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Open Letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch – Is Involuntary Servitude Usage a Private Matter Handled by State Courts?

Did you know that involuntary servitude is considered a “private matter” by our legal system? I didn’t, but the U.S. Department of Justice says so. We can learn something new every day.Involuntary servitude is pretty nasty stuff. It is especially appalling, when a government institution, such as the Department of Education, knowingly and purposely uses it in order to achieve its objectives.Would the Department of…See More
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Immediate Credit Recovery, Inc. Sending Out Other People’s Private Information

I requested student loan debt validation from Immediate Credit Recovery, Inc., one of Department of Education’s business partners. In response I did not receive any of the requested documents, but I did receive other people’s private information together with partial copies of my financial aid applications. The interesting aspect of it is, that in 4 years the Department of Education has not been able to furnish any credible evidence that would show that their monetary demands are valid. Thus,…See More
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Department of Education Debt Validation Request Letter Example

Here we go again – my non-existent student loans were assigned to another collection agency. Of course, there are no bank loans and nobody is collecting any money. There is no money to be made from non-existent loans, people!I graduated from college in 1996. The Department of Education established its records in 2008, showing that I have a large number of outstanding student loans. I received a collection letter in December of 2011, and have been requesting debt validation since then.…See More
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Thomas Eklund posted a blog post

Open Letter Environment “What Would You Do” for Presidential Candidates: 5 Fair Questions for Senator Bernie Sanders

Student loan debt crisis is a multi-trillion dollar problem that affects people in all the age groups, and both individual companies and organizations and the entire economy. The debt is also a manifestation of increasing cost and decreasing value of higher education that has been provided to traditional students, adult learners and employers who hire college graduates. If the value of higher education provided would have increased at a faster pace than the cost has, we would not have the…See More
Dec 9, 2015
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Thomas Eklund posted a blog post

Open Letter to Honorable Thomas Perez, U.S. Secretary of Labor – Please Help to Stop Usage of Involuntary Servitude

It makes sense to me to turn my personal struggle with the U.S. Department of Education into something that can help to create value. I do so first and foremost as a software developer, working on long-term project that can benefit traditional students, adult learners and employers. This software development project is something that interests me. Of course, I have much less time available to me for working on this project, because I also must keep working on the U.S. Department of Education…See More
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I am a constructive person by nature. Working on Case 1 helped me to find a project that I have became passionate about and focuses on development of effective higher education concepts that can produce substantial value, once the concepts have been developed into functional solutions and have been put on a scalable framework. This is a long-term project that requires lots of work. Case 1 related frustration fuels my energy. So, all of it works out very well.

Out of necessity, I will continue to work on StopExtortion Case 1 for as long as this case remains open. Accordingly, additional open letters will be published on for as long as the case remains open.

A BIG THANK YOU to all the existing members. I hope, that I was also able to help some people in the process. All the relevant information is in the articles published on

Thomas Eklund

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How the Department of Education Creates Documents by Mixing and Matching PDF Files

Posted by Thomas Eklund on November 13, 2018 at 7:42pm 0 Comments

Below is a copy of another letter and FOIA request sent to Department of Education FOIA Service Center. This letter describes how the Department of Education employees create documents from PDF files without existence of the original documents. In the process the Department of Education employees mix PDF files that could belong to anybody and do not contain any person's identifying information, together with PDF files that do contain identifying information.…


Is It Acceptable that the Department of Education Operates Like Organized Crime – Mafia?

Posted by Thomas Eklund on March 16, 2018 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

Below is an open letter to the Department of Justice and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Dear reader, I am asking you now the same question that I am asking Attorney General in this letter: based on how the Department of Education uses extortion, document fabrication, bullying and harassment, do you agree that the closest analogy is organized crime – mafia?

Do you personally find such operating practices acceptable?



(Some of) Department of Education's Systemic Problems

Posted by Thomas Eklund on March 11, 2018 at 3:54pm 0 Comments

The open letter below lists some of the problems that the Department of Education as a system has. If we look at the Department of Education as a system that is supposed to benefit traditional students, adult learners and employers, we will most likely find many more problem areas. The systemic problems listed below are specific to one case. However, the problems listed here may very well be relevant to many people. We don't know how many people over the years have paid to the…


What is OGIS Mission Under Alina Semo Management?

Posted by Thomas Eklund on March 6, 2018 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

Office of Government Information Services, or OGIS, is supposed to be Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) ombudsman. I contacted OGIS with a request for assistance with Department of Education FOIA process. I received a response from OGIS current director Alina Semo.

Based on the actual case addressed here, it's hard to say, whether the current OGIS director is very poorly informed about how the Department of Education and its business partners actually…



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