by Dr. Tom Termotto
There comes a time in a person’s life when he or she is called upon to address an injustice far greater than the injustices which concern only oneself. Especially when that individual serves in a position of leadership does it become necessary to respond. I refer here to a piece recently published on an internet news platform about me, my character and my work. Please be aware that anyone, anywhere, anytime can fall victim to such a hit piece of character assassination*. In fact many who have been speaking truth to power in recent years have suffered a similar fate.
The urgency of this matter has become so great, that the entire movement and advocacy network surrounding the BP Gulf Oil Spill (BPGOS) is at great risk. The real irony and synchronicity is that this event took place right after Jeff Rense of the Rense Radio Network hosted what was probably the most unifying national program around this extraordinary global catastrophe. Why would such a productive development be pushed over a cliff so soon after this defining moment? Why was something so inherently positive, hopeful, and constructive so quickly assaulted and savaged? How could it be so easily torn apart with one swift slice of the slanderous blade? What was the motive?
Many know that I have served for nine months as the National Coordinator of the Gulf Oil Spill Remediation Conference (GOSRC) in Tallahassee, FL. This endeavor was a purposeful and informal coming-together of many individuals around the world – persons who are genuinely concerned for the Gulf as well as for the planet. We chose quite deliberately not to register as a 501(c)(3) as we wanted nothing preventing our lobbying public officials, or otherwise impeding our effectiveness. Furthermore, given our assumed posture toward the Oil & Gas Industry, we recognized the importance of anonymity for endurance, and we took no money in any form on any of our websites or blogs. This was meant to be an international citizens’ initiative operating below the radar, so that we could get to the truth and disseminate it quickly throughout the world. And this is what we did.
Inasmuch as we do live in an age in which anyone connected to the internet can literally make things up and dish it out in the most derogatory fashion as happened to me, the truth can sometimes only be found by going directly to the subject. Therefore, if anyone wants to get to know me, my character or work, simply google my name, and review the work that I have done on the BPGOS. If the content of these articles and essays resonates, then perhaps you might join this ongoing advocacy however you’re so inclined.
There’s an infinitude of challenges concerning the planetary disaster that occurred last year in the Gulf of Mexico. The Earth needs our help more than ever. I would hope that we can all come together instead of being driven apart. The world has suffered enough from the divide and conquer strategy which all of us know too well. The suffering, both individual and collective, has been awesome. The countless trials and tribulations have been too onerous for many to bear. If ever there was a time for the few of us who have stepped up to the plate to coalesce around the Gulf and its many challenges, that time is now. We may never have another opportunity.
Being in the catbird seat all these months, we have come to know much about the Gulf and its true state of affairs. What we have published during our journey of research and ongoing discovery is but a tip of an enormous iceberg. What we have not yet disseminated does affect every inhabitant of the planet… and that is NOT overstatement. Therefore, we ought to collaborate and support each other in this cause like never before.
We must not remain in shock from having witnessed the outrageous efforts to sabotage a movement in dire need of cohesiveness and unity. Personal attacks of ANY nature are devastating and fear-generating. Few among us have ever seen such a shocking and shameless effort, couched in ‘journalism’, designed to defame, undermine and destroy something so worthy and urgently needed. As my good friend and fellow conferee BK Lim recently wrote, “… we are getting quite close to the truth. That’s why you are being slandered [libeled].”
Finally, in the spirit of our blog entitled Take Back Your Power, Now!, I am compelled (and now forced by the universe) to do just that. The despicable rumors drawn out of thin air are totally outrageous. They are repugnant. They are defamatory. These fabrications run completely contrary to all I have stood for throughout my entire life. For those who truly know me, no further explanation is needed. For those who choose to believe or even consider what amounts to outright prevarication, I urge you to seek out and read the prodigious amount of evidence proving intentions on our many blogs, websites, articles, essays, open letters, emails, radio interviews, television specials, documentaries, etc.
Many in the Gulf and elsewhere are now very apprehensive about their involvement in this crucially-needed work. Please do not be thwarted from your respective and necessary initiatives. Know that many are silently toiling for the salvation of what all of us hold dear. Given the actual state of affairs, much of the ‘heavy-lifting’ can now be done in the privacy of our own homes. It has now become that demanding of a situation… so take stock in what you have to offer. Consider the talents you bring to bear; and know this situation may prove the most difficult challenge most of us will ever face.
In closing, let me say that our next posting at the Phoenix Rising From The Gulf website will include numerous developments of paramount importance for those who live, work and play in or near the Gulf. This forthcoming article will contain emerging truths about the GOM and newly discovered facts about the BPGOS which will concern all of us. We pray that these revelations will assist those who seek the truth to make the most informed and wise decisions possible about their future.
May God bless those whose lives are connected to and affected by the Gulf of Mexico. Each and every one of us is in great need of such grace throughout these tumultuous times.
Tom Termotto, BCIM
Gulf Oil Spill Remediation Conference
10 February 2011
*The initial filing of a multi-million dollar defamation of character lawsuit will present a point-by-point refutation and thorough disproof of each false, misleading and distorted statement in the aforementioned libelous article.