I have been following Ken O’Keefe for many years now, and despite his face tattoos and “brotherly love” type of approach, I viewed him as an inspirational figure. I watched as the flotilla to Gaza was boarded by Israelis who opened fire and killed relief workers, then heard of how Ken, an ex-Navy Seal, disarmed two of the assailants. I saw the videos of Ken O’Keefe and his good friend Max Igan in Gaza building educational facilities for the bombed-out Palestinians. I heard about their ordeal of sneaking in and out of the besieged area, dealing with militants who had taken their passports, and considered their efforts heroic. I have since followed Ken as he has become even more critical of jews, especially on his recent “Fuck the TSA Tour” and was very happy to hear him come out and say Hitler was right. I was even planning to donate to his World Citizen Initiative after it really got rolling since it seemed like a noble undertaking, even though I do not consider myself a World Citizen. This is why it was very disappointing for me to hear the recent scandal regarding Mr. O’Keefe.
Earlier this week Max Igan came forward with shocking allegations that Ken O’Keefe is a fraud and his World Citizen Initiative is a giant money-making scheme that was never intended to fulfill its stated mission. From what I can ascertain from the information Max has provided, the story is that Ken had assured people that the money he was raising, which ended up being well over $100k, would be used to come up with a legal solution (a contract) that would allow for people to stop paying the income tax because it goes to fund unjustified wars of aggression. However, it seems a legal or lawful contract of this nature is not possible, and Ken has instead been working to acquire property in Dominica, where there are no extradition laws, which means he would not be able to be held accountable for perpetrating a massive fraud.
Not too long ago some of Ken’s close associates and members of the World Citizen team flew in from all around the world to meet in Acapulco and hammer out some of the details of their plan. In addition to their frustration over not getting paid for their work, team members also became despondent that Ken was completely inaccessible for most of the trip, as he had met the new love of his life, having left his wife and children not too long ago.
Some suggest that this woman wormed her way into Ken’s mind and corrupted him, but Max now thinks that the whole project was always set up to fail, so as to serve as a way for Ken to make a lot of money quickly, and that looking back, Ken has always been an agent. It was not even Max who originally wanted to make this public; the team members who were working with Ken went to Max to voice their concerns, but Max held them at bay for some time so that he could talk to his old friend about the evidence and allegations against him. Ken’s response was to issue a 30 page “subversion report” wherein he claimed Max was the one who had actually caused the project to fail by initiating a mutiny.
Ken has written a short response to the allegations and assures his followers that they will hear his side of the story shortly. Ken even posted Max’s appearance on the Richie Allen Show, where Max really lays into Ken.
Regardless, please don’t let this all demoralize you.