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I'm now a 52-year-old American male raised as an Episcopalian, veteran of submarines, Peace Corps, and State Department. I like teaching people about what they can do with computers and have gotten by as an independent Microsoft trainer teaching networking, but I really hope to someday find a way to make a living traveling on my motorcycle, camping, and writing about places and people I meet along the way.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Hearing, Friday

Susan will be meeting the new judge at a hearing on Friday. The prosecution is still trying to force the medications one way or another. Now, they want the judge to order her to take them (voluntarily?) under penalty of contempt. That really is risky. If she were to fail in that then they have a lot of latitude as to how long to lock her up. All these drugs have side effects, I think. Some of them are very unpleasant. Lots of ordinary patients learn that the disease is better than the cure.

I remember the quacks at GW Medical convincing me that I needed to be on Depakote, years ago. I complained that it screwed with my ability to concentrate while playing chess, making me nauseous and sleepy, and that I wanted to discontinue it. The doctor gave me a story about how one had to go off of it gradually, and that I needed to stay on it longer just to see if it was beneficial. Then, at the six month mark I went to see him and he told me to just quit it immediately. I figured out, later, that one of the forms I had signed permitted them to use me as a test patient for some study they were doing with Depakote. They didn't give a damn about my well being.

So, I can sympathize with somebody who lives by their wits and who might have real problems with compliance on some of the crap the wrong doctor might throw at them.

One of Susan's friends, Kelly O'meara, wrote me an e-mail and got together with Susan. There was some gathering of Susan's spook friends at a steeple chase in rural Virginia. Susan was all excited about seeing them again. I was wondering, "Aren't these the folks that got you into trouble then left you out to dry?"

It turns out that Kelly just published a book: Psyched Out.

Here are some of the Google hits for her book:

The Expert Witness Radio Show with Michael Levine
Psyched Out: How Psychiatry Sells Mental Illness and Pushes Pills That Kill is an ... Award-winning investigative reporter Kelly O'Meara's coverage of the ...
www.expertwitnessradio.org/archives/kellyomeara.html - 19k - Cached - Similar pages


She stands out heroically as a beacon of honesty. Read Psyched Out for a dose of truth! ... "As always, investigative reporter, Kelly Patricia O'Meara wins ...
psychedout.net/ - 8k - Cached - Similar pages

June 2006 Archives Page

Michael Corbin interviews Kelly O'Meara, author of Psyched Out. 3rd Hour:: Michael hosts Open Lines. Kelly O'Meara's Web Site ...
www.4acloserlook.com/june2006.html - 45k - Cached - Similar pages

Lawsuits - Only Weapon Available Against Giant Big Pharma PushersKelly O'Meara's coverage of the adverse effects of psychiatric drugs is virtually ... Her new book, "Psyched Out: How Psychiatry Sells Mental Illness and ...
www.lawyersandsettlements.com/articles/pharma_lawsuits.html - 38k -

Now, doesn't it seem strange to you that this book so closely parallels Susan's experience with the institutionalized government medical business? To me, it seems as if the government has found another way to impose it's own kind of religion: sanity. And they define the terms and persecute whoever falls outside their definition.

Of course, a real paranoid would wonder where friends like Kelly were when Susan was in trouble and the coincidence of a book that seeds paranoia about psychotropic medicines at the moment when Susan may be called upon to accept them to remain free. Maybe there really are those who want to discredit her?

One of the women on her witness list had a stroke. The lawyer's investigator had said that she wasn't a useful witness, but then I'm hearing from European contacts who claim they've sent depositions to the court via certified mail while Susan claims her lawyer is saying he has received none of this.
I think there are others on the list whose health has been going. Yes, there is a lot that tempts me to think about conspiracies. Then again, where are my copies of those certified mailings?

The best answer to a conspiracy may be a better one.

Let us conspire to send a few politicians to war crimes trials, eh? Let's tell the mothers of civilian casualties abroad that they have a lot in common with the mothers of our lost soldiers. Then let's find the folks that made it all happen and have a proper trial.

The thought that has kept running through my head, reading the news accounts following Susan's last hearing is that a few things are for certain: Susan did go to Baghdad. She did meet with senior Iraqi Diplomats, and she did write letters to the Bush administration. Those are significant accomplishments for anyone. Now, they say she was delusional, and they say that what she did was illegal, but what is there excuse for not sending a sane person to receive the same messages, for not exploring every avenue for peace before going to war?

They have no excuse.

You're suppose to just swallow their bull shit, and like it, because they have money and power, and because they've convinced you that they're important.

Maybe each of us needs to empower a different kind of strength in our nation's future. Or heck, maybe it's more important to watch the next television show and just bring home the next paycheck. What is the value of being an American?


Anonymous avahome said...

Jay - how did the hearing go? Would you kindly let us know over at ePluribusMedia.........our thoughts and support go out to Susan.

10:12 AM  

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