Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Refinement of American Slavery, Part 2

In our hypothetical narrative about young black Ben and old white Christy, the thing to understand, to get the correct perspective, would be that this is organized slavery, not merely an incident of abuse by one bad apple.

Just imagine, if Christy had frequently been backing Ben up to the door inside her office, or the door inside the office of another staff (let's just call him Bob H) and getting her jollies for a couple years, and if the doors had windows, so anyone who walked by on a busy clinical unit could look in... and if several other staff (let's just say another social worker named Drew, and the psychiatrist Dr. J) had actually confronted her on occasion, to a minimum degree at least (i.e., not quite saying, "Hey! Were you performing fellatio on that patient?" - but perhaps by asking, "Why were you in that room with Ben when he's not even your patient anymore?" - or perhaps just by giving the pair an accusing look of recognition).

At some point, people would have to be regarded as complicit. It could be said that they certainly would have known something was going on, unless they just didn't want to know. Unless the dominant culture of the plantation held "patients" (slaves) to be just a bit subhuman, so usually wrong and culpable, and "staff" (masters/overseers) to be naturally superior and benevolent, so always right and needing protection. At some point, it would be reasonably seen as organized slavery on the state-run plantation.

The medical perspective would be especially ugly. Sexual abuse is recognized more and more often in psychological literature as a cause of personality and mental disorders. Our hypothetical victim, young black Ben, is supposed to be committed to the Elgin MHC plantation for treatment that could improve his illness, which would of course be the exact opposite of being made worse because old white Christy wanted to make him her personal sex toy. The psychiatrist who is in charge of the treatment program, and the medical director who is her ultimate supervisor, and the department of the executive branch of state government which hires and fires people, all would have failed in their duties to prevent something like this from happening.

And in the final analysis, all of us, the taxpayers who fund and benefit from the plantation, should be ashamed. We would have set this up because we don't want to think about or look at insanity. On some level, of course, we would have known that psychiatry is destructive nonsense, not a regular medical specialty that ever cures anyone of anything. But we wouldn't have wanted to know. The plantation gives us valuable benefits by letting us believe we are a kinder, more rational society.

It's a strange thing that Americans want slaves, but they surely do.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Refinement of American Slavery

I had James Patrick Corcoran, M.D. on the witness stand last week. I had called him hoping to get an admission that he ordered Elgin Mental Health Center apparatchiks to undermine my client's request (and his treatment team's request, and the 10th floor's independent recommendation) for court-ordered pass privileges. Dr. Corcoran doesn't like my client, doesn't trust him, doesn't believe he should get privileges or progress toward release, because my client doesn't take psychiatric drugs. Because he doesn't take the drugs, Dr. Corcoran can't own him.

The drugs are the whip on the Elgin MHC plantation. If you take the drugs you're reduced to a subhuman, compliant slave. If you don't take them, you might be too literate, too willful and too interested in your own life.

It's a strange thing that Americans want slaves, but they surely do. The USA was founded on a system of slavery actually justified by Enlightenment arguments for scientific social organization, efficient production and greater human prosperity. Even as James Corcoran believes that every patient at Elgin should be drugged whether he or she likes it or not, and Jeffrey Lieberman believes that mastery of brain science will make psychiatrists rulers of the world, our most outstanding Virginian founders truly believed that their Negroes were in their best natural condition as slave laborers. They were quite certain that the plantations were the instrument of God's love for humanity as a whole, and that the world would soon come to adopt this ideal Southern social order.

(By the way, if anyone thinks I exaggerate the American history, let me just recommend two books: This Vast Southern Empire: Slaveholders at the Helm of American Foreign Policy, by Michael Karp; and Broken Churches, Broken Nation: Denominational Schisms and the Coming of the American Civil War, by C. C. Goen. And if anyone is interested in a much more thorough argument comparing American slavery to modern state psychiatry, please read the ultimate explication: Liberation By Oppression: A Comparative Study of Slavery and Psychiatry, by Thomas Szasz.)

The Southern plantations exploited the physical labor of black Africans, to build a fabulously wealthy cotton kingdom. The Elgin plantation exploits the violent threat of criminal perpetrators, to build a fabulously powerful political protection racket. In the mid-Nineteenth Century the European world desperately wanted cotton clothes and cotton sheets. Beginning in the mid-Twentieth Century, the American world desperately wanted to pretend we could medically "cure", instead of punish, bad behavior.

Hence, consider a completely hypothetical example (anyone who gets obsessed with circumstantial correspondences to real people or events in this narrative is, of course, paranoid and delusional!) of a young black man (let's just call him Ben).

Ben is found Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity on a charge of aggravated battery on a police officer, and committed to the Elgin plantation for a period not to exceed three years. The judge tells Ben's mother that if he just does what the doctors tell him, he'll probably be out much sooner than three years. But in this case, liberty will not come so easily or so soon.

Ben's psychiatrist (let's just call her Dr. J), and the Medical Director who supervises her, both hold a strong belief that Ben must have some brain disease which should be "treated" with psychiatric drugs. They can't say exactly what this brain disease is, beyond the label itself, or exactly why the drugs will help, beyond some urban legend about correcting chemical imbalances. The uncertainty and lack of validity in their beliefs is why Dr. J and the Medical Director are absolutely determined to convert Ben to them. If he is released, he'll have to be a living example of the power and beneficence of the Elgin plantation, he will have to evangelize the true psychiatric faith, to get Dr. J and the Medical Director more "patients" and more authority, and to prevent the public from realizing that their state salaries are worse than a waste of tax money. It's difficult for these people to tell for sure whether Ben truly believes in his brain disease and the drugs, because he's a shy and immature black man, who doesn't communicate well and who has never even had a girlfriend.

Speaking of which, Ben's social worker (let's just call her Christy) finds young black men to be terribly attractive. She has taken previous opportunities with Elgin plantation "patients" (let's just call two of them Angelo and Manseur), and those experiences were the single most thrilling times of all her work, the greatest reward of her career. Christy has been married for many years, and her relationship with her husband does not include passion any more, it's really almost a brother-sister thing.

To Christy, Ben looks like a perfect prospect. And after all, he is owned by the Elgin plantation. Christy is basically entitled to him, because she works for this institution which has the lofty purpose to help Ben....

(To be continued.)



Saturday, September 9, 2017

Help: It really is a Land of Enchantment

I am in Albuquerque, New Mexico for the wedding of a cousin's grandson. Unfortunately, two days before flying here I managed to get a horrendous cold, bordering on pneumonia. I arrived in the Land of Enchantment in much discomfort, but somehow made my expected appearance at a Friday night rehearsal dinner.

Meanwhile, my wife, on business in California and supposed to meet me in Albuquerque (it's her cousin, dammit!), had her flight cancelled and couldn't get in until midnight.

It's my long habit of personally delivering my wife to and retrieving her from airports when she travels. That saves cab fares and enables opportunity for much conversation. I like it.

But after the rehearsal dinner last night, Cousin Nancy was pretty sure she should "help" me, since I was sick, by picking up my wife and letting me sleep. I tried to explain that is just isn't "help" if I don't want it, and I was certain I would sleep better most of the night if I picked up my wife at midnight myself. So I set my alarm and figured I would rest from 10:00 to 12:00.

At quarter to twelve, I heard the door close. Nancy had gotten up and left fifteen minutes ahead of me, having decided unilaterally that she knew what I wanted better than I did. I was actually pretty pissed. But it seemed important not to spoil the family weekend with acrimony, so I got up and walked around the house for an hour, thinking about why people do things like this.

She should have simply said, "Listen, you're staying at my house, and I'm afraid you're too sick, so I'm not going to allow you to get up at midnight and drive to the airport, and since I am in charge, you'll just have to do as I say!" ... I would not have been offended, and I would have happily relented. Orders are orders.

But the pretense, "Oh, I just want to help," when in actual fact control is being exerted over the top of a disagreement, and tricking or invalidating or overwhelming the person you're pretending to "help", is extremely offensive. It's probably the biggest reason people refuse help. They've learned that those who say they want to help in fact want to overwhelm and control.The proclaimed "helpers" want a shortcut, they want to cheat because they are not smart enough to change a person's mind. They are unwilling to communicate with another live human being.

Help has to be honest, and it has to be acceptable to the person being helped, or it's just not help. Psychiatry is 99% covert, coercive control under a false guise of medicine. People hate that, and it's not necessary. Just tell the truth, like my cousin Nancy could have.

For abolition

To the degree that you are able to communicate with another person, you will be less afraid of them. No matter what that person ever did (and no matter what you ever did) in the past, to the degree that you are in communication now, any apparent need for force or trickery will be reduced.

Psychiatric drugs are force, not communication. The project is to change a person’s mind. Persuasion is or seems to have become impossible when a person is psychotic, so the drug controls the brain, which is part of the body. Handcuffs control the hands which are a part of the body. A blow from a police baton controls the head, which is a part of the body. A bullet controls the heart, which is part of the body. Clearly, handcuffs, billy clubs and bullets are not social or helpful communication from the view of the person on the receiving end. Obviously, neither are coerced psychiatric drugs.

State psychiatrists like Richard Malis and James Corcoran at Elgin Mental Health Center automatically speak of believing that “medication” would be “helpful” for “patients” diagnosed with so-called “serious mental illnesses”. Corcoran actually made a claim under oath just a couple days ago, that an individual who has shown no signs of active psychosis for many years should start taking antipsychotics to help cope with stress when he is no longer in a controlled environment. The idea was, I believe, that the drug will prevent a recurrence of symptoms.

But it’s a lie. The truth is, there’s absolutely no reliable medical or scientific evidence for any such theory of prophylactic drugging. Corcoran was in actual fact attempting to enlist the Cook County Circuit Court to punish or subdue an individual whom he believes to be a dissident. This particular patient doesn’t take drugs, and yet he appears to be fully recovered. His treatment team, along with independent evaluators, believe there is nothing to “treat” with medication. They have observed him on a daily basis, interviewed him, dealt with him consistently on the clinical unit. They all think he should progress through the gradient of increased privileges toward a conditional release, without drugs.

Corcoran and Malis cannot allow that to happen. They must enforce their own severe orthodoxy: Everybody at Elgin Mental Health Center takes psychiatric drugs whether they like it or not! These two are cracking down, and any patients who think they can avoid taking drugs will be crushed, slowly but surely. Any staff who may countenance people avoiding drugs will not be promoted, or even allowed to act or make decisions freely in their normal clinical capacity. It’s relentless and fascistic. Eventually there will be hell to pay, because it’s also against the law.

Fascists are terrified of people. They have to control others by deception or violence because they can’t change anyone’s mind with reason. They can’t communicate in present time.

It amazes me that Corcoran and Malis can so delude themselves as to believe they are in any way engaged in helping anyone. They remind me of antebellum Southern slaveholders who were so deluded as to truly believe they were doing what was best for their Africans by keeping them in chains. Those plantation owners and Southern politicians owned and controlled the government of the United States, and they had their own unconstrained way with it until 1860.

Perhaps there is a war that must continue until all the bureaucracy and political power piled by a century of false promises for coerced “hospitalization” and “treatment” shall be sunk, until every drop of blood drawn with the psychiatric lash shall be paid by another drawn with an antipsychiatric sword.

God help me, I must be Sherman. Uncle Billy, the torch.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Illinois Criminal Code

    (720 ILCS 5/11-9.5)
    Sec. 11-9.5. Sexual misconduct with a person with a disability.
    (a) Definitions. As used in this Section:
        (1) "Person with a disability" means:
            (i) a person diagnosed with a developmental 
        
disability as defined in Section 1-106 of the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code; or
            (ii) a person diagnosed with a mental illness as 
        
defined in Section 1-129 of the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code.
        (2) "State-operated facility" means:
            (i) a developmental disability facility as 
        
defined in the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code; or
            (ii) a mental health facility as defined in the 
        
Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code.
        (3) "Community agency" or "agency" means any 
    
community entity or program providing residential mental health or developmental disabilities services that is licensed, certified, or funded by the Department of Human Services and not licensed or certified by any other human service agency of the State such as the Departments of Public Health, Healthcare and Family Services, and Children and Family Services.
        (4) "Care and custody" means admission to a 
    
State-operated facility.
        (5) "Employee" means:
            (i) any person employed by the Illinois 
        
Department of Human Services;
            (ii) any person employed by a community agency 
        
providing services at the direction of the owner or operator of the agency on or off site; or
            (iii) any person who is a contractual employee or 
        
contractual agent of the Department of Human Services or the community agency. This includes but is not limited to payroll personnel, contractors, subcontractors, and volunteers.
        (6) "Sexual conduct" or "sexual penetration" means 
    
any act of sexual conduct or sexual penetration as defined in Section 11-0.1 of this Code. 
    (b) A person commits sexual misconduct with a person with a disability when:
        (1) he or she is an employee and knowingly engages in 
    
sexual conduct or sexual penetration with a person with a disability who is under the care and custody of the Department of Human Services at a State-operated facility; or
        (2) he or she is an employee of a community agency 
    
funded by the Department of Human Services and knowingly engages in sexual conduct or sexual penetration with a person with a disability who is in a residential program operated or supervised by a community agency.
    (c) For purposes of this Section, the consent of a person with a disability in custody of the Department of Human Services residing at a State-operated facility or receiving services from a community agency shall not be a defense to a prosecution under this Section. A person is deemed incapable of consent, for purposes of this Section, when he or she is a person with a disability and is receiving services at a State-operated facility or is a person with a disability who is in a residential program operated or supervised by a community agency.
    (d) This Section does not apply to:
        (1) any State employee or any community agency 
    
employee who is lawfully married to a person with a disability in custody of the Department of Human Services or receiving services from a community agency if the marriage occurred before the date of custody or the initiation of services at a community agency; or
        (2) any State employee or community agency employee 
    
who has no knowledge, and would have no reason to believe, that the person with whom he or she engaged in sexual misconduct was a person with a disability in custody of the Department of Human Services or was receiving services from a community agency.
    (e) Sentence. Sexual misconduct with a person with a disability is a Class 3 felony.
    (f) Any person convicted of violating this Section shall immediately forfeit his or her employment with the State or the community agency. 
(Source: P.A. 96-1551, eff. 7-1-11.)

Friday, September 1, 2017

OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE!

In deposition under oath today, the Chief of Security at Elgin Mental Health Center, William Epperson, testified that an incident of staff engaging in sexual contact with a patient is being investigated by his department.

Hey Chief Bill: THAT'S A CRIME! Have you reported it to law enforcement? If not, you are obstructing justice (in all likelihood, along with various others).

Should be loads of fun going forward....

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Fraud on the court, obstruction of justice

An "officer of the court" is any person who has an obligation to promote  justice and the efficient operation of the judicial system. Medical experts, hired by a party or appointed by a court, are officers of the court because their testimony and expertise is supposed to guide the court's decision-making with technical knowledge, skills or experience unavailable to lay fact finders.

"Fraud upon the court" has been defined by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals as that species of fraud which defiles or attempts to defile the court itself, or which is perpetrated by officers of the court so that the judicial machinery can not perform its task of impartially adjudicating cases.

Fraud upon the court voids the orders and judgments of that court. It is clear and well settled Illinois law that any attempt to commit fraud upon the court vitiates the entire proceeding. Any decision produced by fraud upon the court is in essence not a decision at all. The orders and judgment of that court are void, of no legal force or effect.

So consider proceedings on petitions for court-ordered privileges or conditional release, when a state psychiatrist has convinced a "patient" to take a sub-therapeutic dose of medication entirely to create the impression the patient is "complying with treatment".

I heard one high-level state psychiatrist, Dr. James P. Corcoran, M.D., (annual state salary almost  a quarter-million $) suggest precisely this fraud just the other day, and I have heard of it many times in the past from various patients and doctors at Elgin Mental Health Center and other state institutions throughout Illinois. "Just a very small amount" of a drug is frequently pushed on a patient with the explicit encouragement, "It'll look good to the judge!" In fact, I am pretty sure I have several species of similar fraudulent statements to a patient by EMHC staff recorded (e.g., see the transcript in an earlier post).

When a doctor who knows better (or should) pretends that an ineffective dose of a drug is active medical "treatment" of a real illness, or when he claims that it is a preventative or prophylactic measure when no such use has ever been validated by the FDA or any scientific research, and when that doctor inserts such nonsense into records that he knows will be in evidence in court proceedings, he certainly commits fraud upon the court. And anyone else who goes along with it, who signs court reports and fails to point out that an ineffective dose of a drug, "...just to look good to the judge" is not valid treatment, becomes an accessory to this fraud.

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Obstruction of justice is a serious criminal offense under Illinois state law. The conduct that constitutes obstruction may sometimes seem trivial, but the consequences can be prison time.

720 ILCS 5/31-4 states, in relevant part:

"(a) A person obstructs justice when, with intent to prevent the apprehension or obstruct the prosecution or defense of any person, he or she knowingly commits any of the following acts:

     "(1) Destroys, alters, conceals or disguises physical evidence, plants false evidence, furnishes false  information; or
     "(2) Induces a witness having knowledge material to the subject at issue to leave the state or conceal himself or herself; or
     "(3) Possessing knowledge material to the subject at issue, he or she leaves the state or conceals himself; or...."

An experienced social worker at Elgin Mental Health Center instantly admitted under oath yesterday, that she was aware criminal charges could be brought against a female staff member who has sexual contact with a male patient.

I have no direct knowledge or evidence, myself, regarding the Christie and Ben story. I have been assured however, that there is such evidence (a video, in fact!). Anyone who knows anything about that sure better be talking to law enforcement.

And anyone who is tired of being part of the Illinois "forensic mental health" mafia sure better start thinking like a whistleblower.