Urgent: Another Truth-Teller About To Be Murdered?
Editor’s Note: There is a bit more to this story than this article will be able to divulge, but readers should know that Mr. Sterling is in jail because he blew the whistle on a covert CIA operation to a Congressional committee. He did what he was supposed to do, but the CIA has it in for him and has finally got him into jail, where his medical needs are being denied. The journalist who composed this story, Mark Adams, is a personal friend who works behind the scenes to uncover improprieties in government activities, such as the DOJ’s mis-treatment of former Idaho Congressman George Hansen. This article is found at the Independent News International website HERE See also: http://www.newsweek.com/cia-jeffrey-sterling-james-risen-new-york-times-justice-department-302407
Let’s help this man! See below.
Elias Alias, editor
(above photo courtesy AP: Kevin Wolf)
Jailed ex-CIA Whistleblower Needs Emergency Medical Help
CIA Grudge? Prison Authorities Refusing Proper Medical Attention
by Mark Adams * Government Reform Project
After hounding him for ten years government reprobates, led initially by William Welch – the same William Welch whose team of miscreants from the “Public Integrity” Section of the DOJ framed Sen. Ted Stevens – finally succeeded in railroading Jeffrey Sterling to prison after he morally and legally alerted the Senate Select Committee On Intelligence about a rogue CIA operation.
- There is grave concern that Jeffrey’s prison sentence will become his death sentence. Jeffrey Sterling is a prime candidate for a pacemaker. Since last summer he has endured three serious cardiac episodes.
Last month Jeffery’s wife, Holly, contacted Dr. Caruso, a local Emergency Treatment Physician in Denver, CO. After being informed of the facts Dr. Caruso immediately contacted prison officials pleading that Jeffrey Sterling be taken to a hospital for a full and immediate evaluation.
Prison officials have resolutely ignored Dr. Caruso’s pleas.
CHRONOLOGY OF A CRISIS
This is a very scary situation for me. As I have stated time and again to the medical staff here [Englewood federal prison in CO.] the episode of atrial fibrillation I experienced some years ago was serious enough for me to be hospitalized for four days, and what I felt then is what I’m feeling now. – Jeffrey Sterling
On 9/17/16 Jeffrey suffered an acute cardiac crisis. The accompanying chest pain was so severe he was literally in tears while waiting for permission to see the medical staffer on duty.
When Jeffrey was finally admitted to medical the staffer administered an EKG.
Almost three months earlier, on 6/21/16, during another cardiac crisis, a nurse administrator performed an EKG test and told Jeffrey it signified a blockage, however, the nurse could not substantiate the finding claiming that the results could have been an error. Incredulously, the test was not repeated. Later the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) simply denied that the EKG indeed signified a blockage.
On 7/27 a blood sample was taken.
During the 9/17 crisis the medical staffer informed Jeffrey that the blood tests from 7/27 (by now almost two months ago) indicated enhanced levels of Troponin I. Elevated blood levels of Troponin I are considered a hallmark of cardiac damage and are followed up with prompt treatment.
Two days later, on 9/19, Jeffrey was shackled hand and foot and taken to see a specialist. The specialist ordered a beta-blocker (metoprolol) for Jeffrey which was finally provided to him two days later on 9/21. However there is concern over the thoroughness of the exam. The BOP insists there is nothing in Jeffrey’s file pertaining to the blood panel results from 7/27. Therefore the specialist did not have the results of the blood test that indicated cardiac damage, i.e. the elevated Troponin I levels and whatever else a competent blood test might reveal.
The specialist has not followed up with additional tests to determine whether the prescribed metoprolol is preventing further cardiac damage. Many times other drugs are also needed to successfully treat atrial fibrillation including: sodium channel blockers; potassium channel blockers; calcium channel blockers.
There has been no follow up work with Jeffrey to determine if a regimen of pharmaceuticals is needed to provide successful therapy or if a pacemaker may be required.
The failure of prison infirmary personnel to provide competent care on a timely basis coupled with the fact that the results of his blood workup tests of 7/27 are missing is very distressing. It was with these concerns in mind that Jeffrey’s wife, Holly, sought help from Dr. Michael Caruso, a practicing local Emergency Medicine Physician in Denver, CO.
When Holly informed Dr. Caruso how Jeffrey has recently suffered three serious cardiac episodes, his previous hospitalization history, the abnormal EKG results and the elevated Troponin I blood level, Dr. Caruso immediately contacted Sara Revell the Regional Director of the North Central Regional Office of the BOP stating in part:
[I]t appears that Jeffrey Sterling is actively being denied access to emergent medical treatment. … [I] must demand that Jeffrey Sterling be emergently transported to an appropriate hospital where his emergent medical complaints can be appropriately and fully evaluated …
Prison officials have ignored pleas from Dr. Caruso to provide the necessary standard of treatment for Jeffrey Sterling. Meanwhile every day for Jeffrey and Holly is shrouded in anxiety and chronic fear: Will Jeffrey’s next cardiac crisis be fatal?
JEFFREY STERLING URGENTLY NEEDS YOUR HELP
Please do not let Jeffrey become another prison fatality! Please participate in Operation Save Jeffrey Sterling and contact prison officials using emails AND phone calls.
This email is to put you on notice that the public is learning about the deplorable medical neglect of JEFFREY STERLING at the federal facility at Englewood, CO.
We are banding together as outraged citizens to demand that Jeffrey Sterling immediately be given a full and complete medical evaluation by physicians independent of the BOP and subsequently treated by physicians who are totally independent of the BOP in accordance with their recommendations and at a place of their choosing.
We are ready to wage a supernova campaign of holy hell with other citizens and public officials to achieve these goals.
Do not ignore this email. This issue is not going away. We are not going away.
This is ———- —————-. My message is for the Englewood Correctional facility in CO.
The public will not tolerate any further delays in providing an immediate medical evaluation of Jeffrey Sterling and immediate follow up care. Physicians outside of the BOP have already volunteered their services.
This issue is not going to go away. We are not going away.
Please send an email first and then wait 24 – 48 hours and call with a phone message. Leaving a voicemail message is fine. It may be necessary to send multiple emails followed up with phone messages.
Contact information – please use both:
Warden Deborah Denham
It may be necessary to send multiple emails followed up with phone messages. INI will keep you posted regarding Jeffrey’s well being.
Please take immediate action it is urgent that we mobilize right away.
You can read more about the railroading of Jeffrey Sterling here:
Government Reform Project