CDC Autism Vaccine Tragedy -
Is It Another Tuskegee?
Sep. 11, 2016
by DearCathy.com, Syndicated Columnist
Empowerment and Motivational Speaker, Non-GMO Health and Wellness Expert, Advice Columnist at DearCathy.com,
Self-Publishing and Business Coach at
At some point in our lives, we will be somewhere -- in some city -- where we will hear a story so appalling, that there will be no way we can avoid getting involved in it -- for me it was Dallas, TX.
As a Non-GMO Health and Wellness Expert, like most others who are overwhelmed with all the news and other things happening in this country, I had heard a little about the movie "VAXXED: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe"
and how kids in this country were being poisoned by heavy metals from vaccinations.
When I watched the movie in Dallas, TX, which was brought to Dallas by the Nation of Islam Leader, Tony Muhammad, who has been tapped by Minister Farrakhan to travel to over 47 cities and show the movie and hold discussions, especially because of the side effects the vaccinations will have on black males under the age of 2, I knew I had to get involved.
Brother Tony Muhammad spoke at the Million Man March 20th Anniversary. In Dallas, he
stated that "Since 2004 over 220,000 black boys have come down with autism. That makes the Tuskegee Institute look like a "Sunday School Outing" because many people trust that man or women in the white coat that have taken off the hood and put on that white coat and stereoscope -- so you are dealing with some real, real, demons."
The CDC Whistleblower is William Thompson and once you listen to him speak on the film and on youtube.com,
you will also realize that you too must get involved in this fight, especially if you are a mother or grandmother or will be a mother one day.
For those who don't know it, the CDC.gov OLD NAME was the "Tuskegee Institute." CDC told this whistleblower to cover-up data that showed when African Americans males received the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine before the age of two, they were more likely to be diagnosed with autism. This is why the MMR is scheduled to be given at 18 months or earlier and this is nothing short of "Another Tuskegee."
Every 7 minutes a child is born with autism. In the 70s one (1) in 10,000 children were born with autism. Five years ago that number was 1 out of 120 and today it's 1 out of 40, but many GMO experts are saying 1 out of 20.
The GMO movement and other experts have estimated by the year 2032, over 80% (1 out of 2) of males (especially black males) will have autism, a disease that affects mostly males.
This autism epidemic include kids that will be born with autism because mothers are refusing to eat safe, organic foods. All processed foods, foods that have been altered and purchased in bags, cans, jars, boxes, or some other type of container, today, contains heavy metals from pesticides and herbicides, which is a neurotoxin that causes your brain and nervous system to give out.
Included in this epidemic could also be families that are not living in clean environments. Most insides of homes are 2 to 3 times more toxic than the outsides because of toxic cleaning products containing heavy metals.
And don't forget toxic body products containing heavy metals, so heavy metals are not just entering the body through vaccinations and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), which contains heavy metals, but they can also enter through toxic "cleaning" and "body products" containing HEAVY METALS.
This could also be why there are different reactions in some kids who receive the vaccinations. Surely a child coming from a CLEAN and NATURAL environment, will have a stronger immune system and will have a different reaction to a vaccination, than a child coming from a TOXIC living environment full of heavy metals -- so this is also something families need to investigate.
Women are in charge of buying groceries, cleaning products and body products in most homes, but they refuse to buy ORGANIC FOODS and NATURAL PRODUCTS for their homes.
Sometimes organic foods are only one dollar ($1.00) or two dollars ($2.00) higher than regular or conventional foods. However, most women will spend more time investigating how much clothes and shoes cost, compared to their foods for their families, even though foods affects every area of your life, from your mood, to your behavior to your happiness and your entire quality of life.
I think many people heard about the VAXXED movie controversy earlier this year and what happened with movie star Robert Deniro, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, who also has a child with autism, when he was pressured to pull the film from the festival.
The anti-vaccination film "
VAXXED: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe" was
billed as an investigation into a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study, that found the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine does not cause autism.
It alleges the CDC committed fraud.
The controversy over the MMR (mumps-measles-rubella) vaccine began about 20 years ago after a study suggested a link to autism.
The film's producer is being held a hero for getting involved in the film.
Dr. Andrew Wakefield
, who suggested a possible link between vaccines and autism, had his medical license stripped in 2010 after publishing a study alleging the link in the medical journal Lancet in 1998, but the research was widely discredited and the Lancet later retracted it.
Dr. Andrew Wakefield has stated time and time again that the "genie is out of the bottle" and many are stating that this is a "pandora's box" -- that has been opened and will not be closed anytime soon, unless there are changes made.
One of the changes that the film's director and producer are hoping for is for doctors to spread the vaccinations out, so that they no longer give "BACK-TO-BACK" vaccinations. And also to allow kids to take vaccinations at a much later age.
Resistance by some parents to vaccinate their children over health fears has been blamed as one of the causes of
an increase in measles outbreaks in this country.
However, this is what mainstream media is reporting, who is owned by Corporate America and the pharmaceutical industry. Many people don't realize that many of these children who came down with measles in the first place, had already been vaccinated, so again don't believe everything you hear in the media.
The state of California has now created MANDATORY vaccination laws. They are trying to make this a NATIONAL LAW since it has been passed in California. Every child in public and private schools and childcare nurseries in California MUST HAVE vaccinations.
If you are on welfare or in public housing in California, you will be arrested, kicked out of public housing or removed if you don't give your kids vaccinations.
My friend's grandchild in the state of Georgia is 3 months of age and she has already had 7 vaccinations. My daughters were born in 1981 (Frankfurt, Germany) and 1982 (Petersburg, VA) and they only received 8 vaccinations TOTAL. Now they are giving kids 28 or 30 vaccinations - why is this?
People are speaking out. There is a Criminal District Attorney in San Antonio, TX, Nico LaHood, stating clearly that his child was "VACCINE INJURED." Mr. LaHood, as a Criminal District Attorney (DA), conducts investigations for a living, so surely he knows what he is talking about.
"Vaccine Injured" -- don't let that be your family's story. Many of the attendees at the VAXXED movie screenings all over the country are mothers, who have literally FAINTED on the floor after watching the film and finding out that their children' autism could have been prevented. But they all stated "they were just following doctor's orders."
Many people listen to doctors because they are just uninformed on the issues and don't know how to conduct their own research. In order to conduct extensive research on any issue, everyone should go to the three (3) largest search websites on the internet (Google.com, Yahoo.com, and YouTube.com) and conduct their own research.
However, don't forget that Google.com owns YouTube.com and google.com works closely with the government, so a lot of the VITAL INFORMATION needed today, is already being taken off google.com and out of youtube.com, so again don't believe everything you hear in mainstream media.
I think everyone needs to look at the BIG PICTURE here. Remember as long as kids are sick, or mentally incapacitated or disabled, the medical and pharmaceutical industry WINS because these children will be part of the healthcare system for their entire life, so they will continue to MAKE MONEY off these children.
If you are one of those persons that jumps every time the doctor says "JUMP" or go around making the statement "MY DOCTOR SAID..." -- and are not living an organic, holistic and natural lifestyle, then this article is not going to do you any good by reading it, because you will never understand that the medical and pharmaceutical industry is "BIG BUSINESS" and all they want to do is "MAKE MONEY" -- and this is done by you and your family members being sick.
Over 80% of pediatricians make their money by giving vaccinations to children so do you think these pediatricians is going to tell you the truth? No...What they need to do is go and find another line of work!
If vaccines do not injure children, why do they have the 1986 Vaccine Injured Compensation Act?
What you need to realize is that information is not hid under a rock...especially not today in this "New Age" way of thinking.
This is why it's important to join holistic and natural communities in this country, which are located in EVERY CITY.
These holistic communities knows very well that doctors knows very little about health and nutrition. And there is a major awakening for many people today.
For me it was 9 years ago when I realized that doctors knows very little about health and nutrition "The Awakening" -- when I had to literally wake up and become a holistic and natural healer and save my ownself, after 6 doctors, including 2 specialists, failed to diagnose me with any illness, even though I had severe pain over half my body for 30 days.
And until you gain this "Awakening" mindset, you will continue to turn your children over to the enemy (doctors), whose only goal is to keep your children and you -- sick, suffering and on medications for the rest of your life.
If your child is born with autism, they do better when they are treated early - before 18 months of age - the earlier the better.
Can children be cured of autism? Maybe...according to singer
, her son has been cured of autism.
There is a yearly Autism Education Summit
held in Dallas, TX around Sep. 30-Oct. 2. This year's special guest is Dr. Daniel Amen,
a neurosurgeon, who has written several books on the brain, which personally I have found to be exceptional.
Action Steps to Take:
2. Investigate your possibility of getting a waiver to exempt your child of vaccinations.
3. Women need to homeschool or find out who can homeschool their children, so they WILL NOT be forced to give their children vaccinations.
4. Don't allow your kids to get vaccinations or if you do, make sure they get these vaccinations at a much later age.
5. Make sure when kids get vaccinations that they are ONLY given one vaccination at a time. They are giving these kids "BACK-TO-BACK" vaccinations. The more vaccinations they receive, especially at one time, the more mercury (a heavy metal and neurotoxin) they are exposed to, which causes the brain and nervous system to give out.
6. Make sure when you give birth in a hospital have someone there with you, preferably a spouse, mate or a relative, who can also tell doctors and nurses and sign paperwork that you don't want your kids to have vaccinations. Doctors are giving newborns a SERIES OF BACK-TO-BACK vaccinations as soon as they are born, which could also be linked to CRIB DEATHS, so you might want to think about not having your child in a hospital. The U.S. has more crib deaths than any other country in the world, why is this? 10 Steps to Help Prevent Crib Deaths (click here).
Community leaders and others must work with women, especially single mothers, so they can decide what to do. They need "work" and "business" programs so they can get off welfare and out of public housing, so they will not be forced to allow these vaccinations.
8. Continue to hold REGULAR VAXXED community meetings or workshops in your city and bring in speakers and others who can educate the community, and especially mothers, on their options in regards to vaccinations.
9. Support CDC.gov whistleblowers (and other whistleblowers) by opening a Trust Fund at a national bank (or GoFundMe.com or Indiegogo.com Crowdfunding Page) and send donations. Make sure these whistleblowers can continue to educate the public by helping them publish a book and other products, so they can continue to expose and speak out on the issues, and support their families, until changes are made.
Find out who is your VAXXED movie activist/advocate in your city. In Dallas, TX we have
Regina Imburgia, 214-597-5038, email:
and the Nation of Islam. Who in your city is ready to fight and take up the battle? We need to launch this VAXXED movie campaign wide and far, the same way we educated and informed the world about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
Cathy Harris is the author of 23 non-fiction books including 4 books on health. She provides webinars, seminars and workshops through her speaking and training platforms at
and can be reach through her empowerment company, Angels Press, CEO, President, Publisher, P.O. Box 800511, Dallas, TX 75380, Phone: (512) 909-7365, Website:
, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dallas, TX VAXXED
Movie Screening and Discussion
Sun., Sep. 18, 2016,
Understanding the Heart of
"The Cathy Harris Story"
|The Heart of A Whistleblower
A whistleblower is a person who exposes mismanagement, abuses of authority, prohibited personnel practices, fraud, waste and abuse and other types of corruption, which affects the health, safety and the welfare of an ENTIRE NATION.
I too am a federal whistleblower, (TheCathyHarrisStory.com). People call me the "Flying While Black" or "Racial Profiling" whistleblower.
All communities must continue to rally behind all whistleblowers, because they are indeed, "The Good Guys."
First of all you need to understand the heart of whistleblowers and why they come forward and tell the truth in the first place.
It's never about any type of financial gain, even though some whistleblowers in some industries receive millions of dollars.
When whistleblowers witness any type of illegality, their conscience will no longer allow them to remain silent.
It is simply the right thing to do and they also want to follow it through to see changes made, if they don't end up in jail or homeless in the process of blowing the whistle. And this is why the public need to pay attention when whistleblowers come forward.
Just like the whistleblower from CDC.gov, I also reported egregious acts carried out by another federal government agency, U.S. Customs Service (now called Customs and Border Protection - CBP.gov), when in October 1998, I reported to Congress, the Senate and the media, that African American women international travelers were targeted and singled out for Customs' inspections, because they were suspected of being drug carriers or mules (had swallowed drugs), but the only crimes these women committed were "Flying While Black."
Most people don't know it but I initially decided to blow the whistle in 1998, when I read an article in the Final Call newspapers in Chicago, IL, about 80 women who had filed a historic lawsuit against the U.S. Customs Service. That number eventually rose to over 1300 African American women international travelers nationwide reaching out to Chicago's Attorney, Ed Fox, about Customs' practices.
These women, many professionals such as doctors, nurses, judges, lawyers, teachers, flight attendants, etc. were subjected to abusive pat-downs, humiliating strip searches, and prolonged detentions, which sometimes continued for up to 4 days, just so my co-workers could make OVERTIME MONEY.
I knew when I read the article from the Final Call newspapers, that they would need someone on the inside, an insider, and I knew from the very beginning it would have to be me.
I was already networking and discussing the illegal practices with other Customs Inspectors (now called Customs and Border Protection Officers) all over the country, but they all seemed to be hesitant to come forward.
But after being raised in rural Georgia as the family's black sheep, as the youngest daughter with 8 siblings, 5 big brothers, and 3 overbearing sisters, and after my military tour, U.S. Army, everything that I had went through in my life, had prepared me for what was yet to come, so those men on my job did not intimidate me at all.
And living in Atlanta, GA at the time, in the hometown of the late, great Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I knew as a single mother, raising two daughters, that I had to jump into this fight, because clearly working for U.S. Customs Service, I was in a position to make a difference.
I had to step out on my faith and put it all on the line in order to make a difference. I was not only gambling with my life but the life and the future of my two young daughters.
Many of these women were targeted simply because they were wearing afrocentric attire or afrocentric hairstyles and this wasn't even in the Customs' guidelines, so these UNWRITTEN RULES resulted in prolonged detentions all over the country, just so Customs Inspectors could make more overtime money.
These African American women, who looked so much like me, like my mother, sisters, aunts, nieces, cousins and most of all my two daughters, were escorted from Customs' search rooms in handcuffs with their hands behind their backs, which signified that they had NO POWER. No drugs were ever found on these women, so why were they handcuffed in this manner?
Yet white and Hispanic men, who were actually caught with drugs at international airports, were handcuffed with their hands in front of them and even allowed to place a jacket, or some other piece of clothing over their handcuffs, so it did not look like they were handcuffed.
This type of practice made my heart weep. These women were thrown into the backs of government vehicles and taken to area hospitals and not only forced to be x-rayed WITHOUT pregnancy tests (later on many found out they were pregnant), but they were shackled to hospital beds for up to 4 days and "FORCE-FED" a laxative (go litely), even when it was obvious that they were pregnant, sometimes up to 6, 7 and 8 months pregnant. They ranged in ages from 13 to 70 years old.
Customs rules and regulations stated that as soon as these women passed 3 clear bowel movements, they could be released. However, bowel movements were not counted, and the goal was simply to detain them for as long as possible in order to make more overtime money.
Not only did they illegally detain these women, they made jokes back at the airports about them. Everyday when they arrived at work, they joked about having some black woman hemmed up at the hospital, while they were working 12 and 16 hours shifts, making tons of overtime money.
Shortly after being released from Customs' prolonged detentions, m
any of the African American women gave birth to babies weighing ONLY 2 to 3 pounds, with serious health issues and this too was "Another Tuskegee."
Many of the African American women were so stunned by their ordeals, especially after they were left sitting and weeping on sidewalks at international airports, not being able to move, that many ended up back in
hospitals suffering from dehydration and other health issues, and some even ended up going to mental institutions suffering from depression and just a sense of worthiness. Some have refused to ever step on an airplane again.
Per Customs' regulations airlines were not allowed by the U.S. Customs Service to inform family members or friends that were waiting to pick up their loved ones from international flights, that they were being detained by the U.S. Customs Service.
So many of these family members and friends did not know what to think. Many suffered from mental anguish, especially when they felt it was a strong possibility that their family members or loved ones were laying dead somewhere, especially after disappearing for up to 4 days. What was one to think!
My heart weeped again after seeing these practices by the U.S. Customs Service, which had went on for years and years. I had witnessed illegal practices by the Customs Service in El Paso, TX, Miami, FL and Atlanta, GA, and eventually I said "enough is enough."
I had to put my entire livelihood on the line in order to make a difference. And that being said is from "The Heart of a Whistleblower," so we need to move forward and make sure the CDC.gov whistleblower (and all whistleblowers) have what they need (National Bank Trust Funds, GoFundMe.com or Indiegogo.com Crowdfunding Pages) to continue with some type of life.
Face it whistleblowing is a very hard thing to do and only 1% is ever successful. Most whistleblowers are never able to work with whistleblower attorneys, so I am so thankful and grateful I was able to work with the Government Accountability Project Attorneys Doug Hartnett and Tom Devine, out of Washington, DC.
If women, especially African American women, enjoy traveling overseas, they need to know upfront that I doubt seriously if there will ever be another whistleblower coming out of Customs and Border Protection (CBP.gov), which is now under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS.gov), that would truly be willing to risk it all.
After I blew the whistle on U.S. Customs in 1998, and after tons of women travelers continue to come forward, Congressional and Senatorial hearings were held where the following changes were implemented:
- The entire Personal Search Handbook was rewritten several times.
- Two bills were introduced to protect international travelers "The Reasonable Search Standards Act" by Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) in 1999 & 2001 and the "Civil Rights for International Travelers Act"by Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) in 1999 & 2001.
- New and updated brochures, signs, and other informational material, including the Customs declaration, were rewritten and reproduced.
- The decision to conduct a personal search of a passenger must now be decided by a GS-12 supervisor rather than a non-supervisory Inspector, including new Customs Inspectors.
- The Customs managers at the GS-14 or GS-15 levels must now approve x-ray examinations of all passengers.
- If a personal search of an individual lasts longer than two hours, a Customs supervisor will make a phone call to a person of the passenger's choice to tell them they are being delayed in Customs.
- Customs now requires that all secondary data collections include "race."
- CBP Officers are now wearing name tags so they can be easily identified for complaint letters and body scan machines can now take the place of pat-down inspections, but they are showing private parts so women should scan women.
Changes I still would like to see occur. Our ultimate goals should be to form
Citizen Review Boards
to look at the following actions:
- Urge the Senate and Congress to take immediate action, order GAO.gov investigations and conduct hearings into the internal practices of CBP and DHS, especially the new harsh Tables of Offenses under DHS.
- Urge legislators to hire sociologists and psychologists to study the personal search procedures as suggested by the June 2000 Independent Panel Report.
- Urge legislators to hire outside contract workers to give MANDATORY training (integrity, sensitivity, cultural diversity, EEO/sexual harassment, etc.) as suggested by the June 2000 Independent Panel Report.
- Ensure minority female supervisors (front-line/first-line GS-12s) are recruited nationally.
- Review new body scanner machines which are showing the private parts of travelers. Make sure only women CBP Officers scan women.
- Ensure that the two-hour rule is enforced, giving travelers the right to contact a person of their choosing after they have been escorted into CBP search rooms.
- Form an independent panel to delete OUTDATED and illegal records (blacklists) from government computers.
- Rehire or compensate all former Customs employees (over 100 whistleblowers and others) that were terminated under the reign of the former Customs Commissioner Raymond Kelly aka "The Hackett Man." Kelly gave orders in a high-level management meeting in headquarters to go after anyone who files an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEOC.gov) workplace complaint. Their names were placed on an internal "blacklist" and no matter where they transferred within the agency or to other agencies, this information would follow them throughout their careers.
Chapter 1 - When Giving Your Best is Not Enough
Chapter 2 - Persecution at the Ports (El Paso, Miami, Atlanta)
Chapter 3 - Whistleblowing: A Life-Altering Experience
Chapter 4 - Disparities in Policies and Practices
Chapter 5 - New Legislation and Reforms
Chapter 6 - Acknowledged Vindication
About the Author
Courage is that rare trait that requires the unusual strength to do what is right - not what is popular in the face of personal harm and at great risk.
Susan B. Anthony had the courage to guide thousands of women through that era of U.S. history when women were treated as second-class citizens, despite the threats to her personal safety. Her leadership and courage led to the rights for women to have the right to vote.
Courage was Harriet Tubman's only friend as she returned to the plantations of the antebellum south to free people who were scared to live and afraid to die.
Speaking truth to power and challenging a government infrastructure that thrives on the ignorance and fear of the people require uncommon courage. That same spirit of determination, courage, and conviction is what keep and sustain Cathy Harris, as a modern day suffragist for human rights.
She has fought and continues to fight for the rights of international travelers, many of whom are African American women, who have been abused and violated by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) employees and other federal agencies.
Like Susan B. Anthony and Harriet Tubman, Cathy has been despised and persecuted for her ideas and her advocacy. As a U.S. Senior Customs Inspector/Officer, she was threatened by management, unjustly disciplined and ostracized by her peers.
Although Cathy has continually bore the consequences of her convictions, she continues to press on by bringing to the public's attention the many ways that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have violated the human rights of international travelers and their own employees.
In 1998, Cathy Harris was instrumental in exposing the racial profiling practices of Customs and Border Protection to Congress and to the public. Legislation was introduced and international travelers have more legal protections and stronger avenues of recourse, if abused by U.S. Customs officials.
The price Cathy has paid has been great! In the Federal Government too often those who work for the government are the public's first hope of being protected from practices that harm or violate the rights of - we the citizens.
Government entities like the U.S. Customs and Border Protection do whatever they can to discredit people of conscious like Cathy Harris, who speak out against unethical and immoral practices.
We the American public should take a stand and support Cathy Harris and all her efforts in challenging the practices of the federal government, especially the Department of Homeland Security.
Arthuretta Martin, Singer and Motivational Speaker
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
ABOUT THE BOOK
Harris' story is compelling because she is the rare exception - a whistleblower that made a difference. Many can learn from her book, so they can stand a better chance of demonstrating courage without martyrdom.
Torturous abuse was not limited to Saddam's dungeons! Harris's book will expose ugly acts of racial profiling all over the U.S.
-Temple University, Linn Washington, Jr., Journalism Professor & Award Winning Writer
s. Harris' book is well researched. She had the strength to take a stand against a large bureaucracy and because of her
she will surely go down in history.
-Black Butterfly Press, Maxine Thompson, Los Angeles, CA
Cathy Harris has taken her stories to Congress, public forums, TV talk shows, radio, and newspapers. This book is an insider's look at racism in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Harris doesn't hold back on anything.
-Chauncey Bailey, Urban Affairs Reporter & Freedom Fighter, The Oakland Tribune.
Harris' whistleblowing ignited a flurry of news articles and T.V. features on airport profiling. Her book exposes how she put her life on the line and suffered mightily for her actions.
-National Alliance for Positive Action, Earl O. Hutchinson, Los Angeles, CA
Cathy Harris brought her fight to Chicago! As a result of her crusading to different cities, she wrote a book that will protect international travelers and Customs employees.
-Chicago Defender Newspaper, Chinta Strausberg, Reporter
Sexual harassment, threats of physical violence and other acts of intimidation are tactics usually associated with ruthless criminals or dictators - but they were also used against good, hard working, honest Customs employees and international travelers. Cathy's book will be a major eye-opener for many.
-Sandy Nunn, Former Customs Special Agent, Los Angeles, CA
The working conditions in the Customs Service were nothing short of "Modern Day Slavery." A hostile working environment is not the word for it. It's worse...It's like working for back wood bigots...But the education that Cathy Harris's book provide is invaluable.
-Eileen Owens, Former Customs Inspector & Vice President of Customs Employees Against Discrimination Association (CEADA), Atlanta, GA
Internal Affairs conjured up bogus charges against anyone who filed an EEO complaint. Cathy's book will educate the American public on why the entire federal complaint system must be revamped.
-Daron Owens, Former Customs Inspector & President of Customs Employees Against Discrimination Association (CEADA), Atlanta, GA
Unless the Customs and Border Protection is continuously monitored, nothing will stop them from going back to their old ways. Ms. Harris's book is essential to understanding your rights when you travel internationally and how the government really work.
-Former State Representative & Attorney Arnold Ragas, Stone Mountain, GA
Chapter 1 - The Creation of the Department of Homeland In-Security (DHS)
-The Most Massive Armed Agency Ever in the History of the Government
-The Problems With the Merger
Chapter 2 - Prejudicial Enforcement
-A Whistleblower's Journey: TheCathyHarrisStory.com
-Racial Profiling: Customs' Unwritten Rules
-Media Exposes Customs' Atrocities
-A Tidal Wave of Lawsuits
Chapter 3 - Fighting Back: Rights and Resources
-Responses from National Leaders
-Strategies To Prevent Racial Profiling
Chapter 4 - New Legislation and Reforms
-Bills To Protect International Travelers
-Changes in Customs' Passenger Processing
Chapter 5 - Staying on Track: Where Do We Go from Here?
-Appendix A: Attorney Ed Fox's Testimony (Chicago Class-Action Attorney)
-Appendix B: June 2000 Independent Panel Report Findings
-Appendix C: What Will Happen When You Return to the United States?
PREFACE - A NOTE TO THE READER
The insider mentioned in the subtitle of this book is me, federal whistleblower Cathy Harris. I wrote this book to inspire and encourage other trailblazers facing crossroads in their lives to listen to their hearts. Do what's right! Stand up for justice! Not only will others' lives be enriched, so will your own.
My fight with U.S. Customs was long, hard, and fierce but I was sent angels. I was sent angels in the form of Whistleblower attorneys, EEO attorneys, legislators, media entities, civil rights leaders, community activists and advocates.
I remembered what my parents instilled in me about being respectful, doing the right thing, and telling the truth. Knowing my life would change forever and realizing my decision would affect my family, impact my livelihood, and derail my career, I was willing to risk it all to make a difference.
I could no longer sit idly by watching atrocities and injustices being committed against international travelers, especially against women. I knew it was time to "make a stand." In October 1998, I made a
I became a
Federal Whistleblower (truth-teller).
Americans love to travel abroad. Whether an experienced world traveler or preparing for a first trip aboard, all travelers love to venture beyond the boundaries of the United States. They enter into a world of passports, visas, consulates, foreign currency, immunizations, Customs, and importing areas about which most travelers have little knowledge or experience.
You've worked hard and decide to reward yourself with a trip to a sunny destination beyond America's shores. At the end of your wonderful vacation, you board the plane for your return trip home. You arrive at the airport, but instead of making your way quickly and routinely through U.S. Customs, you find yourself being subjected to an abusive pat-down, intrusive strip-search, x-rayed, probed internally, fed a laxative, and handcuffed to a hospital bed for up to 4 days in a search for contraband. If you are African American, especially an African American female, this scenario, it turns out, is all too likely.
After witnessing first hand a type of denigration against African American travelers, particularly women, and successfully putting reforms in place to protect them, I realized something even more sinister was about to happen to the American people.
In March 2003, the Department of Homeland Security merged 22 federal agencies totaling over 180,000 employees. This included my agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Over 73,400 of these employees were armed, making this new department the MOST MASSIVE ARMED department ever in the history of the government.
What was more alarming is that the new department operated with excessive secrecy. Excessive secrecy could be just as dangerous as a terrorist entering this country, so I set out on another journey to educate the American people about the practices in this new department.
I realized that unless some type of oversight was put into place, such as Citizen Review Boards, Independent Panels or Commissions, that my co-workers would eventually go back to their old ways of
certain international travelers and Department of Homeland Security employees, who were speaking out against any and all types of injustices.
This book will make you aware of the extent of racial and sexual profiling in this country, the blatant mismanagement, abuses of authority, prohibited personnel practices, corruption, nepotism, cronyism, favoritism, and other unethical practices carried out by federal law enforcement officials, what is being done to combat it, and how current attempts at reforms and legislation don't go far enough.
I will continue to fight for the rights of international travelers passing through U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP.gov), as well as the rights of Department of Homeland Security (DHS.gov) employees themselves. This is a fight none of us can afford to lose!
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
ABOUT THIS BOOK
The stories I heard from hundreds of women were nothing short of sexual abuse. Even though the historic lawsuit was finally settled, the only educational tool the American public will have in the future is Cathy Harris' books.
-Ed Fox, Class-Action Attorney for 87 Black Women International Travelers, Chicago, IL
This book provides a gripping account of incidents and gives suggestions on what you can do should you become the target of unscrupulous search policies.
-Black Enterprise Magazine
Ms. Harris' book is an eye-opener on a significant scale. I have unequivocal faith that the content is true. The education that she provides is invaluable. Her book has forever altered how I feel about international traveling.
-Sandra Renee Hicks, Freelance Writer, Washington, D.C.
Cathy Harris brought light to a dark situation. Even though she wanted to quit many times, she just couldn't after hearing the stories of other women who thought they had no recourse. Her book will continue to educate many for years to come.
-Joe Beasley, Southern Regional Manager, Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Atlanta, GA
All voyagers - planes, trains, and automobiles must read Cathy's book. The statistics that she gathered are not printed for your skimming pleasure. She put her life on the line! Kudos...to Cathy for being such a devoted "watch-woman."
-Cheryl Johnson, Editor, Rolling Out Newspaper, Atlanta, GA
Cathy's book exposes the dangers of
"Traveling While Black."
"Rocky Horror Show"
is what awaits not only selected Black and Hispanic travelers, but also African Americans working for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection who don't want to go along with the harassment of People of Color.
-Dr. Barbara Reynolds, "Reynolds Rap," XMRadio.com, Washington, DC
A hundred years ago, when slavery was still the law of the land in the south, free blacks were forced to carry travel papers everywhere they went in the U.S. Ms. Harris's book has done a great job exposing egregious practices and now people need to carry her book when they travel internationally.
-American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Washington
If you are Black, especially female, the next time you are coming back home from abroad, especially from the Caribbean or Africa, think about Cathy Harris. In order to keep from being abused by Customs, everyone should carry her book on them like a passport.
-Ron Parker, Community Activist, Dekalb County, GA
Black women are independently free enough to fly all over the world, and they should not have to be disrespected by Customs agents that are intimidated by their newfound freedom. Ms. Harris's book is a must-read for everyone.
-Rev. Al Sampson, Fernwood United Methodist Church, Chicago
There is a wealth of information and I found the book to be an educational and well-written book. You will definitely not be bored.
-R.A.W. SISTAZ Book Club, Sugar Hill, GA
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