Hosted by: Melissa Diegel & Karla Johnson On The Liberty Beacon Radio Network
4 Family Justice is aired every Thursday at 9:00 PM ET … 6:00 PT (you will receive an error #404, or a “No Results Found” message if you click on the show link prior to air time) on the Liberty Beacon Radio Network, and can be heard in full anytime after show publish time (pre-recorded).
This week: Would You Go To Prison For American Families?
We are pleased to announce Sandy Musser as a welcomed guest on our show this week. She has been an Adoption reform activist since 1993 and is well know for reuniting over 500 families. She was sent to Federal prison for her work of reconnecting loved ones with their original birth families.
Read more in the attached article below ,,,
By TLB Staff Writers and Talk Show Hosts:
Karla Johnson & Melissa Diegel
Sandy Musser’s true story of the charges, the indictment, the trial transcript, the aftermath, and how it all unfolded, along with information about the few States that now have unrestricted access for Adopters to receive their Original Birth Certificates are revealed in the updated edition of~
TO PRISON with LOVE An Indecent Indictment & America’s Adoption Travesty www.createspace.com/4811677
~~~ She also authored ~~~
I WOULD HAVE SEARCHED FOREVER
Sandy’s Search for the Child she Surrendered during the Mid 50’s
Available on Kindle only
WHAT KIND OF LOVE IS THIS? An Adoption Reconciliation Story
Available on Kindle only
* Began Adoption Reform work in 1976, soon after joining the Adoption Forum of Philadelphia, founded by Penny Partridge;
* First Branch Coordinator of Concerned United Birth parents in 1977, founded by Lee Campbell;
* Charter & Lifetime Member of the American Adoption Congress (AAC) founded in 1979 (aka Year of the Child);
* Served on the Board of the Int’l Soundex Reunion Registry (ISRR), founded by Emma Mae Vilardi.
In 1976, Sandy was invited to speak to the Children’s Bureau in Wilmington, DE to share the tremendous loss of her child that occurred in 1954, with adoptive parents and social workers. That single event of sharing her story, and then realizing she could effect change, became the catalyst for her ongoing reform work. During the 1980’s she founded the following national organizations:
Adoption Triangle Ministries (Distributed spiritual flyers written by triad members)
Adoption ALARM Network (Advocating Legislation for Adoption Reform Movement)
Adoption & Family Reunion Center (Reuniting families separated by adoption)
In August 1989, at the First AAC March on Washington, she presented a rendition of MLK’s Dream speech which was called THIS TIME MUST COME As part of that speech, Sandy posed this simple question:
“How many of us are going to have to stand trial, pay fines, and be prosecuted for demanding our 14th Amendment right to our Original Birth Certificate or other records concerning our very own lives?”
From the day that speech was given, the government began a three and a half year investigation of her activities. A state investigator with the NY Dept. of Health created a bogus case via a taped phone conversation in order to set her up, then indicted her on March 27, 1993 for the crime of reuniting families, which was the work she was doing. However, they called it “A CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD THE GOVERNMENT OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION!” even though she never had access to any adoption records! The Charge to the Jury in her case was 92 pages long – O.J’s was 67!
Sandy became the scapegoat in the government’s saga, albeit a willing one. Those closest to her said she often mentioned her willingness to go to jail for adoption reform because she believed it would take civil disobedience in order for sweeping adoption reform to occur. In 2015, 22 years after being sent to prison, she feels the same way. Little has changed in those intervening years.
Sandy has always questioned how any individual can break a law that is immoral and illegal and ? In other words, how can a free democratic government, who touts civil rights for all their citizens, seal an entire class of individuals’ personal identities by altering and falsifying birth certificates and then seal those original birth certificates “forever?” stealing their entire identity, their medical history, their culture and affecting their children and their children’s children, which has been America’s practice since 1917 when the State of MN sealed their records and over the years, the rest followed suit.
According to the 14th Amendment, this is BLATANT DISCRIMINATION against a specific class or group of people; i.e in the past – blacks, women, gays, etc. In our case, an obvious breach of the civil and constitutional right of every ADULT ADOPTEE in America!!
During her trial in July 1993, she was true to her commitment of going to prison for adoption reform. Prior to closing arguments, the prosecution offered her a generous plea deal which she refused to take. Standing firm in her belief that every adoptee has a right to their true identity, and refusing to accept their plea deal, she was sent to Federal Prison in Marianna, FL on November 5, 1993. She said that the most difficult part of being in prison was spending the holidays away from her family. She missed her oldest son’s 35th birthday, her own 55th birthday, and her mother’s 81st birthday as well as Thanksgiving and Christmas.
But this indictment was never really about Sandy Musser.
It was about the government’s effort to slow down or shut down the adoption reform movement at a time when talk shows were airing reunion stories on a regular basis and families were being reunited. The prosecutor, in a newspaper article following Sandy’s arrest, stated: “We hope this will be an example to others who are doing the same thing.”
Henry David Thoreau in “Civil Disobedience” (1849) said: “Individuals should refuse to obey any government rule they believe to be unjust.” In 1845 he refused to pay poll taxes and was sent to jail.
Please visit us at: www.facebook.com/groups/AdoptionALARM
We have lots of documents in our FB Files Folder which you are free to download and print. You will also find our ADOPTEES RESTORATION ACT (ARA) calling for an Executive Order / Federal Mandate to RESTORE the Original Birth Certificate to every ADULT ADOPTEE in America
After dedicating 20 years of her life to adoption reform and reuniting over 500 families, Sandy was indicted by the Federal Government and sent to federal prison.
By challenging the sealed adoption records law, she was charged with “conspiracy to defraud the government of confidential information in her work of reuniting families.” She threatened the status quo (sealed records), causing her adversaries to refer to her as a ‘vigilante’ and a ‘terrorist’ – and then set her up for a fall. This is her story as to how the events unfolded.
Organizations and institutions rise and fall – they rise because they fulfill a purpose for a specified period of time and when the need for them no longer exists, they fall. The institution of adoption, as we know it, started its rise in the 30’s, rose steadily during the 40’s. 50’s, 60’s and 70’s and then began a decline during the 80’s and 90’s. Many of us now living at the beginning of the 21st Century realize that an institution so riddled with secrecy and lies has no place in our society. There comes a time when a foundation is so decayed that it becomes necessary to tear it down rather than to try to build upon it. I believe that time has come. I can hear some of my old former cronies saying “She wants to throw out the baby with the bath water.” They’re the same ones who believe the foundation of this institution can be “fixed”, and that somehow it can be improved upon and made better and stronger, but I propose to you that a crumbling, broken infested foundation cannot be fixed nor can it be repaired.
Ever since then, adoption has been a charade similar to the one we all used to play when we were kids – the game of “Let’s Pretend”. This game of ‘Let’s Pretend’ allows the Adoption Service Providers (ASPs) to use the legal system to carry out the charade. The mother is told to go on were life as though it never happened – ‘Let’s Pretend’ you never had a baby; then you can go on with your life, start a career, and put all this behind you like a bad dream. The adopters are told that this child being adopted was “given away because he/she wasn’t wanted” and even though this child comes pre-packaged with their own unique genetic makeup, let’s just pretend that all that will be wiped out when you adopt this baby. Later as the adoptee gets older and starts asking the “Who Am I” question, we tell them to that their ancestral roots which include their entire cultural, medical genetic and social history really aren’t that important! These civil and constitutional rights you are trying to claim just aren’t important enough to break the almighty ‘sealed record!’ Here is the crux of the entire charade – it allows ASPs to alter, falsify, “doctor” legal documents sanctioned by a Court of Law creating the legalization of lies and protected by the SEALED RECORD law!
The true and accurate information is hidden in a sealed file – never to see the light of day. All the while, the child’s entire identity, medical history and culture have been stolen FOREVER (according to law). We are then forced into the position of playing the game by their rules. When you, the adoptee, as a grown adult, request your own basic information, they are able to hide behind the secrecy laws which they themselves created, put into place, and now, even in this age of enlightenment (2015) continue to staunchly defend. We need to stop this pretense so inherent in adoption. By its very nature and language, the entire process is full of pretense. Let me cite just a few examples from two of the many adoption documents – the final decree states “As if born to the adoptive parents now and forevermore” allowing the charade to begin. But just as outrageous is the surrender paper which still uses the term “ABANDONDED!” Can you think of anything worse than for a child to feel or be told that they were ‘abandoned’ by their own mother – or for a mother to feel she abandoned her child?
In fact, he has become a $13 billion dollar industry!
How did an institution supposedly built upon love and compassion for children become a billion dollar business requiring professional intermediaries and legislated rules and regulations to make it function? My friends, it’s an outrage. The time has come for us to end this charade. We need to have a vision that no child has to be permanently separated from their family of origin – their birth kin.
Now hear me out on this. I’m not so naïve that I don’t realize there are times when a child needs to have other caretakers (formerly called guardians), but when it becomes absolutely impossible for a child to remain with the family of origin, then let us at the very least establish a way for them to maintain their family ties. And let us NOT eradicate their family name – it’s who they are! Many of you are probably thinking that these are lofty, idealistic or unrealistic ideas, but if we are really pro-family, then we’ve got to begin somewhere. It’s so important to remember that we don’t just remove a child from a mother or a father; when a child is taken, they are taken from an entire family of aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents – their entire root system.
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About the Hosts:
Melissa Diegel is the mother of (3) children, two of whom were medically kidnapped. She is the voice of the voiceless and speaks out on humanitarian issues. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona and supports the constitution, family rights and believes in the right to freedom of speech. She is a radio talk show host on the 4 Family Justice National Radio Show sponsored by the Liberty Beacon Project. She is a published writer and has been a frequent guest on many international talk show radio programs. Currently there are 18, 265 children in the Arizona DCS system, more than any other state over 35 children a day are being taken. Two of those children out of those 18 thousand are her daughters!
Karla Johnson is a well-respected community advocate who has been exposing judicial corruption in Arizona for the last 6 years. She is known for her outspoken nature, videos, articles and guest appearances on radio talk shows. She is the the co- host on the national radio talk show 4 Family Justice offered through the Liberty Beacon Project. Karla’s excellent ability to research and her involvement with families in the community has helped to keep children free from a rogue DCS agency that has lost its original purpose to preserve families and protect children. It is Karla’s mission to help educate the public of this humanitarian crisis and to one day see that justice is served, which includes the return of her 4 grandsons.