These poems depict a journey through a dark landscape, where the political and personal are fused into a geography of disinformation, sex, betrayal and deadly technology. Phelan has produced verbal "snapshots" of a subterranean war-- with fronts in Los Angeles as well as Fallujah-- where the only defense is one's integrity and the stakes may be life itself.
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Janet Phelan - Reporter at Large
US Throws Up Roadblocks for Those Wishing to Leave
The word is out. People are leaving the US in droves.
The latest FBI NICS list of American citizens who have expatriated shows a spike in individuals who have renounced their US citizenship.
The list, published quarterly, provides a grand total of 2,193 such renunciants since the end of last year. 2013 resulted in a total of 2,999 renunciants, which constituted a 221% increase over those who left in 2012. And we are just half way through 2014.
The NICS list, however, appears to be incomplete. For starters, NICS only lists renunciants, not relinquishers. And yes, there is a difference. Renouncing requires swearing an oath in front of an official of the US government and now has a $2350 fee attached to it. Relinquishing does not require the involvement of a US government official but instead involves making one of a number of acts which result in forfeiting one’s US citizenship.
ITHACA Report to the UN on US Human Rights
“PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS”
PO BOX 50 PMB 207
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REPORT TO THE UPR, HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD USA
ITHACA submitted a report in 2010 to the UPR concerning the human rights record of the United States and focused on two issues. The first issue concerned the revocation of rights taking place in state superior courts under the mantle of adult guardianships, impacting the elderly and disabled.
The second issue we covered concerned attacks by the US government on human rights defenders.
This report for the 2015 UPR of the human rights record of the United States will focus on the progress of these two issues.
In reply to the report generated by the UN working group at the first UPR, the United States promised to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In fact, Congress failed to ratify the CRPD. While those voting against ratification questionably deemed this to be a victory for national sovereignty, the fact remains that a portal for petition for redress against abuses against the vulnerable therefore closed.
The abuses documented in our first report have continued and, in fact, continued without abating. Elders and disabled are still being put under guardianship, in the absence of due process, and their assets are still being plundered by guardians and conservators, with full complicity of sitting family/probate court judges. The elderly and disabled are still being blocked from family and friends and many are still dying under suspicious circumstances.
The following examples are meant to be illustrative and are not all inclusive: In the intervening years since the first UPR, Alice Gore was placed under a guardianship and her teeth were mined for their gold content. Raymond Horspool was denied a new pacemaker by his guardian, and died a preventable death. The matter concerning allegations of wrongful death and plunder of his assets are now winding its way through the Riverside Superior Court system in California.
We also see repeated instances where guardians are attempting to hide their wards from concerned family and friends, in absence of due process. Misha Bluvshteyn’s father, Leon Bluvshteyn, does not know if his son, under guardianship with the Los Angeles Public Guardian, is alive or dead. No court order has been issued blocking Bluvshteyn from his son yet the Los Angeles Public Guardian persists in hiding Misha from his family. Scott Christoffersen was effectively and illegally hidden from a concerned friend for over a year by the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health, even though he had signed a waiver of confidentiality so that the Department could communicate with said friend. When the plight of conservatee Charles Castle came to the attention of the press, his guardian proceeded to move him manically from facility to facility and from county to county, in an effort to conceal his whereabouts from interested parties. As a result, Castle was never served with the court´s determination on his writ of habeas corpus. Due process violations plagued this case. Castle died under suspicious circumstances. (http://www.activistpost.com/2013/07/questions-arise-as-to-coroners-cover-up.html)
ATTACKS ON HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS
Attacks on human rights defenders continue. We now are seeing where attorneys attempting to address these issues are being suspended from the practice of law. Ken Ditkowsky was so suspended for four years, after a career of over fifty years practicing law in Illinois, for requesting an honest and comprehensive investigation into abuses taking place under these adult guardianships. Arizona attorney Grant Goodman was suspended after devising a system under which guardians could be sued under RICO and communicating with guardianship victims throughout the US about this process. Margie Mikels, a well-known activist attorney in San Bernardino County, was threatened with disbarment by Judge Michael Welch in San Bernardino and subsequently withdrew from further appearances in that courtroom. JoAnne Denison has been charged with “yelling fire in a crowded theater” by the Illinois ARDC attorney Melissa Smart, for Denison’s act of running a blog, marygsykes.com, where she posts documents relating to a probate guardianship as well as comments pointing to corruption in the courts. The decision on Denison´s license is pending.
In addition, the courts are now in some cases illegally arresting those attempting to protect their parents' rights. Case in point was the May 21, 2014 arrest of Rosanna Miller in Logan County, Ohio, who was illegally detained for failure to pay court costs. The Supreme Court of Ohio has issued a memo stating that an individual cannot be arrested for failure to pay court costs. The judge in this matter, Ann Beck, of Bellefontaine Municipal Court, had already evidenced animus toward Miller. It is unknown how many such petitioners Beck has so falsely had detained as the court has declined to produce these records. The issue of incarcerating people for court costs, in violation of the no-debtors-prisons stance of the United States, has been the subject of an ACLU investigation and reports. (https://www.aclu.org/blog/tag/debtors-prisons) In another abuse of process, Barbara Stone is now on house arrest and facing criminal charges for taking her mother out to lunch. The criminal judge in this matter, Migna Sanchez-Llorens, who sits on the Circuit Court in Florida, has a record of receiving financial contributions from attorneys who appear before her and has failed to properly disclose this, which gives the appearance of substantial impropriety.
The US's behavior in certain cases could best be described as a vendetta. Jeffery Silverman, journalist, US national and former Army Scout, has had his citizenship revoked without due process. Joseph Zernik, Ph.D., head of Human Rights Alert, has fled the US and is now living in Jerusalem, where the US in 2013 seized his Israeli bank account. Zernik sought protection by the German government and subsequently his assets were returned to him. Janet Phelan, a US born journalist who fled the US after an intelligence sting operation/assault put her into a coma, is in Latin America, and continues to cope with repeated US intelligence-generated attacks, largely of a chemical assassination nature. She has written a book concerning these experiences, EXILE. Janet Phelan´s mother appears to have been murdered by the elderly woman's guardian.
Ray Fernandez, who also left the US following a horrific guardianship battle concerning his mother, Clara Fernandez, became politically active in hosting a website and FB groups concerning guardianship and other political issues. This year, Fernandez was attacked in a nearly fatal chemical assassination attempt abroad.
Robert Fettgather, a licensed clinical psychologist, had his license to practice revoked in 2012 as a result of his activism and advocacy for his adult Down’s syndrome son. His case is currently being appealed.
Melissa Balin was placed under arrest three times in thirty days and the manhandling by officers resulted in miscarriage of her first pregnancy. Melissa Balin is a filmmaker, and was one of the 292 people arrested due to their involvement with the Occupy movement on the morning of November 30, 2011, which came to be known as the #OLA292. It is worth noting that Melissa Balin had never been arrested prior to her known association with Occupy LA. When Balin moved to respond legally, she was determined incompetent to stand trial through a falsified forensic report by Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. She narrowly escaped commitment/conservatorship.
It is of note that those who are being placed under these severe protocols are not “famous” or embedded individuals or journalists. The lawyers who are being suspended for their interest in civil rights tend to be sole practitioners. The main stream press continues to turn a blindered eye to such attacks on lawyers, reporters and people attempting to simply protect the rights of loved ones.
These circumstances all point in one direction---that the United States government is involved in demographic targeting of its citizens and that those who attempt to protect the rights of others, be they media, attorneys or simply concerned family members--are being treated with at times brutal disregard for their civil and human rights.
Submitted this third day of September, 2014
Catherine O’loughlin, MD—Co-Chair
Is an Airborne Biological Weapons Release Imminent?
A surprise drill in New York City has the authorities scrambling to address an anthrax attack.
MERS is reported to have mutated and is now airborne.
Ebola is now being discussed as a major airborne threat to the US population
These stories hit the news during the past week. All three issues highlight enhanced structured and established concerns about the possibility for an airborne pandemic—launched either through a natural occurring disease agent or a biological weapons attack.
But are these concerns realistic?
Since the anthrax attacks of September 2001, the US has pumped over 70 billion dollars into what is being termed a “defensive” biological weapons program–ostensibly to protect civilians and soldiers from the devastating potential of an airborne disease agent. These programs include Project BioShield, which provided funding for eight medical countermeasures, to address smallpox, botulinum toxin and radiological contamination. Plans for a second generation anthrax vaccine by VaxGen ran into multiple complications and the company did not fulfill its contract. Funding was therefore allocated to stockpiling more of the original vaccine, which has been thought to cause Gulf War Syndrome.
At the same time as these highly publicized and staggeringly expensive programs were launched, the US government was also covertly funding “black” projects involving the construction of covert and top secret delivery systems, which could deploy either a bio or chemical weapons attack—selectively—potentially devastating the target populations within the borders of the US.
There's a Spy in My Soup!
31.08.2014 Author: Janet Phelan
NSA: There’s a Spy in my Soup!
Okay, we now know that our phone calls are being monitored. Snowden has made it clear that none of our electronically conveyed communications are secure from NSA snooping. But to find that they are now listening to our potato chips?
As revealed recently in an article in MIT News, technology has been developed which would allow our relentlessly nosy government to pick up voice prints from a bag of potato chips, a glass of water, a window or potted plant.
South Africa's Dr. Death Again Evades Sentencing
South Africa’s “Dr. Death” Again Evades Sentencing
Basson was first arrested in 1997, following the dissolution of the apartheid government. His much publicized trial in Pretoria High Court in the years 1999-2002 produced outcries of judicial bias by his prosecutors. With 200 witnesses against him, who testified to his involvement in multiple assassinations as well as fraud and embezzlement during his tenure as head of Project Coast, Dr. Basson was the sole witness in his defense. He was acquitted of all sixty seven charges against him. The legal contortions executed by the Judge Hartzenberg—all resulting in Basson’s acquittal—eventuated in the State moving to have the judge recused. Hartzenberg, however, refused to step down from the case.
Basson, who was a medical doctor as well as a member of the military, had been charged with giving poisoned food and drink to members of the South African Defense Forces and other operatives, with instructions to supply these to ANC members and other “enemies of the state.” A number of deaths reportedly occurred as a result of the poisonings. In addition, Basson was allegedly involved in providing operatives with poisoned clothing and underwear to be given to specific targets, as well as providing poisons for injection. He was also known to be developing a “blacks-only” biological weapon.
Basson had been arrested with 1000 tablets of Ecstasy in his possession. The records of Project Coast and affiliated labs raise questions about whether he may have also been involved in drug dealing. He was also acquitted of these charges.
The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) took another tack and in 2006 began to investigate Basson. He was subsequently charged by the Council with “acting unprofessionally” in his capacity as the head of Project Coast. And this time, he was found guilty.