Stalinist-style show-trial: Former top shrink for FBI to be involuntarily committed

by Jim Fetzer and Preston James

Salerian featured imageIn a shocking development, Alen J. Salerian, M.D., the former top psychiatrist for the FBI, is about to be involuntarily committed to a prison psychiatric facility for indefinite detention.

The official reason is that he is not currently competent to assist his legal counsel in their defense against charges that he has become a drug distributor through his medical practice.

The real reasons, however, appear to be completely different, including:

(a) that Alan and his colleagues have pioneered the responsible use of narcotics to reduce pain and anguish for their patients, where their efforts have been perceived as undermining the “War on Drugs”;

(b) that two of his closest associates in these efforts, Kevin Byers and Siobhan Reynolds, who, like Alen, were members of the Board of Physicians Against Cruelty to Humans with Imperfect Brains, of which Byers was its legal counsel, died in a mysterious plane crash that may well have been deliberate;

(c) that he has been a persistent critic of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for distributing misleading statistics and promoting the impression of non-existent epidemics, where their efforts collectively have constituted a serious attack on the War on Drugs, which has many financial and political beneficiaries, including the DEA;

(d) the crack down began on 3 March 2011, when his home in Bethesda, Maryland, was raided by a heavily armed force of DEA agents wearing bullet-proof vests and brandishing automatic weapons, ransacked his home and taking his computers and cars on the fabricated ground that his bank account reflected a $100,000 transaction, which was for medical equipment but which the agents claimed was for dealing drugs; and,

(e) because he has spoken out about the assassination of JFK and published on the possible use of a paralyzing dart to immobilize the President and aspects of the alleged Sandy Hook “child massacre”, including a psychological evaluation of the testimony of Gene Rosen, a key witness, which he has discredited.

We are thoroughly familiar with Alen Salerian and his situation, and, on the basis of our combined personal and professional experience and qualifications, we are convinced that this case is a version of Stalinist “show trial” tactics to punish him for publicly criticizing the War on Drugs and to set an example of what happens to those who transgress the government’s boundaries.

Even if Alen were “incompetent to defend himself at trial”, which neither of us accept, he could instead be evaluated on an out-patient basis. There is no good reason to incarcerate him in a prison psychiatric ward, except that then he can be subjected to invasive drug and perhaps even electro-shock therapy to alter his ability to reason and turn him into an obedient serf of the state. Alen protested his abusive treatment at The National Press Club this past Wednesday at 1 PM/ET (see below). If you think this is wrong, write or call Judge Sargent (below).

The Washingtonian’s “Update” of Alen’s Case

Here is a summary of his plight that has appeared in The Washingtonian, which, as we shall explain, has been running a smear campaign against him by its contributor, Ariel Sabar:

Heading for UPDATE
Sabar's UPDATEBut Ariel Sabar has proven himself to be a past-master at the smear, where he has engaged in elementary fallacies, such as special pleading by citing only evidence favorable to your side and ignoring the rest, as you can judge for yourself by comparing the letter from Harold Takooshain, Ph.D., with the commentry by Sean Dix exposing the corruption of Ariel Sabar’s assault.

Professor Takooshian’s letter to Attorney General Holder

Harold Takooshian has been a member of the faculty at Fordham University since 1975, having begun his college teaching career at age 23. He has taught in both the U.S. and in South America. He was named a U.S. Fulbright Scholar to the USSR in 1987-88, and to Russia (fall of 2013) at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.  Here is what he has written about Alen to Eric Holder, Attorney General:

Takooshian letter to Eric Holder

Dr. Takooshian is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and has served as a national officer or President of Psi Chi (1993-2000), President of APA Divisions of International Psychology (2003) and General Psychology (2007), chair of the New York group of SPSSI, and a representative of APA to the United Nations. In 2010 Psi Chi honored Dr. Takooshian with the Florence L. Denmark National Faculty Advisor Award.

Sean Dix response to The Washingtonian

Sean Dix, inventor of FlossRings, who has himself been the target of character assassination and of (what appears to have been) an actual assassination attempt, responded to Ariel Sabar’s original hit piece in The Washingtonian with an astute summary of the actual situation:

The Washingtonian’s Character Assassination of Dr. Alen J. Salerian should more properly be viewed as libel. After speaking with Dr. Salerian and listening to his side of the story one would learn some facts that would be impossible to disprove at trial.

First, I understand the DC medical board’s investigation was based on 14 patients none of whom had complained. All claims of ill treatment came from third parties with little contact with those 14 patient’s. It’s impossible in my opinion for any Board of medicine to reach any sound conclusion without firsthand testimony from the patients.

Secondly, attributing the deaths of two patients Patrick and Paul are misleading because Paul died two years after he left Dr. Salerians supervision and the DC board of medicine exonerated Dr. Salerian in Paul’s care and treatment. Given that both the DC Medical Board and the Washingtonian were familiar with the facts before the second investigation began it seems obvious to me that this is either double jeopardy, a malicious prosecution or both.

The evidence shows that Patrick’s death was due to a congenital heart disease, confirmed by two nationally recognized experts, a Board Certified Pathologist, and a Cardiologist. The evidence indicates that the board knew Patrick’s blood level of methadone was in the therapeutic range and that the prescribed dosage was consistent with the recommended guidelines in Goodman and Gilman’s Bible of psychopharmacology.

The board knows that the standard guidelines for documenting narcotic related deaths often leads to an erroneous diagnosis of narcotic related death because any sudden death with narcotics in the system is reported as narcotic induced death. It doesn’t matter whether the amount of narcotic is minute or causative. This is a national problem – troubling and misleading – yet well known by experts in the forensic sciences and needs to be addressed with additional research to prevent the false or misleading cause of death.

How can the DC Medical Board explain the fact that one employee and seven patients committed suicide in one year after Dr Salerian lost his privileges to prescribe controlled substances. Did the benefits of taking Dr. Salerian’s license outweigh the loss of life that resulted. Clearly these were patients in need of help that did not receive it. I have to wonder if members of the DC Medical Board would wish to be treated with such indifference were anyone of them in chronic pain or in any emotional distress requiring psychopharmacology treatment.

How else can it be explained that two of the 14 patients who were the subject of the boards investigation died suddenly after their treatments were interrupted, one by suicide, the other due to complications from an exploratory surgery for pain !!! Given that both deaths occurred months afterwards they were apparently not caused by the treatment prescribed by Dr. Salerian but by the removal of his care.

In my opinion it is beyond criminal to deprive a patient of their doctors care. The evidence I have seen clearly put’s the DC Board of medicine in a position to explain why they would participate in such a biased trial given the abundance of facts that refute their findings. An appeals court would clearly see through this on review. Is that the new measure of justice to have to see an injustice through to an appellate court?

In my opinion it is the members of the DC Board of medicine that should be brought to justice. Society needs fair and impartial members of Government to act in good faith and hold each other accountable when necessary. I understand that Washington DC’s culture encourages cover ups but hopefully the truth is too compelling to ignore for the sake of millions who suffer from chronic emotional and physical pain along with the 2000 plus doctors who have been wrongly punished for practicing medicine.

Except for this article I don’t read the Washingtonian and after reading it I don’t plan to ever again. I’m stunned that the Washingtonian didn’t check the available facts that would exonerate Dr. Salerian from their portrayal of a great doctor with a 40 year practice as reckless and responsible for the deaths of two of his patients when it can be proven otherwise. Given that the FBI sought Dr. Salerian as their Chief Psychiatric Consultant I find it harder still to believe that the FBI would have invested themselves in Dr. Salerian’s opinion without doing their own due diligence.

It is a bad sign of the times when those who most deserve justice are persecuted instead. It would seem that all individuals with a vision are literally ostracized by their peers before the merits of their work is accepted. I find it wholly inconsistent that Dr. Salerian who as a pioneer in his field with scholarly publications in peer-reviewed journals and who testified before the FDA as an expert after his work was published by the oldest medical journal the Lancet would behave in the reckless manner that he is characterized in.

In my opinion Dr. Salerian should be commended for his courage in taking on the task of treating some of the most challenging people with physical or mental pain. Instead the DC Board of medicine effectively pulled the rug out from under thousands of Dr. Salerian’s patients, their families and the center’s employees with an unethical and incompetent investigation.

Sean’s commentary was only one of a large number from those who objected to the smear tactics that Ariel Sabar was deploying against Alen Salerian, including many of his former patients, which expose the fuller dimensions of this hit piece in violation of journalistic ethics.

To view Dr. Salerian at The National Press Club, click on this caption.


Professor Fetzer’s letter to Judge Sargent

During a hearing on 4 April 2014 before Judge Pamela Meade Sargent, Her Honor invited the submission of letters of support from James H. Fetzer, Ph.D., and Alan Salerian, M.D., on his own behalf. Here is the letter from Dr. Fetzer of 9 April 2014:

Pamela Meade Sargent
Magistrate Judge
180 West Main Street
Suite 123
Abingdon, VA 24212
(276) 628-6021

Dear Judge Sargent,

This letter is written in support of Alen J. Salerian, M.D., a personal friend and research associate I have known since 2007.  I am a former Marine Corps officer and retired university professor, who has published extensively and engaged in research on a wide range of subjects, including the death of our 35th president. I know Alen very well, where he has stayed in my home near Madison, WI, and I have stayed at his home in Bethesda, MD. The legal assaults on him appear to be unjustified.

From numerous discussions with him about his situation, I believe that Alen is being railroaded by local authorities in Bethesda, MD, who have suspended his license and wrongly deprived him of the right to the practice of medicine.  The move for him to be incarcerated in a psychiatric facility would be catastrophic, since he would be labeled “crazy” ever after.  I believe this is happening because he has protested the use of misleading statistics by the CDC.  I have written about this in an article,

“Is the War on Drugs as Phony as the War on Terror?”

It is an objective fact that Dr. Salerian and many of his close physician associates have been pioneering the responsible use of narcotics to treat patients suffering from pain/brain problems.  It is an objective fact that two of them, Kevin Byers and Siobhan Reynolds, were killed in a mysterious plane crash. It is an objective fact that Alen’s home was raided by a heavily-armed force of DEA agents, who not only terrorized his wife and daughter but took his computers, his cars and froze his back accounts.

It is also an objective fact that The Pain/Brain Festival he had planned with others for 4 September 2011 in front of the Lincoln Memorial was sabotaged.  It is an objective fact that he has been a critic of the CDC’s use of statistics to create (what appears to be) a false impression of a heroin epidemic and that the CDC has been non-responsive to his efforts to have its methods of data collection and publication corrected to be less misleading impression. In a second article, about his more recent travails,

“Outing the Washingtonian and the Criminalization of Medicine”

I have written about the hit piece on him published in The Washingtonian, where the author, Ariel Sabar, has exaggerated the case against him and omitted important information that exonerates him from the most serious charges against him, including that he was responsible for the death of two of his patients, one of them “Paul”, who turns out to have died from an undiagnosed intestinal ulcer. Not only was Dr. Salerian not responsible, but “Paul” died two years after having left Alen’s care as a patient.

The other, Patrick Kennedy, appears to have died from a rare congenital coronary disease, which was only detected after two nationally recognized medical authorities–a cardiologist and a pathologist–had taken a closer look at the case. But you would not know this from the article authored by Ariel Sabar, who hascommitted the special pleading fallacy by only citing evidence that was unfavorable to Dr. Salerian and which has been exaggerated beyond the boundaries of responsible journalism and reporting.

As I have explained in the comments on the article, I was also interviewed by Ariel Sabar, but apparently my experiences with Dr. Salerian were too positive to merit publication.  Having spent 35 years offering courses in logic, critical thinking and scientific reasoning, there are two dimensions to rationality of belief, which are those represented by objective logical relations between evidence and hypothesis and those that reflect subjective degrees of belief. To be rational, they must at least roughly correspond.

In this case, that is not remotely the case, which means that the divergence between the objective evidence and subjective opinions demands an explanation. The diagnosis of the government-appointed psychiatrist, Anita Boss, Ph.D., who has concluded Alen suffers from “delusions”, does not appear to correspond—by any stretch—with the objective evidence.  What delusions are those from which he is alleged to suffer? Certainly not any which are rooted in the objective facts that I have described above.

We know that a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing, which appears to have been the case with “Dr. Gatito”, whose complaints about Alen were based on misunderstandings regarding the treatment of one of his patients.  But too much knowledge can also pose hazards.  Dr. Salerian has exposed a serious problem with CDC statistics related to purported “deaths from drugs”, because the presence of drugs in any quantity are taken as sufficient to classify a death as “due to drugs”, which is a major blunder.

An historical analogy occurred in the past classification of deaths as due to criminal poisoning for many who died from carbon monoxide poisoning in the early 1900s, where home stove gas and lights were the cause of deaths mistakenly classified as “criminal poisoning”, which had actually been brought about by a light or pilot light having been accidentally extinguished.  It was only with the development of methods for measuring CO in the blood that accidental and criminal deaths could be distinguished.

If you could read the comments from Alen’s former patients that I have included in the second of these two articles, I believe you would acquire a more balanced and nuanced impression of what Dr. Salerian means to his (now former) patients, seven or eight of whom have committed suicide since he was forced to end his practice. The situation is as unjust as it could be. I am grateful to have a chance to address the issues with you; and I would be glad to appear in court as a sworn witness about them.


Dr. Salerian with patients protesting the sabotaging of the Pain/Brain Festival

Preston James’ assessment of the situation

This is nothing less than a Soviet-style show trial, the type for which Stalin was so notorious. And it is now occurring here inside America. It is sub-human and totally disgusting on many different levels.  The government appears to be attempting to destroy the doctor-patient relationship, which some discerning physicians, like Alen Salerian, are resisting.

When the FBI needed services from one of the top Psychiatrists in the nation and identified him as such and got what they wanted, everything was just fine. However, as soon as Dr. Salerian’s strong character and total commitment to his patients ran counter the official USG position on several key matters, Dr. Salerian was made a scapegoat. The USG deck was stacked against him. Anyone that does any work for the USG–or one of its key LETTER agencies–who ventures off the USG prescribed reservation quickly becomes a target of full USG retribution.

What was the USG “Big Sin” that Dr. Salerian committed which has brought the full force of the USG down upon his head and attacked him in the basest manner by even questioning his medical expertise and his very sanity? Very simply, Dr. Salerian refused to violate his Hippocratic Oath to place his patient’s welfare first and refused to buckle under to USG manipulations. Rather than just “shut up” and go away, he persisted in telling the truth and exposing the complete hypocrisy of the USG’s policy on drugs.

Top retired DEA officials know that the USG brings most of the illegal drugs in and has done so since the Vietnam War to raise “off the books” funding for black ops. They also know that the CIA has a long well established partnership with all the drug cartels and while using them as business partners, raises up competitive ones to fight each other and keep them from becoming too prominent, thus keeping the CIA on top.

The USG does not want drug addictions to be treated like other medical/psychiatric problems by allowing properly trained physicians to prescribe the necessary drugs. Nor do they want marijuana to be legalized, because this would quickly put an end to the success of the Drug Cartels and they would lose a vast source of untraceable funding for black ops. They want illegal drugs to keep ruining inner cities and the youth of America and to continue to generate massive crime problems.

Why you might ask? Because these horrible problems that cause so much degeneration, human suffering and crime justify the continual expansion of the Federal Government and Law Enforcement which, in turn, provides the muscle necessary for the Regime in power inside the Beltway to keep “We the People” oppressed and maintain totalitarian power.

If you work for the USG in anyway and cross them by refusing to “knuckle-under”, the USG secretly labels you an “Enemy of the State” and brings its full force and all of its resources down upon your head. If they decide not to murder you, they will work harder instead to “murder your reputation” and completely discredit you.

Thanks to the taxpayers, the USG has vast resources and can call upon many of its assets for special favors. These favors might be lying, deceiving, faking evidence, you name it, depends on what is owed in return or how “loyal” the asset that is called upon. The USG can shop around and find someone who is willing to sell out or give them what they want.

You see, if you cross a basic USG major policy, like actually providing needed care to those patients with severe 24/7 debilitating chronic pain, as Dr. Salerian has done, and you even write about it and discuss it openly, this runs counter to existing USG drug policy and threatens to undermine it. That is simply not acceptable to the US Government.

But Dr. Salerian did something even worse in the USG eyes. He is a real, old fashioned physician that puts his patients first and takes his Hippocratic Oath 100% seriously to do no harm to patients and advocate on their behalf when necessary. This violates the secret USG Health Policy that the large Health Insurance Companies and US government bureaucrats are the ones that set the standards of care, which medical services are approved, which will paid for and which won’t.

You see, the USG does not want Physicians to be in control and has spent the last 50 years eroding the Doctor/Patient relationship. They have pushed for Insurance and Hospital Protocols and literally taken most of the ability of Doctors to function as Hippocratic Physicians away. Why? Because the USG wants to exercise the power of life and death over “We the People”. That’s why.

Dr. Salerian is an exceedingly well trained, competent Physician specializing in Psychiatry and has provided competent care to his patients for many years. Only when he bucked the official USG Health Care and Drug Policies by criticizing them and the use of misleading statistics by the CDC did he become labeled as an “Enemy of the State” and the full force of the USG and all its assets and favors were brought down upon him.

Dr. Salerian is notably very caring, 100% committed to giving his patients the very best care possible and telling the truth about it, despite enormous pressure from a corrupt, self-serving USG, which has decided to make an example out of him to scare other such Doctors into submission. He took a stand for his patients, put them first and refused to buckle under to totalitarian elements inside the Beltway–and now he is receiving the USG Boot in his face 24/7 in response.

You doubt this is a manifestation of USG hypocrisy at the highest levels inside the Beltway? Then consider this. Why does the USG persist in maintaining and enforcing farcical Federal laws that Marijuana is a Class I narcotic, when it has already been legalized in several individual states? We fill our prisons with non-violent drug users, while the US Goverment, perhaps the biggest drug dealer in the world, goes scot-free. This complete Drug Policy Hypocrisy is reflection of the USG’s powerful need to continue to restrict access to drugs.

That extends even to marijuana as a part of their addiction to off-the-books drug money for black ops, underground bases, and secret military programs, none of which would ever be approved by Congress if “We the People” were publicly informed. As one former high ranking Centac Man observed, if drugs were legalized, it would cut off money laundering from the large Wall Street banks and most would go bankrupt in a month.

The simple fact is that Dr. Salerian’s Soviet Show trial is nothing less than a well coordinated effort for the USG to “geld” Doctors and get total control over them, reducing them to mere order-takers from the Insurance Companies and US Government bureaucrats, while keeping American Intel and the Banks fat with drug money.

Welcome to the New Soviet Union. They call it “America”!

Jim Fetzer, a former Marine Corps officer, is McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth and an author and editor for Veterans Today.

Preston James earned his Ph.D. in social psychology from a major Big-Ten university and is a prolific and extremely popular contributor to Veterans Today.

Jim Fetzer

A former Marine Corps officer, Jim Fetzer has published widely on the theoretical foundations of scientific knowledge, computer science, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and evolution and mentality.McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth, he has also conducted extensive research into the assassination of JFK, the events of 9/11, and the plane crash that killed Sen. Paul Wellstone.

The founder of Scholars for 9/11 Truth, his latest books include The Evolution of Intelligence (2005), The 9/11 Conspiracy (2007), Render Unto Darwin (2007), and The Place of Probability in Science (2010).

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14 Responses to "Stalinist-style show-trial: Former top shrink for FBI to be involuntarily committed"

  1. nick dean  May 4, 2014 at 9:19 am

    The NPC no-show from the media is no surprise. They are disgusting.

  2. nick dean  May 4, 2014 at 9:18 am

    The video from the National Press Club is compelling. I had listened to a couple of Salerian’s appearances on the Real Deal but hadn’t really FELT the case before. This is very, very bad.

    So has Dr Salerian been shipped out to the gulag by now?

  3. captain obvious  April 29, 2014 at 6:29 am

    ahhh yeah.. first they came for the psychiatrists, but I was not worried, I am not a psychiatrist..
    then they came for the psychologists, but I am not a psychologist..

    dont you friggin shrinks get it yet?! you DO have the power to declare these criminal “politicians” a danger to themselves and others, to remove them from office for real world concerns like TREASON, INCOMPETENCE, MEGALOMANIA, PATHOLOGICAL LYING, and more!
    by NOT doing so, you shrinks only reveal yourselves as FRAUDS, complicit to these CRIMINALS ACTS!

    you dont need to haul them in for psych-evals, their voting records and statements are public!

  4. franktalk  April 28, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Sounds like the most they could try is a medical malpractice case. Unless he was not in contact with his state association did not have approval for the ‘experimental’ drugs and protocol he was using. Not having that, he has no protection. . . and there is no such thing as a good lawyer under maritime law.

  5. Bente  April 28, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    In order to fully understand what you are reporting on here could you tell me what CDC and USG stands for. I am not American and not familiar with these abbreviations. I AM familiar with effective Drug Rehabilitation, ie withdrawal, detoxification followed by life skills ‘treatment’ to help handle the actual reason drugs were taken in the first place and also handle the emotional pain of having very often robbed friends and family to get cash for drugs and in other ways been a pain. Please explain what Dr. Salerian’s treatment consisted of, why considered harmful, for what kind of pain (examples) as you say his patients suffered both physical and emotional pain? I would like to understand as this seems yet another ‘case’ of
    killing someone who has a cure authorities didn’t agree with as it may interfere with their money making schemes… There are numerous examples of that…… I don’t love psychiatrists, but then again they are not all bad, and Dr. S might be one of them (good ones).

    • Jim Fetzer  April 28, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      “Center for Disease Control” (CDC) and “United States Government” (USG). Check out the articles I have linked in my letter to Judge Sargent and comment after you have the chance to read them. Many thanks!

  6. Excalibur  April 28, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Josef Stalin (real name Dzhugashvili – was a cheap hood from Georgia – a country which ironically we now know is also the focus of the modern ‘jewish’ blood haplotype). He was not a very nice person. Even before his mass murdering adventures across the globe he was a hardened criminal. Whilst in detention in Siberia he even managed to rape a twelve year old child named Lidia Pereprygina – who went on to have a son. This almost came out on Stalin’s death and the Soviet authorities had to ‘take measures’ in the early 1950s to ‘protect the integrity’ of the communist state. Strangely enough his side kick – Beria – used to rape and murder large numbers of local Russian schoolgirls – which his secret police would ‘arrest’ on the street and deliver to his office for torture and his vile amusement. They were always murdered afterwards – and recently 200+ skeletons of young girls were found buried under Beria’s house. THAT ladies and gentlemen – is what we are all dealing with here. The same evil.

    After WW2 Stalin was insanely jealous of popular and heroic Russian Generals with excellent military records. He had most of them denounced and executed as ‘traitors’ to prevent them becoming popular enough to take his place. General Georgy Zhukov was just TOO popular to kill off – and Stalin was advised that it might rebound on him. Instead he had him declared insane and put in a mental asylum. The Soviet press and newsreels then duly played their part in the assassination of Zhukov’s character.

    • Excalibur  April 28, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      The same abominable parasite that ran Russia and the Soviet bloc in those days has now hopped – like a gigantic flea – over to the west to escape Putin’s purges of the oligarch scumbags. From here in the west ‘it’ now uses its massive financial, political and media influences to secretly overturn legitimate governments – and replace them FROM ABOVE with treasonous men of no character – men who are prepared to do the bidding of the parasite – whilst at the same time further ensnaring their fellow citizens into a world of hopelessness, despair and slavery.

  7. captain obvious  April 29, 2014 at 6:38 am

    yup, that 10 square mile country residing within our borders that wages WARFARE against us all and hands us the bill for it, needs to be denounced and arrested aka STOPPED by whatever means necessary. they sabotaged our economy, poison our air-food-water-medicine then mandate HELLthcare no one can afford to guarantee profits to their big pharma-medical-insurance buddies as they SOFT KILL us all.. with 2 billion rounds of ammo just in case they decide to do it faster?!

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