Twitter accounts of EcoInternet, the leading deep ecology environmental and social justice newsfeed and micro-blog, and the personal account of Dr. Glen Barry, shutdown just after posting a link to essay recounting Congressman Mark Pocan’s, of Madison, Wisconsin, admission of child sex tourism.
It has been nearly four years since I informed Madison law enforcement, Wisconsin governmental authorities, the FBI, and the public of then State Assemblyman Mark Pocan’s admission in my presence of having raped children while traveling to Costa Rica for child sex tourism. I still remember vividly him play acting as he demonstrated for a group of close friends how children are able to be penetrated not only from the rear as they bend over, but also from the front as kids are nimble enough to recline while standing. His friends Doug, Tom, Andy, Kyle, Mike and a couple others thought this was hilarious. After being threatened by Mr. Pocan when later referring to the matter, and considering my state funded University research position at risk, I chose to not socialize with Pocan and his entourage again. Sadly, given the power differential and my own history of being a victim of childhood sexual abuse, I remained silent for too long.
Since I wrote a powerful essay painfully recounting these matters (http://drglenbarry.blogspot.com/2012/07/wisconsin-2nd-district-my-congressional.html), I have faced a vicious assault upon my character by Congressman Pocan’s surrogates. There is even evidence that Pocan’s political opponents – Governor Scott Walker, whose authoritarian demagoguery I have criticized, and the Dane County GOP – have colluded with Mark Pocan to attempt to discredit me. Progressive Madison institutions and citizens – including the Madison Police, the Government Accountability Board, the Madison DA’s office, Madison media, and the court of public opinion – were notified and failed to investigate or act upon the allegations. Outrageous and blatantly false claims have been made against me in retaliation by Pocan cronies. Yet I continue to live normally and with a clear conscience, having since published major ecological science, continuing to run Earth’s largest biocentric environmental advocacy network, and advancing in my second career in financial technology.
Yet one can only wonder how many other children Congressman Pocan is abusing from his position of power. And reflect upon how sad it is that beautiful and progressive (yet corrupt) Madison is represented in Congress by an acknowledged child sex predator.
In an unnecessary act of intimidation, a few weeks ago the US Capitol Police contacted me at work, presumably on Congressman Pocan’s behest, asking me why I continued to occasionally tweet a link to my essay. I explained that it was important to me, that despite having been dismissed by the authorities and the public, to continue to demonstrate that by no means do I retract my truthful narrative of what Mr. Pocan disclosed to me and others. After posting this tweet below a couple days ago, first to @EcoInternet and then a couple hours later to my personal Twitter account @DrGlenBarry, my personal and all of my environmental Twitter accounts including non-related ones dedicated to old-growth forests and climate, to which the post was not sent, were suspended:
Will progressive #Madison, Wisconsin re-elect @repmarkpocan an admitted pedophile as their Congressman for 3rd time? http://drglenbarry.blogspot.com/2012/07/wisconsin-2nd-district-my-congressional.html
After initiating with Twitter an appeal of the account suspension, stressing the importance of the work done by EcoInternet using social media for the environment and social justice, noting the absence of any warning, and asking for specific guidance on the rules that may have been broken so we could change our conduct; I initially received this terse reply at both my personal and EcoInternet main account (as well as for a climate Twitter account to which it was not sent):
Your account was permanently suspended due to multiple or repeat violations of the Twitter Rules: https://support.twitter.com/articles/18311-the-twitter-rules
This account will not be restored.
Please do not respond to this email as replies will not be monitored.
After seven years of using Twitter to save innumerable rainforests, repeatedly help protect indigenous rights, and successfully raise ecological awareness and cut emissions globally, that is it, game over, because I posted a link to my essay. The reply from Twitter is patently false, we know of no “multiple or repeat violation of the Twitter Rules”. Almost certainly Mr. Pocan complained and Twitter folded in the face of political pressure by a Congressman facing reputable allegations of child abuse.
For years EcoInternet, besides its primary account, had run a couple dozen distinct Twitter environmental newsfeeds on numerous explicit topics ranging from climate and rainforests, to more specific accounts on tar sands and fracking. There was a small amount of overlap (sent at staggered times) if say an article dealt with the loss of rainforests’ impacts upon the climate, but generally they were discrete. On occasion we called out powerful individuals’ greenwash such as Gordon Moore stealing native Hawaiian land and Leo DiCaprio’s use of private jets as tells us to cut emissions. At one point we received a reply from Twitter indicating that several of our accounts had been falsely identified as spam and the accounts were restored. One by one, quickly these were shut again until there was just the primary EcoInternet account with 25,000 followers left.
Needing to know definitively if we were being harassed by Twitter for outing a child pedophile, or if it was genuine concern that a small amount of overlap was spam, I posted three tweets. One notifying followers we would no longer be providing newsfeeds to remain in compliance with Twitter regulations, another a picture of me in New York, and the third a link to a New York Times article on Dennis Hastert’s conviction with the comment:
Dennis Hastert and Madison Congressman Mark Pocan have a lot in common, and it’s not wrestling
My largest and most important account was then shutdown within hours, all appeals denied, again with the above terse rejection. So I can definitively say Earth’s largest Twitter network was shutdown for sending two links over a several week period sharing my truthful recollections of having a Congressional candidate admit in my presence to child sex tourism.
And good riddance as I have no desire to spend my time self-censoring myself because the platform for exchanging information I use does not respect freedom of speech, and believes itself to be the arbiter of legal disputes. Such behavior by Twitter is precisely how child sex predators are enabled.
At one time Twitter was a force for social good, allowing the marginalized and average citizens an equal voice to the powerful. Now, as the company is failing financially and desperately seeks to grow, Twitter puts people sharing inane selfies and narcissistic star postings before those working for social justice including global ecological sustainability and keeping children safe. Twitter has shutdown a global network of tens of thousands of like-minded ecological and social activists routinely protecting the environment to protect one powerful sexual predator of kids.
By coddling a Congressional pedophile, silencing a small yet persistent critic, it is clear Twitter has jumped the shark.
I know what I heard and saw on that fateful day – a powerful politician telling of traveling internationally for child sex (indeed, describing vividly and acting out his crime) – which is a federal offense. I am willing to testify in court what I know, and to take a professionally implemented polygraph at any time, preferably as Mr. Pocan and others present as he disclosed his criminal act do so as well. If Congressman Pocan feels aggrieved by my accusations, I encourage him to take the matter to court (rather than continue to harass me using the levers of government power); where the numerous other people present, as well as others aware of his behavior, can be subpoenaed, deposed, and testify as well. I implore the Madison press and police to independently investigate this matter, as Mr. Pocan’s behavior is well known and my account has been anonymously confirmed in a public posting by another person who was there.
In addition to Mark’s public admission when I was present, I have purposefully not recounted until now further admissions relayed second hand to me by Andy Janssen, a mutual friend, of further underage sex by Mr. Pocan in London theaters and Amsterdam brothels. I was told there were more stories to tell, but had heard enough, and immediately went home to begin writing my initial essay. From what I have observed, there appears to be a pattern of Congressman Pocan abusing children as he travels internationally. It was after this was disclosed to me that I chose to report the matter to the authorities and go public several months before Mr. Pocan was first elected to Congress.
If Congressman Pocan thinks he can hound me by taking away my means of environmental advocacy, and that he can misuse his power to force my silence, he is badly mistaken. I failed to report the matter in a timely matter for reasons outlined in my initial essay, and I will not again let down children being preyed upon by a powerful man. Scurrilous attacks upon my reputation are the burden I must bear for failing to come forward on the matter immediately, however frightened I was. Now it is time for Madison Progressives to step up and clean house, and for Twitter to respect free speech and unsuspend my accounts which have long been used for the greater good.