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  • Former prisoner of Zion against Palestinian visitation rights

    06/26/2007 6:23:06 AM PDT · by Alouette · 5 replies · 313+ views
    YNet ^ | June 26, 2007 | Aviram Zino
    Ida Nudel, former prisoner of Zion, Shurat HaDin Israel Law Center, petition High Court of Justice to order Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter to withhold Hamas, Hizbullah prisoners' visitation rights until sign of life of captive IDF soldiers given Aviram Zino Published: 06.26.07, 12:20 / Israel News Former prisoner of Zion, Ida Nudel filed a petition to the High Court of Justice demanding it order Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter to withhold visitation rights of Hamas and Hizbullah prisoners in Israel. The petition argued that the prisoners should not be allowed visitation as long as the Red Cross was prevented...
  • The Truth About Guantanamo

    06/25/2007 9:46:45 PM PDT · by gpapa · 6 replies · 456+ views ^ | June 26, 2007 | JAMES TARANTO
    Proposals to treat detainees as criminal defendants make a mockery of international humanitarian law. Was it wishful thinking? On Thursday the Associated Press reported that, according to sources it did not name, "the Bush administration is nearing a decision to close the Guantanamo Bay detainee facility and move the terror suspects there to military prisons elsewhere." The White House quickly denied the rumor, and, for good measure, on Friday the Pentagon announced that Guantanamo had admitted its first new detainee in months: Haroon al-Afghani, a commander from the al Qaeda-affiliated terror group Hezb-i-Islami.
  • China 'Bodies' Exhibit Raises Hackles Here

    06/24/2007 7:07:29 AM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 44 replies · 1,475+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | June 21, 2007 | By Sally Kalson
    The bodies are coming, and with them some questions that will not go away.    "Bodies ... The Exhibition,' featuring 15 full-body human corpses from China that have been preserved by a process called "plastination," is scheduled to open at The Carnegie Science Center in October for a seven-month run. The cadavers are peeled of their skin and arranged in poses -- kicking a soccer ball, setting up a tennis serve -- alongside 200 other body parts and specimens, including embryos and fetuses from 9 to 32 weeks gestation, all plasticized. It is one of three major traveling exhibits that...
  • The Laptop Is Mightier Than the Sword

    06/15/2007 1:00:43 AM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 714+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 15, 2007 | OWEN WEST and BING WEST
    WHILE waiting to see if the Iraq surge strategy pays off, President Bush and Defense Secretary Robert Gates have shown Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the door and brought in Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute as the new White House “war czar.” Well, they can shift senior leadership all they want, but unless they give our troops patrolling the streets the tools they need, our leaders are going to see this strategy fizzle. Part of the problem was that when the military surge was announced, it became commonplace for officials to assert that political compromise, not...
  • China Kidney Transplant Expert Commits Suicide

    06/06/2007 4:11:20 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 15 replies · 608+ views
    The Epoch Times ^ | May 28, 2007 | By Xue Fei
    On May 4, The Yangtze Evening News reported that China's most famous kidney expert, Dr. Li Baochun, had committed suicide by jumping from the twelfth floor of the Shanghai No. 2 Military Medical University Shanghai Hospital Building. Dr. Li had served as Deputy Director of the hospital and as Professor and Chief Physician for kidney disease. The report said Dr. Li's suicide was caused by depression. On May 24, The Yangtze Evening News report was reproduced on several major websites including the website of China's most important official media, Further analysis revealed that the cause of Dr. Li's depression...
  • Organ Transplants in China: Just Like Picking Lobsters in a Restaurant

    05/31/2007 5:29:30 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 3 replies · 375+ views
    Sound of Hope Radio Network ^ | May 31, 2007 | By Lee Yuhan
    Organ Transplants in China: Just Like Picking Lobsters in Restaurant By Lee Yuhan Sound of Hope Radio Network May 31, 2007 The Human Rights and Medicine Forum drew an interested crowd to the University of Chicago on May 24. Canadian Independent Investigator David Matas, coauthor of "Report into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China," Dr. Kirk C. Allison, Director of the Program in Human Rights and Health, University of Minnesota, and Falun Gong Spokesperson Zhang Erping attended the Forum. Two of the University of Chicago Student clubs, Falun Gong and Amnesty International, sponsored the Forum. The...
  • Female prisoners demand bikinis

    05/25/2007 9:17:14 AM PDT · by gpapa · 32 replies · 1,481+ views
    The Local: Sweden's News in English ^ | May 25, 2007 | Paul O'Mahony
    Women at a prison outside Gothenburg have decided to fight for their right to a decent sun tan. Sweden's Justice Ombudsman has received a letter from the Prisoners' Council at Sagsjön jail in which the women bemoan the fact that they are not permitted to wear bikinis. "It's a human right," wrote the chairwoman of the council.
  • Prison Labor: It's More than Breaking Rocks (how about letting prisoners pick our lettuce)

    05/21/2007 3:26:38 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 33 replies · 788+ views ^ | 2002 | Atkinson
    NOTE: why can't prisoners pick our lettuce? Let them earn money. They can use that money to pay for their prison cell and food. They can save some of it for when they get out. Some might worry that they could escape. Okay, put on an ankle bracelet with GPS tracking capability, and have it sound an alarm when it gets a certain distance away from the guards watching them. This could be a win-win. Illegals sent home so that they are not continuing to destroy our schools and infrastructure would be great. Add to it that prisoners would...
  • Chinese prisoners' organs used in transplants

    05/20/2007 11:27:29 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 12 replies · 678+ views
    National Post ^ | May 18, 2007 | Allison Hanes
    Foreign patients who travel to China for transplants are likely receiving organs culled from political prisoners who are alive when their corneas, kidneys and livers are harvested, then left to die, an international group of doctors armed with a chilling Canadian report is warning.In a new twist on an old practice of using organs from executed criminals, China has since 2000 turned to living donors and outlawed Falun Gong members to supply a growing trade in medical transplants, Doctors Against Organ Harvesting said yesterday during a public forum held at the University of Toronto. With increasing numbers of Canadians on...
  • (Angela)Davis challenges Stafford Creek (all male)prisoners to embrace feminism

    04/19/2007 3:17:20 PM PDT · by llevrok · 68 replies · 1,946+ views
    The Daily World (news paper) | April 19, 2007 | Callie White
    American socialist organizer and philosopher Angela Davis talks in front of the Stafford Creek Corrections Center Wednesday. Davis spoke at the prison, and then at Grays Harbor College. Called upon to introduce famed radical activist Angela Davis to offenders at Stafford Creek Correctional Facility Wednesday, Gary Murrell paraphrased Eugene V. Debs, the legendary labor leader who was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 1918 for giving an anti-war speech. “ ‘So long as there are prisoners in the U.S., I am among them,’ ” the Grays Harbor College history instructor recalled Debs saying. “If anyone exemplifies that kind of...
  • Israel rejects Hamas list of prisoners

    04/18/2007 2:17:12 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 223+ views
    al Bawaba ^ | April 18 2007
    Israeli prime minister stated Wednesday that the list of prisoners Palestinians want released in exchange for a captured Israeli soldier "creates expectations we cannot meet." The list has not been made public, but media reports have put the number of names between 350 and 1,450, including activists convicted in killing Israelis. Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has not said how many Palestinians Israel would be willing to free in exchange for Shalit. He has hinted he would free a large number but not as many as 1,400. Speaking before parliament's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, the Israeli leader said the...
  • Release 500 Prisoners For Soldier, Israel Told

    04/08/2007 8:14:43 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 485+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 4-9-2007 | Conal Urquhart
    Release 500 prisoners for soldier, Israel told Conal Urquhart in Jerusalem Monday April 9, 2007 The Guardian (UK) Hamas has sent Israel a list of Palestinian prisoners it wants released in return for the freedom of the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who has been held since last June, officials said yesterday. The Israeli government has insisted that Corporal Shalit's release is a prerequisite to progress in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. The Palestinian list is believed to include Marwan Barghouti, a Fatah leader who was jailed by Israel for his role in the murder of four Israelis and a Greek monk -...
  • U.S. transfers prisoners to Afghan custody

    04/03/2007 10:30:55 PM PDT · by Dacb · 3 replies · 323+ views
    Reuters ^ | 03 April 2007 | Sayed Salahuddin
    The U.S. military handed over a group of suspected Taliban rebels to the custody of the Afghan government on Tuesday, the start of a program to transfer all Afghan prisoners it holds both in Afghanistan and at Guantanomo. The 12 prisoners, captured at various times by the military since the Taliban's ouster in 2001, will be kept in a newly refurbished bloc of Pul-i-Charkhi prison on the eastern outskirts of Kabul, Afghan officials said. Taliban prisoners captured by the Afghan government have staged at least two revolts in the past in Pul-i-Charkhi and several have managed to escape from the...
  • ‘They will be scared by sound of death chants’

    03/31/2007 2:15:40 PM PDT · by LikeLight · 34 replies · 1,143+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 3/31/07 | David Brown and Michael Theodoulou
    The detained sailors and Marines are likely to be kept in good physical conditions but will find their detention by Iranian forces a frightening experience, experts say. The 15 are most probably being held in the military barracks at Jamshidiyeh in the foothills of the Alborz mountains which shelter Tehran. Although the seven Royal Marines are drilled in techniques to cope with capture, the eight sailors have little relevant training. The number of vehicles entering the barracks has increased significantly since the British were caught, according to Alire-za Nourizadeh, a senior researcher at the Centre for Arab--Iranian Studies in London....
  • US Accused On 'Missing' Prisoners

    02/28/2007 10:20:53 AM PST · by blam · 17 replies · 516+ views
    BBC ^ | 2-28-2007
    US accused on 'missing' prisoners The CIA allegedly flew secret detainees in unmarked jets Thirty eight people believed to have been held in secret CIA prisons - or black sites - are missing, according to a report by a US human rights group. The Human Rights Watch (HRW) report also details allegations of torture by a terror suspect who was held in secret custody for more than two years. The group has asked US President George W Bush to reveal the location of these detainees and close all US black sites. Last year Mr Bush said the prisons had all...
  • Court Restores Inmates' Voting Rights

    12/28/2006 9:16:59 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies · 997+ views ^ | Court Restores Inmates' Voting Rights |
    Court Restores Inmates' Voting Rights Thursday, December 28, 2006 A state appeals court is restoring the voting rights of about 100,000 local jail inmates across the state who are serving a year or less for felony convictions. The state said it would not appeal the decision from the 1st District Court of Appeal. The affected inmates were eligible to vote until last year, when the state disenfranchised them. For three decades, California's secretary of state had interpreted that the state Constitution barred voting by those in state prisons and those on parole. The appeals court said in it's decision last...
  • Concessions, hope in PA for release of prisoners [Olmert Insanity continues]

    12/28/2006 4:58:52 PM PST · by Alouette · 14 replies · 368+ views
    YNet ^ | Dec. 28, 2006 | Ali "Itbah al Yahood" Waked
    Defense establishment announces concessions for Eid al Adha holiday on Saturday. Israeli Arabs allowed entrance to Gaza, 4,000 Palestinians allowed entrance to Israel to visit relatives. Hope in PA for release of prisoners Ali Waked Published: 12.28.06, 23:09 The defense establishment will apparently allow the entrance of Israeli Arabs into the 'A' territories of the West Bank and the exit of some 4,000 Palestinians from the West Bank into Israel in order to visit family members for the coming Muslim holiday Eid al Adha which is this weekend. Arab Israelis will also be allowed to enter the Gaza Strip for...
  • VIDEO: Doin' Hard Time in the Pink Palace (funny)

    11/02/2006 8:11:03 AM PST · by pollwatcher · 8 replies · 965+ views
    Provided by CBS
  • Pagan inmates are given a day off from work for Halloween

    10/31/2006 6:19:18 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies · 498+ views
    This London ^ | October 30, 2006
    Hundreds of Pagans serving prison sentences are to be given the day off work for Halloween out of respect for their religious beliefs.Prison Service bosses have instructed staff to grant the convicts, who include Devil worshippers and Satanists, special privileges on Tuesday.While fellow prisoners sew mail bags and undertake other jail work, the Pagans will be allowed to celebrate their 'holiday'.They can use certain artefacts, including rune stones, flexible twigs and hoodless robes, provided they are kept in their cells or worn during communal worship. Robes with hoods are banned for 'security reasons', however.The move is revealed in Home Office...
  • Hamas wants 1 for 1,000 prisoner swap

    10/12/2006 5:00:35 AM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 14 replies · 443+ views
    United Press International ^ | October 12, 2006 | UPI Staff
    GAZA, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- The chief political strategist for the Palestinian Hamas party said an abducted Israeli soldier won't be released until Israel frees 1,000 prisoners. In an interview with London's al-Hayat newspaper, Khaled Mashaal said he had not ordered the abduction of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in a June 25 Hamas border raid and suggested it had been an impromptu act, which he praised. First it wasn't me who took the decision to kidnap the soldier and I had no previous knowledge. Second, I don't think that those who carried out this heroic operation, which I am proud...
  • Indiana to take up to 1,200 California prisoners

    10/05/2006 6:58:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 510+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 10/5/06 | Mike Smith - ap
    The state plans to house up to 1,200 prisoners from California in unused portions of the New Castle Correctional Facility, a move that Gov. Mitch Daniels said Thursday would create up to 200 jobs. The announcement came a day after California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in that state's critically crowded prisons, a step that allows him to use his executive powers to ship inmates elsewhere. Daniels said the arrangement will benefit both states. Under a contract between California and Florida-based GEO Group Inc., the company Indiana hired to operate the New Castle prison will be paid...
  • Why the Enemy Can Rejoice

    09/21/2006 5:40:51 AM PDT · by casino carl · 207+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 09-21-06 | Alan Nathan
    The national argument has turned to guidelines for interrogating terrorist prisoners and instead of reaching a consensus that provides some legal specificity, our leaders are lunging for ambiguity in the name of international law. Their true political agendas I’ll leave for others to decide, but their salient misapplication of global jurisprudence is laughingly self-evident. Myopia’s cruelty now wears the garb of righteousness and its favorite haberdashery is Capitol Hill.
  • Playing nice: A luxury we can't afford

    09/17/2006 4:13:13 AM PDT · by billorites · 44 replies · 1,150+ views
    Manchester Union Leader ^ | September 17, 2006 | Editorial
    JUST WHAT WAR do Sens. John McCain, John Warner, Lindsey Graham and Susan Collins think the United States is fighting? Last week these four Republicans joined Democrats on the Senate Armed Services Committee in voting to prevent CIA officers who interrogate terror suspects from being any rougher on said suspects than Mary Poppins would be. The four argued that allowing U.S. operatives to be rough with terrorists during questioning would put our own forces in danger of being subjected to the same treatment. They were joined by former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who wrote in an open letter that...
  • Rebelling against torture and Bush

    09/16/2006 8:49:54 AM PDT · by A. Pole · 125 replies · 2,027+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | September 16, 2006 | Robert Kuttner
    My father was a machine gunner with the Army's 28th Infantry Division, which was among the first units to march down the Champs-Elysées after the Allied liberation of Paris . In December 1944, having landed at Normandy and fought across France and Belgium, he was captured in the Battle of the Bulge, and sent hundreds of miles through northern Germany in an unheated boxcar in the dead of winter to a prison camp at Muhlberg in the east. My father survived the war not because of the generosity of the Nazis to Jewish soldiers. The Germans must have been tempted...
  • Saudi newspaper: Shalit's release to be announced Sunday in context of deal

    09/16/2006 12:18:43 AM PDT · by jdm · 6 replies · 366+ views
    yNetNews ^ | Sept 16, 2006 | Roee Nahmias
    Palestinian sources reported that a prisoner swap deal between Israel and the Palestinian organizations will start to be carried out secretly in Amman, Jordan within the next day. This was reported by Saudi newspaper, Okaz. As of now, there is no authorization of this report from any other body. According to the report, Israel will release the Hamas minister and parliament members detained in Israel within the next day. Simultaneously, the release of kidnapped soldier Cpl. Gilad Shalit will be announced Sunday. In the next stage, according to the report, Israel is expected to release 740 Palestinian prisoners in two...
  • Coalition Forces in Iraq Seize Several Weapons Caches, Detain Eight Suspects

    08/18/2006 4:53:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 398+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2006 – U.S. soldiers in Iraq seized several large weapons caches and detained eight terrorist suspects in operations yesterday. Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers from the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team seized a large weapons cache during a cordon-and-search operation in northern Baghdad shortly before 1 p.m. The weapons cache included 21 AK-47 assault rifles, 55 magazines of 7.62 mm ammunition, 2 PKC machine guns, a Russian sniper rifle, tens of thousands of rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition, a fragmentary grenade, four jihadist propaganda magazines, and a martyrdom recruitment poster. Earlier yesterday, soldiers from 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry...
  • Italian Prisoners Freed In Amnesty Go On Rampage

    08/05/2006 6:01:59 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 738+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-6-2006 | Nick Pisa
    Italian prisoners freed in amnesty go on the rampage Nick Pisa in Rome (Filed: 06/08/2006) An amnesty that freed more than 5,000 inmates from Italian jails backfired when dozens of the former prisoners reoffended - and were back behind bars within hours. The early release scheme, which cuts sentences by three years, was introduced to reduce overcrowding of the prison system which has more than 62,000 inmates - 20,000 more than it can handle. Although convictions for Mafia-related crimes, terrorism, rape, paedophilia and people-smuggling are exempt, more than 12,000 prisoners will be released in the next few weeks. But within...
  • Held Israeli soldiers in 'good health'

    07/23/2006 4:28:29 AM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 16 replies · 739+ views
    Sunday Herald Sun ^ | 23 July 2006
    LEBANESE Foreign Minister Fawzi Sallukh said today that the two Israeli soldiers captured by Hezbollah were "in good health" and called on the UN or any other third party to help start negotiations for a prisoner exchange. "The Israeli soldiers are in good health and in a safe place," Mr Sallukh, who is close to the Lebanese Shiite militant Hezbollah, said. Sallukh called on "the United Nations or any third friendly party to engage in discussions for a prisoners' exchange." Hezbollah has demanded the release of Arab prisoners held in Israeli jails in return for the two servicemen whose capture...
  • Family of Lebanese detainee in Israel hopes for swap [CHILD MURDERER]

    07/12/2006 3:59:26 PM PDT · by Alouette · 19 replies · 402+ views
    YNet ^ | July 12, 2006
    Samir Qantar was 17 when Israel Police arrested him after he burst into a flat in Israel's northern city of Nahariya, killed a policeman and another man and his four-year-old daughter. Now the sister of longest-held Lebanese detainee says she hopes capture of two Israeli soldiers by Hizbullah guerrillas would finally secure his release The sister of the longest-held Lebanese detainee in Israel said on Wednesday she hoped the capture of two Israeli soldiers by Hizbullah guerrillas would finally secure his release. "This is the news we have been waiting for all this time," said Lamise Qantar, 29, who was...
  • Witness: U.S. troops in Iraq taken captive

    06/18/2006 10:40:01 AM PDT · by Non-Sequitur · 10 replies · 787+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | 6/18/06 | Kim Gamel
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - A farmer claiming to have witnessed an attack on a U.S. military checkpoint said Sunday that insurgents swarmed the scene, killing the driver of a Humvee before taking two of his comrades captive. The U.S. military has only said the soldiers are missing. U.S. troops, backed by helicopters and warplanes, fanned out across the "Triangle of Death" south of Baghdad searching for the missing servicemen. At least four raids had been carried out, but the captives were not found, the military said. Another local resident said the soldiers searched houses on Sunday and promised a $100,000 reward...
  • Newly Freed Iraqi Detainees Called on to Help Rebuild Country

    06/15/2006 4:01:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 284+ views
    ABU GHRAIB, Iraq, June 15, 2006 – The Iraqi deputy prime minister called on about 450 Iraqis being freed from the Abu Ghraib detention facility today to work for peace in Iraq, the Middle East and the world. Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Salim al-Zawbai speaks with detainees released from Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison June 15. The Iraqi government plan aims at getting "low-risk" detainees back into the workforce and working toward a new Iraq. Photo by Jim Garamone  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Salim al-Zawbai spoke to the men before they were released from the facility. It is...
  • Reports: More than 590 prisoners freed in Iraq

    06/07/2006 4:12:08 AM PDT · by butternut_squash_bisque · 56 replies · 2,860+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 6/7/06 | Reuters
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - About 594 prisoners were released in Iraq on Wednesday, state television reported, a day after new Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said a total of 2,500 would be freed to help foster national reconciliation. More than 100 of them were freed in the capital, a Reuters reporter said. About 110 detainees had been gathered at the capital’s main bus station, where prisoners are taken before they are set free, he said from the scene. They were later released.
  • Norway denies CIA flights had prisoners on board (Norway)

    04/10/2006 5:46:12 AM PDT · by franksolich · 5 replies · 246+ views
    Aftenposten ^ | April 10, 2006 | not specified
    Norway's foreign minister continues to claim that none of the US flights allegedly used by the CIA that entered Norwegian air space or landed in Norway, had any prisoners on board.The denial comes in a second round of correspondence with European officials concerned about the allegations.Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre wrote in a letter to Terry Davies, secretary general of the Council of Europe, that Norway "has no reason to believe" that Norwegian territory was used in connection with any detentions that violated Norwegian commitments to human rights.He said the foreign ministry also had no evidence that any Norwegian officials...
  • Pa. case pits free speech against prison discipline - SCOTUS considers ban on media in prison

    03/29/2006 3:31:22 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 6 replies · 440+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 28, 2006 | Toni Locy
    WASHINGTON - Hearing arguments in a Pennsylvania case yesterday, the Supreme Court struggled with whether states can keep troublesome inmates from reading secular newspapers and magazines. Pennsylvania prison officials urged the high court to allow them to use access to newspapers and magazines as an incentive to get inmates to behave. The "bottom line" in the case, as Justice Stephen G. Breyer put it, is whether the court should interfere and tell the state how to manage its inmates, or whether prison officials have gone too far and infringed on prisoners' free-speech rights. The case, Beard v. Banks, could wind...
  • Cosmetics firm using remains of executed Chinese

    03/24/2006 6:58:47 PM PST · by indthkr · 77 replies · 1,817+ views
    World Tribune (UK) ^ | 3/23/06 | Staff
    A Chinese cosmetics company has been using skin taken from the bodies of executed convicts to develop beauty products for sale in Europe, a London newspaper reported. An agent for the company informed customers it is developing collagen for lip and wrinkle treatments from skin taken from prisoners after they had been shot. The agent said some of the company‘s products have been exported to Britain, and that the use of skin from condemned convicts was “traditional" and nothing to “make such a big fuss about,“ the Guardian reported In addition to ethical concerns, there is the potential risk of...
  • China: Exposing Shocking Horrors Inside Sujiatun Concentration Camp(w/ Crimatorium)

    03/14/2006 11:46:41 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 38 replies · 2,963+ views
    The Epoch Times ^ | 03/11/06 | Ji Da
    Exposing Shocking Horrors Inside Sujiatun Concentration Camp By Ji Da Epoch Times Staff Mar 11, 2006 A reporter from China who worked for a Japanese television news agency and specialized in Chinese news recently escaped to the United States after being wanted in China for reporting on controversial issues. (The Epoch Times) High-res image (1200 x 900 px, 72 dpi) [ Warning: graphic photos below ] Falun Gong Practitioners a Cheap Source of Black Market Organs In recent years, international organ buying and selling markets have had extreme shortages. As the world's most populous country with the death penalty, China...
  • Semi-News: ACLU Demands Taxpayer Funded "Gender Reassignment Therapy" for Prisoners

    02/13/2006 9:29:35 AM PST · by John Semmens · 15 replies · 1,189+ views
    azconservative ^ | 10 Feb 2006 | John Semmens
    The American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal, an Atlanta-based advocacy group for homosexual, bisexual and transgender people, filed suit in U.S. District Court in Milwaukee on behalf of four male inmates seeking state-paid "gender reassignment therapy" after a new Wisconsin law barring the use of state tax money for prisoner sex changes went into effect. The ACLU claims that failure to fund the therapy would be cruel and unusual punishment and would violate their right to equal protection under law. "The legislature is substituting its judgment for medical judgment, which is causing serious harm to our clients," said Manfred...
  • U.S. releases Iraqi women prisoners

    01/26/2006 12:17:38 PM PST · by B Knotts · 10 replies · 614+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 1/26/06 | Sameer N. Yacoub
    BAGHDAD, Iraq – The U.S. military released five Iraqi women detainees today, a move demanded by the kidnappers of an American reporter to spare her life, but an official said the release was coincidental. The women were freed from U.S. custody and delivered to the home of a senior Sunni Arab politician in Baghdad, where they were returned to their families, according to an Associated Press photographer at the scene. They were later driven away in taxis. Armed men who abducted Jill Carroll on Jan. 7 in Baghdad have threatened to kill the freelance reporter for the Christian Science Monitor...
  • Are There Still American POWs In SE Asia?

    01/25/2006 12:00:57 PM PST · by American Cabalist · 12 replies · 1,675+ views
    Euphoric Reality ^ | 01/25/2006 | Heidi
    Dear Americans... This wasn't easy to write (I'm alternately sad and furious), but it's crucial to our soldiers today to know. When is it too late to keep asking??? Are There Still American POWs In SE Asia?We should never let ourselves get past the point of caring. Or worse...forgetting. "The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation." - George Washington
  • Executions possible at Guantanamo

    01/24/2006 3:37:36 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 26 replies · 782+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 25 January 2006
    NEW US military rules mean that executions of condemned "war on terror" detainees could be carried out at the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, the US Army said today. The new rules authorise the army to set the location for executions "imposed by military courts-martial or military tribunals and authorized by the president of the United States." "Enemy combattants could be affected by this regulation," said Sheldon Smith, a spokesman for the US Army. Only 10 war-on-terror detainees have so far been charged and referred to special military commissions for trial, including Australian David Hicks. The United...
  • Prison 'Peacekeepers' Investigated

    01/23/2006 9:58:18 AM PST · by radar101 · 2 replies · 326+ views
    UPN 13, Sacramento ^ | Jan 22, 2006 | UPN13
    California's troubled prisons are being investigated anew, this time for relying on violent felons to help keep order behind bars.The practice has led to two slayings in just over one year. The Associated Press has found that the killings of a guard and an inmate involved so-called ``peacekeepers.'' These are the high-ranking gang members and other influential prisoners entrusted with controlling fellow inmates, smoothing racial tension and cooperating with staff. The practice has drawn previously unreported scrutiny from federal investigators, who are probing a peacekeeper's role in the Sacramento-area shooting of a prisoner by a guard. Prison system investigators have...
  • Kenyan prisoners to forgo lunch for drought victims (a lesson in humanity)

    12/31/2005 5:05:07 AM PST · by propertius · 3 replies · 354+ views
    Reuters ^ | 31st Dec 2005 | Anthony Gitonga
    NAIVASHA, Kenya (Reuters) - Kenyan prisoners will skip lunch on Sunday to help millions of compatriots facing starvation, a gesture they hope will draw attention to the crisis, officials said on Saturday. Dozens of people and hundreds of livestock have died of hunger and thirst due to a drought in the arid eastern and northern regions of Kenya. Media reports have put the death toll at 30 but there have been no official figures. The U.S-based Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWSNET) has said millions of people in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia face acute food shortages due to poor rains....
  • Club Gitmo? Not for Our Soldiers (and Why War Heroics May Be Suppressed)

    12/29/2005 2:34:17 AM PST · by Exton1 · 18 replies · 1,176+ views
    Internert ^ | 10/23/2005 | Gordon Cucullu
    Club Gitmo? Not for Our Soldiers (and Why War Heroics May Be Suppressed) Filed under: General, MSM Biz/Other Bias, MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — TBlumer @ 7:48 pm Rush has gotten a lot of mileage this summer out of his Club Gitmo line of shirts, caps, and coffee mugs. It has served a useful purpose: to ridicule the “human-rights” whiners who care more about whether the alive, living, and well-fed Guantanamo Bay detainees are getting their creature comforts than recording for posterity the savagery involved in the murders of an estimated 300,000 Iraqis found in over 300 of Saddam Hussein’s mass...
  • Iraq - Twenty prisoners killed in prison escape attempt

    12/28/2005 1:04:41 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 14 replies · 887+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | December 28, 2005
    ALARM - Twenty Iraqi prisoners killed in an escape bid BAGHDAD - Twenty Iraqi prisoners were killed Wednesday morning in an escape bid from a prison in Baghdad, announced a person in charge for the ministry for the Interior.
  • Three prisoners flee French jail in helicopter

    12/10/2005 2:27:44 PM PST · by kingattax · 24 replies · 635+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 10, 2005
    PARIS (Reuters) - Three prisoners escaped from a prison in eastern France on Saturday in a helicopter hijacked from a nearby airport before it was due to leave to pick up skiers in the nearby Alps mountains, jail official said. Two armed men hijacked the helicopter in Albertville and forced the pilot to land in the prison courtyard about 10 minutes away, they said. The three prisoners hopped aboard and all five later fled by foot after the craft landed. They had not been found by nightfall, the officials said. Officials declined to name the escapees but said one was...
  • With Jails Bulging, Some Sheriffs Let Inmates Go Early

    12/05/2005 5:32:05 AM PST · by Brilliant · 21 replies · 574+ views
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | December 5, 2005 | GARY FIELDS
    BEND, Ore. -- Ben Peles was lying on a bunk in a two-man cell at the Deschutes County Jail here when the intercom squawked his name. Sheriff's deputies told him to roll up his stuff and prepare to leave. Mr. Peles, a 26-year-old air-conditioner installer, was taken aback. He had landed in jail only 10 hours earlier to start serving a two-week sentence for possession of methamphetamine and theft... Mr. Peles's unexpected freedom walk is becoming a regular ritual at jails and prisons in Oregon and at least half a dozen other states... The brunt of such decisions often falls...
  • Iran: Breaking The Will Of Political Prisoners

    12/01/2005 6:13:14 AM PST · by nuconvert · 1 replies · 452+ views
    Iran: Breaking The Will Of Political Prisoners By Bill Samii and Fatemeh Aman Activists say Iran has adopted a tactic of housing political prisoners together with common criminals as a way of breaking them down. Iranian officials deny the charges and even maintain that the country has no political prisoners at all. More than 2,000 Iranian prisoners were freed in early November after receiving an amnesty from Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. It is traditional to grant such amnesties on religious holidays -- it was Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan -- and other significant events. Such events...
  • Rights group refuses to visit Guantanamo Bay prison

    11/18/2005 7:22:41 PM PST · by writer33 · 62 replies · 1,076+ views
    CBC News ^ | 11/18/2005 | Staff Writer
    A United Nations human rights group has refused to visit the Guantanamo Bay military prison because of U.S. rules that prevent them from talking privately to detained terror suspects. Prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba. (CP file photo) Last month, the U.S. Pentagon had invited three experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Commission whose mandate is to check on rights abuses around the world. However, the group turned down the invitation, citing the access restrictions. "We deeply regret that the United States government did not accept the standard terms of reference for a credible, objective and...
  • A Major Explosion Shakes Central Baghdad

    11/17/2005 10:08:22 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 12 replies · 859+ views
    AP ^ | November 18 2005
    A major explosion shook central Baghdad Friday morning near an interior ministry building where U.S. troops found detainees showing signs of torture, witnesses said. There was no immediate information about casualties. The blast in the Jadiriyah neighborhood reverberated through the city center, sent a mushroom cloud hundreds of feet into the air and was followed by the sounds of sporadic small arms fire. The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear. Earlier this week U.S. troops found up to 173 malnourished detainees, some showing signs of torture, in the building. Most were believed to be Sunni Arabs, the main...
  • Special prisons for HIV/AIDS inmates

    11/13/2005 3:02:29 PM PST · by formercalifornian · 3 replies · 433+ views
    GUANGZHOU: Guangdong Province is to build at least two special prisons for HIV/AIDS inmates within the next two years. Relevant departments are currently selecting cities for the construction of the two special prisons, according to sources from the Guangdong Provincial Bureau of Justice. "Currently, we have no further details regarding the special prisons," said an official from the bureau yesterday. The decision came after an increasing number of AIDS and HIV carriers were reported in the province's prisons in recent years. Many local deputies from the People's Congress and members of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) have also...