This article is dedicated to all victims of abuse. Whether you are falsely
charged with a crime; you have someone lying about you on the internet
or in public; you are experiencing big-corporation abuse, banking or
governmental agency bullying; or whether you are a young person being
humiliated by your peers, this article is for you. Don’t allow
abuse. Document EVERYTHING as it occurs and then go after the abuser
The main victims
I dedicate this article to include Charles Dyer, who is sitting in a
prison cell today, his Mother Janet and his Sister Amy, who are suffering
greatly over losing Charles. They have lived in fear, not only of a
broken criminal justice system, but equally of a threatening woman who
deceitfully pretended to be Charles’ biggest supporter. Janet
and Amy still hold out hope that one day Charles can come home.
In early 2011, a
self-proclaimed “Patriot” named Deborah Swan began calling
the US~Observer, seeking our help to investigate a child sex assault
case filed in Oklahoma against Marine Sergeant Charles Dyer (aka July4Patriot).
I informed Swan of our fees and sent her a contract to sign. Almost
a year later Swan acquired the financial help from Chris Mortenson,
a serviceman reportedly stationed in Afghanistan at the time, to pay
the retainer required to hire us. Swan signed our contract and Mortenson
paid the retainer for her.
Lorne Dey began our investigation and I assisted him. Swan immediately
attempted to direct our investigation with claims that the FBI had set
Dyer up and that they were following her. Swan then asked us to tell
Charles Dyer’s Mother, Janet Dyer, that numerous Dyer supporters
were bad people who were out to destroy her and damage Charles; that
she was the only one who was really trying to help Charles gain his
freedom. We investigated these people and found just the opposite. We
found that each one we spoke with told stories of problems they encountered
with Deborah Swan and of the fact that they were afraid of her –
this included Charles Dyer’s Mother.
Within just a few
weeks of being hired, we were getting inundated with pure lunacy from
Swan, and Mortenson had started calling, claiming that the United States
government was corrupt, that they were responsible for the 9/11 attacks
on the World Trade Center in New York, that our government had committed
the Oklahoma City bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building in 1995 and
how evil our government is. After repeatedly telling Mortenson that
we weren’t investigating these claims, only the case involving
Charles Dyer, coupled with constant trouble with Swan, I decided that
I was dropping Swan as a client.
I called Lorne Dey
and instructed him to contact Charles Dyer’s Mother and inform
her that she would need to sign a new contract with us or we would have
to drop the case. Even though Swan had been our client or “responsible”
person, the case we agreed to do was, and I quote from our contract,
“Regarding: Alleged false allegations against Charles Dyer
aka July 4th Patriot…” We dropped Swan and Janet Dyer
signed on as our new client on June 8, 2012.
Lorne Dey and I
immediately made arrangements to travel to Oklahoma and arrived there
in early August of 2012. We had a very successful trip, having created
a covert contact with Valerie Dyer, the Mother of the alleged victim
in the Dyer case and ex-wife of Charles Dyer. This was the only possible
way to prove Dyer’s innocence and publicly vindicate him and we
were fortunate to get next to the source of the charges against Charles
as soon as we did.
Videos Ruin Dyer Investigation
During our trip
or just prior to it Swan had been working overtime to attack us for
dropping her from our case and she did so very publicly by publishing
blatant lies on YouTube. She claimed that we had defrauded her and Mortenson
out of a $10,000.00 retainer - That Edward Snook “is a fraud”,
that “he is dishonest” etc., etc. Well, it didn’t
take long for Valerie Dyer to view Swan’s on-line attacks. Shortly
after returning home I was confronted with a Facebook message written
by Valerie Dyer, who had watched Swan’s YouTube videos. The portion
of her message directed at me stated, “US Observer Guy your full
of shit!!” Swan had single-handedly ruined our successful investigative
trip to Oklahoma.
Why in the world
would Swan claim that I defrauded her and Mortenson when I was doing
the very thing I was hired to do and doing it well? In a nutshell, this
is what created this entire mess and incredible waste of time. Extreme
time for myself, the US~Observer and especially for Charles Dyer who
sits in a prison cell, not to mention the innocent people who have needed
our help, but have read Swan and Mortenson’s lies on the Internet
and decided not to hire us at their detriment, e.g. a prison cell!
“Common Law Court”
Swan continued posting
her malicious attacks on YouTube and Mortenson made a very threatening
phone call to this writer. I made many attempts to get them to stop
their defamation but my attempts fell on deaf ears. Swan’s next
course of action was to have Mortenson file a complaint with a “Common
Law Court” called the Committee of Safety. I simply refused to
take part in this charade.
Attempt to Use DOJ
Next, Swan and Mortenson
filed complaints with the Oregon Department of Justice and the Washington
Attorney General. All false complaints were dismissed shortly after
I answered them - dismissed, because these professionals investigated
Swan and Mortenson’s complaints and found them to be completely
Mortenson Use Better Business Bureau
Swan and Mortenson failed at their attempts to deceive the Departments
of Justice they turned to another “Common Law Court” type
voice called the Better Business Bureau (BBB). I went from having an
“A” rating with them for over 20 years to an “F”
rating, following three separate, false complaints filed with them by
Swan and Mortenson. Most people think of the BBB as a legitimate business
– I would strongly disagree.
to File Lawsuit
All this time Swan
and Mortenson’s meritless claims continued to be viewed on the
Internet by the public. Neither the BBB nor YouTube will remove any
content unless a case has been adjudicated, because Section 230 of the
1996 Communications Decency Act protects them from being sued for other
people's content they host. So, after repeated attempts to tell Swan
and Mortenson to remove their deceptive lies from the Internet and to
leave me and the US~Observer alone, I was forced to not only publish
about them, but to sue them for Defamation in order to obtain a judgment
for damages and an order to have their garbage removed from the Internet.
Both Swan and Mortenson
countersued for exorbitant amounts. Mortenson’s countersuit was
dismissed entirely on February 19, 2016 and most of Swan’s countersuit
has been dismissed. I am still attempting to get her countersuit dismissed
Mortenson DECEPTION Expands – Both Attempt to Use Oregon State
Believe it or not
Swan and Mortenson’s false claims are once again flowing. Swan
is now claiming that my Attorney James Leuenberger is committing fraud.
She has filed two Oregon State Bar (OSB) complaints against him. Swan’s
first complaint with the OSB was dismissed in short order because it
was a patently false complaint (exactly like her myriad of other wild-accusations).
Her second complaint will be dropped soon. Mortenson was next at bat.
He filed his complaint with the Oregon State Bar in mid-April of 2016
and will probably file another when they dismiss his first.
Back to the Internet
Swan has claimed
in court filings and on the Internet, “This duo (Leuenberger
and Snook) has been using the Josephine County Courthouse to commit
the crime of extortion. Judge Thomas Hull, placed his stamp of approval
on a fraudulent default judgment that James Leuenberger procured by
fraud, deceit, and fraud upon this court. Leuenberger has used the Josephine
County Court House, for his criminal theft of $49,999.99."
“James Leuenberger and Ed Snook have both committed theft,
theft by deception, theft by fraud, and many other crimes by bringing
this law suit against Deborah Swan. They have been caught committing
perjury as well as violating the rights of Deborah Swan by giving false
representations on court record claiming Swan never sent her answers
to Leuenberger. This was a total scam on their part to get a fraudulent
default judgment against Swan. Oregon’s judiciary has been a silent,
yet willing partner in this conspiracy.” On one Internet site
Swan claims,“Judge Thomas Hull is ignoring the self authenticated
evidence that has been made on the court record against this attorney
James Leuenberger. Deborah Swan performed her own investigation, and
discovered serious crimes upon the court and against herself. Both Leuenberger,
and Judge Hull, ignoring his solemn ‘Oath of Office’ and
the BAR, to uphold the Constitutional rights of the citizens of all
All any prudent
person needs to do is call the Josephine County Clerk’s Office
or the Josephine County District Attorney’s Office and ask them
if Edward Snook or James Leuenberger have been charged with any of the
crimes listed above. They will be told that they have not – this
should prove to the caller that Deborah Swan and Chris Mortenson are
blatant and compulsive liars.
Deborah Swan's LinkedIn profile
The very simple
truth about this matter is that Swan actually defaulted on my original
lawsuit by not filing her answer on time properly. Attorney Leuenberger
sent in a default order for the court to sign on the last day of Swan’s
deadline, believing that Swan wasn’t going to file a response.
The proposed order he sent to the court meant absolutely nothing until
it was signed by a judge. On the last afternoon of the last day Swan
filed her answer but failed to pay the filing fee required. The court
then entered a judgment against Swan. Swan immediately asked the court
to declare her indigent and give her a second chance. Judge Hull chose
to grant her a second chance, the court administration granted her indigent
status (meaning that she does not have to pay any filing or court fees)
and now Leuenberger is a “fraud” according to Swan. I should
add that I find it odd that the court would grant indigent status to
Swan who is a self-proclaimed “Health, Wellness and Fitness Professional”
as shown by the Twitter picture and caption above (copied on April 6,
2016). I also find it odd that Chris Mortenson was granted indigent
status when he has stated that he is active military reserve. Of course,
neither Swan nor Mortenson would dare commit perjury, would they? Further,
I find it very odd that Chris Mortenson would work for the very government
that he claims is responsible for bombing and killing U.S. citizens
within the borders of the United States…
compare Swan’s claims about Judge Hull and Leuenberger with what
transpired originally in the Dyer case. Again, when I refused to listen
to Swan and Mortenson’s ridiculous claims, I dropped Swan as a
client. Our contract states, “The Client pre-authorizes
Investigator to discontinue work on this matter at any time solely based
on his discretion alone.” Certainly this clause gives
us the right to drop a difficult or dangerous client; however, Swan
being dropped as a client had absolutely nothing to do with the case
we took on, which I have already quoted and pertains only to Charles
What does Charles
Dyer’s Mother have to say about the US~Observer and about Deborah
To whom it may concern:
of the problems I have had with Debra Swan, Ed Snook has kept in contact
and has continued to work with us for the freedom of our son. He has
done all that he can even though Ms. Swan has done things to hinder
him as well as us. He and his staff have always tried to do all that
we asked of them and are still keeping in constant contact with us.
Ms. Swan spent
a lot of time trying to convince Charles and myself not to use an attorney
but to file common law motions. In the state of Oklahoma it is not legal
to file under common law. There is even a note on the front of the window
at the Court Clerk's office in Stephens County, Oklahoma which states
that common law is not to be filed there, that it is not legal in the
state of Oklahoma. She was continually telling me that if I didn't do
what she said Charles would be convicted and would not get out of prison.
She went so far as to ask me to send her the money I would be spending
on an attorney and let her help represent Charles in court.
many 3-mails (sic) and Charles received volumes of paperwork about this
at the prison after his conviction to use for his appeals. He asked
her to research some cases but did not send them, just sent more of
She put information
on Facebook about my being instrumental in having Charles convicted
because of my refusal to listen. She called me at all hours and, even
when I told her I was working (I did medical transcription at home),
she kept talking and telling me she had just one more question. She
sent multiple e-mails and kept sending me messages on my messenger wanting
me to answer her. I got paid by the line and could not convince her
I needed to be typing for work rather than answering her messenger questions
or e-mails or talking on the phone.
I hereby declare
that the above statement is true to the best of my knowledge and belief,
and that I understand it is made for use as evidence in court and is
subject to penalty for perjury.”
is still working on the Charles Dyer case, having put in many pro bono
hours to date and even more hours in exposing the subterfuge of Swan
and Mortenson’s that has greatly damaged Charles Dyer’s
chances to be vindicated.
Deborah Swan appeared
to realize how her claims made her sound, when she made the following
statement during her first interview with Lorne Dey - “I
promise I’m not crazy, I’m not psychotic, I promise you.”
I for one have a
very hard time believing her, partly because of her past felony conviction
dealing with a crime of dishonesty; bank fraud. I have also had an extremely
hard time figuring out how Deborah Swan can possess firearms when she
is a convicted felon.
Note: Anyone with information on Deborah Swan (residing in Spring, Texas)
or her partner Chris Mortenson (residing in DuPont, WA) are urged to
contact the US~Observer at 541-474-7885 or by email: email@example.com.
Subscribe to the US~Observer News Flash Alerts!
to the US~Observer FREE News Alerts!
a subscription to US~Observer delivered right to your mailbox via first-class mail!