By Edward Snook
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 financial help from Christopher (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.
Beginning the Charles Dyer Investigation
US~Observer investigator Lorne Dey began the investigation, and I assisted him. Swan immediately attempted to direct our investigation with claims that the FBI had set Dyer up, and that they (the FBI) 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 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, the US~Observer was 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 that our government is evil. 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 Deborah Swan as a client.
A Change of Responsible Party
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 the US~Observer or we would have to drop the case. Even though Swan had been our client or “responsible party,” 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 subsequently dropped Swan and Janet Dyer signed on as our new responsible party for the case on June 8, 2012.
The US~Observer contract Swan signed stated, “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 responsible party; however, Deborah Swan being dropped as the “client” had absolutely nothing to do with the case we took on, which was that of Charles Dyer’s. We continue to work on Charles’ case.
Deborah Swan Internet Videos Ruin Dyer Investigation
Lorne Dey and I 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.
Just prior to our Oklahoma trip 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 sh*t!!” Before Valerie viewed Swan’s lies she thought extremely well of me, albeit, due to covert work on my part. Valerie’s message is conclusive proof that Deborah Swan had factually and 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. In turn, it has been an incredible waste of time for myself, the US~Observer and especially for Charles Dyer who sits in a prison cell.
And, what about the innocent people who have needed our help, but have read Swan’s lies on the Internet and decided not to hire us? I’m sure many of these innocents are now sitting in a prison cells because they believed Deborah Swan’s lies and failed to receive the proper help to prove their innocence; the help that is most often only obtained by hiring the US~Observer.
Deborah Swan, Uses “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 refused to take part in this charade.
Swan, Mortenson 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 without merit.
Swan, Mortenson File False Complaints with Better Business Bureau
When Swan and Mortenson failed at their attempts to deceive the Departments of Justice they filed their ridiculous complaints with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). The US~Observer went from having an “A” rating with the BBB for over 20 years to an “F” rating, following three separate, false complaints filed with them by Swan and Mortenson.
Today, the Better Business Bureau has realized that Deborah Swan’s complaints were lies and they have reinstated the US~Observer’s high rating – in fact it is now an A+.
Edward Snook Forced to File Lawsuit
All this time Swan and Mortenson’s meritless claims against Edward Snook and the US~Observer continued to be viewed on the Internet by the public. Internet Providers, including YouTube will not remove any content unless a case has been adjudicated. They claim that 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. I sued in order to obtain a judgment for damages and an order to have their lies 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 entirely.
Mortenson subsequently filed for Bankruptcy protection regarding my suit against him.
If ever there was a case proving just how dysfunctional our court system is, this is this case. I filed this lawsuit on June 20, 2014 and Josephine County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Hull was appointed to hear the case. It is now August 9, 2017, and over three years have passed. The legal system calls this going through the judicial process; I call this exactly what it is – a very expensive, repetitious, complete obstruction of justice! This is the exact reason most people are petrified of getting involved with or having anything to do with our criminal justice system.
What does Charles Dyer’s Mother have to say about the US~Observer, Edward Snook,
and about Deborah Swan?
Janet Dyer’s Declaration:
To whom it may concern:
Through all of the problems I have had with Debra Swan, Edward 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.
I received 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 the same.
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.”
Editor’s Note: We urge anyone who has information about the Charles Dyer case to contact Edward Snook at 541-474-7885.
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