LONDON – Britain’s government is setting up a new terrorism task force to tackle radical preachers and extremism, officials said Sunday, days after suspects apparently linked to extremist Islamist activists brutally killed a British soldier in a London street.
Home Secretary Theresa May said the group will look at whether new powers and laws are needed to clamp down on religious leaders and organizations who promote extremist messages and who target [...]
Inmates are enjoying Facebook, communicating with family and friends
Prisoners who are are convicted murderers and rapists seen to be sharing pictures
Openly flaunting drugs, money and even having parties
Inmates don’t have Internet access and cell phones are supposed to be banned
Investigation in Tennessee prison system says 70 inmates have been disciplined
Whilst the idea of prison is to curtail ones freedom, it seems that tens of inmates in Tennessee are living life [...]
Best known for its honest and sometimes scathing consumer reviews of restaurants, Yelp has now expanded to include inmates ratings for prisons.
Prisoners, their lawyers and family members are joining the growing band of internet reviewers on Yelp who critique everything from bowling alleys to plumbers.
And with typical candor, reviews make plain that employees at New York’s Sing Sing Correctional facility are the ‘most unprofessional staff in the world and the [...]
New York Times
April 7, 2013
Mr. Muhammad and his followers had been killed by the C.I.A., the first time it had deployed a Predator drone in Pakistan to carry out a “targeted killing.” The target was not a top operative of Al Qaeda, but a Pakistani ally of the Taliban who led a tribal rebellion and was marked by Pakistan as an enemy of the state. In a secret deal, the C.I.A. had [...]
(MoneyWatch) Thousands of Americans are sent to jail not for committing a crime, but because they can’t afford to pay for traffic tickets, medical bills and court fees.
If that sounds like a debtors’ prison, a legal relic which was abolished in this country in the 1830s, that’s because it is. And courts and judges in states across the land are violating the Constitution by incarcerating people for being unable to [...]
Cities continue to get Tanks they don’t need in nationwide police militarization trend. Why??
Why is Obama coming out with somethig called prolonged detention. Where you can be picked up and held in prison for 10 years. I guess if you disagree with the Obama agenda you will end up in one of his Fema prisons.
Why is the DHS stocking up with all of the guns and ammo? What’s up?
MOSCOW – Russia has prepared the “Guantanamo list” of U.S. officials who will be denied entry visas, officials in Moscow said Friday, the latest apparent retaliation for a U.S. law imposing sanctions on Russians over the death of an activist lawyer.
Alexei Pushkov, chairman of the foreign relations committee in the lower house of parliament, said Friday the list as drafted last month initially included 11 U.S. officials involved in running the prison at Guantanamo [...]
January 18, 2013
The US state department says Americans are still being held hostage by Islamist militants who seized an Algerian gas facility, but that there will be no negotiations with the captors over demands for the release of two convicted terrorists held in US prisons.
The American hostages include a 57-year-old industrial engineer from Houston, Texas, whose brother told the Houston Chronicle that the FBI said the man was still [...]
2012 saw $2.5 billion fraudulently claimed by nation’s inmates
Many used stolen identities after scouring obituaries and filed other false work and housing information in an attempt to get tax refunds
The year’s figures more than double 2010′s
Tax fraud appears to be a popular billion-dollar pastime in the nation’s prisons, but the Internal Revenue Service is catching on.
The U.S. Treasury Department has revealed that more than 173,000 fraudulent tax returns were filed [...]
On the day that California’s Governor Jerry Brown asks federal judges to lift an order to release prisoners to reduce overcrowding, this brief clip seemed extremely appropriate when considering just why it is that the US prison population is so high (as we noted most recently here). Professor Daniel D’Amico provides some insightful color, noting that fully 24 percent of inmates in U.S. prisons are non-violent drug offenders. The drug war has been [...]
The Guantanamo Bay detention centre could be closed and the 166 inmates could be sent to prisons in the US, according to a new government report.
“This report demonstrates that if the political will exists, we could finally close Guantanamo without imperilling our national security,” said Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, the Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman who released the recommendations.
The Government Accountability Office study shows that US prisons already hold 373 prisoners [...]
US has largest prison population in the world. So I guess slavery is back:
TALLADEGA, Ala. — On the outside, Unicor, with its big oaks and magnolia trees, looks like it could be part of a landscaped industrial park. Step a little closer and it’s clear the apparel shop lies in the middle of a medium-security federal prison in east Alabama.
The factory and those like it that employ convicted felons are [...]
Spain’s Basque nationalist and separatist parties, who came second in Sunday‘s regional elections, have said they will push for independence from the country’s central government in the regional parliament.
“It is time to start thinking as a people, as a nation. It is time to stop the orders from Madrid,” the head of the Euskal Herria Bildu coalition, Laura Mintegi, told a post-election rally in Bilbao on Monday.
She added that the [...]
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Max Keiser talks money, prisons, gambling and other future trends including QE unlimited. “Give me control of a nation’s money and I care not who makes the laws.” said -Mayer Aschel Rothschild It’s under current unconstitutional governments that these banks and unscrupulous corporations have thrived. I understand people are upset at the banks and corps., but we have to look at the source of Power. The reason money flows into politics in the [...]
(CNSNews.com) – The number of Americans whom the U.S. Department of Labor counted as “not in the civilian labor force” in August hit a record high of 88,921,000.
The Labor Department counts a person as not in the civilian labor force if they are at least 16 years old, are not in the military or an institution such as a prison, mental hospital or nursing home, and have not actively looked for [...]
Angela Carnegie, from Chicago, agreed to carry suitcase lined with drugs
Sentenced to life in prison in 1993 at the infamous ‘Bangkok Hilton’ jail
When Angela Carnegie made the disastrous decision to smuggle heroin from Thailand, she had no idea how much worse her life could get.
After being caught at Bangkok airport, she was sentenced to life in a Thai prison in 1993 – where she was forced to eat rotting food [...]
Vitamin B3 could be the new weapon in the fight against superbugs such as MRSA, researchers have suggested.
US experts found B3, also known as nicotinamide, boosts the ability of immune cells to killStaphylococcus bacteria.
B3 increases the numbers and efficacy of neutrophils, white blood cells that can kill and eat harmful bugs.
The study, in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, could lead to a “major change in treatment”, a UK expert said.
A business is bussing in inmates from an open prison 21 miles away and paying them only £3 a day to work in its call centre.
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) confirmed that dozens of prisoners from Prescoed prison in Monmouthshire, south Wales, had done “work experience” for at least two months at a rate of 40p an hour in the private company’s telephone sales division in Cardiff.
People working in the [...]
The United States leads the world in the rate of incarcerating its own citizens. We imprison more of our own people than any other country on earth, including China which has four times our population, or in human history. And now, a new Pew report announces that we are keeping even nonviolent inmates behind bars for increasingly longer terms.
This comes at a time when soaring costs of prisons are wreaking [...]
Former detainees and defectors have identified the locations, agencies responsible, torture methods used, and, in many cases, the commanders in charge of 27 detention facilities run by Syrian intelligence agencies, Human Rights Watch said in a multimedia report released today.
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The 81-page report, “Torture Archipelago: Arbitrary Arrests, Torture and Enforced Disappearances in Syria’s Underground Prisons since March 2011” is based on more than 200 interviews conducted by Human Rights [...]
An innocent man imprisoned by the U.S. government for 5 years in CIA torture camps survived electroshock torture and witnessed lethal beatings of prisoners.
A report by Russia Today reveals how the U.S. government imprisoned a man in the CIA torture prisons for 5 years and eventually released the man without charge.
Murat Kurnaz tells Russia today that he was arrest for being member of a non-political, non-government organization group that is against terrorism [...]
At a time when the entire country is being tested by the economic crisis, some people are quite literally on the verge of destitution and hunger. At a time when the empty state coffers can not support any concept of a welfare state, with “frozen” financing towards education and health, the prison system could not be an exception.
The financing for many prisons has decreased to a minimum for some months [...]
Those who cannot find a job are called “discouraged workers” and they are indeed not counted in the “official” unemployment stats. Remember, you cannot spell Bureau of Labor Staistics (BLS) without BS.
Let’s take a trip over to Shadowstats for more accutrate information.
Alternate Unemployment Charts
The seasonally-adjusted SGS Alternate Unemployment Rate reflects current unemployment reporting methodology adjusted for SGS-estimated long-term discouraged workers, who were defined out of official existence in 1994. That estimate is added [...]
Amidst the deepening financial crisis, the state budget for many prisons has decreased to a minimum for some months now resulting in hundreds of detainees being malnourished and literally surviving on the charity of local communities, aProto Thema article reveals.
The latest example is the prison in Corinth where there’s a supply stoppage from the nearby military camp, and prisoners are about to starve reports prison staff, since not even one grain [...]
May 17, 2012
Crime is down in Louisiana, but the state still holds the ignominious title of “the world’s prison capital.”
An exposé by the New Orleans Times-Picayune found that Louisiana incarcerates more people per capita than any other state or country in the world. One out of every 86 adults is behind bars, which is nearly double the U.S. average.
This means Louisiana’s prison rate is nearly three times higher than Iran’s, seven [...]
It is not just American brutality in handling education loans. Brutal are also our numerous wars and our prison system. Our incarceration of our own citizens is unmatched anywhere in the world. Brutality is usually the face of Fascism:
“in 1980, there were about two hundred and twenty people incarcerated for every hundred thousand Americans; by 2010, the number had more than tripled, to seven hundred and thirty-one. No other country [...]
A breast cancer survivor who was sent to prison over a mistaken $280 medical bill has highlighted the return of debtor’s prisons in the U.S.
Illinois resident Lisa Lindsay had received the medical bill in error and was told she did not have to pay up.
However, the bill was turned over to a collection agency and state troopers arrived at her home and took her away in handcuffs.
Lisa Lindsay testifies before [...]
Zakaria: Incarceration nation
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By Fareed Zakaria, CNN
Something caught my eye the other day: Pat Robertson, the high priest of the religious right, had some startling things to say about drugs.
“I really believe we should treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol,” Mr. Robertson said in a recent interview. “I’ve never used marijuana and I don’t intend to, but [...]
A presentation on March 13th by Corrections Corp of America touted the coming growth of the private prison business. It was geared toward potential investors and had a very bullish outlook on locking people up for profit, which is a good thing for the economy—and since we all want the economy to be good, yay, locking people up for profit!
The presentation, in glowing tones, spoke mainly about how the private prison business [...]
The Global Commission on Drug Policy says it’s “very weird” that Canada is taking a tougher line on marijuana when governments across the globe are reconsidering the war on drugs.
In an open letter Wednesday to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Brazil-based commission calls on Canada to stop pursuing the “destructive, expensive and ineffective” prohibition of pot.
Louise Arbour, a former Supreme Court of Canada judge, former Brazilian president Fernando Cardoso, former [...]