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May 27, 2008

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Harriet Elliott

Peter Carlson, I was looking for your 1987 WashPost article titled ¨Life in the Shadows¨ and find you are leaving. Is taking a buy-out similar to being eased out of a job? If so, please find solace that most liberals are losing jobs , and that´s better than another fate that´s a lot worse. Dr. Robert Duncan (PhD from Harvard) was not fired but he has been erased from the internet because he speaks the truth. He majored in artificial intelligence and worked with new electronic weapons used on Americans secretly. Ducan, PhD, (a blond who appears to be in his 40s) and claims there have been silent assasinations. I have been victimized by some of the electronics he brings to light. NSA is able to stimulate a man sexually from a distance. In other words, these neo-fascists are in our bedrooms!

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