the District of Columbia Lottery and Charitable Games Commission
Back in 2000,
after some delay, the DCLC announced that the proceeds of the December 11, 1999 Powerball Game would be awarded to the winner
by way of a "trustee". The laws of the the DCLC required that the winner of any powerball game had to be made visible
to the public and consent to being photographed; a condition for actually acquiring the winning proceeds. (The law now
includes the term "Executive Director may
require...for promotional purposes").
In any event,
the individual who actually got the lump sum cheques was one H.Dean Bouland, an attorney apparently acting on behalf of the undisclosed claimant; Bouland himself admitting that he never
saw or had possession of the winning or "turned in" ticket until the week after December 11, 1999. To this
day, the DCLC has not disclosed to the public the name of the individual who they consider to be the winner, information
which should be publicly available under even the current rules. See 30 DCMR 614.1. Fast forward to 2007 where
the rules of the game appear to now allow for a different kind of claimant, not just and individual but also an "organization".
See 30 DCMR 601.1.
really going on here?
purposes to find out. We admit, this one hits a little close to home. We believe we know who the claimant is,
and Bouland is certainly that claimant's "trustee". We also believe we know who the real winner is, and that
winner has not been allowed to enjoy any of the proceeds.
We have posted
pleadings of writ currently at the threshold of the U.S. Supreme Court from the claimant who has waged a seven year long pitched
battle in the local courts just to get Access to the Courts. Here, we attempt to provide you the members of the public
our information in a digestible way.
Is government poised just to take our property away without reason?
That is one
of the fundamental questions here; and the implications of this issue may have far reaching consequences, not just for the
parties involved in the pleadings, but also for the public at large and the trust and confidence which we so fallibly place
THE POWER OF CENSORSHIP
Since our inception
we have commented on a few issues that we know have irked some very powerful people.
In fact, Findings – INTELLEXAE was born out of controversy: from our rift with Julia Leighton of the Public Defender
Service of Washington DC, to our stiff opposition to the REAL ID Act, we have our wake of foes. Our Founder, Radcliffe B. Lewis is essentially black-balled by the exploits of three organizations: Sallie-Mae,
the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the DC Courts, particularly Rufus King III, the Chief Judge of the DC Superior Court. Recently we had a problem even here at our Website, enough to question to what degree
any of the members of the agencies we have criticized may have played a part. Surely,
the tying up of our allowed bandwidth may have just been a happenstance error on the part of the ‘techies’ at
Lycos, or one of its affiliates, but the implied message, be it intentionally, or unintentionally is very clear. It only takes one glitch too many and we may be down for the count – cut off from our readers and
viewers like a road-killed raccoon.
Who knows who funds the web hosts like Lycos?
Who knows when we will piss of one of the big E-commerce CEO’s or some
bureaucrat that has power to divinely manipulate the strings?
We paid for the domain, (intellexae.org) and we hope that in the not too distant
future we may be able to pay for the full control of our storage and dissemination of our online information. Until then we are at the mercy of the freely available and open source internet web hosts. That is where we are.
The alternative to these hosts are plain old email, and underground guerrilla-type
printing, and even that costs more money than the Website we have now, which thanks to Lycos right now costs us virtually
Should we continue in our work by not raising issues that we believe should
be raised, by not voicing our perspectives, or by toning down our language until the message becomes ubiquitously obsolete?
Were we to do this our existence would be inconsequential even to us, as we
would be reduced to redundancy. But wait, our Founder never became black-balled
after he founded Findings or Intellexae, no, he was black-balled simply for being a hard worker, keenly observing things that
didn’t seems to be right, and also simply trying to be an artist, and in the case of Sallie Mae, because they had a
privatization agenda of their own, which they surmised people like him should not ever get wind of before they get their big
The real lesson here is that it is futile to mind your own business and be nice
to those who put forth questionable public policies. Those policies can literally
kill you if you do nothing and say nothing about them when you detect them and you know they are wrong for you. What good
is it then to fear the mighty internet glitches that can glitch us right out of existence.
As David Glasgow Farragut once proclaimed “damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead” even now we must adopt
that same spirit and damn the glitches and hobble on in our observations, analyses, commentaries, criticisms, and advocacy
of policy engagement. Who knows maybe one of these days we may own one of those
server things - and a printing press.