Peter and Cathie Weissenberg are this week’s guests on Real Politik. They are a long time married couple who met and were raised in the Washington DC area. They are both professionals who have each been employed in their respective fields for over 25 years, Cathie in the area of insurance and Peter within telecommunication, primarily for the industry giant Verizon. While working at Verizon in 2002 Peter first became the victim of workplace harassment.
In 2010 a previous co-worker of Peter’s confided in him that his workplace harassment years before had been directed by the US government–not Verizon. This startling revelation prompted him to reach out for assistance initially contacting the White House and later in August 2011, his U.S. Senator at the direction of ACLU Staff Attorney Alex Abdo.
“When I was told by my co-worker that the government was behind it,” Peter recalls, “I was shocked. I didn’t think I was important enough for anyone to know who I am, especially the government. So it took a little while for that to sink in. But after it started making sense because I left Verizon in 2003–they harassed me to the point to where I couldn’t stay at the job. I left in mid-2003. I worked for all of the leading telecommunication companies, and I would always have the harassment, but not to the same extent.
“In 2009 I went back to work for a Verizon subsidiary here in North Carolina and it started back up, worse than ever. Right around that time is when Cathie started doing some research about the techniques that I was describing to her, and found a book, called, Mobbing: Emotional Abuse and the American Workplace, and that’s when we found that the techniques they were using on me were textbook.” In fact, the harassing tactics Peter experienced are common knowledge in some European countries, where such practices are so widespread that laws have been passed as preventative measures.
In October 2011, after attempting to raise the workplace harassment issue to the Obama administration and their US senator from North Carolina, they both became the targets of mobbing, organized stalking and electronic harassment. Prior to that time neither had any knowledge of the “Targeted Individual” phenomena itself or the enormous amount of disinformation and propaganda surrounding it. At that time both Peter and Cathie state that they began witnessing “people dressed in black” in public places, “the noise campaign, electronic harassment–almost everything Aaron Alexis, the DC Navy Yard shooter, and Myron May, the Florida State shooter, said that they were experiencing,” Peter notes.
We believe it started for us on October 17. We started hearing a high-pitched squeal. It was a tinnitus-like symptom. Cathie and I both experienced it together. About that time we started not being able to sleep, and this is very bizarre. We went to getting maybe an hour a night of sleep, and it doesn’t take long before that really starts to break you down … So what Myron May and Aaron Alexis describe is exactly what we experienced. I can’t say definitively whether they did or did not. We did. The only difference is that we did not hear voices as Aaron Alexis claims he was experiencing.
Peter and Cathie refer to themselves as “the real targeted couple” due to what they perceive as the tremendous degree of disinformation that prevents an acknowledgement and deeper understanding of the phenomenon. “Even Myron May kind of made the mistake of believing some of the things that he had heard and stating them as if they were true in his videos that he made before he went on his shooting spree. We don’t do anything like that,” Peter points out.
Cathie notes that it was several months into the ordeal before they began to gather themselves together and make a record of what was taking place. “You’re just kind of shaken in the beginning, You’re not really thinking about documenting it and reaching out for real help. You’re just trying to keep yourself together. But after a short time that’s when we bought a video camera and started filming, and brought third parties in. We had a whole bunch of evidence together. We had people come in. We had some evidence as far as Freedom of Information Act requests I’d started [requesting]. We wanted to have somebody edit all those clips together, so that when we reached out to journalists and attorneys, and everyone else we’ve contacted for help, we’d have something put together that they could look at briefly, instead of watching hours of video. That later became the [23 minute] documentary,” available above on YouTube.
The Weissenbergs have also been chronicling their story in a Project Avalon thread since 2013. Project Avalon was chosen as a repository because the site’s moderators have been brave enough not to censor it.