I answered an ad placed by streetsweeper.org for an investigative reporter. I have 25 years experience investigating Wall Street firms, and Melissa Davis, editor at SS, responded enthusiastically. She asked that I write about a prominent real estate reinvestment company, and I complied a few days later with a report on the firm's ties to American intelligence agencies and the Mafia. I was paid for the article, but afterwards Ms Davis shut me out completely sans explanation, as if I was poison. It was a thoroughly researched story, examined a ranking investment firm from an angle no one has ever considered and, imho, did it well. The article has been incorporated in a book by a New York publisher, who had no problem with my information. Since, I've taked a close look at Ms Davis and Hunter Adams, the "brains" behind the website, and recall the famous adage, "No one quits the Mafia." Adams, of course, has a Gambino Family history, and evidently I struck a nerve with my story. So I'm relieved that I wasn't hired by streetsweeper.org,, after all -- I have a reputation to preserved, and given the criminal history underpinning the site -- and widespread allegations of short-selling setups -- I now understand why I was shunned by Ms Davis and who my application was turned down for the reporter's position. Close call.