About
Us

Because of the growing epidemic of covert harassment in the United States, LiveFree was formed to confront the problem by working with legislators to update the law to outlaw these crimes. In addition, LiveFree is committed to raising public awareness of covert harassment crimes; we partner with other organizations and communicate with the media towards this end.

LiveFree offers its lobbying services to the public to represent those harmed by stalking, harassment, or torture to political representatives and regulatory agencies.  If interested in working with us, contact us.  

About
Covert
Harassment

What is Covert Harassment?

In October 2017, Ronan Farrow published the first of several exposes on Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, showing how Weinstein used private investigative firms to stalk and harass his sexual harassment victims into silence so they would not go public with their claims or take him to trial.  The PI firms left no physical scars on their targets. But through constant intimidation, one by one, Weinstein’s female victims were “neutralized”, and none came forward for 30 years. The revelation was a very public window into a system that the rich and powerful have cultivated to silence and harm those they oppose.

Covert harassment is a protocol where a victim is harassed in covert ways; in other words, crimes that are difficult to detect or hard to prove. Covert harassment techniques include:

  •  Stalking
  • Hacking
  • Coordinated harassment
  • Noise campaigns
  • Slander

The net effect is violation of a victim’s privacy and erosion of their mental and emotional well-being (by inducing anxiety, fear, and paranoia). Due to the covert nature of the harassment in that the psychological attacks are often not apparent to others and leave no marks, victims are left to suffer in silence, with little to no emotional support. Though the tactics used in covert harassment are often illegal, they are hard to prove. When victims provide law enforcement with evidence of this harassment, their concerns are all too often ignored.

The Weinstein scandal made the concept of covert harassment known to millions of Americans. It turns out that, while covert harassment is a growing epidemic in the United States, many had not heard of this crime until this reporting. A 2009 report by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, titled Stalking Victimization in the United States, reveals that, of the more than 3 million stalking victims in the United States:

  • 448,557 were stalked by a group (3+ people).
  • 205,446 were being stalked electronically (including hacking of devices).

One problem: The lack of laws and awareness of law enforcement means that, often, the police or the district attorney’s office do not take the reporting of covert harassment seriously enough. In almost half the cases (45%), the police did not even file a report when told of the crime. For 71% of those who reported the stalking to the police, the stalking remained the same or got worse.

Another high-profile case of covert harassment involved Roger Ailes, former president of Fox News, who resigned from the company in 2016 after several allegations of sexual abuse and harassment were made against him. Sources inside Fox News stated that Ailes hired PI firms to conduct surveillance on his perceived enemies.

Who are the targets of covert harassment?

  • Whistleblowers.
  • Journalists.
  • Victims of sexual harassment.
  • Ordinary citizens who offend powerful groups, corporations, or individuals. 
“There was intimidation, there was a system designed to shut down these stories; and that affected not just me but a whole range of brave journalists going up against this thing… the moment you find yourself deciding, do I go home tonight — because I’m getting staked out and if I do go home, I go in with my keys and I’m looking under the bed and pulling back the shower curtain and am I crazy or is the story stranger than fiction? And as it turns out, what we were able to break, is that he (Weinstein) was hiring former Moussad agents — combat-ready operatives — that were in fact following people around using false identities.”
February 2019, The Daily Show
Ronan Farrow
Journalist

Our Mission

To expose and confront the growing epidemic of covert harassment by teaming up with stakeholders and lawmakers to enact legislation; enforce anti-stalking laws; and investigate, prosecute, and convict the organizers and perpetrators of covert harassment.

Our Vision

LiveFree envisions a world free from covert harassment where all people are free to exercise their fundamental human rights without obstruction.

Bios

BOB CHANDRA, FOUNDER

Bob has spent twenty years working in high-tech for companies such as Amazon, Twitter, and Walmart Global E-Commerce in product management.  He served as Commissioner for the Saratoga Library and has been active in non-profits such as United Way.