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Feb 14, 2010

Isolating citizens who are mentally dysfunctional under cruel circumstances is not new; it is Nazi.  In WWII Germany, extermination followed isolation.  Today, 60% of America's inmates in solitary confinement are psychiatry patients.  Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill exposes this unjust discrimination against Americans with Mental Disabilities in this this Sharebook, at my FreeSpeakBlog http://FreeSpeakBlog.blogspot.com and at our Care2 group where we work to decriminalize mental illness in the tradition of Dorothea Dix, a highly effective human rights advocate who delivered America's mentally ill from prison and jail chains in the 1800's - http://www.Care2.com/c2c/group/AIMI - Our advocacy to decriminalize mental illness in America experiences opposition like all effective human rights movements, such as women's suffrage, the labor movement, and the civil rights movement.  Additionally, censorship is used against AIMI's director, Mary Neal, to prevent disclosure of her schizophrenic brother's secret arrest and murder in 2003 in Memphis Shelby County Jail.  Despite the attacks on AIMI's advocacy, the work is successful.  In the two years since the advocacy started, many more people have become aware of the discrimination and cruel victimization of mentally ill people and their families, and We the People demand change.  See the truth below - our sick citizens are being isolated like they were in Nazi Germany, where they became the first victims of the Holocaust.  The secret arrest and wrongful death of Larry Neal, which the USDOJ illegally refuses to release records for, investigate, or prosecute, indicates that mentally ill Americans are also subject to extermination like Larry, with no accountability demanded.  Undeterred crime usually leads to more crime.  Mary Neal is distributing CDs that carry real-time video footage of the censorship and cyberstalking she experiences while working to expose her brother's murder and advocate for human rights for prisoners.  The censorship happens across the Internet at major sites.  This is likely done without the individual sites being aware of it, although some have experienced DoS problems and outages.  Donations for the CDs will be used to further AIMI's work.  Interested persons can write to Mary Loves Justice, P.O. Box 153, Redan, GA  30074.  



We the people
have become less diligent than we should be about liberty and [equal] justice for all, especially when it comes to protecting the human rights of those who have no voice, like prisoners and some seriously handicapped persons.  A trip to the Jewish Virtual Library serves to remind one that before there is number #867,235, there is a number #1.  Larry Neal, a lifelong mentally ill heart patient, was secretly arrested and murdered in Memphis Shelby County Jail in 2003, and his survivors are illegally denied any records and accountability.  Larry Neal was America's secret arrest and murder number #1.  Who will be next?  How many will follow him?  Please see "No Statute of Limitations on Murder of Larry Neal" at this link:  http://freespeakblog.blogspot.com/2010/02/no-statute-of-limitations-on-larry.html  

Mentally challenged Americans in the 21st century live like people with that health condition lived in the Dark Ages.  Roughly 1.25 million of the nation's inmates are imprisoned - usually naked in isolation.  Restraint chairs, Tasers, and gas are used in many facilities to control them.  Some mentally ill inmates have no criminal charges against them - lunacy arrests.  See a report on how cruel their incarceration is at a report by The Crime Report below.
 

Locking Down the Mentally Ill
by James Ridgeway and Jean Casella
Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 10:06 pm
http://thecrimereport.org/2010/02/17/locking-down-the-mentally-ill/
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Solitary Confinement Cells Have Become America’s New Asylums


“If you want to know where they are all being kept,” said Todd
Winstrom, “they’re down in the hole.”


Winstrom, a staff attorney for Disability Rights Wisconsin, was
talking about what happens to mentally ill offenders when they enter
his state’s prison system. Without treatment options—and without
anyplace else to put them—these prisoners quickly end up in solitary
confinement, where they may remain for months or years.

Since solitary confinement has been shown to cause severe
psychological trauma in prisoners without underlying psychiatric
conditions, it would be difficult to imagine a more damaging place to
incarcerate the mentally ill.

(See the entire article at the link directly above)

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Please see excerpts from the Jewish Virtual Library below, and visit it online at
http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/disabled.html

Nazi Extermination of People with Mental Disabilities

Letter from chief of institution for feeble-minded in Stetten to Reich Minister of justice Dr. Frank, September 6, 1940 ( Trials of War Criminals Before the Nuernberg Military Tribunals - Washington, U.S Govt. Print. Off., 1949-1953, Vol. I, p. 854).

Dear Reich Minister,

The measure being taken at present with mental patients of all kinds have caused a complete lack of confidence in justice among large groups of people. Without the consent of relatives and guardians, such patients are being transferred to different institutions. After a short time they are notified that the person concerned has died of some disease...

If the state really wants to carry out the extermination of these or at least of some mental patients, shouldn't a law be promulgated, which can be justified before the people - a law that would give everyone the assurance of careful examination as to whether he is due to die or entitled to live and which would also give the relatives a chance to be heard, in a similar way, as provided by the law for the prevention of Hereditarily affected Progeny?

 


 

Letter from Dr. Wurm, of the Wuerttemberg Evangelical Provincial Church, to Reich Minister of interior Dr. Frick, September 5, 1940 ( Nazi Conspiracy and Aggression - Washington, U.S Govt. Print. Off., 1946, Supp. A, p. 1223).

Dear Reich Minister,

On July 19th I sent you a letter about the systematic extermination of lunatics, feeble-minded and epileptic persons. Since then this practice has reached tremendous proportions: recently the inmates of old-age homes have also been included. The basis for this practice seems to be that in an efficient nation there should be no room for weak and frail people. It is evident from the many reports which we are receiving that the people's feelings are being badly hurt by the measures ordered and that the feeling of legal insecurity is spreading which is regrettable from the point of view of national and state interest.

 


 

Letter from Dr. Hilfrich, Bishop of Limburg, to the Reich Minister of Justice, August 13, 1941 (Trials of War Criminals Before the Nuernberg Military Tribunals - Washington, U.S Govt. Print. Off., 1949-1953, Vol. I, p. 845-846).

Regarding the report submitted on July 16 by the Chairman of the Fulda Bishops' conference, Cardinal Dr. Bertram, I consider it my duty to present the following as a concrete illustration of destruction of so-called "useless life".

About 8 Kilometers from Limburg in the little town of Hadamar, on a hill overlooking the town, there is an institution which had formerly served various purposes and of late had been used as a nursing home. This institution was renovated and furnished as a place in which, by consensus of opinion, the above mentioned Euthanasia has been systematically practiced for months- approximately since February 1941. This fact is, of course, known beyond the administrative district of Wiesbaden...

Several times a week buses arrive in Hadamard with a considerable number of such victims. School children of the vicinity know this vehicle and say "here comes the murder-box again". After the arrival of the vehicle, the citizens of Hadamar watch the smoke rise out of the chimney...

The effect of the principles at work here that children call each other names and say "you're crazy; you'll be sent to the baking oven in Hadamar"...

All God-fearing man consider this destruction of helpless beings a crass injustice...

Officials of the State Police, it is said, are trying to suppress discussions of the Hadamar occurrences by means of severe threats...

I beg you most humbly, Herr Reich Minister, in the sense of the report of the Episcopate of 16 July of this year, to prevent further transgressions of the Fifth Commandment of God.

 


 

Letter from Reichsfuehrer-SS Himmler to SS-Oberfuehrer Brack, December 19, 1940 (Trials of War Criminals Before the Nuernberg Military Tribunals - Washington, U.S Govt. Print. Off., 1949-1953, Vol. I, p. 856).

Dear Brack,

I hear there is great excitement on the Alb because of the Grafeneck Institution.

The population recognizes the gray automobiles of the SS and think they know what is going on at the constantly smoking crematory. What happens there is a secret and yet is no longer one. Thus the worst feeling has arisen there, and in my opinion there remains only one thing, to discontinue the use of the institution in this place and in any event disseminate information in a clever and sensible manner by showing motion pictures on the subject of inherited and mental diseases in just that locality.

May I ask for a report as to how the difficult problem is solved?

 


 

Extract from the Diary of General Halder, September-November 1941 (Trials of War Criminals Before the Nuernberg Military Tribunals - Washington, U.S Govt. Print. Off., 1949-1953, Vol. X, p. 1195-1196).

26 September 1941:

h. Mental institutions in Army Group North. Russians regard the feebleminded as sacred beings. Killing them is necessary, nontheless.

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Mary Neal
Website:  http://wrongfuldeathoflarryneal.com/

ASSISTANCE TO THE INCARCERATED MENTALLY ILL
http://www.Care2.com/c2c/group/AIMI

Mary Loves Justice
P.O. Box 153
Redan, GA 30074-0153

JAIL IS THE LAST THING THAT MENTAL
PATIENTS NEED, AND TOO OFTEN, IT IS THE VERY LAST
THING THEY EXPERIENCE. Please join our effort to
decriminalize mental illness. No one deserves to be
punished for having a disability.

Jan 19, 2010
There is a loophole in the new federal mental health parity law big enough for millions of local government employees across America to fall though.  Apparently, local governments in seven states can simply opt out the law's mandate that employers cover mental health on a par with physical health.  The article below is from Pierce County Herald in Wisconsin.

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http://www.piercecountyherald.com/event/article/id/23551/group/News/

LA CROSSE - Local governments do not have to follow a new federal law that makes employers who insure mental health treatments provide the same coverage as other health problems. The Madison Capital Times says La Crosse has opted out – and it might be the first local government in the state to do so.

La Crosse officials say they already provide good mental health coverage for its 540 city employees. And they told workers they’ll freeze those benefits this year, instead of raising them to meet the new federal law.

William Greer of the Mental Health Center of Dane County told the Cap Times he was stunned to learn that local governments are exempt. And he says it would be a “catastrophe” if other governments did the same. Meanwhile, there’s a bill in the Wisconsin Legislature to require most employers to offer mental health benefits on par with other health coverage. And the bill does not exempt local governments.

The American Psychological Association says Wisconsin is one of just seven states which don’t require the parity. They and other advocates say about 700,000 Wisconsinites do not have mental health coverage due to various loopholes in the federal law.

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It is unfortunate that laws are not enforced on government entities to the same degree that they are on constituents.  My family discovered that laws against murder and adherence to the Freedom of Information Act don't apply to the Government, either.  Officials should read Animal Farm again. (See http://WrongfulDeathOfLarryNeal.com ).  There are too many loopholes when it comes to giving Americans with mental disabilities equal justice. 

Mary Neal
Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill
http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/AIMI

JAIL IS THE LAST THING THAT MENTAL
PATIENTS NEED, AND TOO OFTEN, IT IS THE VERY LAST THING THEY
EXPERIENCE. Please join our effort to decriminalize mental illness. No
one deserves to be punished for having a disability.

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Oct 12, 2008

ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE TREATMENT ADVOCACY CENTER (TAC)

Monday, October 6, 2008

Mental Health Parity is Now Law

After more than 10 years in the making, the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act is now the law of the land.  This landmark legislation requires health insurance plans that offer mental health coverage to provide the same financial and treatment coverage offered for other physical illnesses. 

The idea began in 1996 when the two senators from different sides of the aisle experienced what insurance discrimination of mental illnesses did to their own families.  They saw it wasn’t right and championed the movement to make it right.  Because of their efforts, millions of American families will be better off.

“We are ushering in a new era of health care for those with mental illnesses. No longer will we allow mental health to be treated as a stepchild in the health care system. If you have insurance, then your mental health care must be equal to the benefits you get for any other disease,” Sen. Domenici said. “I appreciate all the partners I’ve had in this long, long effort but most especially Senator Ted Kennedy, who has been remarkable and stepped up to this work after Paul Wellstone’s tragic death. This has been a labor of love for us.”

Because of the dogged efforts of Senators Domenici and Wellstone, a scaled-down version of parity was enacted in 1996, against fierce opposition from insurance industry lobbyists.  Each year, it seemed, the full version would come close to passing but never fully making its way to the president’s desk.  This year, as part of the Wall Street rescue measure, it became a must sign piece of legislation.  While it took more than 10 years for the full measure, the federal government and many states moved toward mental health parity sooner.  The Clinton administration revised Medicaid rules to extend parity for that program.  That was a major benefit for many families where someone had a severe mental illness.

Now, as a law, it is also a fitting tribute to cap the career of Sen. Domenici who is retiring at the end of this year.  The battle could not have been won without his leadership.

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Announcement by Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)

October 8, 2008

Dear Ms. Neal :

Thank you for contacting me regarding mental health parity legislation. It is good to hear from you.

The Senate passed S. 558, the "Mental Health Parity Act of 2007," on September 18, 2007 by Unanimous Consent. This legislation does not require health insurance plans to offer mental health coverage. However, should they decide to offer such coverage, this bill states that it must be similar to the coverage offered for physical illnesses. 

In addition, this legislation applies only to employers with 50 or more employees. On September 19, 2007, S. 558 was received in the House of Representatives, where it was referred to the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions.  

Moreover, H.R. 1424, the "Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act of 2007," passed the House of Representatives on March 5, 2008, and was placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. This legislation would require health insurers to offer mental health benefits equal to the coverage offered for medical and surgical benefits.

The Conference Committee subsequently reached an agreement in resolving differences between the two versions of the bill. This agreement was included in the " Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008," which passed the Senate with my support on October 1, 2008, and was signed into law by the President (P.L. 110-343).

Access to affordable and quality health care for all Americans will continue to be one of my top priorities. If you would like to receive timely email alerts regarding the latest congressional actions and my weekly e-newsletter, please sign up via my web site at:   www.chambliss.senate.gov

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There is a television character whose line is "Totally Awesome, Dude!"  I can think of nothing better to say than that. 

Thank you so very much, Heavenly Father!  You gave us good representation in our nation's capital - men and women who really care about the least of these, OUR brethren.  They have come together this year from both sides of the aisle and worked diligently to better things for Americans with disabilities, the aged, and our nation's psychiatric patients.  Bless them, Father!  Guide their steps, ease their anxieties, and give them wisdom to continue to honor You and to govern by Your principles.  Thank you that American health care will thrive under a Godly administration!  We give You all the praise, in Jesus' name.  Amen.

THANK YOU, REPRESENTATIVES, FOR

         RESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT!


Representatives, don't stop here. 
Please decriminalize mental illness.  Psychiatric patients are imprisoned and some are dying. 


Mary Neal
Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill
Website: 
http://wrongfuldeathoflarryneal.com/


 

 
 
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