Sunday, January 11, 2009

The Lexington Comair Crash, Parts 28 -34: A WORLD OF ILLUSIONS ... or Gauging YOUR True Moral Status in a Fascist System

By Alex Constantine
(Revised 1-13-09)

After I started gathering information on the 2006 Comair crash, I believed, like everyone around me, that it was a horrific accident. But I found a significant lead to the CIA with the first passenger whose life I chose to research, and found myself playing a "game." The purpose was to prove, despite nagging suspicions, that it was indeed an aviation accident, not murder, and the game had one rule: as long as the leads kept coming, I would sit in one place, with time out for meals and sleep, and continue to investigate. The "game" would be over when the leads ran out, and then I'd be free to do something else. ... Four months later, I was still sitting at my computer, forced to give up the "game" because my health was affected by the constant sitting and sleep deprivation - but by pursuing all leads, I discovered a number of ongoing covert operations, and one of them entailed graft behind a facade of "faith-based" and other federal programs that appear altruistic on the surface. And this stirred up questions about the subversion of personal moral intent by "players" in a fascist state - the grim "game" that chained me to my desk dragged me into a corner of contemplation about the worth of a "civilized" life under fascist rule, and this came from examination of the lives of casualties in the crash. Their lives were not what they seemed, especially to themselves, their good intentions defiled by puppetmasters they'd never met. Illusions were the death of them. We are all prisoners of programming.

- AC

The Lexington Comair Crash, Part 28: A World of Illusions

On August 27, Audrey McElravy waited at the airport outside Hagersland, Maryland for her husband Steve to return on Flight 5191 from a drug abuse prevention strategy conference in Lexington, but the plane never arrived ...

Bruce McElravy, Steve's brother, felt a chill when he saw the crash on television, an intimation deep down that his brother was on the plane ...

Steve had visited Lincoln only a few weeks before. He'd come to comfort an aunt whose daughter had died of breast cancer. After Bruce learned of the crash, he sat in a lawn chair in his back yard and looked up to find his brother's face gazing back at him.

"I can still see his face." Bruce was unable to extricate his thoughts from his brother's last moments, "the exploding fuel tank, the final thoughts [Steve] must have had ... "

Bob Schroeder of Lincoln was Steve's co-worker at the Nebraska Council to Prevent Alcohol and Drug Abuse four years ago. McElravy, he said, was "a bright man with a deep acceptance of himself and others....

"He was big into meditation, just very much at peace with himself.”

Steve McElravy's hometown paper, the Lincoln Journal-Star, published the obituary on August 28:

" ... Steve McElravy, 57, a social worker who worked in the field of drug- and alcohol-abuse prevention here until moving to Maryland about four years ago ... He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln ... then received his master’s degree in social work in Ann Arbor, Mich. ... "

It begins this way every time – the grief, confusion, memories, goodbyes, the funeral ... then the silent suffering of the families ...

And the path of this investigation is also determined. Cutting through the mystery of McElravy's death drags you step-by-step into a sewer of ultra-conservative pathologies. Every Flight 5191 passenger examined so far was swallowed by it. He was no exception.

The brilliant illusions of McElravy's life will fade a layer at a time, like the others, each layer a little less brilliant, and at the heart of it, a sealed vault of blackness. When you dig beneath the surface, his life was the antithesis of everything it appeared to be.

McElravy was not a social worker, exactly – he was social engineer, a cog in an Orwellian machine.

And the machine had an operator – a ubiquitous presence in this story tightly connected to 9/11.

The leads left by every passenger so far have made a bee-line for the Kennedy killers in the Lone Star State who funded the Bush campaigns – and 9/11. The McElravy case is a little unusual – he worked for the Bush regime. No bee-lines. He was already there, in the vermins' nest. This investigation shouldn't take long, you think ...

Well, there was the brilliant veneer of illusions, but with a little patience you cut away the cover stories ...

Ostensibly, his job was laudable. After 9/11, Steve McElravy was recruited by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, one of three divisions of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). He traveled around the country assisting in anti-smoking programs.

"In 2004," Steve McElravy explained in a capsule history of substance abuse prevention posted at the SAMHSA site, "the administration of the Drug Free Communities (DFC) program was moved to CSAP. The DFC program provides grants of up to $100,000 to community coalitions that mobilize their communities to prevent youth alcohol, tobacco, illicit drug, and inhalant abuse."203

This appears to be a liberal, even Clintonian program – but G.W. Bush does not run a liberal administration.

The director of CSAP is Beverly Watts Davis, an African-American, former senior VP of United Way in San Antonio and Bexar (pronounced "Bear" by locals) County, Texas, also executive director of San Antonio's Fighting Back Anti-Drug Community Coalition. She has served as the principal investigator for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Health Promotion.204

A liberal activist? Not exactly. Ms. Watts Davis is another social engineer.


Her political career began with a seat at the Austin' Minority- and Women-Owned Business Commission. This appointment brought her to the attention of then Gov. William P. Clements, a Republican. Clements tapped her to co-chair the state's minority-owned, small business advisory council. Before long, Davis was transiting through Texas government in a series of appointments to state boards and committees. Her Rolodex bulged with the names of the state's political elite: "I worked with people all over the state of Texas," she enthused in an ainterview. Her life was "a tumultuous affair, with countless board appointments and responsibilities."205

One day, Aaronetta Pierce, "a well-known and highly regarded community leader in San Antonio," approached her with a an offer that she "attempted to refuse because she had so many other interests and commitments: the job of executive director of San Antonio Fighting Back, a new local anti-drug initiative already teetering on the brink of collapse."

"In 1990," according to a charitable foundation in Princeton, New Jersey that funded her, "San Antonio Fighting Back was struggling. The United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, together with a coalition of San Antonio's civic leaders, municipal agencies and local grassroots organizations, had received grant money from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to run the program. However, the effort lacked buy-in from the residents of the target area, a 25-mile area on the East and Southeast sections of San Antonio plagued by crime and drug sales, and weighed down by poverty, illiteracy and a crumbling infrastructure."

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Johnson & Johnson.

The chairman of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is THOMAS KEAN, the familiar face (at Pepsico board meetings and the 9/11 Commission, cf. parts 1, 20, 24 and 25). From the foundation's web site, we learn that Kean "was elected chairman of the board of trustees of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in January 2005, effective April 2005. He has been a member of the board since July 1990. ... He serves as chair of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States. He has received honorary degrees from 25 colleges and universities."206

But Thomas Kean isn't a liberal, either.

Pierce, a board member of the United Way, recruited Davis to the Fighting Back group, advised her "to stop whatever she was doing and take over the leadership of SAFB. At first, Davis only agreed to a temporary assignment. Within a short time, she realized that she was fully committed."

In May 2003, that commitment took her to the District of Columbia and the Department of Human Services under Bush-appointee Michael Leavitt.207

"Her high-powered connections are many." Davis is currently a consultant to the U.S. Department of Human Services National Center for the Advancement of Prevention, and she serves on the advisory board of the National Funding Collaborative on Violence Prevention and the National Center for State Courts. She serves on countless boards, including the National Crime Prevention Council, National Organization of Weed and Seed Crime Prevention Coalitions and the National Association for Drug Court Professionals.

"Let me put it this way," confides Capt. Larry Birney, commander of the San Antonio Police Department's Community Services Section and an ardent SAFB supporter. "If George W. Bush doesn't know who she is, I would be shocked."

Capt. Birney might also be shocked by the RW Johnson. The founder, Robert Wood Johnson, sat on the Citizens' Commission on Utilization of Manpower in the Armed Services, created with Budapest-born Anna Rosenberg's appointment as assistant secretary of defense (1950-52) under Robert A. Lovett, a Bonesman. Other members included Artemus L. Gates, another Bonesman, and CIA Mockingbird David Sarnoff, chairman.208

Robert Wood Johnson IV

Foundation Trustee Robert Wood Johnson IV is a ranking GW Bush campaign contributor, a Major League PIONEER in the 2000 election cycle, a Ranger in 2004.209
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation bills itself as "the largest US foundation devoted to improving the health and health care." On the contrary, the RW Johnson Foundation is the largest US foundation devoted to pharmaceutical industry profits – it only gave 3.3 percent of its assets to charity in 2001.

Texans for Public Justice reports that Robert Wood Johnson IV "is heir to the Johnson & Johnson health care fortune and heads his own personal investment
company. He also bought the NFL’s New York Jets (part 27-suppl.) for $635 million in 2000 and spent a couple years trying to get New York City taxpayers to build a new stadium for the Jets and a future Olympics. Johnson attended a 1998 bird hunt that Pioneer Heinz Prechter hosted for George W. Bush and 12 top GOP fundraisers at his 10,000-acre Texas ranch. Bush emerged from that hunt as the GOP moneyed elite’s candidate. Johnson also was a hit when he amused the other big guns by whipping out an elephant gun. The IRS included Johnson and Bush’s Eastern Caribbean Ambassador Earl Phillips, Jr. on a 2002 list of wealthy individuals who invested in dubious tax shelters marketed by accounting firms KPMG ..."210

Marcie Thomason: Murdered by CIA-Republicans and the JINGO-BRAINED American PROLES who SUPPORTED THEM

This brings us to another major Comair crash counter-coincidence ... at the time the illegal tax shelters were devised by the crooked accountants at KPMG, Flight 5191 passenger MARCIE THOMASON (parts 23-26) WORKED THERE.

The Virginia-Pilot reported on September 1, 2006: "Upon graduation she was employed as a certified public accountant in Washington, D.C., first with the firm KPMG LLP and most recently with the firm Alvarez & Marsal LLC ... "211

Robert Wood Johnson

According to the TPJ site, the RW Johnson Foundation "belongs to the Foundation Executives Group, which hired Pioneer lobbyist Bill Paxon in 2003 to kill legislation to require foundations to give at least 5 percent of their assets to charity each year."212

Among the charitable causes supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, count euthanasia.213 You'd almost conclude that the "largest US foundation devoted to improving the health and health care" serves a fascist agenda ...

[Postscript: Disgusting RW Johnson Foundation case history here:]

[To be continued ... ]

NEXT ...


Quote from: soulsurvivor on November 25, 2006, 05:23:23 AM

I'm learning. I'm just not exactly certain what I'm learning.

There is a very important point revealed here that I suspect even Alex doesn't yet consciously understand. He is getting there. This understanding first appears to be reason for despair but after awhile you begin to realize it also offers a ray of hope.

This goes back to the same thought that I have tried to express in the past based on personal experience. This thought is illustrated again here by Alex in a more broad based fashion.

The commonly held perception within the masses of western society is that the economic and political structures of the world are highly diverse and we interoperate within them in a random (democratic?) method amenable to equal opportunity for anyone with ambition to better their condition. We assume that all the enterprises both large and small compete with each other and keep the system competitive and honest.

This is a fallacy.

I discovered privately by rising towards the top in 3 widely differing industries, that all roads lead to Rome. The same people lived at the end of each road. The same selection process is in place on each road to determine who gets to partake of the fruits of the empire by passing the checkpoint.

Even relatively small operations come to the attention of the rulers and the operators are vetted for suitability to becoming members of the ruling class. This is not done openly, you just come under the microscope and it is decided if you know which side your bread is buttered on or not. If you do and are willing to play the game then your path is cleared for you to rise into the inner circle. If you don't you are either destroyed (because you offer competition) or are left to rot without the needed support to move forward.

Alex is demonstrating the same point here. You can take anyone in a crowd and follow the influences that determine their road in life to the same small group, the emperors of rome. These emperors literally have their fingers in every pie. Every single life on the planet is influenced by these anonymous elite rulers.

Even though we think we are motivated by our own volition,we are mostly dancing to someone else's tune. We are not knowing participants but we are nonetheless particpants. If you follow the rules of the game, you are playing the game.

I'll state the same thing from a different perspective to try to clarify the point. Contrary to everything we think we see around us that suggests we exist within a highly complex, diverse and vibrant societal infrastructure, the whole thing is just a sham. The multitude of differing businesses and governments are just window dressing to hide the fact that a few people control the situation. Once you look past the surface you will find strings everywhere leading back to the same small group.

Puppets being manipulated by the strings mostly don't realize what is happening. They think it is a natural phenomena when a string attached to their left arm raises it for them. It is not their place to question why, they need only respond to assure their own viability. To break the string means having to hold up the arm using their own power.

On one level this realization leads to despair as it appears that these emperors are omnipotent and control everything. When you think further on it you begin to realize these people are not all knowing. Many empires have arisen but all have collapsed, mostly sooner rather than later. This thinking leads to the more esoteric aspects of existence and we begin to consider the occult influences that detrmine the direction of people's lives. Are the elite knowingly in control of their own lives or are they following the dictates of occult strings that make puppets out of them?

On another level these realizations lead to hope. The situation becomes much simpler. Instead of the world being a quagmire of endless different/seperate negative influences which appear too complex to comprehend you realize that almost ALL these negative trends originate from 1 source. Instead of uncountable problems needing to be resolved you realize you have 1 problem which needs to resolved that will correct the countless symptoms that are present everywhere.

Stated simply, although not easily remidied, we simply need to stop being puppets and take responsibility for our own movements and all else will fix itself.

If there are no puppets, there can not be a puppetmasters.


203.) Steve McElravy, MSW, SAMHSA, CSAP, "SAP History."

204.) "New CSAP Director Named."

205.) "Beverly Watts Davis's Story."

206.) Robert Wood Johnson Foundation site, "RWJF Board of Trustees – The Honorable Thomas H. KEAN, Chairman."

Also at the Robert Wood Johmson Foundation: Robert Wood Johnson IV was recruited by the George H.W. Bush administration, and served a three-year term on the President’s Export Council; Robert E. Campbell is a retired vice chairman of the board. Campbell joined Johnson & Johnson briefly in 1955, served as an Air Force officer for three years, rejoined J&J in 1959; Nancy-Ann DeParle, formerly with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was associate director for Health and Personnel, the White House OMB; etc..

207.) "Beverly Watts Davis's Story."

208.) "Manpower Waste In Services Hunted," New York Times, Nov. 26, 1952. Also see: Seymour Brody, "Anna M. Rosenberg (1902-1983)," Jewish Virtual Library.

209.) Texans for Public Justice web site, "Bush Donor Profile – Robert Wood Johnson IV."

210.) Ibid.

211.) Marcie Thomason obituary, September 1, 2006.

212.) Texans for Public Justice.

213.) See Karen Ward, RN, "Myra Christopher, Euthanasia and The Healthcare Connection - Part 11," June 30, 2006.
The Lexington Comair Crash, Part 29: A World of Illusion – Turn to the Rain and the Wind

"The judge spoke
out of the side of his mouth ...

... Turn, turn, turn again,
Sayin', 'The witness who saw,
He left little doubt,'
Turn, turn to the rain
And the wind ... "

– Bob Dylan, "Percy's Song"

Apply a cutting torch of rational skepticism ... illusions let go, tumble and clang on the floor like scrap iron ...

It was an oxymoronic formula: Steve McElravy, the bearded, progressive Ananda Margan at DH&H under GW Bush, died in the Lexington crash. He was a round peg in a forest of square holes.

McElravy's favorite radio station back home in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he lived for 30 years, was "free-form," community-sponsored KZUM, 89.3 FM, a progressive omelot of alternative musical forms and political talk.214 The station picks up the usual compromised-left programming – "Radio Nation," "Democracy Now!" "Counterspin" – and airs alternative discussion and commentary: "Exploring Unexplained Phenomena" ("UFO's, ghosts,

metaphysics, energy healing, dreams, out-of-body research," Saturday mornings, airing since 1984, hosted by Scott Colburn), "Interrobang?!" ("upbeat exploration of the varied expressions of spirituality in Lincoln"), and "New Dimensions" ("help make the world a better place by holding the space for what is possible") ...

The Cultural Cold War grinds on ... mental programming for progressives. Behind the leftist hand-wringing, aliens and restless spirits lurks a Mockingbird ...

And so it is that details of the plane crash that claimed McElravy's life are fixed in our own heads, a mental movie based on the testimony of a single witness – Bill Giltner, Jr. from Salina, Kansas.

Giltner, 59, the Kentucky Herald-Leader reported, had been "living in Kentucky since May, working around horses." He hired on at the 115-acre farm adjacent to the airport, owned by Nick A. Bentley, a local real estate broker (not a "farmer" as widely reported), only five days before the crash.

Giltner quit the day after the tragedy, he told reporters, due to the "heavy workload."

He told the Herald-Leader that he was "making coffee NEAR THE WINDOW OF A SMALL TRAILER that faced that runway on the horse farm" owned by Bentley, "who leases the land to Wayne Murty." Giltner "was stunned to see the CRJ-100 commuter plane struggling to get off the ground. Its engines – which are much bigger and louder than the small private planes that usually take off on that runway and pass over his head – caught his attention. 'This sounded like a freight train coming right at you, I mean, full-blast,' he said.

Giltner reported that he saw the plane first hit the metal fence at the perimeter of the airport, then he watched its tail scrape the ground.

"'He hit, and there were all kinds of sparks flying out of the back of that plane,' Giltner said. The plane bounced back into the air and over a smaller fence and the farm's lower horse pasture. It had begun going airborne when it clipped the top of a thicket of trees. Giltner said that's when he LEFT THE TRAILER in time to see 'a ball of fire' followed by a large plume of smoke from behind the trees."215

According to this account, he was standing "IN A TRAILER," looking out a window and observed the plane attempting to takeoff on the runway.

Compare the above account with the one he gave Sharon Montague, a reporter for the Salina Journal, on the same day:

"A Salinan working temporarily on a Kentucky horse farm watched from a PASTURE ABUTTING THE RUNWAY .... Bill Giltner Jr., 59, was STANDING OUTSIDE A HORSE BARN occupied by more than a dozen thoroughbred racehorses when the plane took off shortly after 6 a.m., and it passed within 40 feet of him before crashing.

"'It came right toward me and the BARN where the horses are at,' Giltner said by phone Monday evening. 'It hit a fence, it skipped in the pasture twice, then it hit some trees near the barn and went down an eighth of a mile south. The pilot, he did his best to try to get it over the trees, but when he hit those trees, it was all over. It just went up in a ball of flames."216

The essential details have changed. At the time the Bombadier attempted takeoff from Blue Grass, Giltner was standing in a trailer, gazing out a window, and the plane sounded "like a freight-train" ... even before leaving the runway (?) and heading straight for him ... and at the VERY SAME TIME, by the second account, he was also standing OUTSIDE the horse barn, near the runway, directly in "the path" of Flight 5191?

Two entirely different accounts – which, if either, is true? Where exactly WAS Giltner at the time of the crash?

The NTSB has announced that there will be no public hearing on the crash – to the outrage of the families, attorneys and some in the press – so these contradictions may never be resolved.217

But I've since learned that Giltner formerly worked for Raytheon.

Here is a photo of the crash site – there is no trailer discernible in the photo situated to allow a clear view of the runway. – perhaps that's why the story changed so drastically. He claimed the sound of the jet – like a "freight-train" – BEFORE takeoff from the runway caught his attention, and he looked to see it lift off, clip the trees and crash south of the barn (which does not appear to be directly in the plane's path) and explode (lower right corner):
In the absence of a dependable witness ... or media or public hearing ... turn, turn to the rain and the wind for answers to the paradoxes surrounding the death of McElravy and the other passengers on Flight 5191 ...

[Continues ... ]

NEXT ...


214.) Colleen Kenney, "Memorial Service today for man killed in Kentucky plane crash," Lincoln Journal Star, October 17, 2006.

215.) Ryan Alessi, "Witness: It bounced, clipped trees," Kentucky Herald-Leader, August 29, 2006.

216.) Sharon Montague, "Salinan witnesses fiery crash," Salina Journal, August 29, 2006.

217.) Alexander Coolidge, "Comair's crash case moves fast – No public hearing likely," Cincinnati Enquirer, November 11, 2006.
The Lexington Comair Crash, Part 30: A World of Illusion – "New Freedom," SAMHSA & the SIXTH PASSENGER

Steve McElravy was in Lexington to attend a pre-conference planning session at the Hyatt Hotel on Saturday afternoon (the eve of the crash) for an upcoming series of leadership development seminars sponsored by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) in partnership with the National Prevention Network (NPN). The leadership academy was underwritten by CSAP and created for the benefit of state NPN representatives attending the 19th annual NPN Prevention Research Conference at the Lexington Convention Center, August 27-30.218 The conference was sponsored by the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, NASADAD and NPN, and it drew some 740 participants.219

But McElravy never made it back to Maryland and his job at DH&H's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – a front for the pharmaceutical industry, as will soon be apparent.

The loss of McElravy was only the latest administrative blow to the agency. A few months before, in a letter dated May 22, Charles Curie resigned his position as SAMHSA administrator. He was appointed by Bush in November 2001. When he resigned, Curie had no particular place to go, no jobs in the private sector or academic appointments in his scopes. It was time to explore "future options," he said. He offered no explanation in his resignation letter (thereby perplexing the press to no end), but took the opportunity to praise Bush's New Freedom Commission (NFC).

"These initiatives opened the door for our constituency groups to move the focus to achieving meaningful, real-life results for people who are striving to attain and sustain recovery, build resilience, work, learn, and participate fully in their communities," wrote Curie. "At the same time, we have firmly established that there are many pathways to recovery, including the transformative powers of faith, and have broadened alliances with community and faith-based service providers to better serve citizens seeking help and support."220

Curie – McElravy's boss for four four years – was a leading light of the New Freedom Commission – another public-service facade for the pharmaceutical biz that has tied a grant-writing love-knot with SAMHSA.

In November, Richard Warner at Online Journal reported, "the U.S. government will soon begin a massive campaign of psychiatric indoctrination, designed to increase the acceptance of psychiatric chemical imbalance theories and labeling, and to pave the way for national psychiatric screening, driving more Americans into seeking psychiatric drug treatment."

This was the "New Freedom" initiative that Curie touted so highly.

Charles G. Curie

"Regional meetings in support of the National Anti-Stigma Campaign (NASC), a nationwide television, radio and print public service advertising program" – funded by SAMHSA – "were held this past summer in Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago and Washington, D.C. According to a senior technical assistance specialist at the SAMHSA Resource Center to Address Discrimination and Stigma Associated with Mental Illness (ADS Center), the ad campaign, which will target 18-25-year olds, will be launched today. A campaign directed at older adults and ethnic and racial minorities will follow ... "

At first blush, "New Freedom" seems an appropriate step in mass mental illness prevention. The stated objective of NF is to “encourage, educate and inspire 18-25-year olds to step up and support friends they know are experiencing a mental health problem.”

However, writes Warner, "there can be no doubt about the real purpose of the campaign’s emotional appeal: to create customers for the psychiatric [and] pharmaceutical industry. This is clearly evident at SAMHSA’s website and in its literature. It is no accident that 18-25-year olds were chosen as the first target." This demographic "represents a huge untapped market for psychiatric drugs and services. According to SAMHSA’s website, the anti-stigma media blitz has been designed to establish a ‘new norm,’ in which individuals, without hesitation, will seek out the mental health services they need and deserve.”

New Freedom Commission member Charles Curie, who stepped down a few months before McElravy's death, "was the Deputy Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services in Pennsylvania. ... According Allen Jones, an investigator in the Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General and a whistleblower, Curie is reported to have set up a slush fund from which state employees could solicit grants from the pharmaceutical industry."221

Curie was one of many NFC directors with ties to Pharma, "principally by way of an industry marketing scheme that was developed in Texas in the 1990s."

The drug-promotion scheme was largely funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

"Known as the Texas Medication Algorithm Project, or TMAP, it was designed to make the newest and most expensive psychiatric drugs the first (and virtually only) treatment option for mental health care. The project was nurtured at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, a major research center that conducts drug trials for pharmaceutical companies, with significant funding coming from the drug companies themselves. Pharmaceutical company gifts to the Texas Department of State Health Services totaled $1.3 million from 1997 to 2004, with at least $834,000 earmarked for TMAP. Backed by drug industry funding, TMAP was then exported to other states."222

McElravy's job as an anti-drug activist wasn't as clear-cut as it seemed. He was, in fact, like Curie, a Pharma federal front man, a cog in the pharmaceutical-industrial-military complex – the very same combination, in fact, that imposed fascism on Germany in the last century.

As if these Orwellian reverberations aren't bizarre enough, the story is about to become even more interesting ...

Arnold Andrews, R.I.P.

The sixth passenger aboard Flight 5191 when it crashed was Arnold Andrews, senior vice president and chief operating officer of the WestCare Foundation's eastern/offshore division in St. Petersburg, Florida. According to the capsule newspaper obits accompanying news of the Comair crash, "at WestCare, Andrews oversaw the Foundation’s substance abuse and mental health treatment programs and facilities in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands."

From the WestCare web site: "CHARLES G. CURIE, Administrator of the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) presented a grant award to WestCare for $2 million over five years to integrate treatment for health problems, substance abuse and mental disorders for homeless adults at The Turning Point."223 Another SAMHSA grant to WestCare, this one specifically for drug treatment, was bestowed on WestCare Kentucky in Frankfort for $774,000.224

Among the most strident critics of SAMHSA is Freedom Center in Northampton, Massachusetts – a coalition of patients, or "mental health consumers."

In May of 2001, the Center's site reports, "people diagnosed with severe mental illness – such as schizophrenia, bipolar (manic depression), and obsessive-compulsive disorder – came together in the Pioneer Valley to form the Freedom Center. Defying stereotypes of helplessness, breaking the silence around psychiatric abuse, exposing the propaganda of pharmaceutical companies and challenging people to stand up against a system that fails to meet people's true needs, we became the the area's first advocacy and support group run by and for mental health consumers ourselves."225

Freedom Center notes that the majority of SAMHSA's grants "promote mental health services shaped by the bio-medical model, a model that equates emotional and behavioral problems to a genetic or biological defect or disease. SAMHSA supported services rely on psychiatric diagnoses for treatment."

What's more, mental health diagnoses and individualized treatment "have served as a method of social control by internalizing the problems of an individual rather then focusing on the external socio-economic-political factors involved in an individual’s suffering. The first line of treatment for individuals with mental health diagnoses in many SAMHSA supported programs include medication and electroshock. Medication is widely prescribed by SAMHSA supported service providers without properly informing consumers of risks involved.

"Benzodiazepines such as xanax and ativan are widely prescribed for anxiety or PTSD while consumers are rarely warned of the side effects of addiction and increased anxiety. SAMHSA supported service providers practice poly-pharmacy where multiple drugs are prescribed to individuals who rarely receive warning of potentially lethal drug interactions. Medication is commonly used for ‘off-label’ purposes that it has not been FDA approved for. This method of prescribing is experimental medicine."

The Center's activists warn that SAMHSA’s much-ballyhooed response to the "emotional needs" of Katrina survivors "continues to promote the disease-based model of mental distress through the widespread use of the PTSD diagnosis."226

The Secret Origin of the New Freedom Commission

At the annual conference of the 2004 American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's (AACAP), TeenScreen's Laurie Flynn admitted her hidden role in creating the NFC – by inserting a few words into a Bush campaign speech. Once "on the record" with a promise to form a commission, Flynn coerced Bush into keeping his "promise."

George Stone, a licensed clinical social worker, is very concerned about the New Freedom mental health screening initiatives ...
The President’s New Freedom Commission On Mental Health: The Plan to Drug American School Children

by George Stone

MEDICALIZATION: Convincing Healthy People They Are Sick

"Charles Currie’s name is not a household word, but it should be. He was in charge of the Pennsylvania mental health system at the time TMAP was brought into that state from Texas. He gave final approval for adoption of TMAP in Pennsylvania, where it is known as PennMap; and he supervised the people who set up illegal “off book" accounts for the drug industry bribes to Pennsylvania officials that lubricated the process. Soon thereafter, President Bush (or Karl Rove) appointed Currie head of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – perhaps as a reward for his good work on PennMap. Once at SAMHSA, Currie began vigorously promoting TMAP, TeenScreen, and other NFC recommendations. For example, in July 2005, a SAMHSA press release announced its sponsorship of the Federal Mental Health Action Agenda (FMHAA). FMHAA is a coalition of six cabinet level departments, including Health and Human Services, Justice, Housing and Urban Development, and represents a major effort.

"The creators of TMAP claim they used scientific evidence to establish the safety and effectiveness of the drugs on their list. However, Allen Jones a former investigator for the Pennsylvania Office of the Investigator General (OIG) disputes this claim, “It has been revealed that TMAP personnel may have tampered with the research results through a process known as ‘Retrospective Analysis.’ Patients who had previously been treated with the new medications were researched, and files showing positive results were selected [out] and reported on. Unsurprisingly, TMAP research ‘confirmed’ that the new drugs were safer and more effective than the older treatments. Ignoring contrary findings, TMAP employees referred to their algorithm as being ‘Evidence-Based Best Practices.’ [But] Dr. Peter J. Weiden, a member of the project’s expert consensus, stated that the guidelines promoted by the program are based on ‘opinions, not data’ and that ‘most of the guideline’s authors have received [financial] support from the pharmaceutical industry."

"Let me summarize the situation:

1) the NFC was created as part of Laurie Flynn Pharma agenda.

2) TMAP, created under George W. Bush’s tenure as governor of Texas, is a list of expensive, ineffective and dangerous drugs.

3) despite its political/pharmaceutical birth, TMAP is presented as 'scientific' and a 'model' program and that has the support of President Bush’s NFC.

4) TMAP drugs have all been shown to be no more effective than older, cheaper drugs and they are far more dangerous than those older drugs.

5) TeenScreen has no scientific validity (it has high levels of false positives, for example).

6) TeenScreen has a record of flagrantly bypassing parental consent in screening children.

7) Children shown to be at risk by the TeenScreen program would be referred to a standard of treatment that is highly likely to use the dangerous TMAP drugs.

"Is this the best US public mental health policy has to offer?

"TeenScreen and TMAP represent naked drug company greed. Even before these NFC recommendations were made there were 15 million Americans on Zyprexa (7.4 million) and Risperdal (7.6 million) alone in 2002. Sales of atypical antipsychotic drugs reached $6.4 billion, making them the fourth best selling class of drugs in America. “The combined sales of antidepressants and antipsychotics jumped from around $500 million in 1986 to nearly $20 billion in 2004 – a 40-fold increase.” (Whitaker 2004 & 2005) Yet, apparently this kind of growth is not enough for Pharma. A public mental health policy to screen children and get more of them on atypical antipsychotics is also required. ...

"Allen Jones contends that the TeenScreen program is 'designed to diagnose mental illness in teenagers…[but] has been shown to be coercive and unreliable. It serves the same political/pharmaceutical alliance that generated the Texas project [and is] behind the New Freedom Commission.' Using TeenScreen, this alliance is 'poised to consolidate the TMAP effort into a comprehensive national policy…with expensive, patented medications of questionable benefit and deadly side effects.'

TeenScreen: Introducing Children to Life-Long Use of Psychiatric Drugs

"Just as Pharma subsidized bone density tests in osteoporosis, so it is behind the promotion of TeenScreen as the mental health-screening tool of public mental health policy. TeenScreen is a nonprofit organization, housed at Columbia University – an interesting arrangement that gives TeenScreen an air of academic respectability it does not deserve. Let’s follow the money ...

"Laurie Flynn is CEO of TeenScreen. Before joining Columbia, Laurie Flynn was CEO of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI); for 16 years Pharma paid her salary. NAMI is Pharma’s number one grassroots front group and is committed to promoting and selling as many drugs as possible. So, before joining Columbia, 'Laurie Flynn was the leading drug pusher in the United States.' During Flynn’s tenure, in the three-year period from 1996-1999 NAMI received $11.72 million from 18 different drug companies. ... "227

Who will conduct the screening tests and write the algorithms? Eli Lilly and Johnson & Johnson, primarily, both with extensive ties to the Bush administration:

Eli Lilly (Prozac, Zyprexa):

• George Herbert Walker Bush – former CIA director, unindicted Iran contra co-conspirator, Eli Lilly director.

• Mitch Daniels, George W. Bush's former OMB director – former Eli Lilly vice president.

• Sidney Taurel of Bush's Homeland Security Advisory Council – current CEO of Eli Lilly.

• The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) – major recipient of Eli Lilly funding.

(Source: Eli Lilly, Zyprexa and the Bush Family, by Bruce Levine)

Johnson & Johnson, parent company of Janssen Pharmaceutica (Risperdal):

• Robert Wood Johnson IV, heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune, raised more than $100,000 for George W. Bush's 2000 presidential campaign, and over $200,000 for Bush's 2004 campaign.

(Source:"Bush Administration – Money, Politics & Drugs, by Evelyn Pringle)

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218.) MHSA Database, "Steve McElravy of CSAP is Among 49 Killed."

219.) "19th Annual NPN Research Conference Held in Kentucky Despite Air Disaster, Hundreds Attend Conference," NASADAD release.

220.) Bob Curley, "SAMHSA Director Submits Resignation," Join Together News, May 26, 2006.

221.) Richard A. Warner, "Federal government launches marketing campaign for psychiatric industry," Online Journal, Nov 29, 2006.

222.) Ibid.

From the WestCare site: "Andrews was the past Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Catholic Charities USA. He was a member of the Catholic Health Association’s New Covenant Phase IV national task force."

224.) On SAMHSA grant to WestCare Foundation, see:

225.) Freedom Center.

226.) Ibid.

227.) George Stone, "The President’s New Freedom Commission On Mental Health: The Plan to Drug American School Children."


The Lexington Comair Crash, Part 31: A World of Illusion – ARBIET MACHT FRIE

Tommy Thompson, H&HS secretary when McElravy hired on, drags you straight back to the Pinay Circle of CIA-Republican financiers – Deason, the Hunts, Farish, Johnson, the Wylys – who have haunted this investigation from the start ...

Former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson is a member of the COUNCIL FOR NATIONAL POLICY (CNP, see part 17), the ultra-conservative Christian cadré that received lavish funding from CAROLINE HUNT and launched JACK ABRAMOFF on his shooting-star crime spree, the strategic base of Trant Lott, Gary Bauer, James Dobson, Jerry Falwell, Ralph Reed, Pat Robertson and many more.228 The Department of Health & Human Services, where Steve McElravy was employed, was overseen by a clutch of arch-conservative cronies:

• Tommy Thompson (DH&H Secretary) – Former Wisconsin Gov. Thompson hails from the AKIN GUMP STRAUSS, HAUER & FELD LAW firm in Washington, D.C. Akin, Gump clients have included Khalid bin Mahfouz, Mohammed Hussein Al-Amoudi and Salah Idris. (Charles Lewis, executive director of the Center for Public Integrity, the non-partisan political watchdogs, maintains that Akin, Gump's representation of Saudi power-brokers with "ties to terrorists" poses unique ethical considerations "since partners at the firm are so close to the president," according to the Boston Herald.229) Thompson was also a senior advisor at the Deloitte consulting firm, chairman of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions.

• Claude Allen (Deputy Secretary) – From Virginia, Allen is a prominent Black Republican. He was also press secretary for the arch-conservative Sen. Jesse Helms (R-NC).

• Wade Horn (Assistant Secretary for Children and Families) – Adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute and a columnist for the Washington Times. President of the National Fatherhood Initiative, Horn served as Commissioner of Children, Youth and Families, and Chief of the Children's Bureau at Thompson's H&HS. An adjunct faculty member of Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute, he is a member of the U.S. Advisory Board on Welfare Indicators.

• Susan Orr (Associate Commissioner, Children’s Bureau) – Orr was the director of social studies policy at the Reason Institute, a "libertarian think tank" (CIA front) that advocates privatization of government services.

• Andrew Bush (Director of the Office of Family Assistance) – Andrew Bush was Director of the Welfare Policy Center at the Hudson Institute.

• Alex Azar II (General Counsel) – Alex Azar II clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia, one of Bush's self-professed models for future Supreme Court Justices. Azar was recruited by Kenneth Starr for the Whitewater investigation.230

Akin, Gump, Thompson's law firm, also gave us Thomas S. Foley, a partner since 2001, former Speaker of the House of Representatives and member of Rumsfeld's Defense Policy Board. Prior to rejoining the firm in 2001, Foley served as the 25th U.S. ambassador to Japan. He was appointed to the Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions with Iran. Foley sits on the board of advisors of the CNP and Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).231

Also Robert S. Strauss (see Part 1 & 17 suppl.), chairman of the board and founder of Akin, Gump. Strauss is a former special agent of the FBI. He received his law degree from the University of Texas. In January 1946, Strauss entered private law practice and founded the firm that would become Akin, Gump, with offices in Texas, Washington, Brussels, and Moscow. He was Democratic National Committee chairman from 1973-76, and chaired Jimmy Carter's election campaign in 1976.232

On December 3, 2004, Thompson resigned as H&HS czar, to be succeeded by Michael Leavitt. Bush praised Thompson as a "stalwart member of my homeland security team." The following month, as London's Guardian reported, "the Bush administration was confronted with fresh evidence of a far-reaching clandestine campaign to influence public opinion yesterday after a third conservative commentator admitted receiving payments for championing its policies. Michael McManus, a newspaper columnist, was paid up to $10,000 to praise the administration's marriage initiative." Fees were approved by a branch of H&HS "and were funnelled through the Lewin Group," a health care consultancy firm in Des Moines, Iowa. "The commentator's rightwing Marriage Savers Foundation received an additional $49,000 in government grants. Mr McManus did not disclose the payments in his columns."233 It was one of several Bush administration "payola" scandals to hit the front pages.

Shortly after dropping out of the Bush administration, Thompson joined the board of directors of Applied Digital Solutions (ADS), developer of the VeriChip, the injectable, glass-encapsulated radio frequency identification (RFID) implant. In public appearances, he suggested implanting the chips to link electronic medical records.234 Incidentally, Thompson picked up a considerable share in the company. (Thompson's CBS interview re the RFID device is here:

As secretary of Health and Human Services, Thompson oversaw the FDA's approval of the VeriChip as a medical device. After leaving his cabinet post, Thompson joined the ADS board of directors.235
In July 2005, the media reported that he would soon receive a VeriChip injection. But by December, the Spychips web site reports, "Ex-Bush cabinet member Tommy Thompson still hasn't received an RFID implant despite a televised promise he made in July 2005 to do so [and] he has no plans to undergo the procedure anytime soon, according to recent revelations." According to ADS, "only about 60 living persons in the U.S. have agreed to be chipped. In addition to the voluntary recipients, the company's implants were injected into the deceased victims of hurricane Katrina, and there are plans to chip mentally disabled patients at a residential center in Chattanooga. VeriChip has also had talks with the Pentagon about chipping military personnel, though Procter said that 'no formal agreements have been reached.'"235

Thompson has long held one eye on the White House. In 1996, Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole included Thompson in his short list of potential WP nominees. Other names on the list: New Jersey Governor Christine Whitman, George W. Bush, Michigan Governor John Engler and former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Jack Kemp. Dole picked Kemp, but Thompson and Engler played key roles in Dole's run for president.237

And then there is the Manhattan Institute (MI)/Bell Curve eugenics connection, as explained by Franc's Puteaux Cedex: "The Manhattan Institute was founded in 1978 by William Casey, who later became the CIA director during the Reagan administration. As a top intelligence operative, Casey helped the CIA bring thousands of Nazi SS officials into the US after WWII, as part of Operation Paper Clip. Nazi doctors, scientists, and intelligence experts were installed in private industry, in the CIA, in medical and psychological research programs in universities, and in the media. The scientists included specialists in eugenics, propaganda, and using pharmaceuticals for social control and research on genetics, and many of them had extensive experience in rounding up people to be exterminated, as former Nazis became a core group within the newly formed CIA. Under Casey's leadership covert action increased in Afghanistan, Central America, and Angola.

"Among other endeavors, he funded BIN LADEN and Co. with billions in arms, cash, and terrorist training and was a pivotal figure in the Iran-Contra Affair, in which US weapons were sold to Iran and the money was funneled to Nicaraguan rebels. William Casey suffered seizures, underwent brain surgery, and died from nervous-system lymphoma just before he was to testify in Congress (1986). Compassionate conservatism became public policy in New York City under the reign of Rudy Giuliani, who claimed to get his ideas directly from MI. Many of his policies were based on the books of Charles Murray, who was a top MI resident scholar when he co-authored 'THE BELL CURVE,' which is clearly SUPREMACIST EUGENIC PROPAGANDA of the 'over class.'


"Other high level neo-conservatives that associate with Murray's ideas include Bush Senior and Junior, KARL ROVE, DOE Secretary Spencer Abraham, Elaine Chou, and Linda Chavez. Tommy Thompson's corporate connections include Philip Morris, Amtrak, America Online, Time Warner, General Electric, Merck, and Abbott Laboratories. Also linked to MI, Jason Turner was Thompson's #2 man on welfare reform in Wisconsin and then later hired by Giuliani to head up NYC's welfare reform. Turner was forced to apologize for using a Nazi death camp slogan, 'Work shall make you free' (Arbiet Macht Frie), to explain Giuliani's workfare policy. Nazi methods of extermination included starving and working slave labor to the point of death, under a program called "Vernichtung durch Arbeit" (annihilation through work)."238

This is the abiding deep, dark secret behind the HORSE BREEDING in Blue Grass country among the Hunt Syndicate "Over-Class," Farish and like-minded white supremicists. Nelson Bunker Hunt and his brother Herbert (also Jesse Helms), for example, were active in the International Association for the Advancement of Ethnology and Eugenics (IAAEE) – the early publisher of the racist-revisionist "academic" journal Mankind Quarterly.239

The Journal of Social Issues (1998) reports that the IAAEE's key "benefactor was Colonel Wickliffe Draper, a segregationist who opposed the civil rights movement of the 1960s and sought to fund research that would provide scientific justification for segregation and revive the concept of racial hygiene which had been discredited as a result of the Nazis. In the 1970s, Gregor was criticised for accepting grants from the Pioneer Fund, which had been established by Draper to advance his views. IAAEE received $82,000 in grants from the Pioneer Fund between 1971 and 1996. ... In the controversial book The Bell Curve, authors Charles Murray and Richard J. Hernstein recommend two books on race and intelligence by three Pioneer Fund recipients."240

GW Bush gave the eugenics crowd entry into his administration through his "Faith-Based Initiative" – an Orwellian term, like "New Freedom," that resulted in the hiring of Ananda Margan Steve McElravy at SAMHSA, under H&HS Secretart Tommy Thompson. Two men were placed in charge of the "Faith-Based" scheme, reports homeless activist Robert Lederman, "John J. DiIulio Jr. and Stephen Goldsmith. Both men are senior fellows of the CIA's Manhattan Institute and are colleagues of Charles Murray, author of the classic text of scientific racism, The Bell Curve."

In fact, "most of Bush's advisors are also associated with the Bell Curve. As just one of many examples, Murray was a consultant on Tommy Thompsons' Wisconsin Welfare Reform program, which Bush will make the national model." The New York Times has confirmed "the CIA origin of the Manhattan Institute, its influence on GW Bush and its very close decade-long association with Charles Murray, who wrote The Bell Curve while a research fellow at The Manhattan Institute.Whether you are a fundamentalist Christian, an Orthodox Jew, a devout Muslim or an atheist you might question what part the CIA rightfully has in a multi-billion dollar 'religion initiative' or in any domestic US policy decisions. The best known modern example of government sponsored religion-based initiatives is Nazi Germany."

For numerous articles on the connection between GW Bush, the CIA and Nazis see:
New Bush Office Seeks Closer Ties to Church Groups
NY Times
January 29, 2001

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28. President Bush has selected a University of Pennsylvania professor of political science to head the first federal office intended to promote the integration of religious groups into federally financed social services, several Bush advisers said today.

The advisers said the opening of the office and the appointment of John J. DiIulio Jr. to fill it would almost certainly be announced at a White House event on Monday, and they acknowledged that it would draw heated opposition from organizations and religious groups that advocate a strict separation of church and state.

But the encouragement and government financing of faith-based programs was a signature campaign issue for Mr. Bush, who has said he reads the Bible every day. And the decision to entrust the new federal office in charge of that effort to Mr. DiIulio, a widely published expert on juvenile crime with impressive academic credentials, is an example of the political caution with which the Bush administration will proceed.

The choice of Mr. DiIulio, in fact, is only one of several ways in which Mr. Bush and his aides are trying to blunt any impression that what the president is doing amounts to an evangelical endeavor.

"John is a social scientist who believes in empirical evidence," said one Bush adviser, stressing Mr. DiIulio's focus on provable results from faith-based social programs that address problems like substance abuse, youth violence and teenage pregnancy. The adviser also emphasized that Mr. DiIulio does not see faith-based programs "as a panacea," but rather as one arrow in a quiver with plenty of others.

In addition to Mr. DiIulio, the other central figure in the effort is Stephen Goldsmith, the former mayor of Indianapolis who was the chief domestic policy adviser for Mr. Bush's presidential campaign. Several Bush advisers said Mr. Goldsmith would be the chairman of a new national advisory board whose work will complement that of the new federal office. Mr. Goldsmith will also serve as an official adviser to Mr. Bush on the issue.

Mr. Bush and his aides do not want the proposals related to faith-based programs that they unveil to seem too driven by religion. Indeed, the president's goal is to find new ways for the federal government to encourage private charities including but not limited to religious groups to provide more social services. To that end, the title of the new federal office will allude not just to faith-based programs but also to community initiatives, although several advisers said the order in which the words "faith" and "community" would be placed was under debate.

Additionally, Mr. Bush has invited not only leaders of faith-based groups but also the heads of other not-for-profit organizations to meet on Monday morning at the White House to kick off a week of events intended to describe and promote the president's vision. The guest list, according to one of the people on it, includes the Rev. Stephen E. Burger, executive director of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions; Sara E. Meléndez, president and chief executive officer of Independent Sector, a coalition of nonprofit organizations and foundations; and Millard Fuller, founder and president of HABITAT FOR HUMANITY International, the ecumenical house-building group.

"It is about faith-based institutions, but it's also about more than that," said another Bush adviser, referring to Mr. Bush's plan to encourage private groups to administer more of the kinds of local programs often provided by government. A more thorough integration of faith-based and other not-for-profit groups into federally financed social services is a cornerstone of compassionate conservatism, a political philosophy with which Mr. Bush has strongly identified himself. Compassionate conservatism holds that while the government should limit the scope of the social services it provides, it should take an active role as a catalyst and source of financing for work done by neighborhood and religious groups.

Mr. Bush has said some of the groups with the best results for rehabilitating prisoners or fighting drug abuse are ones that take religious and spiritual approaches. He has also said the government should not hesitate to give money to these groups, as long as secular groups that provide similar services are also available. There are signs that these initiatives may elicit bipartisan support. This morning, on the ABC News program "This Week," Representative Richard A. Gephardt of Missouri, the House minority leader, signaled interest in Mr. Bush's approach.

The Bush administration will roll out these initiatives with the utmost care, under the guidance of Mr. DiIulio, who is Catholic, and Mr. Goldsmith, who is Jewish. Although both are well liked by religious conservatives, neither is an ideological lightning rod like Marvin Olasky, another proponent of faith- based programs and compassionate conservatism. Mr. Olasky was with Mr. Goldsmith and Mr. DiIulio at a long meeting with Mr. Bush in Austin, Tex., nearly two years ago. "It's not just that we're paying attention to the politics of it," one of the Bush advisers said. "We're paying attention to the pragmatics of it. I think we're doing it right, and I think we're going to be careful about it." Mr. DiIulio's résumé makes him seem like a personification of Mr. Bush's attempts to retain the support of religious conservatives while also courting moderates and building a broad base of support.

He is a fellow at both the Manhattan Institute, which is a conservative think tank, and the Brookings Institute, which is not. In a two-month period in the summer of 1999, he wrote major articles for The Weekly Standard, a conservative publication, and for The New Democrat, a moderate one. He identifies himself as a new Democrat. Mr. DiIulio has also done extensive work with black pastors in urban areas, and one of the Bush administration's hopes is that its advocacy of faith-based programs will be a bridge to black ministers and win some support with the Congressional Black Caucus. Mr. Bush garnered the support of about 9 percent of black voters in the presidential election and has been reaching out aggressively to African- Americans ever since.

This morning, he, his wife, Laura, and his parents attended a Methodist church here with a predominantly black congregation. For years, Mr. DiIulio, who taught at Princeton before the University of Pennsylvania, was known more for his work on criminal justice issues than on his interest in faith-based programs. He was among the voices loudly advocating increased prison construction in the early 1990's and wrote a 1996 book about the war against crime, "Body Count," with John P. Walters and William J. Bennett, the former education secretary and drug czar. Mr. Goldsmith, a former prosecutor, was a two-term mayor in Indianapolis who privatized everything from golf course construction to sewage treatment and showed an interest in revitalizing long-neglected inner-city neighborhoods. Late in his second term, he started the Front Porch Alliance, a group that acted as a liaison between religious congregations, mostly urban African-American churches and government. For his work with churches, Mr. Goldsmith, a Republican, was lauded by many evangelical Christian leaders.

But some Jewish leaders said they were nervous about an approach that redirects tax dollars to churches. "There's a lot of respect for Stephen Goldsmith," said Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. "Many in the Jewish community know him and respect him, but any time you have a formal government endorsement of religion that this faith-based office conveys, that takes us down a path that too often in our history has turned out to be disastrous for religious freedom and religious tolerance."

NY Times Monday, May 12, 1997

Manhattan Institute Has Nudged New York Rightward "...the institute was founded as a free-market education and research organization by William Casey, who then went off to head the Central Intelligence Agency in the Reagan Administration."

NY Times June 12, 2000

Bush Culls Campaign Theme From Conservative Thinkers

Gov. George W. Bush has said his political views have been shaped by the work of Myron Magnet of the Manhattan Institute. From the MI website: Books That Influenced Gov. George W. Bush Myron Magnet's The Dream and the Nightmare: "Referring to this book, Gov. Bush has said, other than the Bible, that it was the most important book he had read..."

"Education and Welfare: Meeting the Challenge A Message from CCI Chairman, Mayor Stephen Goldsmith [CCI is a division of Manhattan Institute] America is in the midst of an urban renaissance... April conference Next Steps in Welfare Reform highlighted just how far we have come. The conference brought together public officials like Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson and scholars like Dr. Charles Murray to discuss how governments and private groups have reduced dependency and increased self-sufficiency...Fifteen years after the Manhattan Institute published Charles Murray's landmark study of American welfare policy, Losing Ground, the presentations showed that ideas once seen as radical now form the mainstream of the welfare debate."

[Among the panelists alongside Murray and Goldsmith was Jason Turner, former head of Wisconsin's welfare program. Turner later became infamous as head of NYC's abusive workfare system after quoting the motto over the gates of Auschwitz - "Arbeit Macht Frei - work shall make you free"
[see: NManhattan Institute ]

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228.) People for the American Way, "Right-Wing Affiliations of Bush Administration Officials":

229.) Maggie Mulvihill, Jonathan Wells and Jack Meyers, "White House Connection –
Saudi 'Agents' Close Bush Friends," December 12, 2001.

230.) Ibid.

231.) Akin, Gump web site:

232.) U.S.-Russia Business Council web site, "Robert S. Strauss – Chairman Emeritus of the Board U.S.-Russia Business Council."

233.) Suzanne Goldenberg, "Bush payola scandal deepens as third columnist admits being paid," The Guardian, January 29, 2005.

The Lewin Group home page:

234.) Wikipedia entry, "Tommy Thompson":

235.) e-week site, "Tommy Thompson: A Pro-Chipper in the White House?"

236.), "RFID IMPLANTS: FINE FOR THEE, BUT NOT FOR ME, Ex-HHS Head Puts Off Being Chipped Despite July Promise," December 7, 2005.


238.) The Truce of God site, "The Eugenic Connection":

239.) Wikipedia entry, "Nelson Bunker Hunt":

240.) A. Winston "Science in the service of the far right: Henry E. Garrett, the IAAEE, and the Liberty Lobby," International Association for the Advancement of Ethnology, Experts in the Service of Social Reform: SPSSI, Psychology, and Society, 1936-1996. Journal of Social Issues, Spring, 1998.

Arnold Andrews died on Comair. Like SAMHSA's Steve McElravy, he was employed in the battle against drug abuse.

Contents of this section:

1.) Arnold Andrews, R.I.P., & OPERATION PAR

2.) Wes Fager, editor of (an Internet newspaper about child abuse in therapeutic communities), documents the sickening history of OPERATION PAR, including ties to the Bush "faith-based" syndicate, CIA mind control, and figures relevant to the Comair crash story.

Ky. crash kills 'servant' of poor

Arnold Andrews worked behind the scenes for decades for the bay area's downtrodden.

Published August 29, 2006

Arnold Andrews, who was killed in a commuter plane crash in Kentucky on Sunday, rarely made news - but left his imprint all over the Tampa Bay area.

He helped everyone from migrant workers, Cubans and hurricane victims to children with cancer, and the drug and alcohol addicted. One of his latest projects was a training center for homeless families in St. Petersburg.

"He did so much behind-the-scenes work for people," said Hillsborough Commissioner Ronda Storms, who met him eight years ago. "Just completely causing big and small things to be done on behalf of people who had no voice and no power."

Andrews was among 49 people killed when a Comair regional jet crashed after taking off from Lexington's Blue Grass Field airport.

Andrews, 64, was an executive with WestCare Foundation, a non-profit that runs mental health and substance abuse programs. He had attended a company board meeting in Lexington and was scheduled to return Saturday night.

But HIS PLANE HAD A MECHANICAL PROBLEM, he told longtime friend and colleague Bob Neri when the two spoke Saturday night. ...

FOR 23 YEARS HE WORKED FOR OPERATION PAR (Parental Awareness and Responsibility), a drug treatment program serving Pinellas, Pasco, Manatee and Lee counties. He started as a volunteer and counselor and left as executive vice president.

"We've lost someone who behind the scenes has masterminded quite a few things," said Watson Haynes, a friend of 35 years who worked with Andrews at Operation PAR.

Andrews became executive director of Catholic Charities in St. Petersburg for a decade, serving also as vice chair on Catholic Charities USA.

"He had a real fondness for the poor and the downtrodden," said Sheila Lopez, chief operating officer of Catholic Charities, Diocese of St. Petersburg Inc., who also worked with him at Operation PAR. "He loved working in particular with migrant workers. His dream was to build the San Jose Mission."

Andrews was key in getting grants to set up the residential community for low-income farm workers in Dover in Hillsborough County. ...

Drug Free America Foundation, 
formerly known as Straight, Inc.

From 1976-1985 it was known as Straight, Inc. and had a reputation for abusing kids as a drug rehabilitation program. In 1985 it changed its name to Straight Foundation, Inc. in order to protect its money and its principals from civil suits. In 1995 it was changed again to Drug Free America Foundation. DFAF is a national and international drug policy think tank and provider of services for drug free work places.

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Florida's Supreme Court strikes down statue of limitations, allows abuse law suit 20 years later

In 1995 a woman identified as S.A.P. filed a lawsuit accussing the state of Florida of concealing details of how she was "beaten, burned choked and denied food" in 1979 at the age of 3 and 4. The judge threw it out under Florida's 4 year statue of limitations law (section 768.28(13)). S.A.P. appealed and the matter made its way to Florida's Supreme Court. On November 27, 2002, in a 5-2 decision, Florida's Supreme Court ruled that the "statute of limitations" could not stop a lawsuit against the state "when one of the allegations in the suit says the state concealed facts about the abuse and delayed the filing of the lawsuit." [Source: Naples Daily News 11/28/02 by Jackie Hallifax, AP]

Related articles:

1. 1973: Pinellas County States Attorney James T. Russell and County Sheriff Don Genung invite The Seed, Straight's progenator, to Pinellas County. Russell and 6th Circuit judges join The Seed's advisory board.

2. 1978: The Dale Report confirms child abuse at Straight. State Attorney James T. Russell does absolutely nothing while state health officials bow to political pressure from the Sembler crowd, hide the abuse in its official report, and fires its chief investigator.

3. 1978: Sixteen year old Jerry Vancil exposes child abuse at Straight to St. Pete Times but state investigation is dropped when Vancil dissapears. He has never been seen or heard from since (dead or alive) and the state has never bothered to look for him (or his body).

4. Ray Waymire, acting chief of police for the city of St. Petersburg, Fl., was a founding Straight board member.

5. 1987: HRS (state health department) received a complaint from a kid who escaped from Straight only to be brought back in handcuffs by a sheriff's deputy.

6. 1989: Clary Report--Florida state health officials (HRS) bow to political presure once again and allow abuse to continue. Straight Foundation secretary Donald Sullivan, MD resigns to run for state Senate and joins committee that would oversee any investigation of Straight while his wife Irene Sullivan joins Sixth Circuit and attends Betty Sembler's birthday party.

7. States Attorney James T. Russell shows favortism to Sembler by failing to prosecute anyone in his clan over the Great Cooper's Point Land Scam while his former assistant state attorney Louis Kwall (whose former partner is now a 6th Circuit judge), who may have investigated the torture of Leigh Bright, et. al., but took no action if he did, becomes attorney for one of those involved in the land scandal; joins Sembler's powerful Republican Pary Machine; and his wife becomes the Sheriff's attorney.

8. 1990s: A teenager who had escaped from Straight met with an HRS (Florida state health department) official to file a complaint against Straight. Instead the HRS official called the police who escorted the child back to Straight for further abuse.

9. The Governor, his wife, the Lieutenant Governor, the Mayor and
everybody else joins the Advisory Board of Straight (now called DFAF).

10. The Sixth Circuit and the cops collude with Straight.

11. Operation PAR is a rehabilitation tool used extensively by Pinellas County's 6th Circuit. It appears that Operation PAR has become the new treatment arm of Straight (now DFAF).

12. Florida's 6th Circuit gags Ray Bradbury to keep him from exposing its own involvement in Straight and The Seed.

13. 1978: US Congressman C.W. "Bill" Young receives three out-of-state complaints against Straight and forwards them to James T. Russell. Russell investigates but does absolutley nothing and Young lets the ball drop. (St. Pete Times, 4/30/78, p. 15B) [Also see Young and Straight; Young and pork for Sembler's Treasure Island; Sembler tells Young to give Itlalians $10M of our money.]

14. How Phil Elberg overcame the statue of limitations in the Lulu Corter case.

15. RICO and how attorney Wendall Turley overcame the statue of limitations to sue the Hare Krishna church for abusing its children 25 years ago. link

16. Suicide or Murder? (Straight and 40+ suicides)

17. Over 40 suicides: Florida jury convicts mother of child abuse resulting in suicide after judge allows a psychological autopsy to determine state of mind of deceased teenager (e.g. whether actions taken by mother drove girl to suicide).

Claims Bill. Beyond suing for recompensation, there is another possible avenue of relief. That's a claims bill. Let's say the U.S. government did wrong by knowingly exposing thousands of our soldiers to the plant defoliator Agent Orange. The US Congress can pass a special bill to give a monetary award to those who had been put in harms way. Could the Florida legislature be educated to the problem that Florida state officials colluded with Straight, looked the other way, failed to prosecute, backed down to political pressure from Mel Sembler? Could the legislature be humbled into doing the right thing and make amends for what Florida state officials allowed to happen to thousands of kids by authorizing a special claims bill to reimburse them for the harm state officials caused by their reckless failure to do their jobs. link
If David Miscaviage can go to his deposition as Admiral Farragut, then Keith Henson can go as Bozo the Clown.

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DFAF carries the logo OJJDP

OJJDP is the US government's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. If you go to Drug Free America Foundation's (formerly Straight, Inc.) web page, at the bottom right appears the logo OJJDP. What does this mean? Could DFAF and OJJDP be one and the same? (new 2/26/05)

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Friday, February 25, 2005
Has Op PAR become the treatment arm of the Drug Free America Foundation?

Or: 3 strikes and the Sixth Circuit is OUT!

This article also appears on Tampa Bay Independent Media.

SUMMARY Operation PAR is the biggest drug rehabilitation program in the southeast. In recent years PAR has been infiltrated by officials formerly associated with the defunct Straight, Inc. program. In its heyday Straight was the biggest juvenile rehab chain in the world, but it had a reputation for the dastardly abuse of its young clients (over 40 former clients have commited suicide) as can be seen in these links:

• a newspaper montage on Straight

• professionals comment on Straight

• the US Senate calls the methods of The Seed (the model upon which Straight is based) Communist-styled brainwashing
• Straight civil suits

• Montel Williams Show on Straight (video trailer)

• George W. Bush praises Straight (video)

• Straight Kids (a video trailer)

• Miller Newton, Straight's former national clinical director, and now with a DFAF subsidiary, settles for $11 million for abusing kids

• Tough Love rejects Straight

Mel Sembler

Straight was founded and operated by US Ambassador to Italy, Melvin Sembler and his wife Betty. Today Straight is called Drug Free America Foundation. Today it specialzes in helping small businesses set up Drug Free Workplaces, and in promoting national and international drug policy. Many of Florida's Sixth Circuit justices were publicly supportive of Straight, Inc. and its predecessor The Seed. Betty Sembler and many others tied to DFAF/Straight have joined Operation PAR. The Sixth Circuit works closely with Operation PAR. Operation PAR has had no reputation for abuse. This report looks at the question, has Operation PAR become the treatment arm of DFAF? And, if so, should the Sixth Circuit be aware of it?
In the early 1970s a remarkable woman from Pinellas County Florida named Shirley Coletti was so concerned that her teenage daughter was using drugs that she worked with James T. Russell, the county prosecutor, and Sheriff Don Gedung to found a juvenile drug rehabilitation program they called Parental Awareness and Responsibility or Operation PAR. Op PAR has become so successful that in 2001 PAR sent a representative to the National Institute on Drug Abuse's National Conference on Drug Abuse Prevention. But Shirley Coletti did not represent PAR at the conference; a woman named Betty Sembler did. A few years after PAR was founded, Betty Sembler had been another Pinellas County mother concerned that one of her teenagers was into the drug scene. But she did not send him to PAR; she chose instead a controversial Fort Lauderdale-based therapeutic community called The Seed.

The Seed had been founded by a comedian and recovering alcoholic named Art Barker. The St. Petersburg Times reported that Barker had a mail-order degree in psychology. Barker had ambitions to make The Seed a national program. James T. Russell and Sheriff Gedung visited the program and recommended opening a Seed expansion facility in Pinellas County. Sixth Circuit (Pinellas /Pasco County) Judge Jack Dadswell had two kids in The Seed in Fort Lauderdale. He had been on the Executive Committee which had brought The Seed to St. Petersburg in Pinellas County. Sixth Circuit Justices William L. Walker and James B. Sanderlin had served on The Seed’s Advisory Board along with Russell, Gedung and Dr. Charles J. Crist, vice chairman of the Pinellas County school board and father of Charlie Crist (Florida's Attorney General). Thirty years ago Sixth Circuit Judge Jack Page boasted about sending kids to The Seed "on a daily basis." Today it's Judges Walt Logan and Dee Anna Farnell who brag about sending one kid a day to Operation PAR.

In 1974 the US Senate published a report that likened the methods of The Seed to those used by North Koreans on American servicemen (brainwashing). The Seed fell from grace after that but Betty Sembler and her husband Melvin were so enamored with The Seed that they opened their own version of The Seed which they called Straight, Inc. Mel Sembler was very wealthy and politically connected too and the two of them were able to accomplish what Art Barker had not. They made Straight a national-level program with treatment camps all over the country.

Besides peddling their program to politicians, the Sembler's were very successful in marketing Straight to the 6th Circuit as this marketing minutes shows. In 1977 Judge Page (the judge who sent kids to The Seed "on a daily basis") had called Straight "excellent"; but word of Straight's abuses were quickly leaking out. Turns out, Straight was much more destructive than The Seed had been. By 1981 Judge Page and other 6th Circuit justices had stopped sending kids to Straight. Judge Page says he started sending kids to PAR instead. He noted that a court order to Straight could involve more time than a sentence to jail for the drug offense for which the juvenile had been brought to him in the first place. He noted that PAR is a shorter program and a little more “normal” than Straight.

In 1985 the Semblers, fearing civil suits (and perhaps fearing possible criminal prosecution as well) changed the mission of Straight, Inc. from "treatment" to "education" and its name from "Straight, Inc." to "Straight Foundation, Inc." And then they created a brand new organization to treat kids for addiction which they called "Straight, Inc."! [See Straight: Piercing the Corporate Veil] In 1989 Florida health authorities tried to close Straight's flagship treatment camp in Pinellas County, but it appears that Mel Sembler used his political connections to keep it open. The new Straight, Inc. finally closed in 1993 amidst law suits and allegations of child abuse all over the country. And for the first time in 17 years DFAF and Betty Sembler found themselves without ties to a drug treatment business. James T. Russell, the man who brought The Seed to Pinellas County, never indicted Mel and Betty Sembler for their role in Straight, Inc. In fact the only person Russell ever prosecuted from Straight was a male adult counselor who went ot prison for sexually molesting a teenage male client. James T. Russell never even indicted anyone connected with Mel Sembler in 1988 for conspiring to defraud the taxpayers of Clearwater, Florida in The Great Cooper's Point Land Scam .

In 1995, two years after Straight had to be closed, Betty changed the name of her educational foundation again. This time to Drug Free America Foundation (DFAF). But Ms. Sembler will always feel she has something special to offer those suffering from addictions, her fiasco at Straight, Inc. notwithstanding. After Straight closed she joined the board of directors for Operation PAR. And so it came to pass that it was Betty Sembler, and not Shirley Coletti, who attended the 2001 NIDA conference representing Operation PAR. (That same year Mrs. Sembler spoke to the US Congress as a representive of DFAF. So this dual hatted grandam of the "War on Drugs" and self proclaimed "drug prevention and policy expert" represents DFAF when she wants to talk drug policy and represents PAR when she wants to talk drug treatment.)

Betty Sembler is not the only person with ties to Straight who has come over to PAR. Susan Latvala is chairman of the board of directors of Operation PAR. She is also on DFAF's Advisory Board. Former St. Petersburg police chief Terry Hensley is the former executive director of DFAF. Before that he was a director at Op PAR. The former director of Straight - St. Petersburg is an Interim Executive Director at Operation PAR. The former director of Straight - Sarasota is director of marketing for Operation PAR. Judge Irene Sullivan is on one PAR committee; her husband Donald was formerly secretary of Straight Foundation.

Betty's treatment concept through the use of politics (with its influx of taxpayer money) seems to have reached Operation PAR. The Sembler's were able to persuade George H. W. Bush and Nancy Reagan to visit Straight. Already Jeb Bush and his mother Barbara have made separate visits to Operation PAR. The web page for The White House's Office of National Drug Control Policy caries a feature article on Operation PAR. Wes Fager, editor of once editorialized on his concern of Mel Sembler's plan to test all American teenagers as a rite of passage for getting a learner's permit and that possibly Sembler and/or his associates would be paid to do the testing. If a teen shows positive on this invasion of his privacy and if he is just a user he would possibly go to a Sembler-inspired drug rehab program. But if he is a dealer, he would go to a private prison for punishment and treatment. (See Sembler's plan to make all 16 year-olds pay drug testers for the right to drive .) Operation PAR is already working with law enforcement in America. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has been granting PAR $64,000 a year since 1999. In 1995 the Florida Attorney General's office granted Operation PAR $59,000. Operation PAR runs a pilot program to rehabilitate prostitutes which as been funded by the St. Petersburg Police Department. Also Operation PAR works with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Internationally, PAR runs a prison program in Barbados. Today Operation PAR is an $18-million, 500-employee agency treating 8,000 to 10,000 people yearly making it the biggest, most comprehensive drug treatment agency in the southeastern United States!

Blacks and addiction in Pinellas County. A study done by the St. Petersburg Times in the early 1980s found that Operation PAR clients were typically black, had demonstrated a drug dependency beyond casual use of marijuana, and paid on a true sliding scale based upon income. That same study found that Straight clients were typically white, the fees were steep, and casual use of marijuana was cause for admittance.

After the street violence in the predominantly black Midtown section of St. Petersburg in 1996 the community opened Family and Substance Abuse Center to treat black addicts. But by 2003 no public money had ever been freed up for the operation of that program (unless the person in need had committed a crime and had been subsequently court ordered). Any available operational money went to Operation PAR and to other established treatment programs elsewhere in the region. So much for failed drug rehabilitation for Midtown. But the city did manage to free up $ 1.3 million to buy land to build a $ 5 million shopping center in Midtown. Urban Development Solutions, a nonprofit headed by Larry Newsome and the NAACP's Daryl Rouson, got the contract. The city council leased land to UDS for $5 per year and loaned it $1.35 million for construction. The loan is interest free and UDS doesn't have to make payments for 10 years. And who is UDS' business partner in this project? The Sembler Company. [See Coalition Building: Sembler and the NAACP.]

Op PAR receives a lot of its income from government grants, and from government Medicaid and Medicare payments. Last year it received a $ 4 million federal grant to build a development center and therapeutic community. In 1999 PAR was accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Today PAR can also be reimbursed by managed health care providers in addition to receiving its government grants. PAR even bought and operated a mental hospital which is ironic since Susan Latvala, chairman of the board at PAR, has been very chummy with the Church of Scientology™. Scientologists strongly oppose the profession of psychiatry, though many consider Scientology™'s Dianetic™ processing as a sort of poor man's alternative to psychiatric counseling. PAR's Dr. Betty Buchan even endorses Narconon™ the drug treatment regimen so closely aligned with Scientology™.

Two Strikes against the Sixth Circuit. Justices Page, Logan and Farnell are not the only 6th Circuit judges with a working relationship with Operation PAR. Sixth Circuit Judge Nancy Moate Ley is or was a member of the board of directors at Operation PAR. Judge Lauren Laughlin works with Operation PAR to do drug assessments for the court. Pinellas County prosecutor James T. Russell helped found PAR. PAR runs a program for the county sheriff's department. Judges are always looking for an alternative to rehabilitate or punish young offenders in lieu of sending them to jail. That's understandable, but the judges need also understand that these places of businesses are, after all, just that--places of business--even many of the non-profits. The more people they treat, the more money they make. The more people referred to them by the courts, the more money they make. And the longer a person stays in treatment, the more money they make. Twice before Florida's 6th Circuit has placed its money on juvenile rehabilitation programs endorsed by or operated by Betty Sembler. And twice before that court has struck out. To our knowledge, there has been absolutely no history of abuse at Operation PAR and that's great. But the court should be reminded, from time-to-time, of its own endorsements of The Seed, Straight and Operation PAR, and the links these programs have to one another. [See The skinny on Florida's Royal Court under Judge George Greer.)

Straight, Inc. used to be the treatment arm of DFAF but today DFAF has no drug abuse treatment arm. Or does it? Drug Free Workplaces of Tampa Bay is an arm of DFAF. According to SAMHSA, there are 147 substance abuse programs within 100 miles of Pinellas County, and yet DFWTB's web page links to one, and only one, of these 147 programs--Operation PAR![1] Why? What is the true relationship between Op PAR and DFAF? On Feb. 12, 1999 Betty Sembler and Shirley Coletti attended Governor Jeb Bush's Drug Summit in Tallahassee but they had to be back in Tampa that evening to attend an Operation PAR fund raiser co-chaired by Karol Bullard, wife Sembler's business partner Fred Bullard. No problem, the two just hopped aboard Mel Sembler's private jet and flew to Tampa. Lennie Bennett, a gossip columnist for the St. Petersburg Times, covered the day's events writing that Betty Sembler is "one of PAR's founders." Well that is not true, but we might was well start believing it. After all, who runs PAR today--Shirley Coletti or the Straight crowd?

Related articles:

The Infiltration of Operation PAR by Straight
Straight Foundation: Piercing the Corporate Veil


[1] DFWTB links to several sites, but only one of them is a drug treatment program--OP PAR.

If David Miscaviage can go to his deposition as Admiral Farragut, then Keith Henson can go as Bozo the Clown.

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The Conspiracy Theory: Is Straight some sort of Richard Nixon CIA-NIH mind-control experiment gone awry?

by Wesley Fager (c) 2005

Thomas Constantine (former director of the DEA) is on the Advisory Board of Straight under its latest name (Drug Free America Foundation). Karen P. Tandy (Administrator DEA) is also on the Advisory Board. Former Drug Czar Robert DuPont of Bensinger & DuPont is another board member. Dr. DuPont administered the US government's grant to The Seed, Straight's predecessor, when he was the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (an NIH subsidiary). Later he became a paid Straight consultant. Peter Bensinger, DuPont's business partner, was another director of the DEA.

Guy M. Tunnell, Commissioner, Florida Department of Law Enforcement (Florida's state police) and former FDLE commissioner James "Tim" Moore are also on the board. Former White House drug czars Rober DuPont, MD (a former paid Straight consultant) and Donald Ian MacDonald, MD (Straight's former national medical research director) are members of the International Scientific and Medical Forum on Drug Abuse (a DFAF subsidiary). Richard Schwartz, MD, former medical research director for Straight - Springfield is another forum member.

Former CIA director George H. W. Bush made a TV commercial for Straight out of the Oval Office and appointed Straight founders Mel Sembler and Joseph Zappala to ambassadors to Australia and Spain, respectively. His son President George W. Bush appointed Sembler to ambassador to Italy. His son Governor Jeb Bush is on the Advisory Board for Straight (under its current name, DFAF) along with his wife Columba and his Lt. Governor Toni Jennings. DFAF is funded by the US government. Perhaps it's a good time to wonder whether Straight (and its predecessor--The Seed) is some sort of Richard Nixon CIA-NIH mind-control experiment gone awry?
In the early 1950s accounts started coming out of Red China about a remarkable discovery to change men's minds. It was quickly called brainwashing in the West, though one prominent psychiatrist suggested "mendicide" or "death of the mind" as a more appropriate title. After careful scientific analysis it was finally dubbed thought reform by the Western medical establishment. What the Chinese had devised are "re-education" schools which they call Seventh of May Academies. In reality they are prisons for political prisoners which they call "students". Academy students are deprived of food and sleep, of toilet facilities and baths, of medicine. Their hands are chained behind their backs so they have to eat their meager rations and lap water out of a bowl like an animal. They defecate like a dog or cat without being able to wipe themselves. People spit in their faces and they are beaten, scolded, and incessantly urged to "tell all" in a process called "struggling". The students live under constant fear that they may be executed at any time.

As the Chinese thought reform student is being systematically humiliated, he is made to invent a trumped-up confession and then to spend the next three years of his life re-writing it, perfecting it, rehearsing it, and defending it, until, it is felt, he actually comes to believe his own made-up story! Once it is deemed the student is sufficiently confused about his own confession, he starts taking classes to learn Communist doctrines [re-education]. Psychologically the student becomes depressed over his present milieu and overloaded with deep feelings of guilt and shame for what he has admitted to, including confessions to turn in his friends and family members for real or dreamed-up crimes. For years he is afforded no exercise, diversions, or free time for relaxation or contemplation to think things out because he spends his three years in a small cell with eight other inmates. No one graduates unless everyone does what is asked. And what is asked is that they all come to truly believe their confession. There is a nightly court where a judge questions the student about his confession and tries to trip him up, and where guards might beat him, but it is his fellow cellmates who wake him through the day and night depriving him of sleep. It is his fellow prisoners who constantly urge him to "tell all" and who spit in his face. There is no trust. Everybody rats on everybody else in order to save himself.

Many newage (one word rendition of "New Age", rhymes with sewage. Coined by cult buster and magician The Amazing Randi) cult leaders have read these accounts of brainwashing (just as this author has) and some have attempted to use some of these techniques on members of their own organizations. Cult apologists, citing findings in Lifton's own work, argue that you can't really cleanse someone's mind. Whether brainwashing truly works or not, I'll leave that to the cult apologists to convince a judge. But I will tell you there is no denying that brainwashing is cruel, physically and psychologically damaging, and can lead to death by suicide from humiliation and depression. And, I can also tell you that, many cult leaders use it because they think it works, or at least they don't know of any better way to exert total control over their subordinates. Some cults, claiming they can make sane men saner and smart men smarter, have been accused of using thought control in their program. This is the so-called human potential movement.

The newage cults are not the only westerners who have shown interest in Chinese Communist thought reform. The United States government is another. In the 1960s the CIA started experimenting with thought reform and in the use of mind altering drugs to control one's thoughts as possible ways to combat brainwashing, and also as a way to try to persuade enemy agents into becoming double agents for the United States. The U.S. prison system is another government agency which has investigated brainwashing. Their interest is in a way to rehabilitate prisoners. Incredibly, in 1962 Dr. Edgar H. Schein, associate professor of psychiatry at M.I.T., addressing the topic "Man Against Man: Brainwashing" at a seminar for prison wardens and psychologists chaired by James V. Bennett, the then director of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, told his audience:

My basic argument is this: in order to produce marked change of behavior and/or attitude, it is necessary to weaken, undermine, or remove the supports of the old patterns of behavior and the old attitudes'; this can be done 'either by removing the individual physically and preventing any communication with those whom he cares about, or by proving to him that those whom he respects are not worthy of it and, indeed, should be actively mistrusted.' Dr. Schein told his audience that he had gotten most of his ideas by studying the techniques used by North Korean and Chinese Communist on GI prisoners of war, but cautioned his audience not to be put off by this fact: 'These same techniques in the service of different goals may be quite acceptable to us. . . I would like to have you think of brainwashing not in terms of politics, ethics, and morals, but in terms of the deliberate changing of human behavior and attitudes by a group of men who have relatively complete control over the environment in which the captive population lives.' [Corrective Psychiatry & Journal of Social Change, Second Quarter, 1962.]

Thus were experimental "brainwashing" programs begun in the late 1960s and early 1970s in the Marion, Springfield, and Butner federal prisons.

Thought reform is not the only tool in the arsenal of government agencies and mind control cults. Some newage ideas are coming right out of professional western psychology. Primal Scream, for one, where the patient lays on the floor in his therapists' office and screams to the top of his lungs. Another is rebirthing where a person is wrapped in a blanket and slowly emerges reliving the birthing experience. Two counselors are in prison in Colorado today for rebirthing a defiant little girl named Megan. She did not come out of her the blanket alive.

Aversion therapy is another popular tool for behavioral modification. One father, fearing his teenage son was gay, sent him to a program that placed an erection detector on the child's penis. The child was shown pictures of nude males and if the detector sensed movement in the young boy's genitals, he was given an electric shock. The boy committed suicide.

Synanon Church. In 1958 in California a recovering alcoholic named Chuck Dederich formed a foundation to treat heroin addicts which he called Synanon. The heart of Synanon was a brutal, verbal peer group confrontation called "The Game" (or synanon with a small "s") where addicts shouted indictments at one another. That is, addicts aided in their own recovery. Synanon was no more effective than anyone else but some slick marketing strategies plus national exposure in a book by New York psychiatrist Daniel Casriel and spreads in Look, Life and Ebony magazines made the Synanon Game a new standard of addiction treatment. Programs like Phoenix House and Daytop are based on synanon-style confrontations though they prefer to call themselves the more professional sounding therapeutic communities.

A remarkable series of events converged on the month of June 1970 which has forever affected the way the world has come to look at addiction treatment. Woodstock had just occurred and shown us that middle class whites were using drugs. And Charles Manson and Green Beret Captain Jeffery MacDonald had scared us into believing that drugs make middle class kids want to kill. Through the winter of 1970 the nations' newspapers and magazines were forecasting a heroine epidemic amongst middle class American teenagers which would begin in June of 1970. All sorts of drug treatment programs started springing up all over the place. Charles Manson's trial began in June and the month before, in May, Narconon™, the drug rehabilitation program affiliated with the Church of Scientology™, was incorporated on the west coast. But many of the new treatment programs were Synanon-based therapeutic communities like Elan (if you've been keeping up with the Michael Skakel / Martha Moxley murder trial). Another was The Seed which opened for business in June 1970 on the east coast in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The Seed was a synanon for kids-only. It was unusual in that as a start-up, experimental program founded by a high school graduate and recovering alcoholic, it got a grant for $1 million (in 1970 dollars!) from the federal government's NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse )--a subsidiary of the sprawling NIMH (National Institue of Mental Health). Psychiatrist Robert L. DuPont, Jr. was then the director of NIDA. The CIA had experimented with LSD on prisoners at the NIH's lock-up hospital in Lexington, Kentucky where NIH had set up its own experimental synanon which it called MATRIX.

This has made more than one conspiracy theorist wonder whether The Seed was some sort of CIA-backed mind control experiment to turn long-hair, pot smoking American teenagers into mindful and obedient, clean-cut kids with button-down, collared shirts who would fight our wars and vote for Richard Nixon's Republican Party. The theory gets even more intriguing when, in 1974, the U.S. Senate published a report which likened The Seeds methods to the brainwashing techniques employed by the North Koreans against American servicemen during the Korean War. The Senate report was
a principal reason for The Seed to stop its expansion programs.

Drug Free America Foundation (Straight). But out of the ashes of one of those Seed expansion programs, some former Seed parents including Melvin Sembler (now Ambassador to Italy) and his wife Betty Sembler, opened their own Seed-like program which they called Straight, Inc. which grew to become the largest chain of juvenile drug rehabilitation programs in the world. Straight was so successful , in large part, because Robert DuPont (the man who had administered the unusual NIDA contract to The Seed) left NIDA and became a paid consultant for Straight! He claims that he got Nancy Reagan involved in Straight. He has stated in deposition that it was his idea that Straight go national. He defended Straight in many of its civil suits against it for abusing kids. Today Straight is a drug policy think tank operating under the name Drug Free America Foundation and Robert DuPont is on its Advisory Board.

DFAF does not run the Straight treatment program anymore (though Betty Sembler and so many other former Straight officials have infiltrated Operation PAR, another therapeutic community for drug rehabilitation, that a great case can be made that PAR is the new treatment arm of DFAF.) DFAF no longer operates the old Straight program but second-generation Straights continue to operate all over the country and there have been allegations of abuse at some of them. [Look at the people who endorse Straight on the flier at top left. George Bush is the former director of the CIA during the Nixon administration. Robert DuPont is the founding director of NIMH'S NIDA. In World War II Congressman Charles Bennett had been an intelligence officer assigned to the secret Counter Intelligence Corps. And Dr. Maxie Maultsby taught Rational Emotive Therapy to Straight's Dr. George Ross at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY., the same city where the NIMH operated an experimental, federal lockup hospital on addictions and where the CIA conducted LSD experiments on inmates.] 

The juvenile heroine epidemic never did materialize in June 1970 but a plethora of treatment programs to combat it did. Now thanks especially to synanons any businessman can open up a lucrative drug rehab program for teens. Today there are all kinds of specialty schools for defiant, middle class teenagers and rich kids (and some wards of the state). They are variously called wilderness programs, boot camps, emotional growth schools, achievement camps, religious boarding schools, and synanon-based therapeutic communities. Kids are treated for drug addiction, sexual orientation, eating disorders, low academic performance, or for just plain being defiant. And the programs are not cheap either, some costing as much as $60,000 a year. Accusations of abuse have been leveled at some of these programs and there have been some deaths.

Many of these specialty schools employ aspects of behavior modification including elements of Communist Chinese brainwashing, and some develop novel ways to effect these techniques to avoid criminal prosecutions. Instead of using chains to restrain ( which, criminally, is bondage) they pick fights with clients and then have 4 or 5 of his fellow clients painfully restrain him. In Straight food deprivation is achieved by giving a kid food!--plain peanut butter sandwiches for breakfast, for lunch and for supper, no jelly, just big globs of peanut butter, for up to 30 days until the child is sickened at the thought of another peanut butter sandwich.

Like so many involved in the human potential movement, many kids in newage rehabilitation programs are tricked or forced to tell their deepest darkest secret (confession) as a primary step towards recovery, often citing AA ("admitted to God, myself, and another human being") as the reason. This extorted information may then be used against the confessor, relentlessly. Many of these programs use the Chinese peer group concept--no one gets out unless everyone complies. In the Straight cult inmates actually spit in one another's faces just like their counter parts in Chinese Seventh of May Academies. In many of these programs kids are allowed no unmonitored contact with their own parents until they earn that privilege. In many of these programs kids are not allowed to discuss what happens in the program. In order to control parents, parents are often subjected to some form of a control program of their own where they will typically attend parent meetings in the evening or attend a weekend seminar from time-to-time.

It would be another decade after June 1970 before the established psychiatric hospitals would catch on to the the lucrative market of teenage drug addiction; that's another story altogether. But the message about any program which treats teens is this. If a child can be sexually molested in a Catholic Church, can he not be sexually molested in a treatment program for teens--or physically assaulted or psychologically abused? How can a parent consent to place a child in any program where he can not contact that child at reasonably specified time periods? How can a parent consent to not ask his child what happens in this program? And how can a well-meaning judge sentence a teenager to such a place or even recommend such a place? Look, everybody knows there are kids with problems who need help, and there are many fine programs available which are genuinely concerned with helping kids in trouble. But judges need to realize that all of these places, like private prisons, are, after all, businesses.

A warden in a publicly operated prison has incentive to get a prisoner rehabilitated and back to society at large as a productive citizen. In a privately owned prison, the longer a prisoner stays, the more money the warden and guards make. Is this not an inducement for prison wardens and guards to pick fights with prisoners to stop early paroles? And while we are on private prisons, the conspiracy theorists among us ask why George H. W. Bush, former director of the CIA, is so interested in Straight which is a private prison.

And why is Wackenhut, the nation's second largest operator of private prisons, so filled with former CIA men? Why is George H. W. Bush so close to Straight founders Mel Sembler and Joe Zappala, two Floridian construction moguls.? And why is a Florida-based private prison operations company running private prisons in Texas?

Previously we reported that Governor Jeb Bush, his wife Columba and his Lieutenant Governor Toni Jennings, along with other prominent Florida Republicans had joined the advisory board of Straight under its new name--Drug Free America Foundation. That report is here. DFAF has now publicly disclosed its members and backers, so we have some new names to add to the list. Historically, Straight targeted the children of affluent white parents for drug treatment (See $95 million charity for white kids) Thus it is not surprising to learn that Darryl Rouson, President of the St. Petersburg Chapter of the NAACP, has joined DFAF's Advisory Board. Susan Latvala, the Pinellas County Commissioner who is so chummy with the Church of Scientology, joined Rouson along with Christy McCampbell, Director of Public Safety, U.S. Department of Homeland Security. (See Advisory DFAF Board. See Never Again on Advisory Board.) Foundation founder Betty Sembler's biography is here.

More surprising than the inclusion of Darryl Rouson is the revelation that Stephanie Haynes of the Drug Prevention Network of the Americas is now a special DFAF advisor. In 1996 Texas Governor George W. Bush appointed Stephanie Haynes to the board of directors of the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (TCADA). In 1989 TCADA yanked the license of Kids of El Paso, Miller Newtons's brutal rendition of Straight, and in 1991 Straight-Dallas closed after being advised by TCADA that it was going to revoke Straight's license for reports of child abuse. (See Haynes)
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Man dies of heroin overdose at Operation Par two days before his graduation from the program

Man dies of heroin overdose at Operation Par two days before his graduation from the program story
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Operation Par to receive 1.5 million fed grant

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Straight-infiltrated Operation Par sending referals to Narconon™

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Operation PAR's Dr. Betty Buchan endorses Narconon™


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DFAF Adv. Bd. member Susan Latvala and husband Jack (former director of the Fl. state Republican Party) get chummy with the Church of Scientology™

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Operation Par counselor with extensive criminal record arrested for armed rape

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Operation Par defends its hiring screening process in wake of assault by one of its counselors


Reader's shouldn't be overly surprised at PAR's ability to screen its employees. In 1999 it took them over a year to learn that its CEO had been convicted of a DUI. story PAR fired its medical director in 1994 as soon as it learned that he had been accused of sexual abuse of a teenage boy. story
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Operation PAR tackles faith-based by W. Fager

Faith-based rehabilitation is a concept that assumes that men of God need no state oversight to administer social programs such as drug rehabilitation. It is a concept first popularized in Texas by then Gov. George W. Bush who is today trying to make it the law of the land. In a clear violation of "separation of church and state" the president presses for awarding federal grant money to church-based social programs.
Many fault the President for assuming that all men of God should be trusted out of hand. Look at Father Bruce Ritter and Covenant House, for example. During his 1984 inaugural address President Ronald Reagan singled out Father Bruce Ritter as one of the nation's "un-sung" heroes for his work at Covenant House, a program to take in homeless children. In 1989 President George H. W. Bush launched his "thousand points of light" initiative from Covenant House. Four months after Bush's award, Father Ritter stepped down from Covenant House amidst allegations he was having sex with the young boys he saved from the streets and that he was fraudulently handling charitable funds.

The President's brother Jeb Bush is pushing the faith-based initiative in Florida. But, like Texas, Florida has had problems with church-based social programs as reported in An intro to ABC Pensacola News Report on faith-based schools by W. Fager. Look at Reverend Doctor Miller Newton. Miller Newton was formerly the national clinical director for Straight, Inc. He hurriedly left Florida in 1982 amidst a flurry of criminal and civil allegations for abusing teenagers. He moved to New Jersey and setup his own Straight-like program he called Kids of Bergen County. From there he setup his own chain of juvenile rehabilitation programs he called Kids Centers of America. In 1989 state health authorities closed down his Kids of Southern California for abusing kids. So Straight moved in and took over his clients. Next year California health authorities closed down Straight of Southern California for abusing kids. Similarly state authorities closed Kids of El Paso and Kids of Salt Lake City. In 1993 three counselors at Kids in New Jersey were convicted of assault. In 1999 another was convicted of assault. Reverend Newton finally closed his flagship facility two years ago after paying out over $11 million to former clients for abuse and to the federal government for Medicare fraud. The New Jersey Law Journal labled Father Newton's treatment regimen "medical quackery." Reverend Newton has moved back to Florida and taken on an alias--Father Cassian. Straight watchers have been very concerned that Jeb Bush will let him organize a faith-based treatment program for youths in Florida, because, by ordination and education, he is a man of God. Father Cassian has not established a social program for youths, but he has joined a subsidiary group of DFAF!

In 1984 Straight, Inc. was ordered by a jury in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia to pay Fred Collins $220,000 for falsely imprisoning him. The jury felt that Mr. Collins had not sufficiently proved that he had been abused while incarcerated at Straight, otherwise the judgment would have surely been for much more. Fred Collins had been an honor roll engineering student at Virginia Tech who had come to Straight to visit his brother there during Spring break. But during prescreening as a requirement to see his brother, a Straight counselor had looked into Fred's eyes, determined that they were red, and ordered him into treatment against his will. The counselor who made the decision to incarcerate Fred Collins was a former Catholic priest named Chris Yarnold. During deposition Mr. Yarnold admitted he did not know what laughing gas was, nor did he know the active ingredient in marijuana [THC]. When asked, in court, if he knew how the hallucinogenic factor in drugs worked, he replied, "No. All I knew was drugs affected people." He declared that he had known Mr. Collins had been smoking marijuana because his eyes had been red at intake. He admitted that contact lenses could make one’s eyes red, but on physical examination of Collins at the trial, he failed to notice that Collins was then wearing contact lenses. Later Yarnold became director of the ill-fated Straight-Sarasota.
Today Chris Yarnold is director of marketing at Betty Sembler's Operation Par. He represents Op PAR on Florida's Faith and Community-Based Treatment Committee. Operation PAR is looking for individuals to serve on its interfaith advisory board.
Mr. Yarnold is standing in the line to get that fat faith-based money along with Joy Margolis. Joy is Straight's former mouthpiece. Now she is a member of Jeb Bush's Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Advisory Board. A second link is here.
Also read Child Abuse in Florida's Faith-based Programs by Wes Fager.
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The Lexington Comair Crash, Part 32: A World of Illusion – God, Pestilence & the Roots of Torture at Guantanamo (Part One)

On July 19, 1942 – the same day that Flight 5191 passenger Arnold Andrews was born – Heinrich Himmler issued his order for "The Completion of the 'Final Solution' in the Government-General." Himmler therewith commanded that resettlement of the entire Jewish population of Germany be carried out and completed by the end of the year. After December 31, "no persons of Jewish origin may remain within the Government-General" unless they were in "collection camps" in Eastern Europe. Himmler's order was "required with a view to the necessary ethnic division of races and peoples for the New Order in Europe, and also in the interests of the security and cleanliness of the German Reich and its sphere of interest. Every breach of this regulation spells a danger to quiet and order in the entire German sphere of interest, a point of application for the resistance movement and a source of moral and physical pestilence."241

Several generations of scientific advancement later, the American OverClass (who provoked much of the anti-Semitic agitation in the Nazi Germany – eg. Henry Ford's "The International Jew" sold over 11-million copies) is still bent on the quiet implementation of racial hygiene policies.

Mel and Betty Sembler, for example.

Straight, Inc., the drug-abuse treatment network founded and operated by Mel Sembler – one that bore an uncanny resemblance to the torture at GUANTANAMO (see part 3: Deason, ACS and detainee torture) in its CIA-conceived mind control "treatment" regimen – took white kids, preferably with wealthy parents who felt no qualms over Sembler's "tough" approach to therapeutic strategy.242

Maia Szalavitz, a drug treatment authority in a Cato Foundation presentation on April 1, 2006, described the Guantanamo/Abu Ghraib methods developed by Mel Sembler: "Straight put kids on peanut-butter-only diets for weeks, kept them awake with no sleep whatsoever for days, forced them to spank each other and made them maintain various stress positions or exercise to the point of exhaustion.

"It constantly humiliated participants, famously gagging some with Kotex, calling girls 'sluts' and boys 'fags' and making those who had been sexually abused take responsibility for their 'part' in seducing the pedophiles who had molested them.

Straight also extensively used isolation and restraint, which involved "a teen being thrown violently to the floor by fellow participants and then sat upon by multiple people, sometimes someone would even restrict the victim’s breathing by holding the mouth and nose closed. This, too, often lead to serious injuries – many of which went untreated so the program could avoid arousing suspicion from medical personnel."243

Betty Sembler

Operation PAR – the drug-abuse treatment network overseen by wife Betty Sembler – employed Arnold Andrews for 23 years. This program was, by design, not for white kids but low-income blacks.244 Back in 1978, the Saint Petersburg Times published a "Special On-site Monitoring Report on Straight," by Florida’s Bureau of Criminal Justice Planning and Assistance Assistant Chief John H. Dale, Jr. found that Operation PAR treated an average population base of 40-50 adolescents ... all were black.245

Wes Fager followed the Deep Throat money trail, and found a mess of local, state and national conservative connections: "The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) has been granting Betty Sembler's Operation PAR $64,000 a year since 1999. Guy Tunnell, commissioner of FDLE, and James "Tim" Moore, former commissioner of FDLE, are members of the Advisory Board for DFAF. In 1995 the Florida Attorney General's office granted Operation PAR $59,000.

CHARLIE CRIST (who will prove to be significant in the execution of CIA-Republican airplane crashes), the present AG, "has been a friend of Mel's son Brent since childhood. ... Op PAR board member Terry Hensley is the former executive director of DFAF. Before that he was chief of police for St. Petersburg. Operation PAR works with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. It appears that Betty Sembler had something to do with the creation of the St. Petersburg-based Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force Training organization that trains law enforcement officials nationwide in drug interdiction. She serves on MCTFT's Advisory Board with Pinellas County's sheriff Jim Coates and Guy Tunnell, commissioner of FDLE. Betty Sembler is Florida Governor Jeb Bush's former finance co-chairman. In 2000 Jeb Bush proposed to spend $16.4 million for the construction of more juvenile residential centers so that incarceration stays could be increased by five months. Jeb Bush is on the Advisory Board for DFAF. His wife Columba and his lieutenant governor, Toni Jennings, are also on DFAF's Advisory Board."246

Andrews left Operation PAR in 2004 for the executive vice president position at the WestCare Foundation, based in Las Vegas.

The Funeral for Arnold Andrews

The president of the WestCare Foundation is Richard Steinberg – now, he intended to be on Flight 5191, but (not the first time in this account, nor the last) God interceded:

There But For the Grace of God

One of those traveling on the ill-fated Comair plane was Arnold Andrews, a senior vice president of Westcare, a national non-profit agency with offices in Metro Atlanta. ... Andrews was supposed to be in Atlanta on Monday night for a meeting in DeKalb County with Westcare, a non-profit health and human services agency with an outreach that extends across America. ... "Andrews’ chair in the boardroom sat vacant Monday night, both literally and figuratively ...

"Richard Steinberg was SUPPOSED TO BE ON THE FLIGHT WITH ANDREWS, but missed it due to a problem with a connecting flight."247 (Connecting flight complications ... in the middle of the night? Flight 5191 was scheduled for departure at 6:00 am – Steinberg wanted a connecting flight at ... when? 3:00 in the morning? Flight 5191 passengers were highly unusual people - they had no need for sleep, evidently.)

Yahoo News reports that Richard Steinberg hails from SAMHSA – the same agency that employed Flight 5191 casualty Steve McElravy – yet another Comair "coincidence": "Steinberg [is the] CEO and president of WestCare, president of Therapeutic Communities of America [TCA] and a former member of the National Advisory Council of SAMHSA, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment."248

Arnold Andrews (center), late VP of Operation Par and the WestCare Foundation

SAMHSA has funded a number of offshoots of Mel Sembler's Straight, Inc. (Pathways Family Centers in Indianapolis, Kids Helping Kids of Cincinnati, and Growing Together and Turn About), and Sembler has continued to pander to power.249 (On September 21, the International Herald Tribune reported, "A prominent Republican who chairs I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby's legal defense fund in the CIA leak affair co-hosted a fundraiser Wednesday for Sen. Joe Lieberman, who is running for re-election as an independent after losing the Democratic party primary. Mel Sembler, a former Republican National Committee finance chairman, helped organize a reception that raised about a "couple hundred thousand dollars" for Lieberman, who was in attendance. Sembler said the event at his firm's office in St. Petersburg, Florida, drew a mix of Republican, Democratic and independent donors. 'He's a man of principle,' Sembler, a former ambassador to Italy and Australia, said of Lieberman ... 'He's an excellent candidate. We're happy to support him.' "Libby, Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff, was indicted last year on charges that he lied to FBI agents and a federal grand jury about how he learned CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity and when he subsequently told reporters. Sembler, who is board chairman of the Sembler Company, a real estate and shopping center development company, said he has worked hard to raise money for Libby's legal defense fund. 'It's amazing to go to all this hard work when a crime never got committed,' said Sembler, who also described himself as 'dear friends' with Cheney."250)

All of this has the implied blessing of The Lord on High, of course ...

Charles Curie, pill pusher in Pennsylvania, SAMHSA director under H&HS secretary Tommy Thompson, involved the agency in Access to Recovery, according to the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities web site, "a $600 million project to expand drug and alcohol treatment capacity for voucher programs, and to use faith-based service providers as well as medical-based. The impetus for the project, said Curie, is the recognition that the path to a person’s wellness involves treating the mental, emotional and spiritual, as well as the physical aspects of the individual."251

McElravy, the Ananda Margan transcendentalist, found his niche at high-minded H&HS ...

So did Mormon Mike Leavitt (R-Utah), Thompson's successor at the helm of Health and Human Services. It would take an entire book to detail the corruption that Leavitt has been involved in; here is a brief list of summaries with cites:

MICHAEL OKERLUND LEAVITT (born February 11, 1951 in Cedar City, Utah), Secretary of Health and Human Services.

"On August 11, 2003, Governor Leavitt was nominated by President George W. Bush to be the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at a press conference in Aurora, Colorado. He was confirmed to this office on October 28, 2003 by a vote of 88-8 in the United States Senate. Leavitt resigned the Utah governor's office on November 5. He was sworn in as the 10th Administrator of the EPA the following day. On December 13, 2004, Leavitt was nominated by Bush to succeed Tommy Thompson as Secretary of Health and Human Services and was confirmed by the Senate by voice vote on January 26, 2005.

"Mr. Leavitt has described the avian flu virus as the most serious threat to American security ...

Mr. Leavitt's cited the work of the World Health Organization's Dr. Michael McCoy as the most probative scientific work into the threat of the avian flu.

"Leavitt also serves on the Homeland Security Advisory Council."

(Source: Wikipedia)
December 15, 2003

Home, Home on the (Radioactive) Range

"Under former governor, now EPA director Michael Leavitt, Utah regulators were more like lap dogs than watch dogs with only one trick in their repertoire: roll over. Predatory corporations peddling toxic waste disposal, who knew an anemic civic environment when they saw one, took full advantage. Each new environmental horror pried opened the gate a bit further for the next poisonous monster to slither in.

Theocracy in America – What Gentile life in Mormon Utah can Teach Us about Church and State

By Stephanie Mencimer

"Last year, the non-church-owned Salt Lake Tribune published a three-part series on the Mountain Meadows Massacre, a dark moment in church history when Mormon settlers slaughtered a group of emigrants from Arkansas in 1858. The church has long tried to downplay the events at Mountain Meadows, and official lore maintains that sympathetic Mormons had rescued the emigrants' children during the massacre. But in 1999, an anthropologist studying the bones from a mass grave at the massacre site discovered that many of the victims had been shot in the face at close range, including young children.

"Adding to the scandal, the Tribune revealed that Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt (a descendant of one of the killers), had cut short the anthropologist's work and ordered the bones reburied in the desert to prevent further study. Not a word of the story appeared in the church-owned Deseret News, Salt Lake's other daily paper. And not long after the series, the church attempted to buy the Tribune as part of a hostile takeover---a move the staff believed was designed to silence the independent paper. The purchase is still in litigation."

The Latest Bounce
by Laura Paskus

"During his introductory address, the new Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Mike Leavitt, told of a visit to President Bush’s Crawford ranch: 'I’m from the West, and I know love of the land when I see it,' he said. Leavitt then announced plans to implement Bush’s Clear Skies Initiative, which, among other things, allows coal-fired power plants to send more mercury into the air. Under the plan, rather than cleaning up their act, polluters can trade 'pollution credits' with less-polluting plants (HCN, 9/29/03: Who’s at the helm?)."

Utah Pollution Worsens to Red Alert

"A new report by the Interior Department discovers that they themselves have not been collecting royalties owed them by Big Oil companies drilling on public land. Everyone else has known this for years but Bushites like former Interior Department director Gale Norton of Colorado and former EPA director and Utah governor Mike Leavitt covered it up or ignored it."

Leavitt takes a page from Abramoff

"Jack Abramoff, Ralph Reed, and Grover Norquist would approve of ex-Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt's (current Bush secretary of HHS) sham charity. After all, its what they used to funnel money to their favorite cause: themselves.

The Leavitts used nearly $9 million of their assets to set up the foundation in 2000 under an obscure provision of the federal tax code. In 2002, 2003 and 2004, the Leavitt organization donated less than 1 percent of its assets.

... While Mike Leavitt alone has claimed about $1.2 million in tax write-offs since 2000, the foundation gave away only $49,000 in 2002 and $52,000 the next year, according to tax returns and other documents filed by the foundation. Meanwhile, the foundation's assets have been used for a $332,000 loan to Leavitt Land and Investment Inc., in which the secretary owns a significant stake, and other secured loans for insurance and real estate deals, said Alan Jones, a trustee of the organization.

"Leavitt Land and Investment, in turn, extended an interest-free loan to Leavitt in 2002 valued at more than $250,001, according to a recent financial disclosure."

Year in Review

"On June 20, Gov. Mike Leavitt denied he was even remotely interested in replacing outgoing Christy Todd Whitman as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, saying that assuming the position would be 'highly problematic.' It wasn’t disclosed whether his 'highly problematic' sticking point was that little 2000 promise he made to Utah voters about finishing his term if elected, or any one of such toxic incidentals as Envirocare, MagCorp, Whirling Disease, or speculation that a new bio-terror zombie flick called 28 Days Later was actually a documentary about Ogden."

Bless the Whistleblowers: Part III of the Leavitt Foundation Story

"Bless the whistleblowers! Remember when the whistleblowers at Enron, WorldCom, and the FBI were honored as the Time Magazine 2002 Persons of the Year? Unfortunately, among nonprofits, there is too often an understanding that whistleblowing isn't appropriate behavior, violating the omerta that allows some of the unfortunate charity scandals to fester out of control. Despite the propensity of some nonprofit trade associations to sound like shills for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in their apocaplytic denunciations of Sarbanes-Oxley, one of the only two provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley law that expressly apply to nonprofits is the law's whistleblower protection language.

"Let's hope it protects a brave woman who in an act of civil disobedience blew the whistle on HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt's use of a Type III Supporting Organization as his preferred vehicle for charity and philanthropy. In previous posts to the DMI Blog on Leavitt's foundation and later the Leavitts' defense of their foundation, we discussed the issues involved with the Leavitt family's apparently legal but less than savory use of a Type III Supporting Organization, with activities that included spending very little for charity and philanthropy, devoting their grantmaking to charities associated with the Leavitt family for the most part, and tapping the foundation for loans for Leavitt family business interests.

"On NPR's All Things Considered, in a story which we contributed to significantly, an NPR reporter found the answer to something that we had also found but couldn't explain. When the Leavitt Foundation gave grants to the Southern Utah Foundation, the Southern Utah Foundation's Form 990s listed grants that institution gave to the Leavitt Foundation, a practice called "round-tripping". Why would an organization supported by a Type III Supporting Organization, in this case the Dixie and Anne Leavitt Foundation, give some of the money back?

"The answer was found in the civil disobedience of the Southern Utah Foundation's treasurer, one Rhea Tuft. The Southern Utah Foundation was repeatedly hit with Leavitt requests that it use its Leavitt grants for things that would have directly benefitted Leavitt family members, such as paying for some Leavitts (there are a lot of them--the HHS Secretary has 5 brothers) to go to Latin America to work on a water project, a request that the Southern Utah Foundation turned down.

"One item the Southern Utah Foundation didn't turn down was the use of $578,500 of Leavitt Foundation contributions for a housing scholarship program at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah, to pay for the housing costs of needy students. The money went entirely to pay for housing owned by Leavitt Land and Investment. In other words, the Leavitts' real estate firm was the beneficiary of the entire $578,500 charitable grant.

"This obviously ticked off Ms. Tuft. Rather than listing the $578,500 as a grant to the university for the housing scholarship program, Ms. Tuft in her capacity as the Southern Utah Foundation treasurer listed the grant as going back to the Leavitt Foundation because the money, in the end, DID go back to the Leavitts, that is, their business bank account. Ms. Tuft's explanation simply confirmed everything we've said about the Leavitt family's Type III Supporting Organization: "I don't think it was illegal. I just don't think it was right."

"That is the problem right there, Ms. Tuft. So far, what the Leavitts have done with their foundation may very well be legal, but it's lousy. That's why the Internal Revenue Service has included Type III Supporting Organizations on its list of the Dirty Dozen tax scams in both 2005 and 2006. That's why the Senate Finance Committee originally wanted to get rid of Type IIIs. That's why a federal cabinet officer shouldn't have chosen a Type III Supporting Organization as his family's preferred charitable vehicle.

"Ms. Tuft, if they go after you, you'll have a bunch of us standing up to defend your courage in calling out the Leavitt's charitable and business round-tripping." title=Bush_regime_environmental_record

Bush regime environmental record

"To avoid answering questions posed by six U.S. Senators concerned with the records of President Bush and EPA nominee Michael Leavitt on environmental issues that affect the lives of millions of Americans, Senate Republicans Bill Frist (R-TN) and Mitch McConnel (R-KY) last night filed a cloture petition ( write a petition ) to override "holds" placed on Leavitt's nomination and to cut off any floor debate--before any debate has even begun." – EarthJustice

"The Senators with holds on Mike Leavitt's confirmation vote have asked legitimate questions about this nomination. The Senators have questions that have yet to be answered about whether Governor Leavitt and President Bush will continue to weaken our nation's environmental safeguards. They are refusing to release information about their anti-environmental policies," said Joan Mulhern, senior legislative counsel for Earthjustice.

"This disrespectful disregard of traditional Senate processes is an effort to force a vote on the EPA nomination before many important questions can even be asked," said Mulhern. 'The Bush administration and Senate Republican leadership apparently don't believe they have to answer to anyone about their policies to destroy federal environmental safeguards. These are life and death issues for many Americans - will our drinking water be clean? Is the air safe for our kids to breathe? The Bush White House and Governor Leavitt do not want to answer these questions.'"

HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt Joined Mayor Bloomberg at New York City
Jul 2006 15

"Acknowledging that a possible flu pandemic would require a strong local response, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt signed a resolution, committing the city and federal government to planning efforts.

"They did so before an audience of public health officials, business and community leaders, gathered to address pandemic flu preparedness. Secretary Leavitt is in New York City as part of a national tour, as the federal government prepares the country for a potential influenza pandemic."

And so on and on and on ...

[To be continued ... ]

NEXT ...

Trail of Pestilence

Hey there brothers
the time is near
you wouldn't listen
now it's too clear
power madmen
screwed our world
now we suffer
for their thrills ...

We let it happen
we sealed our fate
we're thinking twice, now
but it's too late
burning bodies
with eyes that glow
distorted vision
of a life we've known

- Saint Vitus

241.) Heinrich Himmler Jewish resettlement order, "Documents of the Holocaust," Yad Vashem The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority.

242.) Wes Fager blog entry, "Dead: James T. Russell, former Pinellas County States Attorney," January 06, 2006

"Republican James T. Russell, the former states attorney for Pinellas County Florida, died at his home in Tennessee on Jan. 2, 2006. They say when a man dies, if you can not say anything good about him, say nothing at all. So this will be awkward for us. From what we have read about the man, he had a reputation for going after local political corruption and for that we are grateful because Pinellas County Florida is one of the most corrupt political systems in the nation..."

243.) Maia Szalavitz, "TOUGH LOVE QUACKERY," Cato Institute paper, April 20, 2006.

244.) Wes Fager, "Straight: Mel and Betty Sembler's $95 million charity marketing to white families and violating human rights & civil liberties," 2000.

245.) Wesley Fager, "Ambassador Melvin Sember, wife Betty and Straight, Inc.: should they be ambassadors of national drug policy, or jailed?" March 8, 2005.

247.) Keith Whitney and Michael King, "There But For the Grace of God," WXIA-TV (Channel 11 in Atlanta), August 29, 2006.

248.) "Hythiam Expands Licensing to Miami," Managed Care Weekly Digest, May 18, 2005. Mirrored here:

249.) "Oakton Institute call for Orlando and Washington Protests, 9/11/03 - 9/12/03."

250.) AP release, "Top Republican Co-Hosted Fund-raiser for Leiberman," September 21, 2006.

251.) "Charles Curie, Advocate for the ill"•••
The Lexington Comair Crash, Part 33: A World of Illusion – God, Pestilence & the Roots of Torture at Guantanamo (cont'd)

He was born Arnoldo Andreas. His father, the late Peter Andreas, a CUBAN EXILE, was a Tampa (Trafficanté's zone) boxing promoter who changed his name in the States. His son was rechristened Arnold Andrews. At the University of Tampa, Andrews volunteered for a fledgling drug treatment program in St. Petersburg, and ascended through the ranks at several CIA drug-treatment/mind control centers, beginning with The Seed. At the time of his death, Andrews, who'd always been active in the church, was executive director emeritus at Catholic Charities in St. Petersburg, a diocese that has seen its own share of sex scandals.252

Father Christopher Fitzgerald delivered the eulogy at Andrews' funeral: "God and Arnold were good friends, very good friends. They walked together. For many years. ... On that dark Sunday morning, at 6 a.m., they were closer to God's house in heaven than they were to Arnold's house in Tampa ... "

Andrews was an exemplary public servant. He founded San Jose Villas, an 80-unit housing complex for migrant farmworkers in east Hillsborough County, and built homes for the poor – yet he suffered the rats, was surrounded by scabrous CIA-Republican corruption throughout his career, held executive positions at several CIA drug treatment/mind control fronts.

The dual nature of the human beast ...

There is much that he could tell ... but Andrews has left for mortality's nearer house ...

Time Machine

In 1972, NIDA Director Dr. Robert DuPont, says Fager, "administered a whopping $1.8 million contract to an experimental, start-up Synanon for kids-only called The Seed in Fort Lauderdale." NIH funded several programs patterned after the cultic, bizarre Synanon, Inc., "had even started its own experimental Synanon at the federal lockup hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. This program was called MATRIX. Eventually, Dr. DuPont left government service and became a paid consultant for Straight, which had replaced The Seed" after a Senate investigation found that it was engaged in "brainwashing."

"One feature of [Art] Barker's Seed was the Spanking Machine, where a child's father must publicly whip his kid before the large peer group. Dr. Jerome Jaffe, the first White House Drug Czar, had written the foreward to Dr. Meyers' book which called for caution in the use of Synanon-style screaming matches against kids. Despite this, despite the warnings of so many other notables, despite Art Barker's total lack of credentials [he had a mail-order degree] and less than admirable past, The Seed received a $1.8 million U.S. government grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) soon after it opened." By 1975 The Seed spread, but "the Senate forced NIDA to require Seed clients to sign a 'risk to human subjects' form as required by NIDA's own policy for grants involving human experimentation. Barker balked at this and lost his bid for an additional federal grant for expansion."

Dr. Robert DuPont

Human experimentation was the furtive mission of The Seed. Fager: "It is important you understand that back in the 1970s Senator Irvin was not conducting a study of The Seed, he was studying any programs funded by the federal government which used drugs, psycho-surgery or thought control on American citizens in possible violation of their constitutional rights. And it was with that purpose in mind that he found out about The Seed. For example, the report discussed a psychiatrist at Georgetown University (where Robert DuPont and Richard Schwartz now teach) who had performed over 4,000 frontal lobotomies using only a serialized ice-pick in a special chair in his office. The pick was trust through the eye and this psychiatrist had shown that he could permanently disable two people at once. The Senate report discussed work done by psychologist James V. McConnell at the University of Michigan who published an article in the May 1970 issue of Psychology Today, titled 'Criminals Can Be Brainwashed-Now.'

"Dr McConnell had spent years training flatworms to go in and out of mazes at his bidding by administering a series of painful electric shocks, now he proposed using similar techniques on prisoners combining sensory deprivation with drugs, hypnosis, and manipulation of rewards/punishment. The report also discussed an Iowa program which injected prisoners with the drug apomorphine for breaking rules like cussing or illegally smoking. Apomorphine cause one to vomit uncontrollably for up to an hour.
"Another program in a state mental hospital in Vacaville, California evaluated the effectiveness of using Succinylcholine (anectine) as a means of suppressing hazardous behavior [e.g. repeated assaults, attempted suicide]. Succinylcholine when injected intramuscularly results in complete muscular paralysis including temporary respiratory arrest. It avoids, the program boasted, many of the strenuous features which characterize other chemical aversion procedures like uncontrolled vomiting. Sixteen patients likened the experience to dying. Three patients compared it to actual experiences in the past in which they had almost drowned. The majority described it as a terrible, scary, experience. Irvin’s report discussed one experimental California Criminal Justice program in 1971 which was to develop a Maximum Psychiatric Diagnostic Unit (MPDU) designed to hold eighty-four convicts. Another program at Folsom prison was to build four, 21 man cell blocks for a total of eighty-four cells! The Seed just happened to be the only juvenile synanon receiving funds from the federal government that the Senate had felt compelled to investigate because of the rumors of what was going on down there in Florida with that government-backed program."253

The Seed was terminated and supplanted by Straight, Inc., a continuation of CIA mind control experimentation. Straight's board of directors included:

Jeb Bush – Governor of Florida

Columba Bush – Jeb's wife

Thomas Constantine – Former director of the DEA

Robert L. DuPont, Jr. – Second White House Drug Czar and key CIA-Republican drug rehab/mind control operative

James R. McDonough – Florida's Drug Czar

Toni Jennings – a Republican and formerly President of Florida's Senate

Rudy Bradley – A Republican, Florida state Representative from Saint Petersburg, pushes faith-based initiatives.

Richard M. Baker – Mayor of Saint Petersburg

Susan Latvala – Pinellas County commissioner, chairwomen of Operation Par

Brad Owen – a Democrat and Lt. Governor of Washington state

Alfred Hoffman, Jr. was also on Straight's advisory board. In 1997, Salon's ezine reports, Hoffman, Jeb Bush's finance co-chairman, paid $3-million for a yacht club in Coral Gables purchased from Armando Codina, leader of the Cuban American National Foundation. Armando Codina is a former business partner of Jeb Bush. Salon ezine reports: "American intelligence and law enforcement authorities firmly believed that [one Orlando] Bosch was responsible for ... the 1976 explosion that BROUGHT DOWN A CUBAN AIRLINER [see Lexington Comair Crash, Part 4], killing all 76 civilians aboard, although Venezuelan prosecutors had failed to convict him of that terrible crime." In 1989 Bosch was in prison in America for entering the country illegally, but prominent Miami Republicans, including businessmen with the Cuban American National Foundation, pressured President Bush to pardon Mr. Bosch. President Bush's son Jeb had made a fortune in real estate deals with some of these Cuban exile businessmen who had advocated Bosch's release. George H. W. Bush pardoned Bosch and worked out a deal so he could stay in America despite the Justice Department's desire to have him deported because he had, "repeatedly expressed and demonstrated a willingness to cause indiscriminate injury and death."254

Orlando Bosch

The key director of Operation Par is Susan Latvala. Since the 2000 election, she has been a very busy little Pinellas County commissioner. In 2004, Ms Latvala chaired the Board of County Commissioners. She has been appointed to the statewide Substance Abuse and Mental Health Corporation, is chair of the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Leadership Group in Pinellas County, a member of the local Elections Canvassing Board.255

Her husband, state Senator W. J. "Jack" Latvala, chaired the Florida Young Republicans as a student at Stetson U., and went on to executive directorship of the state Republican Party in Tallahassee. In 1979, Jack Eckerd, chairman of the Florida Republican Legislative Campaign Committee, recruited Latvala and relocated him to Palm Harbor, Pinellas County, to run for the state senate.256

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation was but a pill-pop away, of course. The Foundation's web site boasts of its Advancing Recovery State Partnership program: "Florida's Department of Children and Families [DCF, headed by Jerry Regier, formerly president of Gary Bauer's Family Research Council], Substance Abuse Program Office (SAPO), has assembled a partnership with the Florida Office of Drug Control, Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, the Southern Coast Addiction Technology Transfer Center, and treatment providers Operation PAR, River Region Human Services, and Spectrum Programs. The purpose of the program in Florida is to modify the substance abuse treatment system, primarily to increase the use of Naltrexone for the treatment of alcoholism [and]. .... For the primary aim, the State's SAPO will develop guidelines to help providers address statutory requirements for use of Naltrexone. ... "257

Florida's DCF under Jeb Bush has been a travesty:

Dept of Children's Services in Florida
Miami Herald
August 8, 2004

Arguably the most important appointment of the governor's [Jeb Bush's] tenure -- choosing the person to lead Florida's scandalized child-welfare agency – has proven to be one of the worst decisions that Bush has ever made. A scalding report by the governor's chief inspector general has revealed that high-ranking DCF officials handed out fat and dubious contracts to pals and political cronies, and accepted gifts, favors and lodging from outside contractors. ... "

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252.) Stephen Nohlgren "St. Petersburg bishop puts price on sex abuse claims," St. Petersburg Times, December 12, 2003.

253.) Wes Fager, "Where did it come from? Synanon Church and the medical basis for the $traights, or Hoopla in Lake Havasu."

254.) Wesley Fager, "Jeb Bush joins Straight's Advisory Board,"the$traights dot com, 2002.

255.) Pinellas County Government site, "Susan Latvala – Commissioner."

256.) Wes Fager, "Scientology and Straight Cult Rehabs Political Ties," December 29, 2005.

257.) "Active Grants: Addiction Prevention & Treatment – Advancing Recovery: State/Provider Partnerships for Quality Addiction Care" Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.;jsessionid=F11d0kDf1gXEKwyW1UTDsZQ2z3glHixHxWuZQa8CzCKUnijLPSWH!218734715?id=56896&iaid=131
The Lexington Comair Crash, Part 34: A World of Illusion (conclusion) – The Fellowship of Extraordinary Nazi Theocrats

The Seed, planted by the DuPont-Sembler-Latvala School of behavior modification, grew into a family tree of incarnations following the discreditation and closure of Straight, Inc., including Pathway Family Center, the Drug Free America Foundation, Operation Par and finally the WestCare Foundation. These organizations operated under the rubric of the Therapeutic Communities of America (TCA), chaired by WestCare's Richard Steinberg (who missed Flight 5191 and lived to attend Andrews' wake).

WestCare is a faith-based reorganization of The Seed, Straight, Inc. and their scandal-ridden successors.

At the WestCare Foundation in Florida, where Arnold Andrews worked, you find:

• Virginia Rowell, a WestCare director, manager of Social Services in St. Petersburg. At the July 12, 2005 Board of County Commissioners meeting, Ms. Rowell was nominated to the Social Action Funding Committee by Pinellas County Commissioner SUSAN LATVALA (the Semblers' right-hand woman and Operation Par director), and the motion was approved by the board.252 Rowell is a member of the Defense Department's Advisory Committee on Women in the Services, director of the Pinellas Board County License Board for Childrens' Centers and the local Homeless Policy Group.253

Susan Latvala

• Chief Clinical Officer Robert L. Neri was, like the late Arnold Andrews, an executive vice president at Operation Par. Neri has over 20 years of experience in the health care field, and has been responsible for the design and oversight of nonprofit substance abuse treatment providers in West Central Florida. Neri is past chairman of the "Standards and Ethics Committee" for TCA, and has been a registered evaluator of the Counseling and Credentialing Board of TCA since 1978. He has been a member of the Certification Board for Addiction Professionals of Florida since 1989. Neri has provided expert testimony to a U.S. Senate subcommittee on drug abuse and is a training consultant for the Florida Department of Corrections.254

• Tom Sledd sits on the Florida board of directors at WestCare. His son, Lance Cpl. Antonio "Tony" Sledd Figueroa, Jr., Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, was murdered "by al Qaeda" in Kuwait, according to "well-informed sources" (a charge denied by the Kuwaiti government, which made arrests after the slayings) in October 2002: "Sledd was fatally shot by two al-Qaeda-trained Kuwaiti gunmen Tuesday during an urban assault training exercise on heavily-guarded Failaka Island, ten miles east of Kuwait City in the Persian Gulf. A second Marine was wounded. ... 'He was determined to be a Marine when he graduated' in 2000 with his twin brother, Mike, said their aunt, Iris Figueroa. Tony Sledd joined the Marine Corps two years ago, and Mike followed at his brother's urging a year later. Figueroa, who teaches at Gaither ... spoke for them after Sledd's father told her 'his son doesn't only belong to the family, but he belongs to the country, the country he loved so much.' A small U.S. flag fluttered on the mailbox. ..."255 On December 17, Lebanon's Daily Star reported that the Kuwaiti court rejected the al Qaeda claim, noting that the testimony had been "extracted under torture."256 Sledd is co-founder, with Dr. Jean LaCour, of Bush's Access to Recovery voucher program (favored by Charles Currie at SAMHSA under H&HS Secretary Tommy Thompson; part 32), of the NET Training Institute.257 According to its web site, "NET Training Institute provides training in counseling, addiction, prevention and recovery support ministry using sound curriculum that is both faith-based and knowledge-based."258

• Askia Muhammad Aquil – "He came into this world Otha Favors," the Tampa Tribune reports, named for his father. "From the late 1960s through the mid-1970s, they called him a black militant, a drug kingpin, an agitator. He founded the Black Youth for Peace and Power, organized boycotts, protested police harassment." The FBI watched him, "local police arrested him, although he never was convicted." The St. Petersburg activist "doesn't deny his colorful past, but he says it has little to do with the man he is today." In 1976, "he cast aside his Christian upbringing and embraced Islam. Three years later, Otha Favors was gone forever when he adopted the Muslim name."259 Aquil is the executive director of Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) in St. Petersburg – a faith-based group that has received generous funding from Governor Jeb Bush – much of it misappropriated – while other social service groups in Florida languish with starvation-level funding, according to the St. Petersburg Times.260

Exactly how much misery have the CIA-Republicans - plus some of the wealthiest and most powerful Democrats - behind a commuter jet crash in eastern Kentucky inflicted on the world?

Gary Webb

There have been untold casualties. Some are known ... "GARY WEBB WAS INVESTIGATING ACS [Affiliated Computer Services, the core of the Guantanamo torture scandal, employer of Comair casualty Fenton Dawson – cf. parts 1-5] and contract fraud in CA when he committed suicide on Dec. 10," Internet journalist Wayne Madsen wrote in a December 2004 e-mail to the Daily Kos web site.261

There is particle-physics momentum to the corruption that began with Caroline Hunt's ES&S ...

Madsen: "The more the Bushes fire additional government insiders, the more stuff is leaked to me about this election fraud. This smoking gun is...the election voting machine companies (all run by extreme right-wing [Dominionist], 'End Timers') conspired with the homeland security and other database firms – all conveniently located in FL, OH, and TX – to rig the vote.... Not only this last election but several previous ones were 'fixed' by a dangerous group of right-wing [Dominionists] who dominate the election machine industry and various GOP Secretary of State and congressional offices. They (known as 'The Fellowship') have been planning this coup for a very long time but now that their 'man' is in the White House they are not about to leave through a fair electoral process."

That electoral corruption has led directly to mass "faith-based" infiltration of the national social services apparat by the CIA DuPont-Sembler mind control spin-offs, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the WestCare Foundation, and a host other unsavories – all feeding at the public ecumenical- and corporate-welfare trough.

Steve McElravy, the Ananda Marga devotee, hired into the Bush administration under the faith-based initiative at Health & Human Services. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has been instrumental in shaping anti-tobacco policy at H&HS.262 And the Foundation's interests are far from altruistic, as the "smoking rights" Clearing the Air web site notes: "ALZA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson [have] developed products have provided therapy for millions of patients throughout the world ... including transdermal (D-TRANS), which has found applications in many widely used pharmaceutical products, such as NicoDerm CQ (nicotine) via site-specific targeting."

J & J bought up Alza in 2001. "RWJF financial holdings include but not limited to 80,499,208 and 86,853,208 shares of Johnson & Johnson Common Stock in 2003 and 2002, respectively. This information is found on page eight of 2004 financials for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. At today's Johnson & Johnson price per share 67.36, that's just a shade over $5.4 billion dollars. ... Since the 1998 election cycle, employees of the pharmaceutical and health product industry, their family members and industry political action committees have given $133 million in campaign contributions to candidates running for federal and state offices."

The financial manipulation is epitomized by a handsome $160,000.00 grant from Nicoderm to the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.264

Under the banner of a subsidiary, McNeil Consumer Products, Johnson & Johnson markets the Nicotrol nicotine patch and nicotine inhaler. RWJF, J&J's controlling sharehold, began the massive funding of tobacco control in the U.S. in 1991 – the same year the FDA granted approval to the nicotine patch.265

Oddly enough, all of this recalls the weirdly-uncharacteristic Nazi anti-smoking campaign. George Davey Smith, a professor at the Department of Social Medicine, University of Bristol, writes: "It may seem paradoxical that the robust identification of one of the most important environmental causes of disease of the 20th century occurred in a totalitarian state. The first case-control study of smoking and lung cancer originated in Nazi Germany in 1939 and found that heavy smoking was strongly related to the risk of lung cancer. Such research occurred against a backdrop of considerable official concern in Germany on the health damaging effects of smoking. Dr Leonard Conti, the Reich health führer, established the Bureau against the Dangers of Alcohol and Tobacco in 1939. In 1942, the Institute for the Struggle against the Dangers of Tobacco was established at the University of Jena, where a second case-control study of smoking and lung cancer was carried out.2 This was a convincing investigation in which the authors showed a sophisticated understanding of the potential biases that could distort epidemiological findings. The institute from which this study was run was supported by 100 000 reichsmark of Adolf Hitler's personal finances. ...

"The Hitler Youth and the League of German Girls disseminated antismoking propaganda, and in 1939 Hermann Göring issued a decree forbidding the military from smoking on the streets and during marches or brief off-duty periods. In 1942 the Federation of German Women launched a campaign against tobacco and alcohol misuse. Such campaigns were backed by legislation, and smoking was banned for both pupils and teachers in many schools. From July 1943, tobacco use was outlawed in public places for anyone aged less than 18 years. It was considered criminal negligence if drivers were involved in crashes while smoking. In 1944, smoking was banned on trains and buses in cities. It was also prohibited in many workplaces, public buildings, hospitals, and rest homes. The advertising of smoking products was strictly controlled, and there was discussion on whether people with smoking related illnesses should receive medical care equal to that of patients with illnesses not seen to be self inflicted. ...

"Adolf Hitler was the star performer in antismoking propaganda. As one magazine stated, 'Brother national socialist, do you know that your Führer is against smoking and thinks that every German is responsible to the whole people for all his deeds and missions, and does not have the right to damage his body with drugs?' ... Promoting these lifestyles fitted in with the racial hygiene movement but also covered up the fact that health in Nazi Germany deteriorated."266

So it was that two of the deceased in Kentucky, Steve McElravy and Arnold Andrews, social service careerists with everything in common, were used to promote "hidden agendas." McElravy was a bohemian, Andrews a Cuban – both were expendable in a system run by rich thugs to whom eugenics (population control, genocide) constitute acceptable national policy. It is safe to assume that both knew enough to hurt their superiors should the incoming Democratic legislature in DC begin to ask questions about Bush administration expenditures.

What interesting congressional testimony they took to their graves: Andrews' knowledge of Sembler, the Latvalas, DuPont and CIA mind control experiments involving adolescent and Black subjects, McElravy's insights on New Freedom, Access to Recovery, the "human service" excesses of Thompson, Curie and Jeb Bush ...

Such a public record would leave little to base faith in the Bush Syndicate upon, given its ecumenical ... ahhh ... perorations, and this may well explain why two dedicated *liberals* tied to SAMHSA and the GW Bush administration perished in flames.

With each step, you come closer to the inner-core of the OverClass cadré that ordered the downing of Comair Flight 5191. At the center of this group, the disaster's "chairman of the board," one figure emerges as the kingpin ...

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252.) Meeting minutes, "Item #44, County Commission Miscellaneous – Board of Pinellas County Commissioners Meeting," Clearwater, Florida, Tuesday, July 12, 2005.

253.) For "Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) Meeting Minutes," December 5-6, 2005, see:

On the Pinellas County Homeless Policy Group:

254.) "Robert L. Neri, Chief Clinical Officer, WestCare, St. Petersburg, Fla.";jsessionid=G39Z13nFBPyZGpPTpCmPW4QLGVTHb0TjjCr23bhSl0mMZG82mrtp!451746041?a=o&d=5000743978

255.) "Antonio Sledd," The Iraq Page, November 05 2005.
Also see:
Kuwait denies the al Qaeda accusation:

256.) Nicholas Blanford, "Kuwaiti court rejects confessions by Al-Qaeda suspects," Lebanon Daily Star, December 17, 2002.

" ... Osama al-Monawer, the defense lawyer, told the panel of three magistrates that the case deserved to be dismissed. 'The defendants were arrested and tortured. They confessed under duress and in the absence of a lawyer, which is illegal under the Kuwaiti Constitution,' Monawer said. He added that Fadhli had claimed '20 sticks were broken across his back' during the interrogation sessions. At the end of the hour-long hearing, the magistrates rejected the testimonies and ordered a public cross-examination of the accused. ... "

258.) Net Institute site.

259.) Michelle Bearden, "Islam Offers Identity For Some Blacks," Islam Awareness site (reprint), March 4, 2003.

260.) See: Leonara LaPeter, "Front Porch's choice for grant raises eyebrows," St. Petersburg Times, January 14, 2001.

261.) "Madsen: End of Year Update on Investigation," Daily Kos, Dec 31, 2004.

262.) SAMHSA and RWJF, see:

263.) "Why is a pharmaceutical company funding smoking bans all around the country?" July 09, 2005.
On the ALZA takeover, see:


265.) Wanda Hamilton, "Pharmaceutical Players – Drug Companies Involved With 'Cessation' Products," July 13, 2001.

266.) Davey G. Smith, "Lifestyle, health, and health promotion in Nazi Germany," BMJ 18; 329 (7480): 1424–1425, BMJ Publishing Group, December 2004.

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