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NYT Editorial Board Says End Mass Incarceration Now

Given time we repeatedly find that Green Values are Majoritarian Values, that Green Policies are embraced by a majority of this nation.  

By now we are used to the most rigorous of research from our movement being ignored by policy makers.  Community organizations calling out our nation's penal policies as genocidal are routinely ignored.  Legal scholars with a history of employment with the ACLU who label US criminal justice policies as a "New Jim Crow" are ignored.  Let us hope that the same conclusions reached by a US Department of Justice funded study by the National Academy of Sciences will not meet a similar fate.  Let us hope that when the editorial board of the nation's 'newspaper of record' writes: "The American experiment in mass incarceration has been a moral, legal, social, and economic disaster. It cannot end soon enough;" that policy makers will at long last sit up and take notice.  


End Mass Incarceration Now

By 

MAY 24, 2014

 
 

For more than a decade, researchers across multiple disciplines have been issuing reports on the widespread societal and economic damage caused by America’s now-40-year experiment in locking up vast numbers of its citizens. If there is any remaining disagreement about the destructiveness of this experiment, it mirrors the so-called debate over climate change.

In both cases, overwhelming evidence shows a crisis that threatens society as a whole. In both cases, those who study the problem have called for immediate correction.

US supermax prison jails all high-profile Muslims: Expert

US supermax prison jails all high-profile Muslims: Expert
 
Sat Aug 16, 2014 4:2PM
Interview with Karima Al-Amin Video of this interview by PressTV
 
 

Press TV has conducted an interview with Karima Al-Amin, wife and lawyer of Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, from Atlanta, to discuss his imprisonment at the supermax prison in Florence, Colorado.

What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview.

Press TV: For viewers who may not be familiar with your husband’s situation, can you just start and fill us in on his case and exactly what happened and why he’s in prison?

Al-Amin: It’s very difficult to start at this point without mentioning a little bit about his background. In 1967 he was elected the chairperson of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He was elected May, 1967.

By August 1967, the program...was instituted and initiated by the FBI, which was a program to assassinate, to neutralize the whole of what was considered the Black Power movement, or the human rights movement fighting against oppression.

As a result of that, he was jailed for making speeches, jailed for violating traveling to make speeches. That is his background. That was during the Civil Rights movement.

While he was incarcerated in 1971, he took his shahada and became Muslim. When he came out, he immediately started a Muslim community in Atlanta, Georgia. We were one masjid at that time and now we are more than 60 in the metropolitan Atlanta area.

Black Hole

In 2005, over 81,000 inmates were held in restricted housing. Solitary confinement is the practice of keeping prisoners in individual cells for most, if not all, hours of the day. Learn about the history of this practice, as well as its cost and the affect it has on the prisoners.

During the Zell Miller administration, the Governor sought and the Georgia Assembly appropriated funds to build three five-hundred cell facilities at existing prisons designed exclusively for solitary confinement. The Georgia-38 and many others are being held in solitary confinement by the Georgia Department of Corrections. Officers of the Georgia Green Party have received correspondence from inmates in solitary who report that some held there have been in solitary confinement for as long as nineteen years.

Multiple hunger strikes have recently been staged by inmates held in solitary across the country, including by inmates held under such conditions at the Georgia Diagnostic Center in Jackson Georgia, home to Georgia's Death Row.

Follow the link to view an info-graphic which will provide background on this important issue.

JAG lawyer: Gitmo's decade of shame stains U.S.

By Donna Lorraine Barlett (originally published by USA Today)

Domestic drones and their unique dangers

Dismissive claims that drones do nothing more than helicopters and satellites already do are wildly misinformed

AR Drone, WiFi enabled, IPhone controllable

One significant reason why this proliferation of domestic drones has become so likely is the emergence of a powerful drone lobby. I detailed some of how that lobby is functioning here, so will simply note this passage from a recent report from the ACLU of Iowa on its attempts to persuade legislators to enact statutory limits on the use of domestic drones:

"Drones have their own trade group, the Association for Unmanned Aerial Systems International, which includes some of the nation's leading aerospace companies. And Congress now has 'drone caucuses' in both the Senate and House."

Howie Klein has been one of the few people focusing on the massive amounts of money from the drone industry now flowing into the coffers of key Congressional members from both parties in this "drone caucus". Suffice to say, there is an enormous profit to be made from exploiting the domestic drone market, and as usual, that factor is thus far driving the (basically nonexistent) political response to these threats.