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Reuters' Freeland: US Prisons An 'American Gulag Archipelago'
NewsBusters | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 04/25/2011 3:48:41 PM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest

Chrystia Freeland has called the US prison system an "American Gulag Archipelago." The Global Editor-at-Large of Reuters made her comment during today's Dylan Ratigan show on MSNBC.

The context was a discussion of the recent WikiLeaks document dump about Gitmo, but Freeland was clearly speaking of the domestic US prison system, not our military prisons. Ratigan picked up on her theme, saying we could cut our prison costs in half if marijuana were legalized.

View video after the jump [with apologies for mediocre quality].

Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/mark-finkelstein#ixzz1KZr0yJV6


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: chrystiafreeland; gitmo; gulagarchipelago; prisons

1 posted on 04/25/2011 3:48:46 PM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: netmilsmom; Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; Diogenesis; MEG33; PGalt; ...

Reuters editor calls US prison system “an American Gulag Archipelago.” Ping to Today show list.


2 posted on 04/25/2011 3:52:06 PM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (FReepmail or ping me to be put on my ping list for criticism of liberal media)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I’ll be glad to give our prisoners to any country that’ll take ‘em.

Iraq or Iran, perhaps?

If not, why not Singapore?


3 posted on 04/25/2011 3:52:30 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I guess I missed the part about why I should care what Chrystia Freeland has to say about anything, or, for that matter, why I should have the slightest idea who she is.


4 posted on 04/25/2011 3:52:37 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Who?


5 posted on 04/25/2011 4:00:31 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I agree.

Too many people are unfairly and unjustly incarcerated for non-crimes like beating a tranny within an inch of their life.

sarc//


6 posted on 04/25/2011 4:00:33 PM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I have no problem shipping them overseas. Let the Europeans deal with them.


7 posted on 04/25/2011 4:01:14 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Gee Whiz......I wonder just how these horrible American prisons rate compared to other countries prisons LOL


8 posted on 04/25/2011 4:01:31 PM PDT by R_Kangel (`.`)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I am having a slow day (mentally slow) What is an American gulag archipelago? I know what the individual words mean but hooked together like that........ I haven't a clue.
9 posted on 04/25/2011 4:03:51 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Gee Chrystia Freeland, our state legislatures have passed laws that forbid certain things. Our Congress has as well. Each time the drug issue is placed before the public, the public votes to continue the rules as they are.

How is that reminiscent of the Gulag Archipelago?

It bothers me a lot when folks use some disgusting practice from the past, in an attempt to legitimize their insanity today, thereby diminishing just what the Gulag and other efforts were in the process.

Here’s one more fine graduate of our education system, that can’t differentiate between ‘the Gulag’ and legitimate Western law enforcement efforts.


10 posted on 04/25/2011 4:05:02 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (The only thing higher than Obama's chin, is his ass facing West five times a day.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I lived in Spain when that nation decided it would reduce crime by legalizing the personal possession and use of marijuana (1982). The result was a crime wave.


11 posted on 04/25/2011 4:05:14 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: SatinDoll

Did they suffer from Reefer Madness, or was the crime mostly due to theft to buy weed?


12 posted on 04/25/2011 4:09:17 PM PDT by Rudder (The Main Stream Media is Our Enemy---get used to it.)
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To: SatinDoll
That stupid leftist once again denigrates the victims of a genuine massacre and compares it to the American justice system:



Yes, this is REUTERS, THE NEWS ORGANIZATION - AN ANTI-AMERICAN LEFTIST PROPAGANDA VEHICLE.

See more pictures of what gulag means: http://images.google.com/images?q=gulag
13 posted on 04/25/2011 4:10:48 PM PDT by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many conservative Christians my age out there? __ Click my name)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I am reading the Gulag Archipeligo now. In the prologue to the 2nd volume it says 60+ million were killed in the Gulag between 1917 and 1956. Some millions did get out alive. MOST were sent there for no reason what so ever.
14 posted on 04/25/2011 4:13:49 PM PDT by joelt
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To: DoughtyOne
She's obviously a doper. Check her arrest record.

There's no need to pay attention to these dope damaged people. Their brains don't really work any more.

15 posted on 04/25/2011 4:17:09 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: joelt

“no reason what so ever”

There’ll be some reason. Not part of a favored elite of some kind, you can bet on that.


16 posted on 04/25/2011 4:18:28 PM PDT by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many conservative Christians my age out there? __ Click my name)
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To: Rudder

From what I observed the crimes resulted from attempts to get money.

My apartment was ransacked for money and items to be fenced. A friend, walking on a beach, was assaulted, knocked unconscious, and had his wallet and keys lifted (since he lived on a military base his living quarters weren’t tossed).

So, what was the Spanish government’s response to all this? They rewrote legal statutes so that a ‘crime’ had to involve a higher amount of money than had previously been the case!

These legal revisions were from a Socialist government coming to power in Spain for the first time since Franco died.


17 posted on 04/25/2011 4:20:04 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: Rudder; SatinDoll

I would also be interested to know this SD, if you know


18 posted on 04/25/2011 4:23:45 PM PDT by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many conservative Christians my age out there? __ Click my name)
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To: Christian Engineer Mass

See my post at #17.


19 posted on 04/25/2011 4:34:53 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: SatinDoll

When did they ban dope again?


20 posted on 04/25/2011 4:39:00 PM PDT by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many conservative Christians my age out there? __ Click my name)
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To: Christian Engineer Mass

Haven’t the foggiest idea. But socialism certainly hasn’t worked for them: they’re now bankrupt.


21 posted on 04/25/2011 4:42:49 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

From an insider’s viewpoint.......I think the lady ought to have some “first-hand” experience of life in a female prision.......First thing that’ll go is those long locks.....

Prisoners; male, female or anywhere in between, are incarcerated for good reasons. Mostly because their activities, (these days) were criminal or aided/abetted others’ criminal activities. Most are multiple offenders. Most are convicted of crimes involving drugs and/or associate criminal activities like thefts, burgulary, carjacking, robbery, prostitution, extortion, murder and assault. A large percentage are gang members.

And most are dumber than three truck loads of rocks..... Anyone doubting the validity of the detrimental effects of fetal exposure to drugs/alcohol and poor maternal/post-partum nutrition are invited to spend some time with these individuals.....Poor short term memory, ADD, poor fine motor skills, deficient cognitive ability, and lack of judgement.....All “compensated for” by enormous egos expressed in bizzare - yet common - modes of dress, speech and deportment prevail. >PS


22 posted on 04/25/2011 4:46:35 PM PDT by PiperShade
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To: SatinDoll

Basically, the socialist/leftist virus like Russia, China, and France. Every other country it tries to destroy.


23 posted on 04/25/2011 4:51:42 PM PDT by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many conservative Christians my age out there? __ Click my name)
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To: SatinDoll

>Basically, the socialist/leftist virus like Russia, China, and France. Every other country it tries to destroy.

And is positively loathes the USA, of course.

And it has done pretty damn poorly for those three countries also.

China is starting to do better since basically disavowing communism but keeping most of the control.


24 posted on 04/25/2011 4:53:30 PM PDT by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many conservative Christians my age out there? __ Click my name)
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To: muawiyah

Thanks for the mention. I don’t want to let our education system completely off the hook here though. Wouldn’t surprise me one bit if she learned a lot of personal bias right along with the coverage of the Gulag in her education process. Of course that’s providing this was even deemed important enough to relate to her during that process.


25 posted on 04/25/2011 5:22:15 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (The only thing higher than Obama's chin, is his ass facing West five times a day.)
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To: Steely Tom

Freeland is an importtant editor at the Reuters wire service. She is in a position to influence the ‘news’ that millions of people in the US and abroad receive. I think it’s significant that someone in her position has such extreme, anti-American views, and feels comfortable expressing them on national TV.


26 posted on 04/25/2011 5:36:01 PM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (FReepmail or ping me to be put on my ping list for criticism of liberal media)
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To: Ditter

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote a book about the Soviet penal system. He called it the “Gulag Archipelago” because from space they were the only lighted areas of Siberia and looked like a string of islands.

To compare our prisons with cable TV and conjugal visits to the Soviet forced labor camps proves this person to be less than serious.


27 posted on 04/26/2011 9:17:40 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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