Judge Sotomayor and the "Friendosex" Cult

"How is it that Sotomayor, a Federal Circuit Court judge (and a former prosecutor), could work with the youth program of this sicko cult-racket for four years and not spot anything wrong?"

By DENNIS KING

I welcome the idea of a qualified Hispanic woman being appointed to the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, Judge Sonia Sotomayor may not be the right choice. The Federal Circuit Court judge is involved with, and apparently committed to, a youth charity run by one Fred Newman--the Marxist psychotherapist and cult leader who used to boast about having sex with his patients and whose philosophy of "friendosexuality" has been promoted among the charity's kids.

According to Daily News columnist Errol Louis, Supreme Court nominee Sotomayor has worked as a volunteer workshop leader for the past four years with the Development School for Youth (DSY), a branch of the Newman-controlled All Stars Project (the latter is a multifaceted youth charity that works with kids of all ages). Louis quotes the White House as saying that the DSY is Sotomayor's "favorite project."


Apart from correcting the misspelling, the last line of this poster should be changed to read: "Stay away from cults."

The relationship may be somewhat deeper. In answering a questionnaire for the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sotomayor has revealed that she gave a speech to a DSY graduating class in 2003--two years earlier than the time line provided by Louis. And Sotomayor even provided the committee with the text of her 2003 speech, which uses a bit of Social Therapy jargon:

"We all have to work and to perform our lives....I hope you hold on to the memory of each time you performed in this program and felt good about yourself and about the group you have been part of." (emphasis added)

Sotomayor continued: "Look at me. Look at Dr. Fulani and Pam Lewis [longtime Newman aides who play an important role in the All Stars Project--DK]. Look at all of the people who have led you in workshops. These can be your lives." This remark plus the intrusion of jargon earlier in the speech suggests that Sotomayor may already have been working with the DSY for some time. And it's disturbing that Sotomayor would have held up Lenora Fulani, whose anti-Semitism was widely known, as a role model for youth.

To determine the exact extent to which Sotomayor is influenced by the likes of Fulani and Pam Lewis is no academic question. For the Newman group is a lot nuttier--and nastier--than most of the media is willing nowadays to acknowledge.

Newman lives communally in a Manhattan townhouse with his "communist wives" (as one former member has called them) and other past and/or present patients. He and his inner core of therapists assiduously work to recruit naive young people and troubled adults into their clandestine "International Workers Party" (or whatever they call it nowadays) which is devoted to infiltrating politics, education, the arts--and even high society--in the interests of an eventual revolution.

The cult's history of anti-Semitism is indisputable: for instance, Newman called the Jews "storm troopers of decadent capitalism against people of color the world over" in a 1985 speech praising Louis Farrakhan, wrote and produced a play in 1989 about the "dirty [Zionist] Jew," and sponsored at the All Stars' theater in 2004 a play that blamed the 1991 Crown Heights pogrom on alleged Jewish thuggery. (He has never apologized for or retracted any of this.)


Newman (left) and Fulani (right) sucking up to Minister Farrakhan. They invited him to appear on their cable TV show, and I must say he looks a bit puzzled (like, "which Mothership did these two come from?").

Didn't Sotomayor ever learn, in her years as a lawyer, the importance of due diligence? If she'd bothered to spend five minutes on Google in the mid-2000s, before continuing to lend her good name to this crew, she would have uncovered the above--and much more--information: more than enough to set off alarm bells in the head of any person with sound judgment.

For instance, she would have found:

A New Republic cover article on Newman (1999) that tells about life inside the IWP, including underground meetings of the party, destroy-upon-reading instructions from headquarters, and a paramilitary training camp where cadre went beserk with their semi-automatic weapons, taking out their rage on farm animals.

Statements by an ex-IWP member about how Newman's social therapists tried to pressure her to put her child in foster care (read here and here) in order to have more time for the revolution (when she decided to quit the IWP instead, they evicted her and the child from a Newmanite collective apartment).

A statement by another woman who quit the IWP after therapist Newman suddenly started kissing her without her consent (she went to the authorities with evidence of campaign finance fraud committed by an IWP electoral front; her evidence resulted in the Federal Election Commission levying a stiff fine against the Presidential campaign committee of Newman follower Lenora Fulani).

An essay by Newman ("The Women I Live With," 1990) where he discusses openly his sexual, emotional and political relationships with his patients--thus making clear that his behavior has violated every ethical rule in the psychotherapy rule book (but Newman thinks the rules are outmoded).


Three Newmanite artists with the Great Man himself, celebrating the opening of an exhibition of paintings by the four of them on the theme of "Collective Sex" (The National Alliance, Nov. 8, 1990). In his notes to the exhibit, Newman described it as a "dialectical synthesis" of painting and performance. A review in Newman's newspaper gushed that "When you walk into the lobby...of the Castillo Cultural Center...you're surrounded by sex, Collective Sex." No one seemed concerned that children from Newman's All Stars Project would also be "surrounded by...Collective Sex," when they entered the facility.

An award-winning NY1 (cable news) series (2005) re the Newmanites in which Newman suggests that patient-therapist sex is still okay (the series also presents evidence that Newman's theory of "friendosexuality" is taught to All Stars teens).

An Anti-Defamation League study ("A Cult by Any Other Name," 1995) which skewers the Newmanites for their unethical therapy, their anti-Semitism and their totalitarian ideology.

My 2006 report here that traces the history of the Newmanites' grotesque exploitation of (and use of social therapy in dealing with) children and teenagers back to the early 1970s, and describes the cult's defense of the National Man-Boy Love Association in the 1980s (see documentation here) and of high-profile child molesters such as Tony Alamo, Kodzo DoBosu and David Koresh in the 1990s. (If Sotomayor had read this report she also would have learned about the support given by the IWP's in-house legal and public relations firms to unlicensed Brooklyn daycare operator Sue Simmonds, whose center was closed down after little girls in her care developed venereal diseases including gonorrhea of the throat. Sotomayor might even have noticed that a co-owner of the PR firm that defended Simmonds was, as of the time Sotomayor started working with All Stars/DSY, a member of the charity's IWP-dominated board--he would later serve for awhile as the board's chairman.)


NAMBLA takes to the streets (1982). Newman's New York Alliance criticized gay and lesbian leaders for being "hostile toward NAMBLA" and for opposing its participation in gay rights demonstrations. The newspaper also commiserated with NAMBLA re the latter's alleged persecution by the FBI: "What is desirable (what should be) is not always what is possible..."

The foolishness of Sotomayor can't just be dismissed as failure to check out the DSY's sponsors on the Internet. The Newmanites play a vigorous role in politics through their control of New York City's third ballot line (the New York City Independence Party line) and their links to powerful Republicans and Democrats. They have been the target in recent years of intense media scrutiny, especially during 2005 when Newman aide Lenora Fulani refused to retract a statement that Jews are "mass murderers of people of color."

One veteran political campaign consultant told me, "It would be impossible for a politically plugged-in person such as Sotomayor not to know about the controversy surrounding this group--and that they were an inappropriate focus for volunteer work by a federal court judge."

This raises a deeper issue: Perhaps Sotomayor did know, all along, about many of the dubious aspects of social therapy and its youth charity, but decided to work with them because she really saw nothing wrong with their beliefs and behavior. Clandestine Marxism? Patient-therapist sex? Friendosexual indoctrination of teens? Hey, it's nothing but charming lifestyle experimentation...


"The experience of strangers falling in love with me was so intimate...I felt turned on all the time." (Fulani on running for public office, from her autobiography, The Making of a Fringe Candidate, 1992.)

And what about Sotomayor's personal interactions with the adult Newmanites? Many outsiders have noted after spending a short time with them how they manifest a weirdness reminiscent of the Pod People in the original version of The Body Snatchers. Was Sotomayor so taken in by the love-bombing tactics they use on childless professional women both single and divorced (dangling the lure of volunteer work with children and the ersatz loving warmth of an artificial family as a means of getting at their bank accounts--as they did with a woman partner, how deceased, at the law firm Kirkland & Ellis) that she couldn't see the weirdness? What does all this say about Sotomayor's emotional maturity and fitness for service on the Supreme Court? (And the fact that she's been working with them for several years raises yet another question: Often, after about two years, the Newmanites start hinting about the other organization, the secret revolutionary one that's kept hidden from the supposed prying eyes of the FBI. Did Sotomayor ever receive such hints--and, if so, was she just too clueless to pick up on what they were talking about?)

And did Sotomayor miss the announcement on the website of the All Stars Project's Castillo Theatre (2006) of "Sapphire's Kiss," a play that celebrates a sexual relationship between a troubled young woman and her social therapist? The play's run at Castillo occurred when Sotomayor was already working with the charity. Did she attend it with some of the DSY kids? What did she think of it?


Note how the poster for "Sapphire's Kiss" (2006) idealizes what would have been, in real life, an inherently unequal, exploitative relationship. But the play's synopsis gives the game away: "This fantasy-drama follows the tender relationship between a white social worker, Diana, and her 'crazy' African American client, Cypris (who claims she knows Diana from another life). In the midst of madness, Diana and Cypris pursue an unconventional love affair..." Hmmm...How about a sequel in which Diana is brought up on charges by the state licensing board and stripped of her license?

Finally, just what is going on with the kids at All Stars? We can only state here what has been publicly documented: Newman supports sex between patients and social therapists; Newman's programs offer social therapy to kids; Newman's network has a long history of supporting child molesters; Newman's youth programs have promoted friendosexuality; Newman's theatre (which serves as a training program for young performers) has propagandized for patient-therapist sex in at least one of its performances; Newman's Development School for Youth is openly based on social-therapeutic principles (as is the All Stars Talent Show Network, which works with kids as young as four).

I doubt that the Newmanites themselves are into sex with prepubescent children (although the cult's philosophy suggests that they are incapable of efficiently screening out predators from the ranks of their volunteers). Their main focus appears to be

(a) obtaining huge donations from wealthy liberals (from whence eight million dollars or more apparently disappeared up through the mid-2000s into an accounting black hole as the Newmanites reported expenditures for their talent show network that averaged over $200,000 per talent show although the shows were held in public school auditoriums with volunteer staffing and probably cost less than $10,000 each); and

(b) recruiting the most pliable All Stars teenagers and adult volunteers into the orbit of the clandestine party--from whence some can be gradually transformed into hard-core disciplined cadre, adept in the use of psychotherapy and sex as tools for recruiting new members to the inner core or for politically controlling the "useful idiots" who remain on the cult's periphery.

Whether the game is sex or revolution (or both), the prospects of a youngster can easily be ruined--like those of the DSY-age kids and young adults that Newman recruited in the 1970s who still serve his megalomania and personal needs to this day (of the original recruits, almost none of those who became fully integrated into the sociopathic inner core have ever left--this is a cult for life).

How is it that Sotomayor, a Federal Circuit Court judge (and a former prosecutor), could work with the youth program of this sicko cult-racket for four years and not spot anything wrong? And don't tell me she should get a free pass on this simply because a number of wealthy New Yorkers have embraced All Stars to assuage their liberal guilt or because certain city politicians have praised the charity in order to get its sponsors' ballot line. A Supreme Court justice should be wiser than the limousine-liberal crowd--and more ethical than the political hacks.

Sotomayor's involvement with the social therapy cult demonstrates that she lacks (at the very least) the wisdom, common sense and prudence required for the job of U.S. Supreme Court justice. I urge the U.S. Senate to reject her nomination.

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From my unsolicited 2006 report to the City of New York:

"The evidence is massive, on a variety of grounds, that the cult/revolutionary party/psychotherapy collective that runs the All Stars Project is dangerous to the psychological health and educational and sexual development of children and teens in its care.

Its programs in years past succeeded in recruiting a number of teens directly into the adult group, condemning them to decades of exploitation by Fred Newman. Its programs today appear also to be attempting to selectively recruit youth into Newmanís orbit (focusing, tragically, on some of the best and brightest in the target communities).

The cult has also caused harm by diverting public and charitable resources intended for the legitimate needs of children and teens into extraneous activities serving its own cryptic politico-financial goals.

Newman, who totally controls All Stars through his cult followers, is a deeply disturbed narcissist and emotional predator, as abundantly revealed by his writings and actions. He and his friendosexual core collective have not built transparent programs aimed at serving the health and educational needs of children, but rather have constructed via deceptive tactics a funding network that exists only to serve his anti-family, anti-child, anti-Jewish, anti-Christian and pseudo-revolutionary agenda.

Newman and his cult should not be provided with a single penny in public financing for their manipulation and exploitation of the children, teenagers, and adult volunteers at All Stars."

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee: Read this report! Even if you intend to vote for Sotomayor, she should be required to explain her involvement with Fred Newman's charity cult-racket.

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What Judge Sotomayor could have found on the web if she'd bothered to check

JOURNALISM:

"How All Stars backed out of contract to avoid investigation," Village Voice, 2006

"Psychopolitics," award winning NY1 News series, 2005

"All Stars contract placed on hold," Village Voice, 2005

"Questions for Lenora Fulani," The Jewish Press, 2005

"ChIP off the old block," The Boston Phoenix, 2004

"Extremist Pol's Shadow World," NY Post, 2002

"Group Hug," Philadelphia Weekly, 2002

"Fred Newman: Lenin as Therapist," On the Edge (2000)

"The Infiltrators," The New Republic, 1999

"Newman Enchants Loyal Followers," NY Observer, 1999

"Invasion of the Body Snatchers," Salon, 1999

"Newman Exposed," The City Sun, 1993

"Parasites in Drag," NY Planet, 1993

"Dr. Fulani's Snake-Oil Show," The Nation, 1992

"Behind the Scenes at NAP," Gay & Lesbian News Telegraph, 1988

"What Kind of Party Is This, Anyway?" Village Voice, 1982

"West Side Therapy Cult Conceals Its Aims," H&V News, 1977

"Proof: Therapist Cultists Lied," H&V News, 1977

REPORTS:

"Report to the City," D. King's unsolicited report to the New York City Department of Youth (Aug. 2005; updated for submission to the Industrial Development Agency, 2006)

"Clouds Blur the Rainbow," Chip Berlet's report for Political Research Associates, 1988 (rev. 2000)

"A Cult by Any Other Name," ADL report, 1995

STATEMENTS BY FORMER ASSOCIATES OF THE NEWMAN CULT:

  • Marina Ortiz

  • Robert Cohen

  • Dennis Serrette

  • William Pleasant

  • Kellie Gasink

  • Former Social Therapy trainee

  • Former Social Therapy patient

    WEB SITES:

    Archive of internal Newmanite documents, media reports, and scathing ex-member commentary

    NEWMAN'S SECRET BLUEPRINT FOR HIS CULT RACKET:

    "The damn New York Institute for Social Therapy is a bloody goldmine!"

    NEWMAN'S VIEWS ON PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THERAPISTS AND PATIENTS:

    Newman's "The Women I Live With"

    Newman's "wives" and other patients reply

    Newman on life with his "dearest friends," New York Observer (1999)

    Fulani: "It just gets sensationalized," New York Times (2000)

    Newman reaffirms his peculiar views to NY1 News (2005)

    Newman again on patient-therapist sex in another NY1 interview (2008).

    More references and documentation may be added to this article as Sotomayor persists in her silence re the Newman-Fulani cult.



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