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November 23, 2005

HarryTho On The Aruba Trade & Industry Association (ATIA) Blast Of Dr Phil's Credibility Over 'Natalee Holloway-Related' Boycott Of Aruba

Topics: Natalee Holloway
The former therapist quit his practice in 1989, shortly after being publicly reprimanded by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, a move not taken lightly by that supervisory body. The reprimand was a result of an accusation of sexual abuse by a former patient [ed. false: reprimand was for employing a former client], and as a result Mr. McGraw was placed under a year of supervision by a licensed psychologist. In addition he had to complete physical and psychological exams as well as an ethics class.

Found in a post today at Aruba Getagrip, originally from A.M. Digital - comes what some might call borderline character assasination (glad to see it popped up at another site first). Although the ATIA says that they were "unpleasantly surprised by Alabama Governor Bob Riley's call for a boycott against Aruba," it sounds like they were more angry than "unpleasantly surprised." Remind me not to say something "unpleasant" about the ATIA, unless I'm prepared to bunker down for a barrage of attacks.

Auba Trade & Industry Association (ATIA) was unpleasantly surprised by Alabama Governor Bob Riley's call for a boycott against Aruba. Granted, the former real estate agent's influence on the opinions of people beyond the state's borders is negligible, but even a small negative impact on our island's small and vulnerable economy would be most regrettable, especially if this might cause financial hardship on hard working Aruba families.

We understand that the mother of Natalee Holloway cannot help but be emotional. Any mother of a missing girl would be overcome by emotion. We consider this perfectly acceptable. What does disturb us is that a Governor of a state, whose decisions affect the lives of millions of people, allows himself to make decisions based on the emotions felt by a grieving mother.

People in positions of power and authority should hold themselves to higher standards and should base their decisions on facts and logic. Governor Riley should have made serious attempts to get complete and correct information before threatening the livelihood of 100,000 good and hard-working people.

The fact that Birmingham, Alabama was just ranked the 10th most dangerous city in the entire USA, underscores the fact that Governor Riley is trying to divert attention away from his obvious failures in serving his constituency.

ATIA strongly condemns Governor Riley's irresponsible and unprofessional declarations. We feel that it is most regrettable that a person who is supposed to govern his passions and practice virtue would allow himself to use a small and vulnerable island as a pawn in his bid for reelection.

The call by Governor Riley was followed by another such call by Dr. Phillip C. McGraw, alias "Dr. Phil". Dr. Phil's show, which caters to the daytime TV audience, presented a flawed and biased picture of the events surrounding Natalee Holloway's disappearance. The show also failed to make any efforts whatsoever to get the facts.

The former therapist quit his practice in 1989, shortly after being publicly reprimanded by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, a move not taken lightly by that supervisory body. The reprimand was a result of an accusation of sexual abuse by a former patient [ed. false: reprimand was for employing a former client], and as a result Mr. McGraw was placed under a year of supervision by a licensed psychologist. In addition he had to complete physical and psychological exams as well as an ethics class.

Lawsuits over unlawful imprisonment (by Laurie Bembenek) [ed. convicted killer Laurie Bembenek] and unpaid corporate jet bills (US$135,962 worth!) only serve to further undermine the credibility of this "holier-than-thou" individual.

While we do not hold "Dr' Phil's" opinions in high regard, we do recognize that his daytime talk show is watched by millions of people around the World, some of which might actually pay heed to his call for a boycott against our beautiful and safe island.

ATIA has complete confidence in our police department and our prosecution department in the handling of this case. We are proud of our justice system which, over the years, has proven itself to be second to none.

McGraw spent the next decade working with his father as a therapist. In 1988, he was publicly reprimanded by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists for having an "inappropriate dual relationship" in employing a 19-year-old female former client.

WOW ... that's what I call a hot potato!

I couldn't help but notice that they slipped in the "result of an accusation of sexual abuse by a former patient," before they added the fact that it was false, followed by the "[ed. false: reprimand was for employing a former client]." I'm no big supporter of Dr. Phil, but some might call that smear journalism, even though it was sourced.

Posted by Richard at November 23, 2005 1:05 PM

Did anyone listen to Joe Scarborough today? Discussed with Police Chief Dompig were the Skeeter tapes & Dr. Phils' tape- one or the other of the 2 was found not to be credible, according to the Investigating team in Holland.

Posted by: R. decker at November 23, 2005 6:30 PM

Dear R. decker:

Our blog's evening post will cover the latest on the Skeeter tapes. From what has been reported thus far the Skeeter tapes are authentic; however, the airing on DR. Phil was not deemed to be authentic ... the tapes were tampered with in a most incriminating fashion.

With aloha,

Harry

Posted by: harry Author Profile Page at November 23, 2005 9:26 PM

So, what I'm slowly figuring out is (correct me if I'm wrong) The Dr Phil version of Deepak talking is the only one we've heard; on it, he appears to admit the sex thing because it has been tampered with. On the "original" version, it is not so clear; reasonable minds can differ on whether Deepak says "did" or "didn't" But Dr Phil's sound technicians altered things to remove any doubt.

Posted by: Gary at November 23, 2005 10:17 PM

Dear Gary:

What was aired to clear this up by Fox News was that there were three tapes: a DVD, a VHS and a Beta tape used for airing on the Dr. Phil Show. Apparently, the DVD and the VHS are considered to be authentic; however, on these tapes the Dutch Forensic Institute (DFI) contends that Deepak Kalpoe responded in the negative when asked if he had sex with Natalee Holloway, in contradistinction to what was aired by the Dr. Phil Show as an affirmative. And yes, the American public only heard the Beta version in which two hours of tape were condensed into about eight seconds.

Despite Jamie Skeeter's objections to the DFI results, Detective Mark Furhman added some interesting analysis in that Jamie Skeeter, as an experienced interrogator, did not employ routine follow up questions to an affirmative response to the question of whether or not Deepak Kalpoe had sex with Natalee Holloway, hinting that Deepak Kalpoe responded in the negative as the DFI contends.

With Aloha,

Harry

Posted by: harry Author Profile Page at November 23, 2005 10:55 PM

At the present moment without transcripts of the tapes this is all speculation. What exactly was altered if any? At this time what exactly has the Dutch forensic say was altered, because you know it would have to be altered to go on air. In all honesty do you believe what the Aruba spokeswoman says after lying already and being caught at it. I just don't believe the Americans are lying because of the repercussions.

Posted by: Allan Author Profile Page at November 24, 2005 11:08 AM

Dear Allan:

The results of the Dutch Forensic Institute (DFI) that we posted came from the Associated Press. As a matter of fact, I do believe Arlene Ellis-Schipper whenever she speaks. If there has been a more informative and accurate voice in this entire Natalee Holloway affair, I have never hear it. After all, the altering of the tapes was not a result that we did not expect to receive. The tapes were under scrutiny from day one when Deepak's lawyer denounced them as manipulated. The fact that the FBI and the Aruban police hesitated so long, likewise, indicates the tapes were considered faulty. I believe the tapes were finally checked, because the investigation is expanding into America, as Detective Mark Furhman believes.

With Aloha,

Harry

Posted by: harry Author Profile Page at November 24, 2005 1:20 PM



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