CCHR Florida Awards US Dept. of Justice, Florida Catholic Conference Representative

    CLEARWATER, Fla., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The US Dept. of Justice's Civil
 Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division was awarded the prestigious
 Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) Human Rights Award on Saturday,
 September 29th, for their work in exposing the negligence resulting in patient
 deaths, patient abuse and many other violations of patients' human rights at
 G. Pierce Wood Memorial Hospital in Arcadia, Florida.
     Steven Rosenbaum, Chief of the Special Litigation Section of the Dept. of
 Justice Office in Washington, DC, said that his office was very proud to
 receive the award, having stood "shoulder to shoulder with CCHR in
 guaranteeing human rights for all Americans."  The Justice Departments' work
 ultimately led to the Florida Legislature enacting legislation that cut
 funding to and ordered the closure of the hospital by April of 2002.
     Also awarded was Lawrence Keogh of the Florida Catholic Conference for his
 tireless efforts in the Florida Legislature, creating public awareness against
 bills that would have facilitated the fraudulent labeling of normal children
 as "mentally ill."
     Recipients pledged to continue working in the interests of children and
 families.
     The Awards Banquet also featured renowned pediatric neurologist, Dr. Fred
 Baughman, Jr., who spoke about the absence of science and medicine behind such
 ubiquitous psychiatric labels as ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity
 Disorder), calling the so-called mental illness a "total 100% fraud."  Such
 for-profit "disorders" yield the mental health industry more than $15 billion
 a year for their diagnoses, treatment and studies.
     Also featured and representing CCHR International was Commissioner and
 attorney Mr. Rick Moxon, who released the new CCHR International website that
 provides an anatomy of terrorism and psychiatry's role in the creation of
 senseless violence.  The website was released following the recent violent
 terrorist attacks on America and can be viewed at www.psychassault.org .
     The evening was punctuated by references to the epidemic of the more than
 6 million normal children who have been labeled with such fraudulent
 psychiatric illnesses as ADHD, Learning Disabilities and Conduct Disorder that
 have no validity in science or medicine but serve as convenient ruses to
 stigmatize children and expose them to dangerous, mind-altering drugs.  These
 drugs have numerous and life threatening, side effects.  A recent study
 published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), found
 that one stimulant widely prescribed for "ADHD" is more potent than cocaine.
 "The community, and parents generally, must be made aware of the truth of this
 widespread tragedy-in-the-making," said Dr. Baughman.
     CCHR was established in 1969 by the Church of Scientology to investigate
 and expose psychiatric violations of human rights.  It has been responsible
 for the reform of more than 100 laws worldwide that now provide rights and
 protections to individuals in the mental health system.
 
     For further information, contact Claudia Armas, (800) 782-2878.
 
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SOURCE Citizens Commission on Human Rights

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