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Final Letter To Verizon Communications
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February 19, 2004

Verizon Communications
Mr. Ivan G. Seidenberg
1095 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10036

Dear Mr. Seidenberg,

It has come to my attention that my friend, Jeffrey L. Jordan, a Verizon employee in New Hampshire, has not been reporting to work since his arrest in Ohio for an alleged firearms technicality. This concerns me greatly because I do not believe it is by his choice.

When I learned of Mr. Jordan's arrest, I headed up to New Hampshire (via Ohio) as an observer and to provide moral support. So I'm in a position to see some things which I can't explain, mainly because Mr. Jordan has apparently been advised not speak about any aspect of his case that isn't already public knowledge.

As I mentioned, one of the things I've noticed is that Mr. Jordan hasn't been going to work since he returned from Ohio. From years of association with him, I know that he is a long-time employee of Verizon. With expensive legal actions in progress, it is unlikely that he would voluntarily cut his income by simply neglecting to go to work. I've asked, and he tells me there's nothing he's free to speak of regarding his employment status.

This gives me pause to wonder: Some companies suspend or terminate employees who have been convicted of violent crimes. Are you doing something similar to Mr. Jordan? I sincerely hope not. Allow me to put this in perspective. A private company may well be entitled to suspend/terminate an employee whose danger to society or individuals has been established by a court conviction; but this is not the case with Mr. Jordan.

First, he isn't accused of a violent crime. As best the Ohio Highway Patrol can determine, he may have violated a technical rule on licensed carry. No one is claiming that anyone whomsoever was harmed or threatened.

Second, there was no crime. Mr. Jordan was licensed to carry a firearm, just as he was licensed to operate a truck. Ohio authorities arbitrarily chose to acknowledge his driver's license but not the carry license. This is an interesting take on the "Full Faith and Credit" clause of the US Constitution (the very clause that causes states to accept one another's driver's licenses, marriages, even Verizon's own corporate status).

Third, Mr. Jordan's trial has not even begun, much less brought (an exceedingly unlikely) conviction.

Fourth, all this took place while Mr. Jordan was on vacation, hundreds of miles away from work. It has no bearing on his performance as a Verizon employee. You should not be altering a man's work-status on the basis of off-duty activities.

I hope that you haven't terminated or suspended Mr. Jordan for an alleged act which has not yet been questioned in court, much less proved. But why else wouldn't he be going to work?

Which brings me to another question: Even though I accompanied Mr. Jordan from Ohio to New Hampshire, I never saw him return to work at all. This suggests to me that he was suspended/terminated by Verizon before he even got back home. How did Verizon learn details of his legal situation even before he came to work to inform the company? If public news reports were your only source of information, then proceeding directly to suspension/termination without a hearing is highly improper. Maybe Verizon had a more direct channel for information to which the rest of us are not privy. Which begs still more questions: A channel to whom? Is someone giving Verizon insider information (or misinformation) on Mr. Jordan's case on the sly; and if so, why? What information? Who? Is that legal?

This reeks. Does Verizon conduct "star chamber" personnel actions?

Would you do this to an employee accused of failing to register his vehicle, not mowing his lawn, or forgetting to renew his driver's license (all comparable to the offense of which Mr. Jordan is accused). Are you singling out Mr. Jordan because his is a firearms-related case? If so, do you remember what happened to CitiBank and Smith & Wesson, when they angered a few million gun owners?

Verizon is a huge company, offering a wide variety of landline, long distance, and wireless access services. Which means that you very likely have a large number of America's estimated 100 million gun owners as customers. Which, in turn, means that a total boycott by pro-defense gun owners would hurt.

Mr. Jordan is not permitted to speak about this, so I invite you to do so. Please confirm or deny my suspicions. If you have not suspended/fired Mr. Jordan, just say so publicly, and I will publicly apologize. If you have preemptively acted against Mr. Jordan, admit that, and explain why. In the latter case, you can also tell us with whom the suspension/termination idea originated, and its purpose.

I first asked these questions publicly on February 8, 2004, and forwarded them directly to Verizon at that time (some of my readers tell me that they also forwarded the questions to you). To date, your company has failed to respond in any fashion. I offer you this opportunity to rectify that error. In the absence of any answers, I believe an immediate boycott will be in order.

Sincerely,

Carl Bussjaeger Editor, North American Samizdat

CC:

- Ezra D. Singer, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Verizon
Communications
- Mary Beth Bardin, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs and Communication,
Verizon Communications

News Contacts:

David Brooks, Reporter, Nashua Telegraph
brooksd@telegraph-nh.com
(wrote the unhelpful NH new story)

Russ Kent, Reporter, Mansfield News-Journal
rkent@nncogannett.com
(wrote a couple of good, balanced stories)

Mansfield News-Journal
Editor
70 West Fourth Street
Mansfield, OH 44902

Time Magazine
letters@time.com
Time Inc.
Joshua Macht, Managing Editor
1271 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
(included to start the process of mainstream attention-getting)

News Week
Letters@newsweek.com
Newsweek
Allan Sloan, Wall Street Editor
251 W. 57th St.
New York, NY 10019
(likewise)

Thomas L. Knapp, Editor, Rational Review
thomaslknapp@earthlink
(Tom is being very supportive of Hunter)

Ken Holder, Editor, The Libertarian Enterprise
mr-ed@webleyweb.com
(likewise)

Susan Callaway, Managing Editor, The Price of Liberty
editor@thepriceofliberty.org
(likewise)

KNFX 1100
Ernest Hancock
ernesthancock@cox.net
(did some good interviews, allowed me to push it more, and otherwise supporting)

KTKK 630
Jim Dexter
10348 South Redwood Road
South Jordan, UT 84095-9339
jim.dexter@k-talk.com
(pro interviews, taking contributions for Hunter)

RKBA Activists:

Gun Owners of America
Larry Pratt, Executive Director
8001 Forbes Pl Suite 102
Springfield VA 22151
goamail@gunowners.org.

Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
Aaron Zelman, Executive Director
P.O. Box 270143
Hartford, WI 53027
webmaster@jpfo.org

Citizen's Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
Alan Gottlieb, Chairman
Liberty Park
12500 N.E. Tenth Place
Bellevue, WA 98005
info@ccrkba.org

Gun Owners of New Hampshire
Stephen King, President
PO Box 847
Concord, NH 03302
pgis@attbi.com

Freedom Activists:

Sunni Maravillosa, Liberty Round Table
sunni@free-market.net

Mary Lou Seymour, Editor, Liberty Action of the Week
libertymls@keepandbeararms.com

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers:

IBEW LOCAL 2320
Glenn Brackett, Business Manager
46 THIRD ST
MANCHESTER N.H. 03102-4550
IBEW2320@IBEW2320.ORG
OFFICE # 603-669-8657
TAPE # 603-669-7721
FAX # 603-669-7089
(according to a t-shirt Hunter wears, this is his local)


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