Critic Of Sathya Sai Baba Distorts US Travel Warning

Barry Pittard’s bold faced lies about the U.S. State Department Advisory For India on a free-press-release site.

On a free-press release site, Barry Pittard published the following article:

http://www.free-press-release.com/news/200406/1086748975.htmlU.S. STATE DEPARTMENT NAMES SATHYA SAI BABA Re PEDOPHILE ACCUSATIONS
Free Press Release

U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT NAMES SATHYA SAI BABA Re PEDOPHILE ACCUSATIONS
For Immediate Release

U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT NAMES SATHYA SAI BABA Re PEDOPHILE ACCUSATIONS
Released by: Barry Pittard
2004-06-08 21:42:55

Summary:
The US State Department is now naming India’s most famous (and infamous) guru Sathya Sai Baba as the previously unnamed individual mentioned in its earlier Travel Warning

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: June 9, 2004
Contact: Barry Pittard
Coordinator, FDSSB (Former Devotees of Sathya Sai Baba, a Global Coalition).
Phone. Intl: 61 7 5478 6007. Australia: 07 5478 6007.
Email: bpittard@beachaccess.com.au

U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT NAMES SATHYA SAI BABA Re PEDOPHILE ACCUSATIONS

India’s most famous guru, Sathya Sai Baba, has been named by the U.S. State Department as the subject of its earlier travel warning regarding reports against him of sexual molestation of young males. The warning had stated Sathya Sai Baba’s location, but not his name.

Sathya Sai Baba proclaims to be the fullest incarnation of the divine in world history. He has millions of followers, from many countries and cultures, who donate billions to his Central Trust fund. For many years, Presidents, Prime Ministers and elites from many political parties, the armed services, police, judiciary etc have flocked to his ashram in Puttaparthi, South India. Political patronage makes it difficult to secure convictions against him in the courts of India.

There are now State Department citizen and media phone contact numbers where officers will confirm that Sathya Sai Baba is the individual referred to in its earlier travel warning (see details below).

As of May 25, 2004, the U.S. State Department now names the guru it referred to when warning U.S. travellers to the state of Andhra Pradesh to be aware of reports of “inappropriate sexual behavior by a prominent local religious leader” practised on young male devotees, including a number of U.S. citizens. (Consular Information Sheet, November 23, 2001).

The U.S. State Department will verify that the ‘local religious leader’ mentioned in the earlier warning notice is in fact Sathya Sai Baba. For enquiries other than by the Media, contact:

John C. Peters, PetersJC2@state.gov.
Phone: 202 647-6179
Citizen Services Specialist for India
American Citizen’s Services Unit
U.S. State Department
Washington, D.C.

Media Enquiries should be made to:
Stuart Patt: 202-647-2114. State Department, Washington.

Travellers in India may enquire at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi or U.S. Consulate General in Chennai .

The Department of Foreign Affairs, Canberra, are aware of this status change and Phillip Stonehouse, Executive Director South Asia, informs that he has notified Australia’s High Commission in New Delhi.

Barry Pittard, Australia
For more details: bpittard@beachaccess.com.au
Phone: Intnl. 61 7 5478 6007.

Keywords:
U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT NAMES SATHYA SAI BABA Re PEDOPHILE ACCUSATIONS

The US State Department is now naming India’s most famous (and infamous) guru Sathya Sai Baba as the previously unnamed individual mentioned in its earlier Travel Warning

This is the same U.S. State Department Advisory For India that Barry Pittard boasted about ex-devotees accomplishing (Reference). Barry Pittard completely distorted the advisory in the following ways:

  1. Pittard purposely withheld the link to the official Consular Sheet for India.
  2. Pittard clearly insinuated that the advisory mentioned Sathya Sai Baba by name when he said: “The US State Department is now naming India’s most famous (and infamous) guru Sathya Sai Baba as the previously unnamed individual mentioned in its earlier Travel Warning.” Sathya Sai Baba’s name has never been published on the Consular Sheet for India. Rather, one must allegedly contact John C. Peters and privately verify that the warning pertains to Sathya Sai Baba. Therefore, the warning still refers to an unnamed religious leader.
  3. Pittard attempted to decieve others by mentioning the bogusFormer Devotees of Sathya Sai Baba, a Global Coalition” (FDSSB). Oddly enough, despite FDSSB being a “Global Coalition”, it does not even have a proper domain, a written objective, a public forum, an online newsletter, public sponserships, conferencing schedules, collaborations, memberships, a board of directors, FAQ’s, annual reports, public events, funding policies or even publications. Rather, Meloy and Pittard attempted to create official-looking webpages claiming that FDSSB had an “Office of Communications” with a “Media Relations Department”! These are the shameless deceivers attempting to “expose” Sathya Sai Baba.
  4. Pittard claimed that the advisory was in relation to “pedophile accusations”. No where on the advisory does it say anything about “pedophile accusations” or “pedophilia“. Not even one single word!
  5. Pittard purposely left out the word “unconfirmed” when he cited the Consular Sheet for India. Pittard quoted the advisory saying, “inappropriate sexual behavior by a prominent local religious leader”. The warning specifically stated unconfirmed reports of inappropriate sexual behavior by a prominent local religious leader”.

Although critics and a few alleged victims make public demands for justice, they have failed to follow even the most remedial prerequisites required by the law. Instead of following the law (as would be required from the rest of us) critics and ex-devotees have created their own forums and websites where they judge, try and convict Sathya Sai Baba with “evidence” taken from mostly anonymous and second-hand sources. It is often seen that critics and ex-devotees publicly anguish on the internet about their “serious ethical duty to rise up and speak out against sexual molestation”, yet have miserably failed to file charges in the Penukonda Magistrates Court or any other court of law in India. As the Sai Critic pointed out (with a slight modification):

“Do proceed with haste, with all anguised persons, nay sayers, gossipers and the like. ESPECIALLY do take ‘young men from around the world who have come forward to describe their victimization by this man masquerading as God’, do instigate and demand investigation, demand the laying of charges, demand the prosecution, with ALL HASTE.Are you there critics and ex-devotees?

Cease acting as middle men.

Assist those who report complaints with Sai Baba.

Provide tickets.

Get them on a plane.

Fly with them to Bangalore or Hyderabad.

Assist with travel to Penukonda, to the Magistrates Court.

Fulfill your SERIOUS ETHICAL DUTY and lay your charges.

Assist these traumatised others to lay charges in the proper courts.

Then you will have salvaged your conscience and fulfilled your serious ethical duty. We remind you that Sai Baba is not afraid. After all, he has said, “Why be afraid of the mistake you have not committed?”

To date (after many years), not even one critic has even tried to assist any alleged victim file a case against Sathya Sai Baba in India and no one seems to care or question why.

Reference

Barry Pittard, Tim Sullivan And Free-Press-Release Deception

Just recently, Barry Pittard has been deliriously spamming articles on free press-release sites and various forums against Sathya Sai Baba. The following article is one such example:

Email: bpittard@optusnet.com.au
Keywords: Tim Sullivan, Associated Press, Sathya Sai Baba, a backlash was born, Barry Pittard
Update Date: 1/20/2007Considering reports on the BBC, Times of London, Telegraph, The Guardian, and other Western media of corruption by India’s most controversial guru Sathya Sai Baba, there is another side of India – that gives hope. Tim Sullivan (Thu, Mar/09/2006) Associated Press reported, “What surprised India was its own reaction: Protesters took to the streets, holding candlelight vigils and waving signs calling for justice; newspapers have kept the story on the front page day after day; officials from the president to the capital’s police chief have called for a review of the investigation. In a country that had all but resigned itself to its barely functioning legal system, a backlash was born”.

The paragraph above is deceptive and misleading. The quote from Tim Sullivan has absolutely nothing to do with Sathya Sai Baba whatsoever! Barry Pittard did not inform his readers that Tim Sullivan’s article was about the killing of Jessica Lall. Sullivan’s article never said one word about Sathya Sai Baba (directly, indirectly or otherwise). Barry Pittard did not provide a link to Sullivan’s article and never made it clear that Sullivan’s article did not pertain to Sathya Sai Baba. Reading Barry’s blurb above, one is left with a wholly different impression.

Tim Sullivan’s article is provided below:

Outrage over verdict rattles Indian justice
By Tim Sullivan
ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published March 11, 2006NEW DELHI — The facts of the case appeared straightforward: On a hot summer night in 1999, a young woman tending bar in an upscale New Delhi restaurant refused to serve a drunken patron. It was about 2 a.m. Closing time, she told him, had passed. So he shot her in the head.

Dozens of people witnessed the killing of Jessica Lall, bullet casings were recovered, and a suspect was quickly identified. But that suspect, Manu Sharma, 24, was the son of a powerful and wealthy politician with interests in sugar mills. He was only a few years out of Mayo College, one of India’s elite boarding schools. Among the friends with him that night were a coterie of the young, the rich and the well-connected. He and his friends, who were accused of helping cover up the crime, insisted they were innocent.

The victim, a model on the fringes of New Delhi society, had few such connections. For six years, the case moved through the courts — fairly speedy for a legal system hobbled by corruption and a maze of bureaucracy. Few were surprised when the verdict was announced Feb. 21 and all nine of the accused were acquitted.

What surprised India was its own reaction: Protesters took to the streets, holding candlelight vigils and waving signs calling for justice; newspapers have kept the story on the front page day after day; officials from the president to the capital’s police chief have called for a review of the investigation. In a country that had all but resigned itself to its barely functioning legal system, a backlash was born. “I had virtually given up on the case, but the aftermath has surprised me most of all,” Sabrina Lall, the victim’s sister, said in an interview. “One can feel somewhat hopeful now that some good will come out of all this.”

On Monday, a sweeping police complaint was filed charging investigators had suppressed evidence and witnesses had given false testimony as part of a criminal conspiracy to protect the accused men. While no one was named in the complaint, police officials insist new trials are very possible. “We will bring out the truth,” New Delhi Police Chief K.K. Paul told reporters.

But truth has been a rarity in the Lall investigation, and many wonder whether the uproar over this case — with its beautiful, middle-class victim, cast of witnesses out of the gossip pages and a crime scene in a refurbished mansion — can bring change to an exhausted legal system in which the poor suffer more than anyone. India’s courts are so slow that cases can take decades to resolve. Bribery is often openly demanded, and the powerful seldom face prosecution. Illustrating that more than anything else are the dozens of members of the Indian Parliament, and hundreds of state legislators, who stand accused of crimes ranging from tax evasion to murder.

For the poor, the situation is far different. Last month, a 70-year-old villager was released from prison after serving 38 years without trial. The police had lost his files, and he had simply been forgotten. “People have started feeling that criminal trials are like a cobweb where small flies are getting caught and big people are dashing through,” the Indian Supreme Court said in a ruling this week on another case.

Many who work in the courts agree. “Those who run this country, the ruling establishment, are not particularly bothered by the collapse of the justice system,” said Prashant Bhushan, a prominent lawyer. “It is the common people in this country who are being hurt.” The Jessica Lall case, critics say, is proof of how money and power produce legal leverage. After Miss Lall’s killing, one key witness recanted his testimony and, according to relatives, suddenly became wealthy.

Another witness disavowed his initial testimony, saying it had been transcribed by the police into Hindi, a language he insisted he barely spoke. He is now an actor in Hindi movies. Police forensic investigators offered up contradictory reports about whether one or two guns had been fired. The socialite family that owned the restaurant, set in a quiet courtyard behind what was once a summer retreat for British colonialists, reputedly had the crime scene cleaned up before the investigation was completed.

The problems had long been clear. “There has obviously been a conspiracy between the accused and certain officials,” Chief Paul — now the police chief, then a deputy police commissioner — said in a 2001 report on the investigation. But the case trundled on until the acquittals. Mr. Bhushan, the lawyer, laughs when asked if he has hope for serious reform. Those “who are in power, they don’t have any interest in reforming it. They are the beneficiaries.”

One is left to wonder why Barry Pittard is attempting to deceive others by making it appear that Tim Sullivan’s article is somehow associated with Satya Sai Baba. It isn’t, it wasn’t and it never has been. There are simply no comparisons between Tim Sullivan’s article and Sathya Sai Baba.

  1. Sathya Sai Baba has never been charged with any crime.
  2. Sathya Sai Baba has never been convicted of any crime.
  3. Sathya Sai Baba has never been acquitted of any crime (because he has never been charged with any crime).
  4. Since no charges have ever been filed against Sathya Sai Baba by any alleged victim, there have been no verifiable incidents of “legal leverage” being bought with money or being influenced by political power, etc. Where Sathya Sai Baba has been accused of these things, Indian Rationalists and vindictive ex-devotees are the ones fueling these conspiracies.
  5. Sathya Sai Baba has never murdered anyone and no one has ever claimed having witnessed such an incident.
  6. There has never been a single incident where protesters held “candlelight vigils” against Sathya Sai Baba for any alleged crime (because he has never been charged or convicted with any crime).
  7. There has never been a “backlash” against Sathya Sai Baba for any alleged crime (because he has never been charged or convicted with any crime).

Barry Pittard, the ever-deceiving conspiracy theorist, is attempting to con people with deceptive articles published on free press-release sites. After 6 years of getting nowhere against Sathya Sai Baba (and finally being held accountable for his many failures), Barry Pittard is attempting to renew his attacks with extra venom.

It hasn’t worked in the past and it isn’t working now. Barry Pittard has lost all credibility. How incredibly frustrating it must be for Barry Pittard to accept this fact.

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