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  • Baltimore police prisoner transport under scrutiny after past death, possible policy violation

    BALTIMORE – People in Baltimore and other cities accuse police of sometimes giving prisoners an extra-rough "nickel ride" — a reference to amusement rides that once cost a nickel. Now, the safety of people in Baltimore's police vans is under scrutiny because of a past death and a new fatal injury, one that came after police failed to put a seat belt on a passenger. One of those, Dondi Johnson, died of a fractured spine in 2005 two weeks after he was arrested for urinating in a public street and transported by van. Johnson's family won a $7.4 million judgment...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Former Political Prisoner Says Obama Is ‘The Iranian Problem’

    04/06/2015 3:47:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Breitbarg ^ | 4/6/15 | Adelle Nazarian
    Has President Barack Obama potentially destroyed Iran’s chances for regime change? With over 60% of Iran’s 78 million-person population under the age of 30, over 80% of the entire population suffering in utter poverty, and a clerical Islamic regime with a rampant record of human rights abuses–not the least of which includes death by hanging for homosexuality, amputations for crimes such as petty theft, and what has been described as one of the cruelest forms of non-physical punishment (“white torture”) in the world–the lingering fear is that the Islamic Republic of Iran may be close to solidifying a stronghold for...
  • Police Searching for Armed Prisoner Escaped from Inova Fairfax Hospital

    03/31/2015 7:31:41 AM PDT · by bassyak · 5 replies
    FAIRFAX -- Police are searching for an armed prisoner who escaped from Inova Fairfax Hospital around 4 a.m. Police say the suspect is a black man named Wossen Assaye. He's 6 feet tall, 170 pounds, wearing only a hospital gown with no shoes. He is on the run in a stolen silver Toyota Camry with front-end damage, the police said in a Tweet. The license plate on the car has Virginia tags and number XZP-8153. He may be with his girlfriend. Assaye - transported to Inova Fairfax from the Alexandria jail overnight - managed to overpower the two private security...
  • Imprisoned Marine Amir Hekmati renounces Iranian citizenship and requests deportation from Iran

    03/17/2015 12:44:10 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 7 replies
    M Live (Michigan) ^ | March 17, 2015 | Blake Thorne
    <p>FLINT, MI -- A Flint man and Marine veteran imprisoned in Iran more than three years has renounced his Iranian citizenship and is requesting deportation from the country.</p> <p>A statement from Hekmati's family details what they call torture, abuse and a forced confession that he has been through. Those claims detail poor nutrition, foot whippings and long stretches of solitary confinement.</p>
  • Islamic State purportedly sets new deadline for hostage swap

    01/29/2015 12:45:54 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 29 2015 | Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Linda Sieg
    AMMAN/TOKYO - An audio message purportedly from a Japanese journalist being held by Islamic State militants said a Jordanian air force pilot also captured by the group would be killed unless an Iraqi female prisoner in Jordan was released by sunset on Thursday. The message appeared to postpone a previous deadline set on Tuesday in which the journalist, Kenji Goto, said he would be killed within 24 hours if the Iraqi was not freed. The latest audio recording, which could not be verified by Reuters, was posted on YouTube early on Thursday. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a...
  • Jordan agrees to prisoner swap with ISIS in deal that could free pilot, Japanese journalist

    01/28/2015 4:44:32 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 28, 2015
    Jordan has agreed to demands from ISIS that it release a female jihadist held since 2006, in a move that could free a Jordanian pilot captured in Syria last month and possibly a Japanese journalist who pleaded for his life in a video released by the terror group on Tuesday. Jordanian government spokesman Mohammed al-Momani said in a statement the nation was prepared to free Sajida al-Rishawi, who was convicted of taking part in a deadly hotel bombing, if the Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, is released unharmed. His comments were carried by Jordan's official Petra news agency. Although he...
  • Despite 'War Against Al Qaeda' in Yemen, Obama Seeks to Release 47 Yemenis from Gitmo

    01/26/2015 6:10:25 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 7 replies
    CNS News ^ | Jan 26 2015 | Susan Jones
    The Obama administration says it is "in a war against al Qaeda." But at the same time, it is trying to release 54 more Gitmo detainees, 47 of them from Yemen, which is one of the "dark corners" where al Qaeda operates. "We say we're in a war against al Qaeda," White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough told CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday. "We have just never said we have been in a war against terrorism, which is a tactic...We are, however, at war against al Qaeda, its manifestations in Yemen, its manifestations in South Asia, its manifestations...
  • ISIS sets up its first base in Afghanistan, run by former Guantanamo prisoner now operating

    01/14/2015 1:41:21 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/14/15 | Damien Gayle
    ISIS sets up its first base in Afghanistan, run by former Guantanamo prisoner now operating out of Helmand less than three months after British troops left the region An offshoot of the Middle East's Islamic State insurgency has begun operating on southern Afghanistan, less than three months after British combat troops withdrew from the region. A man identified as Mullah Abdul Rauf was actively recruiting fighters for the groups, flying black flags and, according to some sources, even battling Taliban militants. Local sources said Rauf, a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner, had set up his base in Helmand province and was...
  • Pope Francis played significant role in secret talks to normalize relations between U.S. and Cuba

    12/18/2014 6:48:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 12/18/2014 | Deborah Hastings
    The Vatican played a significant role in healing relations between arch foes Cuba and the United States, officials said Wednesday. Pope Francis was personally involved in secret negotiations between the longtime enemies, sources said Wednesday, as the historic announcement was made in Washington D.C. The pontiff sent private letters to President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro over the summer, urging them to turn their swords into ploughshares. The Pope expressed "warm congratulations for the historic decision" to resume relations, the Vatican said in a statement Wednesday. The Vatican and an undisclosed Canadian location served as top-secret areas for negotiations...
  • Alan Gross: Cuba Releases American After Five Years in Prison

    12/17/2014 6:55:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/17/2014 | By JIM AVILA and SERENA MARSHALL JIM AVILA
    Held for five years in Cuba, 65-year-old American contractor Alan Gross has been released from prison and is en route to U.S. soil, ABC News has learned exclusively. In a landmark humanitarian prisoner exchange to be announced by President Obama shortly at the White House, the agreement was reached following more than a year of secret back channel talks at the highest levels of both governments. Today’s release of Gross, who is said to be in poor physical condition, represents a first step toward normalizing relations with the neighbor just 90-miles off the Florida coast. Gross was convicted of espionage...
  • Senate to release report on Bush interrogation techniques and policies (11am release)

    12/09/2014 4:09:07 AM PST · by Dave346 · 47 replies
    CNN ^ | 5:19 AM EST, Tue December 9, 2014 | Ed Payne and Evan Perez
    U.S. Marines are on high alert. So are the CIA and the White House for that matter. Politicians on both sides of the aisle also are ready to enter the fray. All the fuss is over the Senate Intelligence Committee's $50 million investigation of Bush-era CIA interrogation tactics on detainees in the years following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The long-delayed report on the use of torture - "enhanced interrogation techniques" - by the U.S. government is expected to be released Tuesday morning. This won't be a full disclosure, but the report's 480-page executive summary. There will also be...
  • Original Gitmo prisoner transferred to Kuwait

    11/05/2014 10:07:59 AM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    The HIll ^ | 11/5/14 | Ben Kamisar
    A Guantanamo Bay prisoner held for almost 13 years will be transferred to Kuwait, the Defense Department said on Wednesday. The Pentagon said in a statement that officials determined that Fouzi al Awda’s detention was no longer needed "to protect against a continuing significant threat to the security of the United States." “The United States is grateful to the Government of Kuwait for its willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility,” the Pentagon added. “The United States coordinated with the Government of Kuwait to ensure this transfer took place consistent with appropriate security and...
  • Iraq conflict: Forty Indians abducted in Mosul

    06/18/2014 8:33:29 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    BBC News ^ | 18 June 2014
    India has confirmed that 40 of its citizens have been kidnapped in the violence-hit Iraqi city of Mosul. The men were construction workers, a ministry of external affairs spokesman said. India had not received any ransom demand, he added. A 24-hour helpline has been set up for the families and a special envoy is being sent to Baghdad. On Tuesday, the government said it was in touch with 46 Indian nurses stranded in a hospital in Tikrit. Tikrit and Mosul are under the control of the militant Sunni group ISIS. They are among a number of Iraqi towns and cities...
  • Inmate Escapes San Francisco's Hall of Justice While Taking Out Trash

    06/07/2014 3:28:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Saturday, Jun 7, 2014
    Inmate Escapes SF's Hall of Justice While Taking Out TrashAn inmate escaped San Francisco's Hall of Justice while taking out the trash Saturday morning, according to the San Francisco Sheriff's Department. The inmate, identified as Timothy Midgett, 40, of San Francisco, was being escorted into the basement of the jail at 850 Bryant St. to take out the trash when he ran out a door. Midgett ran east and the deputy tried to keep up but lost him. The sheriff's department and other law enforcement agencies are looking for Midgett, described as a black man standing 6 feet 3 inches...
  • 36,007 convicted criminal aliens released, but Obama does nothing for Marine in Mexico jail

    06/05/2014 1:07:23 PM PDT · by Stayfree · 3 replies
    June 5, 2014 | Self
    Obama can trade 5 dangerous terrorists for a deserter, but just can't seem to find time to call the Mexican president and ask him to release Marine Sgt. Tahmooressi held in a Mexican jail...especially after releasing 36,007 convicted criminal hispanic illegals. Dart board diplomacy skillfully blundered again!!!
  • Bob Bergdahl: "I'm proud of how much Bowe wanted to help the Afghan people"

    06/01/2014 12:31:23 PM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 76 replies
    Vanity | June 01, 2014 | CivilWarBrewing
    So.. Bowe abandoned his post to go help the Afghan people? WTF? Watching this news conference with his parents is a surreal and confusing experience.
  • Hagel: U.S. didn’t negotiate with terrorists in securing Bergdahl’s release

    06/01/2014 9:56:45 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 87 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 1, 2014 | David Sherfinski
    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said the U.S. did not negotiate with terrorists in the process of exchanging the transfer of five terrorism suspects for the release of the only American prisoner of war in Afghanistan. “We didn’t negotiate with terrorists,” Mr. Hagel said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “And I said and explained before, Sergeant Bergdahl is a prisoner of war. That’s a normal process in getting your prisoners back.” Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was handed over to U.S. special forces by the Taliban Saturday, with the government of Qatar serving as a go-between. Qatar is taking custody of five...
  • Court affirms Mass. murderer's right to get sex change in prison

    01/18/2014 12:28:32 PM PST · by ColdOne · 22 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 1/17/14 | AP
    BOSTON – A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a judge's ruling granting a taxpayer-funded sex change operation for a transgender inmate serving a life sentence for a murder conviction, saying receiving medically necessary treatment is a constitutional right that must be protected "even if that treatment strikes some as odd or unorthodox." U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ruled in 2012 that the state Department of Correction must provide sex reassignment surgery for Michelle Kosilek, who was born as Robert Kosilek and is serving a life sentence for the killing of his wife in 1990.
  • Afghan risks US fury over 'Taliban' prisoner releases

    01/09/2014 8:48:48 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1/9/14 | BBC
    Afghanistan will release scores of prisoners considered by the US to be a security threat because there is insufficient evidence against them, President Hamid Karzai's office says. A statement said there was not enough evidence against 72 out of 88 prisoners previously held by the US. Correspondents say that the move will further strain relations with the US. The two countries are at loggerheads over President Karzai's refusal to sign a security deal with Washington. The US is strongly opposed to the releases because it says the prisoners have been involved in the wounding or killing of US and Nato...
  • Rare interview with wife of Palestinian prisoner proves PMW's contention that PA pays salaries

    04/10/2013 12:10:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    PalWatch ^ | 4/10/13 | Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilbedik
    Prisoner's wife: "A year and a half ago, I went to the Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs... Their answer was: 'Your husband transfers it to the person he wants. It's in his power not to transfer [it to you] and we can't do anything about it." Prisoner's wife: "[My husband] told me: 'If you do what I want, it [the monthly salary] will return to you. As long as you are like this, it won't return to you.'" by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik Since 2011, Palestinian Media Watch has been supplying governments and media worldwide with documentation that the...
  • What the Guardian didn’t mention about their Palestinian ‘prisoner of the day’

    02/12/2013 10:51:35 AM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    CIF Watch ^ | 2/13/13 | staff
    While we often post in response to Israel related news stories and commentary at the Guardian and ‘Comment is Free’ which are biased, misleading or inaccurate in some manner, often a Guardian ‘photo of the day’ can similarly serve as a vehicle for propaganda due to the emotive strength of the image, along with a paucity of relevant context. The following was included in the Feb. 11th edition of the Guardian’s ‘Best Photos of the Day’. Here’s the Guardian caption: Palestinian women hold pictures of prisoners jailed in Israel during a rally calling for their release in the West Bank...
  • Obama to Release One Third of Gitmo Inmates (insanity)

    09/22/2012 7:22:58 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 88 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 22 Sep 2012, 10:21 AM PDT | AWR Hawkins
    President Barack Obama is about to release or transfer 55 Gitmo prisoners, despite reports that the Libyan believed to be behind the killing of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens was a former Guantanamo inmate transferred to Libyan custody. The large percentage of those scheduled to be released are Yemeni, according to a list made public by the Obama administration. Obama stopped the release or transfer of Yemeni inmates in 2010, because the conditions in the country were viewed as too "unsettled" at the time. A release or transfer of 55 inmates means Obama is moving out one third of the prisoners...
  • Dispensational Principle No. 34 - The Prayers of the Lord's Prisoner (Dispensational)

    08/31/2012 2:04:41 PM PDT · by John Leland 1789
    THINGS TO COME - A Journal of Biblical Literature | May, 1913 | Charles Welch
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  • FBI begins own probe of misconduct allegations involving Sedgwick County Jail

    06/22/2012 2:19:29 PM PDT · by kathsua · 3 replies
    Wichita Eagle ^ | June 20, 2012 | Tim Potter
    The FBI on Wednesday began its own investigation of allegations of misconduct at the Sedgwick County Jail, an FBI spokeswoman said. The development comes a day after the sheriff announced that jail deputy David Kendall, 21, had been arrested after being suspected of multiple sex crimes. Previously, attorneys have said that two inmates alleged that they had been raped by a jail deputy. “We have opened our own federal civil rights investigation,” FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton said. Sheriff Robert Hinshaw said he welcomed the FBI investigation, adding that he has told the federal agency that if “their decision was to...
  • Video: PM Netanyahu Confronted by Wife of Jewish Prisoner

    11/03/2011 5:56:25 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/11/11 | Hezki Ezra & Elad Benari
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was confronted in the Knesset on Wednesday by an angry wife of a jailed Border Police officer. The officer, Shahar Butbika, was sentenced to eight years in prison for killing a Palestinian Authority Arab in Hevron in 2002. His family has said that he did it due to post traumatic stress after his friends were murdered and he was sent to clear the body parts. His wife, Elinor, was in the Knesset on Wednesday and was in the midst of giving an interview to Arutz Sheva when she spotted the Prime Minister and his entourage leaving...
  • Supreme Court orders release of over 30,000 prisoners in California to … improve health care

    05/24/2011 6:56:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/23/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    California will have to release over 30,000 inmates from its prison system to comply with a Supreme Court ruling earlier today. The court cited chronic violations of inmates’ rights in its 5-4 decision. The reductions will improve the delivery of health care services to the remaining inmates, claims the majority: The Supreme Court on Monday endorsed a court order requiring California to cut its prison population by tens of thousands of inmates to improve health care for those who remain behind bars.The court said in a 5-4 decision that the reduction is “required by the Constitution” to correct longstanding violations...
  • The Bird man of prison

    05/14/2011 3:25:32 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement
    Boston Globe ^ | May 13, 2011 | Stan Grossfeld
    HOLDENVILE, Okla. — Just about everyone thinks Eric Torpy is a birdbrain. In October 2005, Torpy asked an Oklahoma County judge to tack on three more years to his 30-year prison sentence for armed robbery and two counts of shooting with intent to kill. “He said if he was going down, he was going to go down in Larry Bird’s jersey,’’ Oklahoma District Judge Ray Elliott told the Associated Press back then. “He was just as happy as he could be.’’
  • Obama Advisor Delivered Presidential Threat To Pakistan Over Detained American, Say Officials

    02/10/2011 2:20:01 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 28 replies
    ABCNews.com ^ | 02/10/2011 | MATTHEW COLE and NICK SCHIFRIN
    Pakistani officials say President Obama's national security advisor summoned Pakistan's ambassador to the White House Monday evening to deliver a threat from the president: Release Raymond Davis, an American being held in Lahore for killing two Pakistanis, or face the consequences. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon told Ambassador Husain Haqqani, according to two Pakistani officials involved in negotiations about Davis, that the U.S. will kick Haqqani out of the U.S., close U.S. consulates in Pakistan, and cancel an upcoming visit by Pakistan's president to Washington, if Davis, a U.S. embassy employee, is not released from custody by Friday. The outlines...
  • Hamas: Palestinian prisoners escaped Egyptian jail

    01/29/2011 11:52:59 AM PST · by OldDeckHand · 3 replies
    YnetNews.com ^ | 01/29/2010 | Elior Levy
    Hamas sources have reported that a few Palestinian detainees have escaped Egyptian prisons as result of the unrest, and are making their way to the Gaza Strip. Egypt has arrested Hamas operatives that have infiltrated the Rafah border in the past. The most senior of the arrestees is the commander of the Izzedin al-Qassam brigade, who was arrested in 2008 and accused of planning a terrorist attack on Egypt.
  • Historians lobby for state signage to recognize Revolutionary War general Nathaniel Woodhull

    09/28/2010 10:13:36 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 7 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | NICHOLAS HIRSHON
    The cannon at Nathaniel Woodhull School (PS 35) in Hollis is the only marker of death of the Revolutionary War general Nathaniel Woodhull. Historians are lobbying for official state signage. Exactly 234 years ago this month, a Revolutionary War general died from wounds incurred during a defiant showdown with the British - a gripping tale of patriotism that began in Queens. But the spot where Nathaniel Woodhull was mortally wounded in 1776 does not bear tribute to the first high-ranking colonial officer to become a prisoner of war and die in enemy captivity. "It needs to be preserved as a...
  • Iran Pulls President's Plan To Free US Woman

    09/11/2010 7:52:10 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 14 replies
    Sky News ^ | Sept 11th 2010 | Tom Bonnett
    Plans to free a US woman who has spent a year in an Iranian jail have suddenly been scrapped despite backing from the country's president. Iran Pulls President's Plan To Free US Woman Share Share Comments (14)11:48am UK, Saturday September 11, 2010 Tom Bonnett, Sky News Online Plans to free a US woman who has spent a year in an Iranian jail have suddenly been scrapped despite backing from the country's president. Sarah Shourd has been held in solitary confinement and denied medical treatment Mahmoud Ahmadinejad requested Sarah Shourd be set free as an act of clemency at the end...
  • Iran postpones American woman's release

    09/10/2010 2:49:09 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 15 replies
    Comcast ^ | 9-10-10 | Nasir Karimi
    TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's state news agency has confirmed that Tehran has postponed the planned release of an American woman who has been jailed for more than a year. IRNA on Friday quoted the deputy chief of communication for the Iranian president's office, Mohammed Hassan Salilhimaram, as saying Sarah Shourd's release scheduled for Saturday had been delayed. He gave no further details.
  • BP lobbied Brits for Libya prisoner release, deny pushing Megrahi as candidate

    07/16/2010 8:28:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | 07/16/2010 | Ed Morrissey
    Over the last few days, BP has found itself the subject of some discomforting questions about the release of Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie Bomber that killed 270 people in the air and on the ground in the Pan Am 103 explosion in 1988. BP now acknowledges that it lobbied the British government to release Libyan prisoners in order to get better access to oil fields controlled by Moammar Gaddafi, but denies lobbying for Megrahi specifically. Buried in the Washington Post’s report is a piece of data that should be putting the Obama administration under the microscope as well:...
  • Cuba releases 7 political prisoners, sends them into exile in Spain

    07/12/2010 5:58:08 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 4 replies · 1+ views
    AP via Star Trib ^ | 07/12/2010 | Staff
    HAVANA - Cuba has released seven political prisoners and sent them with their families into exile in Spain, the first wave in a group of 52 such inmates authorities have promised to free.
  • The hellish injustice of Major Bill Shaw MBE, the Briton locked up with the Taliban

    06/30/2010 4:43:48 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 11 replies
    The UK Daily Mail ^ | June 26, 2010 | Nadene Ghouri
    He served with distinction for 28 years. Yet now Major Shaw languishes in the Afghan Alcatraz on trumped-up charges, mourned by his family and a target for the Al-Qaeda inmates. Nadene Ghouri is the first journalist to report from inside his prison nightmare
  • Speculation rife over identity of Israel's prisoner ‘Mr X’

    06/22/2010 2:07:49 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 21 replies
    The National ^ | 6/23/10 | Vita Bekker
    TEL AVIV // A mysterious arrest carried out recently by Israel’s security services has renewed condemnation from human rights groups about the country’s treatment of prisoners and its possible infringement of press freedoms. A report last week on the website of Israel’s biggest newspaper, Yediot Ahronot, said that a so-called “Mr X” is being held in complete seclusion at the maximum-security Ayalon prison, and his identity is being kept so closely under wraps that it is not even known to his prison guards or fellow inmates. The report cited an unidentified official at Israel’s penitentiary service as saying: “I don’t...
  • World War II prisoner of war laid to rest in Norfolk

    06/08/2010 5:37:17 PM PDT · by csvset · 7 replies · 45+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | June 8, 2010 | Corinne Reilly
    NORFOLKStanley Wood Stanley Woody didn't talk much about his time as a prisoner of war. Maybe he didn't want to bring anyone down, or maybe he didn't want to seem like he thought he deserved something for what he endured. Those explanations make sense to friends and relatives, who say he was endlessly humble and upbeat. Or maybe the answer is simpler: Maybe he just didn't want to think about it. After all, his treatment by the Japanese during World War II has been described as among the cruelest in modern history. Woody, who died last week at age 88,...
  • The Falsely Restricted Outcomes of the Prisoner’s Dilemma

    05/30/2010 5:20:45 AM PDT · by mattstat · 217+ views
    2019 --- This blog is charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of Citizens. Its recent post, "The Government Should Mind Its Own Business" was found, by the ministry of free speech, to be "subversive and disquieting", offenses punishable by death. Arrests were made. It was discovered that the blog's owner did not write the article, a fact which saved his skin. His punishment was a mere six years educational readjustment. During the course of his routine interrogation to extract information related to the crime, the blog owner, after being forced to listen to Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA" three...
  • Letter of Shirin Alam Hooli from Prison- Kurdish Prisoner Sentenced to Death in Iran

    02/01/2010 2:11:55 AM PST · by bogusname · 1 replies · 554+ views
    CFP ^ | January 31, 2010 | Sayeh Hassan
    I was arrested in April of 2007 in Tehran by a number of uniformed and a number of non-uniformed security forces. I was transferred directly to Sepah Detention Centre, and was there for a total of 25 days. From the minute that I entered the detention centre they started beating me without asking me any questions or waiting for any answers. I spent 22 days on hunger strike and during that entire time I was subjected to both physical and psychological torture. My interrogators were all men and I was tied to a bed. They would beat me with electrical...
  • CUE VIOLINS: 'LETTER FROM ISMAIL ROYER "I AM GOING TO SUPER-MAX"'

    12/24/2009 1:16:03 AM PST · by Cindy · 8 replies · 663+ views
    INTERNET HAGANAH.com ^ | December 23, 2009 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "...let's get back to the woeful tale of Bro. Ismail Royer, as presented at the Umar Lee blog:" SNIPPET: "Mr. Royer, formerly associated with CAIR, is currently serving a 20 year sentence for his work on behalf of designated Terrorist group Lashkar e Taiba. Lashkar e Taiba is notable among other things for having killed 171 people in Mumbai in 2008, among many other atrocities."
  • Escaped prisoner taunts police on Facebook

    12/22/2009 11:24:47 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 13 replies · 692+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 12/22/09
    An escaped prisoner, Craig Lynch, has set up a Facebook page and is using it to taunt police by posting messages about his whereabouts.Craig "Lazie" Lynch vanished from Hollesley Bay Prison in Suffolk in September this year close to the end of a seven-year sentence for aggravated burglary. Instead of hiding away from police Lynch has set up a Facebook account complete with a photograph sticking his middle finger up and boasts about eating 12lb steaks and his home being so warm it feels like the Caribbean.
  • Some Guantanamo Detainees to Move to Illinois Prison

    12/16/2009 4:54:38 AM PST · by Cindy · 18 replies · 879+ views
    DEFENSE.gov - American Forces Press Service ^ | December 15, 2009 | By Gerry J. Gilmore
    Note: The following text is a quote: Some Guantanamo Detainees to Move to Illinois Prison By Gerry J. Gilmore American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2009 – President Barack Obama’s administration plans to transfer a limited number of detainees held at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to a prison in rural western Illinois, senior administration officials said here today. The federal government plans to acquire Thomson Correctional Center, a 10-year-old maximum security prison in Thomson, Ill., a farming community about 150 miles west of Chicago, officials said in a background briefing. The administration would need to work...
  • "The Prisoner": What Happens When James Bond Goes John Galt

    11/04/2009 8:32:15 AM PST · by steve-b · 40 replies · 1,383+ views
    The Faster Times ^ | 11/4/09 | Richard Faulk
    ...Part spy adventure, part science fiction dystopia, and part counter-culture influenced social critique, The Prisoner was groundbreaking television when it debuted in the fall of 1967.... And now, after decades of speculation and anticipation, of deals struck and scrapped, the British cult classic is about to become the latest pop-cultural institution to submit itself to reinterpretation. On November 15, AMC will debut its own version of The Prisoner staring Jim Caviezel and Ian McKellen.... ...The question we see playing out on cable news, in blogs, in town-hall meetings, and public demonstrations is "Who do we imagine ourselves to be? What...
  • Obese prisoner hides gun in his fat

    08/07/2009 4:34:06 PM PDT · by library user · 10 replies · 1,292+ views
    Metro.co.uk ^ | August 7, 2009 | Staff
    An obese jail inmate managed to hide a gun from authorities after he was arrested - because he was so overweight he could conceal it inside his rolls of fat. 500lb George Vera, 25, hid the pistol underneath his rolls of skin, wheer it remained undetected during five seperate searches. The 5ft 10in Vera was arrested by Houston police and taken to the city jail on suspicion of bootlegging CDs. A spokesman for the Houston Police Department, Kese Smith, confirmed that procedures call for a suspect to be searched upon arrest, twice at the city jail and once more upon...
  • Police Groups Target Democrats On Prisoner Releases

    07/20/2009 6:54:56 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 6 replies · 479+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | July 20th 2009
    Police groups target Democrats on prisoner releases By Jim Sanders Jul. 20, 2009 Law enforcement groups are flooding the Capitol with telephone calls today in hopes of derailing what they say is an emerging budget deal involving the early release of thousands of felons from prison. "It's very bad public policy and, quite frankly, I don't think the public is fully aware of just how close this is to becoming reality," said Pasadena Police Chief Bernard Melekian, president of the California Police Chiefs Association. The campaign, expected to consist of thousands of phone calls, targets Democrats who plan to run...
  • Why the hell should I feel sorry, says...(Lynndie England) who abused Abu Ghraib prisoners..

    06/13/2009 12:11:53 PM PDT · by Big_Monkey · 169 replies · 6,950+ views
    Mail Online ^ | June 13, 2009 | David Jones
    In this deeply disturbing interview, the trailer trash torturer who appalled the world by appearing in shocking 'souvenir' photographs remains utterly unrepentant and says she has 800 MORE torture photos that could rock the White House Normally, not much happens in Keyser, West Virginia, but today the folks in this quaint little railroad town, nestling in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, are spoilt for choice. Either they can whoop and holler along to fiddle music at the annual Strawberry Festival or head down to the bookshop, where a local 'celebrity' - as her agent-cum-lawyer describes her - is signing...
  • US releases Iraqi Shia terror group leader

    06/09/2009 10:01:57 AM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 26 replies · 3,122+ views
    The Long war Journal ^ | June 9, 2009 1:12 AM | Bill Roggio
    The US military has released a senior member of a deadly terror group backed by Iran that has been directly implicated in the kidnapping and murder of five US soldiers in Karbala during a complex operation in early 2007. Laith al Qazali was freed last weekend "as part of a reconciliation effort" as well as an attempt to secure the release of captive British hostages, according to a report in The New York Times. Laith is the brother of Qais Qazali, the commander of the Qazali network, which is better known as the Asaib al Haq, or the League of...
  • North Korea military detain female US journalist

    03/18/2009 9:24:02 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 15 replies · 1,219+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 19 March 2009
    NORTH Korea's military has detained a female US broadcast journalist working along its northern border, a South Korean newspaper said. Munhwa Ilbo, quoting a diplomatic source in Seoul, said the journalist surnamed Ming was detained on Tuesday along the Yalu river, which marks the border with China. It said US and North Korean authorities are holding talks about her release. A US embassy spokesman in Seoul referred inquiries to the State Department. "It is not known yet exactly where this journalist was working, what activities she was involved in and how she came to be detained,'' the afternoon newspaper quoted...
  • Escaped prisoner still at large: Home-invasion suspect, still in shackles, flees jail guards outsid

    06/25/2008 11:17:52 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 5 replies · 133+ views
    Salem (MA) News ^ | June 25, 2008 | Julie Manganis and Matthew K. Roy
    SALEM — Miguel Caraballo once allegedly boasted that he would never return to prison. With a 20-year minimum mandatory prison term for home invasion looming, as well as additional time for a federal probation violation, Caraballo saw an opportunity to make good on that boast, hatching an escape plan straight out of the movies. Now the convicted felon, who once allegedly threatened to shoot it out with police, remains at large and hunted by law enforcement, after he eluded sheriff's deputies and shuffled into a waiting car behind Salem Superior Court yesterday morning. At the wheel was an as-yet-unidentified woman,...
  • John McCain, Prisoner Of War: A First-Person Account

    06/03/2008 4:14:01 PM PDT · by ConservativeStLouisGuy · 24 replies · 446+ views
    US News ^ | January 28, 2008 | John S. McCain
     Of the many personal accounts coming to light about the almost unbelievably cruel treatment accorded American prisoners of war in Vietnam, none is more dramatic than that of Lieut. Commander John S. McCain III — Navy flier, son of the admiral who commanded the war in the Pacific, and a prisoner who came in "for special attention" during 5˝ years of captivity in North Vietnam.Now that all acknowledged prisoners are back and a self-imposed seal of silence is off, Commander McCain is free to answer the questions many Americans have asked:What was it really like? How prolonged were the tortures...