Sunday, October 30, 2005

Drug Free America Foundation, America's foremost conservative think tank on drug policy, founded in deceit

Drug Free America Foundation is a non-profit setup by Melvin and Betty Sembler as a think tank to influence national and international drug policy. Also, it helps small businesses set up Drug Free Workplace Environments through a grant by the U.S. Small Business Administration. But DFAF was founded in fraud. In 1976 Melvin and Betty Sembler were principal founders of Straight, Inc.--one of the most destructive juvenile drug rehabilitation programs the world has ever seen. By 1985 Straight had faced so many law suits and criminal investigations that a shell corporation was created to buffer Mel Sembler from civil suits and from possible criminal indictments, and to protect Straight's financial assets. The shell corporation was called Straight Foundation, Inc.

In 1985 the foundation misrepresented itself to the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations by stating it had been formed, in part, to fund treatment programs when, in fact, it had been formed to fund Straight, Inc. and Straight, Inc. almost exclusively. It also raised funds for Straight, Inc. and, it appears, only for Straight, Inc. In reality it leased Straight, Inc.'s property back to itself. In 1995 Straight Foundation, Inc. changed is name to Drug Free America Foundation and changed its mission to its current ones. Perhaps Melvin and Betty Sembler should be in prison for their roles at Straight. Instead they've bought their way into politics and are major players in establishing national and international drug policy.
See: dfaf shell story
Semblers and national drug policy
Semblers and international drug policy

Thursday, October 27, 2005

A Halloween Message. Be careful what you read.

Historically, the ACLU has helped our great nation make giant gains with civil liberties. But sometimes they just don't know when to shut up as in the Boston ACLU 2000 defense of NAMBLA's web page privacy. According to the Boston Globe The North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) officials in the past have said "their main goal is the abolition of age-of-consent laws that classify sex with children as rape."

We believe that a five year old boy might trade oral sex to an adult for an ice cream cone and be all the more merry for it. But when that lad turns 14, knowledge of homosexuality and peer pressure can make him think he's a queer and cause him to commit suicide. We believe this is how Straight, Inc. (the late great juvenile drug rehabilitation program) aided in the murder of so many of its former clients. [Over 40 former Straight clients have committed suicide!]

Last year the school board of Puyallup, WA ruled to ban Halloween festivities during school time. A major reason? Celebrating Halloween would offend Wiccans (real witches). Well what is the ACLU doing about it? And what about werewolves, vampires and The Creature from the Black Lagooni?

So what are the Marines doing wrong in the photo? They are praying, that's what. They are bowing their heads in prayer. When we received an email that an ACLU spokesman named Lucius Traveler saw the photo and went ballistic stating, "These are federal employees on federal property and on federal time. For them to pray is clearly an establishment of religion, and we must nip this in the bud immediately," we went ballistic too. So we investigated. Did Mr. Traveler actually say that? Turns out the ACLU does not even have a Mr. whatever his name is. It's all just a hoax.

But really, as for the ACLU you gotta' love 'em when you need 'em; and damn 'em when you don't. Like I say, the ACLU has made some great strides for us all; but then they've done some odious work too. This time they're off the hook. As for the Marines--God bless them one and all! Semper Fi.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Dr. Riddile receives award prompting Leigh Bright and Wes Fager to write letters of protest

References:
a. MetLife/NASSP PR on Dr. Mel Riddile
b. Wash Post on Dr. Mel Riddile

Recently Dr. Mel Riddile, former national executive director of Straight, was named top high school principal in America by MetLife and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. This prompted Wes Fager, editor of theStraights dot com, to send the following eMail to Michael Carr of NASSP:
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Dear Michael Carr, NASSP

I was dissapointed to learn that Dr. Riddile has been selected by your organization as National High School Principal of the Year. Dr. Riddile is the former director of Straight-Springfield, Virginia and the former national director of Straight, Inc. For 17 years Straight, Inc. was the biggest juvenile drug rehabilitation program in the world (though Dr. Riddile was not with the program all that time). But Straight was also one of the most destructive rehab programs the world has ever seen. It operated on deceit, fear, intimidation, and untested methods brainwashing. Mental and physical abuse were rampant. Eventually this national-level program had to close all its treatment camps under mounting civil suits and investigations from state criminal and child welfare agencies.

And while Dr. Riddile is being recognized today for his current work and receiving a $5,000 check, I think it is important to note that over 40 of Straight's former clients have committed suicide.

Wesley Fager
ed, http://www.thestraights.com

Related story:
A story extolling the virtues of Dr. Riddile and his recent award in The Washington Post on 10/23/05 led former Straight student Leigh Bright to send a letter to the editor to theStraights dot com and to the Wash Post.