blacklisting and deleting important information from wikipedia

July 30, 2009 Comments Off on blacklisting and deleting important information from wikipedia

two articles:
1) blacklisting and deleting important information from wikipedia
2) release from endritualabuse.org on their site being blacklisted (full text is at http://www.endritualabuse.org/wikipedia.html )

The following information from four articles at wikipedia was deleted due to it being from the newly blacklisted wordpress site ( http://abusearticles.wordpress.com ) . This site provided information from mainstream newspapers and court documents showing evidence that abuse had occurred in these cases.

deleted from Fells Acres Case article

All nine children testified in a broadly consistent way…The children testified to numerous instances of sexual abuse. Some of the children testified that they were photographed during this abuse, describing a big camera with wires, a red button, and pictures which came out of the camera. The children testified that the defendant threatened them and told them that their families would be harmed if they told anyone about the abuse….The Commonwealth also presented a pediatric gynecologist and pediatrician who examined five of the girls who testified…She made findings consistent with abuse in four of the girls.[5]

The motion judge who heard Violet and Cheryl’s motion, declared that “[a]t best, the defendants could only see the right ear and a part of the right cheek of the testifying witness.” The Commonwealth contends that the defendants could see almost a full profile view including the child’s lips and that the child witness could make eye contact by turning toward the defendants.[5]

Commonweath v. Amirault, Middlesex, 424 Mass. 618
http://abusearticles.files.wordpress.com/2007/12/common-vs-amirault-424-mass-618-page-624.jpg


deleted from McMartin Preschool Trial case article

One source stated that a hospital exam confirmed he was sodomized, and that he named a teacher at the school as the perpetrator.
Tamarkin, Civia (1994). “Investigative Issues in Ritual Abuse Cases, Part I and Part II”. Treating Abuse Today. http://abusearticles.wordpress.com/2007/12/02/investigative-issues-in-ritual-abuse-cases-part-1-and-2-1994/

deleted from Day Care Sex abuse cases
(Fells Acres case)
All nine children testified in a broadly consistent way…The children testified to numerous instances of sexual abuse…The children testified that the defendant threatened them and told them that their families would be harmed if they told anyone about the abuse”
“Commonweath v. Amirault, Middlesex” 424 Mass. 618. http://abusearticles.files.wordpress.com/2007/12/common-vs-amirault-424-mass-618-page-624.jpg
“Commonweath v. Amirault” (scanned reprints). 424 Mass. 618. http://abusearticles.wordpress.com/category/commonwealth-vs-amirault/

(Wenatchee Sex Ring)
Dr. Deborah Harper testified in the trial “One girl showed definite medical signs of sexual abuse and it could not be ruled out for two others.”
“Doctor confirms abuse in sex-ring case.” (scanned reprint). Associated Press. 1996-12-05. http://abusearticles.wordpress.com/category/articles-on-wenatchee/. “One girl showed definite medical signs of sexual abuse and it could not be ruled for two others, a defense witness testified…in the child rape and molestation trial of a Pentecostal preacher and his wife … Prosecutors allege unordained pastor Robert “Roby” Roberson and his wife, Connie, has sex with children at the East Wenatchee Pentecostal Church of God House and Prayer and at their home.”
http://abusearticles.wordpress.com/category/articles-on-wenatchee/

deleted from Wenatchee sex ring article

During the trial, a defense witness stated that one girl showed “definite medical signs of sexual abuse” while “it could not be ruled out for two others. “Doctor confirms abuse in sex-ring case.”  Associated Press http://abusearticles.wordpress.com/category/articles-on-wenatchee/ . “One girl showed definite medical signs of sexual abuse and it could not be ruled for two others, a defense witness testified … in the child rape and molestation trial of a Pentacostal preacher and his wife … Prosecutors allege unordained pastor Robert “Roby” Roberson and his wife, Connie, has sex with children at the East Wenatchee Pentacostal Church of God House and Prayer and at their home.”

A U.S. Department of Justice investigation also found that there was no evidence of civil rights violations. Consultant finds no fault in sex ring probe”  Associated Press in Tri-City Herald. February 22, 1996. http://abusearticles.wordpress.com/category/articles-on-wenatchee/ . “A consultant hired by the city’s insurer to look into the way Wenatchee police conducted child sex-abuse investigations said Wednesday the cases were properly handled.”

release from endritualabuse.org on their site being blacklisted

http://www.endritualabuse.org/wikipedia.html

Wikipedia Blacklisted Four Important Websites on Ritual Abuse on July 18, 2009
By Ellen P. Lacter, Ph.D.
(Date of this article is July 27, 2009)

On July 18, 2009, at about 9:30pm Pacific time, Wikipedia blacklisted the following important websites on ritual abuse:

http://abusearticles.wordpress.com http://extreme-abuse-survey.net http://ritualabuse.us http://endritualabuse.org

My website is endritualabuse.org

I have attempted to get information from Wikipedia on why my website was blacklisted and to get it de-blacklisted. I have been stonewalled on both counts.

Since February, 2008, on Wikipedia’s page on “Satanic Ritual Abuse,” Wikipedia’s staff has been suppressing and deleting credible posts from credible sources (including my posts- I am a licensed California psychologist) that have documented substantial criminal and psychological evidence of criminal ritual abuse, and instead has completely discounted the existence of ritual abuse. As of July 27, 2009, Wikipedia’s page on “Satanic ritual abuse” begins as follows: “Satanic ritual abuse (SRA, sometimes known as ritual abuse, ritualistic abuse, organised abuse, sadistic abuse and other variants) refers to a moral panic that originated in the United States in the 1980s, spreading throughout the country and eventually to many parts of the world, before subsiding in the late 1990s.”

Wikipedia has now escalated its censorship of all information supporting the existence of ritual abuse by blacklisting four important websites about ritual abuse on July 18, 2009.

I find Wikipedia’s history of treatment of this issue dangerous to victims and survivors of ritual abuse and dangerous to victims of child abuse in general.

An account of my correspondence with Wikipedia on this matter is pasted in below.

This correspondence clearly demonstrates that Wikipedia has stonewalled my polite attempts to communicate with them on this issue. When I persisted, Wikipedia directed me to send a letter via registered mail to the Wikimedia Foundation for comment,

Wikimedia Foundation Inc.
P.O. Box 78350
San Francisco, CA 94107-8350
USA.

However, when Wanda Karriker, Ph.D., on October 15, 2008, sent a registered letter to Wikipedia concerning Wikipedia’s treatment of the subject of ritual abuse, she received no response. I also include the correspondence by Dr. Karriker below.

Dr. Karriker is one of four authors of the Extreme Abuse Survey. The website for the Extreme Abuse Survey, extreme-abuse-survey.net, is one of the four websites that Wikipedia blacklisted on July 18, 2009.

It is clear that Wikipedia refuses to consider any documentation about the existence of ritual abuse.

Wikipedia claims that its mission is: “The mission of the Wikimedia Foundation is to empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop educational content under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively and globally.”

Wikipedia claims that its vision is: “Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. That’s our commitment.”

I find these claims by Wikipedia to be untrue, based on its censorship of the evidence of ritual abuse….I deem Wikipedia to be irresponsible, unethical, and to be in violation of its own statutes.

I urge individuals and organizations to disseminate this article, including freely re-posting it to other websites, with the condition that it be posted in its entirety with nothing added or removed from the article .

Ellen P. Lacter, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist in California, USA

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Sex abuse testimony ends Alamo’s long crime career

July 29, 2009 Comments Off on Sex abuse testimony ends Alamo’s long crime career

Sex abuse testimony ends Alamo’s long crime career By DEBORAH HASTINGS The Associated Press 7/26/09

describes crimes

Of all the horrid accusations against evangelist Tony Alamo – and the list is long – it was the testimony of formerly loyal subjects, recounting “marriages” between their cult leader and girls as young as 8, that may end his 40-year rule and send him to prison for life. Born Bernie Lazar Hoffman, the 74-year-old faces up to 175 years behind bars following his conviction Friday on 10 counts of transporting young girls across state lines for sexual purposes.

Some jurors wept while women described being molested by and forced into sex with their decades-older pastor. Among many who’ve watched Alamo’s handiwork since the 1970s – which produced allegations including kidnapping, brainwashing, child abuse, tax evasion and threatening a federal judge – there was never any doubt the street-hustler-turned-pastor should be locked away for good. Their question is, what took so long?….Bernie Hoffman of Joplin, Mo., a self-admitted petty criminal, arrived in Los Angeles in the 1960s, claiming he was a music promoter with clients including the Beatles. In a bar, he met a chain-smoking aspiring actress named Susan Lipowitz….The Alamos built a congregation from runaways, drug addicts, and drifters that littered Hollywood Boulevard. They started businesses, including making rhinestone-studded denim jackets that fetched $500 or more. They promised eternal salvation and free room and board.

In exchange, they demanded total control of their followers’ money, communication and sex lives. The congregation swelled to 700 or more and the Alamos grew rich….But defections started. Former members carried tales of corporal punishment, forced marriages and being refused food for days.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/26/AR2009072601666.html

Sex abuse testimony ends Alamo’s long crime career – Part two

In 1987, brothers Carey Miller and Bob Miller fled the California compound, leaving three sons. When the men came back one night to take the boys, they found that 11-year-old Justin had been paddled. Authorities said he had been beaten for “misbehavior” including asking a science question in history class, punished with 140 blows from a 3-foot board while Alamo gave orders via speaker phone….

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office charged him with felony child abuse and the FBI launched a manhunt. Alamo was arrested in 1991 in Florida, where he’d been living under an assumed name and running local businesses. The IRS also charged him with tax evasion, and he was sentenced to six years for refusing to pay taxes totaling $7.9 million. While he was incarcerated, Los Angeles prosecutors dismissed their case against Alamo.

After Alamo left federal prison, he started another compound in the tiny town of Fouke, Ark., near the Texas border, with about 100 followers. He still preached that Armageddon was around the corner and young girls made the best wives.

Until last September, when more than 100 agents, including state police and the FBI, raided his Arkansas property…..Women were talking – on an Internet site and to state police, who alerted the FBI. They were tired of being abused, they said. They’d been given to Alamo as teenagers. They’d seen others handed over at ages 8, 9 and 10.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/26/AR2009072601666_2.html

problems with wikipedia

July 28, 2009 Comments Off on problems with wikipedia

“the absence of traditional editorial controls makes Wikipedia unsuited to serious research. “How do they know it’s accurate?” Ross asks. “People can put down anything.” “For it lacks one vital feature of the traditional encyclopedia: accountability. Old-school reference books hire expert scholars to write their articles, and employ skilled editors to check and double-check their work. Wikipedia’s articles are written by anyone who fancies himself an expert….”
http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2004/07/12/one_great_source____if_you_can_trust_it/

The word on Wikipedia: Trust but verify
Popular online encyclopedia, plagued by errors, troubles educators
By Lisa Daniels and Alex Johnson
msnbc.com and NBC News
March. 29, 2007
Lisa Daniels
Correspondent
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Neil Waters had never seen anything quite like it. “I was looking at a stack of final examinations,” said Waters, a professor of Japanese studies at Middlebury College in Vermont, “and I found several instances of misinformation that [were] identical from one student to another.” All of those students in Waters’ Japanese history class late last year had been steered wrong by the same source — Wikipedia, the sprawling online encyclopedia that has revolutionized how ordinary people find information….
For Middlebury College’s history department, the answer is plain: Not totally, and not always. The department banned students from using it as a source in their papers, although they are allowed to consult it for background material, a move that was quickly mimicked by professors at other schools, including UCLA and the University of Pennsylvania….
Just this year, a Wikipedia entry falsely proclaimed that the comedian Sinbad was dead. (“Saturday, I rose from the dead,” he said.) Golfer Fuzzy Zoeller sued last month to find out who anonymously posted, falsely, that he abused drugs. And a prolific and highly trusted contributor believed to be a professor was unmasked as a 24-year-old college dropout.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17740041/

10 Questions: Jimmy Wales 3/21/07
How can I persuade my teachers to allow me to use Wikipedia as a legitimate research source?—Kaitlyn Grigsby, Medina, Ohio
I would agree with your teachers that that isn’t the right way to use Wikipedia. The site is a wonderful starting point for research. But it’s only a starting point because there’s always a chance that there’s something wrong, and you should check your sources if you are writing a paper.
http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1601491,00.html

One great source — if you can trust it
By Hiawatha Bray, Globe Staff  –  July 12, 2004
So of course Wikipedia is popular. Maybe too popular. For it lacks one vital feature of the traditional encyclopedia: accountability. Old-school reference books hire expert scholars to write their articles, and employ skilled editors to check and double-check their work. Wikipedia’s articles are written by anyone who fancies himself an expert….

Ross admits to reading and enjoying Wikipedia, and has even gotten ideas there for future Britannica articles. But the absence of traditional editorial controls makes Wikipedia unsuited to serious research. “How do they know it’s accurate?” Ross asks. “People can put down anything.”
http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2004/07/12/one_great_source____if_you_can_trust_it/

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6947532.stm
Wikipedia ‘shows CIA page edits’
An online tool that claims to reveal the identity of organisations that edit Wikipedia pages has revealed that the CIA was involved in editing entries.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/01/22/wikipedia_vandalism_crackdown/
Jimbo Wales ends death by Wikipedia
Kennedy murder shames online cult
By Cade Metz in San Francisco
On Tuesday afternoon, following a Washington luncheon celebrating the inauguration of President Barack Obama, longtime US Senators Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd kicked the proverbial bucket. At least, that’s what happened in Wikiland. In our world, they’re still among the living.

Wikipedia black helicopters circle Utah’s Traverse Mountain
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/12/06/wikipedia_and_overstock/ Wikipedia is not a democracy. But the totalitarian attitudes of the site’s ruling clique go much further than Jimbo cares to acknowledge. In early September, the Wikipedia inner circle banned edits from 1,000 homes and one massive online retailer in an attempt to suppress the voice of one man.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bomis
Bomis is a dot-com company founded in 1996. Its primary business is the sale of advertising on the Bomis.com search portal. It was founded by Jimmy Wales and Tim Shell, and provided support for the free encyclopedia projects Nupedia and Wikipedia….
Bomis ran a website called Bomis Premium at premium.bomis.com until 2005, offering customers access to premium, X-rated[3] pornographic content.

http://www.wired.com/culture/lifestyle/news/2005/12/69880
Wales has also repeatedly revised the description of a search site he founded called Bomis, which included a section with adult photos called “Bomis Babes.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/corrections/jimmy-wales-1624615.html

Child porn Sweep Nets 11 – Signal of Growing Problem Authorities Say

July 28, 2009 Comments Off on Child porn Sweep Nets 11 – Signal of Growing Problem Authorities Say

Child porn Sweep Nets 11 – Arrests, Including 5 from Region, Signal of Growing Problem, Authorities Say  by Robert Gavin, 7/25/09 Albany – State and federal authorities on Friday announced 11 arrests, including five from the greater Capital Region, in an effort to squash child pornography on the Internet they say has become an increasing problem.“I perceive this problem as the crack of the 21st century,” State Police Capt. Frank Pace, who commands the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, told reporters during a news conference at the State Police Academy. He was joined by, among others, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District Andrew Baxter, who cited a recent study showing that one in seven regular Internet users between ages 10 and 17 will be solicited online….A Department of Justice news release said the defendants were arrested “in connection with their online activities involving child pornography,” but withheld specifics. Authorities said the cases involved Internet depictions of victims as young as toddlers….The arrests were initiated by the state Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and federal prosecutors. http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=824011

Debate Over Repressed Memories – ScienceDaily

July 26, 2009 Comments Off on Debate Over Repressed Memories – ScienceDaily


Debate Over Repressed Memories – ScienceDaily (July 8, 2009) – Fueling the debate over the controversial psychiatric disorder known as dissociative amnesia, or repressed memory, Brown University political scientist Ross Cheit is challenging claims by two Harvard University psychiatrists. At issue is how to prove whether the memories of trauma, such as childhood sexual abuse, can be repressed and then resurface later in life.

Cheit’s paper, co-authored by Rachel E. Goldsmith of Reed College and Mary E. Wood of University of Oregon, appears in the current issue of Journal of Trauma & Dissociation. Cheit is disputing a 2006 contest by Harvard University psychiatrists Harrison G. Pope and James Hudson, both well-known skeptics of repressed memory….

Cheit said he repeatedly contacted Pope and the journal editors shortly after the article was published, requesting the data from Pope and raising questions about the contest methodology. Several months later, Pope and his team acknowledged on their Web site that the submitted example of Nina, a 1786 opera by the French composer Nicolas Dalayrac, fulfilled the contest criteria and that the $1,000 prize had been awarded. However, Cheit said, they never published a correction, addendum, or retraction of their original article and its conclusions….

In the current Journal of Trauma & Dissociation article, Cheit calls Pope’s entire contest “a sham,” accusing Pope’s team of failing to provide a thorough account of all submissions and the process by which they were rejected, offering highly questionable literary analysis, and including several misrepresentations of the state of the science regarding memory for trauma.

Cheit and his team offer additional literary examples and summarize some data that Pope and his team did not consider. They conclude, “Literature can provide important information about human experience, but it cannot prove or disprove traumatic amnesia any more than it can prove or disprove the existence of bacteria or dragons. Literary passages and modern scientific data do reveal descriptions and data, respectively, that depict dissociative amnesia as a naturally occurring traumatic sequela.” http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/07/090707170958.htm

Evangelist guilty of taking minors across state lines for sex

July 25, 2009 Comments Off on Evangelist guilty of taking minors across state lines for sex

Evangelist guilty of taking minors across state lines for sex 7/24/09 (CNN) – A jury in Arkansas convicted evangelist Tony Alamo on Friday of 10 federal counts of taking minors across state lines for sex, according to the court in the Western  District in Arkansas. Evangelist Tony Alamo was convicted of all 10 counts against him and will be sentenced later. Authorities in September charged Alamo, the 74-year-old founder and leader of Tony Alamo Christian Ministries, and raided his 15-acre compound near Texarkana, Arkansas….Between March 1994 and October 2005, Alamo transported five girls younger than 18 across state lines for sex, according to the indictment. The criminal complaint included accounts from three of the girls, two of whom were 17 when the complaint was filed last year and one who was 14. All three said Alamo sexually abused them. Alamo, whose real name is Bernie Hoffman, had denied all wrongdoing….Alamo also has compounds in Oklahoma and New Jersey. http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/07/24/arkansas.evangelist.trial/index.html

Clergy abuse – Ireland and Chicago

July 25, 2009 Comments Off on Clergy abuse – Ireland and Chicago

Second child abuse uproar engulfs Catholic Church in Ireland – A second report has given details of alleged sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in Dublin 7/22/09 David Sharrock, Ireland Correspondent – A report detailing the alleged sexual abuse of 450 children by Roman Catholic priests in the Archdiocese of Dublin was handed to the Irish Government yesterday. It is the second one this year to examine the extent of abuse perpetrated by members of the Catholic Church in Ireland and will undermine further its position in a country that only a few decades ago conformed rigidly to standards set by the Vatican. The Report of the Dublin Archdiocese Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse was delivered to Dermot Ahern, the Justice Minister, who must decide if and when to make its findings public….Dr Martin handed over 66,583 documents to the commission, which is presided over by Justice Yvonne Murphy. In a television documentary, he said that since 1940 more than 400 children had been abused by at least 152 priests in the Dublin area. In April the Archbishop told his congregation that the report’s revelations would “shock and horrify us all”….The commission was established in 2006 and has investigated how allegations of child sex abuse made against a representative sample of 46 priests were handled by 19 bishops in Dublin from January 1975 to April 2004. The report is likely to produce evidence of how bishops sought to cover up the activities of paedophile priests by moving them from diocese to diocese, thereby facilitating the abuse of children over a wider area. The arrest in 1994 of Father Brendan Smyth, who was convicted of abusing children in Dublin, Belfast and the US over 40 years, led to the collapse of the Irish Government. Last year Cardinal Desmond Connell, who was replaced as Archbishop of Dublin by Dr Martin in 2004, abandoned a lengthy legal challenge to his successor’s transfer of tens of thousands of church files to the commission. The cardinal, who retired under criticism for his handling of clerical sex abuse allegations, had argued that the files were legally privileged. The commission investigated nineteen bishops, seven of whom are dead. Its report is expected to name fifteen priests, eleven of whom have been convicted.  http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/ireland/article6722491.ece

Failure to report sex abuse in Chicago archdiocese described – Bishop’s deposition details attempts to keep cases secret By Kristen Mack – Tribune reporter 7/22/09  The archdiocese of Chicago has agreed to pay $3.9 million to settle six sexual abuse cases and on Tuesday released a bishop’s deposition that detailed the church’s failure to report the crimes and attempts to keep them secret. The 180-page deposition provides a rare glimpse of “how clerical culture operated in the past,” said Jeffrey R. Anderson, an attorney for the victims. Retired Auxiliary Bishop Raymond Goedert, the second-highest-ranking bishop in the Chicago archdiocese, testified that most of the priests he confronted with sexual abuse charges admitted them. “I knew the civil law considered it a crime,” Goedert said in his deposition, adding that he felt church law required him to treat matters confidentially. “I simply would not talk about [the cases] to anyone except those who had a right to know because of their position in the diocese.” Goedert’s deposition demonstrates the “energy spent on keeping the scandal contained,” said Marc Pearlman, another attorney for the victims…. The deposition shows how “deeply ingrained secrecy” is in this archdiocese, Barbara Dorris, the outreach director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said in a statement. “That confidentiality allowed the archdiocese to move serial predators from parish to parish without congregations’ knowledge about child-abuse allegations,” she said….The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago paid more than $15.8 million in legal settlements related to sexual abuse last year, amounting to $80.2 million in claims from June 2001 to June 2008. kmack@tribune.com
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-catholic-sex-abuse-settle-22jul22,0,5067268.story

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