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Just Call It "Therapy"-- Illegal Interrogation Tactics, Child Labor Instantly Acceptable

Posted: 08/30/07 01:37 PM ET


Just wondering...

......why Mitt Romney immediately dissociates himself with a guy caught trying to have sex with another adult in a public toilet... but not from the head of a teen tough-love "anti-drug" organization in which a top executive still employed by the company said under oath [large PDF file] that he didn't think it was always abusive for his employees to have sex with the teenage inmates?

The same organization is currently being sued by over 100 plaintiffs for amongst other things, sexual abuse of teens, making them eat their own vomit and keeping them in stress positions in outdoor dog cages -- and there are videotapes from the Mexican police of the teens in the dog cages. And another still-active Romney financier headed another "anti-drug" program in which kidnapping, using sanitary napkins as gags, beatings, sexual abuse and unlawful detention were repeatedly documented by regulators and civil suits.

Also wondering... why the American Psychological Association now bans its members from participating in government interrogations involving sleep deprivation, stress positions and sexual humiliation, but does not ban its members from using those practices or working at programs that use them on teenagers so long as they are called "therapy"?

And...why the U.S. government just doesn't label its interrogation practices as "therapy" since restraint, isolation, electric shocks, food deprivation, sexual humiliation, sleep deprivation and beatings have all been practiced and continue to be carried out on children and teenagers as part of "tough love" and "behavior modification programs? If it's good enough for our kids, why not for terror suspects?

And... why the CBS show Kid Nation is getting all this attention for child labor law violations when "Brat Camp" violated the same regulations? If Kid Nation had called itself "Kid Therapy" or "Anti Drug Camp" no one would have batted an eye.

And... why pain patients can be denied needed medication [video: well worth watching] (a violation of the Geneva conventions if done to prisoners of war) in the name of "anti-drug" policies, even though fewer than 1% without a prior history of addiction ever develop problems related to prescribed pain treatment?

What a strange world we live in, and what incredible power the ideas of "therapy" and "fighting drugs" have to blind people to human rights abuses.

 
 
 

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