- Bollyn, who has written for AFP (formerly
The Spotlight) since June 2000, was terminated in an email memo from Petherick
- Petherick's letter of dismissal gave two reasons for
- His first reason:
- Petherick implies that I have submitted false stories.
I have, therefore, asked him to clarify exactly which stories of mine were
- Petherick's second reason was that I was a disloyal employee
who had accused AFP of being under the control of some other agency. He
- I have asked Petherick to show where and when I have
accused "AFP of being under the control of some other agency."
- As of this point, Petherick has failed to clarify his
accusations and statements.
- Petherick concluded his notice of dismissal saying,"For
the reasons above, please do not bother to submit anything else to this
newspaper. In addition, we will no longer be able to pay your salary.
- "This is effective immediately.
- Christopher J. Petherick
- Managing Editor/AFP"
- It should be noted that Bollyn was fired some 6 weeks
after being attacked and TASERed by undercover police at his home. The
identities of the three men involved in the police provocation and assault
were kept secret for over a month.
- American Free Press has collected funds at its office
in Washington for a legal defense fund for Bollyn. Bollyn has repeatedly
requested a list of the donors in order to thank them personally. As of
this point Bollyn has not received a list and has no idea how much money
has been raised for his forthcoming legal battle.
- During American Free Press's recent "First Amendment"
conference in Washington, Bollyn was told to stay away by the senior staff
of American Free Press. Bollyn was told that Michael Piper had given an
ultimatum that either he or Bollyn would attend. If Bollyn were to attend,
Piper said he would boycott the conference.
- Bollyn's arrest was followed by an immediate and intense
attack on his character by Scott Makufka (a.k.a. Victor Thorn) and Lisa
Guliani of WING TV. Bollyn first became aware of WING TV's character assassination
campaign against him on Piper's radio show in which he was aggressively
interrogated by Makufka.
- Makufka and Guliani also write for AFP and its sister
publication The Barnes Review. They have on-going book publishing and sales
arrangements with AFP. WING TV has worked closely with Piper and published
a book of his called Dirty Secrets (2005).
- Bollyn had only recently started to defend himself from
the attacks of Makufka and Guliani by posting factual information about
them and their background on the Rumor Mill News website.
- WING TV's "character assassination" attacks
of Bollyn are on-going in different forums and continue to this day. AFP
has done nothing to stop their attacks against Bollyn.
- Photo: Christopher Bollyn (left) and Professor Steven
E. Jones of Brigham Young University discussing 9/11 evidence in Provo,
Utah in March 2006. Bollyn and Jones have collaborated on a scientific
investigation of the molten metal found in the rubble of the World Trade
Center five weeks after 9/11.
- Bollyn first reported the discovery of molten metal in
the summer of 2002 after speaking with two of the contractors who oversaw
the removal of the debris. Jones has determined that the metal is from
a Thermite reaction, evidence of a controlled demolition of the three WTC
- In the past month both Jones and Bollyn have been removed
from their jobs after being attacked and publicly humiliated for their
9/11 research. In both cases, a radio show was used to set up a situation
in order to malign the two researchers and question their credibility.