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Do Political Bullies Continue to Interfere With Protections of Children?

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Rightly so, today's media is consumed with ongoing acts of Political Bullies, possessing conflicts of interest.  Yet, Political Bullies with conflicts, continue to protect one another, fail to disclose wrongdoing, all without government intervention resources.   Sadly, Political Bullies divert resources that compromise the safety and protections of children and those who protect them as mandated reporters.  Words for thought...

1. The Inspector General has documented that the Patriot Act was misused and abused by the FBI.  In layman terms, the FBI stretched and even broke the law.  Did attorneys advise the FBI to break the law or did the FBI act independently, without legal counsel?  We must now look to Congress for answers and demands for accountability, in the midst of an all-consuming war against terrorism.

2. Computer technology challenges society with new-found Political Bullies, the "hackers" and "identity thieves." Although the new-found Bullies take most of the blame for security cyberspace breaches, we must wonder if cyberspace is just another diversion used by the Political Bullies to escape truths on matters relating to the protections of our children.  The media seldom reports the multi-billion dollar venture capitalist profits that illicit access to records that are distinct from hackers and identity thieves, also known as data mining.  Shockingly, it was reported that approximately 1.6 billion records were compromised at Axciom and the breach was not committed by hackers -- but alleged institutional negligence.  Who is regulating this potential nightmare?

3.   U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is under fire for orchestrating the termination of federal prosecutors. There were eight U.S. Attorneys fired by the Justice Department, perhaps under political pressure from the White House relating to prosecutors chasing corruption in public corridors. We must once again ask ourselves if the standards mandated on the Department of Justice include terminating federal prosecutors based on political retaliation. Again, we must look to Congress for answers and demands for accountability, in the midst of an all-consuming war against terrorism.

Connecting the dots outlined in this opinion reveal a SERIOUS child protection concern that needs IMMEDIATE corrective action.  If the FBI, cyberspace industry and the U.S. Department of Justice continue individual battles against Political Bullies, then what happens to legislative and government efforts desperately needed to protect children from horrific sex crimes.   Who will demand the time and resources to guarantee our children are safe?  Obviously, it won't be the FBI, the Department of Justice or the cyberspace industry -- all fighting Political Bullies of their own.  More facts...

* There are approximately 100,000 victims of childhood sex abuse crimes committed by an employee of a religious institution in the U.S. and President Bush used his executive powers to grant immunity to the Vatican and Pope Benedict for the horrific crimes that destroyed the lives of children and families.

** Thousands of sex abuse victims were denied justice and due process of the law based on expired criminal and civil statutes of limitation.  Yet, public records consisting of civil and criminal court records now tell the truth and reveal a pattern of abuse.  Yet, Political Bullies throughout the U.S. are fighting legislation similar to California's 2003 Sex Abuse Law that would return denied due process to victims of past sex abuse crimes.  

** The San Diego Catholic Diocese recently filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection on the eve of a clergy sex abuse trial.  Attorneys representing the San Diego Diocese and Bishop Brom obviously assisted in meeting the legal requirements for filing a Chapter 11 petition.  As a non-attorney, I was shocked that  The ALSAM Foundation is listed as a secured creditor for a $50 million loan made to the San Diego Diocese for Catholic school construction.   Yet, a simple www.google.com search reveals that the San Diego Tribune, by Chris Moran, dated April 23, 2005, reports "… The ALSAM Foundation, the charitable organization of a family from Idaho, has pledged to donate $50 million to the construction of the school, said George Moosman, the foundation's president. The estate of Joan Kroc has also donated $5 million."   Another www.google.com search revealed that the same law firm representing The ALSAM Foundation's secured $50 million claim in the San Diego Diocese bankruptcy, also represents and/or represented the San Diego Catholic Diocese in its lobbying interests in Sacramento.  Federal bankruptcy protection is guaranteed in the U.S. and we can only pray the victims of clergy sex abuse are not punished by procedural court delays.   

As a Catholic wife, mother and advocate for sex abuse victims, their families and mandated reporters, connecting the dots reveals Political Bullies in many disguises.  As Political Bullies continue to divert the media and public's attention away from efforts and legislation that will ensure the protections of children, the safety of children continues to be at risk.  Is anyone paying attention?

I do not have all the answers to this tragic lack of concern for today's children and hopefully, it is not because children do not vote and do not contribute to political campaigns.   However, as a society, we cannot allow Political Bullies in the FBI, the Department of Justice, the cyberspace industry, government,  political and religious organizations to divert focus away from the protections of children.   

Please write letters and send emails daily to newspapers, government, political and religious leaders.  One day, the right person will get one of our letters and will take charge of this horrific clergy sex abuse crisis.  Without justice, there will never be peace and without peace, faith and our country's laws are empty.

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