Talk:Linda Thompson (attorney)

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Lots of inaccurate information[edit]

This page is riddled with wrong information. Linda did not "quit her job as an attorney" in 1993. She continued to practice law in Indiana until 1997. She founded The Motherboard BBS in 1987, and AEN News in 1993. She had nothing to do with "The Clinton Chronicles." Michael McNulty never received the complete video of the Waco assault, nor did he view the footage (at Sander's Studio in Indianapolis).

America Under Siege was the fourth video Linda made (Waco: The Big Lie, Waco the Big Lie II, Forgive us We Didn't Know, America Under Siege).--Legomancer 14:07, 11 November 2007 (UTC)

Well... you should change it if you have the cites. I recall some of what you mention, but I don't have cites to back up memory, unfortunately. Student Driver 18:18, 11 November 2007 (UTC)
I don't know how to proceed. I'm very close friends with the family. I can see 2 obvious problems with my claim: 1) you have no way to verify what I say 2) Most of my knowledge is first hand experience which might be considered original research and I can only verify via personal journals on the individuals involved. I'm not sure either could be realistically cited here. I'm frustrated because I know what I'm saying is right, but I can't offer adequate proof. What would you suggest I do?--Legomancer 07:42, 16 November 2007 (UTC)
Yeah, personal knowledge/research is unfortunately verboten. Some of this might be verified by outside sources-- if there's an article around regarding her law practice post-1997, even if it's a local paper or something, that could be cited. As far as "The Clinton Chronicles," I've never seen it, but if the video has any sort of credits, then her not being mentioned in them would back up the fact that she had nothing to do with it. If you're close friends with the family, perhaps you could ask if they might be able to point you to citable stuff (interviews and publications). Student Driver (talk) 12:52, 19 November 2007 (UTC)
The article is largely uncited. The Washington Post piece "The Spooky World of Linda Thompson" is an op/ed piece, and the Snopes article makes some of the same unverified claims as the Wiki article. None of the Snopes references specify where this information came from. Can it be removed pending a better ability to validate?--Legomancer (talk) 07:32, 23 November 2007 (UTC)
It looks like the information on Snopes was probably taken from two UK newspapers-- The Guardian and the (London) Times. (At least, I assume, as the rest of the citations seem to examine the individuals who died.) I haven't followed the articles back to their source; the Guardian offers digital archives online, but charges for article access, and the Times has online archives only up to 1985. A large physical library with a significant periodicals collection (IUPUI? Central Library?) might have the articles in microfilm or paper. If the articles cited indeed state the things claimed about Thompson, it would probably take an objective source with contradictory information to nullify the claims.
The Washington Post piece is, again, only previewable online, but should be readily available at a library. I do note, though, that being op/ed doesn't preclude it from stating things which can be construed as fact; presumably, only inferences drawn and conclusions thereof are demonstrably opinion.
As an aside, I noticed that the article only states that Linda Thompson "supported" The Clinton Chronicles, not that she necessarily had anything to do with it.
From here, I'm not sure what the minutiae are of Wikipedia procedures; despite citations, individual claims aren't necessarily cited. I'm loathe to just delete things wholesale, but there are boilerplate warnings often placed in articles like this that state that many claims made are uncited or unsupported; you could look into adding one of them. There are also those "citation needed" superscripts people add to individual statements in articles. Student Driver (talk) 07:57, 22 December 2007 (UTC)
Can we put a neutrality warning on this page? At the very least, remove the information which the cites don't support, or flag it as undue weight? The current information is half-assed at best and blatant lies at worst.--Legomancer (talk) 00:19, 7 March 2008 (UTC)

Death[edit]

Without cites, you cannot put a date of death. Especially anonymous edits, Mr. 68.63.233.215 - you trace back to PGP-Law.com - which is defunct - further tracking goes to Robert S. Windholz Attorney at Law 8565 Dunwoody Place Building 15 Atlanta, Georgia 30350-3332 O: (678) 990-1584 Fax: (678) 990-1590 rswindholz@lawyerserve.com Perhaps he would be good enough to register with Wikipedia and cite his sources.--Legomancer (talk) 17:36, 12 May 2009 (UTC)

I have been trying to locate and contact Linda Thompson for the last 10 years because I believe she is a former classmate from grade school. Fascinating as her statements, her videos, and this discussion of them are, I just want to invite her to our next reunion. However, I think she may have passed away a month or so ago. Recently, I contacted the Indiana University Alumni Association because I think Linda graduated from the IU law school. A lady in the IU AA office confirmed that Linda had graduated from there, but she also told me that Linda had passed away in the past few months. I would be interested in communicating with someone who knows more about Linda. If she is not dead, then I'd like to locate and communicate with her. If she is, that would be sad, but I'd like more info to make sure that she is the same Linda I knew as a child. Legomancer, you mentioned that you know the family, so perhaps you can help me. Also, please forgive me for any mistakes I have made in asking such questions (that is, I do not know what is and is not acceptable) and in formatting my addition to this page. This is my first time editing a Wikipedia page and in contributing to a discussion, so I could well have made mistakes in content or form. Lymie Peters 02:05, 17 July 2009 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Lymie peters (talkcontribs)

Grade school, eh? Seems a long way to go. Since she has never attended a reunion in her life, and her maiden name isn't Thompson I suspect you might be thinking of the wrong person. Not to sound unkind, but fishing for personal info for someone you've had no contact with for 40 years on Wiki is a bit odd. Message me on my talk page with the names of her brother(s)/sister(s) or her maiden name/city you went to school with her and I'll see what I can do. Thanks--Legomancer (talk) 05:22, 14 September 2009 (UTC)
Article definitely needs more refs. I also heard she was dead a while back but can't find verification. I did find reference to a Linda Thompson who died in Feb. 2009 in Indiana here[dead link], which does not have clearly identifying details but age and state are about right. Have queries out and will put in relevant info when and if get. 22:20, 14 June 2010 (UTC)
Someone finally got the info. Sad death I wouldn't wish on anyone, even my wiki stalker(s)... User:Carolmooredc 14:09, 26 July 2013 (UTC)
Linda didn't die in Indiana, nor in February. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.223.82.13 (talk) 05:44, 5 October 2013 (UTC)
TheTelegraph obit is not the right Linda Thompson. I saved it and it is for Joan Linda Thompson of New Mexico and does not include other correct life details. FYI. Carolmooredc (Talkie-Talkie) 15:02, 26 March 2014 (UTC)

Dubious[edit]

I was prepared to mark the relevant statement as CN, but perusing the CN page made me aware that the Dubious tag is more appropriate. As she was at that time an acting leader among the militia movement, it is quite counterintuitive to claim the movement was opposed.99.8.17.174 (talk) 19:58, 7 August 2011 (UTC) (Sorry, didn't realize I wasn't logged in)DoctorCaligari (talk)

I'm sure I've got stuff about here "armed march" in emails from way back when about this, though doubt much is WP:RS. Did find this quasi WP:RS description of it at Crooks&Liars. As I remember, she was always denouncing other people and groups so she may have had a few "followers" who didn't know any better, but she was basically a loose cannon rejected by other groups. In the end, I doubt she could find more than a dozen people who would go with her. CarolMooreDC (talk) 03:37, 3 September 2011 (UTC)
Search books.google for Linda Thompson and Waco and you get a lot of references, in case anyone wants to update. CarolMooreDC 03:33, 8 May 2012 (UTC)

Unsourced content removed[edit]

I've removed two paragraphs from this article: one claiming she proposed an armed march on Washington, and another alleging she was arrested for possessing a handgun without a licence. Neither was sourced, and per WP:BLP this is not acceptable. If reliable sources supporting these allegations can be found, the information may be restored to the article. Robofish (talk) 00:51, 25 August 2012 (UTC)

FYI, I sourced it. CarolMooreDC 01:08, 11 September 2012 (UTC)
But the source of your source is the Wikipedia page from before Robofish's edit. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 146.115.182.188 (talk) 02:34, 30 April 2015 (UTC)