I’m a relative newcomer to the greater hacker community and have never (yet!) been to a Congress. What I know of both you and Jake are from purely online observation and I would like to thank you for sharing your story, it must have been heard. A lot these kinds of stories have seemed to been floating around and quite frankly have made me nervous about joining this community for a very long time (easy enough to just be a day-job programmer and move on with my life, though the privacy world calls me back in) but I think you sharing your story is of great benefit to your readers and the community as a whole. I hope that these situations are addressed for what they are and I hope some good comes of it all.
Once again, thank you for sharing.