UPDATE: I sent Marcie an email this morning bringing the issue to her attention. She responded within a couple of hours explaining how this page came to be on her domain and offered to pull it down the next time she updated her website. I sent an email back telling her that is would be great if she could do that, or at least link it back to my website. So, this should be solved soon.
In doing Google searches for an earlier post, I saw something that has been bothering me all day. I remember seeing a “.com” & a “.org” for American Contractors in Iraq. I even used the “.org” in that earlier post. I didn’t think much of it because when you click on the links to go to the sites, they look totally different. They even have different names at the top. One says, “American Contractors in Iraq” and the other says, “Civilian Contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan.” So, I put it out of my mind for the moment.
Before trying to going to bed I remembered that there was a picture of a cake (pictured above) that was made for me for the private book signing/contractor gathering in Nashville in 2006 that I wanted to snag from the American Contractors in Iraq website. I know and have been friends with the lady that has run the “.com” site since before she started it in 2004. I knew she would not mind if I snagged the picture since I seem to have lost my copy of it. But I was tired and figured that I would get it in the morning.
I tossed and turned, dozed for a bit and then was wide awake. I know I should be sleeping this late at night, but this is one of those nights that sleep eludes me. Maybe I have to much on my brain or something. Anyway, I decided that I would go snag the picture tonight instead of waiting till the morning. With my job as a pilot car, I could get a call at 0600 to go escort a load and might not have time to get it. I did another Google search. I knew it was on a PTSD page that Jana has on the site, so I searched for that.
As you can see in the photo above, a “.com” and a “.org” came up. I clicked on the “.com” link and snagged my cake photo from the site. Then I went back and took a look at what was on the “.org” site. Heck, I figured I had missed a PTSD Conference for contractors and I wanted to check it out. Not only do I suffer from PTSD because of various traumatic events in my life, my eldest son who is and Iraq veteran suffers from PTSD as well. Though I “think” I know enough about PTSD by now and after everything I have done to help others suffering from it, there are always new treatments coming out. But I got a big surprise when I clicked on the “.org” link. Before I go on and voice my personal opinion on this, I want you to take a look at screen shots from both web sites.
I have red arrows point key things out in both screen shots. The first screen shot is from the “.com” website. The red arrow is pointing to Jana. The second screen shot is from the “.org” website. The same picture is posted on both. Now, if you look at the picture that it cut off in the second screenshot, you will see me sitting in the middle of that group. If you look at the other pictures in the “.com” screenshot, you will also see me. So there should be no doubt that I was at the PTSD conference that these photos came from. It was held in February 2007. Dan Rather’s crew was there interviewing contractors for the Special Report for his show. First off, some of the photos on the “.org” site are mine. I took them! Secondly, I don’t remember ever giving Marcie Clark my permission to use any photos that I was in or that I shot with my own camera
Now, look at the statement I have underlined in red on the “.org” screenshot. The statement reads, “What a pleasure it was to be in a room with true war heroes!” Marcie Clark was not at this PTSD conference! How can she make a statement like this? I don’t know if I can do anything about getting my photos off her website or not, but I am going to look into it. And since it is so late where Jana lives I am going to have to wait till in the morning to give her a call and see if she knows anything about this. I don’t know how she will feel about it, but I DO NOT like it. I don’t want my name or likeness associated with Marcie and her website after discovering that she endorses Scott Bloch.
I will let y’all know what I find out about all this when I know something. Till then, I am going to look around her website some more and make sure there is nothing else there that is mine. Course, that is if I can figure out how to navigate it. That site in a mess!