Orlando, Fl. 9/11/03
|TD Waterhouse Centre (formerly called The
Orlando Arena). directions
There is growing evidence that there is a conspiracy in America
to privatize our prison systems and to swell the prison population
with drug offenders; to lock up our citizens in private drug rehabilitation
programs; and to require our citizens to be drug tested without
probable cause in violation of our Constitutional rights. A phony
War on Drugs has been promoted by those who stand to gain financially
by exploiting their fellow man. One of the more disgusting manifestations
of this phony war is Charityforcharities.org Vegas in O'Town
which will be held in Orlando on 9/11, thus attempting to solidify
the mindset of calling the War on Terrorism and the War On Drugs
the exact same war. While the Oakton Institute acknowledges that
the Taliban is growing opium-producing poppy seeds in Afganastan
to help finance its war on terror, the Institute feels equally that
the War on Terror is true and many-faceted and opium is but a facet.
Drug warriors are trying to capitalize on this.
Charityforcharities.org Vegas in O'Town is part of Florida's
participation in the National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery
Month. Florida Governor Jeb Bush will be presenting; Substance Abuse
Family Education, Inc. (SAFE) is on the program agenda. Click here,
or see note 1. Jeb Bush is on the Advisory Board for DFAF. SAFE,
Inc. was created the very day Straight - Orlando closed by Straight
- Orlando's executive director. There have been serious allegations
of abuse at SAFE; nevertheless SAFE is endorsed by Governor Bush.
National Recovery Month is an initiative of the US Department of
Health and Human Services' CSAT (Center for Substance Abuse Treatment)
which is a division of SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Services Administration). SAMHSA endorses several Straight-legacy
programs besides SAFE, Inc. Among them are Pathways Family Centers
in Indianapolis, Kids Helping Kids of Cincinnati, and Growing Together
and Turn About--both in Florida.
Saint Petersburg, Fl. 9/12/03
Protest coordinator Chris Tyler: 727-244-2576
|residence of Mel Sembler
1. Mel Sembler, US Ambassador to Italy, and his wife Betty, Jeb
Bush's campaign cochairman, are the founders and operators of Straight,
Inc. which for 17 years was one of the largest and most destructive
juvenile treatment chains in the world.
2. Sembler feels that his knowledge gained from operating Straight
uniquely qualifies him to work to set national and international
drug policy. Accordingly, Straight, now called DFAF, was behind
the Amicus Curae Brief to the US Supreme Court which ruled in 2002
to allow for suspicionless drug testing of our kids. Though this
may be a noble cause, many of the signatures to the brief are Sembler
cronies who are tied to the drug testing industry thus having a
conflict of interest.
3. In May 2002 the Sembler's hosted a drug policy summit with the
Italians at his ambassador's residence. On May 23 of this year the
US Embassy in Costa Rica issued a press release announcing that
DFAF and the Drug Prevention Network of the Americas were cohosting
a conference on drug policy leadership. Two days later the Costa
Rican police and health authorities raided Dundee Ranch, a part
of Utah-based WWASPS, arrested its director Narvin Litchfield and
freed the American children being treated there. There have accusations
of abuse at Dundee (and at some other WWASPS current or past programs)
similar to the abuses kids endured at Straight. How can the US state
department seriously evaluate complaints of parents when Mel Sembler
is not only a state department ambassador, but one very actively
involved in international drug policy?
|Saint Petersburg Times
For 17 years the Saint Petersburg Times covered the abuses of Straight
as Straight was headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida. Today
there are many Straight-legacy programs still running though Straight,
Inc. itself no longer treats kids. The Times will not report on
the 40 former clients who have committed suicide; the $6.5 million
settlement Straight's former national clinical director made with
a client in June even though he still lives in St. Petersburg; or
the gigantic web presence of Straight survivors. Instead the Times
reports on the Sembler's trips, birthday parties, and wedding anniversaries.
There is strong reason to suspect that Sembler has given the Times
financial incentives not to report on his past. Furthermore, Andy
Barnes, the Times CEO, serves with Mel Sembler on Florida's Shadow
Government, Team 100--a pack of un-elected Republican businessmen
who hold secret meetings to advise Governor Jeb Bush on how to run
the state of Florida. One recommendation they made is to fire state
workers and let private companies (like themselves?) get the sate
tax money to perform services.
The council, which formerly included out-of-state, Enron's Ken
Lay, includes the likes of Al Hoffman. Al Hoffman succeeded Mel
Sembler as finance chairman of the Republican National Party. Betty
Sembler and Al Hoffman were governor Jeb Bush's finance cochairmen.
|Florida Holocaust Museum
||The concept for this noble museum was dreamed up by
Walter Loebenberg, past president of Straight Foundation. Mel Sembler
is on the board. Prior discussions between museum officials and survivors
of Straight requesting that these two be removed from the museum's
board have falling upon death ears. The Nazi's made defecation by
Jews a public spectacle; Straight made kids be watched as they defecated.
With 50,000 kids in treatment, Straight is America's Great Holocaust.
Washington, DC 9-12-03
||To protest the appointment of Mel Sembler
as US Ambassador to Italy
|Nat'l Holocaust Museum
||To protest the involvement of Mel Sembler
and Walter Loebenberg with the Florida Holocaust Museum