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Sociopath cons the Pentagon

For those of us who have been conned by sociopaths, we should never, ever again feel a shred of embarrassment. Sociopaths are good. They are very, very good. In fact, they are so good that they can con the spymasters at the CIA, the White House and the Pentagon.

It’s true. In an expose published in Playboy Magazine, reporter Aram Roston tells the story of Dennis Montgomery, who claimed he could decode secret bar codes from the Al Jazeera news broadcasts that contained that were actually instructions to sleeper Al Qaeda cells around the world. In fact, Montgomery could deliver latitude and longitude coordinates, and flight numbers, of terrorist targets.

The government took his claims so seriously that they cancelled flights, evacuated the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and sent fighter jets to patrol the skies above the Big Apple.

Oh yeah—they also paid Dennis Montgomery $30 million.

It was all a scam. It is unlikely that the guy ever produced any software code or technology, but he did fake a demonstration to make it look like he did.

Reading the article, the traits of a sociopath are apparent. His own lawyer called Dennis Montgomery “a habitual liar and fraud.” Montgomery was alternately charming and raging. He gambled—a lot—and once lost $422,000 in one day.

Montgomery had no shame and no remorse. After the CIA determined that his software did nothing, he sold the same scam to the Air Force, and was paid another $3 million. In the end, Dennis Montgomery swindled all kinds of “intelligence” officials—people who look for liars and bad guys for a living.

See? We’re not the only ones. And these spymasters should know better.

Read The Man Who Scammed the Pentagon.

Please note: This article is on Playboy.com, and some of the ads are suggestive. If this is offensive to you, you may not want to go to the site.


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Donna

Thanks for the information, it has to be heard. Yes, I believe it! “Habitual Liar and fraud” is how I would sum up the P’s natural state.
I constantly thump the table saying Damn it how could I have missed the signs , God How did I miss that red flag? on and on. I don’t think a day goes by where I don’t do that at least once.
I am still very raw coming out of desperately wanting to believe he is a nice guy so badly. That says something about my neediness. No evidence that he is anything but a con man.

But to think that a man scammed the Pentagon! I have to relax a bit and say well…you live you learn and I’m grateful for escaping and getting far away even though he took me for so much money trust and love….I hope one day I can forgive myself and realize it WAS NOT ENTIRELY MY FAULT even though there are things I have to own about my own investment in a pretty mirage/hologram/illusion…deep down this man was shallow and I knew it.

I am Stayingsane changed my user name to bulletproof. I guess it’s a movement on. I seem to have a very good radar now for potential harm coming my way and I’m bouncing back bullets that prior to this experience would really hurt.

I guess I’m tougher, more protected, able to say no and trust my instinct …the problem is I’m a bit too tough on folk now and need to come into balance with that, I trust that happens in time. It takes time for me to move a tiny inch forward.

Matt

Donna:

Any relation to your ex? Dennis Montgomery, James Montgomery…

Maryjane

It’s like the great pretender.. they believe their own lies so it comes across like truth…

while ‘us’ normal people when we fib or exaggerate .. show it in our faces etc.. because it hurts our soul…

these people are actors in life… they are all contrived and hace no real connection to self so they can be anything that they want to conrtrive..

ErinBrock

Donna:
Etreppid has some ‘reputational history’ also…..at least in the recent investigations that have occured. The founder of the Co. was a junk bond felon years ago also……
Wonder if the investigations are related? BET!

Hearing these stories…..and being ‘hyper vigilant’ to them…..due to wanting more and more education on Cluster B’s….(preferably on the peripheral)…..but I can see how this sort of scam goes on and on…..
We all have to trust someone…..and especially if we believe they can ‘help’ us…Very few look deeper into ‘who’ we are trusting…..and even if we did….we can surely come up with a plausable excuse on how they have changed, or able to be talked into another ‘version’ of the truth of the matter……so we go back to trusting…..it’s the very basis of our psychie…….and just think if the info WAS true and accurate???? It would surely lead to ‘fame’ for those agents!!!
It’s the internal wrestle which forces us to trust….it’s the ‘what if’s’…..
One thing we can be sure of……I bet it’s NOT the first time this dude has pulled a scam of such proportions!
Once a con….always a con….

pollyannanomore

Wow well that does make me feel better – if the very best analysts can get conned by them then regular people have little hope!

Ox Drover

Well, what about the CIA guys who were conned by the “double agent” who blew them to kingdon come? You’d think these guys would be “cautious” enough not to be conned by someone like that…yet they were, and they paid for it with their lives.

Look at the Christmas day bomber in Detroit, that they failed to CONNECT THE DOTS to, even though his own father turned him in to the embasy?

Sheesh, makes me feel better—-I guess….well, maybe….anyway.

How about the Director of Nurses in a nursing home who was over medicating and chemically restraining patients, like I haven’t seen that in every nursing home I ever worked at or knew about! Or hospitals….or hospitals taking in patients they don’t have nurses to care for….but just try reporting this to the authorities who are in “charge” and see how they will (not)listen to you. How you are branded a “trouble maker!”

How about the times I was warned about business deals with Psychopaths and I DID NOT LISTEN….so this is not just a one way street that I can feel superior to these people who DIDN’T GET IT about this con-guy. I have also been fooled, and I have also warned and not been listened to so I’ve had the shoes on BOTH FEET.

None of this makes me feel any safer either…and I sure don’t feel that I (by my “vast” knowledge of psychopaths) am even now “superior” to any of these people, or even superior to the woman who goes back and back and back to her abusive spouse even after he has beaten her repeatedly and broken her bones repeatedly. Though there was a time, I admit, when I was working in the family medicine clinic and giving pro bono medical care to the women from the DV shelter and I DID FEEL SUPERIOR to these women, while at the same time I was ENABLING MY PSYCHOPATHIC SON to do to me just as much damage as their spouses were doing to them. I DID feel superior—just like the arrogant Pharisee praying in the Temple looked down on the humble and prostrate publican and saying to himself “Thank God I am not (sinful) like that man.”

I actually wish I COULD feel superior to these poor dupes, but I can’t, because I am NOT superior to them, I am just as vulnearable to a scam as any of them. If the scam is good enough I can’t spot it either.

pollyannanomore

Oxy me too – I remember helping students who were in abusive relationships and feeling sorry for them then incredibly frustrated when they kept going back despite the warning signs. I would feel satisfyingly smug thinking ‘Thank goodness I am not in that situation’ only I was – I was being abused in the worst ways. For some reason we can recognise it in other people but not in our own situation – how awful is that? We are so busy putting out the fires they set that we can’t see the bigger picture of what is going on.

Ox Drover

Yea, Polly,

Jesus said that we should remove the beam (log) from our own eye before we try to remove the speck from our friend’s eye. HOW TRUE THAT IS. I can see 20:20 to manage “your” life, but I am TOTALLY BLIND to what to do to manage my own!

He also said “let him that thinketh he standeth, take heed least he fall.”

How humiliating and humbling is that recognition? To recognize that we thought we were so “wise” and “smart” and so “logical” and so “superior” and in fact, it wasn’t that way at all. I feel like such a freaking hypocrit….

pollyannanomore

Ach well – it’s a hard learning for all of us Oxy – a real mind bender. I am using what I am learning now to point out to others when they’re in very bad situations themselves – we have to try to find some good in our history otherwise it is so easy to get consumed with bitterness.

You’re a good person who was conned by several bad people. It’s hard to understand why God lets good people go through such trauma – I struggled a great deal with my faith when I started looking back – why did I deserve this? What did I do? It would be easy for us to become like them – but then they really have won haven’t they?

I feel really dumb. Really really stupid. I was so smart in so many other areas and in the most important one was so stupid. I really hope this hasn’t ruined me for relational happiness one day. I really do want to meet someone and have a baby and live a happy life. I hate what he did to me. I hate the abuse he took out on me. And most of all I hate that I didn’t recognise it and get out sooner.

one/joy_step_at_a_time

i was abused by a bf i lived when i was 19. full scale. very spathy. alcoholic. very abused as a child (actually was)

i have never doubted why people stay in abusive relationships. i know why they do. there is a spell. i don’t REMEMBER the actual spell. but i know it exists.

people are ignorant and judgemental. we do it all the time.

I outed myslef as dupe don my fb page this week. a friend who i know from dharma commented, ‘and be careful on the internet’ in 2010.’ uh huh.

i thought about it for ahwile. he is ignorant and certain he is above being conned, and maybe he IS. I replied: ‘you know who gets conned? Compassionate, out going, risk taking people who think they can’t be conned. Sounds like half the buddhists we know doesn’t it.’

I tired to put it into a context he might understand. Don’t know if worked or not.

x night night

pollyannanomore

You’re right about the spell one step – I commented when I finally felt some distance coming ‘The spell is broken finally and now I can leave’ – it’s the verbal games I think combined with the declarations of love and soul mateyness. I am not sure I understand what dharma is – is it in this context a practice or class or group? I understand the concept of karma well enough but dharma is familiar but I’m not sure of it.
Hope you sleep well and thanks for the hug – it really worked 🙂

one/joy_step_at_a_time

hi pollyannanomore: ‘dharma’ is Buddhist teachings. used loosely to mean bBuddhism, also.

In Buddhism karma is simply ’cause and effect’; you do A and B is the result. There is no moralism or jusdgement – more like a law of physics. My spath uses the word (SNORT!) as herself, as her sock puppets AND gets her dupes (who she plays off on another) to use it. I know she doesn’t understand that she uses it incorrectly all the time (as a buddhist concept) – i didn’t enlighten her. 😉

Karma exists as a principle in Hinduism – and I am not familiar with how it is conceived of in Hinduism. I suspect it informs a lot of the ideas about karma, but I also think the dominant judeo-christian culture informs our idea of karma as a tool of ‘retribution’ – we tend to use it in NA as a very old testament idea of punishment for wrong deeds.

slept like a charm!

eileen

Polly, I can really relate to what you write there…but you shouldn’t feel stupid: the fact that you found this site means you are a highly intelligent person, like all those who figured a sociopath out. Sociopaths put all their energy, time, and the few braincells they have into lying and deceiving. In spite of all their efforts, we found them out. I don’t know for sure, but I might be the first person in my S’s existence who realised the full extent of what he is. There were lots of people who had no idea what they had been dealing with until I told them. That makes me more intelligent than all the people he encountered in his life – doesn’t it? You should think this way too!

LouiseGolem

Yes, One-Step, I absolutely agree about who can be conned. Smart people can be conned, very very easily. Because the spath reflects back to that person their own intellectual patterns, and that smart, confident person thinks, “look, this person’s just like me! S/he’s fine!”

I keep thinking of that wonderful film Catch Me If You Can. This is the problem (and it comes up in another recent article): Hollywood and the media glamorizes personalities like this.

You know, right now (2 1/2 months after my break up) I really feel like I can’t trust anyone; I’m even suspicious of friends I’ve had for a long time. I watch everyone very closely now – I watch their eyes, and the way they walk into a room. I can see when someone is confident, and when someone is uneasy with themselves. And I distrust the confident ones.

This, by the way, is a trick I learned from my ex- I thank him for that; he taught me how to be very vigilent and suspicious, indeed.

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