"CMA CONTINUES OPERATIONS AFTER MASSIVE FEDERAL ASSAULT"
No heritage organization in the history of the United States has ever survived the massive federal assault that has been launched against the Confederate Memorial Association and lived to tell the tale.
After over a decade of lawsuits financed by the military, federal government agencies and contractors, and culminating in the court freezing the funds of the CMA in hopes of strangling its operations, CMA President John Edward Hurley has opted to continue its operation using private funds that are not under the control of the courts.
Hurley said that "if the military operation of the last century couldn't destroy the culture, no military operation using the courts today could accomplish this." Hurley, who has been jailed to force his capitulation to court edicts, vowed that he would never capitulate, especially since he discovered that the military has financed the court action against the association.
Although the building has been sold due to the court action, Hurley said that the CMA will continue its efforts to preserve Southern culture.
All of the activities of the association remain in place, according to Hurley, and even the Confederate Embassy Ball will be resuming as plans are under way for another gala period ball next year.
Hurley said that the CMA's Web site, www.confederate.org, has been keeping members informed, and has provided the major link with the membership and the media.
CMA President John Edward Hurley met with U.S. Comptroller General David Walker to provide further evidence in the continuing investigation by the General Accounting Office of the D.C. Court System.
Hurley said that Walker seemed particularly interested in the lack of public financial disclosure for D.C. judges, which Hurley had presented to the members of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the District of Columbia.
The discussion also included procedures for exposing government contracting fraud. Hurley has called for a further investigation of Fuentez Systems Concepts and WIN Laboratories, who have provided military and Justice Department support for the litigation against the CMA.
The U.S. Coast Guard's Operations Systems Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia was the site of a meeting with Captain Jim Decker, commander of the computer intelligence facility, and CMA President John Edward Hurley.
Hurley had requested the meeting to protest the involvement of military personnel and equipment in the legal assault against the Confederate Memorial Association.
Captain Decker was told of the involvement of Vicki Heilig, a top aide to the commander and his predecessor who had submitted a falsely notarized statement in the litigation.
Hurley learned that Heilig had a security clearance and was working with Richard Hines, a registered foreign agent for the Government of Cambodia, an ally of both China and Vietnam. Moreover, Hurley told Decker that Hines was also the executive vice president of a Chinese computer firm, WIN Laboratories, that supplies the facility with computers.
Telephone logs and computer tracks will show the connection with the lawyers who are litigating against the CMA, according to Hurley.
Edward J. McCallum (right), Director, Office of Safeguards and Security at the Office of Security Affairs of the Department of Energy, with CMA President John Edward Hurley at the National Press Club. McCallum was told of the Chinese connection in the litigation against the CMA and how the Chinese computer firm, WIN Laboratories, had supported the court action and was connected to the general counsel's office of the DOE.
At the Sons of Confederate Veterans Annual Convention in Mobile, Alabama, the Confederate Memorial Association introduced the descendants of Confederate Admiral Raphael Semmes at the prestigious Order of the Southern Cross dinner.
Captain Oliver Semmes, great-great grandson of the admiral, his son Edmund, and his brother Richard were presented to the convention by CMA President John Edward Hurley. The statue of the famous admiral is directly outside the convention hotel.
Oliver Semmes is currently promoting the activities of the CSS Alabama Foundation (USA) which is preserving the artifacts of the famous Confederate raider.
More of the media has been contacting the CMA for comments on a variety of issues that include the Confederate flag, white supremacy, affirmative action and Southern culture in general.
Contacts have come through the Associated Press, MSNBC and CNBC, to name but a few. WLL in New Orleans had CMA President Hurley as a guest for the better part of an hour before the Sons of Confederate Veterans Convention in Mobile, Alabama.
The National Genealogical Society asked CMA President John Edward Hurley if he would agree to be on a proposed speakers list to address the subject of Southern culture and genealogy.
Although no dates have been proposed, Hurley has agreed to be included in their series.
Despite the cut-off of CMA funds by the courts, the Annual Confederate Hunt Party was a big success, with guests arriving from across the South to enjoy a day with the horses and hounds in Rappahannock County, Virginia.
Hurley assured the guests that "when the going gets tough, the tough get going" and they could expect another Confederate Hunt Party next year.
CMA President John Edward Hurley joined Nicholas E. Hollis, Director of the General Longstreet Recognition Project in presenting congressional testimony in support of H.R. 1665, which would allow the National Park Service the flexibility to acquire land for addition to the Wilderness National Battlefield Park in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.
The bill would preserve the site of Confederate General James Longstreet's brilliant military strike and the venue of his wounding during the engagement.
The testimony was presented to the Committee on Resources/Subcommittee on National Parks and Public Lands.
Hollis is the president of The Agribusiness Council (ABC) and Hurley is chairman of ABC's Heritage Preservation Committee.
Nicholas Hollis (left), president of The Agribusiness Council, discusses Wilderness Battlefield Park preservation legislation with Congressman Herbert Bateman of Virginia.
CMA President John Edward Hurley told a group at the National Press Club that the ultimate goal of the D.C. Superior Court in litigation against the CMA was to take down the CMA's Web site because it is exposing corruption in the D.C. Court System.
Since the First Amendment was central to the preservation of our rights under the Constitution, he urged the group to join him in giving more media exposure to this blatant corruption of our national principles.
Hurley said that it was all the more important that the media address this issue as it relates to the CMA since the evidence now shows that the military has launched this action against a civilian operation.
"It may be too late to stop the Waco disaster," he said, "but this legal assault on the CMA is a crime in progress by the military."
The installation of new officers for the National Press Club Post No. 20 of the American Legion included John Edward Hurley as judge advocate.
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