Trafficking, Trauma, And An Attorney General Who Likes To Play Tough For The Media

by Travis Mateer

August is an important month in Zoom Town (Missoula) because it’s the month tourists are replaced by the migratory return of students to campus, college and otherwise. This makes narrative control VERY important for an AG like Austin Knudsen, especially as the criminal justice world feels the heat of an anti-Soros wave threatening the nodes of this “philanthropist’s” non-prosecuting puppetry.

Bolstering MY opinion that Missoula (Zoom Town) is a microcosm of macro-madness, our little AG is op-ed’ing just like George Soros did five days ago. In fact, if we’re taking about timing, Knudsen’s op-ed posted at the EXACT SAME HOUR the Missoulian posted it’s inaccurate headline about the MANNER of death in Rebekah Barsotti’s case.

Before getting to the dog that doesn’t bark in Austin’s op-ed, let’s take a look at the barking that does. Here is the Big Dog’s declaration, which comes after some anecdotal woofing:

Oh goody! Training! That’s sounds great! But not as great as my LOUD talking yesterday to NBC Montana about the piece I’m working on, tentatively titled WESTERN MONTANA IS THE LAST BEST PLACE TO KILL YOUR WIFE!

Should I mention I was speaking loudly while waiting for a sandwich and in close earshot to a former colleague who does the Crisis Intervention Training for local law enforcement? I should, especially since she hasn’t returned any of my phone calls, so I haven’t been able to tell her how ineffective her training appears to be in regards to Missoula County Sheriff Deputies and their ability to NOT KILL a black men swinging a machete 50 yards away.

Back to the op-ed, where our AG declares what needs to happen to make Montana MORE HOSTILE to traffickers, as opposed to welcoming them, like I assert we’re doing:

All this sounds just fine, which is the point of op-eds like this from an AG as the rape factories once known as Universities get ready to welcome coeds back to the hunting grounds where their bodies and futures can be raped simultaneously by predators and debt.

But let’s not wait until college because, let’s be honest, that’s kind of old. High school and younger is where we need to go, because that’s where Lowell Hochhalter and Guy Baker are, educating our kids about how NOT to become victims in the rape factories.

And here is where that dog isn’t barking: why no mention of your pals at the LifeGuard Group, Austin? Am I making that connection a political liability for you? Because you seem pretty happy to have your name on a poster that I saw last week posted in a bookstore in Hamilton. I even took some pictures.

To highlight my coverage of the intersectionality between the LifeGuard Group and the tangentially related case of Rebekah Barsotti, I’m going to use this post as a master list collating ALL the links of my coverage up to this point.

November 2021

Missing In Montana And My Cynicism On The Narrative Framing

December 2021

What The Hell Is Going On With The Rebekah Barsotti Missing Persons Case?

Zoom Chron 11-The Rebekah Barsotti Missing Person Case

January 2022

Rebekah Barsotti Still Not Found Six Months Later

February 2022

Who Are These “Life Guards” And How Will They Work With Town Pump To Combat Human Trafficking?

Web-Sleuthing This Travis Mateer Guy To Conspiracy Smear His Journalism

Local Help Doesn’t Require National Organizations And Conferences

In An Ocean Of Trauma, Life Guards Must Be Better Than Well Intentioned, Or Else They Risk Paving A Serious Path Toward Hell

Is There More To New Commenter “DB” Than Meets The Virtual Eye?

March 2022

 If Mineral County Sheriff, Mike Toth, Went Missing, Would Anyone Notice?

 Does Chaplain/LifeGuard Group CEO/Dad, Lowell Hochhalter, Need A Hatrack For All His Hats?

I Man’d Up With My Wife; David Barsotti Did NOT

Could A Veteran Program Be Taken Advantage Of By A Liar With An Eyepatch?

 Helping David Barsotti Identify What A REAL Veteran Of War Looks Like

April 2022

Are Criminal Justice/School Board Candidates Ready For The Critical Coverage Of Zoom Chron?

What Can The Jermain Charlo Missing Person Case Tell Us About The Effort To Find Rebekah Barsotti?

Coming To Terms With The Power Of Things NOT Happening

What Employing “Returning Citizens” In San Francisco Can Teach Eager Savior Types In Zoom Town

Welcoming Traffickers To Montana

May 2022

If Missoula County Sheriff Chaplain, Lowell Hochhalter, Is Having Some Kind Of Professional Freak Out, How Can He Help The Sheriff Deputies Terrified Of Homeless Camps And Ominous RVs?

My Invitation To The Department Of Justice To Return To Missoula To Investigate The Sheriff’s Department And A Call For National Coverage!

Some Non-Missoula News From Missoula Media

Is Supercharged, Tax Spending Candidate For Justice Of The Peace, Bill Burt, The Funniest Candidate Ever?

The Most Dangerous Woman In Montana?

Is Montana A Sex Tourism State?

Some Curious Not Happenings And Know Nothings In The Rebekah Barsotti Case

Oblivious Candidate Michael Burks And The Monumental Failure Of Public Protectors And Non-Profit Helpers

June 2022

Rebekah Barsotti May Now Be At Rest, But Questions Surrounding Her Death Remain

They Didn’t Expect A Soldier Like Me In Their 30 Year Culture War For Missoula

The Race For Mineral County Sheriff

Does Your Story Live At Lee Enterprises?

You Want A REAL White Supremacist, Missoula?

WTF Is Going On Between The Jurisdictional Sheets Of The Missoula And Mineral County Sheriff Offices?

On Trying To NOT Write About Meth-Fueled, Homoerotic Power Sharing On Father’s Day

Is It All Just Money, Honey, For Montana Sheriffs And Their Budget To Search And Rescue?

The Caretakers, The Reporter, And The Man Who Wants To Be Sheriff Of Mineral County

July 2022

Putting Non-Profit And Political Enablers On Notice: Think It’s Hot Now? Just You Wait…

For Abusers, Control Is A Game Death Will Not Stop…Just Ask David Barsotti, Who Wants To Salt His Ex-Wife’s Corpse Before Cremation

By Trying To Help The Flower Girl I Came To Sympathize With The Hitman

What Kind Of Bell Have I Rung Now?

August 2022

How Many Sheriffs Does It Take To Release An Autopsy?

Missoula, Do You Hear That General Obligation Bond-Bell Ringing For Reep Bell & Jasper?

A Failure For Sheriff, A Grim Reaper As Deputy, And The Media Who Promotes Their Twisted Version Of Reality

About Travis Mateer

I'm an artist and citizen journalist living and writing in Montana. You can contact me here: willskink at yahoo dot com
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