/ May 21, 2010 08:37 AM
The Phoenix Shall Rise
William Gheen has now left behind a empty shell of an event for June 12th. Some of the people in the organizations that were involved with him were not furious at this fast-talking salesman that is Gheen, no they were mad at the June 5th people. They seem to have - incredibly - believed Gheen’s lies.
The average citizen though - who could not make the June 5th and decided to attend the 12th – those who are coming to stand up for Arizona, America and the rule of law - have now been tossed aside like mere trash by someone who came into the 12th event that was organizing fine, took it over and then abandoned it.
There couldn’t be much more harm done to the Arizona rallies than that which has been done by William Gheen himself and his organization ALIPAC. The illegal aliens and their supporters could not have caused as much damage.
And for that there is no greater shame.
But there is a great shining light. There is still a Phoenix that is rising from the ashes of non-enforcement in Arizona. It has burned through all of the lies, rumors and innuendo hurled at it and burst forth in all its flaming glory.
The June 5th 2010 Phoenix Rising Rally is still on. People are still excited. Through all of this the leaders, groups and speakers have stuck together and continued working hard. Patriots are still coming from all over the country - and if you’re an American in support of Arizona, SB1070 and opposed to illegal immigration you can be one of them too!
I’ll see you there. I’ll be the one with the big, wide grin staring into the sky and realizing there’s a new day upon us.
A day of freedom
A day of a new dawn
A day of a Phoenix Rising!
You can find out all about this wonderful rally at the
Official Phoenix Rising Website
Come join us!
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Posted by Digger on May 21, 2010 08:37 AM (Permalink)
Well done. I am planning to be there on the 5th...not the 12th!
Posted by: Ray on May 21, 2010 01:30 PM
Now that you have made me late for my errands; I just could not resist reading every single word! The picture you paint, of Gheen, comes as no surprise. I got the feeling, over two years ago, that he was obsessed with being in charge. He also gets very pissed off if challenged! No big deal, we shall overcome! My reservations are made, we will be there on the 5th of June with our Arizona Flag and a big smile!!
Posted by: Tori on May 21, 2010 02:08 PM
I will see you both there!
Posted by: Digger on May 21, 2010 02:31 PM
Thanks for the determination and fortitude you guys have shown to keep this rally going. You are truly patriots. I'll be there, coming from San Diego. Many in CA are 110% behind AZ and will support AZ by BUYcotts and any other way we can. I lived there for 13 of the best yrs of my life. I am so fed up with CA officials NOT enforcing its own laws, (which are even more stringent than 1070), that I am ready to move back to AZ.
Posted by: Mike R on May 21, 2010 03:12 PM
WOW! Very well thought out and explained Letter!! I had received the ALIPAC e-mail with all his "evidence" and frankly was thinkng,this guy sounds like a "Jilted Lover"!!! There didn't appear to be ANY evidence of what he was claiming...THANK YOU for clearing up this "mess" that Gheen had create. It's a REAL shame that he did this and has seemed to divide instead of UNITE... I am planning on being at the June 5th Rally with BELLS ON!!! ;) God Bless you guys for doing this and supporting us Arizonians!!!
Posted by: Tequila Rose on May 21, 2010 03:19 PM
Wow, great behind the scenes look, I hope Gheen shows his face so some of us good ol boys can have a chat with him.....Thx for all the hard work, we will be down from Prescott to support the Cause
Posted by: Tim R. on May 21, 2010 03:19 PM
After hearing back from sponsors of the 5th rally, when I expressed confusion after getting the email from ALIPAC combining the rallies, I posted on ALIPAC's forum that the "move" information was a lie. This was four days ago. Well, not only was my comment deleted, I was banned from the forum. I'm going to be at the 5th rally along with at least 3 of my friends. See you there!
Posted by: Leeta on May 21, 2010 05:14 PM
P.S. Thank you so much for this article. I've sent the link to several people, who no doubt will also send it along. Cheers.
Posted by: Leeta on May 21, 2010 05:28 PM
Posted by: Digger on May 21, 2010 05:35 PM
Confused at first. But your article helps clear it up. It's too bad if being the boss at a PAC has gone to Gheen's head. I got the sense that he was trying to throw Dan under the bus because he wants to be seen as the one putting this all together. Maybe I'm reading too much into it. At any rate, good for Dan Smirgilio. I look forward to sharing the day supporting Arizona's courageous and very sensible law.
Posted by: Tom F on May 22, 2010 12:26 AM
Gheen has caused plenty of activists problems. I sent him an email about 10 months ago, asking him to stop bashing other orgs and activists that we all had the same goals. To which he responded that he wouldn't stop and continued on a rant.
Gheen asks for money, but doesn't contribute anything toward the other peoples events that he attends besides a few emails. Yet when he goes out of town, he stays in a suite in 5 star hotels. I know because I've been to the suite and so have other activists when attending rallies in other states where Gheen has also attended. Yet Gheen asks for money to travel and then he makes sure to tell others to figure out how they're going to get to the event and where they're going to stay.
Everything Digger has said about William is true and extremely accurate.
My org has had the same problem with others when organizing a rally. There's always someone who just wants to take all the glory, yet not do the work. But in Gheens case, he want the money too.
Posted by: Jeanfromfillmore on May 22, 2010 03:39 AM
This is a sad, but accurate commentary on how things have been going for a while. There are a handful of people who would rather burn down the house than shelter their countrymen if it means sharing the glory.
Looking back at the number of people smeared by Gheen, Nightengale, and others it is obvious that we each owe a lot of people an apology.
Remember all that "evidence" that Nightengale and Gheen had against Gilchrist? Well, Nightengale stated in court, under oath, that she never said she had (or had seen) evidence against Gilchrist. Did anybody who shunned Jim call to apologize? Nope.
The only way this ends is to show our respect to those like Dan Amato and Dan Smirgilio and to cut off those who work with the traitors to the people's cause. Just do the right thing and go one step further ... Take a moment to revisit the judgement of those we have shunned in the past on the word of Gheen and Company.
Free advice - You are free to take it or leave it.
Posted by: RichardM on May 22, 2010 04:39 AM
Good work, Dan. Out that bastard...loud enough to be heard over his years of lies.
Posted by: frank on May 24, 2010 10:03 AM
Great piece on exposing the greed and selfishness that has infiltrated the anti illegal immigration movement. What most people at the grass roots level sometimes miss or do not know is the level of money that some of the big organizations collect. It is a goldmine that some do not wish to share and others wish to steal. There are a few greedy individuals who use the movement solely for fame and fortune.The purpose is secondary. They are people that are as bad as any flip flopping politician.
Posted by: Bradwhg on May 24, 2010 05:41 PM
Dan, this isn't shocking news about Gheen (I'd been forwarned when a few years back I was considering joining ALIPAC but was thankfully talked out of it by my one of best friends). That he would spread lies and inuendo to try and destroy something he had no part of creating speaks volumes.
What is sad is that ALIPAC still has the respect of many in the media, some at FOX I believe. When I've seen an event with Gheen being interviewed by a FOX anchor, I just shake my head. Taking credit for other people's work is disgraceful...then trying to destroy it out of envy is despicable.
Gheen and his org should be outed from the movement before he does anymore damage. Those who defend him should be outed as well.
Posted by: levotb on May 24, 2010 07:48 PM
Well Digger, exceedingly well stated.
I too saw the "evidence" and there was no meat in it. But then I saw Gheen's control and ego issues a few years ago, coupled with the fact that, to my knowledge, he has never even been to the border. He operates much like Simcox did and takes credit for the efforts of others while wanting to be in control.
The really sad and shameful part is, that it damages the very movement they profess to support. When the truth is, that those like that, support and promote only themselves.
Well written and quite devastating.
Posted by: Sandra Beene cofounder TXMinutemen.com on May 24, 2010 09:13 PM
WE have already gained a victory in Arizona with the passage of SB1070. Why then was this rally not held in a state that is trying to decide if it wants to pass it's own SB1070? Such a rally might sway politicians to vote for a law like SB1070.
Posted by: Hammar on May 27, 2010 10:48 AM
I too was banned from ALIPAC. I supposedly accused Mr. Gheen of infighting with other anti-illegal alien groups and questioned his facts on associating Dan with racist group(s). Actually, I didn't specifically accuse him of infighting, just said the infighting needed to stop. Well, he immediately deleted my post and banned me for life. It's sad that he thinks so little of his dedicated members. I have been with ALIPAC for 5 years and have worked extremely hard for the cause through his group, not to mention having posted 13,000 posts on his board forums.
I hope, for the sake of ALIPAC, that the organizations 30,000 members don't stumble on the very damning information about William at diggersrealm. I'd hate to see the organization fold. William Gheen may be the president and creator of the group, but he is not ALIPAC. ALIPAC is the 30,000 members that make up the organization. Therefore, I think it's wrong to blame ALIPAC for William's foolish antics.
Here's William Gheen's email to me:
"For the record, I can find no concrete evidence that Smeriglio associates with a racist group(s). I'm not saying none exist, just saying I can't find anything." -- MW
That's bull crap and you should have looked at the evidence we provided you with. We placed the screen shots of Dan Smeriglio supporting Norwegian nazi rockers on his Facebook page along with his buddy Steve Smith of the Keystone United.
I will not tolerate your insults and accusations that I am just engaging in infighting and making things up for which there is no evidence.
Such statements by someone that has spent the amount of time you have on our site are completely unacceptable.
Best of luck to your future endeavors fighting illegal immigration somewhere else besides ALIPAC.
Hey, I'm looking for a new home. Anyone have any recommendations of other anti-illegal immigration sites that have active forums?
Posted by: MW on June 6, 2010 04:54 AM
WOW!! What a terrific expose, Digger!! I had already rec'd & read the emails from resist.net and ALIPAC and, initially, was somewhat swayed by Gheen (being very new to this game!); but then I started reading the comments - which led me to you (Digger) and now these excellent comments in testimonial to your detailed - and damning - explanation of the facts in general and now Gheen in particular.
Big Question now, after the Rally, how did it go and did you have a great crowd? and great speakers? Sure hope it was a blazing success!! (Blazingly hot, I know - I live in Palm Springs, CA!!)
Now I have to touch base with Darla at Resist.net and see what she has to say - and try to get her take on this latest, seemingly irrefutable evidence.
As a side note, if Saga singer didn't have so many pictures of swaztikas & Hitler, I'd be momentarily swayed - her music is good!! Too bad she's an idiot skinhead canary...
Posted by: Joy on June 7, 2010 12:40 AM
I am one of the past active posters at the ALIPAC message board who is proud to proclaim I was permanently banned with all my posts removed for various reasons, one being for questioning the veracity of the Gheen unit in regards to actually being concerned with stopping the ongoing invasion of the once-sovereign USA.
Over time the evidence available led me to believe, in my OPINION, that there was a distinct possibility that Gheen was using an anti-invasion platform for personal gain.
Over time, that belief has been strengthened.
I can not give any opinion that the Gheen unit is a "mole" actually attempting to harm the anti-invasion movement but I still believe there is a possibility Gheen puts more emphasis upon personal goals than actually achieving the ultimate goal of stopping the ongoing invasion and/or removing the illegals already within the USA.
I departed ALIPAC and never attempted to re-enter the forums there using available methods to circumvent my ban.
Sadly, before my suspicions were confirmed to my personal satisfaction I donated $50 to assist in paying for the site's bandwidth costs.
Oh well... live and learn.
I wonder how many other users of the ALIPAC site became suspicious of Gheen over time?
In my opinion his true loyalty, to his own agenda and betterment, was overt and transparent, but, again, that is just my personal opinion based upon subjective observations and I do not intend to sway anybody's opinion about Gheen; arrive at your own conclusion. I am merely proclaiming what happened to me and the personal OPINION I arrived at.
Shunning the ALIPAC site has not limited my efforts performing my little part against the invading horde and the funds not wasted at ALIPAC are put to good use at www.numbersusa.com
Thank you for your expose of your butting heads with Gheen.
Posted by: Obbop on June 12, 2010 12:20 AM
Looks like William is out to descredit Digger now.
From the ALIPAC website:
"ADVISORY: Los Zetas Ranch Occupation Story Is Probably Bogus
Friends of ALIPAC,
As the primary focal point of information flows regarding the borders and illegal immigration, ALIPAC has both released astounding information to the public that was verified and we have stopped stories that were fakes.
Many of you will remember the fake Shawna Ford photos, and some other false stories and rumors that ALIPAC took steps to quell.
Today, we are issuing an advisory that the story being circulated on many blogs titled "Mexican Cartels Invade Texas" or "LOS ZETAS TAKES OVER TEXAS RANCHES" that was written by blogger Dan Amato aka Digger is unconfirmed. In fact, it is starting to look like it is completely false.
While we will hold the door open for the possibility there's some fire with this smoke, the story claims that the paramilitary drug and alien importing gang Los Zetas had invaded our side of the border and taken over several ranches in the US thus sending the American occupants running for their lives.
In the past, materials from Dan Amato were welcome at ALIPAC, but his materials are no longer allowed in our archives after we observed Digger writing and attempting to publicize false information on multiple occasions.
The current story he has circulated has not been confirmed using any of the standards or practices we would use, or any professional would use, to verify before releasing such claims.
Claiming that military grade forces have actually seized US territory is not a matter that should be treated lightly. The threat of that happening is very real and the intense and costly reaction to such an incident is nothing to take chances with. Dan Amato took a lot of chances and ran a story that was just a rumor.
Now we have reports from local law enforcement, local media, and citizens who live in the area Digger claims is under Los Zeta occupation and they all say there's nothing like that happening in the area.
While ALIPAC has documented, and fought against, many legitimate media blackouts on stories like these, we are not seeing the usual patterns that we have experienced before around this story. This coupled with the fact that Digger of Digger's Realm BLOG acted on complete hearsay from a lone second hand source might indicate that a media blackout is not the true problem.
We will advise everyone, if this story changes or actual verification or evidence surfaces.
Until then we are advising everyone not to post or circulate the unverified claims by Digger that Los Zetas has taken over ranches in Texas.
Furthermore, no new materials by Dan Amato or Digger's Realm are allowed in ALIPAC's archives because those materials do not meet our quality standards and we have a big problem with groups or individuals who make sensational claims without proper verification and confirmation that our readers and activists would expect.
The ALIPAC Team
Posted by: MW on July 25, 2010 04:53 PM
There are many anti-illegal alien INVASION Web sites strewn across the Web and after many years of seeking them out and using many for info and interacting with others I am sad to convey but hard-learned experience requires me to state that I recommend that Gheen's ALI-PAC Web site and forum be shunned.
Posted by: Obbop on August 4, 2010 12:27 PM
In my experience, I would have to say William Gheen is a sociopath. I do not use this terminology lightly.
If you have ever spoken to the man you will note that he has no conscience and is concerned with power and consolidation of power. He frequently recruits weak people, then abandons them when he no longer has a use for them.
ALIPAC is basically a group of 7 people whom he wields absolute manipulative power over, Dixie being the biggest victim. They do as he instructs, stalking people on the internet, subverting people, creating slander and spreading the slander. He uses them to undermine and retain power. If anything emerges that threatens his power, he immediately responds to destroy that person, in any way possible.
Unfortunately, a sociopath is not easy to identify by the average person and William Gheen is a master manipulator. He scans people for vulnerabilities, encourages them and provides them what they "need." He forces less intelligent people to do his bidding, which unfortunately is the use of the internet to maintain power and attempt to control the entirety of the illegal alien discussion.
If you speak to any of the zealots close to Gheen you will realize they are nothing more than brainwashed automatons. Dixie once gave me a bizarre claim that ALIPAC has to be "on its toes to strike down any snakes that emerge...." ans some other bizarre extreme rhetoric. Point being, she was regurgitating.
Follow the ALIPAC recruitment methodology. Once a concerned citizen contributes a post on his forum, Gheen scans that person for usefulness. He tests the person by giving them a task and confronting them lightly. This si to determine if he can manipulate them. When they do as he asks, he and his zealots lavish the person with praise and make them feel part of the community. This pattern occurs daily at ALIPAC. It is quite unfortunate, but this is what happens when someone of lesser scruples and capability is in a position where they can exploit power.
Most likely we are in different circles in the illegal immigration / rule of law debate (tho' we have the same goals), but I can tell you in my circle it is well known what William Gheen is, what he has done and the bridges he has burnt. The fortunate thing is that people are distancing themselves from him and not taking his calls.
My hope is that the good people at ALIPAC (less the zealots) branch off and create their own projects. An alliance of many is better than power consolidated in one place. That way there is no threat to taking down the entire message.
William Gheen is simply a more embedded Gilchrist, his goal has been to consolidate the message and dilute it until it is nothing more than ineffective rabble.
As for diggers realm, I still enjoy viewing this website as I have since its inception. I still recall the inspiring early days of SOS as well.
It is good that you have pointed out what William Gheen is all about. ALIPAC is a small group of zealots doing his bidding.
Posted by: Chosen on January 7, 2011 03:42 AM