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RS Blog 155

 

The Origin of this blog and it's transformation into shining a greater light onto the abuse and corruption that runs rampant in Indian Country

Eddie Peltier/ Richard LaFuente

Justice/ Freedom

Richard LaFuente served almost 30 years for a crime he did not commit, while the real killers roamed free, and still do, to this day.

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Incident at Devils Lake

Documentary covering the Murder of Eddie Peltier & the framing of 11 innocent men

Robin Poor Bear & her two children

Kind Hearted Woman

One woman's family journey to recovery from abuse, and her quest to help break the cycle of abuse that is a legacy of many families.
Robin Poor Bear 1977-2015

From Betty Jo Krenz:

I want you all to imagine for a moment that you have to leave your house with your children and nothing more than what you can carry in a backpack. You have about five minutes to pack and you are going to start your life over in a non-abusive home. You cannot take your kids’ toys or all of your favorite blankets.
You get to a Safe House and you, for the first time in a long time, can just breathe…

That is how most families come to Robin’s House. They appreciate a warm, safe home, but personal needs are still needed. We still need diapers and personal hygiene products, and groceries. And I believe it is important to let the kids feel at home with toys.

I am a thrift store shopper for children’s books and toys. If you feel you can help in any way please donate to Robin’s House and help me make Robin’s dream come true and the families be comfortable

Love in All Directions
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Introduction: The same corrupt system that wrongly accused, convicted and imprisoned eleven innocent young men is the same system, with many of the exact same players, who are currently profiting from rampant sexual abuse of children on Spirit Lake Nation Reservation in North Dakota, as well as most if not all reservations in Indian Country, and beyond.

This Blog is documenting ongoing events at all levels of government. Events on the rez itself, often require someone to speak up and speak out, but since those who do are often abused, assaulted, threatened and intimidated by the abusers in authority, this blog is their voice.

 I ignore morons but the rest of you can reach me at: Cat West Email

 NOTICE

This is the NEW model Blog. Not all the links hook up to pages that are also smart phone/tablet friendly. Eventually, they all will be, but with over 5000 pages on this site, it may take some time to get everything on the raft.

 


 

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February 29, 2016
Starting With The Good
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First off, a thousand apologies for being late with this edition. Sometimes there’s not enough hours in a day, week or weekend to get all done that needs doing. I don’t like leaving you hanging, but sometimes, I fail. *hangs head contritely*

A couple of you have gone to the GoFundMe Page to support Robin’s Dream of a safe shelter for women and children seeking escape from abuse and violence. It may not be a lot at this time, and still far short of the goal, but you have no idea how wonderful it feels to me and I’m sure to others, when we see another person has stepped up to give what they can.

Typically, these small donations mean the world to me personally. I cannot speak for the others, but I’m sure they feel about the same, because it means that people who have very little themselves are sacrificing to help others. That is typically how it works in this world. Those among us who need the help as much as anyone else, will reach into their reserves or sacrifice a necessity for themselves, to help those whom they feel need it as much or more than they do. It is the best and truest aspect of Humanity. I thank you.

The other heart-warming donation I can share with you is that a truckload, literally, a truck piled high with toys, showed up as a donation! The toys were in great condition and very clean and to the children who show up with nothing, this will lift their spirits higher than anything they’ve known before.

The sincere generosity of people in the community and of people who only read about it, warms my heart and renews my own spirit to continue what I do, as my small part in all of this. I can only imagine how much more uplifting it is to those who are there, in the trenches, personally risking so much in this endeavor!

As soon as I hear that the 501(c)3 designation is completed, I will let you know. That will make your donations tax deductible and I will ask that you come together to petition the businesses in your area, to make a contribution that will make Robin’s Dream come true.

When Laws Are Applied, They Work

We have laws against raping children. Children, by definition, cannot consent to any sex, period. A man in Great Falls, Montana has been sentenced to 40 years for raping a 13-yr old. The court views the rape of a child as one of the ugliest of crimes against our society. I concur.

Of course the response from the abuser is that he’d done no harm, even that he was ‘doing her a favor’. That’s how they think. That’s how Tim Purdon thinks. When he was USAG of ND, he refused to investigate hundreds of reports of child rape that were coming in each month from Spirit Lake Reservation. He made the comment that ‘there are always two sides…” in the case of a child who was raped by her mother’s boyfriend on her 13th Birthday. Not to say nothing was done because there was action: The mother was charged with neglect for going to work and leaving her daughter in the care of her boyfriend, and the girl was hauled off to a juvenile institution for having bothered to report it. Nothing was done to the rapist.

Well, BIA Special Agent Bentley GreyBear did ask the rapist if he did it and the guy said yes but that the victim wanted it, so GreyBear shrugged his shoulders and moved on. GreyBear himself is a notorious rapist, as are his brothers, but hey, a badge is a badge, right?

Reports of a young girl whose mother left her in the company of a registered sex offender who raped her daily, were never investigated. Still haven’t been and it’s been over two years. She was told in November of that year, that she’d have to wait to file her complaint until January, after all the holidays and stuff. Meanwhile, her rapist still has her.

Don’t worry about Tim Purdon, he went on to work for a very prestigious law firm that specializes in defending Native American Defendants.

See? Off the rez, 40 years. On the rez? Nothing.

Almost as appalling is a case in Big Timber, Montana where an assistant coach was having sex with a 15-yr old girl. He had more “political standing” in the community so his rape of a child is seen as (wink, wink) ‘she asked for it’. They don’t state that in the article but look at the sentence: “6-year Deferred Sentence”. No jail time. And, if he’s not caught raping another child during that time, his crime can be expunged from his record. That would leave him free to work with kids in your local high school, or elementary school--- or anywhere that children are under his supervision and control.

More and more, predatory men are viewed as their victim’s victim. That men somehow don’t have and are not required to have, any self control when it comes to that ‘primal urge’ to rape. What does this say about MEN in general? Every man I know finds this offensive.

We are, by these lack sentencing and even greater lack of enforcement of the laws, sending a very clear message to predators that we “understand” their “needs” and to the victims that they have no value to our society.

We have not only seen this at the local levels of policing and justice, but at the highest levels.

We have ongoing at this time, non-stop abuse and harassment of Thomas Sullivan by his superiors at ACF, for his ‘crime’ of reporting sexual abuse, child rape, child trafficking’ on Spirit Lake Nation Reservation in North Dakota.

We have seen the FBI, the BIA and HHS, all join in to silence him from making those reports, despite it being a crime to interfere with a Federal Investigation, and to forbid him to even speak to Members of Congress or any Investigators, or to cooperate with any investigation.

The agencies have their priorities skewed to protect predators because that is where the Political Power resides in the USA.

The ACF has been dysfunctional and predatory for decades and it garners a budget of over $84BILLION of our tax dollars, with no one really knowing where that money goes, how it is used. Clearly, it is not being used properly, or the reports would be supported and investigated rather than shut down.

And the American Public remains oblivious to all of this because no one ever looks at all the dots that preceded any crisis that bubbles up, related to how the ACF mismanages and how it encourages abuse.

Thousands of children dying at the hands of their abusers while their files are being closed by agencies across the land following the ACF endorsed policies of getting a note from the abusers to promise not to abuse again. Each time a child is tortured to death, a new file is opened, as if there were no reports preceding it. That is intentionally designed to prevent changes in a system that is rife with corruption.

Dead children don’t vote. Most of their families are powerless to protect them. Mandated Reporters are ignored or harassed into silence.

Everyone looks shocked and surprised, stunned and appalled when another horrific tale of “slipping through the cracks” surfaces. No one looks at the foundation, which has no planks left in it, intentionally designed to fail.

And then we hear about tens of thousands of children handed over to predators, slavers and worse just in Florida alone, and who have ‘disappeared’ with no way to track them because basic foundational procedures were ‘bypassed’. They were bypassed strictly to expedite the wealthy, powerful, politically connected child traffickers getting as much ‘product’ as possible, as quickly as possible --- BECAUSE THAT IS HOW THE ACF WANTS IT.

If they didn’t want that, they would have fixed it long ago. They would have fixed it by investigating the 13 Mandated reports that should have set off alarm bells throughout the agency and all the affiliated agencies, but they chose to silence the alarms with vicious smears, attacks, and illegal policies to insure they are not bothered as they feast among the predators, tossing the bones of a hundred thousand children into the ‘cracks’ of the system that they so carefully designed.

It took decades of reporting abuses by the Catholic Churches before people became aware that the institution itself was evil and that it was the Popes themselves, protecting their most vicious and prolific predators.

No one wanted to believe that something as ‘holy’ as the Church would do such evil. But they did. And they still do, and it has created a war within the organization itself, of Good v Evil.

How long will it take for people to really see how Evil and Predatory is the ACF and their webwork of conspirators that roll in half a trillion dollars of our tax money, and have all the power they need to silence Mandated Reporters, without fear of any consequences or investigations?

And since other reservations, with equal or less rapes being reported have managed to get more investigations, what is it about Spirit Lake Nation in particular that has so many in the FBI, HHS, IHS, ACF, BIA using all their political power to protect the most vile of predators?

We won’t know until there is an investigation of all those agencies in connection with the silencing of Mandated Reporters such as Thomas Sullivan, but also the Social Workers, Doctors, Teachers, and other Mandated Reporters who have even less political power than the predators that they report. Those tactics to silence Thomas Sullivan and anyone else who tries to get the laws enforced has sent a chill throughout the region. They have seen the costs and they cannot afford to do the right thing.

Their nightmare goes on. The children’s nightmares and horrors go on.

What pisses me off more than anything is that enforcing the laws would end so much damage to our society, and with it, so much corruption that drains our economy.

It took a long time for the Catholic Church to have the Spotlight turned on it. How much longer before that light shines on the ACF and the rest of our government? Or do we just ‘accept’ it the way Catholics did, for more decades. Shall we just pray?

Or do we do our part?

It’s not just happening on the rez. It’s not just happening to refugee children. It’s happening everywhere because no one is holding the ACF or the other agencies accountable in any meaningful way. Check out Hartford, Connecticut’s latest example.

Shine the light on the rez and you see the nexus of all that is corrupt in our country, and you see more clearly who is Evil and who is Good. It’s up to us to pick a side. The sidelines only result in more Human Wreckage washing up on our streets.

You know where to find me.

~Cat

 

 

 

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February 22, 2016
Want To Help?
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It’s painfully hard to read this blog sometimes. I know. It’s even harder to write it. People want to help but feel helpless. It’s in our nature to come together to solve problems, end suffering, save lives.

Doesn’t have to be people you know, but when you see a wreck, a fire, a crash, people who don’t know one another leap into action, often risking their own life and limb, to render aid and assistance.

Watching that helicopter crash in Hawaii reminded me of this. Everyone a total stranger to each other, those in the chopper didn’t know anyone who jumped into the water and pulled them out, saving the lives of everyone, including the 15-year old boy who was trapped underwater for 10 minutes because he couldn’t free himself from the seat restraints.

People could have just reported it and waited by the sidelines until paid rescue units and trained professionals arrived. They would have done something. They would have done their part, but instead, they wasted no time and jumped into the water to pull out the victims.

They instantly worked together, as a team. No one argued over who got to do what. It was as if that common thread of Humanity wove through them and everyone did exactly what they needed to do and it turned out well. Everyone lived.

Had they not done that, on their own, had they waited for those who are supposed to do the work, trained, paid and with the authority to act, no one would have survived.

So it is with the urgent need of rescue and safety for victims of abuse on the rez. Those who are supposed to help, and who are being paid to help, and who have the authority to help, are doing everything they can to obstruct anyone from being able to help.

Imagine if you can, the helicopter rescue, where everyone runs over to rescue and they are met instead with politicians, agents and police threatening and harassing them, refusing to let them help, ignoring the cries of urgency. What if they wouldn’t even allow anyone to make a report?

We would not accept that from a rescue scene, but for some reason, we are forced to accept that from the FBI, ACF, HHS, IHS, Tribal Governments and every agency that is supposed to aid and assist, instead blocking, harassing, threatening and obstructing even the reports.

That’s what’s going on in Spirit Lake Nation and throughout Indian Country. We have seen a system so corrupted for so long that horror stories are the norm. They are exposed when massive failures, tens of thousands of refugee children are vanished into that system, trafficked into the hands of sexual abusers, and worse.

Those risking everything; careers, safety, security, are trying to rescue women and children who are trapped in a system that protects pedophiles and encourages the rampant sexual abuse of children, even infants.

Those who try to jump in, pull people to safety, have to fight not only the abusers, but the entire system dedicated to pretending the problems don’t exist and if they do there is nothing that can be done to remedy it so they prevent all attempts at remedy, or even reports.

It is difficult to see this overwhelming situation. Many of my readers say they lose sleep at night. Many say they now see the results of decades of systemic abuse all around them in the eyes of strangers shuffling in their addictions, folded up onto the sidewalks and crumpled in the alleyways of cities, towns and roadsides.

“What Can I Do?” they ask. They know they can’t be the one jumping into the water, pulling victims to safety, but they want to help.

I encourage everyone to write, phone, and speak face-to-face with their elected and those running for election, and demand they address clearly, what they would do to fix this and hold them accountable when as long as there are still ongoing predation and ongoing corruption.

Speaking up, firmly and often, individually and in groups is key. Make yourself their problem.

Something Else

There is something else you can do, all of you. You may have noticed a new permanent link at the top of this blog. A link to a GofundMe page that seeks to fund Robin’s Dream.

Robin Poor Bear is gone from us now. As many times as she was broken and shattered she picked up the pieces and put herself together, again and again with one goal in mind: To help end the abuse of women and children on the rez.

True, it’s only one rez, a speck on the map and the problem is wide spread, but this is one place where we can help. If you have watched the documentary on Robin’s struggle, Kind Hearted Woman, you know. She was a woman of courage and hope and she was all heart.

Click the links, make a donation, small or large. Every dollar is needed. They are working to get their 501(c)3 designation and when they do, you can make even bigger donations and have them be tax write-offs.

Meanwhile, so much is needed. Escaping abusive situations puts women and their children more at risk of murder than at any other time. Enduring the abuse and watching helplessly as your children are being abused is not an option.

There is no real safe path out. Desperation and futility plague the community and those who survive grow up to be angry, violent, abusive themselves, or continue to find themselves in ever more abusive relationships with no way out and more children of their own.

Breaking the cycle is key. Breaking free is key to breaking the cycle.

If you want to help, donate. You know it will count. You may not know the names or the faces of those whose lives you help to save, but you can feel good knowing that you helped and it made a difference.

You may not be one of the people who ever has to jump into the water and pull victims of a crash out of their helicopter, plane, boat or car, but you can be one of the people who, for a few dollars, made a drastic difference in the outcome of someone’s life, and the lives of their children.

They will never know who you are. They will never know your name. You will never get a medal, a ribbon, a plaque, but you will have done your part in the fabric of Humanity to make it better instead of just sitting by and watching others make it worse.

I never ask for money for myself in this blog. I fund this on my own. This is my part. I keep this up, and I keep spreading the message as best as I can.

While Richard was in prison, I asked those who wanted to help to donate to the Innocence Project and many of you did and I thank you.

I’m asking now, because it is urgent now, that you help to get Robin’s Dream made real for those whose lives desperately need a path to safety.

Thank you.

You know where to find me.

~Cat

 

 

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February 15, 2016
Maintaining Chaos ---Printer Copy (5)

Trying to follow the evidence of a crime can be complicated if criminals are allowed to keep running the crime scene, moving evidence around, changing evidence, etc. It becomes about impossible to do anything except look at the damage and say: “A crime’s been committed here.” Or “Something is really, really wrong.”

That’s essentially what is going on at ACF, HHS and the rest of the Alphabet Soup that are supposed to be protecting children. We’ve known for years that they are not protecting children. We’ve seen first hand, their machinations to protect predators and to discredit victims, witnesses and mandated reporters.

We know it’s not just children on the rez that are being victimized, but children all across the country, especially those who are in the clutches of the system. New York Times, Miami Herald, Grand Forks Herald, and papers coast to coast have done stories or series of stories on how children are being systematically mistreated by a system so corrupt, so crony bound that it allows children by the hundreds and the thousands to ‘slip through the cracks’, repeatedly, year after year, decade after decade, and change nothing to protect or make a single child safer.

It’s not an accident. It’s not a mistake. It’s a corrupt system that defies inspection, audit or investigation. They only investigate themselves. Horror stories of survivors and even worse, horror stories of those who did not survive this system and its cronyism, shock us, sicken us, but nothing changes except that they become more corrupt, more egregious, more defiant to anyone that would dare say that they need a serious investigation, top to bottom, and people, some at the very top, need to go to jail for ethical violations, corruption and obstructing investigations into child abuse--- many of those obstructions resulting in children being murdered at the hands of their abusers/tormentors.

Now with the influx of unaccompanied minor children the incompetence and corruption become even more visible as tens of millions more dollars are flushed down the sewer that is HHS/ACF and their cronies.

Sky News does a story about thousands of children being ‘disappeared’ because no one bothered to do even the most fundamental basic tasks of background checking, fingerprinting or ID confirming adults into whose care those children were thrust. Thousands of children missing in Florida alone. Do the math. We have 50 states.

Those who knew that HHS and ACF were not only incompetent, but that they were harassing, threatening and obstructing anyone in their employ who would dare to actually do their job, this alarming outcome is no surprise.

Most of what I have found to be at the bottom of ACF/HHS dysfunction and corruption is their unholy alliance with other agencies, such as BIA and organizations such as Casey Family Programs. The latter seems to be the laundromat for the politicians and their appointees in the agencies. They get funding, share employees, get grants, all in a circular system that is open to those politically active, politically connected and willing to forego the safety and well-being of children in order to keep the endless cycle of increasing Federal Money coming in, being dispersed amongst them, going to nobody knows where because nobody audits any of the so-called programs that are supposed to be helping anyone.

Just like GEAR UP and the ongoing scandals with that program, those grants, millions of dollars a year (small potatoes compared to the $58 Billion Dollar a year budget for ACF alone) are all ‘self-audited’ with no proof of any work, success or even where the money went, being necessary.

Now, with the plight of tens of thousands of refugee children hitting all the right notes in Congress, millions more is granted to secure their safety and security… and of course, it’s going somewhere, but nobody knows where, but we know it’s not even going to the basics of fingerprinting or background checks of those who get custody of those children.

Enter a new organization: USCRI. U.S. Committee for Refugee & Immigrants was suddenly granted a contract despite having no attorneys on staff to cope with the needs of representation for the children. Zero Attorneys.

“Two respected nonprofits that for years have provided attorney services for thousands of Central American unaccompanied children recently saw their funding cut off and some services awarded to a different contractor, according to people familiar with the issue.”—Miami Herald

Two agencies that had 20 attorneys on staff and who were already functioning to provide services for these children, and in need of more funding to increase their staff, were instead cut off in favor of a ‘lower bid’ that was ‘lower’ because they had no attorneys on staff.

“Andrea Helling, an HHS spokeswoman, said the situation will return to normal once a new contract is awarded.”

“Normal”? “Normal” is where the kids are already in crisis. No estimated time of when that return to ‘normal’ will happen. Meanwhile, crisis goes into chaos mode.

It was limping along with the already three-layers deep Contractor/Subcontractor system that the Feds are so enamored of. The two organizations that were already doing the work were working under the main contractor, VERA.

“Vera, the organization that for 10 years had subcontracted with Americans for Immigrant Justice to provide legal services to unaccompanied minors in South Florida shelters, applied for the combined contract. CLS was included in the proposal.Americans for Immigrant Justice and CLS were told they would provide the services if Vera” won the contract.

And then came yet another contractor with no experience and no attorneys on staff and guess who won the contract?

Under the new contractor/subcontractor:

Youth Co-Op did not previously provide legal services to immigrant children. It created a legal services corporation on Oct. 5 — after the award was made. Its website shows job postings for 17 attorneys.

Having trouble following along? Keeping track of the players? Yeah, that’s intentional. And as the new contractors come in and fail spectacularly you can expect they will play themselves as the victims of the previous contractors and there will be fingers pointing everywhere but up where the ACF and HHS are creating this chaos.

It’s noted in the article that children who have no legal representation are more likely to be immediately sent back to the hell holes in Central America that they risked their lives to escape.

USCRI does show that right after they won the bid, they put out a hiring notice for 17 attorneys. So, 17 new attorneys who may or may not be familiar with the process of these children in the system, most likely not familiar, gets the contract?

And as we know, all they have to do is request more funds and go ‘overbid’ because it cost more than they expected, and government money will pour in like a flood.

Meanwhile, as they are getting up to speed and the other two agencies are cut off, these kids have NO ONE.

Think about that. It’s not an accident that the part of the system that was working was cut off in order to create chaos in the system and as we know, the children will suffer and children will be disappeared and children will die, but somebody who knows somebody is going to get a nice fat government contract and they get to do their own ‘self audits’ and ‘self-evaluations’ just like every other agency that wastes our money and kills our kids has done.

Leaving thousands of children suddenly without any representation and them facing the likelihood that they will be sent back to the hell holes in Central America, do you think these kids who stand before a judge with no one representing them are going to argue with anyone that the agency decides should have them? Do you think they’re going to ask for background checks? Fingerprints? Or will they take their chances with the new strangers, knowing certain death if they go back?

These are the ‘cracks’ children ‘fall through’. HHS and ACF absolve themselves of any responsibility, and then say all they need to fix it is more money--- and they will get more money.

Until we see that the corruption is never ending unless we demand that it be ended, it will only get worse.

Stunning moves right in the middle of a crisis of cutting off funds for the agencies that are in the middle of doing the work in order to give a contract to a group that is unstaffed and untested can be nothing more than corruption.

Saying that they can wait months to get up to speed while children are already backlogged and being returned to Central America where they are raped and murdered and trafficked, and thousands already here have already been trafficked into the hands of slavers, abusers and rapists. Tens of thousands have gone missing, just in Florida.

Instead of addressing the already existing crisis, HHS and ACF decide it’s time to create more chaos.

The chaos that keeps anyone from looking at what they are really doing. It’s the chaos that keeps the money coming in. It’s the chaos that prevents investigation. It’s the chaos that is their shield.

It’s killing children. It’s supplying child traffickers. Demand a full-scale Federal Investigation by a Special Prosecutor. If we can spend $5Billion investigating a presidential blow job, we can spend a few bucks investigating the agencies that are obstructing investigations into crimes against children. Priorities people.

We know the money is there. We’ve seen it wasted on bullshit for years. It costs us $23 Million every time the GOP shuts down Congress and we don’t blink an eye. We see billions poured into programs that are never audited. Let’s spend money where it will make a real difference, now and on down the line.

Let’s put the money into taking care of the children, OUR Children, All children. The Refugee Children. We cannot allow the child traffickers and their enablers at ACF and HHS to continue to create an underground market in the lives of babies and kids.

Those babies and kids are here. What happens to them is on us. Allowing any traffickers to have more protection than those kids is a national disgrace.

None of this would have happened had the FBI investigated the ACF obstructing Thomas Sullivan’s Mandated Reports instead of harassing the people who were making the reports.

None of this would have happened if years ago, when those 13 Mandated Reports were issued and ignored, and obstructed, we had a government willing to investigate the widespread abuses and cronyism between agencies and organizations.

If anyone had taken seriously those reports, and the reports by Dr. Tilus, and the Reports by Betty Jo Krenz, those lives would not have been lost and we would be investigating and fixing the problem today. Instead, we are watching it continue to balloon, right before our eyes.

I’ve highlighted and underlined areas of specific interest in the printer copy of the news story. The conflicts of interest are stunning. We only barely get the names Limón and Negash and their ties to the contract/bidding process/organizations.

HHS ‘admits there are problems with awarding the contracts’ but glides over them as if really, nothing to see here.

Meanwhile, children’s lives are in the balance and they are losing. And that’s just the Refugee Children. The rest of the children? They’ve been losing for decades, and we’ve been paying the price in every way. They’ve been suffering and we’ve been paying and those who have been profiting have found a thousand ways to conceal their corruption, chaos being their best smoke and mirrors go-to, thus far.

We could have begun to fix this years ago. But we did nothing.

You know where to find me.

~Cat

 

 

 

 

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February 8, 2016
Worth Remembering ---Printer Version (3)

Ran across a saying that seems to sum up a lot of what people don’t understand about women in this world. Thought I would pass it along.

“A woman’s strength isn’t just about how much she can handle before she breaks. It’s about how much she must handle after she breaks.” -- Tammy Trent @tammytrent.

Think about that when you see a woman you think has failed or is broken. Think about how we put it on her for her failure when in fact we should be putting it upon all ourselves for having failed her when she was a child and failed to help her when she was no longer a child. Easier to blame and shame.

Mandated Reporters Are Mandated To Report

The Boston Herald has a story where again, as we have seen repeatedly in North Dakota, the Attorney General (I’m assuming State Level, not Federal, but same situation, regardless) has moved to protect not only the predators who raped a child, but to protect the Mandated Reporters, in this case, School staff and authorities, who failed to report the crimes, by blocking the parents of the victim from suing the very agencies that were supposed to protect their child, and instead protected, concealed and shielded the predator and the enablers of that predator.

A judge has taken exception to this behavior on the part of the Attorney General, who is supposed to be protecting victims and pursuing predators and instead protected the predators and protected those who shielded the predators.

“Who speaks for the children in this case,” Judge Dennis J. Curran wrote. “Not the Attorney General’s office, charged with protecting the public safety, not a few university administrators who seem to have forgotten the original purpose of an educational institution: to seek the Truth. Instead, we see only petty bureaucrats scurrying to protect themselves.”

I love that last line: “….Instead, we see only petty bureaucrats scurrying to protect themselves.”

The children victims in this case were aged 4 and 5 years old. They had not only been preyed on by the employees, but by the system that sought to protect itself by protecting the predatory employees and the government that sought only to protect it’s political connections in the very institution that was endangering the children, rather than to speak for the victims.

How the parents ever found a judge that was not part of the web of political power and circle of enabling, I have no idea, but we need more like that judge.

We need judges who understand that the laws on Mandatory Reporting are there to protect both the victimized of today and prevent more victims in the future. A judge who understands that the Laws of Mandatory Reporting apply to ALL Mandatory Reporters and that is everyone that has any authority over any child in any government system or supervised activity. That includes the Attorney Generals, at every level: Federal or State.

In my opinion, the Attorney General should be sued for Breach of Trust, Violation of Oath, and sued on two levels: One as part of the government agency, and Two, as an individual who became an accessory after the fact by trying to prevent the family from reporting and seeking criminal charges and compensation.

When at every stage of the Mandatory Reporting Ladder is corrupted, no child is safe. If everyone who is supposed to uphold the laws violate those same laws, no society is protected.

Mandatory Reporting is there for a reason. Refusing to make a Mandatory Report is a crime. Ignoring Mandatory Reports is a crime.

At Ritacco’s arraignment, Plymouth Assistant District Attorney Amanda Fowle said a series of teachers had gone to Ritacco last March with concerns that Loughlin was touching children inappropriately at the center, but she told the teachers not to contact authorities, saying she would “keep an eye on him.”

Ritacco was in charge of running the center where the children were harmed. Her first instinct was not to protect the children, but to allow it to continue. She failed as a Mandatory Reporter to report the crimes as “Mandated by law”. She obstructed Teachers, themselves Mandated Reporters, from making reports to Law Enforcement.

When we decide that we have to protect predators and the agencies/institutions that are failing, we are doing so AGAINST THE LAW. That makes those who engage in these failures and cover-ups, criminals.

This makes Marrianne McMullen and everyone who has engaged in ignoring the Mandated Reports, harassing the Mandated Reporters, CRIMINALS.

And by them all being criminals without consequences, the children on the rez, the children coming across our borders, the children everywhere in the USA, are without protection and their predators, with rare exceptions, can continue to abuse, molest, rape, torture, murder those children with little or no fear of any consequences from any agency at any level.

When tens of thousands of kids can go missing in Florida alone, and someone says they ‘fell through the cracks’, does anyone believe that there are cracks that are so vast that tens of thousands of kids can vanish and no one in charge has a clue? Can we really call those ‘cracks’? Or is it a systematic, ongoing, long-term and deliberate failure of the system. Not a question.

Got One

Jay Littlewind Sr. is sentenced to 30 years, according to the InForum story. Jay Littlewind Sr. lives in Tokio (District) of the Spirit Lake Nation Reservation. It’s remarkable because there’s another Littlewind, Clifford Littlewind, who is a registered sex offender also living on the rez and he has had foster children living with him for years, despite the fact that he is not allowed to have foster children living with him, or any children living with him.

As you recall, two years ago when a Tribal Judge took those children away, he and his wife threw a fit and got that judge fired! He should have been put in jail, but instead, he got those kids back and was given even more kids.

He told BIA Agent, Ray Cavenaugh not to worry about it because all they had to do was leave his name (Cliff’s) off the application and just put his wife’s name on so that he could continue to have children to rape. Ray Cavenaugh obliged. Oops! Sorry, looks like Ray Cavenaugh was not a BIA Officer at the time, but rather a Tribal Court Judge! Well there you have it! Get the one judge fired that was doing the job and put one in that will make it okay for you to have unlimited access to children. Perfect.

We know the law. The law says that those who fail in their official or assigned capacity to protect children, report crimes against children, are criminals. Yet, we have the Head of the ACF, HHS, BIA, and the USAG Offices, all ‘scurrying to protect themselves’ as the judge in Massachusetts declared.

Ritacco was arrested in the Boston Globe story for both her failure to Report and for obstructing others from reporting. I wonder when they will get around to arresting Marrianne McMullen? Far more children are harmed, raped and murdered in her obstruction than in Ritacco’s.

And you wonder why so many homeless are children? You wonder why so many children grow up addicted, violent or worse? The ACF has a $58 BILLION annual budget. That buys a lot of protection… for politicians, very little for ‘children’.

You know where to find me.

~Cat

 

 

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February 2, 2016
“Ultimately”? --- Printer Version (2)

Every time I read the articles about those refugee kids being handed over to abusers and trafficked, literally into the abyss to where in Florida alone, thousands of children have gone missing & ACF, and HHS, and State Authorities all get busy shrugging their shoulders, I wonder how they can live with themselves.

“The minor, who had endured a sexual assault in her home country, was forced to have sex with her sponsor. She appealed to a post-release services provider for help and was ultimately removed by Child Protective Services.” -- mysanantonio.com

The story of that 16-year old girl who was essentially forced into a sexual relationship with her ‘sponsor’, and the story says that after she notified the agencies (who knows how many times?) she was ‘ultimately’ removed…

And that sticks in my craw. “Ultimately”? Seriously? Not “Immediately”? Define “Ultimately” in this case if you will. I know of a case where a 13-year old girl who has been reporting that she was being raped by a registered sex offender friend of her mother’s on the rez, is being ignored for over 2 years now. Maybe three years? When will she be “ultimately” removed to safety? Or does it not count because she’s in Indian Country?

How long did that refugee child have to wait before “Ultimately” being removed from the predator? How long will the 13, now 15 or 16-year old girl have to wait before “ultimately” the predator in her nightmares no longer has unlimited access to her?

I just need to know because I thought the idea of protecting children meant that they would be “immediately” taken to safety, not “Ultimately”.

And what about the kids too young or disabled to be able to fill out the paper work and make the phone calls to be able to “appeal” their placement? What do you think happens to them? What do you think IS happening to them?

“Ultimately” in the case of the refugee girl meant around a year. But in Indian Country, on Spirit Lake Nation Reservation, “Ultimately removed to safety” has yet to happen for that one girl, and for hundreds more children who are being actively ignored by the same ACF and HHS that seemed to think they could just ‘skip” processing the guardians to whom they gave custody of refugee children. They “Skipped” fingerprinting, so we don’t really know who they are. They “skipped” criminal background checks so that meant “they’d fall through the cracks” << My all time favorite deflection of responsibility uttered by agencies after every tragedy for the past 50 years…

It’s apparent now that there are no ‘cracks’. Cracks would require a foundation to have weak points and could be mended with patching. There is no foundation under these kids. Not for the kids in Indian Country, not for the Refugee kids and not for the kids in the system anywhere that the ACF, HHS decide to ignore reports of failures as they have ignored the 13 Mandated Reports for going on 4 years now, regarding Spirit Lake alone.

It has to be clear that the reason these agencies are failing these kids is not by accident, but by design. The heads of these agencies are by far the most corrupt or the most incompetent, and it has been that way for decades, getting worse with each new administration, replacing the previous politically paid off hack with their new politically paid off hack who also has no qualifications to hold any position so critical to the safety of children.

You know why they skipped the qualifying round on the sponsors for the Refugee kids? Because they don’t even vet the heads of their agencies or their deputies.

Those kids were shoveled into the snake pits and thousands have disappeared and McMullen can only think about how many ways she can cover her own ass. She has politically powerful friends so she will never worry about keeping her job.

She doesn’t like that her massive incompetence is showing right now, but it won’t be long and the media will look elsewhere for ratings and clicks. It is Political Circus Season and these kids will be forgotten as ‘old news’ in a week or less.

You’ll see them later, the ones that survive. They’ll be on the streets, publicly suffering their addictions, alcoholism, cycles of violence and abuse written all over them. You’ll think they chose to be that way. They failed.

You’ll know most of them will be filling up those for-profit prisons, another politically connected industry that depends on failed kids to become inmates so they can bill the State and Federal Governments billions for their upkeep, while treating them worse than factory farm animals.

You’ll hear of their crimes and be glad they are where they are. They failed.

But the truth is staring right at you right now: They are being failed--- by US.

Every time we let McMullen and the rest of them slide on these horror stories of agency incompetence and failure, we are FAILING those kids and we are creating the failures they become.

So, at least now you know “How they got that way”.

We could change all this, for them and for us. But it takes involvement. Get involved.

You know where to find me.

~Cat

 

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February 1, 2016
Fiction v Reality  --- Printer Version (10)

Before we get too deep into professional Dog & Pony show, let me give you some reading.

From Timberjay: It’s a story about a woman who was assaulted, raped and kept drugged, but who managed to escape her captor, and was found wandering alone out in a field by a man who lived in the area, who took her to his home where he and his wife gave her water (she was dehydrated, hungry, disoriented), got her a bit cleaned up and called the police to have them take her report of what she’d been through.

“The man had snuck up behind her while she was messaging friends and family members on her progress and was focused on her laptop computer. It was the last message her family would receive for almost a week.”

“While she had begun her ordeal in Casselton, in far eastern North Dakota, after escaping her abductor she found herself in a remote part of northwestern North Dakota. She said she wandered for at least two days, without food or water, before finally being rescued by a North Dakota man, who spotted her wandering across open country near the tiny town of Wildrose.”

The police came, she gave her story, a description of the man, and an even better one of his vehicle, and the police decided that instead of investigating the crimes against her and possibly getting a rapist put behind bars, they would investigate her.

They found she had an outstanding warrant for a minor traffic violation. They took her straight to jail, would not tell her family where she was despite them having a missing person’s report on her for the past week, and they didn’t have a competent medical exam despite her condition, which worsened while she was in jail.

After a few days in the jail a corrections officer at the jail saw she was in medical distress, made some phone calls, got the charges against her dropped so that she could get her to the hospital where they found she was suffering from, among other things, a severe concussion which she suffered at the time of her abduction.

This, my friends, is how the Williston, North Dakota Police handle a report of abduction and sexual assault--- when the victim is a First Nations Woman.

Predators know that if they assault, rape, or even murder a non-white woman, there will be no investigation. They can get away with it as many times as they want.

Chances are that the predator that attacked her did so because he knew no one would be looking, regardless of what she said. And they were right. Who knows how many victims just like her came before her? Who knows how many since? All we know is that it is common for police in North Dakota to ignore reports of rape when it’s Indian Women or children who are victimized

Their first response was to punish her for daring to make a report. So a broken taillight, or whatever the minor infraction was that led to the bench warrant, trumped their responsibility to investigate a serious case of kidnap and rape.

Authorities are used to ignoring sexual crimes against Indians. Indians are used to their reports of abuse and rape being mocked, ignored or even for them being punished for reporting it. It starts when they are children and the system demonstrates repeatedly to them that they have no value. The system does that by ignoring them, smearing their names, mocking them, and most heinous of all, by protecting the predators who have been abusing them.

Human trafficking is a growth industry in the USA. No demographic is more susceptible to being trafficked than Native Americans, and in that demographic, no one more vulnerable than children.

We’ve seen what happens to a woman who can give details and describe events. But children, especially the very young, who have no family support, have even less credibility.

Now we see that Human Trafficking has hit the spotlight once again, but for a completely different group of people: Unaccompanied minors who are refugees from the horrors of Central and South American horrors.

First, they are detained like criminals in unsanitary, unsafe facilities, deprived of representation or even common sense needs. Then, to alleviate the overcrowding, agencies have decided to give these children out to whomever wants them, skipping the basic background checks or even the mandatory follow up interviews to ensure the children are not being neglected, mistreated, abused.

This has led to children being handed over to people who slave them out for harsh labors and no pay, no safe accommodations and also slaved out to sexual predators who exploit them a thousand ways.

In Florida, once again, we see that the system that was revealed as broken and a danger to children during the incompetent reign of George Sheldon as Director of DCF in 2007-2009, where in just a one year period more than 200 plus, children in State Care died, but he only counted 69 as “officially dead” there are now reports of thousands of “migrant” children ‘vanishing’ and it all points to failures at the Federal level.

First off, they are not ‘migrants’, they are ‘REFUGEES’. Calling them “migrants” makes it sound like they are able to safely return to their homeland, if they so choose. These children are fleeing from gangs who have raped, tortured, murdered and mutilated their family members.

It’s worth noting that these children are fleeing from the same regions whose governments were destabilized, brutally, during the Reagan Era, Iran-Contra, etc., and which have never recovered socially or economically from the decades long devastation. It is now the active war zones of rival gangs, cartels and corrupt military all vying to control the market for contraband of any and all sorts.

I mention that only to remind us that ‘WE BROKE THAT” and this flood of fleeing children is but one form of our chickens coming home to roost. We should at least try to be prepared to deal with their needs as they seek safety in the very country that destroyed theirs.

Instead, we get a lot of Right Wing Propaganda telling us that all refugees are criminals, rapists, drug dealers, terrorists ‘…and some are nice people, I’m sure.’

That is done to discredit them to begin with. We see them, we assume they are criminally inclined, regardless of age. We are not supposed to believe anything they say. They are not supposed to have any value as Human Beings so that the stories they tell will be ignored.

The Truth is that these children, these refugees are not likely to be criminals. Not by a long shot. It is however becoming very clear, that they will be the victims of criminals and worse, that when they are, no one in the System will reach out to help them. They will be shoved back down into whatever pit they managed to crawl out of, over and over again.

The System Doesn’t Like Reports

That’s a method the System, Federal and State have used for decades to discredit children who are reporting abuse, to discredit them in advance. We’ve seen how ACF has not only ignored provable reports, but they have, from the very top on down and with the assistance of other agencies’ Directors and Staff, not only refused to investigate reports of rampant abuse and neglect, but have used every lever and every authority at their disposal to harass, threaten, intimidate, frag and dismiss anyone that would dare make such a report, especially if that person making the report is someone within their own agency with impeccable credentials and service record.

But now that these refugee children have their stories of horrors in abuse, neglect, rape and being trafficked explored by media, it reveals that all the agencies that had previously and for decades failed children in Indian Country in exactly the same ways, are now not only failing these refugee children, but enabling those who traffic them exactly as they have enabled the predators and traffickers in Indian Country.

But suddenly, they all act as if this is ‘new’.

Because media shined a bright hot spotlight on the situation with the refugee children and it revealed at best the complete incompetence of the HHS, ACF and every agency they are affiliated with, now the Senate has to conduct a hearing to show that they are ‘angry’.

I love that. The Senators are ‘angry’. Among them, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. The same Heidi Heitkamp who refused to read or have investigated the 13 Mandated Reports issued by Thomas Sullivan regarding the snake pit horrors of children in care in Spirit Lake Reservation. The same Heidi Heitkamp who assures us that everything is fine and that everyone is doing their job, is now putting on her show as if stunned and dismayed that the very agencies she’s been having cocktails with, are revealed to the nation as failing these refugee children in horrific fashion.

“Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., stopped his line of questioning and left the hearing after saying that the witnesses were "the definition of non-cooperative." Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., criticized the overly legal tenor of many of the officials' responses and asked if they understood why the senators were angry.” – www.mysanantonio.com

I find it hard to take Heitkamp’s ‘anger’ seriously. She’s up to her armpits in this. She’s blown off any and every attempt by the whistleblowers to tell her about these kinds of abuses and failures in the agencies. Now she mad. Oooooh!

Snips from Claire McCaskill’s Opening Statement:

"HHS placed one 16-year old with a sponsor who claimed to be her cousin. In fact, he was completely unrelated to her and had paid for her to come to the U.S. as a sort of mail-order bride. The minor, who had endured a sexual assault in her home country, was forced to have sex with her sponsor. She appealed to a post-release services provider for help and was ultimately removed by Child Protective Services.

“At a minimum, HHS must make an independent finding that a child’s sponsor, quote, “has not engaged in any activity that would indicate a potential risk to the child,” unquote. For many children, HHS failed to fulfill this fundamental responsibility.”

Senator McCaskill seems genuinely surprised that an agency she thought was running so smoothly, has completely failed and it showed. The HHS has been failing in this exact same manner for decades. Had Senator McCaskill read the 13 Mandated Reports that were submitted to HHS, among other agencies, or had she read the reports of the Congressional Subcommittee investigating the charges against Tribal Social Services, the BIA, the FBI and the USAG a few years ago, she might have had an inkling that not all was well amongst the agencies being run by political appointees, many of whom had no expertise or qualifications in the field.

HHS failing in it’s ‘fundamental responsibility’ is absolutely nothing new. It’s not even an anomaly--- it’s routine practice, enforced by the harassment and abuse of anyone in that agency who would dare to make a report showing any failures, especially those towards children.

By punishing those who speak out and rewarding those who keep silent or who silence the whistle blowers, you reap an agency rife with incompetence and corruption unable to do it’s most basic job of protecting children, and in fact, finds itself in the role of protecting the abusers, the predators and those who would traffic and exploit the most vulnerable children, the ones with no voices, no power and no way out.

Moreover, despite clear and unqualified statutory language vesting the care and custody of all unaccompanied alien children with the Secretary, HHS continues to assert that its custody of these children—and by extension its power to insist on post-release contact and services for these children—terminates upon their release of these children to sponsors. So when children placed by HHS find themselves in the terrible scenarios I described moments ago, HHS’s response is “It’s no longer my problem.”

Given these significant failures, we would have expected HHS to have taken prompt and aggressive action to improve its policies and procedures. During an interview with the Subcommittee in October, however, the ORR Deputy Director of Children’s Services indicated she was unaware of any failure to follow HHS procedure in the Marion cases or any potential policy change that would have prevented those events. Nor has any HHS official accepted responsibility for the outcome in Ohio during conversations with the Subcommittee.”

Just like in Florida, under the George Sheldon reign as Director of DCF, once you hand a child over, with or without doing any criminal background checks on the person you are handing them to, you and your agency can close the file and assume no further responsibility. That’s how more than 200 children died under his watch, many of them tortured horrifically to death, and which enabled him to ‘legally’ say that only 69 died. He didn’t feel they were his responsibility because that file was slammed shut before the child had its first night sleep in the home to which he sent them.

Now, the Senate is surprised that this is being practiced on refugee children? Why not? There’s never been any consequence for it being practiced on any other children.

And since the Head of the ACF, Marrianne McMullen is able to obstruct what should be a full-blown Federal Investigation into the corruption and abuse, rapes and trafficking of children on Spirit Lake with no consequences, an investigation that would, if done properly, according the existing laws would have revealed both the abject failures of the ACF, HHS, IHS, BIA, at the Federal level and every agency at the State level, as well as reveal the corruption in those agencies that led to those failures and that if not changed, would continue to lead to greater and greater failures of those agencies, why are Senators so shocked that those agencies are ‘failing’ to do their roles as protectors of children?

The only thing they have excelled at is in stopping investigations! Has Claire McCaskill been living under a rock? Or is she truly naïve? These failures did not happen overnight. There’s been a pattern of incompetence, corruption, neglect and cronyism running like a swamp throughout the agencies for decades. Being surprised is a sign of stupidity. Acting surprised is a sign that you expect the Good People of the USA to be stupid.

The reports have been out for years, just on the corruption, abuse, rapes and trafficking on Spirit Lake Nation. Had those reports been addressed at the time, maybe things would have been more in order by now and these continuing horrors happening to refugee children would not have happened because they would have been dealt with appropriately.

You can read all of the written testimonies given by every agency in this January 28th Hearing on my website. I’ll link to them at the end of this blog. Notice how when you read the HHS and when you read the ACF’s second in command, Mark Greenberg’s testimony, you will see how very disconnected those agencies are from the reality of what the magnitude of their failure is, just in this one case. They have no intention of fixing anything. Not for the refugee children, not for the children in Indian Country, not for the children in Florida or any other state. They can find no fault within themselves or their agencies.

If they are angry about anything, it is that this has received publicity. Publicity is a ‘report’ they cannot suppress, obstruct or harass.

Sadly, this too, will go away.

There is zero chance that any of these Senators will pursue this to the point of making any real world changes in how they conduct themselves. Why? Because if they did, it would reveal very deep connections among themselves and the people in these agencies and who has been involved in, profiting from the trafficking of children. There is no other explanation for why they have, up until this point, ignored repeatedly, the reports from whistleblowers who have risked everything to expose the truth.  This is ultimately a lot of show. A performance, from all parties. They're probably having lunch together right now.

We will again be fed a steady diet of political garbage that will seek to channel our anger and dissatisfaction not at the greedy and the corrupt who destroyed our economy, and not at the incompetent and corrupt who destabilized Central America decades ago leading to this flood of Human Tragedy, or those fleeing the Middle East, a region we destabilized which is yielding hoards of refugees drowning and washing up like driftwood on European shores… all that will be channeled by politicians towards us thinking THEY are the enemy we must protect ourselves from, rather than they are the victims of what our Military Industrial Complex’s ambitions have wrought upon us all.

These children being abused, trafficked are the enemy. The failures of the agencies, most notably HHS & ACF, will be whitewashed. Stern comments will be made by Senators and politicians who will then go to fundraisers sponsored by these same failing Directors and their cronies, and they will fund their campaigns and re-elections from the same trough that is drowning these children, trafficking them into Human Slavery, raping and abusing them, ultimately waiting for them to vanish.

Those who survive, likely they won’t do well. They’ll be the Human Wreckage we see on the streets and in the towns where we live or visit and we’ll assume that they chose to be failures in this life, and they did this to themselves.

We won’t want to see what is clearly falling down at our feet: Our failures to protect the children who then grew up to be failures--- our failures, not theirs.

Meanwhile, a woman can be violently abducted, raped, drugged, trafficked, and if she dares to report it, and there’s a broken taillight ticket somewhere, she’ll be thrown in jail, her story never investigated, her rapist free to attack again and again.

He’ll probably keep attacking Indian Women and girls because no one listens to them. But what if he decides that the one he wants is your blonde haired, blue-eyed little angel? How would you feel if you knew he could have been behind bars years before, and no one wearing a badge could be bothered to do their job?

The failure goes from the cop to the top. Is this really the society we want to live in? Is this really what we want spend billions of our tax dollars perpetuating? As long as these agencies are protecting the predators, no one is protecting the children, and the children that grow up won’t be so cute when they are adults. The costs on all levels go up.

All HHS and ACF had to do to avoid this refugee child crisis and the embarrassment of sending their people in to pretend it’s not their fault, had they only investigated the reports by Thomas Sullivan, years ago.

But here we are and it stinks. They’ve been covering up the shit with more shit for so long that it’s an avalanche ready to roll down and bury the entire country if we don’t start digging our way out of it now.

Get onto this story because this is where the media is focused now. Have them dig deeper. Have them show the years of suppressing reports that would have predicted this if only the people knew.

There’s no reason for any agency to suppress reports, especially Mandated Reports unless those at the top of those agencies are themselves involved in profiting from the corruption that is being reported.

I don’t know how Marrianne McMullen sleeps at night. On one hand, she knows she’s allowing predators to rape and traffic and murder children because some of the children in those reports she ignored, were later raped, or murdered or both. And on the other hand, her agency’s failure is now becoming public and those to whom she is politically beholden, want her to make it go away. But she can’t suppress or prevent journalists from making reports the same way she can make her own Director’s reports go silent. She has authority in her agency, but nowhere else.

Failure is not a deterrent to political success. George Sheldon, despite his massive failures in Florida and the Miami Herald’s series of Innocence Lost that disclosed it in great detail, was hand picked by the Governor of Illinois to head the DCF there. Marrianne McMullen won’t ever be without a highly profitable, powerful politically appointed position at one level of government or another. After all, she has done a lot of favors for a lot of powerful people. I assume she has. Unless she’s deliberately letting these children suffer, die and disappear just to please herself.

Her lack of qualifications or any real success will not bar her from a fat paycheck. She holds her position at the top of the ACF based only on her single qualification of having been a foster mother once.

I can think of a lot of current and former Foster Mothers who are more qualified than she is, and who would have, at the very least, compassion for the suffering children. Compassion which is nowhere to be found in the body mind or spirit of Marrianne McMullen.

The political circus season is upon us. We’ll be distracted this way and that. We’ll be pitted against one another based on political promises and lies. Racism, bigotry and misogyny are big this time around. Media plays up this hot mess for ratings and clicks.

What gets lost in all this is what is happening to the children, what is happening to them is what is happening to our future.

I say, ask those kinds of questions to your candidates. Show up everywhere anyone is running for anything or anyone is holding a conference that holds an elected or appointed office. Make them aware, and ask them for real answers and don’t let them blow you off.

If these kids, the kids in Indian Country, the Refugee kids, or the rest of the kids in the system that is failing them are not made safe and secure, nothing in our future is safe or secure.

ACF, HHS and the other agencies are all failing and it shows. We know why it’s failing. Make it your mission to make them fix this.

Or do nothing. Maybe only the Indians and the Refugees will be victims. They’re the enemy, right? Isn’t that what we are being told? Can you sleep easy with that fairytale dancing in your head? Or is the reality becoming so clear it’s scaring you?

Claire McCaskill’s closing remarks:

"As a lawmaker dedicated to improving the effectiveness of government, I am outraged by HHS’s failure to meet its legal obligations and protect the most vulnerable individuals who reach our borders. Today, I hope to find some answers."

Ms. McCaskill should have been concerned long before these children came across our borders. She should have been concerned with the children these agencies have been failing spectacularly, that are within our borders, born and dying here. The reports are out there. Ignoring them has brought us to this. Whereto next?

You know where to find me.

~Cat

LINKS:

 Mark Greenberg & Carey Testimony     Haynes Testimony     Justice Testimony   Nelms Testimony

Sen. Portman Statement       Senator Claire McCaskill Statement


 

 

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