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  • 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...
  • Coalition Forces to Release Detained AP Photographer

    04/15/2008 4:26:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 90+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 15, 2008 – Coalition military officials in Baghdad have informed attorneys for Associated Press photographer Bilal Hussein Zaidon that they intend to release Hussein from custody tomorrow. After confirming that the main charges for which Hussein was scheduled to be tried had been determined by Iraqi judicial committees to be covered by Iraq’s new amnesty law, Army Maj. Gen. Douglas M. Stone, Multinational Force Iraq’s deputy commanding general for detainee operations, signed the order approving his release. Hussein has been in coalition custody since April 2006. “After the action by the Iraqi judicial committees, we reviewed the circumstances...
  • Libya denies opposition prisoner in ailing health

    02/25/2008 4:15:12 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 72+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/25/08 | AFP
    TRIPOLI (AFP) - The Kadhafi Foundation denied a report by Human Rights Watch that it was holding a Libyan political prisoner whose health was deteriorating on Monday, as AFP was allowed to visit the detainee. HRW called at the end of January for the immediate and unconditional release of opposition figure Fathi al-Jahmi, 66, who has been held since 2004 after criticising the regime of Libya's leader Moamer Kadhafi. It said he was seriously ill and needed urgent medical treatment. But Salah Abdessalem of the Foundation, a charity headed by Kadhafi's son Seif al-Islam, said he was "suprised" by the...
  • Big prisoner release plan

    12/21/2007 9:26:23 AM PST · by Nachum · 54 replies · 229+ views
    sacbee.com ^ | December 21, 2007 | Andy Furillo
    In what may be the largest early release of inmates in U.S. history, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration is proposing to open the prison gates next year for some 22,000 low-risk offenders. According to details of a budget proposal made available to The Bee, the administration will ask the Legislature to authorize the release of certain non-serious, nonviolent, non-sex offenders who are in the final 20 months of their terms. The proposal would cut the prison population by 22,159 inmates and save the cash-strapped state an estimated $256 million in the fiscal year that begins July 1 and more than $780...
  • French prosecutors throw out Rumsfeld torture case

    11/23/2007 11:24:57 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 10 replies · 195+ views
    French prosecutors throw out Rumsfeld torture case Fri Nov 23, 2007 12:27pm EST PARIS (Reuters) - The Paris prosecutors' office has dismissed a suit against Donald Rumsfeld accusing the former U.S. defense secretary of torture, human rights groups who brought the case said on Friday. The plaintiffs, who included the French-based International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (FIDH) and the U.S. Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), said Rumsfeld had authorized interrogation techniques that led to rights abuses. The FIDH said it had received a letter from the prosecutors' office ruling that Rumsfeld benefited from a "customary" immunity from prosecution granted...
  • Filmmaker Held In Iran After Stumbling Upon Mass Grave

    11/07/2007 5:15:25 PM PST · by humint · 25 replies · 105+ views
    RFE/RL ^ | November 7, 2007 | Mosaddegh Katouzian
    Nearly a year ago, French-Iranian filmmaker Mehrnoushe Solouki arrived in Tehran to shoot a documentary about the burial rites of Iran's religious minorities. But when she stumbled upon a mass grave of regime opponents summarily executed in 1988, Solouki was suddenly thrown into Tehran's notorious Evin prison. She was released after about a month, but authorities confiscated her French passport, barring her exit from the Islamic Republic. Frightened, she briefly sought refuge in the French Embassy. "Every moment, I feel like I'm in a state of limbo between life and death," Solouki told RFE/RL's Radio Farda in a telephone interview...
  • Prisoners sent to Mississippi

    08/18/2007 10:45:05 AM PDT · by NerdDad · 60 replies · 2,238+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | August 18, 2007 | Andy Furillo
    California corrections officials have begun sending hundreds of foreign national inmates against their will to a private prison in Mississippi as part of a stepped-up, out-of-state transfer plan. The first two flights of prisoners to the Tallahatchie County Detention Facility in Tutwiler, Miss., have taken place without incident, officials said, in spite of fears expressed by the California correctional officers union that the forced transfers would be met with inmate violence. [snip] Excerpt of Sac Bee Article
  • Iraqi prisoners literally cry to be left in custody of American forces

    06/14/2007 10:40:53 AM PDT · by Bon mots · 45 replies · 2,125+ views
    LiveLeak video ^ | Liveleak
    Video of some American guys about to leave a captured terrorist prisoner with Iraqi troops. The prisoner is seen crying like a baby and blubbering to the Americans to stay in custody of American troops and not be turned over to the Iraqis. He had just thrown grenades at the Iraqi police killing three of them and is now in the custody of the Iraqis. The Americans are pulling out. Their last words to the blubbering fool are "Sucks to be you. Shouldn't have been a terrorist, Dawg!"
  • Strip search violates inmates S.B. County could face lawsuits for invading privacy of prisoners

    01/04/2007 4:11:03 AM PST · by radar101 · 6 replies · 495+ views
    Inland Daily Bulletin ^ | 4 JAN 2007 | Rod Leveque,
    The San Bernardino County Sheriff's department has been forced to stop strip searching many county jail inmates after a judge ruled the searches violate the inmates' constitutional right to privacy in certain circumstances. The ruling, handed down last month as part of a class-action civil rights lawsuit, opens the door for perhaps tens of thousands of former inmates to pursue damage claims against the county, an attorney for the plaintiffs said Wednesday. "There has to be a balance between the sheriff's need to maintain institutional security and the personal dignity of the people who are in the system," attorney Paul...
  • Schwarzenegger allows prisoner transfers to save space (AZ, IN, OK and TN private prisons are ready)

    10/04/2006 8:20:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 644+ views
    SACRAMENTO Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared an emergency Wednesday over prison crowding, a step that lets him use his executive powers to free space by shipping inmates to other states. The move comes five weeks after state lawmakers failed to act on a $6 billion prison building plan Schwarzenegger sought after calling a special session of the state Legislature. That proposal also included involuntarily sending inmates to prisons in other states. "Our prisons are now beyond maximum capacity, and we must act immediately and aggressively to resolve this issue," Schwarzenegger said in a statement. California has the nation's largest state prison...
  • What is wrong with Vietnam?

    09/09/2006 12:55:33 AM PDT · by John Carey · 8 replies · 463+ views
    Vietnam Human Rights Network ^ | September 8, 2006 | John Carey and Honglien
    For the last three weeks, Vietnam has detained an American who was born in Vietnam and works in conjunction with an anti-communist group that wants a multiparty system in Vietnam. Cong Thanh Do, 47, of San Jose, California, has been held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam without charges since August 17, 2006. He was visiting family in Vietnam, and traveling with his wife and son according to family members in California and Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Dung. Mr. Do is a member of "The Peoples Democratic Party of Viet Nam," which is what might be called "the movement"...
  • Israel, Palestinians to swap prisoners within 48 hours: report

    09/05/2006 2:56:58 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 26 replies · 1,004+ views
    Israel, Palestinians to swap prisoners within 48 hours: report Israel will release 1,400 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for its soldier taken hostage in Gaza since late June, the Qatar-based al-Sharq daily reported on Monday. According to a deal, which will take effect within 48 hours, Israel will release Hamas ministers and lawmakers and reopen crossing points into Gaza, the report said. Israel will also stop assassinations and return tax revenues owned to the Palestinian National Authority, it added. In addition to the release of Corporal Gilad Shalit, who was seized by Palestinian militant groups on June 25, the Palestinians are...
  • Shalit family, neighbors hope for best [Please Pray for Captured IDF soldier!]

    06/25/2006 1:25:43 PM PDT · by Alouette · 63 replies · 864+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | June 25, 2006 | Yoav Appel
    Neighbors of the Shalit family, whose son Cpl. Gilad Shalit was kidnapped early Sunday, described the family as "extremely quiet, gentle and nice," and said they were aghast after hearing about his capture. The Shalit family kept to themselves, and "it's so sad to hear about them for such a terrible reason," said a neighbor, who requested anonymity. The family was among the founders of the small community of Mitzpeh Hila in the lower Galilee, a popular retreat for Israelis seeking bed and breakfast establishments in the country's north. "He's such a great kid," said, the neighbor. "This is very...