The Friends of Scooter Libby- Mel Sembler & co.

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The Friends of Scooter Libby- Mel Sembler & co.

Postby robertdreed » Sat Feb 11, 2006 8:29 pm

St. Petersburg Republican Takes Charge Of 'Scooter' Libby's Legal Defense Fund<br>By WILLIAM MARCH wmarch@tampatrib.com <br>Published: Nov 24, 2005<br><br><br> <br> <br>TAMPA - -- Mel Sembler of St. Petersburg, a Republican fundraiser and former ambassador, is chairman of the legal defense fund for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney.<br><br>Libby faces federal charges in connection with the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame.<br><br>A longtime political supporter of Cheney, Sembler was recruited to join the effort by Barbara Comstock, a Washington lawyer and friend of Libby, Comstock said.<br><br>Sembler will head what Comstock called "a distinguished and bipartisan group of friends, colleagues and former government officials" who have formed the Libby Legal Defense Trust.<br><br>She said the group aims to raise millions of dollars, but there is no specific goal -- only "the amount he needs to defend his good name."<br><br>Sembler is a developer and longtime fundraiser for Republican candidates in Florida and nationwide.<br><br>He could not be reached for comment.<br><br>Sembler "holds Scooter in high esteem as many members of the committee have," Comstock said. "We're confident that Scooter will be exonerated. He has declared he's innocent."<br><br>She said the committee, which still is adding members, includes former Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, former presidential candidate Steve Forbes, former Sens. Fred Thompson and Alan Simpson, and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Jack Kemp.<br><br>Comstock said the group is "bipartisan" because two members, former CIA Director Jim Woolsey and former Ambassador Dennis Ross, have held appointments in Democratic as well as Republican administrations... <!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://tampatrib.com/floridametronews/MGBO5Y2KEGE.html">tampatrib.com/floridametr...2KEGE.html</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br> <p></p><i></i>
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Re: The Friends of Scooter Libby- Mel Sembler & co.

Postby sunny » Sat Feb 11, 2006 8:36 pm

Isn't Sembler the guy who ran the horribly abusive "christian" youth programs? <p></p><i></i>
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Re: The Friends of Scooter Libby- Mel Sembler & co.

Postby albion » Sat Feb 11, 2006 8:48 pm

Yeah, John Gorenfeld wrote an article about him: <br><br><!--EZCODE LINK START--><a href="http://www.alternet.org/story/27725/">Ambassador de Sade</a><!--EZCODE LINK END--><br><br>And somebody named Wes Fager has a sort of eye-on Melvin and Betty Sembler blog: <br><br><!--EZCODE LINK START--><a href="http://melvinandbettysembler.blogspot.com/">Melvin and Betty Sembler</a><!--EZCODE LINK END--><br><br>Also, I dunno if this was ever posted here or not, but Gorenfeld had another article on Alternet recently about the teen "rehab" industry:<br><br><!--EZCODE LINK START--><a href="http://www.alternet.org/story/31000/">No More Nightmares at Tranquility Bay?</a><!--EZCODE LINK END--> <p></p><i></i>
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Re: The Friends of Scooter Libby- Mel Sembler & co.

Postby robertdreed » Sat Feb 11, 2006 8:55 pm

<!--EZCODE ITALIC START--><em>Isn't Sembler the guy who ran the horribly abusive "christian" youth programs? </em><!--EZCODE ITALIC END--><br><br>There's no religious pitch associated with them. Sembler was a pioneer in the coercive youth rehab-for-profit business, with his Straight, Inc.<br><br>Website for PTSD survivors of Straight, Inc. abuse- <!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://www.thestraights.com/index.htm">www.thestraights.com/index.htm</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br>There are some other pages here on RI on the same topics, as well as pertaining to Semblers career as George Bush's #1 fundraiser in 2000. <p></p><i>Edited by: <A HREF=http://p216.ezboard.com/brigorousintuition.showUserPublicProfile?gid=robertdreed>robertdreed</A> at: 2/11/06 5:56 pm<br></i>
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Very interesting

Postby sunny » Sun Feb 12, 2006 12:13 pm

<!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href="http://thestraights.com/theprogram/suicides-page2.htm#vancil">thestraights.com/theprogr...htm#vancil</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br>Jerry Vancil escaped from Straight around 1977 and got to a reporter of the Saint Petersburg Times and told of a beating he had received in a timeout room by numerous old comers. The Times investigated and got statements from several of the alleged old comers who admitted that a confrontation had occurred but not like Jerry Vancil had stated. It was Jerry Vancil who had attempted to beat them all up so they had to protect themselves. State health official from Florida's HRS Robert G. Marshall investigated the matter and publicly stated that if the allegations proved to be true it would become a criminal matter and be given over to the State Attorney's office. And then Jerry Vancil just disappeared. Straight could have been closed down at that time based on Jerry Vancil's story and others beginning to emerge, but the state's star witness just disappeared. Bob Marshall said that without a witness there was no case. The state of Florida did not look for Jerry Vancil and as far as I know Jerry Vancil has never been seen again, dead or alive. Jerry Vancil is from Tennessee. If you have any information on Jerry Vancil, please contact me. If you have any information on these or any other suspicious deaths or suicide attempts involving students or former students of Straight-based synanons please contact the author. I will respect your confidentiality in these matters. <br>. <br> <p></p><i></i>
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