Sunday, 8 October 2017

It's Well Past Time To Replace Hans Klemm As U.S. Ambassador To Romania

FIRST: PLEASE GO TO THIS LINK AND SIGN THE PETITION, THEN TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS TO DO THE SAME..

HERE'S WHY:


Ambassador Hans G. Klemm openly supported controversial public figures in Romania, formerly or currently involved in corruption scandals, or challenging the results of the WW II peace treaties and the redefinition of national European borders, disregarding reputable international political analysis think-tanks reports regarding corruption in the Romanian judicial system, actively involving the US government in favor of particular political parties in Romania, thus triggering popular disapproval and general discontent with the US.
The recall of Mr. Klemm and the appointment of a new ambassador,  reflecting the position of the new US administration and reseting the old rhetoric of confrontation and double-standard of the former administration's envoy would benefit all parties involved, and the overall US image in the region.
This petition will be delivered to:

Ambassador Hans G. Klemm openly supported controversial public figures in Romania, formerly or currently involved in corruption scandals, or challenging the results of the WW II peace treaties and the redefinition of national European borders, disregarding reputable international political analysis think-tanks reports regarding corruption in the Romanian judicial system, actively involving the US government in favor of particular political parties in Romania, thus triggering popular disapproval and general discontent with the US.
The recall of Mr. Klemm and the appointment of a new ambassador,  reflecting the position of the new US administration and reseting the old rhetoric of confrontation and double-standard of the former administration's envoy would benefit all parties involved, and the overall US image in the region.
This petition will be delivered to:

The recall of Mr. Klemm and the appointment of a new ambassador,  reflecting the position of the new US administration and reseting the old rhetoric of confrontation and double-standard of the former administration's envoy would benefit all parties involved, and the overall US image in the region.
This petition will be delivered to:


Tuesday, 3 October 2017

How Many MORE OBVIOUS Lies Is The U.S. Government Going To Tell About My Social Security Claim?

|FBU Naples

Oct 2 (2 days ago)
to me
Dear Mr. Ketchum,

I have been involved with your case since the beginning and as I stated in one of the prior emails we have taken all possible actions to assist you the best we can. 

To summarize the most recent events; following your request for appeal, the Office of Hearing had requested SSA to assist them with obtaining additional medical evidence.  As the letter from OIG (Office of Inspector General) stated, we rely on local sources to perform these medical evolution, in this case the US Embassy in Romania contacted all the sources available, the response, unfortunately, was that the requested evaluation could not be performed. According to their policy and standards due to the complexity, the evaluation needed to be performed by a panel of physicians not just a single doctor.  We sent SSA the response which was finally forwarded to the Hearing Office.

The Hearing Office handling your case will make a decision based on all available evidence and will respond directly to you.  The notice will include all the necessary instructions and appeal rights.

Thank you.


Francesco Scrivo
Operations Supervisor
Federal Benefits Unit, Naples, Italy

Thomas Lowell Ketchum, Jr. thomasl.ketchumjr@gmail.com

10:59 AM (21 hours ago)
to FBUacsbucharestMindyBryanbilousiv|FBUFrancesco
Dear Mr. Scrivo,

Thank you for your response. However, I need for you to more completely understand that, in 2016, when I was last evaluated pursuant to a similar SSA request, I WAS SUBJECTED TO AN EXAMINATION BY " A PANEL" OF MORE THAN 3 PHYSICIANS, INCLUDING SPECIALISTS IN ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY, PSYCHIATRY, AND INTERNAL MEDICINE.

As far as I can tell, there was absolutely NO REASON WHATSOEVER TO BELIEVE THAT the series of evaluations scheduled at the Ponderas University Medical Center in Bucharest a few weeks ago would have  included any less thorough of a series of examinations by a similar set of highly qualified medical and psychiatric experts.

It stretches the concept of "credibility", for most people, that an award winning hospital in the nation's capital would not suffice as a setting for this series of ordered and long-scheduled examinations requested by SSA.

Most people, I feel, will not believe this excuse, offered by the nameless person at the U.S. Embassy (just hours before I was to travel to Bucharest) for the cancellation of these exams.

I feel I am being told that, if I want what I am entitled to as a U.S. Disabled citizen, I will be forced to travel outside of Romania and that this "requirement" is BEING UNIQUELY APPLIED TO ME for some, as yet, unknown reason.

Someone needs to make this right or, as minimum, quit insulting my intelligence with plain and obvious lies about the so-called why's and wherefores behind the refusal of the U.S. government to allow my disability application to get the equal treatment, under the law, to which I am entitled.

Nothing in the law prevents me from filing a law suit in the U.S. District Court of my choice and making a public record which gets the names of those who have mishandled my application, my appeal, my examination results, and who interfered with my scheduled examinations this time around and the "why" of all this, using the "Discovery" process. I will remind all concerned that I do not have to reside in the United States in order to access the Federal Court system there. The fact of my citizenship and at least one Federal "respondent" (and a "Federal question") entitles me to use the U.S. District Court system.

It was my desire and hope to resolve these issues without the need for increased "ugliness" all around. However, the manner in which everyone seems to have "closed ranks" around this lie being put out by someone at the Bucharest Embassy is making a resolution without the need for legal action less and less likely.

I ask you to assist in resolving this issue and offer again to resolve my claims by adding years to my age to the point of reaching maximum retirement age and simply placing me on ordinary SSA retirement, instead of having to deal with many years of "back benefits" and many more years under SSA Disability responsibility.

I simply need my many well-documented (and mentioned to you more times than I can count) health issues addressed and, access to Medicare/Medicaid under SSA Disability would resolve those issues. The same ends may be had by placing me on normal SSA retirement. The money issues would be addressed by increased benefits paid at maximum retirement age, which would have been done, administratively, by SSA at my maximum retirement age in any event.

I am prepared to overlook my continued mistreatment by those who have taken a hand in obstructing my application for Disability retirement if we can come to an agreement such as I have described, above.

Whatever you can do in order to make this happen will be appreciated by me and ought to be appreciated by all those affected by this incident.

Thank you, in advance, for your consideration and attention to this matter.

Thomas Lowell Ketchum, Jr. thomasl.ketchumjr@gmail.com

AttachmentsSep 25 (9 days ago)
to MindyFrancesco|FBUBryanKarenacsbucharestbilousivvFBU
Dear Ms. Maxwell,

Recently, I undertook to raise the irregularities involved in the handling of my SSA Disability claim with both State Department and SSA OIG personnel, utilizing their respective online complaint mechanisms.

While I have yet to get any response from SSA personnel, I did get the following letter from someone at the State Department.

As you might imagine, I find that this letter is wholly unresponsive as to any specific "why" about the alleged inability to schedule me for any sort of physical and other exam in a country of 23 million people, where, less than 16 months ago, I was given an exhaustive, 2-day set of examinations which were, thereafter, sent to ME instead of to SSA for evaluation.

I renew my request for you and Senator Cochran to continue your inquiry on my behalf with the Social Security Administration, which seeks a resolution to this claim. As information, I have offered a form of settlement which allows them to, instead of granting my Disability application, to simply ADD 10 YEARS TO MY AGE AND PLACE ME ON "NORMAL" SSA retirement. That way, I would get access to medicare, the SSA would not be having to pay "back benefits" and I would get the maximum benefit which would, in any case, what happens to any Disability claim when a recipient reaches maximum retirement age.

I prefer simply getting Disability to which I am entitled, but, if back benefits are the issue, then I offer this alternative.

In any case, the person at the State Department has failed and refused to state exactly WHAT, if anything, about the current SSA request for examination is different, in any way, from what happened less than 16 months ago.

Perhaps your colleague, who handles that sort pf thing can help me with the answer, unless, of course, we can reach an acceptable settlement more along the lines I have proposed.

In any event, I thank you and the Senator, in advance, for your continues help and other assistance in these matters.

Respectfully,

Thomas Lowell Ketchum, Jr.
426-11-1985
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Thomas Lowell Ketchum, Jr. thomasl.ketchumjr@gmail.com

Sep 4
to FBUFrancesco|FBUacsbucharestMindyBryan
To Whomever This May Concern,

I, Thomas Lowell Ketchum, Jr., a U.S. citizen, married for over 10 years to a Romanian National, and who holds legal permanent resident status in Romania since 2006, am in receipt of an email, purportedly from some nameless somebody at the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest, which claims as follows:

Dear Mr. Ketchum,

Our Embassy was unable to schedule your medical appointments in Romania. Social Security Administration was informed about this.  We regret the inconvenience.

By this communication, I respectfully request and require, WITH FULL SPECIFICITY, the explanation for this alleged "inability".

The response(s), if any, will be sent to the Administrative Law Judge at the Social Security Administration, who surely ORDERED, this examination.

It is noteworthy here (and should be carefully considered by the Respondent(s), if any) that in 2016 NO SUCH INABILITY EXISTED to schedule my "medical appointments in Romania", in accordance with a similar request from the Social Security Administration.
In point of fact, in 2016, I was scheduled for examinations over a two day period, which were, thereafter, NOT FORWARDED TO THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION..as evidenced by the fact that the ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS ARE IN MY HANDS, MAILED TO ME BY SOME OTHER PERSON AT THE SAME U.S. EMBASSY IN BUCHAREST.

In the 2016, during two days of scheduled examinations in Romania (some 14 months ago), my wife and I together attended every scheduled "examination", then-scheduled by the U.S. Embassy. Together, we found that I could not be abused when a witness, such as my wife, was present for every aspect of the examination. She was a direct witness to several attempts to have me sign documents or make statements against my interests and, her presence aided me in thwarting these attempts during the examinations. 

We viewed the 2016 experience as instructive as to how any other or future examinations may be conducted. That said, our approach was more proactive when it came to compliance with the scheduled examinations and so, we did our homework, finding out the correct addresses and navigational information about getting to the new examination point. We also wanted to be able to send my medical records, in advance, to the right persons, so that our time together would be put to the best possible use during the examinations. To that end, the records were sent almost a week ahead of schedule to the email address provided by the Embassy and verified by the Hospital involved.

After all that preparation for this second set of examinations in 14 months,  this time around I was scheduled by the Embassy (and remained so for about 2 weeks), at a different hospital in Bucharest (the last time was at Biomedica Clinic, this time was Ponderas University Hospital-part of Regina Maria) for an updated set of examinations right up until my wife called the hospital and got the names of the Doctors (Damian Ionut, Internal Medicine, Dr. Pojaga, Orthopedics, Narian Ioana, Psychiatry) to be conducting theexaminations, along with the examination times for each . Less than one (1) hour after she made this inquiry, some woman from the U.S. Embassy called me (at 1600 local time) and claimed that the "hospital had cancelled the appointment". Curiously, when my wife called to confirm this allegation by this nameless person at the Embassy, she was informed by the hospital that I REMAINED SCHEDULED FOR THE APPOINTMENT.

The response offered, if any, will be whatever it is. However, if the claim here is that I could not be scheduled for medical appointments in Romania due to either the inability to locate either a doctor or hospital in Romania which was actually able toexamine me in accordance with an Embassy request, THEN THIS IS A DEMONSTRABLE UNTRUTH. My own belief (and that of my wife) is that this is yet another attempt to "jerk me around" with some other form of legal, physical, and/or mental abuse at the hand of someone purporting to represent  the United States government which the Embassy staff in Romania now finds that they cannot repeat, themselves.

On the other hand, if there now exists some legal impediment to examining me "in Romania", then I have a right to know, precisely, what that "impediment" either is or may be. Furthermore, (and more to the point) the Administrative Law Judge which will hear this matter at the Social Security Administration will demand to know why this ORDERED EXAMINATION WAS NOT CARRIED OUT.

THE RESPONDING PARTY CAN BE ABSOLUTELY SURE OF THIS: IF YOU GUYS DON'T HAVE A BETTER EXCUSE FOR FAILURE AND/OR REFUSAL TO SCHEDULE THIS EXAMINATION "IN ROMANIA" - like the last time, THEN THIS JUDGE IS CLEARLY GOING TO HEAR MY SIDE OF WHY I THINK YOU WERE "UNABLE TO SCHEDULE" MY "MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS IN ROMANIA".

I stand by my earlier assertions about my medical and other conditions which were all CLEARLY DOCUMENTED in the examinations done "in Romania" in 2016. The X-rays, and what they show, will not have changed in any substantial or significant way so as to mitigate a result that demonstrates complete disability with respect to BOTH OF my shoulders, as found by the Orthopedic Surgeon who examined the results and reported his findings, in writing last year.

Call me whatever you like, but I have already been illegally "extradited" once, over something that did not even legally apply to me,whereupon I was returned to Romania, after 27 months of harassment and the "case" against "me" dismissed.

I have lived a quiet, peaceful life since my return to Romania, just after Christmas in 2012 and have done NOTHING to earn the ire of anyone in the U.S. government. Accordingly, my wife and I can see NO EXCUSE FOR THIS SORT OF TREATMENT BY MY GOVERNMENT and, in light of the fact that my OWN GOVERNMENT FOUND ME DISABLED IN 2004 AND, AGAIN, IN 2012, I SEE NO REASON WHATSOEVER FOR THIS CONTINUED FAILURE AND/OR REFUSAL to grant my request for SSA Disability Benefits all the way back to 2012, in accordance with my request and in accordance with U.S. law and regulations governing this subject.

In any event, I await your response(s), if any, and promise to faithfully relay whatever response I am provided with to the Administrative Judge at the Social Security Administration, without delay or editing of any sort, whatsoever.

The appropriate Respondent should know this: the last time a government agency thumbed their nose at an order by an Administrative Law Judge concerning me, it cost them 6 years of back pay and ended up getting me retired under OPM rules in the first place.

Unless a very good reason is offered by the person in the position of highest authority at the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest, or the order ends up getting complied with, I expect a similar result this time and, unless this nameless person at the Embassy who I suspect is actually behind all of this is a U.S. Citizen and a tenured employee of the State Department, then I expect them to lose their job over my ill treatment by them, taken in the name of my government.  I also respectfully request that the Administrative Law Judge in this matter immediately find for me and award my benefits without further delay as a sanction against those in the United States government who have continued to abuse me during this process.

Anyway, folks. I need a name.

Respectfully,

Thomas Lowell Ketchum, Jr.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

SOMEONE AT THE U.S. EMBASSY IN BUCHAREST IS LYING ABOUT ME TO THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION


Thomas Lowell Ketchum, Jr. thomasl.ketchumjr@gmail.com

11:08 AM (0 minutes ago)
to FBUFrancesco|FBUacsbucharestMindyBryan
To Whomever This May Concern,

I, Thomas Lowell Ketchum, Jr., a U.S. citizen, married for over 10 years to a Romanian National, and who holds legal permanent resident status in Romania since 2006, am in receipt of an email, purportedly from some nameless somebody at the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest, which claims as follows:


Dear Mr. Ketchum,

Our Embassy was unable to schedule your medical appointments in Romania. Social Security Administration was informed about this.  We regret the inconvenience.


By this communication, I respectfully request and require, WITH FULL SPECIFICITY, the explanation for this alleged "inability".

The response(s), if any, will be sent to the Administrative Law Judge at the Social Security Administration, who surely ORDERED, this examination.

It is noteworthy here (and should be carefully considered by the Respondent(s), if any) that in 2016 NO SUCH INABILITY EXISTED to schedule my "medical appointments in Romania", in accordance with a similar request from the Social Security Administration.
In point of fact, in 2016, I was scheduled for examinations over a two day period, which were, thereafter, NOT FORWARDED TO THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION..as evidenced by the fact that the ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS ARE IN MY HANDS, MAILED TO ME BY SOME OTHER PERSON AT THE SAME U.S. EMBASSY IN BUCHAREST.

In the 2016, during two days of scheduled examinations in Romania (some 14 months ago), my wife and I together attended every scheduled "examination", then-scheduled by the U.S. Embassy. Together, we found that I could not be abused when a witness, such as my wife, was present for every aspect of the examination. She was a direct witness to several attempts to have me sign documents or make statements against my interests and, her presence aided me in thwarting these attempts during the examinations. 

We viewed the 2016 experience as instructive as to how any other or future examinations may be conducted. That said, our approach was more proactive when it came to compliance with the scheduled examinations and so, we did our homework, finding out the correct addresses and navigational information about getting to the new examination point. We also wanted to be able to send my medical records, in advance, to the right persons, so that our time together would be put to the best possible use during the examinations. To that end, the records were sent almost a week ahead of schedule to the email address provided by the Embassy and verified by the Hospital involved.

After all that preparation for this second set of examinations in 14 months,  this time around I was scheduled by the Embassy (and remained so for about 2 weeks), at a different hospital in Bucharest (the last time was at Biomedica Clinic, this time was Ponderas University Hospital-part of Regina Maria) for an updated set of examinations right up until my wife called the hospital and got the names of the Doctors (Damian Ionut, Internal Medicine, Dr. Pojaga, Orthopedics, Narian Ioana, Psychiatry) to be conducting theexaminations, along with the examination times for each . Less than one (1) hour after she made this inquiry, some woman from the U.S. Embassy called me (at 1600 local time) and claimed that the "hospital had cancelled the appointment". Curiously, when my wife called to confirm this allegation by this nameless person at the Embassy, she was informed by the hospital that I REMAINED SCHEDULED FOR THE APPOINTMENT.

The response offered, if any, will be whatever it is. However, if the claim here is that I could not be scheduled for medical appointments in Romania due to either the inability to locate either a doctor or hospital in Romania which was actually able toexamine me in accordance with an Embassy request, THEN THIS IS A DEMONSTRABLE UNTRUTH. My own belief (and that of my wife) is that this is yet another attempt to "jerk me around" with some other form of legal, physical, and/or mental abuse at the hand of someone purporting to represent  the United States government which the Embassy staff in Romania now finds that they cannot repeat, themselves.

On the other hand, if there now exists some legal impediment to examining me "in Romania", then I have a right to know, precisely, what that "impediment" either is or may be. Furthermore, (and more to the point) the Administrative Law Judge which will hear this matter at the Social Security Administration will demand to know why this ORDERED EXAMINATION WAS NOT CARRIED OUT.

THE RESPONDING PARTY CAN BE ABSOLUTELY SURE OF THIS: IF YOU GUYS DON'T HAVE A BETTER EXCUSE FOR FAILURE AND/OR REFUSAL TO SCHEDULE THIS EXAMINATION "IN ROMANIA" - like the last time, THEN THIS JUDGE IS CLEARLY GOING TO HEAR MY SIDE OF WHY I THINK YOU WERE "UNABLE TO SCHEDULE" MY "MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS IN ROMANIA".

I stand by my earlier assertions about my medical and other conditions which were all CLEARLY DOCUMENTED in the examinations done "in Romania" in 2016. The X-rays, and what they show, will not have changed in any substantial or significant way so as to mitigate a result that demonstrates complete disability with respect to BOTH OF my shoulders, as found by the Orthopedic Surgeon who examined the results and reported his findings, in writing last year.

Call me whatever you like, but I have already been illegally "extradited" once, over something that did not even legally apply to me,whereupon I was returned to Romania, after 27 months of harassment and the "case" against "me" dismissed.

I have lived a quiet, peaceful life since my return to Romania, just after Christmas in 2012 and have done NOTHING to earn the ire of anyone in the U.S. government. Accordingly, my wife and I can see NO EXCUSE FOR THIS SORT OF TREATMENT BY MY GOVERNMENT and, in light of the fact that my OWN GOVERNMENT FOUND ME DISABLED IN 2004 AND, AGAIN, IN 2012, I SEE NO REASON WHATSOEVER FOR THIS CONTINUED FAILURE AND/OR REFUSAL to grant my request for SSA Disability Benefits all the way back to 2012, in accordance with my request and in accordance with U.S. law and regulations governing this subject.

In any event, I await your response(s), if any, and promise to faithfully relay whatever response I am provided with to the Administrative Judge at the Social Security Administration, without delay or editing of any sort, whatsoever.

The appropriate Respondent should know this: the last time a government agency thumbed their nose at an order by an Administrative Law Judge concerning me, it cost them 6 years of back pay and ended up getting me retired under OPM rules in the first place.

Unless a very good reason is offered by the person in the position of highest authority at the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest, or the order ends up getting complied with, I expect a similar result this time and, unless this nameless person at the Embassy who I suspect is actually behind all of this is a U.S. Citizen and a tenured employee of the State Department, then I expect them to lose their job over my ill treatment by them, taken in the name of my government.  I also respectfully request that the Administrative Law Judge in this matter immediately find for me and award my benefits without further delay as a sanction against those in the United States government who have continued to abuse me during this process.

Anyway, folks. I need a name and a reason.

Respectfully,

Thomas Lowell Ketchum, Jr.
XXX-XX-XXXX
DOB: XX-XX-XXXX
CSAXXXXXXXX