David “protect a child pornographer” Griffin has been desperately trying to avoid some bad coverage by pretending that Chic Cicero has closed down his Facebook group.
Griffin has had a bad few weeks, not only did his stunt with a group of Satanists fail to make him an internet star, his German temple went public on the reasons it had abandoned his group. Then it was revealed by Watchers that his number two in Ireland was a convicted Child Pornographer. The Dublin temple has only about eight members and is Griffin’s only active European group
So what does Griffin do? He claims that Chic Cicero wrote to Facebook and demanded that they shut down his Facebook group because it breaches Cicero’s trademark. The basis of the allegation is the note that Facebook sent to the moderators of the group which had the name and address of Chic Cicero and his lawyer on it.
The weak point behind the allegation is that it HAS NO FOUNDATION WHAT SO EVER. Cicero has denied it and, although he does not have to, has even taken the step of writing to Facebook to deny that his lawyer had sent any such notice.
Writing in his blog Griffin said that Cicero had not provided the “letter of consent” requested by Facebook to restore his group’s Facebook presence. However this was also untrue.
Yesterday Cicero then posted exactly what he sent Facebook and what date he sent it – May 8 which is three days after Griffin announced the take down. So the ball would appear to be in Facebook’s court, so you would think that Griffin would be hassling them. Apparently, not, he is screaming that Chic Cicero wants to restart the Trademark wars.
He claimed that this sort of thing was only happening because it had become common knowledge that he had lost his free lawyer and cannot issue lawsuits against people who pissed him off.
“The long dormant Golden Dawn trademark conflict raised its ugly head again this month when it became public knowledge that our Praemonstrator and Pro Bono attorney, GH Praemonstrator Jorge Hevia, had passed away. Immediately thereafter, our order’s Facebook Page and Group was attacked and downed on May 5, 2104,” Griffin wrote.
“Our order does not at all wish to see another Golden Dawn trademark conflict. We encourage peace and harmony in the Golden Dawn community. Considering that our order has been under constant defamation and legal attack since the news of the death of our GH Praemonstrator Jorge Hevia broke, it appears that a vigorous defence of our order’s rights has become quite important. Can we not just stand by while our order and its leaders are repeatedly defamed on the Internet by parties attempting to foment schism, and while ruse and deception are employed in legal attacks our order’s Facebook presence?”
We would like to point out that we received a similar take down notice from someone claiming to be David Griffin and an anonymous email threat that we should “Watch ourselves.” Griffin claims that particular take down notice was a similar fraud to the one which took down his Facebook account and denies it was him. However, we have seen no attempt from him to try and reverse the take down notices. Nor have we seen him attempt to reverse the similar takedown notice which was successfully used against “David Griffin in his own words” site claiming that David Griffin’s copyright.
It is an unusual “anti-griffin” troll who takes down sites that only David does not like and only when that fails does he or she issue similar notices against one of Griffin’s own groups. We would have thought with that level of commitment to dealing to his enemies Griffin would put him on the payroll.
Below is Chic Cicero’s notice… just in case Griffin has forgotten about it.
7 hours ago
Notice #: 736149206406882
To whom it may concern,
My name is Charles Cicero. I am the president of The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, Inc., a non-profit Florida corporation. (Florida corporate document number N25541, EIN Number 593263376). My corporation is the sole and exclusive owner of the US Federal Trademark for “The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn” (registration number 2034866) with worldwide rights.
It has come to my attention that someone fraudulently impersonating my attorney, Michael Cronen, sent a complaint against a Facebook group page “Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn Outer Order of the Rosicrucian Order of the Alpha et Omega” (See Notice #: 736149206406882). As a result, Facebook took down that group page.
I have tried to contact Facebook about this matter by writing to the following e-mail addresses:
I have yet to hear anything back from Facebook.
This notice is to inform you that neither I, nor my organization, nor my attorney, sent that complaint. It was apparently a hoax that was targeted at us. You have our permission to reinstate the Facebook group page for “Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn Outer Order of the Rosicrucian Order of the Alpha et Omega”.
Charles Cicero, President
The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, Inc.
cc/ Michael Cronen
Zimmerman & Cronen, LLP