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Who's Kids Are They Anyway?
By Mike Gallagher


http://www.townhall.com/Columnists/M...&comments=true


I'm not sure that I have ever been so relieved to see a headline. "Court
Rules Removal of Children From FLDS Compound was Illegal."

Halleluiah. A court finally got one right.

The mass abduction of hundreds of children who lived at the "Yearning
for Zion" ranch in Eldorado, Texas was just the beginning of predictably
disgraceful behavior by the state's Child Protective Services agency.
CPS is an agency that frequently runs amok in many states, an
out-of-control organization that regularly tramples on the rights of
adults accused of abusing children. The horror stories of parents
humiliated by the storm trooper tactics of this bunch of state
bureaucrats are lengthy.

I certainly understand that CPS has an unenviable task. It is
extraordinarily difficult to weed out fact from fiction, particularly in
a culture where more and more children are perfectly capable of spinning
tall tales in order to exact revenge upon a strict parent.

But the mantra of "protecting our children" shouldn't give a state
agency the ability to shred the constitutional rights of each and every
adult who comes into CPS's crosshairs.

I've been repeatedly saying that the story of the FDLS child abuse
"investigation" stinks to high heaven to anyone who would listen,
particularly my radio audience. Nothing about the case seemed right: the
supposed cry for help from a mysterious 16 year old girl who repeatedly
called an agency hotline to complain of sexual abuse; the Gestapo-like
tactics authorities used to raid the religious compound as a result of
those phone calls, including the use of a tank and semi-automatic
weapons as terrified children were stripped from their mothers' arms and
spirited away; the appalling conditions these children have been held
in, including published reports of toddlers crying for their missing
mothers to rock them to sleep while CPS workers, refusing to have
physical contact with the children, simply observed and took notes; the
attempts by mothers and fathers to at least visit their sons and
daughters being held by the state by traveling all over the Southeast to
meet with them, only to be told that the children "haven't been assigned
a case worker yet" and therefore were turned away; and the disturbing
memos by mental health professionals who observed the children and
determined that they were perfectly healthy, well-adjusted, polite
children who should never have been taken from their home in the first
place. One mental health worker wrote that she "has never been more
ashamed of my country" by witnessing what the state of Texas has done to
these children and their parents.

And the mystery 16 year old who started it all? Turns out it was a
mentally disturbed woman from Colorado who had a history of pretending
to be an underage child phoning the authorities. So the original
allegation of abuse was bogus. The mechanism that the state used to
terrify this group of parents and children was a total fabrication.

There is obviously a peculiarity about the FLDS group. They have largely
isolated themselves from the world, believing in bizarre concepts like
men having numerous spiritual wives and following the teachings of the
jailed "prophet" Warren Jeffs.

But when the day comes that the government comes breaking down the doors
and tries to make children permanent foster or adoptive children because
of the peculiar religious beliefs of a particular group, our nation is
in big, big trouble.

I've said it many times before, and I'll say it again: if any underage
child has been abused or harmed by an adult at the YFZ Ranch, then by
all means, arrest them. Heck, arrest anybody! Up to now, the only single
person who has been arrested is the troubled Colorado woman who made the
phony phone call in the first place. Meanwhile, a man named Dale Barlow,
a member of the sect who lives in Arizona, was splashed all over the
news media as the "suspect" in the "abuse" of the "16 year old victim."

His status? Authorities recently announced that they have no case
against the man, that there will be no charges filed against him.

I hope the state -- and possibly the news media -- is prepared for the
lawsuit that this wrongly accused man might be filing in the future.
Remember Richard Jewell, who was smeared by authorities who thought he
was the Atlanta Olympics bomber?

Everything about this story is rotten. It's the textbook example of a
zealous government destroying the United States Constitution in order to
grandstand and pretend that they are only interested in protecting the
children.

So finally, a bit of sanity arrives by way of the Texas 3rd District
Court of Appeals ruling that the state had absolutely no business taking
over 460 children from their parents. The three-justice panel said that
to use the pretense that future harm may or may not befall these
children hardly constitutes a process where all of them were to be
abducted from their home and turned into foster children, never to see
their birth mothers again.

It's time to try and put the pieces back together again. Enough damage
has been done already. The children need to be reunited with their
parents. Again, if the state can make the case that any child was
abused, it should arrest the suspected perpetrators.

I only hope that this fiasco will be a wake-up call to legislators and
citizens about the way an agency like Child Protective Services can spin
out of control and ruin people's lives right under our collective noses.

My hunch is that the heavy-handed authorities in this story never
imagined that anyone would be concerned about how they treated an odd
group of polygamists. But oddballs have rights, too. If we sit around
and watch the state abuse these FLDS people, how long before they come
after Baptists? Or Catholics?

Already, the state of California has made no secret of its intention to
outlaw homeschooling. It's fairly obvious that state-funded and
heavily-unionized teachers don't take too kindly to loving parents who
choose to educate their children at home. So could the homeschooling
community in America become the next group the government goes after?

You bet your life it could.

Recently, someone shared a quote that seemed to perfectly fit what the
government has been trying to do to the FLDS community in West Texas. It
may very well have been spoken by one of the numerous bureaucrats who
have attempted to justify this tale of the state taking all of these
children from their mothers and fathers. It was written in 1925 and it
said that the government can pull off pretty much anything as long as
it's done under the guise of protecting the children.

Astute history students probably recognize the quote.

It was written by Adolph HItler in 'Mein Kampf.'

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_"The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of
the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the
benefit of the children the people will happily endure almost any
curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation."
Adolph Hitler, 1943, Mein Kampf_
************************************************** *********************


An Inconvenient Truth about Child Protective Services, Foster care, and
the Child Protection "INDUSTRY"

Child Protective Services Does not protect children...
It is sickening how many children are subject to abuse, neglect and even
killed at the hands of CPS.

every parent should read the free handbook from
connecticut dcf watch...

http://www.connecticutdcfwatch.com

Number of Cases per 100,000 children in the US
These numbers come from The National Center on
Child Abuse and Neglect in Washington. (NCCAN)
Recent numbers have increased significantly for CPS

Perpetrators of Maltreatment

Physical Abuse CPS/Foster care 160, biological Parents 59
Sexual Abuse CPS/Foster care 112, biological Parents 13
Neglect CPS/Foster care 410, biological Parents 241
Medical Neglect CPS/Foster care 14 biological Parents 12
Fatalities CPS/Foster care 6.4, biological Parents 1.5

Imagine that, 6.4 children die at the hands of the very agencies that
are supposed to protect them and only 1.5 at the hands of parents per
100,000 children. CPS perpetrates more abuse, neglect, and sexual abuse
and kills more children then parents in the United States. If the
citizens of this country hold CPS to the same standards that they hold
parents too. No judge should ever put another child in the hands of ANY
government agency because CPS nationwide is guilty of more harm and
death than any human being combined. CPS nationwide is guilty of more
human rights violations and deaths of children then the homes from which
they were removed. When are the judges going to wake up and see that
they are sending children to their death and a life of abuse when
children are removed from safe homes based on the mere opinion of a
bunch of social workers.

THIS IS AMERICA'S HIDDEN HOLOCAUST

Currently Child Protective Services violates more constitutionally
guaranteed liberties & civil rights on a daily basis then all other
agencies combined, Including the National Security agency/Central
intelligence agency wiretaping programs…

THE CORRUPT BUSINESS OF CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES
BY: Nancy Schaefer Senator, 50th District of Georgia

http://www.senatornancyschaefer.com/...s.php?filter=6

This is Child Protection?
By Gregory A. Hession, J.D.

http://www.jbs.org/node/4632

Mercenary Motherhood: "Memoirs of a Babystealer."

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/...nion-rightrail

FOSTER CARE IS A 80 PERCENT FAILU. A Brief Analysis of the Casey
Family Programs. Northwest Foster Care Alumni Study. By Richard Wexler

http://www.nccpr.org/reports/cfpanalysis.doc

HOW THE WAR AGAINST CHILD ABUSE BECAME A WAR AGAINST CHILDREN

http://www.nccpr.org/issues/1.html

Adoption Bonuses: The Money Behind the Madness
DSS and affiliates rewarded for breaking up families
By Nev Moore Massachusetts News

http://www.massnews.com/past_issues/...May/mayds4.htm

A recent study has found that 12-18 months after leaving foster ca

30% of the nation’s homeless are former foster children.
27% of the males and 10% of the females had been incarcerated
33% were receiving public assistance
37% had not finished high school
2% receive a college degree
50% were unemployed

Children in foster care are three to six times more likely than children
not in care to have emotional, behavioral and developmental problems,
including conduct disorders, depression, difficulties in school and
impaired social relationships. Some experts estimate that about 30% of
the children in care have marked or severe emotional problems. Various
studies have indicated that children and young people in foster care
tend to have limited education and job skills, perform poorly in school
compared to children who are not in foster care, lag behind in their
education by at least one year, and have lower educational attainment
than the general population.
*Casey Family Programs National Center for Resource Family Support

80 percent of prison inmates have been through the foster care system.

The highest ranking federal official in charge of foster care, Wade Horn
of the Department of Health and Human Services, is a former child
psychologist who says the foster care system is a giant mess and should
just be blown up.

http://abcnews.go.com/print?id=2017991

Four rigorous studies have found that at least 30 percent of America’s
foster children could be home right now if their parents had decent housing.

This study found thousands of children already in foster care who would
have done better had child protection agencies not taken them away in
the first place.

Front-page story in USA Today.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/...m?csp=34#Close

Read the studies online.

Casey "alumni" study: "Improving Family Foster Ca Findings from the
Northwest Foster Care Alumni Study,"

http://www.casey.org/Resources/Publi...lumniStudy.htm

MIT study: "Child Protection and Child Outcomes: Measuring the Effects
of Foster Care,"

http://www.mit.edu/~jjdoyle/doyle_fo...arch07_aer.pdf

Texas comptroller's "Forgotten Children" reports:

www.window.state.tx.us/forgottenchildren

The bottom line? - Child Protective Services and the Foster Care system
for the most part turns out young adults that are nothing more than
walking wreckage...

CURRENTLY CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES VIOLATES MORE CONSTITUTIONALLY
GUARANTEED LIBERTIES & CIVIL RIGHTS ON A DAILY BASIS THEN ALL OTHER
AGENCIES COMBINED INCLUDING THE NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY/CENTRAL
INTELLIGENCE AGENCY WIRETAPPING PROGRAMS....

CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES, HAPPILY DESTROYING THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT
FAMILIES YEARLY NATIONWIDE AND COMING TO YOU'RE HOME SOON...

BE SURE TO FIND OUT WHERE YOUR CANDIDATES STANDS ON THE ISSUE OF
REFORMING OR ABOLISHING CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES ("MAKE YOUR CANDIDATES
TAKE A STAND ON THIS ISSUE.") THEN REMEMBER TO VOTE ACCORDINGLY IF THEY
ARE "FAMILY UNFRIENDLY" IN THE NEXT ELECTION...
 




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