How quickly we all respond to a sad story about a poor dog... we sign petitions, adopt, pour money in for rescuing, ensure law-breaking citizens are fined or jailed, and more. Which is all to be applauded.
But I'm not here about our cuddly canine companions. I am here because my friend Mary Neal and her aged mother for over five years haven't received even the attention, the justice nor the rights accorded to a dog in America.
How? and Why?
Mary Neal is in a distressing situation, and has been ever since the heartbreaking loss of her mentally ill brother over five years ago [1Aug2003].
More recently I have learned about the worrying and menacing behaviour of Mary's bully 'neighbours' and late night prowlers. [Read about them in replies to the article in NowPublic] I'm very concerned for Mary and her mother. I've been following Mary's articles for some time, and I can't understand how and why these American citizens have been put through such a harrowing ordeal, and for so long...
Forgive me while I recap... one Neal family member died mysteriously while secretly incarcerated in a privately owned prison. Yet years on, the grieving Neal family are still being denied the details of Larry's incarceration. The Neal family still wonder how and why he died.
Speaking as an Australian, I can tell you that at least some of the rest of the world would indeed be interested in knowing why selected American citizens aren't getting equal rights, why selected American citizens are not permitted freedom of speech, why selected American citizens are not permitted freedom of information.
Citizens of a powerful nation like America, we assume, would automatically expect to be heard and to have access to legal processes. Freedom of speech is what Americans have been taught with enthusiasm all their lives. Americans value their freedom of speech - and have had to fight for this right.
Mary and her mother are decent members of that fortunate society, yet in her pursuit of information about her brother's death, Mary has been constantly thwarted by obstacles, threats, and lies. Attempts are constantly being made to discredit Mary, and to silence Mary's free speech.
And now the menacing doings of Mary's neighbours, these immoral bullies, these minions of evil, strongly suggest that some people want to silence Mary for good. Correction: for 'bad'.
The wolf in sheep's clothing behaviour of the lawyers who willingly undertook the Neal case belies the Cochran firm's true agenda. Being owners of the jail in which Larry Neal disappeared for 18 days, and wherein he, equally mysteriously died, the Cochran firm in question were already deeply involved.
I beg you, American citizens, to get involved. Please give support, protection and constructive assistance to Mary Neal - this innocent, brave, and wonderful woman. It's well past the time for mere words and posturing.
Is this asking too much? Is there no-one who can/will help Mary and her mother?
May all American citizens at all times be treated with simple common decency and respect. May all American citizens at all times be accorded protection and justice.
And at last, let this question be answered- How is it that rich and powerful Americans can so easily thwart the law to suit themselves, at the same time putting innocents at risk?
Perhaps then Larry Neal can Rest In Peace, and his surviving family can Live In Peace!
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