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If they don't have a plan to deal with this problem they've no business running on the Democrat line



"Land of the Free", my ass.

I don't even want to hear from any candidate who can't see there's an obvious problem here and doesn't make a solution to it a major part of their agenda. If fixing this isn't a priority for a candidate, then that person does not deserve to call themselves a Democrat.

Even if this weren't even further compounded by shocking racial disparities between the prison population and the general population, it should still be absolutely unacceptable to any thinking, feeling human being.

Most of the incarcerated aren't even violent and aren't there for fraud or theft. They're there because of the insane Puritan War on Drugs and the prison-industrial complex that pours millions into politicians' coffers to keep things this way.

Posted by Man from Pickens | Mon Mar 30, 2015, 05:02 PM (9 replies)

“They made it crystal clear that the ask was from Hillary”

http://www.salon.com/2015/03/21/they_made_it_crystal_clear_that_the_ask_was_from_hillary_inside_the_clinton_fundraising_machine_as_secretary_of_state/

Exactly as I suspected - Clinton leveraged her position as Secretary of State to extort money for the Clinton Foundation, Salon just blew it wide open. Put a fork in it, she's done.
Posted by Man from Pickens | Sun Mar 22, 2015, 01:51 AM (15 replies)

Bad lieutenant: American police brutality, exported from Chicago to Guantánamo

When the Chicago detective Richard Zuley arrived at Guantánamo Bay late in 2002, US military commanders touted him as the hero they had been looking for.

Here was a Navy reserve lieutenant who had spent the last 25 years as a distinguished detective on the mean streets of Chicago, closing case after case – often due to his knack for getting confessions.

But while Zuley’s brutal interrogation techniques – prolonged shackling, family threats, demands on suspects to implicate themselves and others – would get supercharged at Guantánamo for the war on terrorism, a Guardian investigation has uncovered that Zuley used similar tactics for years, behind closed police-station doors, on Chicago’s poor and non-white citizens. Multiple people in prison in Illinois insist they have been wrongly convicted on the basis of coerced confessions extracted by Zuley and his colleagues.

The Guardian examined thousands of court documents from Chicago and interviewed two dozen people with experience at Guantánamo and in the Chicago criminal-justice system. The results of its investigation suggests a continuum between Guantánamo interrogation rooms and Chicago police precincts. Zuley’s detective work, particularly when visited on Chicago’s minority communities, contains a dark foreshadowing of the United States’ post-9/11 descent into torture.

+@ http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/feb/18/american-police-brutality-chicago-guantanamo

Posted by Man from Pickens | Mon Mar 2, 2015, 08:39 PM (1 replies)

‘Shut Down Homan Square’: Anonymous, Black Lives Matter swarm Chicago police ‘black site’

The Chicago police facility Homan Square was becoming the focus of an organized protest movement this weekend, as the hacktivist collective Anonymous and organizers associated with the Black Lives Matter movement seized on allegations of unconstitutional abuse at the secretive warehouse.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the former top adviser to Barack Obama suddenly facing a runoff for re-election, remained at the political fulcrum of a mounting campaign both on social media and the streets of Chicago, where demonstrations were planned for Saturday outside what coordinated campaigners described as mirroring a CIA “black site”.

Organizer Travis McDermott said Saturday’s “Shut Down Homan Square” protest was one of several being planned as far away as Los Angeles.

“Hopefully with the presence we expect to have, that will put a little bit of pressure to say, ‘Hey, look – this isn’t going to go away,” he said.

On Friday night, campaigners associated with the Occupy and Anonymous collectives took to Twitter , Instagram and other social-media platforms with the hashtag #Gitmo2Chicago to decry allegations of what users alternatively labeled as a “secret prison” and “torture soon coming to a city near you” .

Six people and multiple Chicago attorneys came forward to the Guardian this week with detailed accounts of police holding suspects and witnesses for sustained periods of detention inside Homan Square, without public records, access to attorneys or being read their most basic rights – involving what they said included shackling, physical abuse and being “disappeared” from legal counsel and family. The Guardian’s recent investigation into Chicago police brutality began the week before, with a two-part account of the tactics of Detective Richard Zuley, who went from Chicago homicide investigator to Guantánamo Bay torturer .


more at source:
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/02/shut-down-homan-square-anonymous-black-lives-matter-swarm-chicago-police-black-site/
Posted by Man from Pickens | Sun Mar 1, 2015, 02:31 PM (1 replies)
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