I just noticed that I got called out by Ryan Ross’ blogger for keeping my true identity a secret.
If Ryan Ross and his blogger want to raise the issue of anonymity, I’ll raise the same issue with a guy they decided to spend two whole blogs on.
Let’s talk about a long-time opponent of licensing, Bob O’Block. Just who is this guy and who is this organization he “leads”? I think I heard him boasting a membership of anywhere from 40 to 70 private investigators. Hmmm. I can’t seem to find any evidence that his organization actually exists, except on paper. He calls it the Colorado Independent Investigators Association. Has anybody every seen CIIA’s website? I don’t seem to be able to find it. Maybe I’m just not a good PI. And so far, the only names that I have associated with CIIA have been those that are listed on corporate documents (Anthony “Tony” Mastin and Robert Waldon O’Block) and Daril Cinquanta (who identified himself as a CIIA member in a Denver Biz Journal article back in 2002:
As a matter of fact, in that same bizjournal article, Mastin is reported as saying the whole reason that CIIA was formed was to fight licensing and PPIAC. But as far as I can tell, they don’t meet, they don’t publish information and they certainly don’t post a membership roster.
As much as I currently disagree with most of what Rick Johnson currently says (he does have a few good points), at least his Colorado Society of Private Investigators has a website where they proudly post their members. And so does PPIAC. And so does every single other professional organization I can think of. But not the super-secret CIIA.
I challenge CIIA to post a membership roster so we can see who is behind the opposition. Could it be that the vast majority of his “members” would not pass a background check? Could it be that his members exist only in his head?
I think I’ll go to the Secretary of State’s website and pay my $50 to form an organization called PIs For Licensure. I have a membership of 300. All of my members believe in regulation, background checks, competency testing and insurance.
Don’t believe me? Just check out our website. If you can find it.