Christian A. Kerodin fixed heaters and air conditioners for a living. But after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, he found something new to repair: what he saw as the vulnerability of major Washington area shopping malls to terrorism.
With no experience, Kerodin started an international consulting firm and issued reports criticizing security at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, Tysons Galleria and Landmark Mall in Alexandria, saying they had failed to prepare for biological, chemical or other attacks.
The 37-year-old Alexandria businessman hawked his reports in news releases and convinced the editor of a national real estate publication to feature him as an expert with 20 years of foreign policy and counter-terrorism experience. His reports were quoted by Wall Street analysts. He was even scheduled to speak at an emergency preparedness conference in the District alongside a senior Treasury Department official. (emphasis mine. -WC)
Hobnobbing with the enemy….. Fuck principles. Anything for a buck. Or was he not a so called Patriot and II%er back then? Was that another scam he dreamed up in the joint? Can anybody come up with anything he’d written about our Cause before he went to prison? No? He was (and still is) a prolific writer, with HVAC books and even a trashy romance novel or two under his belt. But no books until 2010. Why not?
Follow the link and read the rest. It all sounds so fucking familiar.
“He was such a smooth talker, and his focus on shopping malls and the risks to them seemed relatively unique at that point,” said Gaston Boisson, current president of the association’s DC/Mid Atlantic Chapter. The group yanked Kerodin’s appearance when it learned about the court case.
“People were wondering, ‘Who was this guy, and what was he doing?’ Nobody knew him,” Kavanagh said.
For Valley, the editor taken in by Kerodin, it was a hard lesson. “I feel betrayed and angry,” Valley said. He said he will now conduct “background checks on anyone who claims to be a consultant.”
So if you read Kerodin’s drivel, have you asked yourself any questions? Why not? Most of you wouldn’t give 5 bucks to a telemarketer or some dude in Nigeria, yet you’ll send money to somebody with a good line most of you haven’t met or even talked to on the phone because he played on our hopes. Hey, he’s marketing a dream. It’s a very nice dream, but it’s still a dream. I fell for it too and I consider myself to be a very level headed man. It was fucking hard for me to admit that I was wrong in my initial judgement of the man.
Has anybody else noticed that none of his projects have a deadline? I didn’t, until the other day when a Patriot who lost a shitload of money on the Founders scam and I was talking and this came into my inbox:
He learned from III Arms. That was a scheme in which success hinged on immediate (within a few months) production of a product that would eat up all the money. Instead of the III Arms money, which he did who only knows what with, it ate up Jim Miller’s money. He learned, and all of his subsequent schemes had no immediate production requirements. Down payments for the Citadel (wonder how much he took in there with no deadline to produce), III PS, give me money, don’t ask where it went.
And another light went on in my head and it became just a little bit clearer. No, I hadn’t noticed until I read that but yeah, that’s absolutely correct.
Think about what you’re doing, people. Ask questions. Ask him questions if you want, but don’t expect a straight answer. More importantly, ask yourself questions. Ask yourself some tough questions. You know that nagging thought that lives in the back of your mind? Maybe it was something that was said, something that was done, something that wasn’t done. But bring that thought out and seriously analyze it. Break it down and figure it out. And don’t be afraid to walk away if that thought turns out to be right.
I know I know, you’ve walked away from the IIIPS and now you suddenly have 10 or 20 bucks laying around just dying to be donated. What in the hell are you supposed to do with it? You can’t keep it because it’ll throw your budget all off so you’ve got to give to somebody. But who?
I have a suggestion. There’s some very good Patriots within the IIIPS that are working on commendable projects, a couple of guys running mobile kitchens for one. Find one of those projects you like and give it directly to them. That way they get all the money instead of the organization getting a cut.They’ll appreciate the money and you’ll have peace of mind knowing where it went.