail purposes.

Officials at both UW and RPI universities consistently use opinionated, self-serving dicta instead of formal resolution or determination of issues using promulgated procedures. This has resulted in blatant denial of civil rights and due process. These denials have destroyed careers and precluded individuals from earning a livelihood. Legislators and judges have since recognized that unlawful and vague definitions, and secret investigation without accountability or due process, lead to extreme politicization and totalitarian control.

Attorney Generals in New York and Washington State, with full knowledge of unlawful acts, have not charged the perpetrators with any crimes or even investigated them. Republication of this curriculum vitae and the remaining body of academic work represents a first step in making perpetrators of injustice accountable.

These issues will not come to rest until both universities comply with law. The presidents of both institutions must arrange for independent investigation then discipline or indict the people responsible. They clearly and deliberately participated in unlawful activities. They have consistently denied civil rights and livelihood.

University officials, faculty members, and attorneys general, have broken laws, framed evidence to support sham disciplinary proceedings, and covered up kangaroo court findings. Only an independent investigator can fairly examine the voluminous documents which support these contentions.

In Washington state, the Attorney General must arrange for the Superior Court to call a grand jury or petition the Supreme Court for an order appointing a special inquiry judge as recommended by former Washington Governor Gary Locke. This could include the organized crime advisory board naming a special prosecutor.


See Portable Document File (PDF) for citations.

This statement counters record falsification, withholding, destruction, and forgery for political expedience by registrars at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and University of Washington. See curriculum vitae menus for substantiating information.

Paul Trummel PhD (RPI ABD), PhD (UW ABD), MS (RPI), MSc (UK), BSc (UK)
UK equivalencies in graphic communication recognized by Boston University, Northeastern University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Fitchburg State College, San Jose State University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and University of Washington with comparability twice certified by International Education Research Foundation (IERF), a credential evaluation service accredited by US Department of Education

Associate Professor, Communication and Rhetoric (Retired)
Special Doctor of Philosophy Program (SPhD), University of Washington
Fellow, International Society of Typographic Designers (FISTD)
Fellow, Institute of Paper Printing and Publishing (FIOP)
Member, Society of Authors, London

International Federation of Journalists, Brussels (International Press Card)
National Union of Journalists, London (UK Press Card)

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Nothing Succeeds like Excess

Academic freedom, an absolute right not an abstract philosophy, should not subserve economic considerations.

Moreover, information technology remains a right not a privilege despite technocratic claims to the contrary.

Legislative and judicial decisions have determined the right of individuals to distribute information freely and the Bill of Rights documents the protection individuals should expect from the state.

However, laws do not provide much protection when despotic administrators interfere with computer resources because they disagree with the content of messages: a disagreement probably based upon disclosure of their own malfeasance.

They fear dissent and have an aversion to controversy. Their addiction to political correctness frequently causes them to invoke censorship of Internet activities.

They not only empower their systems administrators to handle frivolous email complaints by arbitrarily removing computer access but also allow them to censor incoming mail - an outrageous invasion of personal privacy.

They act upon an irrational expectation that certain categories of email may contain something that Big Mama would not wish others to read then arbitrarily reject it.

Interference with email transmission not specifically proscribed by federal law classifies as a federal offense which Rensselaer and University of Washington officials commit with impunity.

New Releases
September 2007

Shirley Ann Jackson, the latest arrival in a trio of uncaring Rensselaer presidents: Schmidt (1988), Pipes (1993), Jackson (1999), continued to employ Thomas Phelan, former H&SS Dean, as "university historian" and publicly adulated him at his death (2006), knowing that he had defrauded the university of millions of dollars by posing as a PhD when he did not hold a post-graduate degree.

Phelan's fraud trickled down to negatively affect students. Informed about denial of due process of law to untenured faculty and students, Jackson did nothing about it. She maintains a hypocritical political silence on issues that have had a devastating effect on many faculty and student lives while she unashamedly touts an ethical institution.

Phelan's deanship allowed him to employ a cabal of unqualified and inexperienced faculty that in turn short-changed hundreds of students who had paid one of the highest rates of tuition in the US. RPI breach of contract left them with a huge tuition debt and cost them millions of dollars in income through loss of their careers. Successive deans Duchin (1996) and Harrington (2002) covered up the criminal activity that they inherited which effectively made them accessories after the fact.

2007 has seen publication of a series of articles that expose academic and criminal fraud at Rensselaer and University of Washington (UW). They describe a cover-up of ongoing fraud that Jackson, Palazzo, and Harrington (RPI) also Emmert (UW) have neglected to address.

A list of fifteen articles published during September includes a new series entitled Roll of Dishonor which exposes alleged criminal activity by individual tenured faculty members and administrators. New case studies will continue to appear each month.

Information about academic fraud and deceit frequently surfaces after alumni and former faculty members read Contra Cabal. That information becomes part of a relevant case study after verification and validation. Students and current faculty members also write letters to the editor on politically sensitive issues. Some correspondents request name withholding to avoid retaliation which the editor, a professional journalist, honors.

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About the Author

Paul Trummel (Nmesis)

Paul Trummel, published since 1944, uses the pseudonym Nmesis and openly declares personal or conflicting interests.

These conflicts may relate to topics or to opinion, especially when the content draws upon advocacy, experience, conclusion, or interpretation.

As an accredited journalist, he conforms with the code of conduct and ethics of the journalism profession, tested by courts in both Great Britain and the USA.

Since 1947, he has worked as a journalist, an editor (commercial and academic peer-review), a technical communicator, an associate professor (visual communi-cation and rhetoric), and as an administrator at several leading universities.

He has held international press credentials since 1959 and holds two elected international graphic arts fellowships.

He earned professional letters in the UK that translated into two baccalaureate degrees and a terminal graduate degree in the US.

He has also earned a Rensselaer graduate degree and two US PhD degrees (now ABD).

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He taught graduate level students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Northeastern University, Fitchburg State College,
San Jose State University, Massachusetts Bay Community College, and a private institute of graphic design.

He held an administrative post at University of Massachusetts, Boston, and has lectured at universities in US, Europe, and Japan.

In 1957 (London), he founded and operated the first full-service technical communication organization, a group of publishing and technical/graphic communication companies where he held the position of chief executive officer.

In 1973 (Connecticut), he designed and marketed the first typesetting system driven by a minicomputer, the precursor for today's desktop publishing systems.

He has won an international silver medal for his satire and a US city award for his educational programs for disadvantaged people.

Since 1992, he has investigated and written several hundred articles on bureaucratic and elder abuse.

He founded Contra Cabal, one of the first electronic magazines to appear on the web, for which he develops the site, writes articles, designs pages, and produces graphics.

Contra Cabal has now published for almost fifteen years.

Earlier, it published as email for six years. The hits/month now range between 100,000 and 150,000 with more than a million hits during the past twelve months.

Articles cover ongoing criminal activity by bureaucrats and elder abuse.

They describe the actions of corrupt judges and gross misconduct by lawyers who file frivolous law suits against tenants in government financially-assisted housing.

They outline how managers use unlawful retaliatory measures and propaganda to destroy the reputations of people who report illegal activity and racism.

Washington Supreme Court unanimously reversed a lower court decision that effectively allowed prior restraint and defined journalism inquiry as surveillance and harassment.

Repeatedly, lawyers who could find no fault with content instead personally attacked the author or his genre.

A corrupt judge imposed prior restraint and jailed him for contempt when he challenged the court decisions as a basic violation of constitutional and human rights.

To further coerce him, in consort with other jurists, the judge then arbitrarily transferred him to solitary confinement among murderers and rapists.

His published work in the print media for more than sixty years has received no challenge relating to accuracy.

People, among them elected judges and lawyers upon whom the public should be able to rely, have tried to stop him publishing information on politically sensitive issues.

That prior restraint, and restrictions on personal mobility, has now become a matter of international concern.

American Civil Liberties Union
(ACLU - Seattle),
International Federation of Journalists
(IFJ- Brussels),
National Union of Journalists
(NUJ - London),
American Society of Authors and Editors
(ASAE - New York),
and Seattle Weekly
have all filed amicus curiae briefs with Washington Supreme Court in support of his successful First Amendment stance.

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