Resisting America’s Torture State Reply

By Nathan Goodman

On July 27, The Real News Network reported that the prisoner hunger strike in Georgia entered its 47th day. The strike began with ten prisoners participating; it has since dwindled to two remaining strikers.

At this point, the strikers have only a few demands. They demand medical care for injuries they suffered as a result of beatings by guards 19 months ago. They ask that their families be granted visitation rights, which were arbitrarily revoked without explanation. Perhaps most notably, according to Bruce Dixon, the prisoners demand “that their status in solitary confinement be reviewed, as per written state procedure, every 30 days, so that the state should give a reason for why they are in solitary.”

These prisoners are simply demanding that the government give a reason to keep them held in solitary. This is an extremely moderate demand when we consider that solitary confinement is widely recognized as a method oftorture.

In 2011, UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan E. Méndez declared that “Considering the severe mental pain or suffering solitary confinement may cause, it can amount to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” Furthermore, he called for an absolute ban on solitary confinement lasting longer than 15 days, citing evidence that it could cause permanent psychological damage.

If the UN strikes you as too liberal a source, ask John McCain about solitary. The Republican senator and former presidential candidate has written, “It’s an awful thing, solitary … It crushes your spirit and weakens your resistance more effectively than any other form of mistreatment.”  McCain, like many other Vietnam veterans subjected to torture, found solitary confinement to be as damaging as any of the physical abuses he faced.

Yet today, the United States government is the world’s largest perpetrator of this torture technique. In addition to having the largest prison population on the planet, the United States holds approximately 80,000 prisoners in solitary. Bonnie Kerness of the American Friends Service Committee’s Prison Watch Project points out that Americans concerned with torture abroad need to realize that they are “living with black sites in their own backyards.”

These domestic “black sites” are not just for violent criminals. According to a 2010 study by the Center for Economic and Policy Research, more than 60% of American prisoners are nonviolent offenders. And once they’ve been locked up, they can be sent to solitary without ever posing a real threat. A recent report in The Nationby Jean Casella and James Ridgeway found that the second most common reason prisoners in New York were sent to solitary was that their urine tested positive for drugs. “In a prison system where 85 percent of inmates are in need of substance-abuse treatment, drug use alone can get you up to ninety days in solitary, and a year if it happens multiple times,” Ridgeway and Casella explained.

A year in solitary confinement is more than enough time to cause permanent psychological damage. Yet the US government is willing to hold people in solitary for far longer than a year. Herman Wallace and Albert Woodcox have now spent over 40 years in solitary in Louisiana’s Angola prison. Many believe they were targeted for their prison activism with the Black Panther Party. The stated reason for their confinement is a crime that occurred over 40 years ago, a murder charge built on questionable evidence.


NYC: Solidarity Action for Northwest Anarchist Fighters Reply

From AnarchistNews.Org

In the early morning hours of August 2nd, we dropped two large banners from the Williamsburg Bridge in New York City facing traffic. One read “SOLIDARITY WITH NORTHWEST ANARCHISTS” while the other read “FUCK GRAND JURIES.” We did this as a gesture of solidarity with the Anarchist fighters of the northwest, currently facing down the investigative apparatus of the state. Strength, comrades! Whether on the street, in a courthouse, or in a cell, our passion for freedom is stronger than their prisons.

Northwest revolutionary forces, you have inspired many of us while instilling fear in the hearts of politicians and police in your region. You have consistently shown nothing but love for your comrades in struggle and nothing but hatred for the reactionary forces of law and order. Repression does not mean you have done something wrong, it means you have done something right.

We would also like to take this opportunity to send revolutionary greetings to the Cleveland 4 and the Tinley Park 5. Your struggle is our struggle.


New Hampshire Adopts Jury Nullification Law Reply

By J. D. Tuccille

Jury nullification, in which jurors refuse to convict defendants under laws they find objectionable or inappropriately applied, is a favored tactic of many libertarians who, rightly or wrongly perceive individual liberty as, at best, a minority taste among their neighbors. They like the idea of a tool that can be wielded on the spot to shield people from powerful control freaks without first having to win a popularity contest. But nullification is useful only if people know about. And last week, New Hampshire’s governor signed a law requiring the state’s judges to permit defense attorneys to inform jurors of their right to nullify the law.

On June 18, Governor John Lynch signed HB 146, which reads:

a Right of Accused. In all criminal proceedings the court shall permit the defense to inform the jury of its right to judge the facts and the application of the law in relation to the facts in controversy.

Short, simple and to the point. Nullification advocate Tim Lynch, of the Cato Institute, thinks it’s a step in the right direction, though not necessarily a game-changer. Says he:


How the War on Drugs Became a War on Milk Reply


Extending for four decades now, the war on drugs has ingrained a certain ideology into society. What was sold as an initiative to get dangerous drugs off the streets has conceived a totalitarian mindset that government has the authority to control everything you eat and drink and, if you disobey, the state can fine you, destroy your property, raid your home and throw you in jail. I’m not talking about cocaine or meth. I’m not even talking about marijuana. I’m talking about milk.

Its Satan’s drink.


Government Silently Positions for Martial Law as Financial Collapse Arrives in America 1

From OccupyCorporatism

Susanne Posel
Occupy Corporatism
Aug 1, 2012

The US government has been scheming on how to provide for continuity of government for many decades now. According to Peter Santilli, an informant who is an ex-marine and worked on portions of the contingency plans known as Rex 84, civil unrest will come after a financial collapse.


Illinois governor wants ban on assault weapons Reply

From MSN

CHICAGO — Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on Tuesday proposed a state ban on assault weapons in the aftermath of the July 20 movie theater massacre in Colorado in which a former graduate student is charged with killing 12 people with guns including a semi-automatic rifle.

Quinn, a Democrat, called himself a “strong supporter” of the constitutional right to bear arms, but said in a letter to state legislators that the proliferation of military-style assault weapons undermines public safety.

“There is no place in the state of Illinois for weapons designed to rapidly fire at human targets at close range,” said Quinn, who also proposed a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines.

States including California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York have similar bans in place, Quinn said. A nationwide ban on certain semiautomatic rifles expired in 2004.

4-year-old’s chalk art gets mom 50 hours of community service 4

From MSN

Video still of Susan Mortensen outside of court in Richmond, Virginia, charged with vandalism for allowing her daughter to draw with chalk on rocks on Belle Isle (©NBC12,

A 4-year-old’s drawing of a “door to a magic land” earned a Richmond, Virginia mom a $325 fine, a ban from all city parks and a whopping 50 hours of community service. Susan Mortensen was ticketed in March for allowing her daughter to draw with chalk on the rocks at Belle Isle, a granite-studded park in the James River. According to Officer Stacy Rogers, the girl was “destroying” property and Mortensen was at fault for allowing her to do it. Yesterday, a judge agreed with the officer, charging Mortensen with vandalism and ordering her to spend 50 hours of her free time painting boundary posts for the park service. It’s a good thing her daughter didn’t have any spray-paint. [Source]

The 13 Most Evil U.S. Government Experiments on Humans Reply

From BlacklistedNews.Com

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    Mind Control, Child Abuse – Project MKULTRA, Subproject 68

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    This is the stuff of nightmares.The CIA-ran Project MKULTRA paid Dr. Donald Ewen Cameron for Subproject 68, which would be experiments involving mind-altering substances. The entire goal of the project was to probe examination into methods of influencing and controlling the mind and being able to extract information from resisting minds.

    So in order to accomplish this, the doctor took patients admitted to his Allen Memorial Institute in Montreal and conducted “therapy” on them. The patients were mostly taken in for issues like bi-polar depression and anxiety disorders. The treatment they received was life-altering and scarring.


Tanks from Saudi Arabia vs. Half-Naked Unarmed Man in Bahrain Reply
Michael S. Rozeff

Tanks rolling toward a Bahrain protester:

Which side was the U.S. on in Bahrain?

The U.S. picks its sides according to power plays that have nothing to do with the fanciful pap about freedom, democracy, morality, obligation, and duty provided for public consumption by its leaders and candidates running for office. The U.S. unswervingly supports a dangerous Israel that has submarines that can deliver nuclear missiles, while it condemns an Iran for even having enriched uranium allowable under solemn treaty provisions, an Iran that has no nuclear weapons and no policy of developing them. The U.S. aims drones against Taliban and al-Qaeda types in Pakistan while condemning their terrorism and assassination. Meanwhile, it assassinates American citizens and is comfortable with terrorist assassinations and bombings in Syria. The U.S. supports the integrity of the Israeli state but actively undermines the Libyan and Syrian states. All of this has everything to do with power, global hegemony, and empire—and nothing to do with principles.

In Bahrain, the U.S. was on the side of the Saudi tanks.

UPDATE. Although the original photo was labeled tanks, they looked to me like armored personnel carriers. One person informs me that this is the case and that they are the U.S. made M-113 model.

Police refuse to save drowning man due to lack of training Reply

By Rob Parsons

Police officers refused to get into the water to save a man drowning in a London canal because they had not had the right training, an inquest heard.

Unemployed Panayiotis Petrou, 30, died after getting into the Grand Union canal near King’s Cross station while under the influence of the anaesthetic ketamine.

A member of the public alerted police, who found Mr Petrou, originally from Harrow, “splashing around as if in a swimming pool on holiday” and refusing to accept a life ring.

An inquest heard that despite the first officers being alerted at 8pm on April 26, his body was not found until 9.55pm after three emergency services teams ruled it would be too dangerous to enter the canal.

Police Sergeant Philip Orphanides described Mr Petrou as “in his own world” but decided against entering the water because he had not had any official water rescue training.

By the time the Met’s Marine Unit and London Fire Brigade arrived at around 9pm Mr Petrou, who had been intentionally submerging himself, had disappeared beneath the surface and not come up for half an hour.

Firefighter Neil Cash said it was because he was already submerged when they arrived that they ruled against getting into the water and instead set up lights and an inflatable boat.


Real World Facts vs. Drug Warrior Superstitions Reply

From BrassCheckTV.Com

Drug warriors often contend that drug use would skyrocket if we were to legalize or decriminalize drugs in the United States. Fortunately, we have a real-world example of the actual effects of ending the violent, expensive War on Drugs and replacing it with a system of treatment for problem users and addicts.

Ten years ago, Portugal decriminalized all drugs. One decade after this unprecedented experiment, drug abuse is down by half.

U.S. Army Purchases Riot Gear As Fears Over Civil Unrest Grow Reply

By Paul Joseph Watson

It’s not just the Department of Homeland Security that is gearing up for the prospect of civil unrest in America. The U.S. Army also recently purchased a stock of riot gear including batons, face masks and body shields.

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As we reported last week, the DHS has put out an urgent solicitation for hundreds of items of “riot gear,” in preparation for expected unrest at the upcoming Republican National Convention, Democratic National Convention and next year’s presidential inauguration.

In a previous solicitation, the U.S. Army also put out a contract for riot gear to be delivered to the United States Military Academy at West Point in New York.


FBI Agents Raid Homes in Search of “Anarchist Literature” Reply

By Will Potter

Search warrant for Northwest raids against anarchists and OccupyWhen FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force agents raided multiple activist homes in the Northwest last week, they were in search of “anti-government or anarchist literature.”

The raids were part of a multi-state operation that targeted activists in Portland, Olympia, and Seattle. At least three people were served subpoenas to appear before a federal grand jury on August 2nd in Seattle.

In addition to anarchist literature, the warrants also authorize agents to seize flags, flag-making material, cell phones, hard drives, address books, and black clothing.

The listing of black clothing and flags, along with comments made by police, indicates that the FBI may ostensibly be investigating “black bloc” tactics used during May Day protests in Seattle, which destroyed corporate property.

If that is true, how are books and literature evidence of criminal activity?


Conservative Supreme Court Justice Scalia: “Second Amendment Leaves Open Possibility of Gun Control” Reply

Hopefully, this will be a lesson for those conservatives and libertarians who persist in supporting the Republicans on the grounds they’re more likely to appoint pro-2nd Amendment justices to the Supreme Court.

From FOX News


Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said  Sunday the Second Amendment leaves open the possibility of gun-control legislation, adding to what has become a slow-boiling debate on the issue since the Colorado movie theater massacre earlier this month.

Scalia, one of the high court’s most conservative justices, said on “Fox News Sunday” that the majority opinion in the landmark 2008 case of District of Columbia v. Heller stated the extent of gun ownership “will have to be decided in future cases.”

“We’ll see,” he said.


CopBlock founder faces 21 years in prison on “wiretapping” charges for filming police 1

From Activist Post

According to court documents, Adam “Ademo” Mueller, journalist and co-host of nationally syndicated radio talk show Free Talk Live, has been indicted on three counts of felony wiretapping. The charges are a result of a vlog Mueller posted on about an incident involving alleged police misconduct, which featured recorded interviews of on-duty public officials.

Mueller’s report focused on video recorded by a student’s cell phone at Manchester’s West High School, which depicted Officer Darren Murphy slamming a 17-year-old boy into a cafeteria table in October of 2011. Although public officials told the student to delete the video, it ended up in Adam Mueller’s hands instead.

12-Year-Old Girl Tased Inside Victoria’s Secret – Mom Had Outstanding Traffic Tickets 1

From The Daily Paul

[Via] Video clip from local news station at the link below. What’s wrong with the police? Are officers so unskilled and scared that they must tase a skinny 12 year old girl? And this all began because of her mom not paying traffic tickets? Non violent offenses committed by a parent result in their child bing tased.

14 Specific Allegations of NYPD Brutality During Occupy Wall Street Reply

From The Atlantic

An investigation undertaken by law clinics at NYU, Fordham, Harvard, and Stanford has concluded, after eight months of study, that the NYPD abused Occupy Wall Street protesters and violated their rights on numerous occasions during the 2011 protests that radiated out from Zuccotti Park. Their report, Suppressing Protest: Human Rights Violations in the U.S. Response to Occupy Wall Street, was released today. It focuses on transgressions against international law.