Criminal Behavior

Criminal behaviour, its mental illness connection

Criminal behaviour, does mental illness cause some persons to practise this type of behaviour? Yes, I know some persons who commit such behaviour because of their state of mental illness.

I also know that some persons are in a constant and incurable state of mental illness. Some are mentally ill, even though a psychiatrist has not yet diagnosed them as suffering from mental illness.

Those in authority and others, however, do not always realize this. I also think that mental illness influences much more criminal behaviour than we wish to admit. We should consider some persons who perform certain acts of crime too, to be insane persons.

Here are a few examples:

2016: Orlando nightclub shooting, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A. Omar Mateen entered the homosexual Pulse nightclub at 02: 00 a.m. with a semi-automatic rifle and a semi-automatic pistol. He started shooting at patrons and continued doing so for sometime. During this time, Omar Mateen phoned 911 and News 13 in Orlando and expressed solidarity with ISIS. He killed 49 people before police came and shot him dead.

2007: Virginia Tech Massacre, Blacksburg, Virginia, U.S.A. Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people on the day of the massacre before he shot himself dead. The massacre took place at Virginia Tech University where Cho was a student. Prior to the massacre, At least one of Cho’s teachers reported Cho to the university authorities. She thought cho’s very violent stories indicated future trouble; she also thought he needed help. The authorities did nothing.

Both men who did the shootings mentioned above were mentally ill. The police were justified in shooting to death the shooter in the first incident. The state acts justly if it executes a madman who commits acts such as those mentioned above.

Mental illness, continuing to look at it

A person’s mental illness, therefore, can sometimes cause that person to commit serious crime. The presence of mental illness in a criminal, however, is not a justification for not punishing that person’s wrongdoing. Mental illness, though, is not always easily and quickly detected.

There is also the question of family members denying the presence of mental illness in their relatives. These family members then refuse to seek diagnosis and treatment for their mentally ill relatives.

The absence of mental illness detection can also lead to another problem. It leads to a person’s mental illness sometimes continuing to exist undetected for years. This prevents that person from getting the help they need, and allows their harmful behaviour to expose others to injury.

By Edward Fagan

Edward Fagan Blog

December 18, 2017

(This is a previously published original post that I accidentally deleted from the blog. I thought it necessary that I republished it into the blog.)

Mental Health

Mental Health, and politicians?

Mental health and politicians provide us with an interesting topic which we can discuss for ages. We have had this topic around for quite a while. Remember when a king of the ancient Babylonian super power became mentally ill. He remained in this state for seven years, Daniel 4: 31-34. This king ruled during the period 605-562 B.C.

Politicians in this state, besides, have always provided satirists and comedians with great working material. They have also provided audiences to comedy shows with good reasons to attend them.

Should our political leaders mental state matter to us, and do we need to monitor their mental state? Yes, their mental state should matter to us, and we need to monitor it. Given these two answers we should be able to detect quite early, signs of existing or oncoming illness.

In the event we detect such mental illness, there is a sensible solution that addresses this problem. We can thus use this solution to remove such a person from office smoothly and efficiently.

The sensible solution I refer to above is the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It reflects the vision and foresight of the founding fathers of the U.S., even though it was ratified in 1967.

This is an awesome document and it has universal appeal and application. Other democratic countries can also adopt it to meet those needs and requirements that fall within its scope.

By Edward Fagan

Edward Fagan Blog

November 28, 2017

(This is a previously published original post that I accidentally deleted from the blog. I thought it necessary that I republished it into the blog.)


Famous liar, the background

Famous liar that he is, this president was telling lies long before he entered politics. For example, he relentlessly advocated that the then president was not an American by birth. The president therefore, he claimed, legally was not the president.

He, Of course, was telling not one but two lies. The then president is an American by birth. His U.S. long form birth certificate proves that. He legally was the president. (U.S. law states that the president must be an American by birth.)

Among past presidents some, instead of telling lies, have refused to answer questions directly. Some too, instead of telling lies, totally and politely have refused to answer certain questions. A few occasionally have lied, but mostly by accident. Fewer still have lied deliberately, and then only on a few rare occasions.

This president sets a new, very low standard for telling lies among future presidents. He deliberately has been telling lies every day since entering office.

Famous liar, here is some proof

Below are some examples of the president’s lies. I include at least one lie for every month (to July) since his inauguration on 20th January 2017.

25th January : “Take a look at the Pew reports (which show voter fraud.)”. (The report never mentioned voter fraud.).

29th January : “The Cuban-Americans, I got 84 percent of that vote. (There is no support for this.).

16th February : “We got 306 because people came out and voted like they’ve never seen before so that’s the way it goes. I guess it was the biggest Electoral College win since Ronald Reagan.” (George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama all won bigger margins in the Electoral College.)

22nd March : “NATO, obsolete, because it doesn’t cover terrorism. They fixed that.” (It has fought terrorism since the 1980’s.).

11th April : “I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late. I had already beaten all the senators and all the governors, and I didn’ know Steve.”. (He knew Steve Bannon since 2011.).

4th May : “We’re the highest taxed nation in the World.” (We’re not.).

22nd June : “Former Homeland Security Advisor Jeh Johnson is latest top intelligence official to state there was no grand scheme between Trump & Russia.”. (Johnson, who had a different title, didn’t say that.).

19th July : “But the F.B.I. person reports directly to the president of the United States, which is interesting.”. (He reports directly to the attorney general.).

Famous liar, the lies persist

He is not a consistent liar either. He tells different lies on the same topic as time passes.

This president failed to keep a campaign promise. He refused to brand China a currency manipulator. After this, he continued to change his false statement about when China stopped its currency manipulation. China stopped currency manipulation in 2014.

This president changed his untruthful claim about when China ended its currency manipulation, on the dates shown below.

21st April : “from the time I took office”
29th April : “during the election”
30th April : “as soon as I got elected”
01st May : “since I started running”
04th May : “since I’ve been talking about currency manipulation”

Famous liar, why he lies?

Can anyone explain why this president constantly tells lies. Republican Senator Bob Corker said recently that the president so far has demonstrated instability rather than success. Senator Corker suggested that the president “move way beyond himself”. Senator Corker has been one of the president’s strongest supporters in congress. Gordon Humphrey is a former New Hampshire Republican Senator. He says Trump is “impaired by a seriously sick psyche”.

The U.S. ratified the 25th Amendment to the constitution 50 years ago. This amendment allows the creation of a body to determine the mental and other fitness of prospective and serving presidents. Congress, so far, has not created such a body. This president’s behaviour is about to change that. Former constitutional law professor, Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., and over 28 co-sponsors now seek the creation of such a body.

Yale Forensic Psychiatrist Bandy Lee is presently creating a committee of psychiatrists and other experts. This committee will advise congress on the president’s mental health. Lee is also editor of the upcoming book “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump”. Twenty seven mental health professionals contributed to that book.

Tony Schwartz co-authored a book with the president in 1987. Now he is one of his critics. He said recently : “Trump is prima facie mentally ill. It doesn’t take a psychiatrist to make that diagnosis. It is obvious on its face”. Some psychiatrists view the president as suffering from narcissistic personality disorder.

It seems he lies because he is mentally ill. This is a serious problem. How do we solve this problem? Exercise our right to vote. We will vote for Democrats only, in 2018. We will vote against him in 2020.

By Edward Fagan

Edward Fagan Blog

October 24, 2017

(This is a previously published original post that I accidentally deleted from the blog. I thought it necessary that I republished it into the blog.)