The Virtue of Hysteria

For years I’ve criticized the mass hysteria over child porn and child sex abuse, but I now realize I was wrong. Hysteria can actually be a good thing. If prudes are calm and rational they can be very persuasive, even when their words are superficial and dishonest, and their behavior is cruel and inhuman. But when such people behave hysterically, they appear downright stupid. Hysterical crusaders for a cause can be so pathetic that they almost make us feel sorry for them.

Some criminals are incredibly incompetent in getting themselves caught, but in this case state employees actually videoed themselves torturing minors to solicit accusations of sex abuse, as if “confessions” under torture are credible. Or maybe the interrogators thought nobody would notice that what they did is degrading and inhuman treatment in violation of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Actually the hysterics did try to hide some of the videos, and about 30 minutes of several videos are still “missing.” But the attempt to cover their tracks is transparently ridiculous. For example, the video of one interrogation was interrupted after 17 minutes, and then resumed 11 minutes later. The psychologist claimed the interruption was necessary to change the battery in the video recorder. In other words, the “professional” began the interrogation of three children, which could last three hours or more, with a battery sufficient for only 17 minutes, and then it took 11 minutes to change the battery! I am not a professional, but I can change a battery in 30 seconds.

All together there are about 10 interruptions in the videos. In cases where no accusations were made the videos were cut at the end while the child was still talking, which indicates an attempt to hide the last desperate attempts to coerce the children. In other cases the videos were cut before the accusations, at the same point near the beginning of the interrogation. Before the interruptions the conversation is about home, school, etc. Then after the interruptions all of a sudden the conversation has changed and the accusations are made. Worse, some of the interruptions are noted by the police officer who was present, but other interruptions are not, which indicates those videos were cut AFTER the interrogations were over. An awful lot of threats can be made in 11 minutes.

Aside from invalidating the evidence now, false accusations obtained under torture will eventually be recanted when the minors grow up and are no longer under threat of being taken away from their parents. Psychologists, social workers and their accomplices who torture children to solicit accusations of abuse might profit in the short term, but how many judges will put their own careers on the line to cover up the torture of children in order to protect the torturers? Sooner or later the hysterics and their accomplices will have to answer for the suffering they caused to innocent children, parents and others, possibly with multiple civil suits against the state for compensation.

Photo by Frank Adamo: Nussberger, Angelika. The European Court of Human Rights. Oxford University Press, 2020.

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Profiting from the Misery of Parents and Children

If three children were taken away from their parents four years ago, the state-funded group homes have already taken in 700,800 Euros (€160 per child per day), plus the earnings of psychotherapists (€120/hour), plus the sale of psychotropic drugs that the children are forced to take, plus the services of ambulance chasers and similar child “professionals.”

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Human Rights Violations, Italian Style

In recent years Italy has been accused of violating the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in thousands of cases, including violation of the prohibition against torture and inhuman or degrading treatment (Article 3). Out of the countless Italian appeals made to the ECHR in 2020, the court reached judgments in 17 of those cases. Italy was acquitted in 3 cases, and convicted in 14 cases, 5 of which specifically for violation of the right to a fair trial (Due Process). In 2021 there are already hundreds of requests for the Court to hear appeals from Italian citizens who are accusing Italy of having violated their fundamental human rights. https://www.echr.coe.int/Documents/CP_Italy_ENG.pdf

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Child Trafficking in Italy

The trial has begun for 24 state employees and other accomplices accused of soliciting false accusations of child abuse in order to take Italian children away from poor parents and then sell the kids in the “foster care” system.

According to Il Giornale, a mainstream newspaper in Italy’s biggest city, a social work supervisor was the center of the ring that included her friends and acquaintances eager to get their hands on somebody else’s children. The investigation began when a courageous prosecutor noticed a suspiciously high frequency of child abuse allegations in the small city of Bibbiano, near Modena.

The accused psychologists, social workers, and even a mayor are now facing 107 criminal charges, with hundreds of thousands of Euros having changed hands. The current scandal has led to publicity of similar recent cases in other Italian cities, as well as further revelations by adults who grew up in the Italian foster care system.

A man in Forteto reports that when he was a child he too was forced to falsely accuse his parents of abuse. So evidently this horrific practice has been going on for decades, if not longer. La “paladina” delle coppie gay “regista” degli affidi dell’orrore – IlGiornale.it

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Italy arrests 18 state employees for soliciting false accusations of child abuse

https://www.france24.com/en/20190627-italy-arrests-18-allegedly-brainwashing-selling-children

See also: https://www.tellerreport.com/news/2020-01-27—bibbiano–the-italian-town-of-%22stolen-children%22-.rJxg8TTobU.html

There have been similar scandals in other Italian cities, sparking outrage and calls to dismantle the foster care system. Here’s a video in Italian (you can turn on English subtitles):

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Child Sex Witch Hunts

Laboratory research on the reliability of children’s testimony has revealed several principles of good conduct to avoid soliciting false accusations (1). The voluminous scientific evidence has been available for more than 20 years and is widely known in North America and Europe (2,3,4). So how is it possible that in 2020, court-appointed experts in some jurisdictions still behave as though they’ve never heard of such newfangled ideas? (5)

Careful experiments have demonstrated that many children, and even some adults, are highly suggestible. Human memory is so malleable that with the passage of time many people can’t distinguish what actually happened to them from what a bad actor persuaded them after the fact. Even the experts themselves, including trial judges, are unable to distinguish between a child who is telling the truth from one who is claiming something that is demonstrably false.

Should we assume some psychologists or other legal experts are simply ignorant, and repeatedly taint children’s testimony unwittingly? In cases where the expert violates not one principle of good conduct but ALL of them, is there cause to suspect a deliberate attempt to help win convictions regardless of innocence or guilt?

The very minimum of good conduct requires that children be interviewed not interrogated. The interviewers should be clearly neutral, and never express any bias in front of the child. The interviewers should not selectively reinforce certain words or phrases to confirm their bias, let alone praise accusations and criticize denials. The interviewers should not make repeated suggestions. The interviewers should not introduce peer pressure. The interviewers should not emphasize their own power or authority over the child. The interviewers should not conduct repeated interviews long after the historical period in question, so that the children may eventually confuse what they actually experienced from what the interviewers suggested after the fact (errors of attribution).

There is clearly a popular ideology of children’s purity, and a crusade to censor any and all criticism of traditional anti-sex indoctrination. That ideology and crusade are a threat to the more fundamental rules of the presumption of innocence and due process in criminal justice. Let’s get our priorities straight. When a prosecutor or state psychologist even lie to a judge or try to hide what a child witness actually said, it isn’t “justice” that they seek. Where repeated violations of good conduct in child sex abuse investigations are tolerated in courts of law, the authorities have clearly regressed to the era of witch hunts.

References

  1. Ceci, Stephen J., and Bruck, Maggie. Jeopardy in the Courtroom: a scientific analysis of Children’s Testimony. (American Psychological Association, 1995.)
  2. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Protocol: Interview Guide (U.S.A. 2000).
  3. Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 Code of Practice (U.K. 1996)
  4. Linee Guida Nazionali per l’Ascolto del Minore Testimone (Rome, Italy 2010)
  5. The Interrogators https://sexhysteria.wordpress.com/2019/05/12/the-interrogators/

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Child Torture in Italy

There is documented evidence in at least one case that certain state employees tortured a child witness to solicit information, and there are several reasons to think that this is not a unique case but merely one instance of a pattern of conduct that has been going on for years in other cases as well. A preliminary judge had the evidence of child torture right in his hands but evidently he didn’t even see it, which indicates he sees similar cases so often he has become blind to the torture of children.

Another reason to believe there is a pattern of horrendous misconduct is that the videos of several interrogations of children were edited (cut) after the interrogations were over, obviously to hide the worst moments of degrading and inhuman treatment. Some of those videos were also hidden from the court records for more than a year. Nobody noticed that either.

Despite the clear judgment of the European Court of Human Rights that torture is NEVER justified, not even of adults, and not even to solicit information regarding very serious matters like organized crime or terrorism, child torture is being tolerated in Italy not only by the state perpetrators who do it, but also by some judges.

Despite 18 recorded threats against one child, the preliminary judge responded to the child’s attempt to recant by declaring angrily “I don’t believe anybody threatened you!” The preliminary judge in this documented case risks being accused himself of covering up the torture, or at least gross incompetence for failing to recognize it and do something about it.

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Jury Trial Denied to U.S. Teacher in Italy

The trial judge has refused my oral and written requests for a jury trial. According to Italian law, a jury trial is available only in cases where the possible sentence is life imprisonment. But since there are multiple charges against me, and considering my advanced age (68), the possible punishment in my case is in effect life imprisonment. Nonetheless, the judge dismissed my request.

As described in my previous posts, even though no parent or child came to the police voluntarily to report any crime, the hysterical investigation proceeded with “maximum urgency,” spiraling out of control and leading to the sadistic torture of at least one child. This case has called into question every child sex abuse conviction in Italy in the past, and legitimizes the torture of children in future inquisitions.

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No Bail for U.S. Teacher Falsely Accused in Italy

After 16 months in pretrial detention and despite clear evidence of my innocence, a preliminary judge and the appeals court in Palermo have refused to free me to prepare my defense for the imminent trial.

Claiming there is a “concrete and current” risk that a 68-year-old teacher will attempt to taint the witnesses or repeat the presumed crimes, in reality the presumed crimes go as far back as 2011, the taint hearings are already over, and the supposed evidence has already been tainted by the state psychologists, the prosecutor, the preliminary judge, and other state employees. According to Italian law, “concrete risk” means any hypothetical risk.

Almost all of the videos of the interrogations were interrupted, in some cases repeatedly, and some videos are being withheld from the defense so it cannot be determined whether the videos were interrupted during the interrogations – or worse – if the videos were doctored after the interrogations were over.

In realty no crimes ever took place, and no presumed victim or parent ever came to the police voluntarily even years after the supposed events. Only after long, repeated and coercive interrogations did the presumed child-victims invent impossible stories that contradict the objective, physical evidence. Both of my original accusers have already recanted their accusations: “All of the things I said weren’t true…He never did anything to me.” But their retractions have fallen on deaf ears in this “justice” system.

The entire investigation seems to be a stage play to demonize an American citizen and draw public attention away from repeated pedophile scandals in the Catholic Church, as well as distract the public from the massive government corruption and waste of tax money that have nearly bankrupted this country.

Since President Trump was very vocal in defending Amanda Knox when she was falsely accused and mistreated by the Italian courts years ago, I wonder if my prosecution is an attempt to provoke Mr. Trump to “interfere” in another foreign legal case now. Or the Italians are at least trying to embarrass Mr. Trump for losing his tongue in the even more outrageous mistreatment of an American citizen in Italy while he is president and a candidate in a bitter reelection campaign.

There is some evidence that the Italian secret services were involved in the story of so-called Russian interference in the 2016 election (via Prof. Joseph Mifsud), so my hypothesis of ulterior political motives for this new witch hunt is not unreasonable.

Since I didn’t vote for Mr. Trump in 2016 and I probably won’t vote for him in 2020, he doesn’t owe me anything. Vocal support is not what I need anyway. I can’t expect a fair trial in the local courts. Everyone here is afraid to even criticize the all-powerful state employees involved. I will be facing years of legal battles in the national and international courts, while suffering the isolation of pretrial detention and post-trial detention during the eternal appeal process, before this nightmare ends.

See previous posts for more detailed information.

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Creating Victims for the Sexual Inquisition

The first time a fanatical Italian prosecutor tried to silence me through an accusation of “sexual acts with children,” there was a little obstacle: the police couldn’t find any victims. So to avoid losing that first case, the prosecutor made a desperate effort to create some victims. In the summer of 2019 after years of unrestricted fascist-style investigations, the state brought a ten-year-old girl to court and she said “He touched my private parts. I hate him.” An open and shut case? Not quite.

The accusation referred to 2014, when I visited a poor family every Sunday, brought them groceries, clothes, books and toys, took them to the beach and the zoo, and helped them with their homework. As part of my 30 years of volunteering with poor families, in some cases I have even registered children for school, got them out of bed every morning, fed them, brought them to school, then accompanied them home.

My regular contacts with the family lasted for a year, and then occasional visits over the next three years. In 2016 when the prosecutor ordered the police to illegally search my home and confiscate my computer and cell phone, the inquisitors saw my normal photographs of the children (never nude or in any sexual context) and identified their parents through my telephone records. Then they interrogated the father, who had nothing negative to say about me.

But in the fall of 2017 when it appeared that I would be acquitted of the ridiculous charge of “child pornography,” the prosecutor became desperate for evidence of some crime, any crime, so three little sisters were suddenly taken away from their parents and placed in state custody. The official excuse was that the father was unemployed and the family was now living as squatters in an occupied school. But in reality the father had been unemployed for years – not just in 2017, the children have grandparents they could have been placed with, and there were many other families living in the school whose children weren’t kidnapped by the state. (The classrooms had been converted into apartments with private bathrooms, kitchens and free electricity.)

In cases where the suspected perpetrator is a family member, teacher, or other person who is very close to the child, being isolated from the suspect may be more damaging to the child than the supposed abuse. But since there is mass hysteria over child sex abuse, state employees are rarely if ever prosecuted for being overzealous. Despite no reports of any kind of abuse, the prosecutor ordered the police to interrogate the sisters while in state custody. The children denied any abuse and had nothing negative to say about me. They even said they liked me and missed me. Frustrated, a few months later the prosecutor even interrogated the mother, who likewise had nothing negative to say about me.

Then in the summer of 2019, five years after the supposed crime the children were brought to court by the state. In theory it was a pretrial taint hearing, so the witnesses could confirm their previous accusations against me, except that the children hadn’t made any accusations against me or anybody else. The real motive for bringing the children into court was to coercively interrogate them again so they might make some accusation this time. Upon the prodding of the judge one child did make a 180 degree turn – accusing me of touching her. Note that in court the child was reluctant to say anything, probably because she had been forced to lie.

In state custody the conversation is always controlled, and the topic of sex is always related to investigation and prosecution, which may actually lead to more negative outcomes for the child such as suicidal ideation. Blind law enforcement is considered more important than the welfare of the child, and the assumed importance of assessment, “treatment” and other interventions that justify the salaries of victim advocates may be more than coincidental. At first the child refused to answer and began to cry, but the judge and state psychologist insisted that she answer suggestive questions, which indicates the state already knew that while in state custody the child had been persuaded to accuse me of something, anything, so she had probably agreed in exchange for being left alone after her testimony, and a promise of being freed from state custody eventually.

That isn’t a normal investigation, it’s an inquisition. The state can treat adult criminals like that, but not child witnesses who will eventually agree with whatever the kidnappers want the child to say. In this case the child who said “He touched my private parts” was actually five years old in 2014, and yet five years later she has a reliable memory of supposed abuse that she had denied before? She doesn’t even remember her previous statements defending me much more recently than the supposed abuse. Her accusation was made only after being in state custody for two years, after who knows how many hours of unrecorded suggestive questioning, promises, threats and other mental torture by state employees. After two years in “protective” custody the formerly happy little girl also declared “I hate everybody.” When asked if she ever lies, she replied “In school I always tell lies.”

According to Italian law, the accused is entitled to copies of all videos and transcripts or other supposed evidence, but so far I have received only half of the evidence, and always at the last minute when there isn’t enough time to prepare for the next hearing. An open and shut witch hunt, just like the many other wild west prosecutions that have gone before. I feel like the man who was wrongfully convicted of killing his wife and child. On top of losing his wife and child, the state then hanged him by the neck until dead.

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