Tuesday, August 14, 2018

DEFANGO: Double Feature New Jack City + Qanon me if you can - DEFNEWS 8/14/2018


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DEFANGO: Lift the Drama Doughts and News - DEFNEWS 8/13/2018


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All Hail The Whistleblowers: Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro Announces Grand Jury Report Of Sexual Abuse Of Children By Catholic Dioceses & Vatican

The level of child abuse in the church is gut wrenchingly, bloody horrid, but what is even worse is that the world if finally finding out that this has been going on since the beginning of the peculiar institution.

Just remember, we are a christian nation.

Welcome to the deep, dark world of child welfare, which includes foster care and adoption.

This goes on around the world and no one cares because it is a multi-trillion dollar operation.

There is so much more to come and it will not be pretty, but I will make into a fairy tale so that those who will be drowning in their own cognitive dissonance, can grab on, at any time, to a lifeline of reality.

The Holy See is the child trafficking ratline and the Vatican Bank is the fiduciary.

There is so much more to come and it is time the world wake up from the religious propaganda.

Michigan is next.

Get ready.

On a mission...

Thank you, Jeff Sessions, Josh Shapiro, the Grand Jury of Pennsylvania, Survivors & Those Who Did Not Survive, in the name of the tax exempt god.

Amen.

Report identifies more than 1,000 victims of priest abuse



HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- More than 1,000 children -- and possible many more -- were molested by hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in six Pennsylvania dioceses, while senior church officials took steps to cover it up, according to a landmark grand jury report released Tuesday.

The grand jury said it believes the "real number" of abused children might be "in the thousands" since some records were lost and victims were afraid to come forward. The report said more than 300 clergy committed the abuse over a period of decades.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said the two-year probe found a systematic cover-up by senior church officials in Pennsylvania and at the Vatican.

"The cover-up was sophisticated. And all the while, shockingly, church leadership kept records of the abuse and the cover-up. These documents, from the dioceses' own `Secret Archives,' formed the backbone of this investigation," he said at a news conference in Harrisburg.

Significantly, the report faulted Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the former longtime bishop of Pittsburgh who now leads the Washington archdiocese, for what it said was his part in the concealment of clergy sexual abuse. Wuerl defended himself, releasing a statement Tuesday that said he had "acted with diligence, with concern for the victims and to prevent future acts of abuse."

The grand jury scrutinized abuse allegations in dioceses that minister to more than half the state's 3.2 million Catholics. Its report echoed the findings of many earlier church investigations around the country in its description of widespread sexual abuse by clergy and church officials' concealment of it.

The panel concluded that a succession of Catholic bishops and other diocesan leaders tried to shield the church from bad publicity and financial liability by covering up abuse, failing to report accused clergy to police and discouraging victims from going to law enforcement.

Yet the grand jury's work might not result in justice for Catholics who say they were molested as children. While the probe yielded charges against two clergymen -- including a priest who has since pleaded guilty, and another who allegedly forced his accuser to say confession after each sex assault -- the vast majority of priests already identified as perpetrators are either dead or are likely to avoid arrest because their alleged crimes are too old to prosecute under state law.

The document comes at a time of renewed scrutiny and fresh scandal at the highest levels of the U.S. Catholic Church. Pope Francis stripped 88-year-old Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of his title and ordered him to a lifetime of prayer and penance amid allegations that McCarrick had for years sexually abused boys and had sexual misconduct with adult seminarians.

Wuerl has come under harsh criticism over his response to the McCarrick scandal, with some commentators questioning his claims of surprise and ignorance over allegations that McCarrick molested and harassed young seminarians.

Wuerl replaced McCarrick as Washington's archbishop after McCarrick retired in 2006.
The Pennsylvania grand jury, convened by the state attorney general's office in 2016, heard from dozens of witnesses and reviewed more than a half-million pages of internal documents from the Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton dioceses.

Some current and former clergy named in the report went to court to prevent its release, arguing it violated their constitutional rights to reputation and due process of law. The state Supreme Court said the public had a right to see it, but ruled the names of priests and others who objected to the findings would be blacked out pending a September hearing on their claims.

The identities of those clergy members remain under court seal.

A couple of dioceses decided to strip the accused of their anonymity ahead of the report and released the names of clergy members who were accused of sexual misconduct. On Friday, the bishop of Pittsburgh's diocese said a few priests named in the report are still in ministry because the diocese determined allegations against them were unsubstantiated.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Grand Jury documents link, below.

Fortieth statewide investigating grand jury

Here is the pdf link to the Grand Jury report.

My apologies for not providing the original document.  I am having technical issues uploading.  I will be updating.

For a history of child welfare fraud in Pennsylvania, you can find it here.

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DOJ Atlanta City Hall Staff Bribery Charges - Who Is Next?

Boy!

This sounds like Detroit and D.C., but hey, what do I know?

Senior staffer of former Mayor Reed charged in city hall bribery investigation



A criminal information unsealed Wednesday morning accused Taylor-Parks of accepting bribes in 2013 from an unidentified city vendor.
“At this point, we really don’t want to talk about the merits of the case,” said her attorney, Jay Strongwater. “She’s devastated by the news.”

The accusations
Prosecutors claim the vendor wrote a $2,000 check to a company Taylor-Parks’ owned and another $2,000 check directly to Parks’ husband, DeAnthony Parks. In exchange, that vendor got more than $80,000 in contract work from the city.

Channel 2 Action News confirmed the dates and amounts the feds highlighted coincide with city payments to a company called Bridgenet for a Piedmont Park Wi-Fi project.

Bridgenet’s owner, Paul Marshall, recently cut a plea deal with the feds in an unrelated fraud case in return for his cooperation in other investigations.

First appearance postponed
Taylor-Parks was scheduled to make a first appearance before a federal magistrate Wednesday afternoon. The appearance was postponed after Strongwater told the judge that she is in a hospital for an undisclosed medical condition.

“Hopefully we can get Katrina back on her feet, and at that time we’ll be in court for this initial appearance and the bond,” Strongwater said.

The complaint also states that Taylor-Parks signed financial disclosures with the city “falsely attesting that she was not self-employed or employed by any business or entity other than the city.”

In April, federal prosecutors subpoenaed records from City Hall related to Taylor-Parks and DeAnthony Parks, who is also a city of Atlanta employee.

The subpoena for Taylor-Parks sought personnel records, financial disclosure and ethics statements and requests for permission by Taylor-Parks to seek outside employment.

Prosecutors demanded her travel records and reimbursements from 2011 to 2017, as well as her requests and approvals for leave.

What does it mean for the larger investigation?
Former federal prosecutor Caren Morrison told Channel 2’s Aaron Diamant that based on her read of the charging document, she expects Taylor-Parks will eventually plead guilty.

She also believes the case may go higher than Taylor-Parks.

“If this is somebody who worked closely with the mayor, there’s no way she could do these kinds of activities without the mayor at least having some idea of what was going on,” Morrison said.

[SPECIAL SECTION: Atlanta City Hall Investigation]
Taylor-Parks is just the latest casualty of the feds' sweeping corruption probe of city hall under Reed that’s already lead to four guilty pleas and four prison sentences.

Strongwater wouldn’t say if his client is cooperating with prosecutors and said he had no idea if Reed knew about the alleged bribes.

Current mayor responds
Taylor-Parks served as Reed’s deputy chief of staff for eight years -- a position she held under Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms until Taylor-Parks recent resignation.

In a statement to Channel 2 Action News, Bottoms said she was saddened by the charge against Taylor-Parks.

“These unfortunate developments stand in stark contrast to her reputation as an effective and experienced City Hall executive,” the statement said. “Our administration has been steadfast in its commitment to create extraordinary and innovative new transparency safeguards."
Bottoms said her administration has been assisting federal investigators.

Former City of Atlanta deputy chief of staff charged with accepting bribes

ATLANTA - Evelyn Katrina Taylor-Parks has been charged with conspiring to accept bribe payments while serving as the City of Atlanta’s Deputy Chief of Staff to the Mayor.
“As the Deputy Chief of Staff, the City of Atlanta and its citizens placed immeasurable trust in Parks to act in the best interests of the city,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak.  “Public officials have a responsibility to lead with integrity. Regrettably, Parks allegedly exchanged the power and trust given to her for bribe money paid by a city contractor.”
“Great trust was placed in Parks as Deputy Chief of Staff and she is charged with abusing that position to serve her own financial interests,” said J. C. “Chris” Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta. “Because actions like this erode the public’s trust in government, the FBI will continue to vigorously pursue any public official who chooses to violate that trust.”
“Parks’ alleged engagement in personal benefit over the public’s trust cannot be tolerated as a high ranking city official,” said Thomas J. Holloman, Special Agent in Charge of IRS-Criminal Investigation Atlanta. “Pay to play politics will continue to drive IRS-CI and its partners to follow the money in this saga of city hall malfeasance.”
According to U.S. Attorney Pak, the charges, and other information presented in court: From approximately January 2010 to May 2018, Parks served as the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Mayor of the City of Atlanta, working with the Chief of Staff, Chief Operating Officer, and Department Commissioners to advance the administration’s legislative agenda with the Atlanta City Council. She also served as a representative on several community outreach committees. From 2011 to February 2014, Parks conspired to accept bribes from a vendor with the City of Atlanta.  The vendor paid Parks thousands of dollars, and in return the vendor received tens of thousands of dollars for City of Atlanta contract work.  Parks filed financial disclosure statements with the City of Atlanta in which she falsely attested that she was not self-employed or employed by any business or entity other than the City of Atlanta.
Evelyn Katrina Taylor-Parks, 49, of Douglas County, Georgia, has been charged in a criminal information with one count of conspiratorial bribery. Parks is expected to plead guilty to the charge at 3:00 p.m. on August 13, 2018, before U.S. District Judge Steve C. Jones.
This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey W.  Davis, Chief of the Public Integrity and Special Matters Sections, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jill E. Steinberg, Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division are prosecuting the case.
For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at USAGAN.PressEmails@usdoj.gov(link sends e-mail) or (404) 581-6016.  The Internet address for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia is http://www.justice.gov/usao-ndga.
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All Hail The Whistleblowers: Updates On The Death Of Task Force & Her Child Trafficking Work - Jenny Moore


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Monday, August 13, 2018

Cocktails & Popcorn: Election Fraud In Detroit, So Easy An 11 Year Old Can Change Results In 10 Minutes

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"Who did you want me to make the winner
of the Detroit election?"
And to think ElectionSource has to answer to the Wayne County Board of Canvassers about election irregularities in Detroit.

This is going to be good because they think we are stupid.

An 11-year-old changed election results on a replica Florida state website in under 10 minutes

An 11-year-old boy on Friday was able to hack into a replica of the Florida state election website and change voting results found there in under 10 minutes during the world’s largest yearly hacking convention, DEFCON 26, organizers of the event said.

Thousands of adult hackers attend the convention annually, while this year a group of children attempted to hack 13 imitation websites linked to voting in presidential battleground states.

The boy, who was identified by DEFCON officials as Emmett Brewer, accessed a replica of the Florida secretary of state’s website. He was one of about 50 children between the ages of 8 and 16 who were taking part in the so-called “DEFCON Voting Machine Hacking Village,” a portion of which allowed kids the chance to manipulate party names, candidate names and vote count totals.





Nico Sell, the co-founder of the the non-profit r00tz Asylum, which teaches children how to become hackers and helped organize the event, said an 11-year-old girl also managed to make changes to the same Florida replica website in about 15 minutes, tripling the number of votes found there.
Sell said more than 30 children hacked a variety of other similar state replica websites in under a half hour.
“These are very accurate replicas of all of the sites,” Sell told the PBS NewsHour on Sunday. “These things should not be easy enough for an 8-year-old kid to hack within 30 minutes, it’s negligent for us as a society.”
Sell said the idea for the event began last year, after adult hackers were able to access similar voting sites in less than five minutes.
“So this year we decided to bring the voting village to the kids as well,” she said.

About 50 children participated in the DEFCON hacking event for children on Friday and Saturday. More than 30 of them were able to hack into replicas of secretaries of states, where vote tallies are posted. Photo courtesy of r00tz Asylum
In a statement regarding the event, the National Association of Secretaries of State said it is “ready to work with civic-minded members of the DEFCON community wanting to become part of a proactive team effort to secure our elections.” But the organization expressed skepticism over the hackers’ abilities to access the actual state websites.
“It would be extremely difficult to replicate these systems since many states utilize unique networks and custom-built databases with new and updated security protocols,” it read. “While it is undeniable websites are vulnerable to hackers, election night reporting websites are only used to publish preliminary, unofficial results for the public and the media. The sites are not connected to vote counting equipment and could never change actual election results.”’
But Sell said the exercise the children took part in demonstrates the level of security vulnerabilities found in the U.S. election system.
“To me that statement says that the secretaries of states are not taking this seriously. Although it’s not the real voting results it’s the results that get released to the public. And that could cause complete chaos,” she said. “The site may be a replica but the vulnerabilities that these kids were exploiting were not replicas, they’re the real thing.”
“I think the general public does not understand how large a threat this is, and how serious a situation that we’re in right now with our democracy,” she said.
Matt Blaze, a professor of computer and information science at the University of Pennsylvania who helped organize the “hacking village,” said that thousands of adults including voting security experts also tried to access voting machines and other voting software currently being used in U.S. elections today to become “more knowledgeable about voter technology.”
He also noted that the children who participated in their own challenge last week were dealing with replicas that were in many cases created to be even more formidable to access than the actual websites used by secretaries of states across the nation.
“It’s not surprising that these precocious, bright kids would be able to do it because the websites that are on the internet are vulnerable, we know they are vulnerable,” he said. “What was interesting is just how utterly quickly they were able to do it.”

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Cocktails & Popcorn: Bobby Goodlatte Is Mad At His Judiciary Daddy For Getting Peter Strzok Fired

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"He sold out his father!"
What is quite odd about Bobby Goodlatte, son of the Chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary, is not the fact that he is supporting a Democrat for his father's soon to be vacant seat, but the fact that Peter Strzok was fired for violating national security protocol, in the same exact manner that former Secretary Hillary Clinton did, which is how special access intelligence got onto her unsecured servers and in her emails.



Daddy Goodlatte has a few, unexamined issues, himself, when it comes to questionable activities in Congress.


Bobby Goodlatte sold out his father, but why?

This is so deep.

This definitely calls for Cocktails & Popcorn!

Congressman's son rips him for 'ruining' FBI agent's career

The son of a powerful Republican congressman lambasted his father on Twitter on Monday for "ruining" the career of a recently fired FBI agent who had sent anti-Trump text messages during the Russia investigation.

 The son of U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte also began soliciting campaign donations on Sunday for the Democrat who is running to replace his father, who is retiring.

The Democratic campaign said more than $25,000 had flowed in from across the country in less than 24 hours.

 The elder Goodlatte, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, is leaving his seat in western Virginia after 13 terms.

His son Bobby Goodlatte was an early designer at Facebook and is based in the San Francisco area.

 "I'm deeply embarrassed that Peter Strzok's career was ruined by my father's political grandstanding," the younger Goodlatte wrote on Twitter on Monday.

"That committee hearing was a low point for Congress.

Thank you for your service sir. You are a patriot." Strzok's lawyer said Monday that he had been fired by the FBI. Bobby Goodlatte was referring to his father's role in an extraordinarily combative congressional hearing last month in which Strzok was questioned about the anti-Trump texts he had sent.

 The hearing lasted 10 hours. Strzok said the texts, including ones in which he called Trump a "disaster" and said "We'll stop" a Trump candidacy, did not reflect political bias and had not infected his work.

 Congressman Goodlatte asked colleagues to imagine being investigated by someone who "hated you" and "disparaged you in all manner of ways."

 "Would anyone sitting here today believe that this was an acceptable state of affairs, particularly at an agency whose motto is 'Fidelity, Bravery and Integrity'? I think not," Goodlatte said.

 When Strzok declined to answer some questions on the Russia probe, Goodlatte suggested Republicans might recess the hearing and hold him in contempt.

Democrats objected and Goodlatte eventually let the hearing proceed.

 A day before he tweeted about his father's treatment of Strzok, the younger Goodlatte had requested donations in support of the Democrat who is running for the open seat in Virginia's 6th District.

 "I just gave the maximum allowed donation to Jennifer Lewis, a democrat running for my father's congressional seat," he wrote. "I've also gotten 5 other folks to commit to donate the max. 2018 is the year to flip districts — let's do this!"

 Political observers have described the House district in Virginia, which includes Roanoke, as safely Republican.

Lewis has received about $73,000, according to the latest Federal Elections Commission data.

Her Republican opponent, Ben Cline, has pulled in nearly $400,000.

 Following Goodlatte's tweet on Sunday, more than $25,000 had flowed in from across the country by Monday afternoon, according to Lewis' campaign manager, Josh Stanfield.

 He said mostly smaller donations, such as $100, came first from northern California and then from places like Iowa and Alaska.

 "(Bobby Goodlatte) never expected this to go viral," Stanfield said. "Everyone is sort of caught off guard. But obviously it's compelling for some reason. We'd be delighted if he'd come back to the 6th and canvass with us."

All Hail The Whistleblowers: Task Force Is Dead - She Told Us It Was Going To Happen


Much love, Task Force
Task Force, is the pseudo name for a law enforcement officer who was in a victim protection program from being severely beaten, spine broken, because she was investigating the trafficking of tiny humans, from the biomedical testing on children, neonatal cloning, organ harvesting and child sex trafficking, in the child welfare system.

She has spoken in great lengths of the threats and her fears of something happening to her.


We do not know what happened as of yet, but she should be hailed as a whistleblower who dedicated her life to ending the residuals of the peculiar institution.

No one listened.

No one ever listens when it comes to children because no one cares.


While media is stuck on the sensation of waking up to what the rest of the real world has known for the last few centuries of the United States, survivors such as this woman refuse to be silenced with money or the glittery dangling carrot of fame.

Retaliation is not gender specific, nor does it take into consideration age, even if it is a child.

Media needs to stop ignoring us, because we are watching you.






She liked popcorn.




Investigative Journalist Found Dead in D.C. Hotel Room Weeks After Reporting Bill Clinton to FBI & DHS for Allegedly Raping Boy


Investigative Journalist Jen Moore was found dead in a suburban Washington D.C. hotel room Monday, according to police and shocked and distraught friends and colleagues.
Moore died of an apparent seizure. Police are closely investigating the cause of death after former FBI Agent Robyn Gritz, a friend of Moore’s, made inquiries with homicide detectives Monday afternoon in Prince Georges County, Maryland. Preliminary reports from police said the death was not the result of suicide.
Moore’s body was found by employees at the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Washington, D.C. East – in Capitol Heights, Maryland. The investigation is ongoing. An autopsy had not been scheduled as of late Monday.

Moore, an advocate who investigated abused and trafficked children, had been in the process of investigating allegations by a 26-year-old man that — as a young boy — he was sexually assaulted by Bill Clinton and pimped out at private sex parties attended by other D.C. elites.
In fact, just four weeks before her death, Moore filed details of the alleged victim’s claims with the Department of Homeland Security, detailing the allegations against Clinton. Moore contacted Homeland Security beginning on July 6th through July 9th, records show. A week later, she contacted the FBI with identical details about the victim and the shocking allegations against Clinton.
FBI sources report no case has been opened on the evidence supplied by Moore. Homeland Security officials could not be reached for comment.

Moore had approached True Pundit’s Thomas Paine in June with the allegations against Clinton. Paine conducted a series of face-to-face interviews with Moore and the alleged victim in various locales. By July, the victim agreed to tell his story to Paine. But Moore and the traumatized victim wanted to contact Homeland Security and the FBI first to see if they would open a criminal case against Clinton prior to publicizing the claims.
“Jen thought that with a criminal probe, federal agents could use the victim possibly to dangle in front of Clinton to see if he made a mistake or tried to pay him off,” Paine said. “She was worried about the safety of the victim and was working to find him safe harbor until this story broke.
Now she is the one who turned up dead.”
Paine and True Pundit were vetting the details provided by the victim. Paine said the allegations were “credible” and the victim’s testimony and details were beyond convincing.
Paine said Moore accepted the risks with the story and understood things could get very ugly very fast. Per conversations with True Pundit’s Paine:
“She was worried about the victim because he was the first to break the ice,” Paine said. “There were others waiting to tell their stories but he was the catalyst.
Did she think she could be harmed? Absolutely. This woman was fearless. Absolute warrior. A former cop. I don’t think she was afraid of anyone or anything.”
According to interviews, the victim in this case claimed he was sexually assaulted by Clinton on a yacht in New England and knows the identities of several other child victims who were subjected to identical abuses. The victim also confirmed he witnessed other children and people being sexually and physically abused and possibly worse on numerous “boat parties.” These parties were attended by elite members of D.C. political class, according to Moore and the victim.
Both young boys and young girls, the victim said.
Moore supplied these details to federal agents and documented the interactions with a number of alleged victims. Within a month, she is dead.
In the exchange below, Moore discusses an extended stay with the alleged Clinton victim after his interview with Paine. During the interview, the victim sporadically vomited and shivered as he recalled details of his alleged abuse, Paine said.
This story is developing.


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DOJ Is Stripping Guardianship & Citizenship Of Parents Who Do Nasty Things To Children Who Are Their Wards

Parenting is determined through the grant of guardianship and custodianship, whether by blood or corporation status.

Parenting has nothing to do with any degree of consanguinity.

Yes, corporations are parents, who are also eligible to be bestowed the grant of guardianship and custodialship of children, in a court of law, who are wards of the state, in privatized child welfare programs like foster care and adoption, including juvenile justice system.

Parental Rights is what results from the grant, in the form of a social covenant to guard the most precious treasures of society.

The grant of Parental Rights can be terminated and transferred, and financially leveraged, where the default is the State.

Does this mean foreign corporations which operate, in some fiscal shape or form like UCCs, in the industry of child welfare, can be stripped of their U.S. naturalized citizenship if prinicpals engage in a crime against children, mostly focused on sexual crimes.

Does this mean that foreign corporate interests, or any Public Private Partnership, that engages in financial crimes against children, or any other harms, can be stripped of their assets?

Does this mean that a State can be dissolved as a corporation?

Can a State go into federal recievership for its crimes against children?

Does this mean automatic stripping of immunity under that pesky 11th Amendment?

This is a warning shot of things to come in the dark world of trafficking tiny humans.

Get ready for Foster Care and Adoption.

Someone read my book...

Justice Department Secures Denaturalization of Guardian Convicted of Sexual Abuse of A Minor

On Aug. 8, Chief Judge James C. Dever III of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina entered an order that revoked the naturalized U.S. citizenship of a child sex offender; restrained and enjoined him from claiming any rights, privileges, or advantages of U.S. citizenship; and ordered him to immediately surrender and deliver his Certificate of Naturalization and any other indicia of U.S. citizenship to federal authorities. 
“The Justice Department is committed to preserving the integrity of our nation’s immigration system and the propriety of the government’s adjudication of immigration benefits,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Chad A. Readler of the Justice Department’s Civil Division. “We will aggressively pursue the denaturalization of individuals who lie on their naturalization applications or lie during the naturalization interview, especially in a circumstance like this one, which involved an alien who repeatedly sexually abused the minor victim on almost a daily basis.”
“Under our laws, United States citizenship is conferred on those who demonstrate honesty and integrity, who respect our laws, and who can demonstrate the moral character necessary to be a positive and cultivating member of American society,” said U.S. Attorney Robert J. Higdon.  “The defendant fell short of that mark in every regard and we are satisfied that this Court saw fit to revoke his naturalized citizenship.  As part of the Justice Department’s mission to enforce the nation’s immigration laws, we will seek denaturalization in cases where individuals are dishonest and where criminal activity demonstrated the lack of moral character necessary for American citizenship.”
Prempeh Ernest Agyemang, a native of Ghana, was admitted to the United States in 1989.  Agyemang then married a United States citizen who had a young child.  When the child was in fourth grade, Agyemang began sexually abusing her starting in late 1999 or early 2000.   Notably, after the sexual abuse began, while under oath during his naturalization interview, Agyemang stated that he had never committed a crime or offense for which he had not been arrested. Relying on this answer, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) granted his naturalization application and Agyemang became a U.S. citizen later that year. On Nov. 5, 2003, Mr. Agyemang pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting his minor stepchild on April 1, 2000.  Specifically, Agyemang pleaded guilty to sexual activity by a Substitute Parent or Custodian. 
“This order sends a clear message to individuals who commit any type of sexual offense, particularly those involving children, during the naturalization process – we will investigate you and seek you out to ensure that justice is done,” said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Ronald D. Vitiello. “ICE will continue to work with our partners at the Justice Department’s Office of Immigration Litigation – District Court Section to hold individuals responsible for sexual offenses, especially those involving child victims.”
“I congratulate the trial team for bringing Mr. Agyemang to justice,” said USCIS Acting Director James McCament. “Mr. Agyemang repeatedly sexually abused a minor child and then lied about the sexual abuse to obtain naturalization. By doing so, he threatened to undermine the hard work our officers do every day to protect the integrity of the immigration system. USCIS is glad to see him held accountable.”
This case was investigated by ICE Homeland Security Investigations and the Civil Division’s Office of Immigration Litigation, District Court Section (OIL-DCS). The case was litigated by John Inkeles of OIL-DCS, with support from ICE Assistant Chief Counsel Cori White, Gaston County District Attorney Locke Bell, and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

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Baby LKs Top Ten CPS Horror Stories of the Week - August 12, 2018

Baby LK is back to report on the horrors of the Child Protection Industry, as an original source.

For all the latest dirt on the Child Protection Industry, go to http://legallykidnapped.com.

For more in depth analysis of CPS, go to http://cpsfiles.blogspot.com/.

Just remember, it can happen to you.



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Cocktails & Popcorn: Voting Fraud In Detroit Databases

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"And in 2018, too!"
I believe everyone is waiting for the absentee voting ballots to be tabulated.

It would such a shame if it is found that there were registered voters who submitted absentee ballots in those Detroit Land Bank Authority properties.

But hey, what do I know?

I know what a quo warranto is.

Election results firm to explain glitches to Wayne Co.

The top two officials at a software company used by the Wayne County Clerk's Office to report results in the Aug. 7 primary election are expected to appear at Monday's Board of Canvassers meeting to explain the glitch that caused a delay in website results.

Jeff Delongchamp, president of ElectionSource, the company that handles election results reporting, said he and Steve Delongchamp, company vice president, will attend the meeting at 2 p.m. in Detroit.
"Both Steve and I will be there and look forward to explaining to the board what happened to the web site displaying the un-official results on the eve of the August 7th Primary election," Jeff Delongchamp said in an email to Wayne County officials.

On Thursday, Wayne County commissioner Jewel Ware called for an investigation into the system, saying said glitches with the website were "extremely problematic as the voting process should be error-free as well as voters should know the process is without issues.”

Wayne County officials and ElectionSource said last week the glitch caused a delay in results after the website received more data than the company anticipated.

"I received phone calls from people who were concerned,” Ware told The News last week. “Then, after hours of reporting, the system came back and those numbers had decreased. It just wasn’t one number — it was several numbers."

Jeffrey DeLongchamp said last week that the file containing Wayne County results was so large that it caused a 15-second delay in processing old and new data. This caused results to be doubled at times, he said.

"There were so many hits and so many people trying to scrape the site at the same time that we could not load the data correctly," DeLongchamp said. "It was an error that, unfortunately, we did not foresee."

ElectionSource has helped Wayne County report its election results since last November's election, DeLongchamp said.

Wayne County Clerk Cathy M. Garrett also requested an investigation into ElectionSource and a report of the company's findings.

On Friday, members of the House Detroit Caucus sent a letter to the Michigan Board of State Canvassers demanding an audit of Tuesday’s primary election results in light of issues at polling stations in Wayne County during the primary.

Fred Woodhams, spokesman for the Michigan Secretary of State, said his office has been in communication with state Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo, D-Detroit, about this issue and is trying to get more details from her about her specific concerns.

Gay-Dagnogo said in a statement that caucus members were contacted by Detroit residents who said they were being turned away from their former polling place only to find that poll workers did not have accurate information.

"From what we understand from Detroit elections staff, there were a few polling locations that were moved before the deadline, and we were told that affected voters were given proper notice, but we’ll follow up with the clerk’s office about that. The city has 490 precincts so it’s not uncommon to have some move each cycle," Woodhams said in an email on Monday.

"I want to add that the Wayne County canvassing board started its work on Wednesday to scrutinize all the results and ensure everything adds up. The concerns of the representative and others may be resolved by the canvassing process," Woodhams said.

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Cocktails & Popcorn: National Association Of Black Journalists Came To Detroit About MLK Civil Rights Legacy

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"So, what are you going to name your special series?"
Once upon a time the National Association of Black Journalists was summoned to Detroit.

They gathered around to construct an agenda about civil rights, the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Well, not really.

Their civil rights agenda was already set by the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and no one has ever "journaled" upon it in the media....which is why I do what I do.

I believe they are setting up the biggest Cocktail & Popcorn party the world has ever seen!

But, hey, what do I know?

I know this link has great popcorn recipes.

Civil rights, MLK legacy focus of black journalists convention panel

Detroit —The advances and lingering conflicts since civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was slain 50 years ago anchored a panel discussion Friday presented by the National Association of Black Journalists.

Held on the third day of the group’s convention in the Motor City, the plenary drew more than 400 people to a ballroom at the Detroit Marriott in the Renaissance Center to hear insight from activists and public figures on challenges facing minorities across the United States in 2018.

Among them was Georgia resident Stacey Abrams, whose effort to become the nation’s first black woman elected governor has made her a national political celebrity. In May, the Yale-educated attorney and romance novelist who served a decade in the Georgia Legislature easily won the Democratic nomination to seek the top spot  in a state where Republicans have held every statewide office from U.S. senator to insurance commissioner.

During an interview with CNN national correspondent Suzanne Malveaux, Abrams acknowledged “the transformative moment” but insisted it was not solely a spotlight on her campaign.
“I am privileged to stand in the space of history,” she said. “But for me, it’s only history if I’m doing it to make sure there’s space for everyone else."

Abrams, who won 76 percent of the Democratic vote and earned an endorsement former U.S. President Barack Obama, also described how her campaign is gaining support by reaching out to a wide swath — including majority-white counties.

“This is not the Georgia of 1998, and it’s not the Georgia of 1968," she said. "It is a very different state that has a much more diverse and rich nature.”

Diversity and the importance of minority representation also was the focus of discussion Friday.
Benjamin Crump, a civil rights attorney who represented the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, mentioned how the slayings of those teens and other African-Americans tragically underscored how law enforcement treats minorities. But the issue permeates other segments of society, as well, he said — citing unequal treatment in the legal system.

“As bad as it is … it is far worse how they kill our children in courtrooms everyday in America, in every city, in every state, with these trumped up felony convictions,” Crump said to applause. “..

Once you have that felony conviction and you’re a young person of color, it’s almost impossible for you to get a decent living wage job, to put a roof overhead, to put food on the table, to keep lights on.”

Other speakers urged journalists to reframe the narrative on King’s legacy and the civil rights movement.

“Every cycle we put a movement in a box,” said Dominique Alexander, president/founder of the Next Generation Action Network. “We talk about the civil rights movement — they were fighting for human decency, human rights.”

Coupled with fighting for social justice is heading to the polls to elect candidates and change policies, said Michael Eric Dyson, a Georgetown University professor and author. “Voting is critical, not just for the president. … Voting still makes a difference.”

The message was enlightening for Shyra Duncan, a freelance broadcaster from Atlanta who attended.
“We need to make our voices heard,” she said. “Voting is important for our future.”

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Cocktails & Popcorn: Keith Ellison Is Being Targeted By Mike Cernovich, I Wonder Why?

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"Go ahead, keep talking...I am listening and my
popcorn is just about done popping."
Ah, yes, Mike Cernovich.

We all remember Cernovich, right?

I wonder if Lisa Bloom is going to represent the women involved in this.

So, why would Keith Ellison be subject of an online, third party, hearsay, on Twitter, that has yet to be reported any official police report?

Could it be Keith has a prominent position in the DNC?

Could it be that Keith is a whistleblower?

Could it be that Keith responded to the issue of the constitutional viability of impeaching a SCOTUS Justice?

Could it be that he is a good friend of John Conyers, Jr.,?

Could it be that Keith is from Detroit?

Or, could it just be that Perkins Coie sucks?

I guess we shall just have to wait for Judiciary hearings.

#perkinscoiesucks 




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No One Cares Why Foster Kids Die In Foster Care

Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?

A: To get to the other side.

Now, let us apply this same Socratic line of questioning as to why Unaccompanied Alien Children are sent to the same foster care facility.

Q: Why were the foster kids beaten, drugged, raped, attempted suicide, committed suicide and killed at the Texas Youth Facility?

A:  Because it makes too much money and no one cares about foster care and adoption.

Watch the video and remember, no one cares.

Not Amnesty International, not DOJ, not FBI, not HHS OIG, not the churches, not the Republican National Committee, not the Democratic National Committee, not the pharmaceutical corporations, not the investors.

Child trafficking is woven deeply into the social fabric of this country as a residual of the peculiar institution and no one cares, except for Jeff Sessions.

Kids Were Killed at Texas Youth Facility. Then Feds Sent Migrant Children There.

Just as Texas stopped sending foster children to centers operated by one man, the U.S. government tossed him a new source of money: immigrant kids.

By the time the federal government started sending immigrant children to Shiloh Treatment Center in 2009, the warning flags were waving blood red.

Three children had died after being physically restrained at Shiloh and affiliated facilities in rural Texas run by the same man, Clay Dean Hill. A teenager from California died after running away and getting hit by a truck. Texas officials repeatedly had cited Hill’s residential centers for troubled youths after caretakers were found to have slapped, punched, and kicked children.

Yet nine years ago, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sent its first delivery of federal tax dollars to Hill, a one-time longshoreman-turned-millionaire entrepreneur specializing in the care of vulnerable children. The federal government wanted Hill to take immigrant children with mental health problems who were caught crossing the border without parents or papers.

The funding started a couple of months before a male caretaker in his 40s was caught preying on a 15-year-old girl from California, sexually abusing her at one of Hill’s all-girl dormitories, where he was assigned overnight. He’s now a convicted sex offender.


“It shows you how disgraceful the place was,” said the former resident, now 25, who told her story publicly for the first time to Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting.

The federal Office of Refugee Resettlement continued to send immigrant children to Hill’s care after another teenager was killed during a restraint and the state of Texas shut down one of his facilities, deeming it unsafe for children. And this year, after immigrant children said in court declarations that they were forcibly injected with psychiatric drugs, federal officials claimed there was no problem. In all, the federal government has paid Shiloh more than $33 million for the care of immigrant youths.

It took a federal judge to force the refugee office to take action. U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee ruled July 30 that the Office of Refugee Resettlement must remove children from Shiloh unless a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist determines they pose a risk to themselves or others.

It didn’t have to get to this point. The history of death and abuse at Hill’s rural outpost for troubled children was no secret. Hill, 69, has remained a go-to provider for the Office of Refugee Resettlement even after multiple exposés by Texas newspapers, calls by members of Congress for Shiloh to be shut down and warnings from the local district attorney.

The story of Shiloh shows just how bad it can get at a child care operation the federal government deems worthy of taxpayer dollars and acceptable for immigrant children. Reveal previously found that private companies operating immigrant youth shelters across the nation have racked up citations for serious lapses in care. A ProPublica analysis of police reports found hundreds of allegations of sexual abuse, fights and missing children at these shelters.

Hill and Shiloh employees have not returned multiple calls by Reveal seeking comment.
A July statement on Shiloh’s website says it has been investigated by various government agencies and “all of the widely distributed allegations about Shiloh were found to be without merit. The children have been found to be properly cared for and treated.”

Trump administration officials also maintain that the children are in good hands at Shiloh and other facilities paid to supervise immigrant children. Scott Lloyd, director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, said in a June press briefing that his agency is “proud of its partnership with our UAC care providers,” using the acronym for unaccompanied alien children.

“I’ve witnessed firsthand the good work they do throughout the U.S. to ensure UACs receive proper care and services,” he said.

The government’s defense of Shiloh also points to a fundamental problem with federal oversight. In court filings this year, government lawyers made it clear that the federal agency responsible for the children puts much of its faith in state officials to monitor immigrant shelters such as Shiloh.

But Reveal has found that Texas licensing officials apparently failed to properly implement their own regulations when they shut down Hill’s Daystar Residential Inc. facility and allowed Shiloh to continue. The law should have stopped Hill from operating any residential child care centers for five years.

It was a far-reaching failure that let Hill salvage his operation. Just as Texas stopped sending its foster children to Hill, the federal government was tossing him a new source of money: immigrant children.
Former employees told Reveal that they loved working with the children but were concerned that Hill has been allowed to stay in business, taking in a vulnerable population after decades of problems.

Four said they were disturbed by the abuse that happened there while management looked the other way. They also said they didn’t want to use their names for fear of retaliation.

“Some of these guys, they were just so rough and brutal,” said a former employee who worked for years as a caretaker at both Daystar and Shiloh. “They seemed like they just wanted to always provoke the clients and get them to act out, get them to fight each other. They would abuse them.”

Drugging kids

Clay Hill now faces a court order to stop drugging children without proper consent. Immigrant children, many traumatized by violence in their home countries, told of being threatened that if they didn’t take pills, they would be punished with more time in Shiloh. Some said they were held down and forcibly injected with medication despite their objections.

Parents of the children said they never were asked permission for the powerful drugs to be administered.

This should not have been a surprise. Medication problems at Hill’s facilities go back many years, Reveal found.

“If they get mad, they’re gonna get a shot,” said a former employee who worked with foster children at Daystar and immigrant children at Shiloh. “If they start talking like, ‘I’m not going to do this,’ they’re gonna get a shot.”

A Texas Education Agency review in 2015 cited Shiloh for requiring parents of special education students to consent “to the use of ‘emergency’ medications as a condition of acceptance.”

“Some parents stated to the district that they did not feel their concerns were being heard by the facility doctors,” the findings state. “It also was reported by some district representatives that they have observed a Shiloh staff member threaten to give students ‘a PRN (emergency medication)’ for misbehavior.”

Ten years earlier, the Texas Department of State Health Services issued a scathing report on medication practices at Daystar. A team of experts found a troubling pattern: "There was no evidence of documented, informed consent for prescribed medications."

The diagnoses and treatment plans were “canned” and often didn’t correspond to the patient, the report said. Children and their families were not being told why they were being given the drugs. Many children were developing weight problems and some as young as 10 years old had high cholesterol.

“In almost none of these children were the elevated laboratory tests addressed,” the review found.
Daystar’s psychiatrist at the time was Dr. Javier Ruíz-Nazario, a longtime fixture of Hill’s operation and the same man immigrant children at Shiloh said was giving them medication. In fact, all four psychiatrists listed on a 2007 organizational chart for Daystar also are named on Shiloh’s forms for dispensing medication to immigrant youths.

Still, federal officials assured a judge in May that Shiloh didn’t need more oversight.

Jallyn Sualog, deputy director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, said in a court declaration: “To my knowledge, Texas state licensing officials have not reported any concerns regarding Shiloh's compliance with state guidelines concerning the administration of psychotropic medications” to detained immigrant children.

Sualog asserted that “the board certified child and adolescent psychiatrists” at Shiloh use “best practice guidelines.”

Ruíz-Nazario, however, hasn’t had board certification to treat children and adolescents for years, Reveal found. After Reveal’s story, Sualog filed a revised declaration acknowledging that.

Another federal official said in an April letter to attorneys for the children that the Office of Refugee Resettlement has a medical team that monitors treatment and has visited Shiloh. In a footnote, he admitted the agency “does not, however, employ child and adolescent psychiatrists who would have the training to scrutinize the specific medications prescribed by Shiloh experts.”

Over-medicating the children to keep them in line was common practice, said three former employees. Two said caretakers would ask doctors to boost the medications to make the children sleepy and easier to deal with.

Even if federal officials were not paying attention to the findings of Texas agencies, they should have seen the Houston Chronicle’s 2014 investigation of Shiloh, which raised questions about the use of psychotropic medications. The story prompted U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, to call for Shiloh to be shut down.

Jackson Lee told Reveal that she reacted to the recent news of problems at Shiloh with “a combination of disbelief, disappointment and outrage.” She had assumed the government stopped sending immigrant children there after the previous outcry.

“I’m sure there are some nice people there, but the overall record makes it inappropriate to send traumatized children to this facility. So it is very much a great disappointment to me,” she said. “I’m kind of taken aback.”

Who is Clay Hill?

Clay Hill has a special education degree from the University of Houston and a teaching certificate, according to a deposition he gave in 2003. After college, Hill started working with an autistic child and later ran a treatment center in Dallas.

In the 1990s, Hill founded Daystar and Shiloh, building a sprawling campus out of trailers and houses off country roads south of Houston. He created a variety of interrelated corporate entities, but Hill was behind it all.




BRANDON WADE FOR REVEAL

Shiloh Treatment Center, shown in an aerial photograph, is in the same area and run by the same person who operated on the same campus as the Daystar Residential Inc. facility, which the state of Texas shut down in 2011. State officials allowed Clay Hill to continue running Shiloh, even though state law should have stopped him from operating any residential child care centers for five years.
He took in the most vulnerable children: emotionally disturbed foster kids, nonverbal autistic children and special education students school districts couldn’t handle. Many were from Texas, but some were sent there from California and Guam.

The operation thrived because he would accept children no other facility would, former staff members said. Some were extremely disturbed and volatile, at times attacking caretakers.

Hill set up Daystar as a nonprofit at the suggestion of state officials, to allow for the use of federal tax dollars, according to his deposition. Daystar then leased the land, buildings, furniture and vehicles and contracted services from Hill’s for-profit entities.

Hill even served as president of the now-defunct Daystar Pharmacy, a for-profit that provided drugs to his programs. Years ago, the pharmacist there got caught using fake prescriptions to steal some 15,000 pills, including more than 7,000 doses of opioids, according to state records.

Daystar and Shiloh sat near each other, sharing some staff and leadership. The children living at Daystar often went to school at Shiloh. At one point, their administrative headquarters were different parts of the same trailer.

At the same time, Hill created a baseball team for elite high school players that claims big-leaguers Josh Beckett and Matt Carpenter as alumni. Hill ran a nonprofit called Texas Tournament Baseball with a former banker who went to prison for fraud and later worked at Hill’s treatment facilities. Ex-employees said ballplayers without experience caring for troubled children would sometimes work there, too.

Former employees said Hill seemed to care more about making a profit than improving the lives of children.

Hill took in compensation of $680,000 in 2006 and $720,000 in 2007, the most recent years he reported the amount in public tax filings. That was down from a salary of more than $1 million that he reported in 2001. Meanwhile, children had limited facilities for recreation, former workers said, and lived in buildings sometimes cited by state regulators as grimy and dilapidated.

“It was all about money with him,” said Caroline Laifang, who worked as a special education teacher at Shiloh for several years in the 2000s. “If you’re trying to explain to him this is not in the best interest of the students, he’ll let you know—this is a business.”

Hill, for his part, said he was constantly working for Shiloh and Daystar.

“I think I work 24 hours a day, seven days a week because I'm on call all the time,” he said in his 2003 deposition, “and I respond to every call.”

Dangerous restraints

In October, David, a 13-year-old boy from El Salvador, didn’t feel safe at Shiloh Treatment Center.
Fearful of employees who screamed at him, David packed a bag to escape. When he tried to open a window, he said in a court declaration, a supervisor threw him against the door and pinned him against the wall.

“This made me feel like I was choking and it was hard for me to breathe. I told the supervisor to stop because I couldn't breathe,” David’s declaration states. “I briefly fainted. As I recovered consciousness a staff person violently threw me on my bed and this caused my head to bang against the wall.”

It was eerily reminiscent of scenes described in medical examiner reports when U.S.-born children died in Clay Hill’s care.

Dawn Renay Perry had been struggling with depression, aggressive behavior and low mental function when she was placed at Hill’s Behavior Training Research facility, in the same area outside the town of Manvel where Shiloh sits now.

In April 1993, the 16-year-old was held face down on the floor by four people, records show.
“After restraint was applied multiple times, the decedent relaxed and rolled up into a ball as she usually did when she quit fighting,” medical examiner records state. Then she vomited, turned blue and stopped moving.

Stephanie Duffield was also 16 when, in 2001, she became upset that a Shiloh staff member didn’t escort her to the bathroom quickly. There was a struggle, and the assistant held her down, face to the carpet, putting her weight on Duffield’s shoulders, according to medical examiner records.
Duffield protested, saying she couldn’t breathe. Then she did stop breathing. The medical examiner called it “sudden cardiac death following hyperactivity and physical exertion during restraint,” ruling it an accident.

Hill said in a 2003 deposition that he didn’t think his staff did anything wrong.

“I thought it was just another horrible, horrible incident,” he told a lawyer representing Duffield’s family. “I happen to be—considered myself—a friend of Stephanie's, had worked with her two days before. She bit my hand and scratched it and all the things that she could do. And we were friends. It... it broke my heart to see the kid die.”

“So, you know, I thought she died of a heart attack,” he said. “I didn't think the length of the restraint had a lot to do with it.”

He didn’t see a pattern when, a year after Duffield’s death, 15-year-old Latasha Bush also died following a restraint.

The girl, who was diagnosed as bipolar with the emotional age of a 6-year-old, had told her one-on-one caretaker, Tisha White, that she wet the bed at night because she was afraid of her.

White said in a deposition that Bush was restrained by other caretakers after it appeared she was going to throw a flashlight and then threw herself against the wall, cracking it, and repeatedly asked to be left alone. White said the employees put Bush on her side, but a youth in the house said one of them was sitting on Bush and she was screaming that she couldn’t breathe.

The medical examiner called it homicide by asphyxiation. State licensing officials said she suffocated as a result of being restrained with excessive force. The district attorney told The Dallas Morning News in 2003 that she considered prosecuting but lacked hard evidence of criminal intent.
Hill called Bush’s death “a horrible tragedy” but saw no fault in his operation’s methods.

“Based on the information we had, we felt like the restraint was done the way it was supposed to be done,” he told a lawyer for the Duffield and Bush families, who ended up settling their lawsuits.
“I'm not willing to agree that the restraint caused the suffocation," he said.

Those deaths had been well publicized by the time federal officials awarded Shiloh $480,000 in May 2009 to start sheltering immigrant children.

What they didn’t know was there would be another.

In November 2010, Michael Owens, a 16-year-old battling depression and behavioral problems, gasped for air in a closet smeared with blood. Daystar employees had taken him to the floor, pulling his arms behind him, when he began “huffing and puffing,” medical examiner records show.

He died from asphyxiation, the medical examiner found, also noting “blunt impact trauma of face, torso and upper extremities." Like Bush’s death, it was ruled a homicide.

His death was one too many for the state of Texas. Officials stripped Daystar of its license, cut off its multimillion-dollar contract and moved out all the children who lived there in 2011.

Texas’ foster care agency wouldn’t send any of its own children to Shiloh, either. In response to concerns from the district attorney, the Department of Family and Protective Services wrote in a 2011 letter that it “has no intention of contracting or placing any CPS children with Shiloh, Inc. and staff has been instructed accordingly.”

But Hill got a big break from the state. Licensing officials kept Shiloh open for business, and that was good enough for the federal government, which was ramping up its delivery of immigrant children and millions of taxpayer dollars.

A month after Owens’ death, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded $1.8 million to Shiloh to take in detained immigrant children. The address on federal funding records is the same as the one on Owens’ autopsy report.

Problems continued. In 2011, state officials found a Shiloh caregiver restrained a child without justification, causing “an injury to a vital body area.” He had lifted up and then dropped the child to the ground, records show, putting his body weight on top. Within two months, the federal government awarded Shiloh $2 million more.

With the influx of immigrants, state investigators started finding a new twist on an old problem: Shiloh didn’t always have employees present who could speak the child’s language.

A Honduran boy was bleeding from his mouth and screaming in Spanish that he was in pain while being held down in 2013, according to witness accounts described in state records.

One of the employees restraining him admitted that he did “not speak Spanish and he would not be able to understand if (the boy) was complaining.”

The federal Office of Refugee Resettlement and its parent agency, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, declined an interview and did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

Slapping, punching and kicking

In November, an 11-year-old girl said in a signed declaration that she’d rather live on the streets in her native Honduras than stay at Shiloh.

“On at least two occasions staff members have tried to hurt me,” she stated. “One time a staff member put her two thumbs up to my throat and her hands around my neck. It hurt and I was gasping for breath. The staff member said she was just ‘playing’ but I felt scared.”

Such testimony should come as no surprise to government officials.

On several occasions over the years, Texas investigators found that employees at Hill’s facilities slapped, hit and kicked children. In one case, an employee bit a child during a restraint. In two others, employees punched children in the head.

An employee bathing a 16-year-old resident caused severe bruising to the teenager’s buttocks. Another child, a nonverbal 8-year-old boy, was found with multiple marks to his lower back and bottom. Years later, a cellphone video surfaced showing a Shiloh employee slapping a nonverbal autistic child.

At one point, a Daystar supervisor and another employee instructed seven developmentally delayed residents to fight, using snacks as a reward for the winner. The staff “laughed and cheered as the residents fought,” leaving multiple injuries, according to state records.

Former employees said there were people working there who were doing their best. But they also told of abuse by co-workers that they couldn’t forget: the ones who beat up a foster child, the one who frightened an autistic boy with sexual comments, the one who offered to teach how to choke children to “put them to sleep.”

A former Shiloh caretaker said other employees would antagonize children to get them to act out, prompting a painful restraint.

“It was just like they got a kick out of it,” said the former worker. Some of them were longtime employees, and no one would get in trouble, she said. She ended up quitting because, she said, “I didn’t want to be a part of any of that.”

Even in the early years, getting beat up was a part of life at Hill’s treatment centers, said Brielle Gillis.

“It was to a point where you got beat so much that you felt like you deserved it,” she said.




CHERYL GERBER

Brielle Gillis arrived at Clay Dean Hill’s youth residential treatment centers in the 1990s as an 11-year-old foster child, removed from an abusive home. She says getting beat up was a part of life at Hill’s facilities.
Gillis arrived in the 1990s as an 11-year-old foster child, removed from an abusive home, she said. Now 35 and transgender, she went by the name Jeremy Keith Gillis at the time. Gillis spent her adolescence at Hill’s facilities until she got out in 2001.

One time, she said, three caretakers ganged up on her.

“They was holding me down, folding me like a pretzel, and they was stomping and kicking me,” she said.

An adult witness to the beating confirmed it to Reveal and said nothing came of it.

Any complaints would get back to the caretakers, who would punish the children, Gillis said. In any case, she said, kids were written off as troubled liars.




CHERYL GERBER

Brielle Gillis, who spent her adolescence at Clay Dean Hill’s youth residential treatment centers, says complaints of abuse often would get back to the caretakers, who would punish the children.
‘Controlling persons’

Texas has a law to prevent someone such as Clay Hill from running another child care facility when one gets shut down.

The state warned Daystar that its “controlling persons” – those determined to exercise control over the facility – would be barred from running another residential facility for five years.

If there was a person in control at Daystar, it was Hill.

Hill said it himself in his 2003 deposition when the family of Latasha Bush sued Daystar. He said he was the ultimate authority in terms of hiring, giving raises, training staff and accepting patients, though he delegated some decisions to underlings. The executive director of Daystar, Carroll “Cal” Salls, reported to Hill, he said.

State licensing officials should have known as much. A 2007 organizational chart in state files lists Hill at the top of Daystar. And state records list Hill as a “controlling person” at Shiloh.

It was even more clear on the ground, said former employees and residents. From Daystar to Shiloh, Hill ran everything.

“He’s the one who runs the show,” said former employee Caroline Laifang. “No decision is made without Clay Hill knowing about it.”

But somehow, the state didn’t see it that way.

“In conducting its investigation, the state found that Daystar Residential and Shiloh Treatment Center did not share a controlling person,” said John Reynolds, spokesman for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

Still, the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement had plenty of opportunities to pull the plug. The Brazoria County district attorney, Jeri Yenne, wrote a letter to federal officials in 2011 “out of concern for the safety of children.”

“This is due to the fact that there have been a number of deaths over the years of minors placed on the property managed by Shiloh and its affiliate corporation Daystar Treatment Center,” she wrote. “I am requesting increased monitoring of Shiloh Treatment Center and that your agency review the same and consider limiting the number of children placed in Shiloh Treatment Center.”

Relying on state oversight

This year, an attorney representing immigrant minors at Shiloh wrote a letter urging federal officials to stop sending children there. It focused on the drugging problems, but noted Shiloh’s connection to Daystar and the deaths.

An Office of Refugee Resettlement official responded by making a point of distancing Shiloh from Daystar.

“Notably, Shiloh RTC (Residential Treatment Center) is not operated by DayStar Treatment Center (DayStar), which is mentioned in your letter,” wrote senior federal field specialist supervisor James De La Cruz. “Even when it was still in business the licensure of Daystar was completely separate from that of Shiloh.”

The distinction is lost on former employees and residents. And Clay Hill wasn’t the only person who oversaw both institutions during their darkest moments. Kellie Pitts has been in charge of quality control at Shiloh since 1999 and also held that role at Daystar, according to Hill’s deposition. Tisha White, who was briefly suspended but cleared of wrongdoing in the 2002 death of Latasha Bush, appears to work at Shiloh, based on her Facebook profile and accounts of others. Pitts and White could not be reached for comment.
When lawyers representing the children asked a federal judge to intervene this year, government attorneys shot back that there is already plenty of oversight.

Federal officials argued that the court “should not conduct its own evaluation,” but rather “should rely on the State’s own evaluation.”

“Given this extensive level of oversight by the states,” the government’s filing says, “this Court can – and should – reasonably rely on the conclusions of those state licensing authorities.”

Yet state licensing officials, also responsible for the Texas foster care system, have been found to be dangerously ineffectual.

Federal District Judge Janis Graham Jack ruled in December 2015 that Texas was fundamentally failing to protect foster children. Among widespread problems, she found the state licensing agency was “failing its licensing and inspecting duties” and “almost never takes an enforcement action.”
She cited an internal review that found error rates of up to 75 percent in the state’s investigations of abuse allegations.

“This is staggering,” she wrote, “and it means that many abused children – for whom a preponderance of evidence indicated that they were physically abused, sexually abused, or neglected – go untreated and could be left in abusive placements.”

It is the same agency that investigated 30 complaints of abuse or neglect at Shiloh since October 2012 and ruled out every one of them, according to Department of Family and Protective Services records.
Texas, the judge found, “has closed one facility in the past five years, but it is a story of horror rather than optimism regarding enforcement.” She was talking about Daystar.

Texas authorities “allowed this facility – that was responsible for four deaths, numerous allegations of sexual abuse, and unthinkable treatment of developmentally disabled children – to operate for 17 years,” the judge wrote. “The Court does not understand, nor tolerate, the systemic willingness to put children in mortal harm’s way.”

In January 2018, the same judge issued a grim update: “Over two-years later, the system remains broken.”

Jack ordered continued monitoring of the state system by appointed special masters. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton appealed the ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, where it is pending.

“The ruling was arrived at by an unelected federal judge who misapplied the law, hijacked control of our state’s foster care system, and ordered an ill-conceived plan by the special masters that is both incomplete and impractical,” Paxton said in an April statement.

Former federal officials said they were doing the best they could.

“There was definitely a sense that the problems at Shiloh were problems that could be fixed,” one ex-official said. Given that Shiloh maintained its state license, “working to address the issues seemed like the right thing to do to keep the capacity on line.”

There weren’t a lot of other options for immigrant children with serious mental health problems, said the former official, who requested anonymity: “It is a specialized facility. We don’t have a ton of those in the system.”

Even one case of child maltreatment is unacceptable, but in a system housing thousands of children, it is also inevitable, said Maria Cancian, who was deputy assistant secretary for policy in the Administration for Children and Families, over the refugee resettlement office, from 2015 to 2016.
“Sometimes things are going to happen that shouldn’t happen,” she said.

The refugee resettlement agency tightened oversight, Cancian said, including increasing unannounced visits to shelters by field representatives.

“Was it enough? Almost certainly not,” she said. “There’s almost never a child service organization in this country that is adequately resourced.”

Cancian said she visited shelters that were “overwhelmingly staffed by people who were trying to do their best, and by and large, they were places that provided high-quality care.”

“The exceptions are absolutely not acceptable,” she added, “and it’s appropriate to shine a light on that.”

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