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Straight, Inc.: rehabilitation, thought reform, $95 million and the destruction of young spirits.
We shall tolerate no treatment program where children can not talk, in private, with their parents.
eye on Pinellas County, Fl The Royal Court, Fl.'s 6th Drug Free America Fdn. Melvin and Betty Sembler Scientology™
Miller Newton ....Archieves PumpGate Republican Party and cults teen rehab abuse press releases
To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men. Abraham Lincoln
They run very close to really performing psychic murder.
Marge Robertson, ACLU

an expose of Ambassador Melvin Sembler by John Gorenfeld. See Gorenfeld's blog for updates.
Radio Air America
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Listen to 12-03-05 interview with John Gorenfeld. Contact co-host attorneys Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Mike Papantonio

Montel brings down an ambassador
Within hours after the Montel Williams Show aired a segment on Jan 18, 2005 about Straight with Straight survivor Sammie Monroe, Ambassador Mel Sembler called it quits. video trailer story
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WATCH WPCO Cincinnati VIDEO on
Kids Helping Kids.
11-14-05 State criminal authorities closed Straight - Cincinnati in the 1980s. Now Kids Helping Kids (founded by Straight's former national education director) operates out of the old Stright facility in Milford.
Related articles:
The very day Straight Orlando closed, the program's executive director opened SAFE.
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Orl Week Straight-Orl
WATCH Stoughton Checkpoint News Center 9 on closing of Straight-Boston VIDEO
(Notice Straight replaced motivating with hand-raising before being closed.)
Motivating at KIDS of North Jersey on West 57th Street VIDEO
Tampa's Channel 13 News Special - 3 day series on Straight 6/92
Former Straight rap leader and former chairman of Straight's 7th Step Society Ray Bradbury re-enacts unwarranted restraints VIDEO1 VIDEO2

These days, if you want to learn of the abuses of Straight don't turn to Mel Sembler's hometown newspaper The St. Petersburg Times, its gossip columnists or its Florida Trend magazine--you have to go to the Washington Post or the Italian paper peace reporter; or to a magazine like New Times in Broward County/Palm Beach County, Fl., Orlando Weekly, La Carta in Italy or EXPRESSEN.SE in The Netherlands (we think). Even Bill O'Reilly has problems with The Times.
Letters to the editor
update 11/29/05

Suicides. What do these three young men have in common. They are among the 40+ known former Straight clients who have committed suicide. suicides
suicide attempts

Mel Sembler and the Great Fairfax County Virginia juvenile suicide epidemic report

Miller Newton
Betty Sembler touts accussed child abuser

Rev. Dr. Miller Newton: Straight's former national clinical director

Photo is Miller Newton entering Tampa's federal courthouse on April 29, 2005. He has acknowledged fraud in his bankruptcy filing.
Dr. Newton settled in New Jersey with clients at KIDS for $11 million for abuse. He settled with federal prosecutors for $45K in return for not being prosecuted for 254 counts of insurance fraud.
New Jersey Law Journal labels his implementation of Straight quackery.
Father Cassian is what he goes by these days. He is featured on Pokrov which tracks abusive priests. Also a special hearing master has told him to remove the cupola from his beach property in Madeira Beach, Fl.
Read the incredible Miller Newton story now.
Latest on Miller Newton.
Nancy Reagan recommends Miller Newton on film.
Betty Sembler has Dr. Newton on her medical forum. In Sept. 2005 in a court deposition for PumpGate she stated [Dr. Newton is] "an outstanding individual . . . [and] a very close and dear friend and a valued one."

If you believe that, I've got some swampland in Florida I'd like to sell you
The Sembler clan & the Great Cooper's Point Land Scam
by Wesley Fager

Cooper's Point deal is rotten
St. Pete Times
Judge George Greer, who pulled the plug on Terri Schiavo, voted for Sembler.

Should Mel and Betty Sembler be imprisoned for what they let happen at Straight?


Should they set national and international drug policy based on what they learned at Straight? STORY
Suffering Together
by Trevor Aaronson
Read Trevor Aaronson's expose of Growing Together -- a second-generation Straight in Lakeworth, Fl.


--Judge: Girl's treatment smacks of abuse
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"Swamp City is all over PumpGate: [quoting Wes Fager] 'The story is not about a man's penis pump -- it's about child abuse." Wonkette!
"In honor and appreciation of the heroic effort in the cause of saving children from institutionalized abuse; and in memory of those hurt most by it, we survivors present this award to Wesley Fager - 2002". The 2002 Richard Bradbury Award for Heroism
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"They [stories compiled by Wes Fager] are stories of suicides and attempted suicides, rapes, forced abortions, molestations, physical abuse, lawsuits, court testimonies, and extensive documentation of profound psychological abuse at Straight chapters all over the country." Radley Balko, FOX News

"Wes has become an expert on such matters . . . he worked with me in developing a conference that would expose harms done by these programs." Arnold Trebach, J.D., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Law and Social Justice, American University, Washington DC, author and former head of the Office of Civil Rights, US Justice Department

"Thanks to Wesley Fager for commemorating the victims of this abuse, who died for reasons unknown, but whose deaths should not go unacknowledged." StantonPeele, J.D., Ph.D., and world-renowned author on addictions

"The legal battle has been covered extensively on thestraights.net, a site run by Wesley Fager, 58, of Oakton." . . . "The story [says Fager] is not about a man's penis pump--it's about child abuse." Richard Leiby, The Washington Post

"[Ambassador Sembler's] holy image [of Straight] is compromised by Wes Fager, a father who made discovering the truth about Straight his crusade. . ."The Semblers should be in jail for what they did. But how could that be possible since the people who should investigate them sit on the Advisory Board for Drug Free America Foundation [Straight]?" Fager concludes." Stefania Medetti of la Rebubblica, Italy's top selling newspaper

"Articles about the purloined pump [Ambassador Sembler's penis pump] have been published in the St. Petersburg Times and the Washington Post, and there's a blog called Pumpgate [published by Wes Fager] with links to court documents and quotes from the players." St. Petersburg Times front page article Nov. 12, 2006.

They don't care about civil liberties or our nation's children. . . They only care about getting rich . . .
Straight cofounder Betty Sembler writing about groups she says are hoping to profit from drug legalization. From a letter dated 07-06-04 to a US Representative
Dr. Miller Newton, Mel Sembler's
national clinical director at Straight,
settles for an undisclosed sum
01-25-07 In the ealry 1980s Reverend Doctor Virgil Miller Newton was the national clinical director for Straight, Inc. until he fled Florida on the heels of criminal and health investigations for child abuse. con't

updated 1-25-07 PumpGate: Sembler Caves
12-28-06 The long awaited trial was to have occurred on Feb 12, 2007.[con't]
Ray Bradbury prepares to enter the courthouse on Jan. 25, 2007 carrying his appeal to Judge Shames' ruling that rummaging through the trash is stalking. Where's the outcry from law enforcement and the press?

1-25-07 Bradbury files appeal. Mel Sembler dropped his case against Ray Bradbury on Dec. 28, 2006. But he left one element in and Judge Shames ruled on it. Rummaging through Sembler's trash is stalking. Ironically, the Semblers left in the one piece that is sure to keep PumpGate in the public eye for ever--can cops and reporters rummage through your trash. Will FBI agents be jailed for stalking terrorists if they lift DNA off a discarded cigarette? Will thousands of convicted drug dealers be released on appeal because of evidence gathered through the trash. Has Judge Shames written new law? On Jan 25, 2007 Ray Bradbury filed an appeal with the clerk's office to stop this outrageous ruling. See Notice of Appeal 1 2 3 4 and Amended Notice 3 4

12-29-06 The Huffington Post: Penis Pump Case Goes Limp, But Serious Issues Remain by Maia Szalavitz link

01-02-07 Transcripts of the concession hearing 12-28-05 link

12-29-06 The St. Petersburg Times' coverage of the capitulation by the Sembler camp link

12-29-06 Corrected St. Pete Times article link

updated 01-07-07 Blogs on the concession DailyRotten PenisPumpExperience LiveJournal RayleneFlaugher chatter zinsoprods teaoodle Majikthise penis pump PeaceTrain sexo penis-enlarge TrailRank Bot fornits

11-12-06 Dirt & the diplomat by Lenora LaPeter: The St. Petersburg Times' front-page story on PumpGate. our editorial special report
la Repubblica, Italy's biggest selling newspaper, reports on Sembler's Straight program and links to us 9-16-06 story

01-16-07 Pathway Family Center, a second-generation Straight, to expand to Porter County, Indiana amidst controversy story

01-07-07 Database of Publicly Accused Priests in the United States link

01-04-07 Ching Chang Charlie, an editorial by North Country Gazette link

12-29-06 The Trouble with Troubled Teen Programs: How the "boot camp" industry tortures and kills kids by Maia Szalavitz in the January 2007 issue of Reason Magazine. Ms. Szalavitz's article traces the controversial teen help industry from Synanon Church through Straight to WWASPS and modern-day boot camps. Bradbury and Sembler are in it. What a chilling legacy Mel and Betty Sembler have wrought upon this land of ours. on-line version

12-28-06 PumpGate: Marlene McCord's deposition, part 1. page 1 pages 2-5

PogoWasRight, a blog dedicated to privacy issues, picks up on Sembler's penis pump claim link

12-15-06 "Mel Sembler's Penis Pump, Privacy Claim Headed To Trial" North Country Gazette

12-15-06 PumpGate tagged in ZoomClouds link

12-13-06 More legal woes for Ambassador Sembler. It appears that Jeff Fisher of Wellington, Fl. is suing Sembler, Straight, Inc. (under its current name DFAF) and a Dr. Joseph Klock in federal court in Virginia on RICO charges. link

12-13-06 The coronation of King Charles of Florida has been dropped. For tickets costing up to $500,000 you could have gotten your picture with governor-elect Charlie Crist, engraved cuff links, a tote bag and a silk. Brent Sembler co-chaired the proposed gala events. The proposed coronation caused such a media backwash that King Charles to be has decided to cut out the inaugural ball altogether and just have a prayer breakfast. story

11-15-06 Mel Sembler and the women in his life by Wes Fager story

updated 11-18-06 : 1100 Georgia state Rep. says Sembler's deal seems fishy. Wes Fager responds to Creative Loafing. link

11-14-06 Huffington Post responds to Times' expose to remind us of the damage done to thousands Read The Ambassador's Penis Pump and The Damage Done by Maia Szalavitz

SERIES: Lenny Englander, Charlie Crist, Judge Logan & Kane's™ Furniture
09-21-06 Englander's engineered gag orders onBradbury (Straight) and Gonzales (Kane's™) and how gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist plays in this by Wes Fager. link perma link
09-26-06 Old case of Crist's resurfaces: It involves campaign donations & a settlement with Kane's™ Furniture by Steve Bousquet, St. Pete Times
09-27-06 "Kanes Furniture Fraud" site back up. Donald Rehm

11-16-06 A petition: Straight, Inc. survivor's letter to Nancy Regan, George Bush, et. al. requesting acknowledgement and an apology petition

11-14-06 Amorous Propensities, a forum on "sexuality in its amusing, unexpected and baffling forms", links to The Times article on the ambassador's penile pump link

Dateline Treasure Island, Fl., 3-15-04. About 15 members of the Uhuru, (a political group seeking social justice for black Americans) picketed the US residence of Ambassador Sembler calling him a racist. STORY

10-23-06 Sembler's shameful dalliance with political gadfly Doug Guetzloe by Wes Fager. The Orlando Sentinel calls him "the king of sleaze campaigns" whose stock and trade is "politics of the gutter," and it wants to know "who pays to support his tactics that divide and embarrass this community." Well we happen to know that Sembler Company does for one. This is an incredible story. blog Related: 11-16-06 An editorial: The timing of Doug Guetzloe's announcement that he has cancer. story

Wanna' learn about Straight and WWASPS? Order Help at any Cost: How the Troubled-Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids by Maia Szalavitz.

VIDEO: Ray Bradbury protests SAFE (a 2nd generation Straight in Orlando) link

Straight founder Am. Melvin Sembler's scheme to get US taxpayers buy a $113 million mansion in Rome and name it for himself! indymedia blog

Sembler is now saying he wasn't in on the day-to-day operations of Straight. I've got real problems with that blog

Yer dern tootin' Mel Sembler knew of Straight's abuses link

10-27-05 Mel and Betty Sembler: issues with human rights and civil liberties link

Sembler influences local politicians
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Am. Melvin Floyd Sembler, AO
An inexperienced, sad old man who can't even speak Italian who bought his way in only to become an embarrassment to the Bush administration.
Japan Today, Japan's leading international news network, reports on Sembler's abuse of American kids link
Cuba's Prensa Latina and Radio Cuba carries John Gorenfeld's article on Ambassador Sembler's private Abu Ghraibs article PL front page radio cuba escambray
Peace Reporter joins Carta, another Italian magazine, to report on Sembler's abuse of American kids Peace Reporter Carta Balaboitt
War Without End the global war against terror from a British perspective Republican child abusers His own Abu Ghraib
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Mike Davis calls people responsible for Straight and its spinoffs war criminals and calls for filing paperwork with the UN Human Rights Commission. He says that those responsible "should see War Crimes Tribunal charges pending." link
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PumpGate, Ambassador Sembler's lawsuit against anti-Straight activist Ray Bradbury, who tried to sell on eBay the Ambassador's discarded penis pump, has been told in publications from The Washington Post to magazines in Norway and the West Indies, to blogs like Wonkette all over the world. PumpGate links
Montel Williams and the straw that broke the camel's back link

12-24-05 Mel Sembler is one big hypocrite--Sembler's op-ed on human rights by Wes Fager op-ed

10-29-06 Angelo Cappelli's secret weapon by Wes Fager blog

10-26-06 Crist Denies Trysts, GOP frontrunner: I have never had sex with a man by Bob Norman News Times Broward-Palm Beach

10-24-06 Sembler's proposed $600 million complex in DeKalb County, Ga. blog

5-01-05 PumpGate becomes bad business for Sembler Company: the snowball is growing link

10-17-06 Paul Bishop, The Franklin pedophile ring and Straight Twenty years ago a boy named Johnny Gosch was kidnapped from his Des Moines, Iowa paper route. Could he be George Bush's pool reporter Jeff Gannon, an alleged male escort? And what does a politically-connected pedophile ring, Paul Bishop and Straight have to do with any of this? story PermaLink

10-17-06 INFORMATION REQUEST: If you have any information on a PI named Paul Bishop who was allegedly used by Straight-Springfield to retrieve runaways, please send your information, in confidence, to wesfager@thestraights.net.

10-22-06 Tough-love' programs prey on parents' fears StarPress

10-13-06 Pathway Family Center (a 2nd gen. Straight) trying to expand in Indiana story

10-06-06 The Church of Scientology™ rewrites its history of Mark Foley by Wes Fager story

10-10-06 Has Sembler violated Florida election laws? link

10-19-06 humor: Hillary for President in 2008 commercial

12-02-05 Sembler Company CEO Craig Sher doesn't think $500 contributions from Mel Sembler and gang can influence politicians. We disagree. story

5-16-06 Have the Sembler's violated medical privacy? link

10-15-06 Fuoriregistro, an Italian blog, covers the Sembler story link

10-15-06 Politica OnLine, an Italian blog carries series on Ambassador Sembler's machinations link

12-28-05 SHOP IN THE BOX: Sembler's Gas Light Mall opposed in Atlanta link

10-15-06 Wot Is it Good For covers [sic] "uber-freak" Mel Sembler and his penis pump blog

10-10-06 Joe Lieberman is running with a bad crowd by Lindsay Beyerstein. Beyerstein's blog

10-15-06 Scientology™'s Narconon™ trying to establish drug treatment facilty in Leona Valley, Ca. ReligionNewsBlog

10-10-06 Jeb Bush praises Scientologists, George appoints a Moonie link

10-04-06 The St. Pete Times knew of some Foley emails last November but did not report. Read their explanation and our response. here.


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A major development in the Straight saga
updated 12-24-05 For 30 years Mel and Betty Sembler have been bragging that they founded and were the principal movers behind Straight, Inc. Now, with the sudden resurgence of former clients coming forward to expose the horrors of Straight, Mel Sembler has declared he and Betty had nothing to do with the day-to-day operations of Straight. We have factual reasons to be skeptical of his assertion. Furthermore, we feel there is no way in hell the two could not have known of Straight's abuses.

10-03-06 "Foleygate" may derail Republican ticket in Florida
by Andy Martin . .At the beginning of last week (September 25th) the question of which which Florida Republican was “gay” did not involve US Representative Mark Foley. Rather, interest was focused on gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist. story

09-29-06 Was a young Charlie Crist ever in a drug rehab? story

09-30-06 Mel Sembler's penis pump: Samsara's Buddhist notes
09-29-06 Rolling Stone: Inside Scientology Unlocking the complex code of America's most mysterious religion story

09-29-06 Jeb's Little House of Horrors on SWEDISH MEATBALLS CONFIDENTIAL The torture, his penis pump and all.

09-29-06 Calif. High Court Slaps Misuse of Anti-SLAPP Laws law.com
09-24-06 The Penis Pump, the Ambassador and our Medical Privacy Huffington Post

09-24-06 Lieberman’s Fundraiser Ran the Abu Ghraib of Rehab by Lindsay Beyerstein. In the fall of 1990 Professor Barry L. Beyerstein of Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada, at the invitation of Straight, Inc., visited the Straight treatment camp in Springfield, Virginia and reported his findings in a report titled Thought Reform Tactics: The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions. Now daughter Lindsay Beyerstein has a view choice words of her own about thought reform, Ambassador Melvin Sembler, AO and his discarded penis pump in Lieberman’s Fundraiser Ran the Abu Ghraib of Rehab.

10-01-06 "Straight" Sicko Raising Funds for Lieberman and Libby Karena's blog

09-29-06 Gabe Cazares dead story

09-30-06 The News Blog carries Beyerstein's article on Lieberman, Sembler, Straight and the penis pump link

09-29-06 SLAPP Happy: Corporations That Sue to Shut You Up by Source Watch, a project of the Center for Media & Democracy link
09-28-06 FIRST AMENDMENT PROJECT: The Anti-SLAPP Resource Center link

09-28-06 States with anti-SLAPP laws Wikipedia
09-28-06 Noerr-Pennington doctrine in federal antitrust law--the anti-SLAPP equivalent in federal courts Wikipedia
09-28-06 All States Need Slapp Suit Laws by Stuart Lieberman, Esq. Realty Times

09-28-06 WWASP Slammed by US court of Appeals by Paula Reeves WWASP critic Jeff berryman vindicated. link

09-18-06 Ambassador Sembler finally deposed in PumpGate. We'll post transcripts as soon as they become available.

09-27-06 Jesus' General on Lieberman and Sembler link

09-17-06 Scientology™ Cruises Along, Thanks to Command Hypnosis The Best Way to Make a Million? Start Your Own Religion by Tom Glaister in ConsumerAffairs.com.

08-26-06 HAPPY BIRTHDAY PUMPGATE Today, Aug. 26, 2006, marks the third year of PumpGate, Ambassador Mel Sembler's civil trial to reclaim his discarded penis pump from Ray Bradbury. story

2-18-06 Szalavitz on The Brian Lehrer Radio Show Maia Szalavitz, author of just released Help at any Cost, was a guest on WNYC Talk Radio on Feb. 17, 2006. audio download MP3

08-26-06 Protect your medical privacy at healthprivacy.org

7-22-06 Growing Together closes--suddenly The Straight-legacy program Growing Together in Riviera Beach, Florida closed suddenly on Saturday July 8, 2006 citing the usual financial difficulties. Last year GT sold its donated building in Lake Worth, Florida for $1.5 million. GT parents are trying to operate the program themselves. story

8-07-06 Bundling: Buying votes in Florida Miami Herald

7-22-06 Penis Pump Trial Date Set A trial date has finally been set in the case of former US Ambassador Melvin Sembler against Richard Bradbury for allegedly trying to sell the ambassador's discarded penis pump on eBay. The date is Feb. 12, 2007. It is anticipated that a large number of former inmates from Straight and its legacy programs will be on hand to see the man responsible for their torture in the name of drug treatment.

7-22-06 An aging ambassador passes on political influence buying to his son Mel Sembler selects his son Brent to raise money for Charlie Crist's governership run. story

7-22-06 St. Pete city council ignores concern of its citizens The St. Petersburg City Council, ignoring concerns of its citizens, has voted to send another controversial Sembler development project to state planners for review. story1 story2

5-16-06 Have the Sembler's violated medical privacy? Well Mel Sembler is suing his former employee Ray Bradbury for violating his privacy. In the process has Sembler used medical privacy records obtained from Straight against Mr. Bradbury? And if so how many other former clients are the Semblers holding medical data on? story

1-22-05 MELVINSEMBLER DOT COM--a new link to THESTRAIGHTS DOT COM The link, MelvinSembler.com points to thestraights.net. It should not be mistaken with Shelby Earnshaw ' s excellent web page on Sembler's misdeeds at MelSembler.com. Of course Mel Sembler's own web page remains at Sembler.com

1-17-05 WWASPS: Robert Lichfield and political contributions to Republicans link

12-21-05 Four studies suggest that Straight's quackery can lead to various post-Straight maladies--including suicide story permalink

12-21-05 reprint Why the United States Government should share in the liability for the damages caused to former Straight clients by Wes Fager story permalink

Sembler concedes [con't from top] Sixth Circuit Judge Mark I. Shames had called a public hearing on Dec. 28, 2006 for the purpose of hearing and acting on all outstanding pre-trial motons. But before the hearing commenced Mr. Englander, representing Ambassador Sembler and his wife, requested a private meeting between himself, the judge and Thomas McGowan, Ray Bradbury's attorney. During that hearing Mr. Englander announced they were dropping their charges of intentional infliction of emotional distress and of invasion of privacy--the heart of their case. The stalking charge, with its temporary injunction against Mr. Bradbury, remains the only active claim against Ray Bradbury.

We asked Mr. Bradbury for a comment after the hearing but all he could say is "I'm speechless." Tom McGown had this to say, "We're in a state of shock. We never thought thay had a case on the charges they dismissed. In the moment of truth they blinked. Our win, in large part, was due to Richard not caving. He kept fighting. When push came to shove, they caved."

Both sides have filed briefs on the stalking issue. But the case against Ray Bradbury as originally brought by the Semblers has been dropped. We left a message on Mr. Englander's answering machine at about 1045 EST on 12-28-06 asking for his comments. As of time of publishing, we had not yet heard from him but will give his comments when he returns our call.

10-01-06 la Repubblica (Italy's top selling newspaper) reports on Am. Melvin Sembler and Straight in "Figli zero tolerance" by Stefania Medetti, 9-16-06. la Rebubblica delle Donne, the Woman Weekly magazine of Italy's top selling newspaper la Repubblica, has written an article about behavior modification institutes in America. The on-line version links to our web page link translated link. Related blog: celtic barwoman's blog cbw blog translated

Newton Settles. He went to New Jersey and started his own Straight-like chain called KIDS. The state health department under a Republican governor granted him a special license to operate. In 2000 Rebecca Erlich won $4.5 million in a suit against KIDS. And in 2003 Lulu Corter settled for $6.5. Today, Jan. 25, 2007, Newton settled with yet another former client, Antonio Carrera, 26, for an undisclosed amount of money.

Betty Sembler, wife of Ambassador Sembler and another Straight co-founder, has Dr. Newton on her her medical forum. In Sept. 2005 in a court deposition for PumpGate she stated [Dr. Newton is] "an outstanding individual . . . [and] a very close and dear friend and a valued one." story

Timing of Guetzloe's announcement On Tuesday Florida Republican talk show host and Sembler mouthpiece in Winter Garden Doug Guetzloe stood before a judge to argue a motion to dismiss all charges against him for 14 counts of violating election laws. The judge denied the motion. So he argued a motion to reduce the charges to one count. But the judge dismissed that too. So he pled no contest. But before the judge could sentenced him, his attorney announced that he has cancer. The judge then sentenced Guetzloe to 60 days in jail. Last month when Florida Republican Congressman Mark Foley was caught messing with teenage boys, he resigned from office. Then his spokesperson announced that he had an alcohol problem. In 2003 Florida Republican money man Mel Sembler sued Ray Bradbury to reclaim his discarded penile pump (an instrument sometimes sold as medical devices and sometimes as sexual toys.) When the bizarre lawsuit made it into the news, Sembler's attorney told the press that his client had had cancer and the device had been medically recommended. Coincidents? A pattern?
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Straight founder buys ambassadorships
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Growing Together & SAFE, 2nd generation Straights
Therapeutic Communities of America and Tough Love .reject Straight
George Bush video
Overview of Straight's abuse
abuses at Straight-Springfield, Va.
Virginia letter to deny license
Republicans and Straight
Republican Drug Czars & Straight
Miller Newton, Straight's former clinical director, pays out $11 million for abusing kids
the Miller Newton story
BettySembler praises Miller Newton
Nancy Reagan pushes Miller Newton's book (video)
Is Mel Sembler using SLAPP suits to kill the story?
Is Sembler's hometown paper in his pockets?
The Semblers set national drug policy
Suicide or Murder: why have over 40 former Straight clients committed suicide
St. Louis Italian Americans call for ouster of Ambassador Sembler

The Blues Brothers Wes Fager (l) and Ray Bradbury (r) in Lebanon, Pa. called as expert witnesses for the defense in its successful effort to grant a new sentencing trial for convicted murderer and former Straight client Bradley Martin.

Fager was also used as an expert witness for the defense in its successful exoneration in Richmond, Va. of accused murderer Kim Marie Gregoire.

Fager was a consultant for the prosecution in the successful conviction for Medicaid fraud of prominent Boston psychiatrist Dr. Kennard Kobryn.

Cult critic Wes Fager stages one-man protest at Scientology™ naval headquarters in Clearwater, Fl., 08-27-03. link In 1998 Wes protested the church in the nation's capital. link

Who can ever forget what was learned about Scientology™ at the Clearwater hearings? Pinellas Commissioner Susan Latvala and her husband Jack seem to have. STORY
South Park's expose on Scientology™ is the best quick overview of this cult ever done. VIDEO: Tom Crusie and Trapped in the Closet.
A persistent foul odor
The Clary Report
The St Pete Times called it "foul odor." Sembler's apparent meddling to quash a state move to close Straight.
our story
SPT story
Professor Trebach's book on drug policy was first to address the horrors of Straight. It is now in second edition LINK
$113 million Roman Monument to Mel Sembler's Greatness!
No other sitting US ambassador, including Benjamin Franklin, has had a monument dedicated to himself. Almost as soon as he arrived in Rome Mel Sembler personally worked to get US taxpayers buy a mansion in Rome and have it named for himself. His hometown Congressman Bill Young (Chief of the House's Appropriations Committee) spearheaded the funding and introduced legislation to name it after Sembler. In turn Sembler named the building's ballroom after Bill Young. Young also appropriated $50 million to build a new bridge out to Mel's home in Florida and $3 million to build a research center (named for him) for Betty Sembler's latest drug rehab--Operation PAR. Wash Post expose full story

Sembler's first attempt to have a monument built to his Greatness foiled by the St. Pete Times. our story

A possible third attempt for a Sembler monument perhaps foiled by The Washington Post's expose of his Roman extravaganza. Our story

Why Jesus is not a Regulator
by Maia Szalavitz
Victims from
Mel & Betty's fueled
War on Drugs
Cannabis Culture
Straight, Incorporated
by Pete Brady
Orwellian anti-drug programs humiliate and abuse youth in a horrifying program of mind control. STORY

Mel Sembler
SLAPP happy

Scientology™'s mysterious rings We think they're giant homing beacons to aid incoming alien thetans. wash post cnn video -- on right RELATED STORY: heaven's gate

Al Franken interviews Bush's co-propaganda minister
Sean Hannity on radio Air America audio

George Bush
trapped in China
. VIDEO. (Had Mel Sembler provided security it would not have happened.)

lee drury de cesare's Korner
had she been my English teacher, I'd be a Pulitzer Prize winner today
update 3/23/05 The Sphinx Crist
What about Red China?
One other puzzling question lingers. Ambassador Sembler has said that he might play a less active role in politics when he returns from Italy. Does this mean he will not seek the ambassadorship to Red China, a post for which he is uniquely qualified, perhaps above all other bidders? story

Synanon Church
where it all started

It all started in California in 1958 at Synanon which declared itself to be a church in the 1970s. Women (like those in the photo) shaved their heads, men were "gamed" into sterilizations, women into having abortions. Wives were auctioned off, sometimes on a weekly basis--thus a woman might have several different husbands in a month. There were mixed, community naked weigh-ins and beatings.

It all came to an end in 1978 when Synanon Imperial Marines tried to assassinate perceived church opponent attorney Paul Morantz by removing the rattlers off a giant rattlesnake and placing it in Mr. Morantz's mailbox.
Morantz was bitten and required 11 vials of anti-snake venom to save his life. Walter Cronkite reported that the attack was "bizarre, even by cult standards." (See photo above and this NBC video clip.)

Professor Richard Ofshe at Berkeley (who co-authored with Dave and Cathy Mitchell a Pulitzer prize wining book on Synanon and was used, along with Margaret Thaler Singer, as an expert witness to close Straight - Cincinnati) once published a paper called "Synanon: the failure that started a tradition." And indeed it had. Church founder Chuck Dederich called his method synanons (or The Game) of letting addicts assist in their own recovery by having brutal, verbal shouting matches.

The treatment industry likes the idea because (among other reasons) payrolls are low because medical doctors are not needed and addicts themselves are unpaid counselors treating themselves as well as other clients!--so almost anyone can open one. However they prefer to call themselves the more euphemistic therapeutic community. But even the Therapeutic Communities of America rejected Straight.

For our write-up on this bizarre church that once sued Time Magazine for $76 million for calling it a Kooky Cult, go here.

Citizens for Judicial Accountability

It should not surprise you to know that in Jackson County, Florida in 1981 there was a movement to have 1984 banned there because Orwell's novel is "pro-communist and contained explicit sexual matter."

what hath Mel & Betty wrought
Saving Grace:
Based on a True Story
Canadian play write Leanne Padmos and Anne-Marie Leigh wrote a play about the 7 1/2 years Ms. Padmos' niece Grace spent in Miller Newton's KIDS of North Jersey. Saving Grace opened fittingly in Dec. 2003 at Pumphouse Theatre in Calgary, Canada. Miller Newton is portrayed as a character named Dr. Mallard (as in quack). The Calgary News & Entertainment Weekly calls the play, "a shocking true story about an abusive teen rehab centre." John Spittal of Canada's CBC Radio One talks about the play here.

Lon Woodbury of Bonners Ferry, Idaho (an education specialist and former director of admissions of CEDU'S Rocky Mountain Academy), Struggling Teens dot com, or Woodbury Reports

Thomas J. Croke (AKA Tom Croke), educational consultant, Family Light, or Bridge to Understanding

what hath Mel & Betty wrought
Resurrection & Redemption:
Overcoming Mental Illness & Regaining Dignity

by Harryet Erlich and Lewis Opler, MD

Rebecca Erlick
was once set back in Miller Newton's KIDS program in New Jersey for eating a cookie! In 1999 Newton and team settled with Ms. Erlick for $4.5 million. Now Harryet Erlich, Rebecca's mother, has teamed up with Rebecca's psychiatrist, Dr. Lewis Opler, to write a book about Rebecca's experience at KIDS.

GOP, cults, destructive rehabs and money
Republican Party
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Mel Sembler is former finance chair for the GOP. Betty Sembler is former finance cochair for Jeb Bush. Bush I's TV commercial for Straight.
White House web page
Sign petition 2 recall Jeb Bush Florida's GOP & Scientology™
video on Scientology™
White House for Sale
Bush's 03 $100K Fl. donors
Texans for Public Justice

Bush on physical fitness
Soros or Moon: Which sugar daddy is right for you?
Ambassador Melvin Sembler, AO cited in 776 Even Stupider Things Ever Said link
what hath Mel & Betty wrought

a Straight-based novel
COME CLEAN – THE AMERICAN WAY OF CHILD CONTROL by Terri Paddock. Based on the real-life saga of a family in Straight-Springfield, VA. The book has been described by critics as a cross between One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Catcher in the Rye. Ms. Paddock's agent is negotiating a translation for a possible Hollywood movie. review buy

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Straight survivors met with attorneys 12-29-03

Video wanted. We are looking for a copy of Kathy Fontaine's first Eye on Tampa Bay Show on Straight. Please contact us if you have it.