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Monday, November 14, 2005

"Straight" to hell -- by way of Italy (Plus: A vote fraud connection...?)

Some of you may recall my earlier post about Republican child abusers. Specifically, I spoke about Mel Sembler, a long-time Bush family crony and heavy donor, who was until quite recently the ambassador to Italy. Sembler has a sick secret: He used to run a nationwide network of abusive concentration camps -- brainwashing centers, in effect -- which masqueraded as drug rehab clinics for young people.

The Sembler program was called Straight. The program modeled itself after the notorious "Seed" program of the Nixon era, which was shut down after a congressional investigation. Most Straight clinics were closed during the Clinton years, due to lawsuits and media exposure.

Today, mysterious Sembler-esque figures are quietly reconstituting the abusive program under other names. As we shall see, Jeb Bush has been directly linked to one "neo-Straight" operation.

Youngsters in the Sembler program were starved, beaten, tortured, humiliated, sexually abused, raped, kept under surveillance even when gong to the bathroom, and forced to participate in non-stop group "thought control" sessions. Teens were forced to defecate on themselves and to "confess" to crimes they never committed. The program destroyed all sense of individuality or self-worth; victims often ended up torturing themselves.

In short and in sum, the Straight program was a hyperbolized version of the "brainwashing" techniques that Americans of an earlier generation commonly ascribed to the Communist Chinese. Straight victims often had no drug problems whatsoever. High-pressure salesmen, using the argot of recovery, would convince parents that children with no history of drug abuse were "dry druggies" living "in denial."

Over the past year, Jeff Gorenfeld has done incredibly good work on this story. And now Mark Levine's Inside Scoop radio program offers a long expose on Sembler and Straight. This show is an absolute must-listen. (You can skip past the commercials.) You'll hear plenty of Straight victims tell astonishing, infuriating tales of abuse. At the end of the broadcast, you'll be screaming one question:

Why the hell was Sembler ambassador to Italy?

I cannot say for sure, but we have every reason to suspect that the story here is far stranger than we can guess. There are indications that Sembler is connected to the shadowy, endlessly-intertwining group of "rogue" intelligence agents that Joseph Trento exposes in his book Prelude to Terror.

Sembler has long been on intimate terms with "Poppy" Bush, a key figure within this "old boy" gang long before he came to head the CIA. According to Joshua Marshall, Sembler also has a long-standing relationship with another notorious figure associated with the Agency (even if we cannot technically call him an operative): Michael Ledeen.

Sembler played a still-mysterious role in the 2002 interactions between Ledeen and the notorious Iran-contra figure Manucher Ghorbanifar. He played an even odder role in the tale of the alleged terrorist kidnapped in Milan by CIA personnel. Sembler denied that American intelligence personnel were involved in the kidnapping, even though both an Italian judge and former CIA analyst Michael Scheuer identified the operation was a joint CIA/SISMI venture. Sembler also may have helped to obfuscate the strange circumstances surrounding the "friendly fire" attack on Guiliana Sgrena in Iraq (which some believe was other than accidental).

While we do not yet possess all the facts, those we do have indicate that Sembler may function as a trusted asset of the rogue clandestine operatives who set this country onto its current disastrous course.

All of which makes his history as a "drug counselor" even more distubring.

What the hell was Straight? Did Sembler have intelligence connections when he ran the program? If so, what was the real purpose of his abusive approach? Yes, Straight was clearly a money-making venture -- but did it also have a deeper agenda? (Seed, the predecessor program of the early 1970s, was widely rumored to have links to the Agency's MKULTRA program. I've never seen any proof backing that suspicion.)

In this morass, one thing is clear: Straight did not help teens. The victims' stories conjure up an image of institutionalised sadism -- cruelty for the sake of cruelty.

So what was Mel Sembler really up to?

We may further ask: What the hell is the Bush family really up to? Poppy's Rolodex contained contact info for both "drug counselor" Mel Sembler and drug-smuggler Don Aronow. The elder Bush also put Manuel Noriega on the CIA payroll when Noreiga was involved with drug smuggling.

Definitely an interesting group of associates.

If you think this story could not possibly get stranger, we also have allegations that a Straight off-shoot -- the Drug Free America Foundation -- was involved with hacking the vote in Florida. Jeb Bush is a listed "advisor" to this foundation.

The allegations of DFAF involvement with vote fraud come to us by way of the Jeff Fisher imbroglio, which was one of the more frustrating aspects of the 2004 election controversy. Some have argued that Fisher was fed disinformation, as perhaps he was. Still, I would encourage others to do some follow up research into the allegation; the Fisher story never did reach a satisfactory conclusion.
Comments:
Joseph, the Fisher story most certainly has been resolved, and I'm startled that you brought it back up.

I need to get to work in 40 minutes, so I don't have time to do this justice right now. I'll write a summary of the entire episode when I get home. For now, I'll merely mention that it's quite obvious Dr. Blass and his buddy Sean Lennon, the former MIS DIrector at Bay Point, conspired to feed Jeff false information regarding Bay Point and election fraud, in exchange for Jeff's help to get Blass' son out of drug rehab. Sean Lennon was the mysterious "sender," created false emails on the school's server by changing the date on the server to 1999 or 2000, and then producing emails that led Jeff to believe things.

Jeff was/is a LaRouchie, swallowed it up like chocolate pudding, and went public. Fablecrusaders came in (Jack Seymour, John Sanders, you do remember those guys) and stirred up an even bigger story.

I've got the goods, including dozens of emails with Blass.

Like I said, I'm startled you've brought this back up.

John
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/fablecrusadersunmasked/
 
Joseph: I enjoy your writing, but you really need to check your facts. Mel Sembler is no longer ambassador to Italy. He was replaced last summer by Ronald P. Spogli. Spogli also seems to be a scumbag (see http://www.opensecrets.org/bush/ambassadors/spogli.asp), but definitely a different scumbag.
 
I was wondering if we were ever going to get the Bay Point/Straight/Child Abuse/Jeb Bush/vote fraud insanity in any way resolved. Thanks for revisiting that, Joseph!

If it's true that the Jeff Fisher story has been largely sorted out, could someone explain to us--a comment person, Joseph--where the hell Mr. Fisher got off to? I'd been suspecting that perhaps he'd been suicided.
 
Lots more on this sick shit:
http://rigorousintuition.blogspot.com
 
Jeez, you're right about Sembler's replacement. I was actually going to write about Spogli last summer. Can't recall why I didn't. And I can't recall why, when I wrote yesterday's piece, I couldn't recall something I was going to write about last summer.

Hope that last sentence makes SOME sense.

I have learned my lesson. For some reason, my memory refuses to to store two sets of facts -- anything have to do with Italy, and anything having to do with where I put the Sharpie that marks CDs.

(The Italy thing is getting scary. Last week, I tried to help my lady write a paper on David Hume and Benedetto Croce. Hume I could recall fairly well from my own college days, but I couldn't remember a single damn thing about Croce...)

At any rate, I'm fixing today's story.

Bozos: Sean Lennon...? I'll have to look into that. Last I heard, the Fisher thing just sort of petered out.
 
I'm home, and will be writing this all up before bedtime.

John
 
What happens when a Jeff Fisher, a LaRouche follower running for office meets Dr. Piotr Blass and Sean Lennon, two con men, who know exactly how to turn him on?

The Jeff Fisher story, that's what.

Jeff's story is well-known by now - he claimed he was introduced to someone he calls "the sender" by Dr. Blass, and "the sender" started to show him emails from 1999-2000 that supposedly proved Bay Point School was involved in election fraud. Now Jeff wasn't shown these emails without a price - in return, he was supposed to help Dr. Blass get his son out of Sembler's drug rehab program.

Eventually Dr. Blass got his son out of rehab with the help of a Republican, Joseph Klock, and didn't need Fisher any more...and therefore, the evidence that was supposed to be better than the previous evidence, never came. Fisher got mad, accused Blass of covering up election fraud, and then went public in November 2004 with his story. Shortly afterwards, the Fablecrusaders hooked up with Jeff, and helped spin his story in all sorts of crazy directions, bringing every company with the word Cybernet in their name into the mix, along with cast of supporting characters. Eventually, Jeff showed up at Conyer's December 2004 hearing on election fraud along with two LaRouche buddies, made a total ass of himself, and vanished.

Now for the details:

1. The mysterious sender wasn't so mysterious after all - he was Sean Lennon, Dr. Blass' former student and MIS Director at Bay Point until he was fired for his role in the story.

Sean's picture can be seen here - Bay Point still shows him even though he's been gone for a long time - just scroll down and look for MANAGEMENT DIRECTORY in the lower left-hand corner, then click on his name:

http://www.baypointschools.com/

2. Ben Roth, Jeff's campaign assistant, was the person who drove Jeff to meet "the sender" for the first time in July 2004, at a McDonalds' parking lot. Ben has confirmed by email (available upon request, like all other evidence) that Sean Lennon is the person Jeff met.

3. As MIS Director, Sean was in a unique position - able to change the server's internal clock in order to backdate emails, able to create email addresses for the cast of characters that would later become part of the supposed evidence.

4. Sean did this to assist Dr. Blass' effort to get his son out of drug rehab. Blass realized that Fisher was a nutcase (all documented) and gave Fisher exactly what he craved, in return for help. As I stated above, Blass and Sean pulled the plug though, once Klock got Blass' son out of rehab.

5. Fisher went public in November 2004 with his story, posted and then later retracted, by Thom Hartmann:

http://www.commondreams.org/views04/1115-24.htm

6. But the story continued to spread, in large part thanks to Rense, and a group of disinfo artists now known as the Fablecrusaders. Their efforts, including their ties to Jeff Fisher, are all well-documemted here:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/fablecrusadersunmasked/

7. Jeff eventually disappeared, after showing up at Conyer's hearing and pissing everyone off:

"Jeff Fisher, former Congressional candidate, made an utter fool out of himself and finally had to be shut up by Barney Frank. He was joined by TWO, count them TWO LaRouchies, one of whom apparently got George Schultz and George Bush mixed up"

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2004/12/8/164028/878

I strongly recommend interested readers sign up, and examine the files section as well - lots of good laughs there.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/fablecrusadersunmasked/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/fablecrusadersunmasked2/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/fablecrusadersunmasked3/

I've also started to post my numerous contacts with Dr. Blass in the messages section, and I'm sure your readers will get a kick out of those as well. While I became more and more determined to get information from Blass, he became more and more evasive, eventually telling me if I joined his campaign for governor and proved myself loyal to him, he would start to help me prove that election fraud took place. Shades of his stories to Jeff!

To summarize, there is no evidence whatsoever to support Fisher's claim of election fraud. Believe me, I believe fraud did take place in Florida, Ohio, and elsewhere, but Fisher's story was just a bunch of junk. After Fisher went public, the Fablecrusaders made contact with Jeff, and spiced his story up with new villains such as Cybernet Group, Cybernet Systems, Alan Gutierrez, and eventually the US Enterprise (!!), Gary Seven, and J Jovan Phillyaw and his "cue cat" scanner from years ago.

The Fablecrusaders will always be remembered best by this Daily Kos diary:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2004/12/5/14232/7575

I hope interested readers though will take the time to visit the yahoo groups I have set up, to store the huge amount of evidence I collected on them.

Please feel free to email me with any questions:

John
SluggoJD@sbcglobal.net
Bozos rNot4 Bush at Daily Kos
 
Just to make sure the links are clear:

The yahoo groups where I have stored all my evidence are:

fablecrusadersunmasked
fablecrusadersunmasked2
fablecrusadersunmasked3

I don't think we can do html on these blogs, and the comments section cut off the last part of the links.

The rest of the links look ok.

John
 
Well I guess I killed this thread with the facts.

I'll never understand why people profess interest in things, and then when given a ton of evidence to examine and a summary, the interest evaporates.

Putting it another way, nobody seems to give a shit how and why people carry out disinformation campaigns. The disinfo always attracts folks - but all the hard work involved in outing those who put out disinfo, explanations of why they did it, who they are, etc...well who cares.

Stopping these freaks is a dirty job, but someone's got to do it.

I just wish someone else would actually care.

John
 
"Liberal, whoever you are do you want to meet me in real life at the Washington DC Capital steps? We'll either have discourse there or a fight. I don't really care either way. I'll bring the Secret Service and everyone who protects the law, right with me. Anything will have to be started by you neocons. I am about the law. I am fighting all of the forces of darkness to restore the law of the land. I care about the american voter you scumbag neocons!!!!!!!!!!!! What do you care about anymore? Just money, power, and what else for gods sake? The hatifka? I was on the radio!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do you want the link to the radio show I was on exposing this criminality?!?? Here's the link!!!!!! http://web.archive.org/web/20041103064615/http://www.jefffisherforcongress.com/ I was with Cynthia Pooler live on the air. Carol McClaine also wrote a letter for me. Would you like to talk to them? Would you like to talk to my agents or my friend Tom Heneghan? We can show you in less than 5 minutes this crime is for real and that vile. And WE ARE going to put a stop to it. I'm the American patriot and I'm the voter who won't stop for our voting rights. I EXPOSED Mark Foley and I will expose the rest, they are going to answer to one thing now. The court-room."
 
"Libera and John, (You are the Bozos, You both are foolish clowns) whoever you are do you want to meet me in real life at the Washington DC Capital steps? We'll either have discourse there or a fight. I don't really care either way. I'll bring the Secret Service and everyone who protects the law, right with me. Anything will have to be started by you neocons. I am about the law. I am fighting all of the forces of darkness to restore the law of the land. I care about the american voter you scumbag neocons!!!!!!!!!!!! What do you care about anymore? Just money, power, and what else for gods sake? The hatifka? I was on the radio!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do you want the link to the radio show I was on exposing this criminality?!?? Here's the link!!!!!! http://web.archive.org/web/20041103064615/http://www.jefffisherforcongress.com/ I was with Cynthia Pooler live on the air. Carol McClaine also wrote a letter for me. Would you like to talk to them? Would you like to talk to my agents or my friend Tom Heneghan? We can show you in less than 5 minutes this crime is for real and that vile. And WE ARE going to put a stop to it. I'm the American patriot and I'm the voter who won't stop for our voting rights. I EXPOSED Mark Foley and I will expose the rest, they are going to answer to one thing now. The court-room." "To John Dean the Bozo: If the information was ever false, I would not have been tortured by Jews and kids would not have been murdered at Baypoint. We have proof of all of the above. Meet us in court."

http://elequity.com/?p=206

Now read and stop putting up your BS
 
Hello Jen who ever you are I am Alive and well so you neocons and those Zionists at Division 5 in the FBI can just stop spreading lies on the Internet. I won't stop until you are all done for
That includes John triple H Dean and Leslie Barth also Now the world knows you are all a bunch of dangerous psychopaths and just like a book you are the first ones to investigate a crime to cover it up, then threaten to kill the accuser and his friends and families and other people just to spread lies. You are just like Karl Rove, George W Bush, Dick Cheney,John Kerry, Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama..
 
Joseph, I'm sorry that your writing is for entertainment purposes only and that your not very interested in posting any facts at all. I'm not as good a writer as you are so I'll keep it simple

The reason the truth is unknown is because of people like you and Jeff Fisher.

Joseph I read your profile your a sick individual. How is Satan doing these days; are you still making him proud?
 
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