Floridians Encouraged to Report Neighbors Who “Hate Government”

$1 million dollar hotline characterizes dissent as extremist threat

Spy on Neighbors

Paul Joseph Watson
May 2, 2013

A new $1 million dollar program led by Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw aimed at “violence prevention” is encouraging Floridians to report their neighbors for making hateful comments about the government, a chilling reminder of how dissent is being characterized as an extremist threat.

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw. Image: YouTube

“Bradshaw plans to use the extra $1 million to launch “prevention intervention” units featuring specially trained deputies, mental health professionals and caseworkers. The teams will respond to citizen phone calls to a 24-hour hotline with a knock on the door and a referral to services, if needed,” reports the Palm Beach Post.

Bradshaw makes it clear that the kind of behavior which could prompt a visit from the authorities includes anti-government political statements that may be deemed a prelude to violent action.

“We want people to call us if the guy down the street says he hates the government, hates the mayor and he’s gonna shoot him,” Bradshaw said. “What does it hurt to have somebody knock on a door and ask, ‘Hey, is everything OK?’”

The program will also include “public service announcements to encourage local citizens to report their neighbors,” reports the newspaper.

The program has sparked concerns that the hotline could violate civil liberties or even be exploited to pursue personal vendettas, with Bradshaw acknowledging that, “anyone in a messy divorce or in a dispute with a neighbor could abuse the hotline,” and that it will prompt “frivolous complaints.”

That caveat is all the more chilling given the research of Florida State University’s Robert Gellately into how Germans under Hitler denounced their neighbors and friends not because they genuinely believed them to be a security threat, but because they expected to selfishly benefit from doing so, both financially, socially and psychologically via a pavlovian need to be rewarded by their masters for their obedience.

“How are they possibly going to watch everybody who makes a comment like that? It’s subjective,” said Liz Downey, executive director of the Palm Beach County branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. “We don’t want to take away people’s civil liberties just because people aren’t behaving the way we think they should be.”

The program is set to go ahead unless it is vetoed by Governor Rick Scott.

As Thomas DiLorenzo points out, the program is also a disturbing throwback to how political dissidents were imprisoned in Soviet mental hospitals, where criticism of the state was deemed “philosophical intoxication.”

Under Stalin, dissidents were sent to infamous psikhushka psychiatric prisons where they were isolated and brainwashed in order to have their political ideas discredited amongst the general public.

It is important to stress that both the First and Second Amendments are being targeted via rhetoric about mental health issues, while the threat posed by one of the real culprits behind violence in America, SSRI drugs, continues to be ignored by the mass media.

As we have documented, while efforts at gun control have largely failed at the legislative level, authorities are greasing the skids for wider gun confiscation by expanding the definition under which a person can be declared “mentally ill,” to the point where harsh anti-government rhetoric is now being treated as a potential precursor to terrorism.

Veterans are already having their guns seized by police off the back of forced “psychiatric evaluations,” while the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is sending out letters to servicemembers warning them that “A determination of incompetency will prohibit you from purchasing, possessing, receiving, or transporting a firearm or ammunition.”

Last year former Marine Brandon Raub was forcibly incarcerated in a psychiatric ward by authorities in Virginia for political posts on Facebook.

The fact that authorities in the U.S. are now pursuing similar programs to those used to marginalize political dissidents in historical dictatorships, albeit on a smaller scale, in response to recent incidents of terrorism and mass shootings – which statistically represent a minute threat to the lives of Americans – serves as a warning of how the state is increasingly citing mental health concerns as a means of eroding fundamental constitutional freedoms.


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Govt. confiscates ‘private’ records of psychiatrists in chilling Orwellian mental health sweep

Mike Adams
Natural News
April 18, 2013

The march to tyranny has picked up fierce momentum in the state of New York, where the criminal Cuomo administration is now issuing subpoenas that demand psychiatrists turn over ALL their records to the state, reports AmmoLand.com.

This is just the first step for the New York government’s “HIPAA” committee, whose sole purpose is to “illegally obtain and access the private medical records of potentially millions of NY State Residents.”

Regardless of your views on firearms ownership, such actions are absolutely chilling. It puts the government in the position of violating doctor-patient confidentiality for the purpose of the state determining who suffers from “mental health” problems that the state uses to justify almost any action it wishes to take.

This is not a gun rights issue, this is a patient rights issue. If a state government can simply seize all records from all psychiatrists, then it can also use that information to decide whose children to have taken away by CPS… or who to deny the right to vote by having them labeled “mentally incompetent.”

The ultimate hypocrisy in all this is that no one is more clinically insane than Cuomo himself, an outright criminal who runs an illegal, unconstitutional, anti-human rights administration engaged in countless crimes against the citizens of New York. (At some point, the rest of the nation needs to take some sort of action to free New Yorkers from the Cuomo tyrant who rules over them like Kim Jong-Un.)

Your conversations with psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists are now monitored by the state

An Orwellian government respects no limits to its power. That’s the posture of New York, Connecticut, California and of course the federal government as well. In the name of “safety” and “security,” these criminal governments believe they have the right to confiscate all your private records from psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists and even doctors.

What this means is that everything you tell a psychiatrist will be seen by the government. All it takes is one off-handed comment like, “I was really depressed over the weekend, I almost felt like I would just be better off dead,” to earn a knock on your door and have all your constitutional rights stripped away by the government’s tyrannical new “mental health” initiatives.

The “mental health” cover story can be used to vilify almost anyone. Who hasn’t felt, at one time or another, depressed enough to consider ending it all? Who hasn’t experienced extreme anger toward a boss, a coworker or a family member? The whole point of protecting the confidentiality of therapy sessions is so that patients can feel comfortable sharing intimate details — even scary details from deep in the human psyche — that are necessary to find a way to heal and move forward.

That the Cuomo administration feels it has the right to violate the sanctity of doctor-patient confidentiality in its overzealous agenda to disarm law-abiding citizens is yet another sign that this government is being run by criminals who need to be held accountable for their actions.

Yet another reason to oppose gun registration and universal background checks

We should thank Cuomo, however, for giving us all yet another compelling reason to oppose universal background checks (i.e. gun “registration”) laws. Thanks to him, it’s now clear that the government will use gun registration lists to stalk citizens through their medical records.

Every “list” kept by government will be criminally abused by government. In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting, the Cuomo administration believes it has the right to do absolutely anything it wants, without limitation, and without respecting the rule of law or the rights and freedoms of New York citizens.

We have reached a crescendo of runaway criminal government in America, where all acts of tyranny are now justified by absurd claims of “saving the children.”

But the United States Constitution doesn’t say:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union,
establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common
defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to
ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the
United States of America… unless the government claims to be “saving the children” in which case all the following text is null and void.

This article was posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 6:07 am


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Time: Your child’s religion may be ‘mental illness’

‘Overzealous practice of family faith may be a sign of an underlying issue’



According to an article published this week on Time magazine’s website, your child’s “fastidiousness to religious practices” may be a sign of mental illness.

“Religion can be a source of comfort that improves well-being,” begins the article by author Francine Russo. “But some kinds of religiosity could be a sign of deeper mental health issues.”

In the article titled “Can Your Child Be Too Religious?” Russo continues, “If your child is immersed in scripture after school and prays regularly throughout the day, you may breathe a sigh of relief. She’s such a good girl. … Or maybe not. Your child’s devotion may be a great thing, but there are some kids whose religious observances require a deeper look. For these children, an overzealous practice of their family faith – or even another faith – may be a sign of an underlying mental health issue.”

The article explains therapists report seeing children and teens who dive into excessive religiosity as an unhealthy coping mechanism, a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, that’s “no more spiritual than fanatical hand washing.”

The article describes a type of OCD called scrupulosity, where children “obsessively worry that they have committed blasphemy, been impure or otherwise sinned” and warns against religious delusions or hallucinations that parents may be less attuned to “when it occurs under the guise of faith.”

Russo suggests parents evaluate whether faith is a “source of strength” in their children or whether “religious practices and rituals seem to be overtaking their daily lives and displacing their normal activities.”

If the latter, she lists a few guidelines recommended by “experts” for guiding your child through a discussion on faith and seeking counseling, if necessary.

Though the article affirms religion “can be a positive force in the lives of children, just as can be for adults,” Ken Shepherd of the media-bias watchdog organization Newsbusters argues Russo and her list of parental guidelines neglect the true place and power of faith.

“Oddly missing from that list of suggestions was attending religious services with your teen and/or talking to his/her pastor or rabbi to get his perspective on how your child is walking in his/her religious devotion,” Shepherd commented. “It’s also telling how religion is seen as primarily about what the practicing teen is ‘getting out of it’ or ‘makes him feel’ rather than an experience whereby the teenager is seeking to worship God and discover eternal truths about His character and will.”

Shepherd also criticized Time for running the article only a few days before the Easter holiday.

“On some level, this sort of foolishness is to be expected from liberal secular publications,” he continued, “but it’s rather telling that on the holiest week in the Christian calendar that Time magazine is trying to stoke fear in parents – and presumably a predominantly secular parenting demographic, given the magazine’s readership – that teens who are religious, particularly those in more conservative denominations, might not be so right in the head.”

WND Columnist Dr. Lee Hieb also has joined the conversation on the issue.

“I see this one coming. This is a one-two sucker punch let loose in the name of civil society and treatment of poor mentally ill people. The government lets us Second Amendment people keep guns, but only if we are not mentally ill – and it is the government which will define ‘mentally ill.’”

She continued, “Psychiatry is a dangerous weapon in the hands of the state. We cannot cede to the government authority to define mental health, nor allow mental health ‘experts’ to decide our fitness to exercise our constitutional rights.”

Nevada puts psychiatric patient on bus to California

Vegas mental hospital goofed on patient’s discharge to Sacramento, official concedes

“Discharge to Greyhound bus station by taxi with 3 day supply of medication,” reads the paperwork from Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services that James Flavy Coy Brown showed to Loaves & Fishes staff in Sacramento after the mental patient stepped off a bus from Las Vegas last month.

CARSON CITY, Nev. – A state psychiatric hospital in Las Vegas “blew it” by discharging a mentally ill patient to a Greyhound bus bound for Sacramento last month without ensuring he had care and housing in California, Nevada health officials admitted Thursday.

“We own it. We blew it, and we are taking corrective action,” Michael Willden, director of the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, told a legislative committee.

Nevada lawmakers scheduled the hearing in response to a story in The Bee this month about James Flavy Coy Brown, who arrived in February at the Loaves & Fishes homeless services complex in Sacramento carrying his walking papers from a Nevada state mental hospital and a schedule detailing his 15-hour bus ride from Las Vegas.

Staffers at the homeless agency described Brown, 48, as confused and frightened, and said he told them he had never been to Sacramento before his arrival Feb. 13.

From what she could glean, staff member Molly Simones said, “he had absolutely no reason to be here,” other than instructions from personnel with Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services, who gave him a bus ticket to Sacramento and told him to dial 911 for help when he got to the capital city.

Simones was among those who called it an extreme case of “patient dumping” – in this case busing a mentally ill man across state lines without showing that he had a place to stay or receive care in California.

In testimony Thursday before a legislative panel led by Nevada state Sen. Justin Jones, who chairs the Health and Human Services Committee, Willden said mistakes were made in Brown’s case but that he saw no pattern of misconduct in the discharge of patients from state mental facilities.

Based on a preliminary investigation, “we believe that this is not systemic” within the state’s mental health system, Willden said.

Nevada health officer Tracey Green said the state’s policies allow for psychiatric patients to be sent to other states if they desire, but require that staff make sure that each client has “housing or shelter available and a support system” to meet the person at the destination.

There was no evidence of such arrangements in Brown’s case. The discharge papers prepared for Brown last month at Rawson Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas list his address at discharge as “Greyhound Bus Station to California.”

“Discharge to Greyhound bus station by taxi with 3 day supply of medication,” said the discharge letter that he handed to Loaves & Fishes staffers. “Follow up with medical doctor in California.”

The paperwork shows he is to take three powerful psychiatric medications daily, one that is commonly used to treat schizophrenia and another for depression.

Upon his arrival in Sacramento, Brown contacted police, who directed him to the Loaves & Fishes complex. Staffers there have since lost track of him.

Nevada sent 99 state psychiatric patients to California between July 1, 2012, and the end of February, Green told lawmakers. She said 81 percent were California residents who wanted to go home.

Nevada’s numbers stand in contrast to figures from other neighboring states.

Between July 2012 and January, Oregon State Hospital discharged one patient to family in California, and that patient’s family paid the fare, hospital spokeswoman Rebeka Gipson-King said in response to The Bee’s inquiry.

Donna Noriega, chief operating officer at Arizona State Hospital, said in a statement, “We have not purchased any patients any bus tickets to California or any other city during this timeframe or as long as I can remember.”

Nevada health leaders said they respect the rights of patients to go where they choose when sending them to California or anywhere else.

An internal investigation of discharge policies at Nevada state hospitals should be completed this week, Willden said. Separate probes by the Office of Health Care Quality and Compliance and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services are ongoing.

Brown reportedly told homeless advocates in Sacramento that four other mental patients were given bus tickets out of Nevada at the same time he was released. Willden said the internal probe so far has uncovered no evidence of those discharges.

He said the review has included “hundreds” of files, none of which show someone was improperly discharged to the bus station.

“I’m not saying it never happened,” he said in an interview. “We don’t see a pattern.”

Richard Whitley, administrator of the Nevada State Health Division, told the legislative panel that officials are trying to nail down who is responsible for the improper discharge of the patient who ended up in Sacramento.

The staff members responsible face possible discipline ranging from loss of pay to termination, Wellden said.

Under questioning by Jones, Whitley said nurses and social workers act on “a doctor’s order” in discharging patients out of state. In the future, he said, the hospital administrator will approve all discharges outside of Nevada.

Green told the panel that Nevada is “under a tight budget” and that beds for mentally ill patients are sometimes hard to find.

“There is a lack of sustained housing options” for psychiatric patients, she said. “We truly have a gap in that area.”


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