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May 20, 2008

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tucker d. rohrer

Ms. Chauvin -

First of all I would like to address your comment that I am slamming
rhetoric around - no, ma'am, unlike what YOU have consistently done on
posts and emails and so forth all over the country, I put down nothing
but the facts and ONLY the facts.
Rhetoric has no room in my business only facts, and you would do well
to remember that very clearly!

Secondly, you state that I should do my research before endorsing one
group over another. Let me tell you something, ma'am, I am the
quintessential researcher when it comes to writing and reporting
something that will be either posted on the internet or end up in the
major newspapers around the nation, or better yet and far more likely,
handed over to the Department of Justice, ICE, and the US Attorneys
General in at least 8 states that I am aware of that are interested in
this.

If I hadn't done the research I had how would I have come up with the
answer that I espoused which apparently set your size 80 panties on
fire?

As to when have I attended the meetings, I have no time to spend
attending meetings where no-one will listen to what I or anyone else
has to say anyway and would rather attack each other over bs
trivialities, like you have been shown to do at the LSA meetings, on
the blogs you post as well as the accusations you have made about good
hardworking and thinking people you know nothing about on your emails
to various blogs, newspapers, etc.

Rather one of my comrades & associates (who knows it might be a
current member of one or both of the organizations in question) & very
close friends attends all the meetings religiously of BOTH entities,
records the entire meetings and sends both the tapes and transcripts
back to me via a private FTP line.

Whether you like it or not, whether you accept it or not, SSA is
exactly what I portrayed them to be - a bunch of lying thieves who
went to over 4000 people when they were at their lowest financially
and in desperation who then agreed and took them at their word,
unfortunately, and gave this group their already hard earned money on
the pretext that some help would be coming to them.

That same group went out and made secret settlements with known
importers who also believed this group would protect their better
interests as well, only to find that now they HAVE to pay this entity
until hell freezes over or they die or go out of business, whichever
comes first.

None of what SSA has done is legitimate, kosher, copacetic, or legal
to put it mildly. Rather they have perpetrated fraud by conning these
people into "donating" exorbitant amounts of money, as well as signing
secret settlements with the companies involved who thought they would
be protected from further administrative hearings, only to find that
they too were lied to and have to continue paying SSA money and
actually have almost no protection from further administrative
hearings from the Customs and Border folks who are so angry as to be
like a hornets nest that was smacked with a baseball bat and had the
middle split wide open - in other words they are out to get someone or
somebody's blood for being so used and embarrassed by SSA.

BTW, the Commerce Department is NOT happy about this at all & claimed
this was extortion as well! They DID NOT, repeat DID NOT, give SSA
permission to do this settlement scheme behind their backs. Oh no,
ma'am, I know of several of my contacts who work for Commerce who are
absolutely livid at the egg that has been slapped all over their faces
by SSA setting up these settlements.

Due to the SSA doing this my associates and I have been contracted to
locate all the money that was taken and have it accounted for, we were
contracted to report on what BOTH entities were doing and which one
was doing what to whom - turned out the one doing what to whom was SSA
blatantly and with malice aforethought and nothing but, under the
supposed auspices of a NON-PROFIT organization which whether you or
they realize it or not can MOT take in money of any sort to keep in
their coffers or give themselves salaries, or do anything that this
filthy pondsucm sucking organization is and has been doing since day
one and continues to do every single day now.

Why, Ms. Chauvin, may I ask, since you were privy to all this going on
around you, did you not speak out earlier about the illegal settlement
agreements that were being completed in front of you?

YOU WERE THERE DURING THIS TIME YET YOU SAID NOTHING - no you felt it
was more important to slander and libel any and all other persons or
entities or organizations who had the audacity to try to show the
common everyday shrimper or Joe Public exactly what was going on.

You tried to bury it and couldn't now could you! Could it be that you
were paid a substantial amount of money from SSA to do this and
continue to do this? Methinks that is exactly what has happened since
I have seen payment stubs to you from the SSA!

From what I have been able to deduce, you are about to be thrown to
the wolves in a giant vat of boiling water in Louisiana because of
your mouth and the things you have said, as are the rest of the guilty
parties from SSA et al, and in my opinion, it is about darn time - too
much time has passed at this point and too much money has been ripped
off the people who desperately clung to this rope thrown out to them
only to have it ripped out of their hands each time when they tried to
grasp it and hold on.

I personally have been slandered by the best of them and I have
learned to turn the other cheek - I have served 3 full one year terms
as a 'Nam combat infantry master sniper and was what was called a head
collector. While it was not a job I was proud of I did it as that was
what I was ordered to do by my country and I was the best of the one
man crews that went out believe you me - I was one of the only ones
who returned from all the different incursions I was sent on even
having been sent to Laos at one time when the US wasn't even supposed
to be there in the first place - that is where I learned my research
skills in their purest and harshest forms. I was damn good at it too
apparently as I have the ribbons and medals to back it up.

Now my job is to identify and sometimes collect heads, if you will, of
people such as those who are currently and previously sitting on the
Board of SSA as well as ALL THOSE PEOPLE SUCH AS YOURSELF who
perpetrated and encouraged and sat back and let this incredibly
sickening and revolting scheme of fraud, extortion and grand theft to
put it mildly continue while those that needed the help were forced to
either declare bankruptcy, tie up at the dock and walk away, or if
they were able to afford the outrageous cost of dyed diesel (which
still hasn't been logically explained to anyone as to why such fuel
which is the cheapest to produce is now the most expensive to
purchase) were paid the lowest prices for their excellent product in
history - why they were paid better 10 years ago according to the
economist that works with us.

As to where was I when the meetings were going on - I was working on
other contracted projects that were important too - to wit hunting
down the companies that had signed these settlements and talking to
everyone and anyone who was able to put all of this fiasco into
perspective.

As to the idea that I espoused, it was originally suggested at the
beginning of this fiasco by members of LSA as a matter of fact, and
since SSA could not stand the thought that someone else might be able
to make sure that the fishermen actually got a FAIR AND EQUITABLE DEAL
OUT OF ALL OF THIS AND THAT MONEY WOULD AND COULD COME FROM THE
IMPORTERS THEMSELVES, well that was when these two entities apparently
severed all ties and split up.

Lord knows one wouldn't want SSA to NOT be able to perpetrate their
criminal activities now would one?

Furthermore SSA was put in charge of the tariff money that was
collected and disbursed by Commerce. Strangely enough all those people
who were then subsequently audited were turned over by the "policing
agency" who turned out to be none other then SSA - if that wasn't
putting the fox in charge of the hen house I don't know a better
example in this case - and it is a known fact around the docks that
certain of the upper echelon are more guilty of extorting federal
money through their expenses then those people who were turned in for
revenge, etc. Imagine that!

Your last paragraph intrigues me, Ms. Chauvin - you state that you are
not sure of what SSA is doing at this moment but you claim that at the
start they had the industry's best interests at heart - well since you
were in the meetings all the time, how could you be so blinded or so
deaf that you did not see or hear what was going on, please explain
that to all of us in the public who are currently fascinated by the
crimes perpetrated by you and this gang of thieves.

Sounds to me like you are making a really pitiful effort to distance
yourself from them when you know now and knew darn well then what they
were doing and approved of it until they were caught with their hands
in the cookie jar shall we say.

Lastly at least for the moment, you are no friend to the shrimper, you
may be a shrimper but A TRUE ONE YOU ARE NOT!!! No, A TRUE one as you
state would be standing at the doors of these people who ripped them
off and instead of trying to get more money off of them as you have
admitted to doing yourself, well they would be demanding their money
back, they would be demanding a full accounting of every cent that was
spent, demanding that the actual settlement agreements were ALL
produced and made public knowledge, and they would not be standing
here claiming as you do that they are not just a friend of the
shrimper but a true shirmper as you do here.

No ma'am, the shrimpers I know and who are my closest friends ALL to a
MAN or WOMAN despise SSA and will have nothing to do with them. They
will never give them another red cent or help them out in any way
whatsoever. Over half of the shrimpers I know got such a pitiful
amount of money from the expenses that they claimed from the tariffs
that they were able to use it for almost nothing to help them continue
their livelihood and they each and everyone of them took that as a
direct slap in the face.

How much did you make and rake in btw, I know it wasn't much, but you
did manage to keep your beaten up un-seaworthy boats working, though I
do wonder how, considering the new Coast Guard stipulations and
regulations, and yes, I have contacts there as well.

You still think that SSA is the answer to the shrimpers prayers, and
you are entitled to think that, but you are going to find out very
obviously the hard way that SSA is on their way to being federally
investigated as well as investigated by several states particularly
the one that they claim as their home state.

Anyone who aided and abetted these cowardly excuses of human beings
who are nothing more then common thieves, extortionists and fraud
artists (who on earth was the genius that decided that people who were
ex federal convicts for doing these very same crimes should be put in
charge of the money and be the chief spokespersons in the first
place???) will also be investigated, so you better start getting your
house in order, as I can tell you the crap has already hit the fan and
there is nothing that can sweep this under the rug now - it is far too
late.

You would do well to keep your mouth shut, go about your shrimping
business and leave the entity called SSA alone to its own devices so
that you are not dragged off to the Federal penitentiary as well, when
the time comes. THAT TIME IS NOT VERY FAR AWAY EITHER I MIGHT ADD!

You are not even close to being a true shrimper, Ms. Chauvin - anyone
who still stands for these rip-off artists could never be called a
TRUE shrimper - no you are a FALSE one whatever that might be as you
still stand up for them and spout their RHETORIC!
Tucker D. Rohrer,
Gulfport Florida

Kim Chauvin

First off Mr. Rohrer, I would be very careful of the rhetoric that I slam around about people.

Secondly, maybe you should have checked up on who's on the board and who isn't of SSA.

Thirdly, my husband and I are fishers and have been for over 20 something years.

While I and MANY OTHERS have been a part of SSA, I have never been a board member NOR HAVE I BEEN ABLE TO MAKE ANY DECISIONS FOR SSA.

While you slam one organization and praise another, you must NOT have done your homework on the other that you praise...So the SHAME is on you.

Just how many of SSA's meetings have you attended from the start of this organization? If you had better ideas, where were you when this was all taking place?

I'm not sure what is going on with SSA at this moment as I've been taking care of my own vessels and my family, but I can say that at the start of this organization they had the industry's best at heart.

NOT just a friend of the shrimper, but a TRUE shrimper!

Tucker D. Rohrer

Perhaps a complete investigation of SSA is in order. You are wrong in your statements that the only people helping the domestic shrimp industry are the SSA - have'nt you heard about the Louisiana Shrimp Association aka LSA??? Thank God for them and their persistence with following everything to do with SSA - without them the theft of 18 million dollars due to pure and outright extortion of some of the companies on the import tariff list in return for supposedly no administrative reviews would never have been broadcast to all and sundry. I think that SSA should do as that US Senator stated yesterday about the huge bonuses to AIG employees - "go commit suicide and disappear" of "if you dont give that money back we are gonna come get it from you". What right does the SSA have to take this extraordinary amount of money and pocket it in their coffers and not distribute a single solitary cent to the shrimpers out there on the waters who ARE ACTUALLY DOING THE WORK and risking their lives while they are at it? Who do they think they are and how dare they! The entire scam that they ran on the domestic shrimpers, and their families and continue to run, I might add will live on as one of the most infamous brazen thefts and acts of extortion and lying and shameful actions by a party of people "claiming" to be helping and supporting a fishery in the history of the fishing industry. Again shame on all of you in SSA. These tariffs did absolutely nothing for Joe Shrimper out there, not a darn thing, and that's a fact - you go down to the docks and see if the tariffs have helped any of the boats tied up at the dock, those that aren't tied up actually succeed and make a profit (NOT!!!) and get decent money for their catch - they are being paid 1974 prices if not worse. Fuel has totally killed them on top of that, good crew is non-existant at best to find, constant repairs and maintenance on those boats is not going down in price but going up like everything else these days and the amount of boats left in the fleet in this country is so small as to be utterly absurd. We are supposed to be one of the worlds largest producers of the worlds finest shrimp and we are lucky if we can find a domestic wild caught shrimp at the markets if our lives depended on it.
Furthermore all you can find to purchase is either imported garbage, OR better yet, POND RAISED product which tastes like chalk and is not even fit for human consumption in some cases.
You want a plan to restore the fisheries - well here's one for you - confiscate every single fish house, car, truck, boat, item that could be considered an asset plus the entire financial bank of each and every member of the board of directors and staff members of SSA and distribute it to the shrimpers on the boats - then turn around and let Customs issue the tariff money that has been held up by the administrative reviews this year and pay these poor people what they rightfully earned STARTING WITH THE ACTUAL FISHERMAN FIRST AND FOREMOST and working up to the processors. Then go right back to the importers and ask them to agree to sit down at the table with us and make a deal of some sort that they will not allow any shrimp into this country without paying x amount of $'s into a separate and monitored coffer to equal the amount of $'s that is being ripped out of the flesh of the shrimpers each and every day that they land at the dock and get paid such pitiful amounts for their efforts which will then be distributed at the end of the year or quarterly, whatever works best, to the American shrimpers who are desperately flopping around on the decks of their boats gasping for air or a rope to cling to as they continue to get battered by the 100 foot wave that is SSA and imported products. Then get these importers, who are more then willing to do this I might add rather then suffer the continuing Customs administrative reviews, or the extorted amounts they are required to continue paying the SSA until apparently hell freezes over, to agree to NOT import into the US any more product then the US domestic shrimp industry can sustain without going under as they are now. At that point they have to either stop importing any more shrimp into the country, forcing the American consumer to purchase WILD CAUGHT AND HARVESTED SHRIMP FROM OUR BOATS!!! or pay ten times the amount that the price per pound is at that point in the equation when a boat lands to unload. Right now the processors are getting the bulk of the money from Customs and that seems like it was the entire plan of SSA in the first place - destroy our fleet and let the importers already located in the fish houses have at it. What happened to fair and equal trade anyway and the protection of the American fleet in the Gulf and Atlantic that these persona non grata espoused - can you answer that? and I sure dont see any sort of plan coming out of you!
I have never been so sickened in my lifetime by a single group of people blatantly perpetrating crimes like fraud and extortion so openly and getting away with it to make it even better then I have been by the people called SSA - people like John Williams, Sal Versaggi, Kim Chauvin, Elaine Knight - each and every one of you needs to be audited and then put in the jail house with no trial just like an extraordinary rendition as you have been nothing but shrimp terrorists - the lot of you should rot in jail hopefully in one like Angola or somewhere similar! When you publicly stand up and hand that money that is sitting in your coffers and is being used to pay the SSA lawyers Dewey Ballentine and company in D.C. instead of arranging to distribute that money to the very people who contracted with you the minute they donated their dues to enable you to play your "little" extortion game. Well you crossed a line that this American will not stand for and until that money and all monies that you continue to gather in and reap like greedy hogs at a trough of slop is accounted for and handed over to the shrimpers then you have no right to claim any allegiance or alliance with any of the good hardworking struggling and sinking men and women who work on that water, and people like myself in the general public will not support you or your efforts and will do everything we can to support anyone who is against you and the policies and practices that you espouse - SSA didn't even make it to the final cut of the groups allowed to receive money during the initial tariff listing by Customs did you, while LSA did, so how dare you continue these thieving and fraudulent activities without penalty or without suffering the rightful consequences to your actions??? You all hand that money and any continuing money that you are raking in WITH interest over to the public entity that put their trust in you to wit the SHRIMPERS THEMSELVES, publicly apologize to them, publicly publish each and every one of your secret agreements with the respective countries in every national newspaper and on the internet so that the people you have ripped off and raped, and the general public who is unaware of your criminal activities is made aware down to the last penny - only then will you begin to be trusted again, only then will you begin to earn the right to say you stand for the entire domestic industry or ear their respect, as until you do, you sure as hell dont stand for any of the shrimpers I know and you never will! SHAME ON YOU SSA, GO GO GO LSA!!!!
A friend of the shimpers always!

Dan Rohrer

Perhaps a complete investigation of SSA is in order. You are wrong in your statements that the only people helping the domestic shrimp industry are the SSA - havent you heard about the Louisiana Shrimp Association??? Thank God for them and their persistence with following everything to do with SSA - without them the theft of 18 million dollars due to pure and outright extortion of some of the companies on the import tariff list in return for no administrative reviews would never have been broadcast to all and sundry. I think that SSA should do as that US Senator stated yesterday about the huge bonuses to AIG employees - "go commit suicide and disappear" of "if you dont give that money back we are gonna come get it from you". What right does the SSA have to take this extraordinary amount of money and pocket it in their coffers and not distribute a single solitary cent to the shrimpers out there on the waters who ARE ACTUALLY DOING THE WORK and risking their lives while they are at it? Who do they think they are and how dare they! The entire scam that they ran on the domestic shrimpers and their families will live on as one of the most infamous brazen thefts and acts of extortion and lying and shameful actions by a party of people "claiming" to be helping and supporting a fishery in the history of the fishing industry. Again shame on all of you who supported these tariffs. These tariffs did absolutely nothing for Joe Shrimper out there, not a darn thing, and thats a fact - you go down to the docks and see if the tariffs have helped any of the boats tied up at the dock, those that arent tied up actually succeed and make a profit (NOT!!!) and get decent money ffor their catch - they are being paid 1974 prices if not worse. Fuel has totally killed them on top of that and the amount of boats left in the fleet in this country is so small as to be utterly absurd. We are supposed to be one of the worlds largest producers of the worlds finest shrimp and we are lucky if we can find a domestic wild caught shrimp at the markets if our lives depended on it.
Furthermore all you can find to purchase is either imported garbage, OR better yet, POND RAISED product which tastes like chalk and is not even fit for human consumption in some cases.
You want a plan to restore the fisheries - well hers one for you - confiscate every single fishhouse, car, truck, boat, item that could be considered an asset plus the entire financial bank of SSA and distribute it to the shrimpers on the boats - then turn around and issue the tariff money that has been held up by the administrative reviews this year and pay these poor people what they rightfully earned STARTING WITH THE ACTUAL FISHERMAN and working up to the processors. Right now the processors are getting the bulk of the money from Customs and that was the entire plan of SSA in the first place - destroy our fleet and let the importers have at it. What happened to fair and equal trade anyway - can you answer that? and I sure dont see any sort of plan coming out of you!

ANGRYCRABBER

Check the ALASKAN CRAB INDUSTRIES reaction to john's "respected" opinion, at http://community.adn.com/adn/node/120626 ,comments read from the bottom up. Thanks, GOD BLESS,...CRABLEWI

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