Who is Hartford Van Dyke?

Hartford Van Dyke describes himself as a "Non-Union Lawyer" and also as a "Commercial Lawyer." He is an exponent of the Commercial Lien Strategy of placing liens on law-breaking public officials on account of specific wrongdoing. Here are some of his writings:

What All Free Men Want

The Pearl Harbor Connection

The Pearl Harbor attack was instigated by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. The attack was forced into existence by the United States, Great Britain and the Dutch. This was accomplished by an embargo, which cut off all shipping into and out of Japan, thus threatening Japan with starvation.

Nine months before the Pearl Harbor Attack, one Clifford M. Andrew was sent to Pearl Harbor and put in charge of a critical portion of both Army and Navy Intelligence Communications, so that when the time of the attack came, Andrew would be in a position to run interference by preventing the commanding officers at Hawaii, Admiral Kimmel and General Short, from receiving any warning of an impending attack.

Approximately one week prior to the Pearl Harbor attack, General George C. Marshall and Admiral Stark discontinued informing President Roosevelt of incoming Japanese intelligence information. Also one week before the attack, Rear Admiral Paulus Prince Powell (Roosevelt's Senior White House Naval Aide prior to 1934) was ordered to the Naval Intelligence Department, Washington, D.C., to be briefed as first naval attache' to Portugal (which was neutral).

On Thursday, December 4th, 1941, at 2:00 o'clock in the afternoon (Hawaiian time), a message was received in the Hawaiian Army Intelligence Department from Melbourne, Australia that the United States agreement with Great Britain and the Dutch (the ABCD agreement) had been activated; that we were automatically at war with Japan. Furthermore, the Hawaiian military intelligence department had received messages from U.S. picket ships and submarines to the effect that a Japanese fleet with aircraft carriers fully loaded was approaching Hawaii and would be within striking distance by Sunday morning, December 7th.

Gerald Mason Van Dyke was an Army Intelligence Officer in Hawaii at the time of the attack. He knew of the coming attack. His first report on the subject was made November 29th, 1941. He sent his warning message to Washington, D.C., Thursday afternoon, December 4th, 1941, at 2:00 p.m. His message was received and intercepted by Rear Admiral Paulus Prince Powell in Washington, D.C., at about 7:00 p.m. (due to Global Time Difference), Powell notified Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox who in turn immediately contacted Secretary of War Henry Stimson.

Stimson called Roosevelt, and Roosevelt came to the Naval Intelligence Department. Secretary of Navy Knox said that they should get the Navy out and set up a defense perimeter for the Islands. Under-secretary of Navy James Vincent Forestall became very concerned too. Roosevelt blocked their attempt to warn Pearl Harbor by putting Powell, Knox and Forestall under armed guard until after the Pearl Harbor Attack.

Roosevelt sent the following message to Clifford M. Andrew: "The Japanese will attack, do not prepare defenses, we need the full support of the American Nation in a war-time effort by an unprovoked attack upon the Nation." The message sent to Admiral Kimmel and General Short by Roosevelt read "Expect Japanese Sabotage." Preparation for sabotage is exactly the opposite of the preparation for an aerial attack.

Gerald Mason Van Dyke was the uncle of Lyle H. Van Dyke (Hartford's father). Lyle was so upset by the Pearl Harbor attack that he became an activist against the income tax.

Other Liens

One of Lyle's activities was placing liens on federal officials. However, he didn't do it quite correctly. His name is on most of the federal briefs against "common-law liens".

Hartford Van Dyke is the son of Lyle H. Van Dyke. Hartford has learned where his father's liens were defective and has developed a corrected process.

In the 1970's, a man named Gerald Hanson started filing liens on various government officials whom he regarded as corrupt. According to Hartford Van Dyke, Hanson's liens were "nebulous." Apparently, Hanson did not connect the officials' misconduct with any specific monetary damages suffered by him. (In other words, they were not true bills in commerce. Therefore, judges ruled that these liens were Lis Pendens Liens, rendering them subject to equity proceedings. That, of course, defeats the entire purpose of the commercial lien strategy. Hartford's liens do not have the flaw of the Hanson-type liens.


Hartford Van Dyke is also trained in chemistry and mathematics. Here are some of his writings on those subjects:

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