I don't think the people you mentioned were promoted by the KGS BBS. They were accepted to the KGS BBS as members and their rank was LISTED not AWARDED. I assume that all the members of the KGS that paid their dues can keep their membership as long as they are accepted by the executive board. I joined the KGS BBS and had to be endorsed/vouched for by a member of the executive board. The executive board wanted to be sure who I was, where I trained, who granted me my rank and that I was from the KGS,NCK,SKK lineage. The member that vouched for me knows my instructor and we had met at seminars and events. This is all AFTER the ordeal with Mr. Geary, so I can vouche that the KGS BBS has adopted new policies that ensure the legitimacy of their members. I think the shady portion of your arguement applies mostly to Mr. Geary and his actions to date.