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A death in the Fremont County Jail

I have to write an article about how the Fremont County Sheriff Department, with the help of the Ku Kl/ux Kounty coroner, judges, prosecutors, Medical staff at the Jail and even Paramedics, killed a man named John Walter, beat him to death, for daring to insist that he needed health care. They broke nine of his ribs, witnessed by the Paramedics, and threw him back in his "medical observation" dungeon and left to die. Two years ago. 46463

The New Slave Ships Have Arrived

The year was 1960, and there was only one menís prison in Colorado at that time, located at Canon City. There was a womenís prison that sat next to the menís prison. There were three small satellites off the main prison: the ranch, dairy farm and garden. And there was the young menís reformatory at Buena Vista, for a total of three prisons. In 1960 the population figures for Colorado was nearly two million people, in 2010 it was a little over five million; In a span of fifty years Colorado gained three million people. In 1960, it took 3 prisons to confine the convicts of two million people living in Colorado. By 2006 there were 30 prisons in Colorado, while adding only three million people to the population. Hold on here a minute; something doesn't add up: 2 million people needed 3 prisons, now 5 million people need 30 prisons?! 44123

Are escapees Richard Matt and David Sweat hardened criminals? Maybe, but they’re only dangerous if you’re a cop.

New York State authorities are warning the pubic that prison escapees David Sweat, 34, and Richard Matt, 48, are hardened criminals and extremely dangerous. However, they didn't kill anyone while making their escape from a maximum security prison, and unless you are Matt's former boss, who he killed, or a Sheriff's deputy who stood in their way, such as Sweat plead guilty to co-killing, there's no past record to suggest the pair mean you any harm. Having the police tell everyone "if you see something, say something" does make everyone the fugitives encounter a potential snitch. NY law enforcement should be held accountable for what the pair might be forced to do as a result. Freedom for prisoners. Abolish all prisons.   Now we need homeless vagabonds to head to New York state in pairs to assist the manhunt.

Louisiana Lockdown – What is Angola Prison doing on Animal Planet TV?

Good ol' boys probably think it's mighty funny parading Angola's black prisoners across the teevee, at the whim of an all-white Reality TV corrections officer caste. Inmates are portrayed like the channel's animal kingdom predators, dangerous and unpredictable, but what misconduct is feared, the program doesn't dare tell. For being menacing recidivists, Angola's felons lead the life of choirboys apparently, no mention of the sexual slavery reported in a notorious memoir. What's the HIV transmission rate in Angola? No one's talking about racism. Was "Angola" named for its African population? We've already learned "The Farm" is an immense rural labor camp with a famous gladiatorial rodeo. Hopefully "Louisiana Lockdown" will disclose the reality side of its genre. Until then, the watchdog group most familiar with the mistreatment of Angola's inmates is the humane society.

State of Colorado admits torturing prisoners

Solitary confinement is the favorite manner that the US tortures people with and the State of Colorado has just admitted to torturing people in this manner to the federal government, yet the Obama Administration will not begin to punish the governments in Colorado that use this torture method on prisoners held, since the Federal government uses it, too. The Obama Administration did ask that the State of Colorado not use it to torture TOO many prisoners with though. How nice. See Colorado to move 321 inmates out of solitary

Scott Walker, Koch-Licker Supreme, strikes again

In a measure not just skirting state constitution, but directly contravening it, the Anti-Workers Rights law was published Friday. Not even bothering anymore to hide their vicious agenda to deprive workers of freedom. The only "right" workers will have is to work. At whatever wage the Big Pig Parasite Class decides is enough for them to survive on, even if it's far less than what it costs US to produce our labor. The Greedy-ass Rich Bitch corporate overlords would refuse to make less than a 20% annual profit, yet WE, the workers who put the money in THEIR pockets to begin with, are not allowed to decide what a fair profit for OUR labor, OUR product, would be. Nor even to decide for ourselves what "breaking even" would be, THEIR thieving Corporate Accountants and Corporate Attorneys will tell us and if we object, what? The traditional method for them to punish workers for being so "uppity" as to think of ourselves as Human Beings with rights, is to order THEIR Pigs to arrest us and THEIR so-called "justice" system to Imprison us, forcing US to work for THEIR corporations without any pay. If we object any further, they have THEIR Torture-freak "corrections" officers

Between Iraq and a Hard Place, Slave Labor + Corporate Welfare = Warfare

Since all available national resources are being called in to fight what's the worst unnatural disaster and getting worse, to smite us in a long while, it pays to recognize one huge fact. The equally Corporate Welfare To The Oil Industry wars against Afghan and Iraqi people (for Corporate Profit-not "freedom") and the beneficiaries of this hastily pulled in Public Largesse, an Oil Corporation, BP, which presumably has more corporate money available than the entire U.S. Government does, is "big-assing" us on the subject of actually having to eventually repay the U.S. and State governments... 16375

One of the “Drug War” casualties in Juarez wasn’t a Non-Combatant…

He was an El Paso Texas County Sheriffs deputy and a jail guard PLUS... They don't know who the shooters were, so how did they assign the Identification and Motive that they're drug cartel? Kind of jumping the "gun" there, right? I can think of quite a few El Paso County and City cops who piss people off with their arrogant and abusive behavior. It wouldn't be too very unlikely that somebody who the cop had abused in the County Jail recognized him, saw a whole sky full of red and had a gun, and popped him off. People from Juarez and El Paso are really one city. It just has an international border running through the middle of downtown. The "Innocent Victims" count they scream about is very misleading as well, the "drug dealers" who have been popped off by the Mexican Federales and their American "advisers" are convicted after they're already DEAD. That's always an easy conviction to obtain. Judges and prosecutors look the other way when a Cop shoots somebody. The only people who most DEFINITELY aren't "civilians" in this fight, therefore, are the Badges. When the Police cap off a kid or several kids while blowing away a

Gov Rick GoodHair issues first Texas posthumous pardon. Mighty white of him

To Tim Cole. Convicted of Rape, died in prison from an asthma attack in 1999... 13 years after being wrongfully convicted, and 4 years after a confession from the Real rapist cleared him. How very kind of Mr Perry to say "OOPS..!" I haven't looked into it but since Mr GoodHair was a prosecutor (small time thief and pig) before becoming the Big Time Thief he is today, he might have had a hand in convicting Mr Cole... and definitely had a hand in keeping him locked up in one of the Texas sweatboxes, where prisoners with Asthma are subjected to the combinations of dust, heat, and no access to their rescue inhalers. 15139

Israel reveals Gaza is Palestine Gulag

In so many words. Israel is negotiating for the release of POW Gilad Shalit. Of the 1,000 Palestinian POWs to be exchanged, Israel is demanding that 100 or so be denied return to the West Bank, and instead be exiled or remanded to the Gaza Strip.

“Where techology meets mahem” in Chino Prison, have fun!

Uh.. we're hearing nothing about a violent prison riot quelled this weekend in California. The rioting involved 1,300 inmates out of 5,900 crowded in the California Institute for Men, East of Los Angeles, otherwise know as CHINO. Why the silence? Correctional officers got the uprising well in hand, minus one burned facility, thanks to the annual industry trade show called MOCK PRISON RIOT. Its slogan is "Where Technology Meets Mahem." 8390

Free those illegally imprisoned at Gitmo

When human rights organizations have called for CLOSING GUANTANAMO, they don't mean AND CARRY ON ELSEWHERE. "Gitmo" is about the illegal detention and torture of human beings. What kind of rubes are we dealing with? 7828

Playing ball with the entrenched church

It would have been my mother's seventieth birthday today. We found the badge she used to gain entry to the Colorado Penal System. Besides serving on State committees for prison reform, Mom would counsel female inmates who were about to be released. Often their release dates would be postponed and postponed. My mother worried she couldn't be too outspoken against the war lest our pro-war Catholic Bishop revoke her chaplain status and she would lose access to the prisoners.

Gitmo is reincarnation of Con Son Island

When you delete data on a computer, actually you only erase pointers to the data. The files remain, but you've eradicated the addresses of where to find them. Likewise, to get away with a crime, you eliminate the witnesses who could point the finger at you. Luckily internet search engines are still proving impervious to "cleaners" due to the proliferating network of memory hole archivists and blogger sidewalk barkers. Try this at home: Google "tiger cages." Think you'll see images of tigers? Hardly! While Americans are being led to infer that John McCain was mistreated by his North Vietnamese jailers, let's revisit how our forces treated the communist civilian captives. There was a precedence for Guantanamo. Vietnamese non-combatant detainees were caged on an offshore island prison called Con Son. 3656

The Dirty Half-Dozen Dozen Dozen

The US Department of Defense is recruiting felons to fill its ranks. The number of criminals enlisted in 2007 is double that in 2006. No news yet about whether the figure exponentiates in 2008.

More statistics to sleep on

I hear that less than 25% of the American public knows approximately how many US soldiers have died in Iraq. The total as of today is 3,986. Two other US statistics of note: of men in prison and teenage girls: 2821

Stop plans for ICE detention in Denver

OPPOSE the construction of a new immigrant detention center in Aurora! Colorado Progressive Coalition office, 1600 Downing St. Suite 210 Saturday, March 1 11:00 a.m. 2736

911 response post 9/11

9/11 is the excuse for what happened to Hope Steffey after a 911 call. The Torture State's Domestic Face. Do you think that 911 and 9/11 have nothing to do with each other? Then think about the men held 5 years without charges in the Guantanamo torture camp. Where are your rights now? Tasered?

Torture Gate

Let's face it, the President, the Vice President, Donald Rumsfield, and other top current and previous Bush Administration bosses are criminals and need to be imprisoned now. They illegally have been torturing Prisoners of War. 2403

Gitmo operating manual leaked

Wiki Leaks has obtained an updated copy of the Standard Operating Procedures for CAMP DELTA. They've posted both a DOC and PDF version available for download as it is UNCLASSIFIED. Due to the document's size, the transparency group is inviting everyone to study and comment. Already revealed: certain detainees are hidden from the International Red Cross, the use of psychological torture, both violations of the Geneva Conventions. Below is the table of contents:   Camp Delta Standard Operating Procedures Headquarters, Joint Task Force - Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - 1 March 2004 2226

Solitary confinement blocks for Ft Carson

Mark Lewis has been sent photographs taken by an alert Southeast Coloradan, of trucks laden with strange cargo for the Ft Carson PCMS. Strapped to each truck bed are several self contained units, of what appear to be modular living quarters, if your idea of a studio apartment is a single room, five foot by ten. On one end of each there's a window in the form of a single narrow slit and at the other end a door with a similar window and a small utility door. If you were to imagine a place to conceal the Man in the Iron Mask in 21st Century prefab construction material, this would be it. The modular design looks like they're made to fit into a honeycomb, reached by way of metal grates. A recent executive order has cleared the way for military bases to house civilian detention facilities. I imagined barracks like the WWII internment camps. These accommodations look more suited to Guantanamo.

Militarizing society everywhere

America's 'War on Drugs' is creating disaster across the planet. This week it came home to my neighborhood, as the Colorado Springs police closed down a whole block on Madison Street, of all places, to do its Swat Team training. Helped in this endeavor by the local Jewish Synagogue, who loaned them a house to use, about 20 cops, 5 dog terrorists, and 12 pig mobiles wasted the afternoon away playing with their toys. 2062

Nicaragua, US made basket case

Pity Nicaragua, and pity Haiti. The US has screwed up both places royal through its 'interventions' time after time, and yet hardly an American seems to care. What a totally immoral country we live in! 2010

Jena, take your nooses down

John Mellencamp has put out a new video and new song in support of the Jena 6. I think it will be a hit, and hopefully KRCC will begin to play it on a regular basis. Call them up and ask that they do.

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