It began with a 3 quick knocks on my door.Â It was 11:00 a.m on June 15th, 2011.Â Someone knocking on my door that time of day isn't an usual event.Â After all, my aunt Francella, cousin Luke, cousin Rudy and others normally come to pay a visit and sit down for a chat, bring some food or take a look at my garden.
But what was unusual about that day was who was at the door.Â 2 FBI agents came to pay me a visit.Â The CSI looking agents, with hands on their pistols,Â opened a folder with my Facebook picture on the front page and asked "are you Mr. Cope?"
I said "yes I am, what did I do now, and are you trying to give me a heart attack?"Â Agent #1 played good cop.Â He responded by saying "you are not in trouble, but we have some questions we want you to answer."Â Agent #2 played bad cop.Â He responded saying "if we wanted to give you a heart attack, we wouldn't have knocked."
What was going on?Â Was this just a bad dream?Â Unfortunately it was real; so very real.Â They soon began questioning me about 2 five minute phone calls I received last June from Afghanistan.Â They asked to see cell phone call logs.Â They asked could they come in as they opened the door before I could respond.
Once inside I immediately began explaining my love for our country and that I would never do anything to harm the USA.Â They scoped out my living room seeing pictures of all my family members and relatives who served, and is now serving our country in a military capacity.
They were impressed with the picture and article hanging on the wall showing my oldest brother receiving the U.S. Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for his supporting role in combat operations off the coast of Viet Nam while serving aboard the attack aircraft carrier USS Midway.Â As a member of the Midway's crew, he was instrumental in the success of the carrier's aircraft while conducting air strikes against the Communist and Viet Cong forces in Viet Nam.
I next showed them a picture of another brother, Army Captain Cope who served for 20 years.Â I then went on to show them my 2 little sisters who served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy.Â But was that enough?Â I didn't think so.Â I went on to show them a article I recently wrote regarding the killing and capturing of the world's #1 terrorist.
"Osama Bin Laden dead. Congratulations Mr. President. Mission Accomplished."
I really couldn't believe what had just happened. I told them it was the first time I've ever had contact with the FBI. I began thinking that I had been under surveillance for nearly 1 year.Â I had mixed emotions knowing that our intelligence agencies were on the ball, but they had dropped the ball with this investigation.Â The only good thing about this whole episode is that I knew I didn't do anything wrong.Â That is why I'm telling my story; being transparent.
STAY TUNED FOR PART III " The Conclusion," OF THE MOST INTRIGUING WEEK IN MY LIFE. I'll report and you'll decide whether our intelligence agencies are doing their job or just looking for straws in a haystack.
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