Monday, August 24, 2009

Foster Children Speak out About Forced Drugging

It has been estimated that 70% of the US prison population was once in foster care. Three in 10 of the nation's homeless adults report foster care history. This points out an obvious problem within our social service network. We must be failing these needy children. There are inadequacies in supervision of the placement of these children, clear indications of corruption within the system as well as neglect of the children’s needs. Child placement agencies, foster parents, and residential treatment centers get paid a daily sum for the care of a foster child. These allocated amounts are based on the Federal entitlement system IV-e and are based on the level of care the child needs. The more difficult the child is to care for the higher the daily payment for care. Thus it is in the interest of the state agencies, social service workers, foster parents, and therapeutic clinicians to make the child appear on paper to need the highest level of care possible. Many foster children are labeled with more than one psychological diagnosis in order to upgrade their status to a higher level. Foster care daily rates run from $17 per day to $1,000 per day. A child diagnosed with a mental disorder and placed on psychiatric drugs is worth more than a child without problems. Let us hear first hand from some of these foster children who were interviewed at a Foster Care Alumni meeting and asked about their experiences in Child Protective Services while still wards of the state.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Airline Passenger Rights

It’s Time for U.S. Airline Passenger Rights Legislation
August 23, 2009
By Tim Cummins
I was never a great fan of government legislation as a way to drive corporate performance. In the same spirit, I prefer contracts without massive penalty and liability clauses. I like to believe that organizations are driven by a desire to do the right thing and to maintain a positive market image and good relationships with customers. But I must admit that the U.S. airline industry has managed to change my mind. Continental Express Flight 2816 en route from Houston to Minneapolis, but stranded needlessly overnight in close-by Rochester on August 8th is only the most recent example of a structural industry disregard for customers.
Recently, my young son was due to leave New York but was delayed some 6 hours. During that time, the airline kept him and his fellow passengers, from an over-booked flight, captive in a non air-ventilated room. They refused to give information; they denied requests for any sort of refreshment, even water; and of course they used ‘security’ as a heavy-handed deterrent to any sort of passenger complaint.
When it comes to customer commitment, the majority of U.S. airlines appear to have none. All of us can recount stories like my son’s. Mine was with Continental Airlines when I suffered a 26-hour delay, avoidable were it not for gross incompetence. My wife’s was on US Airways, when she finally gave up after an excessive delay and drove to another airport 7 hours away.
I acknowledge the airline industry is a complex one. However, the incompetence and hostility that major U.S. carriers rain down on their customers is more in line with Soviet-era behavior. It simply should not be accepted in a country that sees itself as the face of capitalism, the home of the consumer.
As the leader of a worldwide association that advocates high ethical standards and promotes the obligation of corporations to meet their commitments, I have long cautioned and called for increased debate on proposed government legislation and mandatory rules, versus preferably allowing voluntary industry ethical codes to work. I have highlighted the negative impact that regulation frequently has on the market, introducing distortions and complexity (e.g., export / import regulation). However, it appears there may be times when an industry must be held accountable – and, unlike the financial services sector, before it is too late.
While European airlines are far from perfect, it does seem to me that the airline passenger-rights rules that the EU introduced, enforcing compensation for inconvenienced passengers, has had a significant and positive impact. Introduced against the sky-will-fall protests of the industry, it appears to have brought a new level of discipline and attention to passengers’ needs. It seems – unfortunately – to confirm the point that organizations respond only if there are direct and meaningful consequences for their actions, or inaction.
Economists don’t generally agree on much. However, most would likely agree that some markets work well, some not so well and some not at all. After years of U.S. Congressional pressure and unfavorable press accounts of horrific passenger treatment, airlines still have not been willing or able to solve the extended tarmac delay or other troubling customer service problems. The August stranding in Rochester, MN represents just the most recent “Exhibit A” in what a swelling majority of airline industry professionals themselves considers a failed market.
The airline industry is protected; competition is limited. And that has allowed major U.S. carriers to sink to a point of the lowest common denominator. So, they either need an strong injection of competition (e.g., open the market to foreign ownership) to fix the market failure, or they need some form of compulsion such as legislation that sets forth national standards, bright-line rules and obligatory compensation to wronged customers.
Mr. Cummins is Chief Executive Officer of the International Association For Contract & Commercial Management (IACCM). With members from more than 100 countries and over 2,000 international corporations, IACCM is leading the way in responding to the demands of global networked markets. Membership is drawn from many industries and is made up of contract and commercial managers, negotiators, attorneys and supply chain professionals.
On Tuesday, September 22, 2009 consumer and travel industry organizations will conduct a Stakeholder Hearing in Washington, DC regarding airline passenger rights legislation. The purpose of the hearing is to examine passenger safety-related problems such as extended ground delays. Experts representing all sides in this debate have been invited to participate. For additional information and to register, please visit

This article may be republished without prior permission, but with attribution to the International Association For Contract & Commercial Management.

Contact Kevin Mitchell of Business Travel Coalition (BTC) at with questions.

Aerotoxic Syndrome

This important medical topic is of concern to the Whistleblowing Airline Employees association and the millions who travel by commercial air and the dedicated safety professionals who serve them daily. Joining us today will be Dan Hanley, former pilot and transportation whisltelbower. Captain Susan Michaelis who is a former Australian pilot with over 5000 hours flying experience. She presently serves as Head of Research for the Global Cabin Air Quality Executive at GCAQE.ORG and is currently a PhD researcher at University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Kate Hanni is the Executive Director of Her organization, as well as other passenger rights groups, have formed a global coalition representing passengers concerns and have scheduled a Passenger Rights Stakeholders Hearing on September 22nd in a committee hearing room of the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington DC just prior to the September 30th Senate vote on the FAA Reauthorization Bill. Captain John Hoyte who Lives in the United Kingdom and served as a training captain on the BAE-146 aircraft for over fifteen years. He is presently president and founder of the Aerotoxic Association at AEROTOXIC.ORG, which provides support for Aerotoxic Syndrome sufferers. Sue Dale is a flight attendant with 25-years experience, which included years of service on wide-body commercial jet aircraft. She is the founder of Toxic Free Airlines at TOXICFREEAIRLINES.COM. Samantha Sabatino was a passenger onboard a B-767 aircraft traveling to Florida in 2007 with her four other family members where she was immediately stricken ill once enroute even though she boarded the aircraft in good health. She discovered that 40 other passengers experienced the same illness. Judith Murawski is currently co-chair of the Global Cabin Air Quality Executive where she serves as an Industrial Hygienist and a member of the international committees dealing with contaminated air concerns.

Mandated Reporters - Victims of the System

Doctors and Nurses should protect patients from abuse and neglect shouldn't they??? Listen to a lively discussion of this topic by Dr. Gerldine Mills MD, pediatrician, Dr. Jim Singer, clinical psychologist and therapist and Judith Grant RN, elder care specialist. There is a system called Mandated Reporter which obligates all medical professionals to report suspected abuse and neglect of patients and also to report human rights violations. But this system also exposes the Mandated Reporter to intense retaliation and perhaps through fraudulent and exaggerated counterclaims the possible loss of their medical license. So when a medical professional steps forward to protect the vulnerable they are risking their professional lives and may face a grueling battle fighting an abusive system that does not protect the American Public.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Medical Whistleblower on Blog Talk Radio

Upcoming Episodes on Medical Whistleblower’s Blog Talk Radio Show

Aviation Safety - How Safe are We Really 8/8/2009 5:00 PM Central Time 60 Minutes
The traveling public owe their safety in the air to those who behind the scenes maintain air flight safety. We will be talking today about how pilots are responsible to report issues of airplane maintenance and safety and what happens when they do. The Colgan Air Flight 3407 departed late from Newark on February 12, 2009, at 9:20 p.m. EST. Shortly after the last communication by the flight crew with approach control at 10:11 p.m. (03:11, February 13 UTC), the plane stalled less than a mile northeast of the Outer Marker while on an ILS approach to Runway 23 and crashed into a house in the northeast Buffalo suburb of Clarence Center. Could this plane disaster have been avoided if only airline management listen to the whistleblowers? The total number of reported fatalities was 50, including all four crew members and one off duty crew-member, all 44 passengers, and one resident of the house that was struck. One woman on the plane was also pregnant. There were four reported injuries on the ground, including two other people inside the home at the time of the crash. Among the reported dead were: Alison Des Forges, a human rights investigator and an expert on the Rwandan genocide, Gerry Niewood and Coleman Mellett, jazz musicians who were en route to a concert with Chuck Mangione and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Beverly Eckert, who became co-chair of the 9/11 Family Steering Committee and a leader of Voices of September 11 after her husband Sean Rooney was killed in the September 11 attacks. Listen to these experienced pilots as they tell you the real behind the scenes story.

Determining Prisoner Abuse and Civil Rights Violations 8/10/2009 9:00 AM Central Time 60 Minutes

There are those who watch the court system to see if we as a nation are truly protecting the basic rights of American Citizens. Today Dr. Janet Parker, Medical Whistleblower will be interviewing Ken Townsend, a civil rights advocate from the San Jacinto Constitutional Study Group in West Texas. We will be hearing firsthand about a current case in Houston Texas and interviewing those who know this case well.

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Medical Whistleblower - Medical Fraud in the Pharmaceutical Industry 8/3/2009 9:00 AM Central Time 60 Minutes

Medical Whistleblower will be examining the Pharmaceutical Industry use of it's financial and political power to control the medical community. In spite of clear indications that certain drugs are not safe, the pharmaceutical representatives continue to push these medications on vulnerable patients and utilize bribes and coercion to get primary physicians to prescribe dangerous drugs. Research findings pointing out the dangerous side effects of these medications are suppressed and the Food and Drug Administration deceived in order to obtain licensing. Psychotropic medications in particular are pushed on vulnerable populations, such as children, the elderly, people in prison, the homeless and welfare recipients. Zyprexa and Prozac, drugs manufactured by Eli Lilly, has been marketed as a chemical restraint agent to be used on hyperactive children and unruly elderly patients. Information regarding adverse side effects including death and long term disability have been suppressed not only to the press but to the US governments own internal reporting system meant to catch problems of drugs when they are first placed on the market. Researchers are threatened to be silent about problems identified during clinical trials and bribed if they participate in the cover up. medical fraud, pharmaceutical industry, whistleblower, medical ethics, quality of care Health

The Melodious Whistleblowing Canary in the Transportation Industry 8/1/2009 5:00 PM Central Time
60 Minutes

Today our guest is Dan Hanley, a veteran airline pilot and Transportation Whistleblower. We will be discussing how hostile psychiatric evaluations can be used to silent dissent and the reporting of fraud, mismanagement, corruption and safety issues within the airline industry. This will be a personal account by airline pilots with many years of experience who were retaliated against for standing up courageously and doing the right thing. These Transportation Whistleblowers are our leaders and important spokespersons for passenger safety.

Just like the coal mine canaries, our Medical Whistleblowers show the effects of being exposed to the toxic work environment that the bullies in the workplace create. The sick canary is a sure sign that the air in the coal shaft is toxic and that management should change something or face the consequences. Today we will be learning about some of the ways they silence the whistleblowing canary. Our guests will share their own personal experiences. The workplace becomes toxic for them and they are placed in a position of distress. The clear signal to management should be for there to be change however instead many times the canary is treated like a no good trouble maker. False allegations against the canary’s professional competence and even personal character are common.

Medical Whistleblower - Dr. John Virapen - Eli Lilly Insider Tells All 7/27/2009 9:00 AM Central Time 60 Minutes

Medical Whistleblower will be interviewing Former Eli Lilly executive, Dr. John Virapen Ph.D. He will be revealing his knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry as an industry insider. This is especially important in the wake of the recent $1.4 billion settlement from drug maker, Eli Lilly. John Virapen used to be the executive director of the Swedish branch of Eli Lilly & Company, one of the biggest internationally active pharmaceutical companies. Dr. John Virapen has been working for more than 35 years for the pharmaceutical industry, as manager for several companies such as Eli-Lilly and Novo Nordisk. He lives now in Germany and has written a book, Side Effects: Death which is currently a best seller in Europe about his experiences which is available in English, Swedish and German. While working for Eli Lilly, John Virapen engaged in the development of aggressive marketing strategies, and can speak about massive corruption within the pharmaceutical industry. Pharmaceutical companies invest the considerable amount of 35,000 Euro per year and physician to get the physicians to prescribe their products. John Virapen says that more than 75 percent of leading scientists in the field of medicine are paid for by the pharmaceutical industry. In some cases corruption prevailed in the approval and marketing of drugs. John Virapen writes that illnesses are made up by the pharmaceutical industry and specifically marketed to enhance sales and market shares for the companies in question. Pharmaceutical companies increasingly target children. There have been years of withheld information regarding the adverse side effects of pharmaceuticals promoted by Eli Lilly, including the possible role of Prozac in inducing suicide and homicide. The signs of drug induced violence and suicidality were there since Prozac was first tested in pre-marketing trials.

Medical Whistleblower - Universal Health Care for All 7/25/2009 5:00 PM Central Time 60 Minutes We are now finding the necessity of a health care revolution not just a changing of the guard. We have too many people in the United States who cannot obtain or afford health care. Health Care Insurance does not guarantee coverage for everyone. Health Insurance Companies are in the business of making profit. Profit in their eyes is charging the most and giving out the least in health care benefits. This middle man is sapping the economic viability right out of our health care system. We need to keep a real public option on the table, one that provides for all the people in a reasonable and affordable way. Health Care must be able to be transferred with the patient when their financial and employment situation changes. Employers especially small business owners are finding it harder and harder to afford to provide health care to their employees. We need true reform not just empty promises.

Medical Whistleblower - Hate Crimes 7/18/2009 5:00 PM Central Time 60 Minutes

What is a Hate Crime? How is it different from other crimes? How does it impact victims? Let's hear from some victims of hate crime and see from a personal perspective how truly violating these crimes really are. We are reminded by the recent violence in Wichita, Kansas of the insidious nature of hate crime. The murder of a doctor who ran a women's clinic in Wichita is said to have been done by an abortion opponent. Referring to the killing of Kansas doctor George Tiller, Attorney General Eric Holder said nothing can justify the act. There was the shooting death of a security guard at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, said to be by a self-avowed white supremacist and the shooting of two U.S. soldiers in Little Rock, Arkansas, which prosecutors say was committed by a man targeting the U.S. military for what it had done to Muslims. All these crimes qualify as hate crimes. Just how many hate crimes are there in the United States? How well do we investigate them? Do we get some measure of justice for the victims? Eric Holder stated that "We will not tolerate murder or the threat of violence masquerading as political activism," he said. "And we will do all that we can to deter violence against reproductive health care providers and to prosecute those who commit such violence to the fullest extent of the law." Thus the head of our Department of Justice, Eric Holder has renewed his call for stronger hate crimes legislation and given his support to the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which is expected to go before the Senate for a vote soon.

Recent Legal Developments about Whistleblower Law

The following documents have been posted to the United States Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges Web Site:

1. Recent Significant Federal Court Decisions (July 2009)

2. Administrative Review Board Decisions (July 2009)

Also please listen to the upcoming radio shows on Blog Talk Radio. We will be highlighting on Monday Aug 10 the civil rights and human rights concerns about prisoner treatment of Dr. Jacques Jaikaran MD from Texas on Monday Morning and will be highlighting Airline Safety Issues and the recent cases involving pilots and the FAA on Saturday night August 8.