God, Pestilence & the Roots of Torture at Guantanamo
By Alex Constantine
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
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.
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
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
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:
"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 ...
"Leavitt also serves on the Homeland Security Advisory Council."
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
Follow-up 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."
"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 ... ]
MIND CONTROL ... MIND CONTROL ... AND MORE OF THE SAME ...
Trail of Pestilence
Hey there brothers
the time is near
you wouldn't listen
now it's too clear
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
with eyes that glow
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.
biz.yahoo.com/bw/050518/185356.html?.v=1 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"