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Unraveling the Threads in the Amerithrax Case

The FrederickNewsPost.com reports that Jean C. Duley filed a restraining order against her patient, Bruce Ivins, PhD., because an FBI agent suggested it. Wait a minute? A therapist and program director at Comprehensive Counseling Center in Frederick, who treated her patient once a week in group sessions for 6 months was disclosing confidential patient information to the FBI? I'm sorry - can someone help me out here? Therapists, counselors, please speak up on this issue. Is this usual and customary practice? I've been a nurse a long time and have never had any reason to disclose confidential patient information to law enforcement agents. The counseling center specialized in treating patients addicted to prescription pain medications with suboxone. Ms. Duley no longer works at the center. She did, however, have a history of substance abuse problems herself, with a long string of DUI's, one as recently as April of 2008, and a charge of battery.

Also, I'm sorry, but my understanding is that if a patient is considered a threat to himself or others you keep him hospitalized to protect him and others. A bioweapons expert who is psychologically unstable would not be allowed to check himself out of a psychiatric hospital. Ms. Duley was worried about her own safety. Was she worried about her patient's safety? Now her patient is dead and the American public may never have the answers about our first bioterrorism attack. Where is Homeland Security? According to the FrederickNewsPost.com, Ms. Duley is not a licensed social worker as documented by the FBI. She holds a certified supervised counselor license and must work under the supervision of another clinician. Duley has testified that FBI agents instructed her to file the restraining order against Dr. Ivins. What does her supervising clinician have to say about that?
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