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Joe O’Hara: Notes & Comments Regarding John Tighe

By Joseph O’Hara

Since there has been so much speculation – and, worse yet, so much misinformation – being posted here about John Tighe, I thought it might make sense to simply post some of the details that he has shared with me regarding his current situation and some of the events that led up to it (I’m in regular contact with him – and got his permission to do this). Because I don’t record my phone calls, the best I can do is recount all that I remember from our discussions.

To begin with, I have never asked John about the origins of the child porn that was found on his computer. But I do know that, according to John, the quote that was attributed to him by NYS Senior Investigator Rodger Kirsopp was inaccurate.

All John said at the time was that all the guns and computers that were in the household belonged to him. He did not ask Senior Investigator Kirsopp or anyone else not to tell his wife about anything that was found on the computers.

I also know some of the factors that led John to take a plea deal. First, he did not have the money that would have been required to pay for an attorney to go to trial – and, given the stakes, he was unwilling to be represented by a public defender. Second, had he gone to trial and lost, he would have been facing a much longer sentence than what he got. Third, and most importantly, John was facing some severe, life-threatening medical problems at the time and had recently lost the health insurance that he got through his wife (Skidmore College decided to save a few bucks by canceling the health care coverage of some of its lowest paid workers, one of whom was John’s wife).

Since he’s been in prison, John has undergone numerous medical treatments – and is currently on the wait-list for a liver transplant. Because of his lack of medical insurance, he likely would not have had been able to get that same treatment outside of prison.

John, by the way, was never a “sanitation worker” for the City of Saratoga Springs. Instead, he worked as Mechanical Equipment Operator for the City’s Public Works Department (He drove backhoes, plows, and loaders). Prior to that, he worked for 15 years at Saratoga Hospital. He was also actively involved in the local political scene – and served on the Executive Reelection Committees of at least two mayors of Saratoga Springs.

For those of you who used to regularly read Saratoga In Decline, you know that NXIVM/ESP was never the focus of that blog. Instead, it was primarily focused on exposing local corruption in and around Saratoga Springs, of which there was – and is – plenty. His involvement with NXIVM/ESP grew out of his concern that the cult was trying to become a major political force in the town – and had already ensnared several prominent residents in its training programs. At the time that his computers were seized, John was actually working on a story that would have exposed the links between then-Mayoral candidate Joanne Yepsen and NXIVM/ESP.

Prior to the raid that was led by Senior Investigator Kirsopp, John’s entire computer system was under some sort of attack (John and I had discussed that problem several times because Toni Natalie and I were experiencing similar problems). And in the inventory of items that were seized from John’s home, there was at least one computer that did not belong to him.

So, was John set-up by the cult? I honestly don’t know. But the fact that the same Rodger Kirsopp was the lead investigator on the bullshit case that led to criminal computer trespass charges being brought against John, Toni Natalie and me is either one really big coincidence or just another indication of how much power the NXIVM cult wielded in and around Albany, NY.

Friday, July 20th, is John Tighe’s birthday.  Please post a comment wishing him a Happy Birthday – and thanking him for all the hard work he did – and all the risks he took – to help expose the Raniere/Bronfman criminal enterprise.

 


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  • John Tighe frequently targeted many innocent people who were only trying to better themselves and called them names and harassed them on his site and in real life. I won’t herald him as a hero in that respect but I do acknowledge the preservence. And knowing the computer expertise going on at nxivm, they certainly had the capability to do what is speculated.

  • After reading about this case all I can say is that America has the best system of justice that money can buy.
    Clare Bronfman has enough money to buy justice for herself as well as Raniere and Allison Mack.

    And a man who tried to expose crime and corruption has no justice at all.

      • No, I figured that out long ago.
        I live near Chicago where 30 years ago the Feds ran Operation Greylord where 24 Cook County Judges went to Federal prison for taking bribes.
        But the point is so important that it must be repeated again and again for those who are still brainwashed by the high school Civics classes.

  • Happy Birthday, NXIVM Victim#?

    Given Raniere’s predilection for underage girls, and the circumstantial evidence that they were engaging in child sex trafficking, I’m sure it would have been pretty easy for them to load a bunch of child porn onto a computer, and then plant it, prior to the raid. If the computer’s still in evidence, Mr. Tighe should ask his lawyers to hire a forensic computer analyst to examine the metadata on the photographs – the EXIF data may show that the pictures were taken at a NXIVM-controlled property.

    • Tighe did not have enough money to hire an attorney to go to trial. So I don’t know if he would be able to afford what you are suggesting.

  • Happy Birthday John. I never really could believe that you had child porn on your computer and had the idea firmly in my mind that you were set up.

  • But the fact that the same Rodger Kirsopp was the lead investigator on the bullshit case that led to criminal computer trespass charges being brought against John, Toni Natalie and me is either one really big coincidence or just another indication of how much power the NXIVM cult wielded in and around Albany, NY

    Hmmm sounds much like Peter Strzok. Democrat playbook same shit different day.

      • How Dare you mock me!

        I will unleash Thunderbolts from my ass cheeks and become a pox on your house.

        I am the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse! And I will kick your ass from here to Kingdom Come and back again.

        Hark, I will unleash the Seven Seals upon this Earth, and you will tremble before my great and terrible wrath.

        Bandits! All these Naysayers are Bandits! And I will unleash my army of righteous angels upon your miserable souls

        • Are you going to keep us guessing why you’re posting this stuff? I haven’t been able to determine the point of all this….
          What do the porn links have to do with Scott Johnson?

          • How Dare you compare me, the Great Scott Johnson to all lawyers who are Crooks! It is much better to be unemployed and live off my wife’s work and government dole, than to actually work like serfs to BIG BROTHER that is always watching.

            I will CAST YOU INTO a LAKE OF FIRE. Yay, behold the Seven Seals of the Seven Angels of the Seven Churches. I will break these seals and release a storm of lightning and brimstone into your house.

            Yay, though I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I will fear no Ewoks. I will instead unleash the Righteous Wrath of the Fallen Angel of the Fiery Pit upon you.

            Bandits! All of you are Bandits!!! And one day you will Rue the Day you Dared to Mock the Great Scott Johnson!!!

  • Maybe it’s time for an in depth look at Rodger Kirsopp, his name has popped up in some interesting places. Let’s hope that like the cheating liar Peter Strzok he is called out on his B.S.. as an average American I am so disappointed in the long term damage these men bring to the FBI and Law Enforcement. The amount of corruption is directly related to the Democratic party who have allowed themselves to be bought for so long they thought they were untouchable , their current behavior is even more pathetic, do they teach their own children to be such poor losers? What would our grandfather’s think. I pray we get back some semblance of honesty and trust in our government and local politicians. And Thank you to all FBI and LE who go out and do their job with pride and honesty. Rodger Kirsopp I don’t believe you are in this category.

    • Rodger Kirsopp – who helped Kristin Keeffe escape with her son. If I remember correctly, he comes up again in some court document with Barbara Bouchey saying he was thinking she might know where Kristin disappeared to from the shelter he had stashed her at. What a tangled web we weave.

    • What do you know that Peter Strzok did that was corrupt, other than write what many Republicans (and “average Americans) said about Trump at the time?
      He wrote that he wanted to stop Trump from being elected, yet he (and the FBI) instead sat on all the very damaging info about Trump allowing him to get elected.
      So, Anon, enlighten us…………..

      • Stuff it flowers. We are sick of your feigned ignorance. You support corruption at all levels be it law enforcement under the Obama regime or Cuomo regime or NXIVM regime. Take a hike and take your phony Scott Johnson impersonation with you.

        • 1. Not Flowers
          2. I asked you a simple question and you couldn’t answer it.
          3. You revealed your level of knowledge (none)
          4. Your ignorance isn’t feigned.
          5. Sorry to be so critical.

  • A question for Joseph O’Hara:

    In the February 2012 criminal lawsuit you filed against NXIVM, you named quite a few people who were involved with and/or profiting from NXIVM criminal activity.

    John Tigue reported on this case.

    The same month (Feb 2012) the Times Union expose came out.

    Also in Feb 2012, John Tigue revealed the 2010 NXIVM cult summit on Necker Island where Tigue claimed the attendees discussed money laundering activities. The attendees of that cult summit were all named in your lawsuit.

    How did you come to establish these individuals as participants in criminal activity?

    • – John Tigue revealed the 2010 NXIVM cult summit on Necker Island where Tigue claimed the attendees discussed money laundering activities

      Please provide evidence for this. I was an avid reader of John’s blog and I never saw this claim. I saw him post an article about the Necker Island event and pictures of some of those who attended, but I don’t remember any claim about money laundering.

  • Thank you for that article Frank.
    I believe your version of events over the endless bullshit that certain trolls love to spread here.
    Happy birthday, John. I’m sure that all your hard work has helped to bring about these arrests and expose the corruption.

  • Happy Birthday John. Praying that it will be your last one behind bars; that there’s new information available now that will soon exonerate you.

  • How can both of these be true? “And in the inventory of items that were seized from John’s home, there was at least one computer that did not belong to him.” and “All John said at the time was that all the guns and computers that were in the household belonged to him.”

    Also, why not ask him if he put the porn on the computers? He’s already been sentenced, there is no harm that could come now.

    It also makes sense that the same person from a small town law enforcement agency would be the lead in all 3 cases, as the expertise needed to investigate computer related crimes probably wasn’t spread out among other people.

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