Monday, March 27, 2006

What Pisses me OFF! (Andrew Cohen so I wrote to Bill Oreilly)

A Call To Action And A Letter To Bill O’Reilly

P.O.’ed Old Man Leads The WayRecently, a new contributor to What Enlightenment??! has been leading a rousing call to action against the authoritarian abuse and exploitation of followers by self-styled "guru" Andrew Cohen.

P.O.'ed Old Man explained that he is the grandfather of a victim of Cohen's manipulation and abuse. PO'ed felt most of us were making a mistake--we shouldn't just get mad, we should do something about it:
My grand daughter spent 5 years with Andrew and she never spoke a word to me during that time. I read some of his stuff and I think you folks miss the point , there is a lot of fancy language around what he says but he seems to me to be simply a fraud who takes advantage of people. My grand daughter now visits me all the time, she’s not very well, though. Andrew took a beautiful women and turned her into a fearful depressed person, it’s like he sucked the spirit out of her and left only a confused shell.I appreciate all of your contributions I have read them all it makes me sad to see what’s happened to my grand daughter, really sad that a life has been so destroyed by someone she chose to put trust in. I hope one day someone finds a way of stopping him. P.O.'ed suggested in another comment going after Cohen's "Achilles heel"—his financial exploitation of followers. He explained he would do it himself, but for his advanced age:
These kinds of cults always have a shadow side. Some of this shadow is exposed through this blog, I am sure there are more lies and deceit below the surface. People who act like this are usually projecting some hidden truths.

My bet is that his financial model is very tightly controlled. No one really knows what’s happening except for a few (probably outside the community), these accountants and lawyers would have created not for profit trusts that are under the control of Andrew, these trusts are the then siphoned by way of special charges for consultancy , dubious outside services .My grand daughter was continuously asked for money, she gave over some $28,000 in the last 2 years.

The focus on financial donation I believe shows his weakness. I believe an IRS audit and exposure of how his multi million dollar empire is run would go a long way toward bringing his evil empire down.If I was younger I would do it myself. In further posted comments, P.O.'ed got quite specific in his recommendations for how former Cohen followers could empower themselves and stop further abuse by Cohen, suggesting the questions that should be asked, and a course of action to get an investigation started:

Does he for instance draw down as a cost of providing leadership services?Does he pay his wife a wage?Are the charges that make up the costs reasonable expenses?Are assets sold to third parties for below market rates ?Are assets bought from third parties at above market rates?Who are the directors of the non profit trust ? What are their fees for such services? The laws and compliance issues around not for profits require substantial paperwork and compliance to federal laws, from what I have told he seems to have an obsession with money so I wouldn’t be surprised that this might be the key to his undoing. all you need is a tenacious accountant most of the stuff you need can be found on the public record.

There are other things you could find out as well. there maybe directors who are also benefit from his favor at the magazine. These directors could be targeted (for instance the spiral dynamics guy). If I was younger I would do it myself.I have some experience here and I find it odd that he qualifies under the federal laws required for non profits, in fact I would be amazed if he did.

If doesn’t provide any community services of any substance. the fact that he writes books hardly qualifies him under federal law nor does running a commune.So I would be interested in any comments that specifically outline the structure of his organization and financial affairs. I have read back through here and apart from the summary liabilities, income and assets I have not detected a lot of depth in understanding in these issues by the ex members.Does he keep these issues separate?Does he employ outsiders in order to quarantine knowledge of these issues from members?

If it’s all been explored before fair enough, my apologies

And:
I think you should all petition the IRS to ask for a full investigation of the activities and accounts of the organizationIRS at 1-800-829-0433I think you should also contact the Congressman John Oliver and alert them to this website and request an investigation.http://www.house.gov/olver/welcome.htmlThose of you who have more serious cases of abuse should take the time make a sworn statement to accompany a personal letter to Congressman Oliver.You should also send sworn statements to Senator John Kerry and Edward KennedyFolks this is America believe in the system, believe in your cause and make the effort. I will have my granddaughter to do the same.Hal, I would also suggest you print this blog with accompanying financial statements and send to every news organization in the country requesting and investigation .Cohen’s story would make very good press as he is living like a billionaire. The mansions, international travel and cars make good press. 60 minutes would make him look like the greedy cruel man you have all found him to be.Only then will many of you get the peace that you deserve.To make it easy for anyone who wants to take P.O.'ed up on his call to action, in a subsequent posted comment, he provided us with more numbers to call:
Call the IRS today and request they investigate EnlightenNext Inc for fraud at 1-800-829-0433. Call Congressman John Oliver 202-225-5335 and request he investigate the non profit status on Enlightennext Inc and the fraudulent practices of self proclaimed guru Andrew Cohen. But, despite his age, P.O.'ed isn't stopping there. Showing the fortitude, tenacity and just plain guts that must have helped this vet get through many tough scrapes before in his long life—and calling to mind the "we're mad as hell and not going to take it anymore" attitude that it takes to stop a shameless manipulator and abuser like Cohen, now P.O.'ed has written to Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, calling for Cohen's harmful antics to be publicized and the public warned by putting him on O'Reilly's "No Spin Zone." P.O.'ed is an example to all of us of how not to lie down for abusers and exploiters like Cohen, but get up and do something about them. His letter to O'Reilly, which he copied to us and asked me to post, is reproduced below:Letter To Bill O'Reillyby P.O.'ed Old ManDear Bill,I am 81 year old retired war vet I enjoy your show and watch it every day .About 9 years ago my grand daughter joined a cult run by self styled guru Andrew Cohen. During the time she was in the cult she never spoke to myself or her parents. About 4 years ago she eventually realized that the leader was a manipulative and abusive person and left. When she tried to leave she was subject to harassment and physical abuse. Since then she has tried to take her own life but the worst seems to be over. Her doctor attributes her bipolar disorder to the shocking abuse she received directly at the hands of Andrew Cohen.My granddaughter is not alone. Literally hundreds of people have suffered a the hands of this so called guru. A victim’s site called What Enlightenment??! can be found at this URL:http://whatenlightenment.blogspot.comand herehttp://essentialwhatenlightenment.blogspot.comPlease read the stories of these people carefully and you will see a deplorable pattern of abuse that literally goes back 2 decades. Even his mother wrote a damning book on the her son:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1570270430/104-7246142-2626303?v=glance&n=283155and there have been many other books from ex cult members. You can find a good summary of his history here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_CohenCohen travels the world, drives luxury cars and lives on a 220 acre estate in Lenox, MA, all under the umbrella of a non profit organization called Enlightennext Inc. I have provided links to this cult leader’s financial returns below. This guru pays himself exorbitant wages and director’s fees while his followers (volunteers) get paid nothing. This man is laughing at America, he is destroying people’s lives and dodges taxes by abusing the purpose of his non profit tax structure.Bill, I fought for America and this isn’t the America I fought for and its not the America many of my fallen friends fought to protect. This guy is laughing at us all!Please do an old man a favor and put this guy in the “No Spin” zone for me.This guy needs to be stopped and the laws need to be changed so people cannot abuse the non profit protection designed to protect bono fide charities. I am getting a little old to take part but I am sure you can find plenty of ex cult members. I have asked the ones who would like to provide information to email you directly. I think seeing justice done would help my granddaughter heal. Thanks in advance. Put the bastard on full cycle and spin him good.ENLIGHTENNEXT INCP.O. Box 2360Lenox, MA 01240MissionSPIRITUAL TEACHING AND COUNSELING.ProgramsTO PROVIDE SPIRITUAL SEMINARS, PUBLICATIONS AND COUNSELING.20042004 Guidestar Financial Docs20032003 Guidestar Financial Docs20022002 Guidestar Financial DocsThe following are links to the UK financial reportshttp://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/registeredcharities/ScannedAccounts%5CEnds01%5C0001050701_ac_20041231_001_01_e_c.pdfhttp://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/registeredcharities/ScannedAccounts%5CEnds01%5C0001050701_AC_20031231_001_01_E_C.pdfhttp://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/registeredcharities/showcharity.asp?remchar=&chyno=1050701CC Hal please copy this to the site minus my email address and identification details . I want everyone who wants to participate to email Bill O’Reilly asap. I feel comfortable the Bill will pick this up and run with it and even if he doesn’t somebody at Fox will. I want to put this guy behind bars where he belongs.

4 Comments:

Blogger steven said...

Totally agree with everything you said except for the Taliban bit that was not clear.


Are you saying tax payer money should be used to train taliban ?

Thats wrong .

An explanation would be appreciated.

Otherwise very interesting points.

2:17 AM  
Blogger Frauchan said...

I bought and began to read a book a while back, entitled 11 days or something or other, and within the first two chapters I knew that the writer was in a cult with Andrew Cohen, and so blind to abuse.

Andrew Cohen, little man, big ego.

1:21 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Well here we are in May of 2012 and Andrew Cohen is still at it, except now he has sufficient credibility to have respectable thinkers contributing to his magazine.

3:22 PM  
Blogger feetonground said...

Well here we are in May of 2012 and Andrew Cohen is still at it, except now he has sufficient credibility to have respectable thinkers contributing to his magazine.

3:24 PM  

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