RANDI ALWAYS KNEW “ALVAREZ” WASN’T WHO HE SAID HE WAS
Rules of Investigation:
1. You see it once you’ll see it again.
2. If you can’t find the answer you already got it.
3. All skeptic are liars.
FT. LAUDERDALE: The man who 12 years ago offered me $1,000,000 (one million dollars) to prove homeopathy (to him) ended up in court this week bailing out his longtime domestic partner on charges of life fraud, a 23 year long identity theft.
James “the Amazing” Randi is a career conjurer and debunker of extraordinary claims, a hero to a large following of atheists, local skeptics and amateur debunkers. His reputation as a ‘seeker of truth” turned hypocritical this week when in court he openly admitted that prior to the theft he knew the true identity of his homosexual lover, artist Deyvi Orangel Pena Arteaga.
NEW YORK: “He’s had my identity for 20 years,” the real Jose Alvarez said Friday, when reached by telephone in New York from Florida by the Sun Sentinel. “Why is he stealing my identity? Is he illegal?”
Pena is a Venezuelan, better known as “Jose Alavarez” and before that known to Australian audiences as a phony psychic channeler going by the name of “Carlos.”
“Pena was arrested Sept. 8 at Randi’s Plantation home under the name “John Doe” and charged with passport fraud and identity theft. A Sun Sentinel investigation revealed Pena’s true identity earlier this week. The newspaper obtained the immigration visa he used in March 1984 to come to the United States from his native Venezuela to attend the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.”
The next question here is to what degree did Randi assist Pena in the theft of a New York man’s identity? The hoax was discovered when the real Jose Luis Alvarez, whose identity was stolen by Pena 23 years ago, applied for a passport. The story goes that Federal agents burst into his New York apartment to arrest him, but the real Alvarez was able to quickly corroborate his identity.
The next step was to cuff Pena and throw him in the Broward county slammer.
REPORTED TO DEPORTED
This is where the real dilemma began for Pena, for at the time his real identity had not yet been confessed. If he wasn’t Alvarez, who was he? To reveal his true identity would be an admission of guilt. The only way for him to be released on bond was for him to reveal his true identity.
Will Randi say that he didn’t know Pena’s identity as Alvarez wasn’t legal? Will he say that he just assumed that Pena had made a legal name change? Is there any evidence that Randi aided and abetted Pena in the identity theft? If so, will the prosecutors give Pena a break if he turns state’s evidence against Randi?
My concern is that the public, the majority of which appears to me to have stood behind Randi, will influence the prosecution to be ambivalent regarding Randi and not prosecute him for staging the whole thing!
Academia loves Randi. He has spoken in countless colleges and high schools. Youtube overflows with his videos. He’s a recipient of the MacArthur Genius Award. He’s a founder of CSICOP, the psychic phenom defamation enterprise started by Paul Kurtz. Randi’s authored books, audio tapes.
Randi is a can of worms. The involvement in the Pena fraud is not the first revelation of something not generally known about Randi’s character. Recently he came out of the closet regarding his homosexuality after watching Sean Penn’s “Milk.” I subsequently made a video about it that questioned whether or not there would be any thing else that we might like to know about Randi.
And there was, just as there have been and will be.
Prior to coming out, Randi has long been suspect of pederasty, the sodomization of boys, implied in phone recordings made when Randi lived in New Jersey back in the ’70’s, and in what appear to be redacted court affidavits that detail three separate incidences of sexual assaults on minors.
You see it once, you’ll see it again.
I PREDICT there will more explosions of yet unknown but suspected facts to come. The JREF truth and identity crisis has long been in the making and is not yet over.
James Randi is not the only name he has gone by either.
Expect to see outbursts from slathering Randi lovers Michael Shermer, Steven Novella, PZ Myers, Penn and Teller, Sir John Beddington, Paul Lee, Edzard Ernst, Phil Plaitt, DJ Grothe, David Gorski, Harriet Hall, Ray Hymen and a myriad of anonymous “skeptic” sock puppets.
For more information, see the Bolen Report.
John Benneth, Homeopath
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