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

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