Wednesday, December 16, 2009
(NaturalNews) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today stands accused of taking part in the kidnapping and illegal extradition of a permanent resident of Ecuador, in violation of both international law and Ecuadorian law.
Greg Caton, owner and operator of Alpha Omega Labs (www.AltCancer.com), an herbal products company that sells anti-cancer herbal remedies made with Ecuadorian medicinal herbs, was arrested at gunpoint at a road checkpoint in Ecuador, then transported to an Ecuadorian holding facility to await a hearing on December 14, 2009. Caton was expected to be set free by the Ecuadorian judge at that hearing based on the facts of the case which indicated Caton’s permanent residency in Ecuador is legal and valid.
Three days before the hearing could take place, Caton was taken from his holding facility and, with the help of U.S. State Department employees, involuntarily placed on an American Airlines plane headed for Miami. An Ecuadorian judge rushed to the airport in Guayaquil and demanded that Caton be released from the plane, stating that the attempted deportation was illegal, but American Airlines employees reportedly refused to allow Caton to leave the plane, stating that the plane was “U.S. territory” and that Ecuadorian law did not apply there (even though the plane was still on the tarmac in Guayaquil and under the direction of the air traffic control tower there).
The plane then departed Guayaquil and continued its flight to Miami where Greg Caton was held in a federal detention facility to await trial in the U.S.
His crimes? Selling herbal medicine and daring to tell the truth about those medicines on his website.
By the way, you can listen to my exclusive interview with Cathryn Caton, who details these events in a downloadable MP3 audio file. Find the file here: http://www.naturalnews.com/Index-Po…
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has, for many years, pursued Caton, accusing him of selling “unapproved drugs” — herbal medicines that have never been, and will never be, approved by the FDA to treat anything. He was convicted of these crimes in 2003 and served 33 months in federal prison.
After serving his term, Caton was on probation for another three years. As Greg Caton’s wife explained to me in an exclusive interview, eighteen months into that probation, Caton received word that a “rogue FDA agent” named John Armand was intimidating his ex-employees in an attempt to convince them to testify against Caton in order to have him convicted of further charges that would lead to more prison time.
After submitting a request to his presiding judge to ask that the remainder of his probation be excused, Caton moved to Ecuador and acquired permanent residency there, in part to escape persecution by what he saw as a rogue FDA agent violating the law in an effort to see Caton prosecuted yet again.
As you’ll see below, this fear was not unfounded.
In Ecuador, by the way, selling herbs and accurately describing their medicinal properties is not a crime. It’s common sense.
Every pharmacy, health food store, shaman and medicine man openly talks about the anti-cancer properties of various herbs. No one goes to prison for selling medicinal herbs in Ecuador — the very idea seems silly. Why would any nation want to lock up its healers?
So the “crimes” for which Caton was convicted in the USA aren’t even considered crimes in more medicinally enlightened countries such as Ecuador. There, people like Caton are considered valuable members of society.
Back in the U.S., the only real crime Caton was now guilty of was failing to serve his last 18 months of probation. But even that probation sentence was based on the false crime of Caton selling medicinal herbs while accurately describing their health-related properties. In other words, if not for the FDA’s persecution of all herbalists who sell anti-cancer herbs, Caton would never have had jail time nor probation to begin with.
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When the FDA realized Caton had moved to Ecuador, they went to work to try to have Caton arrested internationally. In order to accomplish this, they needed to have Caton listed as a wanted fugitive with Interpol, the international police database headquartered in Lyon, France.
Interpol is normally reserved for listing serious criminals: Murderers, rapists, terrorists, international money launderers, war criminals and the like. NaturalNews contacted Interpol to inquire as to how Gregory Caton, an herbal formulator violating nothing more than probation, could have been listed with Interpol as a wanted international fugitive with a so-called “Red Notice” — Interpol’s highest alert level. This is the kind of alert level someone like Osama Bin Laden might normally merit with Interpol.
We were told by the U.S. Interpol office (under the DOJ), “those individuals placed on a Most Wanted List are the ones who have allegedly committed the most heinous of crimes for a very long period of time.”
In other words, the Interpol “Red Notice” designation — which was applied to Greg Caton’s listing — is never applied to people who merely skip probation. The Greg Caton listing with Interpol, NaturalNews learned, was off protocol. Someone, it seemed, had managed to exploit the DOJ / Interpol system to get Caton listed as an international fugitive when he was merely guilty of skipping out on the last 18 months of his probation.
To make the Interpol listing sound more serious, paperwork was submitted to Interpol decision makers that listed Caton’s offenses as “drugs related crimes, fraud.”
This implies that Caton was engaged in some sort of serious drug operation: Drug smuggling, perhaps, or drug dealing. In reality, his only crime was selling medicinal herbs that the FDA mislabels “drugs” in its own bizarre regulatory language — the same language that calls cherries “drugs” if they are sold alongside any words describing their benefits for relieving arthritis pain and inflammation.
To the FDA, even a bottle of water can be considered a “drug” if it’s sold with the claim that it prevents dehydration, a medical condition.
The obvious question in all this, then, is: Who could have managed to exploit the Interpol system and get Greg Caton listed as an international fugitive?
The clue comes right from the Interpol listing itself, where it describes the origin of the “arrest warrant” as Lafayette, Louisiana. You can see the Interpol listing here: http://www.interpol.int/public/data…
Lafayette, Louisiana is the former operating base of FDA criminal investigations officer John Armand, the agent who went after Caton in 1999 and who managed to get him convicted of a felony crime (selling medicinal herbs) in 2003.
NaturalNews attempted to contact John Armand to get his comments for this story. I called the FDA office in Lafayette, Louisiana, identified myself as a reporter for NaturalNews, and asked to speak with agent John Armand. I was told he had been relocated to Florida and could now be reached out of the Jacksonville office.
I called the FDA’s Jacksonville office, identified myself and asked to speak with agent John Armand for his comments on this story. I was told that I must first speak to a “press officer” of the FDA, as only a press officer could offer public comment. The next day, I was able to reach FDA press officer Mike Kelly whose reply mirrors FDA official policy: “No comment.”
The FDA, he explained, never comments on any “ongoing investigation.” In all, I placed five phone calls to various offices of the FDA, each time asking to speak with John Armand to get his side of this story. In every case, I was stonewalled and either told to talk to someone else or given the “no comment” reply.
Just to make sure you’re following the twisted details of this story, here’s a quick recap:
Greg Caton, a U.S. citizen and legal Ecuadorian permanent resident operating a legal Ecuadorian business selling medicinal herbs to customers around the world, was arrested at a road checkpoint in Ecuador. A few days later, against the demands of an Ecuadorian judge, he was involuntarily placed onto an American Airlines commercial jet where he was flown to Miami and put in a federal holding facility.
As Cathryn Caton told me in a recent interview (http://www.naturalnews.com/Index-Po…), “I blame American Airlines as much as I do the U.S. To me, they are part of this illegal kidnapping… to me it’s a terrorist act. They helped and cooperated with illegally kidnapping my husband and flying him to the U.S. They were told repeatedly by this Ecuadorian federal judge that he is not to leave the country, and they cooperated with these U.S. officials to illegally remove Greg from the country, against Ecuadorian court order.”
His arrest in Ecuador was made possible by the “Red Notice” listing with Interpol. That listing was submitted through the United States National Central Bureau (USNCB), under the DOJ (Department of Justice), and it was submitted to the USNCB by the FDA. Within the FDA, the source for the listing was the Lafayette office, where agent John Armand operated.
The “Red Notice” listing, however, was off-protocol because Greg Caton was only guilty of skipping out on probation, not engaging in the kind of “heinous crimes” normally required to achieve a Red Notice listing with Interpol, which is normally reserved for terrorists, mass murderers and war criminals.
The Interpol listing was the key to getting Greg Caton arrested and illegally deported from Ecuador, without the U.S. engaging in any sort of formal extradition process as required by international law. In essence, the United States of America kidnapped Greg Caton, denied him his civil liberties under Ecuadorian law (and even perhaps under U.S. law), and illegally transported him out of Ecuador against the demands of an Ecuadorian judge.
This entire charade was masterminded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which managed to trick Interpol into flagging Caton with a “Red Notice” status even though his only outstanding crime was skipping out on probation to go seek a life of peace in a nation that welcomed his medicines instead of criminalizing them.
Greg Caton’s top-selling anti-cancer formulation is called Cansema, and it is sold by Alpha Omega Labs as an effective herbal treatment for topical cancers. If you have skin cancer of any kind, I encourage you to learn about Cansema and how it has eliminated cancers in many people. Even though Greg is now imprisoned in the U.S., Alpha Omega Labs is still open for business, and you can purchase Cansema online right now at www.AltCancer.com (note: NaturalNews has no financial relationship whatsoever with Alpha Omega Labs or Greg Caton).
Behind all the accusations, prosecutions and legal entanglements, the real question in all this seems to have been entirely avoided by U.S. health authorities. That question is, of course, does Cansema work? Does it really eliminate topical cancers?
If it works, then why all the criminal accusations against Greg Caton in the first place? Why the absurd labeling of his herbal products as “unapproved drugs” when even Caton himself doesn’t call them drugs? He simply (and accurately) describes them as medicinal herbs, which is what they are. I find it fascinating that if I place a bottle of Cansema in my pocket when I board a plane in Ecuador, it’s just “herbs,” but when I exit the plane in Miami, suddenly those herbs have been transformed into “unapproved drugs” by the regulatory language police who operate in the U.S. much like the Ministry of Truth from George Orwell’s novel 1984.
Regardless of what the product is called, the FDA isn’t at all interested in whether Cansema actually works. The mere fact that the herbs were sold as a natural cancer treatment without FDA approval is enough to have Caton condemned as an international criminal. But in taking this stance, the FDA misses out on the thousands of satisfied customers who have successfully used Cansema to cure their own cancers.
Case in point: Dr. Brian O’Leary, a former NASA astronaut who has published over 100 scientific papers in peer-reviewed science literature (http://www.brianoleary.info/about.html). Dr. O’Leary is a customer of Greg Caton’s. When he heard about Caton’s illegal arrest and deportation from Ecuador, he issued this passionate statement:
Greg Caton is a friend of mine and an extraordinary healer. I was shocked to hear about his kidnapping and illegal deportation to the U.S., regardless of perceptions of his legal status within the U.S., something I understand to be a mild violation at most. He is a legal resident of Ecuador and conducts a legal alternative health product [company] here. I thoroughly support his work in healing untold thousands of people of cancer and other serious diseases.
My own healing happened when Greg arrived at our home two years ago with his product Cansema. I had just been diagnosed with basal cell skin cancer after a biopsy had been taken from a very large and deep lesion on my back. I was scheduled for surgery the following week. I cancelled the surgery and applied the Cansema (a black salve consisting of a mixture of herbs and a bit of zinc chloride), and, in 3-4 weeks, a black scab formed that subsequently fell off. After three applications of the salve over 2-3 months, the cancer disappeared, leaving only a slight discoloration where the cancer had been.
An examination by a dermatologist at the St. Agustin clinic in Loja, Ecuador, showed that the cancer was completely gone. No new lesions have formed anywhere on my body, and diagnostic blood tests for any systemic cancers recently showed negatives, i.e., no cancer in my body.
On the larger issue of the suppression of alternative possibilities in the health, environmental and technology fields, we see a pattern emerging that the true geniuses of innovation are all too often violently suppressed by authorities who illegally, unethically and immorally punish these true pioneers of our time — solely because of powerful vested interests that are far less effective in solving the problems presented.
This is an outrage, and I ask that, if justice has any meaning left, that Greg be released immediately from his current detention and flown back to his residence in Ecuador. This plea represents one of many coming from those of us who strongly feel that justice can only be served by supporting rather than condemning those of us willing and able to move humanity into a new paradigm of healing and sustainability.
If Mr. Caton is not immediately returned, and those who illegally bribed, kidnapped, deported and detained him are not held accountable, then many of us will need to take this issue to its next level for public airing.
– Brian O’Leary, Ph.D., former U.S. astronaut
As these events clearly demonstrate, selling products that actually help people heal is a crime in America. There’s a wonderful book on the topic, in fact, by author Kenny Ausubel, entitled, When Healing Becomes A Crime (http://www.amazon.com/When-Healing-…)
If you take a chance to read this book, you will discover that the kind of lawless tyranny, oppression and intimidation that has just been demonstrated against Greg Caton is nothing new for U.S. health authorities. Similarly unscrupulous activities were being undertaken by the AMA in the first half of the 20th century in a desperate attempt to destroy the credibility (and livelihood) of Harry Hoxsey, a man who also manufactured and sold topical anti-cancer salves.
To this day, intimidation campaigns continue against companies selling anti-cancer remedies. It happens so often that one day when I was walking along the sidewalk in Boca Raton, I met a couple who, when they realized who I was, told me they had been forced to flee the United States to pursue their anti-cancer stem cell work in another country.
Mexico, the Bahamas, Central and South America are all full of expat scientists, alternative medicine doctors, herbalists and naturopaths who have been forced to flee the USA or face imprisonment for their “crimes” of treating cancer with things other than FDA-sanctioned chemotherapy, radiation or surgery. This is why Americans have virtually no access to cancer clinics that offer real hope for healing. Instead, the American population is relegated to suffering the toxic side effects of chemotherapy and radiation under the “guidance” of nutritionally-ignorant oncologists who are poor doctors, but excellent followers of the FDA regime.
What Greg Caton’s illegal arrest and deportation really represent is the ongoing war of tyranny against healers that’s still pursued by the FDA and its “secret police” Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI).
This OCI, it turns out, operates with no oversight and no respect for the law of any land. Its employees and contractors openly engage in the intimidation of individuals engaged in the selling of natural products, routinely threatening them with imprisonment, armed raids, the seizure of their products and criminal prosecutions. Even Dr. Andrew Weil was recently threatened in this manner by the FDA. (http://www.naturalnews.com/027303_t…)
But NaturalNews asks the question: Who does the OCI answer to?
The answer is no one. There is no Congressional oversight, no judicial oversight and no civil rights protections for individuals targeted by the FDA’s OCI. The U.S. Constitution and its Bill of Rights — which are supposed to guarantee freedom of speech for herbalists as well as everyone else — are thrown out the window by the OCI. Once you are targeted by the OCI, you have no rights to free speech. You are considered an enemy of the state and can find yourself listed on Interpol alongside terrorists and war criminals even though your only crime might be selling herbal creams to natural health consumers.
The FDA claims its OCI office helps protect the American people from unscrupulous quacks and charlatans. Certainly, there is a role for that function in any society, as many companies will inevitably try to cheat the public by selling health-related products that don’t work (Tamiflu comes to mind, incidentally). But do we really need to be protected from an herbal product that works? How is Greg Caton’s selling of herbal medicine harming anyone at all? His product really works, and if the FDA was interested in what works, you would think they might be interested in embracing herbalists instead of criminalizing them.
That all this is going on in the USA is considered quite bizarre to locals in Ecuador, by the way. They are astonished at the idea that the United States of America would take a tax-paying, economy-boosting business person selling medicinal herbs and throw them in prison as criminals where the state must now foot the bill with taxpayer dollars. It
Keep in mind that Greg Caton was operating a perfectly legal business in Ecuador, with all necessary licensing, taxes and regulatory requirements. He was purchasing herbs from farmers, Shamans and land owners, then reformulating those herbs into long-proven anti-cancer remedies that were then sold to customers all over the world. He was breaking no laws in Ecuador, and in fact, he was contributing to the Ecuadorian economy by boosting exports and buying bulk herbs from all over Ecuador. Caton was a huge economic asset to the nation of Ecuador.
But he was a huge liability to the U.S. cancer industry which continues to base its business model on the intimidation and criminalization of anyone who offers cancer solutions outside the realm of pharmaceuticals, radiation and surgery. The cancer industry’s enforcement arm is the Food and Drug Administration, a dubious agency that follows no law (literally, there are no laws limiting the actions of the FDA) and operates with virtually no oversight whatsoever. Essentially, the FDA operates like the mob, respecting no law while using tactics of intimidation to assert its power and authority over others.
Interpol, for its part, is already shrouded in corruption controversy. It’s top chief now stands accused of maintaining links to organized crime, accepting bribes, and maintaining a relationship with a convicted smuggler of real drugs (not herbal medicines) — a man named Glen Agliotti. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8…)
NaturalNews has learned that Interpol is routinely abused by profit-seekers in India, who use India’s arcane “dowry laws” to label innocent spouses as international fugitives in order to blackmail them for payoff money. Interpol has openly participated in this blackmail scam for many years, allowing its website to be used as a point of leverage for “dowry scammers” (http://www.merinews.com/article/abu…)
We also found complaints about the abuse of Interpol by corporations in Dubai that are using the flimsy judicial system there to blame foreigners for corporate embezzlement when, in reality, people in Dubai are walking away with the cash. (http://detainedindubai.org/Detained…)
In fact, if you begin to dig into this story, you’ll find that Interpol is frequently used by scammers to red-flag innocent victims, so it’s not much of a surprise to learn that the FDA rigged Interpol to list Greg Caton as a criminal mastermind in order to have him arrested, kidnapped and illegally deported to the United States.
Certainly, Interpol has some useful function in the world, as the sharing of police intelligence about truly dangerous, violent criminals seems a worthy goal. But when the system is used to destroy the lives of innocent victims who are guilty of no such heinous crimes, it becomes a tool of the destruction of human rights. Rather than protecting the innocent, in this case Interpol was used by the FDA to persecute the innocent. And that speaks strongly about the lack of credibility at Interpol. Its “Red Notice” listings apparently carry no more credibility than a plastic police badge found in a box of Cracker Jack.
Some may question my use of the term “kidnapping” to describe the illegal arrest and deportation of Greg Caton from Ecuador. But if you carefully examine the definition of the word, you’ll find it applies quite precisely to this situation:
Kidnapping: To abduct by force or fraud.
(Random House Dictionary)
As in, to involuntarily remove someone from their own home or property, with the threat of force (firearms), without the due process of law.
The United States of America, under this definition, is guilty of kidnapping an Ecuadorian resident. In no way did the USA engage in any legal extradition processes, nor did the USA even acknowledge any Ecuadorian law. Greg Caton was simply hauled away without a fair hearing and without any opportunity to defend himself against the charges being leveled against him.
This is not merely a violation of Greg Caton’s civil rights, it is a violation of international law.
You have the power to help rights these wrong and bring the FDA’s actions in this matter to light.
As the editor of NaturalNews, I urge you to forward this story to your Senators and Congressional representatives. Someone please also make sure this story gets into the hands of Sen. Charles Grassley.
Protest this action with your elected representatives. In your own words, tell them why you think this kidnapping of Greg Caton is a great injustice that needs to be corrected. Ask them to investigate the FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations and determine how it is that FDA agents are able to exploit Interpol listings to achieve the illegal kidnapping and deportation of U.S. citizens living abroad.
Call, fax or write your representatives today:
Contact information for the U.S. Senate:
Contact information for the U.S. House of Representatives:
Call (202)225-3121 for the switchboard operator, or visit:
Contact information for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration:
Contact information to file a complaint with the U.S. Dept. of Justice:
(Choose the option to file a complaint about a law enforcement agency, then file your complaint about the FDA OCI.)
Report fraud or abuse of Interpol’s name (which is essentially what the FDA has done in this case):
People will ask me, upon this publication of this story, why I’m willing to speak out against the FDA, the DOJ and Interpol.
Actually, I have nothing against any of these organizations as long as they serve the People rather than the interests of domineering corporations. The FDA, DOJ and Interpol all have an important place in a just society — but only if they stick to their original charter and use their resources to serve the greater good.
What this story on NaturalNews reveals is that each of these organizations has, in one way or another, been hijacked by corporate interests in order to suppress the actions of one individual whose products threaten the profits of the pharmaceutical industry. In essence, Interpol has now been used to enforce the profit aims of Big Pharma, and that’s not what Interpol is supposed to be used for. It’s supposed to be about protecting the innocent, not allowing itself to be subjugated by Big Business (because, of course, the pharmaceutical industry virtually runs the FDA these days).
When Big Business runs the regulatory offices, the criminal investigation offices and the police organizations, the world is no longer safe for anyone who threatens the status quo. When the police intelligence community is used as law enforcement puppets by the corporate puppet masters, anyone who acts in competition with the established profit centers of corporate America (and cancer is a huge profit center) is immediately targeted for criminalization, prosecution and incarceration.
These are not the traits of a free society. They are not the actions of a justice system. They aren’t even what you would expect to find in a western nation that claims to operate under a free market enterprise system. And yet this is exactly what we are seeing in the United States of America today, where this nation of regulatory tyrants is now openly engaged in the international kidnapping of innocents who have, for understandable reasons, chosen to reside in countries that do not consider herbalists to be criminals.
Free Greg Caton.
P.S. Listen to the audio interview with Cathryn Caton. It’s a free MP3 download that’s commercial free and DRM-free: http://www.naturalnews.com/Index-Po…
This article was posted: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 10:00 am