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Forced Medical Treatment and Denying Parental Rights - Sarah's Last Wish

Last Wish
© Prevent Disease.com
Forced medical treatment is not a rare occurrence confined to grimy hospitals in totalitarian regimes. Medical ethicists report that it is a common event that happens thousands of times each day in developed countries with sophisticated health care systems. Sarah's Last Wish is a true story of a brave young girl claiming her right to live and die with dignity. Her last wish is already changing the system...

The cold spring morning of March 24, 2011 promised a routine day as Maryanne Godboldo cleared away the breakfast dishes in her modest two story brick and weatherboard home in East Detroit. Unknown to Maryanne, a Wayne County child protection (CPS) worker was lodging a JCO5B form at the county courthouse. She did not agree with the treatment that Maryanne's 13-year-old daughter Ariana was receiving from her family physician and believed the girl should be medicated instead. The social worker intended to force Ariana from her home later that day and admit her to a nearby psychiatric facility for injections of strong antipsychotic medication.

Over a one month period alone, one US emergency department recorded 314 involuntary treatment orders. According to researchers at University of Louisville School of Medicine, half were psychiatric admissions, while the other 50% were coerced 'medical or surgical admissions'.

Current thinking in medical ethics defines the gold standard of patients' rights to medical decision-making as: '[mentally] competent individuals are allowed to make their own treatment decisions: incompetent ones are not,' according to researchers George Annas and Joan Densberger. This definition works well in cases of mental impairment or to authorize doctors to administer life saving medical treatment to depressed individuals who have declined treatment for a physical condition.

Increasingly though, treatments are forced onto persons who are mentally sound and competent to make decisions, but who merely prefer a different treatment option or wish to attend a different hospital than the ones their doctors prefer.

In some cases, coercion is carried out using potentially lethal force, as experienced by the Godboldo family in Michigan. Once the CPS worker had lodged the form, she returned from the courthouse and parked her government car not far from Godboldo's home. From her cell phone she dialled 911 to ask for police assistance to remove Ariana. When the officer confronted Maryanne at her front door, she asked to see a warrant. Allegedly, when no warrant was produced, Maryanne refused to hand over her daughter and closed her door. The situation rapidly escalated when police summoned backup. Within half an hour the tactical response team had arrived in body armour, with high calibre assault weapons, riot control agents and an armoured vehicle. Why?


The Salvador Option for Syria: US-NATO Sponsored Death Squads Integrate "Opposition Forces"


Psychopath: John Negroponte, architect of "the Salvador Option in Iraq", US Ambassador to Iraq (2004-2005)
Modelled on US covert ops in Central America, the Pentagon's "Salvador Option for Iraq" initiated in 2004 was carried out under the helm of the US Ambassador to Iraq John Negroponte (2004-2005) together with Robert Stephen Ford, who was appointed US Ambassador to Syria in January 2011, less than two months before the beginning of the armed insurgency directed against the government of Bashar Al Assad.

"The Salvador Option" is a "terrorist model" of mass killings by US sponsored death squads. It was first applied in El Salvador, in the heyday of resistance against the military dictatorship, resulting in an estimated 75,000 deaths.

John Negroponte had served as US ambassador to Honduras from 1981 to 1985. As Ambassador in Tegucigalpa, he played a key role in supporting and supervising the Nicaraguan Contra mercenaries who were based in Honduras. The cross border Contra attacks into Nicaragua claimed some 50,000 civilian lives.

In 2004, after serving as Director of National Intelligence in the Bush administration, John Negroponte was appointed US Ambassador to Iraq, with a very specific mandate: the setting up of "Salvador Option" for Iraq.

Wall Street

Irish Vote on Fiscal Compact Treaty: Austerity will be extremely painful if implemented

The fiscal compact is a "dangerous experiment" that will be "extremely painful" if implemented, an Oireachtas committee was told yesterday.

Prof Terrence McDonough of the school of business and economics at NUI Galway told the Committee on European Affairs the compact was "completely without historical precedent".

Forcing a country at the bottom of a depression to run budget cuts and tax increases year after year, and forcing the same policy on its neighbours, was not "the safe option".

"If the Irish people are against permanent austerity they should reject this treaty."

The fiscal compact, on which Ireland will vote in May, aims to place financial limits on how much countries can borrow in proportion to their revenue.

Wall Street

Banksters prepare to devour Europe as EU oligarchs roll out TARP program

The European Commission called for direct euro-area aid for troubled banks, and touted a Europe- wide deposit-guarantee system and common bond issuance as antidotes to the debt crisis now threatening to overwhelm Spain.

The commission, the European Union's central regulator, sided with Spain in proposing that the euro's permanent bailout fund inject cash to banks instead of channeling the money via national governments. It also offered Spain extra time to squeeze the budget deficit.

The use of the rescue fund to recapitalize banks "might be envisaged" and would "sever the link between banks and the sovereigns," the commission said today in Brussels. Jose Barroso, the commission's president, said "it is important to use all possibilities offered in terms of flexibility."

Proposals for more liberal use of European bailout money are likely to face resistance in creditor countries such as Germany, Finland and the Netherlands, the scenes of growing taxpayer opposition to more aid.

Comment: Remember this from 2009?
U.S. Rescue May Reach $23.7 Trillion

TARP was nothing more than a heist of gargantuan proportions. Goldman Sachs et al pulled it off against docile Americans when they put a gun to their heads in 2008 and threatened to "pull the economy" if TARP legislation (essentially a TRAP-door through which trillions of dollars was stolen) wasn't passed, but if they think they will get away with a repeat performance against Europe, they've got another thing coming.

Eye 2

Is the Root of Evil the Psychopathic Mind?

human head atomic blast illus
© Anthony Freda
As such a useful tool of exchange, money is not inherently evil. Money can be a springboard to such evil as bailout-begging banks too monstrous to fail gambling with taxpayer wealth - you know, private profits, public risk. Casino financialization with taxpayers as a backstop. The $700 billion TARP bailout actually being a $23.7 trillion bailout. But the root of all evil is the human brain.

New research has exposed, shall we say, the root of the problem. Pathocracy is its flower.

Definition: pathocracy (n). A system of government created by a small pathological minority that takes control over a society of normal people (from Political Ponerology: A Science on the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes, by Andrew Lobaczewski).

A small minority of people are born psychopaths; they inherit a genetic deviance linked to certain structural abnormalities of their social brain.

The physical dynamic that exposes psychopaths is a reduction of gray matter in the anterior rostral prefrontal cortex and temporal poles. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is able to image this deviation fundamental to psychopathy. Potential benefits to humanity are immense; imagine something like a TSA screening (without the bureaucracy, groping and humiliation) to keep psychopaths from boarding the flight to power.

Comment: See also this. Also, a search of SOTT on 'psychopath' and 'psychopathy' will provide a wealth of material on this subject.

One overlooked reason why the psychopaths in power "are elusive about how billions of humans will be eliminated" is because they know Something Wicked This Way Comes, including the advent of an Ice Age... they intend to ride out the storm and leave humanity to the mercy of Nature.


Pakistan Doctor Guilty of Militancy, Not CIA Links

Shakil Afridi
© unknown
Dr. Shakil Afridi
Peshawar, Pakistan - A Pakistan doctor who assisted the CIA in tracking down Osama bin Laden was sentenced to 33 years in prison for conspiring with an Islamist militant commander, not his involvement the American spy agency.

A copy of the verdict obtained by The Associated Press Wednesday adds to questions about Pakistan's treatment of Shakil Afridi.

Afridi was sentenced last week in a tribal court. Few details were released about the verdict, but officials did nothing to challenge the widely held assumption he was punished for his role in helping the CIA.

The five-page document, first reported by Pakistan's Dawn newspaper, says Afridi was guilty of conspiring with militant commander Mangal Bagh.

Afridi's family says he is innocent and will appeal.

Source: The Associated Press

Bad Guys

French President Says Armed Intervention In Syria 'Not Excluded'

Francois Hollande
© Agence France-Presse
French President Francois Hollande
French President Francois Hollande has said the use of armed force could be possible in Syria if it is backed by the United Nations Security Council. Hollande was speaking to France 2 television on May 29 following the massacre of 108 people -- most of them children and women -- in the Syrian village of Houla last week.

"[An armed intervention] is not excluded on the condition that it is carried out with respect to international law, meaning after deliberation by the United Nations Security Council," Hollande said. In Washington, White House spokesman Jay Carney said the United States had not taken any options off the table, but believed armed action was not the right course at present.

"We do not believe that militarization -- further militarization -- of the situation in Syria at this point is the right course of action. We believe that it would lead to greater chaos, greater carnage," Carney said. Meanwhile, the United States, Canada, Australia, and a number of European countries, said they were expelling senior Syrian diplomats in response to the May 25 killings in Houla. The United Nations says most of the victims were executed. UN monitors said spent tank and artillery shells, as well as fresh tank tracks on the ground, were clear signs that Syrian government forces had shelled the town. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed concern that "certain countries" were beginning to use the Houla massacre as "a pretext for voicing demands relating to the need for military measures to be taken." Speaking to UN special envoy Kofi Annan by telephone, he urged an end to violence on all sides, and called for an "impartial" UN-led probe into the massacre. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland welcomed Lavrov's call.

Comment: For a better idea of what is really going on in Syria please read the Sott Focus: NATO's 'Civil War' Machine Rolls Into Syria by Joe Quinn and Niall Bradley and Syria's Bloody CIA Revolution - A Distraction? by Joe Quinn.

For additional information read:

Mossad, Blackwater, CIA Led Operations in Homs

Wikileaks: US-led NATO Troops Operate Inside Syria


Egyptians Outraged Over Presidential Poll Results

© Reuters
Protesters shout during a demonstration against presidential candidates Mohamed Morsi and Ahmed Shafiq at Tahrir Square in Cairo May 28, 2012.
Cairo - Mohamed Ibrahim el-Sayyed, 42, lost a lot to Egypt's revolution - his brother was killed during the initial 18-day uprising that led to former president Hosni Mubarak's ouster, and his son was killed in one of the many bouts of clashes between protesters and police that have marked the post-Mubarak transitional period. So when el-Sayyed heard that the Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission (SPEC) had rejected all appeals challenging last week's election results, thus pitting Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi and Mubarak minister Ahmed Shafiq against each other in the runoff, he came straight to Cairo's Tahrir Square.

"Disqualify Shafiq!" he chanted, raising his shoe in the air. El-Sayyed, who voted for Nasserist candidate Hamdeen Sabahi in the country's first post-Mubarak presidential elections, said that Egypt would not tolerate a return of the old regime. He was joined in Tahrir by hundreds of other Egyptians enraged by the realization of what many called the "nightmare scenario:" a contest for the country's top post being played out between an Islamist and a felul, or "remnant" of the old regime, thus sidelining more secular, independent forces.


The Crusade for Syria: A Big Lie


Gustave Dore, Crusades - Richard and Saladin at the Battle of Arsuf
"War with Iran is already here," wrote a leading Israeli commentator recently, describing "the combination of covert warfare and international pressure" being applied to Iran.

Although not mentioned, the "strategic prize" of the first stage of this war on Iran is Syria; the first campaign in a much wider sectarian power-bid. "Other than the collapse of the Islamic Republic itself," Saudi King Abdullah was reported to have said last summer, "nothing would weaken Iran more than losing Syria."1

By December, senior United States officials were explicit about their regime change agenda for Syria: Tom Donilon, the US National Security Adviser, explained that the "end of the [President Bashar al-] Assad regime would constitute Iran's greatest setback in the region yet - a strategic blow that will further shift the balance of power in the region against Iran."

Shortly before, a key official in terms of operationalizing this policy, Under Secretary of State for the Near East Jeffrey Feltman, had stated at a congressional hearing that the US would "relentlessly pursue our two-track strategy of supporting the opposition and diplomatically and financially strangling the [Syrian] regime until that outcome is achieved".2

What we are seeing in Syria is a deliberate and calculated campaign to bring down the Assad government so as to replace it with a regime "more compatible" with US interests in the region.

Comment: See also: NATO's 'Civil War' Machine Rolls Into Syria

and: Revealed: 1957 CIA-MI6 plot to terrorise Syria, spark fake revolution and assassinate leadership

and: Syrian 'Rebels' Psyops Exposed: Reports Broadcast by Mainstream Media are Faked

Bad Guys

Propaganda Alert! Al-Qaida Number Two in Afghanistan Killed, Nato Says

Sakhr al-Taifi led foreign insurgents and directed attacks against Nato and Afghan forces, according to alliance
© The Associated Press/Musadeq Sadeq
Nato troops at the scene of a militant attack in Kabul earlier this month.
Al-Qaida's second-in-command in Afghanistan has been killed, according to Nato.

Sakhr al-Taifi, also known as Mushtaq and Nasim, led foreign insurgents and directed attacks against Nato and Afghan forces, the alliance said.

The air strike that killed Taifi and another al-Qaida militant took place on Sunday in the Watahpur district of Kunar. A later assessment of the area determined that no civilians had been harmed, Nato said.

The coalition declined to reveal the name of al-Qaida's top leader in Afghanistan "due to ongoing operations and security concerns".