I wasn't sure where to post this because it doesn't quite fit into any particular category, so I decided to post it in BTS since most members
will see it here anyway.
Do you believe the last U.S. election was rigged or a fraud? Have you ever thought about joining in a protest against the Bush administration's
policies? If so, then according to a bill to be passed in Congress, you can be considered mentally ill and should be on the social anxiety drug Paxil.
It would be fine if this was a joke.
The scary-looking guy in this picture with Donald Rumsfeld cowering behind him is Senate Majority Leader William (Bill) Frist.
Senator WIlliam Frist, or "Willhelm Fritz" as they call him in the back halls of Congress, is a brilliant organ-transplant surgeon and the first
practicing physician to be elected to the Senate since 1928. As the biography on
shows, his uncanny meteoric rise through the halls
of power has been punctuated by his "passion" for health issues - in particular mental
"Frosty Fritz" has been causing quite a stir amongst bloggers these past couple of months because of his plans to introduce a bill in Congress that
will define a new kind of mental illness - Political Paranoia
. Do a google search for "bill frist political paranoia" and see how many hits
you get! The bill, which should pass easily according to a spokesman for Senator Frist , will define "political paranoia" as including "individuals
who suffer from paranoid delusions regarding voter fraud, political persecution and FBI surveillance". "Political Paranoia" will be added to the
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
. When combined with
President Bush's plans to screen all United States citizens for mental
, the prospects become scary indeed.
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has even published a draft questionaire[/url] aimed at assisting psychiatrists in identifying "symptoms"
and includes "not at all / a little / very much" type questions such as "I believe that the Republican victory in the presidential election was the
result of fraud" and "I am thinking about protesting the inaugural festivities."
Political Paranoia Inventory Test.pdf
Conspiracy fact-finder Alex Jones has provided a link to an article on the issue
respected alternative media website, The Swift Report, has published a full investigation. I urge you to read it and understand what your government
thinks of your conspiracy theory interests.
Rick Smith, a spokesman for Senator Frist, says that the measure has a good chance of passing—something that can only help a portion of the
population that is suffering significant distress.
"If you're still convinced that President Bush won the election because Republicans figured out a way to hack into electronic voting machines,
you've obviously got a problem," says Smith. "If we can figure out a way to ease your suffering by getting you into therapy and onto medication,
that's something that we hope the entire 109th Congress will support."Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
This may well be the beginning of the crack down on "thought crime" that conspiracy theorists have spoken of and feared for years. I wonder how many
ATS members will pass the test?
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