Belgium Defames a Refugee

In "Hard Realities," I relate that my third attempt to obtain political asylum in Europe took a bizarre and tragic turn. After the Dutch Government refused to re-admit me, I flew to Belgium, but took sick at the airport with severe cardiac arrhythmia. Authorities sent me to Van Helmont Hospital in Vilvoorde, where I stayed for eight months, too ill and weak to continue my quest for asylum.

On October 12, 1993, Belgian authorities took me from Van Helmont to a series of three prisons, in order to coerce my "voluntary" return to the United States.

At the prison in Leuven, the doctor wrote a note to her "colleagues" in the USA, reporting that physicians had been dosing me with psychotropic medications ever since February. She even suggested a diagnosis that American doctors might apply!

This articulated well with the vicious campaign of disinformation, defamation, and discreditation carried out since 1984 by my former employer, the New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, and its associates in municipal, state, and federal government. This sick, criminal plot to impugn my sanity and destroy my credibility crossed international boundaries and ruined my quest for political asylum. The Danes had to lie about my being hospitalized. The Belgians made it happen and pretended the hospitalization was psychiatric!

Brussels 07789 is a document dated May 30, 1993 in the files of the American Embassy in Brussels, supplied to me by the US State Department in 1998 pursuant to my request under the Privacy Act. It is the unclassified (declassified) portion of a larger text, the remainder of which is still secret.

Brussels 07789 is grossly inaccurate and defamatory. The State Department agreed to attach my suggested corrections to it, with significant omissions.

To see the State Department's telegram of correction, click here.

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