LAKE ARROWHEAD, CA. 12 December 2016: A groundbreaking report just released to the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture by the activist organization ITHACA reveals the existence of a massive, secret imprisonment and torture system that targets tens of thousands of Americans each year. (Some have estimated it yields annual profits upwards of $40-billion annually to the perpetrators.1)
The report contains affidavits of some 90 individuals documenting violations of the 1984 United Nations Convention Against Torture, including isolation, contraindicated forced drugging, starvation, medical neglect, intimidation, coercion, unnecessary/inappropriate medical procedures, and physical and mental abuse. The victims are not charged or convicted of any crime and are often denied legal representation.
“Our report, Adult Guardianships as a Form of Torture in the United States, uncovers something far worse–owing to its scope and extent– than the secret network of CIA prisons revealed last year by the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee,” comments ITHACA spokeswoman Janet Phelan. “These victims are not terror suspects. They are ordinary US citizens who fell into a system which is geared towards fleecing their assets, with no regard for their well being.”