Tuesday, February 15, 2005

The Sixth Circuit and Operation PAR: Has Op PAR become the new treatment arm of DFAF?

Or: 3 strikes and the Sixth Circuit is OUT

Florida's Sixth Circuit Court was vocally supportive of The Seed juvenile therapeutic community until in 1974 the US Senate found The Seed to be using Communist brainwashing-like methods. The program sort of fell out of sight after that, but the document did not deter Mel and Betty Sembler. What did Senator Sam Ervin know. They liked The Seed so much they formed their own juvenile therapeutic community and patterned it after The Seed. They called their rendention Straight, Inc. The Sixth Circuit supported Straight too. But Straight had to be closed because its reputation for abuse became too widely known. Now Straight, Inc. is called Drug Free America Foundation. It doesn't treat kids for addictions. Betty and her gang from Straight have infiltrated another rehab program though--Operation PAR, the biggest rehab in the southeast. And now The Royal Court endorses Operation PAR. We've taken our golden oldie story which looks at whether PAR has become the treatment arm of DFAF, updated it and had it published in Tampa Bay Independent Media. It's also on the Drug Free America Foundation Blog.

The Skinny on 2002 election campaign oversight by Florida Sixth Circuit Republican judges

In 2002 Florida's Pasco County GOP spent $7,339.50 for fliers (its most expense mailing) endorsing five canidates for the Sixth Circuit Court. Problem is, the money was not reported in the party's campaign finance reports and neither were three $2,500 contributions from relatives of three of the judicial candidates. The GOP was fined just $3,000 by the Florida Elections Commission, but the fine could have been as high as $48,000. The candidates endorsed in the mailing included sitting Circuit Judge Wayne Cobb, and new candidates Linda Allan and John Renke III, both of whom won. Two losing candidates were also on the flier.

Circuit Judge John Renke III had other problems. His father, former Republican state Rep. and state GOP committeeman, John Renke II managed his campaign. According to an editorial in the St. Petersburg Times, during his campaign, Judge Renke III, "portrayed himself as a seasoned litigator, even though he had little courtroom experience; as a sitting judge, even though he was a first-time candidate; and as having the endorsement of Clearwater firefighters, even though no such backing existed. Most notably, Renke "or close family members" participated in partisan political activities and campaigned on his behalf as a member of a political party in violation of judicial rules governing nonpartisan elections, according to the Judicial Qualifying Commission."

See SPT1, SPT2

Monday, February 14, 2005

The Clary Report, former state Senator Donald Sullivan, MD and his wife Sixth Circuit Judge Irene Sullivan

In 1989 a team from the Florida state department of health (HRS) out of Tallahassee was in St. Petersburg with the intention of closing the flagship Straight facility for its record of state health code violations. A subsequent IG report (The Clary Report) revealed that Mel Sembler probably used his political influence to quash the effort. Subsequently, Donald Sullivan, MD, an orthopedic surgeon, resigned from Straight Foundation and successfully ran for state Senate. Eventually he was on the Senate's oversight committee that would oversee any investigation of HRS. Dr. Sullivan's wife Irene is a Sixth Circuit judge who caused quite a stir in the local newspaper when she ran for her judgeship because she had been one of the three Republican candidates for office whose campaign had been actively pushed by the Pinellas County Republican Party. When Judge Sullivan attended Betty's 70th birthday party, Betty asked her and her other guests to donate money to the Drug Free America Foundation (formerly Straight, Inc.) in lieu of gifts. A few years ago Mel and Betty held their 50th wedding anniversay at their castle in Rome. It was billed by an outsider as "The Mother of All Toga Parties." The guest list read like a who's who from Pinellas County. Straight watchers were keenly interested in seating arrangements because they felt that Sembler would have people from his inner circle seated next to people who may have been reading the web pages of Straight dissidents. The St. Petersburg Times reported that, besides the Italian Minister of Defense, other tablemates of Dr. Epstein's [Dr. Bruce Epstein, former board member of Straight] were the Israeli ambassador to Italy and "an orthopedic surgeon who once treated Betty." Read now my story of intrigue and high seas adventure in the Tampa Bay Independent Media.

Sixth Circuit Judges Walt "gag-order" Logan and Dee Anna Farnell (wife of Sixth Circuit Judge Crockett Farnell) sending one kid a day to Operation Par

Sixth Circuit Court Judge Walt Logan, the judge who has issued a temporary injunction against anti-Straight activist Ray Bradbury, is a member of the Juvenile Welfare Board and also presides over juvenile court in Pinellas County. According to the St. Petersburg Times of May 9, 1997, Judge Logan stated, "There isn't a day that goes by that we don't send someone to Operation Par at some level." Sixth Circuit Judge Dee Anna Farnell is also on the Juvenile Welfare Board and is one of the judges Logan was referring to who help him send at least one kid a day to Operation PAR. Judge Dee Anna Farnell's husband is Judge Crockett Farnell--the judge who presided over State Attorney James T. Russell's attempt to railroad Ray Bradbury into prison in 1988. [See State Attorney tries to railroad Ray Bradbury in 1988 ]

Ineffectiveness of Florida Ethics Commission and Judicial Qualifications Commission. JQC shoots messenger and lets Judge Bonanno slide

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Scientology™ vs. good ole Southern Baptism: eat crow Judge Babb

Florida Sixth Circuit Judge Linda Babb visited a Narconon™ drug rehabilitation facility and liked what she saw so much that she stated, "It [Narconon™] seems better organized and funded than a lot of programs we use. Skepticism about the program probably is due to perceived ties to Scientology. If it was the Southern Baptists, I don't think it would be scrutinized as much." [Src: St. Petersburg Times, Mar. 30, 2003]

Well Justice Babb, ABC TV Wear News in Pensacola, Florida has just published a three part series on alleged child abuse in two Southern Baptist boarding schools right down there in Florida. Before linking to the series it might be useful to get some background material on where these schools came from, who accredits them, and Wiley Cameron and Michael Palmer--the Baptist preachers behind them.

The Roloff Schools, Wiley Cameron and TACCA. The Roloff Schools are a string of Christian boarding schools for wayward teens founded by Lester Roloff, a fundamentalist Baptist preacher. In the 1970s Texas health authorities investigated the schools for allegations of whipping, handcuffing and using other abusive tactics on teenagers. The schools protested state scrutiny and the case ended up in the US Supreme Court which ruled that Roloff would have to abide by state licensing laws. So in 1985 two Roloff schools, the Rebekah Home for Girls and Anchor Home for Girls, moved to Missouri. Another school, Mountain Park Baptist Boarding Academy, moved to Missouri from Mississippi in 1987 after a judge ordered teens to be removed. The founder of Mountain Park had been trained by Roloff. Roloff died in a plane crash in 1982 and was replaced by a man named Wiley Cameron.

When George Bush became governor of Texas he decided that men of God needed no state regulatory license to run social programs and so he introduced his faith-based initiative. Roloff's Wiley Cameron was invited over to Texas to meet with Bush's faith-based committee and ultimately Bush invited Cameron back to Texas. The Texas Organization of Christian Child Caring Agencies or TACCCA accredited Roloff Schools and Wiley Cameron was on the board of directors of TACCCA. Rebekah had moved from Texas to Missouri, and was now back in Texas.

Soon Cameron's schools were back in trouble in Texas for allegations of child abuse. Wiley was put in jail for refusing to turn over records to investigators and his wife Faye Cameron was barred for life from working with kids in Texas. In 2001, with George Bush gone, Texas had had enough of his faith-based stupidity and changed the law back to require faith-based organizations to be licensed by the state just like anybody else. This time Wiley Cameron took his kids to Florida. (Early in 2004 Mountain Park Baptist Boarding Academy closed in Missouri after a federal jury awarded a former student $20,000 for abuse. (See Mountain Park. Also see The Texas Faith-Based Initiative at Five Years.)

George Bush did not invent state faith-based deregulation. But George Bush did not invent the idea of faith-based state deregulation. Six years before introducing the concept to Texas, health officials in the state of Oklahoma had refused to license the Scientology™-affiliated Narconon™ drug rehabilitation program in that state. And then surprisingly the state legislature introduced legislation that exempted health care facilities from state licensing provided they got accreditation elsewhere. So Narconon™ went to CARF--the Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities--in Tucson, Arizona. A report in the Newkirk Herald Journal of 16 July 1992 reported that Narconon™ had "hired" the first two C.A.R.F. inspectors sent to evaluate their operation. (Kids Helping Kids of Cincinnati and Growing Together in Lakeworth, Florida are two second-generation Straights, both of which are CARF accredited. Also see rumors of Narconon infiltration of CARF, 20 September 1992 and Critical Evaluations of Narconon.)

FACCCA and Michael Palmer. In 1984, the state of Florida passed a faith-based law called Florida Statute 409.176 that exempts church-run social programs from state regulations. Today many church boarding schools in Florida are accredited by FACCCA--the Florida Association of Christian Child Caring Agencies. A man named Michael Palmer is VP of FACCCA. Palmer opened Victory Christian Academy in Jay, Florida after he was closed down in California and Mexico for alleged abuse and licensing issues at youth homes he ran in those places.

Wiley Cameron closed Rebekah Girl's Home in Texas and opened New Beginnings Rebekah Academy in Pace, Florida. Rebekah is licensed by FACCCA. Faye Cameron has left Rebekah in Florida after allegedly hitting a girl with a curtain rod.

Read or view now ABC TV Pensacola, Florida Wear News' three part series on Wiley Cameron and Michael Palmer by Mollye Barrows:

Secrets in the Schoolhouse, part 1
Secrets, part 2
Secrets, part 3
Here is the first video in the series.

Related articles:
Pensacola's "Independent News" report Secrets in the Schoolhouse by Duwayne Escobedo

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Saturday, February 12, 2005

Judge Nancy Moate Ley (R) was (and is?) a member of the board of directors of Operation Par

There were actually two Straight organizations. Straight, Inc., the treatment arm; and Straight Foundation, Inc., the education arm. Straight, Inc. closed in 1993 and in 1995 Straight Foundation, Inc. changed its name to Drug Free America Foundation (DFAF).

With a budget of $18 million, Pinellas County-based Operation PAR is the biggest rehabilitation program in the southeast. Betty Sembler is on the board of PAR and she is not the only former Straight official to have joined PAR. In fact the infiltration of PAR by former Straight officials is so pandemic that a good case can be made that Operation PAR is the now the drug treatment arm of DFAF. (See Is Op PAR the new drug treatment arm of DFAF?) Many Sixth Circuit judges were pro Straight. Many others were pro The Seed--Straight's predecessor. Now many judges like Judge Moate are supportive of another drug rehab enterprize linked to the Semblers. See Judge Moate and Op PAR

Largo Judge Jack Clark was a member of Straight's board of directors

[See BOD When Judge Clark died on Oct. 23, 1993 his obit in the SPT said he had been a founding board member but his name is not included in the articles of incorporation. He was a municipal judge from 1971 - 1977. He was the fomer commodore of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.