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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. . . .



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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