Saturday, September 23, 2006

Republicans perfected their torture techniques on American Children

Bush rewarded one of his loyalists with the ambassadorship to Italy -- despite his past as the founder of a cult-like teen rehab clinic.
For 16 years, Sembler, with his wife Betty, directed the leading juvenile rehab business in America, STRAIGHT, Inc., before seeing it dismantled by a breathtaking array of institutional abuse claims by mid-1993. Just one of many survivors is Samantha Monroe, now a travel agent in Pennsylvania, who told The Montel Williams show this year about overcoming beatings, rape by a counselor, forced hunger, and the confinement to a janitor's closet in "humble pants" -- which contained weeks of her own urine, feces and menstrual blood. During this "timeout," she gnawed her cheek and spat blood at her overseers. "I refused to let them take my mind," she says of the program. The abuse took years to overcome."It sticks inside you," she told Williams, "it eats at your soul."

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