Leon R. Koziol, J.D.
March 6, 2023
Former litigation attorney
Director, Parenting Rights Institute
President, Citizen Commission Against Corruption, Inc.
As promised in yesterday’s post here at Leon Koziol.com, I hand-delivered a free autographed copy of my 2014 novel, Voyage to Armageddon, to the Oswego, New York office of Congresswoman Claudia Tenney. As stated in that post, Claudia attended my 2010 news conference when I announced my precedent-seeking challenge to the corruption occurring in our divorce and family courts.
At the time, attorney Claudia Tenney had lost a number of campaigns for judicial office but overcame it with successful runs for state assembly and then congress. In the 2022 election she demonstrated the political savvy to counter redistricting by moving her lifelong residence from central New York where she served as my representative to western New York’s 24th district as far as 200 miles away where she won election by a convincing margin due to voter demographics.
Here along New York’s northern borders, she faces new challenges while continuing to send me robotic e-mail updates. However, this post was made necessary not by politics but a front-page story in the upstate Sunday edition of the Utica Observer Dispatch. It focused on the heretofore ignored crisis regarding illegal migrant crossings from Canada (the Homeland Security Swanton District).
Ominously Claudia’s concerns regarding the crime and cost implications of this exponential increase in border traffic paled in comparison to the threat of nuclear terrorism along these same borders. Today, she was featured on the front page of the Watertown (New York) Daily Times regarding her district tour on this vital issue, but once again no mention was made of any nuclear threat.
In my novel, the reality of this threat is demonstrated through the adventures of four lake mariners, women suffering a midlife crisis. At the time of writing, few Americans and upstate targets were aware of Russian-invented nuclear suitcase devices discovered by our national security in 1997 capable of detonating in Times Square.
Defrauded by a prior publisher, I was forced to bring legal action in 2006 resulting in a successful outcome. Such con-artists are everywhere these days due to a lack of accountability, but with media coverage I managed to put that publisher, a subsidiary of Amazon, out of business. I then resumed the literary challenge with the 2014 edition. And to my shock, the warnings were ignored once again.
Now, like so many other issues tackled, I have been vindicated by threats of nuclear retaliation in Ukraine and the migrant crossings plaguing New York state. According to the New York Post this past week, the influx of asylum-seekers in the city has cost taxpayers $4.6 million per day. And, unreported is a new breed of terrorists now emerging with superior sophistication (another theme of my novel).
To be sure, the crossings here are leading to far greater dangers than free luxury hotels in Manhattan. They are opening the “Western Door” to invasion by terrorists exploiting open waterways. That door is a metaphor depicting the Seneca Indians as the protector of the Iroquois confederacy from invasion by western tribes.
As a nation we remain unprepared as we were on 9-11. My book focuses upon that vulnerability, motivated by highly unexpected events as a lake mariner who was able to cross northern borders repeatedly without inspection by any border agent only nine months after the destruction of our twin towers. This occurred during a maiden voyage in my pleasure vessel, Defense Rests. It concerned me enough to seek corrective action to no avail.
So, like my 2021 memoir, Whistleblower in Paris, I resorted to a publication. But this one is spiced with intrigue, adventure, humor and romance. Four women invest in a new motor yacht which they must transport by water route from its purchase site on the Niagara River to their summer destination in Lake George near the border with Vermont.
This voyage takes them (like mine did) through diverse weather conditions of the Great Lakes, off-season resorts along the magnificent Thousand Islands, St. Lawrence River port of Montreal and Lake Champlain. But unbeknownst to these sailors, their prize vessel has been sabotaged by a nuclear device affixed to their engine compartment to be detonated at a Manhattan pier.
That summation is more than enough to pique your patriotic interest with a purchase of my literary project at any Barnes and Nobles store, Amazon on-line and other major book sellers. What a sensational read for these dreary, depressing and overcast winter months. With my book now in her possession, the question becomes, will Claudia take this issue seriously or is she merely trolling for political favor in her new congressional district.
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