Justice Articles from 2018

Turn Prisons Into Colleges

[Justice]
Turn Prisons Into Colleges
By Elizabeth Hinton
Posted April 16, 2018

rehabilitation not retaliationImagine if prisons looked like the grounds of universities. Instead of languishing in cells, incarcerated people sat in classrooms and learned about climate science or poetry — just like college students. Or even with them.

This would be a boon to prisoners across the country, a vast majority of whom do not have a high school diploma. And it could help shrink our prison population. While racial disparities in arrests and convictions are alarming, education level is a far stronger predictor of future incarceration than race. More…

US Aggression Towards Syria Escalates As Assange Remains Unable To Speak

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US Aggression Towards Syria Escalates As Assange Remains Unable To Speak
by Elizabeth Vos
Posted April 15, 2018

false flag excuse for Syria attackSince Ecuador cut Julian Assange off from communication with the outside world two weeks ago, speculation has run rife on the nature of the driving forces behind Ecuador’s decision. With the drums of war now being sounded for the United States to enter into a full military attack on Assad in Syria, it is especially troubling that the Wikileaks Editor-In-Chief is prevented from expressing his views to the outside world.

Assange has long been an extremely effective and ardent anti-war voice, often promoting the work of like-minded thinkers. These include independent journalist Caitlin Johnstone, who has been one of the most vocal figures consistently crying out against U.S. intervention to topple yet another regime. Some Twitter users have also cited the possible connection between the latest escalation in tensions between the United States and Syria and the silencing of Assange, writing that his enforced isolation amounts to a direct effort to quell a uniquely powerful anti-war voice. More…

Video Shows Israeli Interrogators Making Threats Against Family of Palestinian Teen Ahed Tamimi

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Video Shows Israeli Interrogators Making Threats Against Family of Palestinian Teen Ahed Tamimi
by Murtaza Hussain
Posted April 13, 2018

Ahed Tamini, in prison for slapping soldier who raided her home A video showing the interrogation of Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi was released by her family on Monday, with footage of Israeli interrogators threatening and intimidating the 17-year-old. At a press conference in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Tamimi’s father, Bassem, announced the release of the video, taken from an interrogation that she underwent on December 26 of last year, after she was detained for slapping an Israeli soldier during a raid on her house.

In the footage released to the public, Ahed Tamimi is shown sitting at a desk in an interrogator’s office, a week after she was detained during a raid on her home by Israeli forces. Two Israeli interrogators are seen questioning her about her involvement in recent protests. The men also make comments about her white skin and threaten to detain her family members if she fails to cooperate with them. More…

My First Day as CIA Director

[Politics]
My First Day as CIA Director
By Ray McGovern
Posted April 12, 2018

 Ray McGovern Former CIA analyst and founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity Ray McGovern, in this tongue-in-cheek article, outlines steps he would take on Day One as CIA Director to get to the bottom of Russiagate.

Now that I have been nominated again – this time by author Paul Craig Roberts – to be CIA director, I am preparing to hit the ground running.

Last time my name was offered in nomination for the position – by The Nation publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel – I did not hold my breath waiting for a call from the White House. Her nomination came in the afterglow of my fortuitous, four-minute debate with then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, when I confronted him on his lies about the attack on Iraq, on May 4, 2006 on national TV. Since it was abundantly clear that Rumsfeld and I would not get along, I felt confident I had royally disqualified myself.

This time around, on the off-chance I do get the nod, I have taken the time to prepare the agenda for my first few days as CIA director. Here’s how Day One looks so far: More…

Armed and Dangerous: If Police Don’t Have to Protect the Public, What Good Are They?

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Armed and Dangerous: If Police Don’t Have to Protect the Public, What Good Are They?
By John W. Whitehead
Posted April 8, 2018

who are they really serving?According to the U.S. Supreme Court, police have no duty, moral or otherwise, to help those in trouble, protect individuals from danger, or risk their own lives to save “we the people.”

In other words, you can be outraged that cops in Florida did nothing to stop the school shooter, but technically, it wasn’t part of their job description.

This begs the question: if the police don’t have a duty to protect the public, what are we paying them for? And who exactly do they serve if not you and me? More…

Leaked ICE Guide Offers Unprecedented View of Agency’s Asset Forfeiture Tactics

[Justice]
Leaked ICE Guide Offers Unprecedented View of Agency’s Asset Forfeiture Tactics
by Ryan Devereaux & Spencer Woodman
Posted April 1, 2018

government winning is more important than justiceAn internal handbook obtained by The Intercept provides a rare view into the extensive asset seizure operations of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations, an office that trains its agents to meticulously appraise the value of property before taking it.

HSI’s 71-page “Asset Forfeiture Handbook,” dated June 30, 2010, underscores the role seizures play in “helping to fund future law enforcement actions” and covering costs “that HSI would otherwise be unable to fund.” It thus offers an unprecedented window into ICE’s wide-ranging asset forfeiture operations and the premium the agency places on seizing valuable property. Forfeiture proceeds can bolster ICE’s partnerships with local police departments, which are now the subject of heightened debate given the Trump administration’s hard-line immigration agenda. More…

Get Out of Big Banks NOW!

[Economic]
Get Out of Big Banks NOW!
by Randy Langel
Posted March 29, 2018

money not safe in the big banksA few months ago I discovered that US banks are not legally required to give you cash whenever you request a withdrawal It turns out that as soon as you deposit money in a bank, the funds become the bank’s property and you become an unsecured creditor holding an IOU from the financial institution. In trying to verify this I began researching the US financial system. As I dug deeper I uncovered a complex series of federal laws, risky big bank financial maneuvers, international financial group agreements, secret G20 leader approvals, and a mysterious, relatively unknown organization which happens to be most powerful financial entity in the world. These convoluted pieces of information came together when I unearthed a document co-authored by the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Bank of England outlining how the next big bank failure would be handled.

As of December 2012, federal laws, government agency approvals, international agreements, and tactical procedures are in place so the next big bank failure will trigger an entirely new resolution policy. No longer will there be a government-taxpayer funded Bail-Out, but rather a Bail-In. The big banks will be allowed to confiscate your deposits at their discretion with no prior notice. Your compensation for the bank’s absconding with your money is a new issuance of stock (equity) in their bank.

In other words, you may walk into your bank one day and instead of getting cash for a withdrawal request, you will receive a stock certificate and it will be your responsibility to convert it to cash. This legal seizure of your money will most likely happen in just one night in a process called “overnight sweeps.” More…

 Here is a video that outlines the risk to taxpayer funds held by schools, universities, municipalities, counties etc if they are deposited in a big bank. This video may be useful to present to public officials to inform them of the dangers of losing taxpayer public funds under their care.

Freeholders File Lawsuit to Battle Opioid Epidemic Naming Manufacturers of Highly-Addictive Drugs

[Justice]
Freeholders File Lawsuit to Battle Opioid Epidemic Naming Manufacturers of Highly-Addictive Drugs
by Camden County Freeholders
Posted March 28, 2018

a small county takes on big pharmaIn order to take Camden County’s ongoing fight against opioid addiction to the next level, the Freehold Board will file a ground-breaking lawsuit against the drug companies, owners, manufacturers, distributors and retailers that ignited the epidemic. The lawsuit is being uniquely filed under civil racketeering statutes that deem these individuals owned and operated a criminal enterprise that marketed and shipped millions of highly addictive narcotics throughout the nation including, Camden County.

“The record profits achieved by Purdue Pharma, the Sackler family and those that worked in concert with them, were earned at the expense of the millions of individuals who became predictably addicted to the tsunami of opioids unleashed upon the marketplace,” Cappelli said. “The meteoric rise in opioid prescriptions, and the attendant rise in addiction to and abuse of these drugs, is not due to a medical breakthrough, but rather the defendants’ quest for greater profits at the expense of American lives.” More…

Since the federal and state governments are owned by big pharma and have done nothing to stop the purveyors of the opioid epidemic, it took a brave move by a small county to finally bring legal action against the true drug dealers at the top of the pyramid.

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