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“It’s Easier to Develop a Child than to Rehabilitate an Adult,” Part 2

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COMMENT: In a previous post, we noted indications that some of the emerging child molestation scandals might be linked and, in turn, that they might be connected to the Vatican.

One of the unfolding cases we highlighted was the Penn State case, where former [football] defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky has been convicted of molesting young boys. 

In addition to Opus Dei-connected Rick Santorum, Sandusky’s Second Mile Foundation was endorsed by George H.W. Bush, for whom CIA headquarters is named. (Bush’s name surfaced frequently in connection with the allegations contained in The Franklin Cover-Up, covered in FTR #318.) 

In addition, the late Penn State football head coach Joe Paterno hired counsel who represented Bush during the Iran-Contra affair. (Not just “anyone” would have been selected to represent the former head of the CIA in connection with the Iran-Contra affair–J. Sedgwick Sollers can be assumed to be an “inside player.”

 Of note, as well, is the fact that Ray Gricar,  a DA investigating the molestation allegations against Sandusky, disappeared from the face of the earth–his car was fished out of a river. His corpse was never found.

“Fired Joe Paterno Hires High-Powered Washington Defense Lawyer J. Sedgwick Sollers” By Teri Thompson and Jim Rich; The New York Daily News;  11/10/2011.

EXCERPT: Facing investigation by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office and the likelihood of civil lawsuits by the alleged sexual abuse victims of his former defensive coordinator, Joe Paterno has hired a high-powered Washington criminal defense lawyer to represent him, according to an NBC News report, citing a source close to Paterno.

J. Sedgwick Sollers, who once represented President George H.W. Bush in the Iran-Contra affair, was hired by Paterno on Thursday to represent the embattled coaching legend in the case against Jerry Sandusky, who faces 40 counts of sexual abuse of at least eight boys.

The Daily News reported Thursday that Paterno could be named as a defendant in the slew of victim lawsuits that are expected to be filed in the coming months. . . .

The Second Mile; Wikipedia.

EXCERPT: . . . .U.S. President George H. W. Bush praised the group as a “shining example” of charity work in a 1990 letter,[5] one of that president’s much-promoted “Thousand points of light” encouragements to volunteer community organizations.[6] . . .

 

The late Ray Gricar

“Questions on Sandusky Are Wrapped in a 2005 Mystery” By Ken Belson; The New York Times; 11/8/2011.

EXCERPT: One of the ques­tions sur­round­ing the sex-abuse case against Jerry San­dusky is why a for­mer dis­trict attor­ney chose not to pros­e­cute the then-Penn State assis­tant coach in 1998 after reports sur­faced that he had inap­pro­pri­ate inter­ac­tions with a boy.

The answer is unknow­able because of an unsolved mys­tery: What hap­pened to Ray Gricar, the Cen­tre County, Pa., dis­trict attor­ney?

Gricar went miss­ing in April 2005. The murky cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing his dis­ap­pear­ance — an aban­doned car, a lap­top recov­ered months later in a river with­out a hard drive, his body was never found. . . .

. . . “No one got a bye with Ray,” said Anthony De Boef, who worked as an assis­tant dis­trict attor­ney under Gricar for five years. “He didn’t care who you were; he had a job to do.”

De Boef said Gricar did not share any infor­ma­tion with him about the case in 1998, which involved San­dusky allegedly show­er­ing with an 11-year-old boy. Gricar, he said, reviewed the police reports in pri­vate includ­ing, pre­sum­ably, notes or record­ings of two con­ver­sa­tions that the police heard between San­dusky and the boy’s mother. But Gricar had a rep­u­ta­tion for thor­ough­ness, and if he thought he had enough to charge San­dusky, he would have, De Boef and other lawyers said.

Still, the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing Gricar’s dis­ap­pear­ance prompt many questions. . . .

 

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One comment for ““It’s Easier to Develop a Child than to Rehabilitate an Adult,” Part 2”

  1. One of the potential policy pitfalls that the US is facing with its response to the Newtown, CT school shooting is the possibility that increased resources dedicated to mental health services for at-risk youths will end up putting more youths at the risk of state-financed institutional child-abuse. It’s a scary possibility given the extensive political connections these shady youth programs sometimes have:

    The Nation
    GOP Mogul Behind Drug Rehab ‘Torture’ Centers Is Bankrolling Opposition to Pot Legalization in Colorado
    Lee Fang on September 18, 2012 – 1:30 PM ET

    Marijuana legalization would harm kids, says Smart Colorado, a group advertising stock images of children along with messages asking for voters to reject Amendment 64, a ballot initiative this year to legalize and tax pot.

    Smart Colorado, led former Republican senate candidate Ken Buck and a team of Republican lobbyists and campaign operatives, hopes to drive down the popularity of Amendment 64 before Election Day. The supposedly family-friendly group, however, relies heavily on funds from a pair of controversial Republican fundraisers who once led a drug rehab center shut down over wide-ranging child abuse scandals.

    Save Our Society from Drugs, a Florida-based nonprofit founded by Mel and Betty Sembler, has given Smart Colorado contributions totaling $151,497 through September, according to The Nation’s review of state finance disclosures. That’s 95 percent of the money raised by the group so far.

    The Semblers have been waging a war on marijuana for decades.

    Before they led Save Our Society from Drugs, and its sister nonprofit, the Drug Free America Foundation, the Semblers were at the helm of STRAIGHT, Inc., which operated drug abuse treatment centers, mostly for teenagers, from 1976 through 1993.

    Former clients of the rehab center recount episodes of brutal beatings, rape and systematic psychological abuse.

    At one facility in Yorba Linda, California, state investigators found that STRAIGHT Inc. subjected children to “unusual punishment, infliction of pain, humiliation, intimidation, ridicule, coercion, threats, mental abuse…and interference with daily living functions such as eating, sleeping and toileting.” Samantha Monroe, who was placed into a STRAIGHT Inc clinic in Tampa at age 13, says she was locked in a room, and forced to wear a clothes stained with urine, feces and menstrual blood—a punishment her counselors called “humble pants.”

    Richard Bradbury, a former STRAIGHT patient and counselor-turned-whistleblower, told the St. Petersburg Times that Monroe’s experiences weren’t unique. “It was pure child abuse,” Bradbury told reporters. “Torture.”

    In 1988, Fred Collins, an 18-year-old college student, paid a visit to his brother, who was in treatment for drug abuse, at an Orlando STRAIGHT Inc. clinic. Counselors accused Collins of being high on marijuana because his eyes were red, and held him against his will for months. The abduction, strip-searches and other abuses ended when Collins managed to escape. He was one of many to win judgments against the chain of drug rehab clinics before it was forced to close after investigations and lawsuits began to mount in several states.

    Though the STRAIGHT drug rehab clinic no longer exist, the Sembler network of anti-drug nonprofits have proliferated, in part because of the family’s extensive political connections. Mel, who served as a major fundraiser for George H.W., Jeb and George W. Bush, was appointed as the Ambassador to Italy in 2001. Betty Sembler, awarded “honorary agent status by the DEA,” has led various anti-drug commissions and task forces on the state and federal level.

    Three years after STRAIGHT shut down, the Semblers changed its name to the Drug Free America Foundation, headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida.

    The Drug Free America Foundation, a nonprofit that shares resources, an office and staff with the Save Our Society group financing the Amendment 64 opposition in Colorado, has a contract with the federal government to help small businesses develop their own drug-testing programs for employees. In 2010, taxpayers forked over $250,000 to a Sembler group to oversee a drug-free workplace program for the Small Business Administration. It also helps produce anti-marijuana literature and promotional campaigns.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | March 7, 2013, 11:16 am

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