My thoughts on Mike are that, like everyone else in upper management, he had to sign some kind of bond/nda/contract specifying huge monetary penalties if he disclosed "confidential information". So, he can help others expose abuses, crimes, etc and talk about abuses, crimes, etc exposed by others but would incur massive penalties if he personally exposes stuff covered by the NDA -- and possibly even the mere existence of such an NDA.Wow, PAC had stuff like that lying around in generally accessible areas back in 1984? I guess stuff has really changed since. If one of us did anything like that in the 2000s, we'd get our hands chopped off probably.
I am not trying to make Mike an enemy. But I am openly being somewhat suspicious of him because it seems he is not being very transparent about his activities in OSA. I think everyone who spent enough time in SO did some bad things she/he regrets and would rather forget. I entirely understand that part and the fact that there might be some very personal things in his past that he doesn't want to share.
But Mike was head of OSA and he must have known about the major black hat ops they made and all the other anti-dissident operations that do not involve anything very intimate or personal to Mike. It almost seems as he is more willing to talk about his personal struggles with his former family than he is willing to talk about big OSA ops.
I guess it would not bother me that much if Mike was not such a prominent, leader figure in the ex community. Given the position he has, I think we could expect a bit more transparency from Mike as well as insight into OSA activity and "good tips" on how to avoid OSA traps and protect ourselves from OSA infiltrators etc. At this point I feel like Tory told us more about OSA tactics than Mike did. And she was just a volunteer.
I guess the metaphor I would like to use is: "I'm glad that Mike jumped onto the same bus with us, but I am not fond of seeing him in the driver's seat".
Don't know, but that might be the basis of his silence on some stuff.