US Special Forces Book Faces Legal Censorship
Marvin-TrineDay Legal Defense Fund
We Are Fighting For Our Lives!!!
Harrasment lawsuit threatens to bankrupt small publisher and assault a citizen's First Admendments Rights.
Our attorney's say they need $15,000 before our Halloween court date to proceed.
Please Help Us!! We are just regular folk, already stretched thin.
72 Year-Old Lt. Col. "Dangerous Dan" Daniel Marvin and TrineDay, an Oregon publishing house are defending themselves in a costly legal battle to excercise their first admendment rights beginning in Federal District Court this October 31, 2005 in Charleston, South Carolina.Col. Marvin's book, Expendable Elite – One Soldier’s Journey Into Covert Warfare, is a Vietnam wartime story of his experience commanding an independent Special Forces operation in 1966 in the An Phu District among the Hao Hoas (Wha Hows), a militant Buddhist sect. The book was written in 1988 and published in 2003 by TrineDay. The Special Forces Association (SFA), a veterans' fraternal organization has tried to brashly influence these legal proceedings. The SFA has bankrolled the plantiff's action, supplying lawyers, and apparently even advancing expense money to the plantiffs. The SFA has intruded into our private legal meetings, and the SFA has a history of "steamrolling" other historical revelations.
The plantiffs have rejected attempts to settle, even when confronted with hard copy evidence, plus their own prior recorded testimony that confirm the book's story. The current tactic of the plantiffs and their "friends" seems to be to force us to be ready to defend our selves in the costly arena of Federal District Court. As far as we can tell, the plantiff's have presented no case beyond their words that the book is "fanatasy," and a report from a JAG guy that says, if what Col. Marvin says in his book is true, in 1966 then Capt Marvin and his men broke International Law by shooting into Cambodia and, therefore violating Miltary Code, and were in a state of mutiny, for disobeying an order and therefore "subjected the plantiffs to hatred, ridicule and contempt."
Annother contention of the plantiffs is that Martha Raye, who in 1966 visited Dangerous Dan's Camp at AnPhu, was "illiterate." Our opponents in this action, according to court documents, have announced that they will present a witness to testify to the court that Martha Raye was illiterate. Why? Well, you see, the foreword to Expendable Elite was written by comedienne/singer Martha Raye, and even though dear Martha only finished the fifth grade, she did sign contracts, read scripts and wrote a book of her own, plus pieces for two other books. But this harrassing action isn't about truth, it is about, "Special Forces don't talk to reporters and reporters don't talk to Special Forces." It is about muzzling a small voice through harrassment and costly litigation.
You may donate to our Legal Defense Fund through PayPal OR, through the Amazon Honor System.
The defendants have already spent over $25,000 and the expected total cost of the trial is $100,000. Our South Carolina law firm is demanding a $15,000 retainer before our Halloween court date. So we have two weeks to raise $15,000. Please help by donating either through PayPal, the Amazon Honor button or by writing a check to our Defense Fund. You can also help by buying a book or two. Our store website was severly hacked about a month ago (which has disrupted our sales) but we have in its place a pay pal version. Priority USPS 3- Day shipping has been added to the price of the books.
You may also order, or donate or ask any questions, at1-800-556-2012.
Thank-you. And may God bless.
October 13, 2005