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  • In Gov't Shutdown: Prisoners Will Be Paid, Guards Will Not. (Pennsylvania)

    06/25/2009 6:02:11 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 5 replies · 307+ views
    Capital Ideas ^ | 6/24/09 | John L. Micek
    Tens Of Thousands Pennsylvania Prison Inmates ... ... will still be paid for the jobs they do at state correctional institutions even as the people who guard them and see to their welfare run the risk of going unpaid in the event of a budget impasse this summer, The Morning Call has learned. Concerns about public safety helped drive the decision to continue paying the 31,175 inmates who do everything from serve meals to sweep cell-blocks at the state’s 27 correctional institutions. They’re paid 19 cents to 42 cents an hour for their labors, spokespeople for Gov. Ed Rendell and...
  • Abbas to free 'all' Hamas prisoners in West Bank

    06/22/2009 3:12:28 AM PDT · by Son House · 2 replies · 274+ views
    Khaleej Times Online ^ | 22 June 2009 | Khaleej Times Online
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has ordered the release of 'all' Hamas prisoners, including those held on security charges, a senior aide told al-Jazeera from Ramallah on Monday. Azzam Ahmed, the head of the parliamentary bloc of Abbas’ Fatah party charged with holding reconciliation talks with the rival Hamas movement ruling Gaza, told the Doha-based channel the release would get underway in the coming days. The Palestinian Ma’an news agency, however, quoted sources close to Abbas as saying Hamas prisoners would only be released on “condition they do not pose a threat to general security and law and order.” Abbas had...
  • Killer Souvenirs Being Sold for Profit (Sen. Cornyn has introduced a bill to end this.)

    06/20/2009 6:35:51 AM PDT · by kellynla · 10 replies · 782+ views
    The Pottstown Mercury ^ | June 17, 2009 | Carl Hessler Jr
    NORRISTOWN — When Wendy Lavin discovered that jail cell writings from her daughter's killer were for sale on the Internet, she was horrified. "I was disgusted. I felt sick to my stomach," said Lavin, whose 20-year-old daughter, Jennifer Louise Still, was stabbed to death by serial killer John Charles Eichinger in 1999. "I could not believe that after everything I had been through with the murder and trial, it was like it was happening all over again. I could not believe that something so horrific was going on and I wasn't aware of it." Lavin discovered the Web site when...
  • New Legal Battle in Guantanamo ( I don't think they'll be closing anytime soon...if at all! )

    05/31/2009 8:54:29 PM PDT · by kellynla · 9 replies · 495+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | May 31, 9:02 PM EDT | MIKE MELIA
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) -- A session of the Guantanamo war crimes court that began Sunday will likely show the difficulties President Barack Obama faces in changing the system and closing the prison by January. The case in question, of a Canadian charged with killing an American soldier, is stalled by infighting among lawyers. Other defendants have even more complex legal issues, and officials say the U.S. may have to choose between delaying Guantanamo's closure or quickly finding somewhere else to hold the trials. "I don't think they'll get a single trial done by January," said Michael Berrigan,...
  • Montana town offers to take Guantanamo prisoners

    05/29/2009 12:37:43 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies · 1,153+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 29, 2009 | MATTHEW BROWN
    HARDIN, Mont. (AP) - On Capitol Hill, politicians are dead-set against transferring some of the world's most feared terrorists from Guantanamo to prisons on U.S. soil. But at City Hall in this impoverished town on the Northern Plains, the attitude is: Bring 'em on. Hardin, a dusty town of 3,400 people so desperate that it built a $27 million jail a couple of years ago in the vain hope it would be a moneymaker, is offering to house hundreds of Gitmo detainees at the brand-new, never-used institution. The medium-security jail was conceived as a holding facility for drunks and other...
  • Latest budget proposal eliminates CalWORKs, lets out inmates early [California]

    05/27/2009 6:04:07 AM PDT · by Hawk720 · 13 replies · 943+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | May 27, 2009 | Kevin Yamamura
    In California's latest doom-and-gloom announcement, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Department of Finance on Tuesday proposed closing the state's main welfare program, releasing nonviolent prisoners one year early and shuttering up to 80 percent of state parks to shrink the state's $24.3 billion budget deficit. Schwarzenegger wants $5.6 billion in new cuts to replace a like amount of borrowing he proposed in his budget plan earlier this month. The Republican governor previously asked for more than $15 billion in other savings by slashing schools and Medi-Cal, laying off 5,000 state workers and borrowing money from local governments. The governor's plan would release...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: And Then There Was Only Guantánamo

    05/20/2009 10:32:46 AM PDT · by kellynla · 13 replies · 1,167+ views
    National Review Online ^ | May 20, 2009 | Victor Davis Hanson
    With the Democratic no-go on Guantánamo (I'll leave it to the better informed to ascertain the degree that the Democratic Congress came to the rescue of an embarrassed Obama administration and cut off funding for the shutdown to allow him an out with the now familiar excuse of "they did it — not me, who keeps promises"), I think we now have come to the end to the five-year left-wing attack theme of Bush "shredding the Constitution." Except for the introduction of euphemisms and a few new ballyhooed but largely meaningless protocols, there is no longer a Bush-did-it argument. The...
  • Judge: Bagram prisoners can challenge detention (in US civilian courts)

    04/02/2009 9:16:12 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 1,731+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/2/09 | Nedra Pickler - ap
    WASHINGTON – A federal judge ruled on Thursday that prisoners in the war on terror can use U.S. civilian courts to challenge their detention at a military air base in Afghanistan. U.S. District Judge John Bates turned down the United States' motion to deny the right to three foreign detainees at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have the right to challenge their detention in court. But the government had argued that it did not apply to those in Afghanistan.

    03/23/2009 2:48:53 AM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 390+ views
    Israeli Minister: "Two-Thirds of Freed Hamas Prisoners Returned to Terror and Murdered Israelis" Voice of Israel Radio-Hebrew - via
  • The names of prisoners Israel won't free

    03/17/2009 1:32:09 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 2 replies · 358+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Mar 17, 2009 | Staff
    During a special cabinet meeting called to discuss the status of negotiations for the release of kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, ministers were presented on Tuesday with a list of ten high-profile Palestinian prisoners which Israel was willing to release so long as they were not allowed to return to the West Bank or the Gaza Strip. The ministers were also read a list of prisoners which Hamas has demanded be included in the deal, but which Israel adamantly refuses to free. In an unprecedented move, the cabinet voted to publish the names of the latter ten prisoners. Below are...
  • Florida prisoners feeling recession's effect on their plates (boo-freakin'-hoo!)

    02/16/2009 1:16:39 PM PST · by library user · 16 replies · 946+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Feb. 16, 2009 | Staff
    ~ EXCERPT ~ Three times a day, the inmates at Madison Correctional Institution discover what a budget deficit tastes like. >>> snip <<< Corn bread replaces sliced bread at some meals. Inmates will get one sweetener packet instead of four. In the Sunshine State's prisons, orange juice is made from concentrate. "It's all right, but 100 percent juice is better," said Charles Christian, 24, six months into a two-year term at Madison for drug and weapon offenses. "Sometimes it's all right – like the peanut butter. They give you enough, but it's hard to eat, it's so thick. And they...
  • U.S. judges seek massive California prisoner release

    02/10/2009 3:35:28 AM PST · by Zakeet · 26 replies · 882+ views
    Reuters ^ | February 10, 2009 | Peter Henderson
    Federal judges on Monday tentatively ordered California to release tens of thousands of inmates, up to a third of all prisoners, in the next three years to stop dangerous overcrowding. As many as 57,000 could be let go if the current population were cut by the maximum percentage considered by a three-judge panel. Judges said the move could be done without threatening public safety -- and might improve a public safety hazard. The state immediately said it would appeal the final ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court. Trend-setting California, the Golden State, has an immense prison system responsible for nearly...
  • Prisoners' Escape Foiled By Light pole

    01/30/2009 11:13:11 AM PST · by OL Hickory · 2 replies · 398+ views
    you tube ^ | 29-Jan-09 | moiseshperini1
    It was less than a Great Escape. Two New Zealand prisoners who were handcuffed together as they fled a courthouse foiled their own getaway when they ran to opposite sides of a light pole
  • Angela Davis: Prisons perpetuate oppression of minorities (Open with extreme caution!)

    01/30/2009 3:53:06 AM PST · by Past Your Eyes · 65 replies · 2,039+ views
    The Union Leader ^ | January 30, 2009 | CLYNTON NAMUO
    DURHAM – After the inauguration of the first black president, America is now on the precipice of changes that were never before possible, 1960s radical turned academic Angela Davis told a crowd of hundreds at the University of New Hampshire last night. The vestiges of slavery, colonization and exploitation remain rife throughout America, as is evidenced by the over-representation of minorities in prison, Davis said. The prison population, now estimated to be one in 100 adult Americans, only contributes to the oppression of minorities, she said. It is a pattern seen across the country, even in New Hampshire, Davis said....
  • Message to Military on Terrorists, Shoot to Kill, STOP Taking Prisoners!

    01/27/2009 11:31:46 AM PST · by ezfindit · 22 replies · 1,031+ views ^ | 1/27/2009 | OrthodoxNet
    Two men released from the US “war on terror” prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba have appeared in a video posted on a jihadist website, the SITE monitoring service reported. One of the two former inmates, a Saudi man identified as Abu Sufyan al-Azdi al-Shahri, or prisoner number 372, has been elevated to the senior ranks of Al-Qaeda in Yemen, a US counter-terrorism official told AFP. [...] The Defense Department has said as many as 61 former Guantanamo detainees — about 11 percent of 520 detainees transferred from the detention center and released — are believed to have returned to the...
  • Freed Guantánamo prisoners taunt US as closure plan falls apart

    01/26/2009 4:22:56 PM PST · by Parmenio · 41 replies · 1,702+ views
    Times Online ^ | January 27, 2009 | Tim Reid & David Charter
    President Obama's plan to close Guantánamo Bay within a year appeared to be unravelling yesterday with the emergence of former inmates on terrorist websites, fierce opposition in the US and a lukewarm response to taking detainees from the European Union. After signing an executive order last week to close the US military prison, Mr Obama has been confronted with myriad obstacles that are making his ambitious pledge look unrealistic. David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, ruled out the prospect of Britain taking any more inmates, claiming that it had already made a significant contribution. (snip) Javier Solana, the EU's foreign and...
  • States Look to Prisons for Ways to Save Money, Including Letting Some Inmates Go

    01/10/2009 4:52:26 PM PST · by metmom · 46 replies · 888+ views ^ | Saturday, January 10, 2009 | Associated Press
    NEW YORK — Their budgets in crisis, governors, legislators and prison officials across the nation are making or considering policy changes that will likely remove tens of thousands of offenders from prisons and parole supervision. Collectively, the pending and proposed initiatives could add up to one of biggest shifts ever in corrections policy, putting into place cost-saving reforms that have struggled to win political support in the tough-on-crime climate of recent decades.
  • Exclusive: Secret Trade in Chinese Bodies (in a town near you!)

    12/16/2008 6:32:07 AM PST · by Broker · 22 replies · 957+ views
    The German doctor who invented the process that led to hundreds of human bodies being put on display around the world, says he has stopped using bodies from China because some of them may be those of executed Chinese prisoners. The body shows, which have drawn millions of paying customers in more than 30 cities, show human bodies that have been preserved with a liquid plastic process. The bodies are shown skinned and trimmed, in a variety of poses, including throwing a football, playing poker or at a chess board. In an interview to be aired Friday on the ABC...
  • Wyoming Prison Caves to Islam

    11/22/2008 8:51:06 AM PST · by Islaminaction · 17 replies · 879+ views
    Islam in Action ^ | Nov. 22nd 2008 | Christopher Logan
    The ACLU has successfully gotten the Wyoming Department of Corrections to cater to the demands of its Muslim prisoners. Originally prisoners had to eat their meals within twenty minutes of delivery of that meal.
  • Muslim Fanatics 'Hijack British Prison'

    11/23/2008 10:45:37 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies · 2,060+ views ^ | November 23, 2008 | James Murray
    MUSLIM prisoners have launched a reign of terror inside a top security British jail. The fanatics are forcing fellow inmates to convert to Islam or face punishment beatings. One man who stood up to the thugs was branded with a lump of hot metal, according to a prison source. The crisis at Whitemoor jail in Cambridgeshire has led to calls by staff for the 100 Muslim inmates there to be dispersed to other prisons round the country. Some Al Qaeda supporters have set up a kangaroo court, sitting in judgment on prisoners and ordering punishments, the source said. The violent...
  • Gitmo's Underlying Problem ( Where ya gonna put the prisoners? )

    11/18/2008 2:14:00 PM PST · by kellynla · 34 replies · 1,185+ views ^ | 11/17/2008 | Robert Maginnis
    President-elect Obama has promised to close the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo (Gitmo) Bay, Cuba even though the alternatives are unattractive. But before he shutters that facility the new president must resolve the underlying problem that made Gitmo infamous. The problem that torpedoed Gitmo was the government's failure to identify the appropriate means to handle captured terrorists who haven't committed a "crime" but undoubtedly would if left free to roam. To what legal process are these terror suspects entitled if they are going to be detained long-term? Otherwise, the legal issues related to Gitmo have been resolved by three Supreme...
  • Israel says uncovered Hamas plot to capture soldiers

    10/27/2008 6:48:54 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 1 replies · 212+ views
    AFP ^ | 10/26/08 | Staff
    Israeli security forces have apprehended a Hamas operative who planned to capture Israeli soldiers and smuggle them into the Gaza Strip to be used in future prisoner swaps, the army said on Sunday. An army spokesman said Israeli troops and intelligence agents arrested Gamal Abu Duabah, a 21-year-old Gaza resident, on September 21 after he attempted to infiltrate Israel from Egypt. "Under questioning he admitted to being part of a Hamas plot to kidnap Israeli soldiers," the spokesman said. "He also mentioned that he was sent by seniors in the Hamas organisation who trained his squad and funded its operations,...
  • Muslim fanatic prisoners to be 'de-programmed'[UK]

    10/21/2008 9:13:27 AM PDT · by BGHater · 16 replies · 379+ views
    This is London ^ | 18 Oct 2008 | This is London
    Psychologists in the Prison Service will try to ‘cure’ extremist Muslim inmates of their political beliefs with controversial therapies similar to those used to ‘de-programme’ members of religious cults.The experimental treatments are being developed by a special Extremism Unit set up by the Ministry of Justice in January last year, The Mail on Sunday has discovered.Sources say the therapy forms part of a wide-ranging strategy to combat Islamic extremism in Britain’s jails. Experimental techniques: One of Whitemoor Prison's Muslim inmates There are 90 Muslim prisoners serving time for terrorist offences, and the Ministry fears that, if left unchallenged, their violent,...
  • Israel to free 200 prisoners as Rice visits Mideast

    08/17/2008 5:35:35 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 17 replies · 250+ views
    AFP ^ | 08/17/08 | Staff
    JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel's cabinet voted on Sunday to release about 200 Palestinian prisoners as a goodwill gesture to president Mahmud Abbas aimed at bolstering slow-moving US-backed Middle East peace talks. The August 25 release will coincide with a visit by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice aimed at encouraging the negotiations, which have shown little visible sign of progress since they were revived in November. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's spokesman Mark Regev called the move a "confidence-building measure" towards Abbas, adding: "We hope the release will help strengthen the peace process." The list, which will be considered for final...
  • Israel to release more prisoners

    08/06/2008 5:05:18 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 4 replies · 238+ views
    BBC ^ | 6 August 2008 | Staff
    Israeli PM Ehud Olmert has agreed to free 120-150 Palestinian prisoners later in August as a gesture of goodwill, Palestinian officials said. Israel confirmed some prisoners would be released but would not say how many. The announcement followed a meeting between Prime Minister Olmert and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. It was their first talks since Mr Olmert announced he would stand down from his position after being questioned on corruption allegations. Correspondents say Mr Olmert's decision to step down when his Kadima party selects a new leader is likely to complicate efforts to reach a peace deal this year. Israel...
  • Detainees in Iraq established sharia courts, top MP reports

    07/24/2008 5:51:11 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 118+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — Some of the most dangerous detainees in American custody in Iraq have established sharia courts within the compounds in which they are held and have tried and executed fellow detainees who refused to join them, the Army’s senior military police officer said Wednesday. “Detainees do not stop fighting just because they are detained. Their new environment is merely an extension of the battlefield,” said Brig. Gen. Rodney L. Johnson, the provost marshal general of the Army and the commander of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. He made his comments to about 300 people attending the first...
  • PA minister: Now we know that we can't get prisoners released without kidnapping soldiers

    07/14/2008 4:51:16 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 3 replies · 159+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Jul 13, 2008 | REBECCA ANNA STOIL
    "On the Palestinian street there is now an understanding that without kidnapping soldiers, we can't get prisoners released. Through negotiation, we haven't managed to get prisoners released," the Palestinian Authority's minister for Prisoners Affairs, Ashraf al-Ajami, said over the weekend. He also offered biting criticism of Israel's willingness to trade security prisoners with Hamas and Hizbullah in exchange for kidnapped soldiers, while continuing to drag its feet on prisoner-release negotiations with the PA. Ajami said the PA had repeatedly requested a negotiated release of longtime prisoners with terminal illnesses. "But we make requests, and Israel does the opposite." Ajami said...
  • Israel and Hezbollah to swap prisoners?

    05/28/2008 5:50:38 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 6 replies · 227+ views
    Middle East Times ^ | May 28, 2008 | Staff
    BERLIN, May 28 (UPI) -- Israel and Hezbollah are nearing a prisoner-swap deal brokered by Germany, according to a report. The online version of German newsmagazine Der Spiegel said Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser, two Israeli soldiers kidnapped by Hezbollah in 2006, would be exchanged for five Lebanese terrorists held in Israeli prisons. Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah himself indicated that the report was true. In a speech released Tuesday, he said one of the Lebanese prisoners, Samir Quntar, would "soon be among us." The deal was brokered by a German spy who enjoys great respect from both parties; the...
  • US To Release 12,000 Prisoners In Iraq

    04/18/2008 2:45:47 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 140+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-18-2008 | Damien McElroy
    US to release 12,000 prisoners in Iraq By Damien McElroy, Foreign Affairs Correspondent Last Updated: 7:03pm BST 18/04/2008 America plans to halve the number of detainees it is holding in Iraq by releasing more than 12,000 under a scheme designed to promote reconciliation with communities formerly sympathetic to the insurgency. US officers in Iraq told the Wall Street Journal yesterday that more than 50 prisoners per day would gain their freedom through the end of 2008. Over 12,000 prisoners are to be released from Iraqi prisons The vast majority of those in American custody are Sunni Muslims, including a hardcore...
  • Serb prisoners 'were stripped of their organs in Kosovo war'

    04/11/2008 3:33:26 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies · 447+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 04/11/08 | Harry de Quetteville in Berlin and Malcolm Moore in Rome
    Serb prisoners 'were stripped of their organs in Kosovo war' By Harry de Quetteville in Berlin and Malcolm Moore in Rome Last Updated: 10:28am BST 11/04/2008 Serb prisoners had their internal organs removed and sold by ethnic Albanians during the Kosovo war, according to allegations in a new book by the world's best known war crimes prosecutor. Harry de Quetteville: Snippets from Carla Del Ponte's bookCarla Del Ponte, who stepped down in January as chief prosecutor at the Hague tribunal for crimes committed in the Balkan wars of the 1990s, said investigators found a house suspected of being a laboratory...
  • States May Free Inmates to Save Millions

    04/04/2008 8:16:27 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 34 replies · 192+ views
    AP ^ | 4/3/08 | RAY HENRY
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Lawmakers from California to Kentucky are trying to save money with a drastic and potentially dangerous budget-cutting proposal: releasing tens of thousands of convicts from prison, including drug addicts, thieves and even violent criminals. Officials acknowledge that the idea carries risks, but they say they have no choice because of huge budget gaps brought on by the slumping economy. <[>"If we don't find a way to better manage the population at the state prison, we will be forced to spend money to expand the state's prison system — money we don't have," said Jeff Neal, a...

    04/04/2008 3:45:21 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 6 replies · 220+ views
    NEWS RELEASE Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms 12500 N.E. Tenth Place Bellevue, WA  98005 PRISON RELEASE IDEA ‘AN OUTRAGE,’ SAYS CCRKBA; ADVISES CITIZENS TO ARM THEMSELVES For Immediate Release: April 4, 2008 BELLEVUE, WA – Reports that state lawmakers are considering the release of thousands of prison inmates across the country to save money amount to a public outrage, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today. The Associated Press reported Friday morning that legislators in several states are considering the move to prop up state budgets. One report...
  • Former Detainees Released to Sheikh's Supervision

    04/02/2008 5:08:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 152+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Ben Brody, USA
    JURF AS SAHKR — After serving their sentences in U.S.-run prisons in Iraq, 25 detainees were released under the supervision of a local sheikh in Jurf as Sahkr, March 28. Sheikh Sabah al-Janabi, captain of the Janabi tribe and leader of Jurf as Sahkr, said he is confident the men will return to peaceful, productive lives in the community. “Almost all of the bad people here changed their mind, so we must give these men another chance to be good people,” Sheikh Sabah said. “I will see that these men will serve Jurf as Sahkr, their families and the future...
  • Detainees Released to Tarmiya, Taji

    03/27/2008 4:30:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 191+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Maj. Allen Hing, USA
    Lt. Col. Thomas Boccardi, a native of Colorado Springs, Colo., shakes hands with a newly freed man, March 19, in Tarmiya. Seven men were released from prison to Tarmiya, and 15 were transported to Taji. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. William Greer. Face of released man blocked for his protection. CAMP TAJI — Twenty-two detainees were released as part of Operation Forgiving Dragon, March 19.  Seven of the detainees were released back to the city of Tarmiya and the remaining 15 to Taji.  Both cities are located northwest of Baghdad. The Iraqi Army, Iraqi police and local leaders...
  • 266 Detainees Released from Coalition Custody as Part of Lion's Dawn

    03/18/2008 5:47:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 203+ views
    CAMP FUTURE — Dr. Saleh Al-Mutlaq, the head of the Dialogue Front Group of Iraqi Parliament officiated a release ceremony for roughly 300 detainees at Camp Future March 15 with a message of national reconciliation and rejuvenation. “I see in your faces and your eyes how happy you are, but your country is happier to see you back to help build it and build a new democratic Iraq,” said Al-Mutlak. Also in attendance were Mr. Misha’an Al-Saadi, Mr. Ameer Muhamed, and Mr. Thamer Al-Hindy. Release ceremonies are held once a month as a continuation of ongoing efforts by the Government...
  • Caches Discovered from Detainee Information

    02/20/2008 3:18:15 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 147+ views
    NINEWAH — Soldiers of 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment, Task Force Iron, discovered two caches next to each other in Ninewah Province Feb. 17 after receiving information from detainees. The cache included rockets, washing machine timers, a suicide vest, grenades and receivers, as well as magazines for different weapons systems. The contents of the cache were transported to a remote location and destroyed by an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team.
  • Sudan's ex-Guantanamo prisoners demand payout

    01/26/2008 11:27:19 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 4 replies · 136+ views
    Reuters ^ | 1/26/08 | Opheera McDoom
    KHARTOUM (Reuters) - A group of Sudanese released from the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay demanded cash payouts and an apology from the United States on Saturday, for mental and physical torture suffered during years spent in jail there. "We have asked for compensation and an apology," aid worker Adil Hassan Hamad told a conference in Khartoum, which was organized by local rights groups to demand the release of seven Sudanese still held at Guantanamo Bay. Hamad, freed just over one month ago, wore orange overalls like those worn by detainees in the U.S. prison camp. He was working with...
  • Schwarzenegger budget slashes education, releases 22,000 prisoners

    01/10/2008 12:41:52 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 183+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 1/10/08 | Mike Zapler
    Confronting the biggest crisis of his political career, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today proposed slashing payments to schools by billions of dollars, releasing tens of thousands of "low risk" inmates from prison early, and closing a number of state parks as part of a plan to fill a gaping $14 billion hole in the state budget. The proposal immediately triggered howls of protest from lawmakers across the political spectrum and among some of the most powerful interest groups in the Capitol. The governor said he hopes to start a debate among Californians about what services they want from state government and...
  • Israel Releasing Palestinian Prisoners (429 prisoners)

    12/03/2007 1:46:24 AM PST · by rawhide · 7 replies · 178+ views
    at&t home page news ^ | 12-03-2007 | By OREN ALT
    KETZIOT PRISON CAMP, Israel (AP) - Israel on Monday began releasing hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in a gesture meant to strengthen moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after the two sides' recent agreement to try to reach a peace deal. The release of the 429 prisoners began a day after Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Israel was not bound by the December 2008 target for the peace agreement set at last week's U.S.-hosted Mideast summit in Annapolis, Md. At the Ketziot Prison Camp in the southern Negev Desert, dozens of prisoners lined up at dawn in a courtyard. Wardens and...
  • Most prisons shun condom programs

    11/22/2007 1:17:00 PM PST · by Coleus · 6 replies · 322+ views ^ | November 20, 2007 | DAVID CRARY
    To activists concerned about AIDS and prisoners' rights, it's an urgent, commonsense step that should already be nationwide policy -- letting inmates have condoms to reduce the spread of sexually transmitted diseases behind bars. Yet their efforts have run headlong into a stronger political force: Authorities' desire not to encourage inmates who flout prison rules against sex. Only one state, Vermont, and five cities regularly hand out condoms to inmates. Mississippi does so only for inmates receiving conjugal visits from their spouses. Left out are the vast majority of America's 2.2 million prisoners -- many held in facilities where sex...
  • U.N. May Declare U.S. Embargo of Cuba Illegal

    09/22/2007 9:06:42 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies · 193+ views
    AZCONSERVATIVE ^ | 22 Sep 2007 | John Semmens
    Based on a complaint lodged by Cuba’s foreign minister, Felipe Perez Roque, the United Nations may declare that the United States’ long running embargo of the island nation is illegal. “The Cuban complaint makes a persuasive case that the US embargo has contributed to human rights abuses in Cuba,” said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. “Because of the embargo, the Cuban government has been unable to acquire supplies from America to upgrade their facilities. As a result, political prisoners are being housed in filthy and decrepit buildings, locked up in rusted manacles and beaten with cracked and splintered clubs. So...
  • Beheaded at whim and worked to death: Japan's repugnant treatment of Allied PoWs

    09/18/2007 3:36:43 PM PDT · by Stoat · 139 replies · 1,615+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | September 17, 2007 | Max Hastings
    Beheaded at whim and worked to death: Japan's repugnant treatment of Allied PoWs22:59pm 18th September 2007 The sheer brutality of the battle for the Far East defies imagination. And in a new book, historian Max Hastings argues that Japanese intransigence made it far worse.  Yesterday, he explained why America had to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Here, in the final part of our exclusive serialisation, he reveals how the West was stunned when it emerged how cruelly their prisoners of war had suffered...As the men of the victorious British 14th Army advanced through Burma on the road to Mandalay...
  • Olmert promises to release prisoners for Ramadan [barf]

    09/10/2007 7:40:47 AM PDT · by Alouette · 6 replies · 259+ views
    YNet ^ | Sept. 10, 2007 | Ronny Sofer
    Prime minister meets with Palestinian president, but leaders do not discuss number of prisoners to be released. Israel also promises to ease restrictions on Palestinians' movement in West Bank Ronny Sofer Latest Update: 09.10.07, 15:37 / Israel News Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared Monday that they wanted "to contribute to the success of the planned international meeting." The two leaders, who met in Jerusalem, also stressed their commitment for a two-state solution and decided to appoint teams to advance this goal. Official sources in Jerusalem said that the Israeli team would include two representatives from...
  • Bergen Jail first to provide online legal aid in cells (Inmates are Provided Laptops)

    08/22/2007 10:23:07 PM PDT · by Coleus · 12 replies · 605+ views ^ | August 21, 2007 | JASON TSAI
    Bergen County Jail inmates who want to brush up on their legal defense can do so now from their cells, a move that officials say is a first nationwide.  Jail officials have begun rolling out the first batch of 80 laptops – each about the size and heft of a large hardcover novel – to some of the 1,000 inmates who occupy the near-capacity lockup. About $100,000 has been spent so far from an account funded by profits from items purchased from inmates, such as toothpaste and candy bars, to buy the $1,200 notebooks and install the necessary wireless...
  • Success Leads to More Liver Transplants

    08/14/2007 7:34:00 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 1 replies · 183+ views
    China Daily ^ | August 15, 2007 | By Zhang Kun and Zheng Yijia
    (SHANGHAI) - More than 10,000 people received liver transplants in China between March 2005 and May 2007. Most of the patients' information is registered with the China Liver Transplant Registration (CLTR) system. Several of Shanghai's more reputable hospitals, including Renji Hospital, Zhongshan Hospital and Ruijin Hospital, are participating in the system. The CLTR statistics showed that the one-year survival rate for people who have undergone a liver transplant has doubled in recent years. From 2003 to 2006, 84 percent of such patients survived for more than a year. And the three-year survival rate increased to about 75 percent in 2006...
  • Mainland Media Unveils New Evidence of Organ Harvesting in China

    08/06/2007 7:59:36 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 9 replies · 368+ views
    The Epoch Times ^ | Jul 26, 2007 | By Gao Feng
    Mainland China's well known media Southern Weekly , published a front page article titled "China Puts A Stop on 'Organ Transplant Tourism'" on July 19, 2007. The article reported on the recent restrictions imposed on organ transplants performed on foreigners by Chinese hospitals, and exposed the inside story behind these organ transplants in Mainland China, which are performed under the rule of the Communist Party. A Very Profitable Business Organ transplants skyrocketed after 1999 and hospitals reaped huge profits. The Southern Weekly mentioned that "liver transplants increased at a shocking rate: in 1999 only 24 liver transplants were performed; in...
  • FEATURE - Keen Demand Fuels Global Trade in Body Parts

    08/06/2007 6:33:27 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 27 replies · 716+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 6, 2007 | By Tan Ee Lyn
    (HONG KONG)--Paul Lee got his liver from an executed Chinese prisoner; Karam in Egypt bought a kidney for his sister for $5,300; in Istanbul Hakan is holding out for $30,700 for one of his kidneys. They are not so unusual: a dire shortage of donated organs in rich countries is sending foreigners with end-stage illnesses to poorer places like China, Pakistan, Turkey, Egypt, Colombia and the Philippines to buy a new lease of life. Lee, a 53-year-old chief subway technician in Hong Kong, was diagnosed with liver cancer in January 2005 but doctors denied him a transplant because they feared...
  • Israel frees more than 250 prisoners

    07/19/2007 9:42:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 397+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/19/07 | Karin Laub - ap
    RAMALLAH, West Bank - A top PLO body gave its approval Thursday for President Mahmoud Abbas to hold new presidential and legislative elections, a high-stakes gamble meant to sideline Hamas militants but also bound to set off more confrontations between Palestinian rivals Fatah and Hamas. Hamas, which won parliament elections last year, immediately threatened to derail a new vote. On Friday, Israel started releasing more than 250 Palestinian prisoners in an attempt to bolster Abbas in his power struggle with Hamas. A first batch of about 120 prisoners were put aboard buses at the Ketziot prison camp in southern Israel's...
  • Israel must release more prisoners, Fatah official says [Nothing is ever "enough" for them]

    07/17/2007 3:33:42 PM PDT · by Alouette · 12 replies · 375+ views
    YNut ^ | July 17, 2007 | Ali "Kill Jews for Peace" Waked
    Director-general of PA’s Ministry of Detainees says Palestinians ‘disappointed’ that prominent Palestinian figures, including members of parliament, are not on list of prisoners slated for release this Friday. ‘We hoped Israel would act to restore the Palestinian public’s faith in the peace process,’ Ziad Abu Ein says Ali Waked Published: 07.18.07, 00:17 / Israel News “We are pleased with the release of every prisoner, but we regret the fact that the Israeli side continues to insists on not including us in the process of determining the criteria for the release of prisoners,” a senior Fatah official told Ynet on Tuesday....
  • Anti-White revisionism in Oklahoma

    06/26/2007 7:51:46 AM PDT · by drzz · 3 replies · 1,088+ views
    Clara Blinn's story ^ | 06/26/07 | drzz
    OKLAHOMA TOURISM CENTER, 2007 (honoring the murderer, outraging the memory of the victims) : "From Clinton, continue on to Cheyenne, Oklahoma in the heart of Cheyenne country. Here you’ll find the Black Kettle Museum (580-497-3929) displaying and interpreting the HISTORY OF THE CHEYENNE TRIBE in Oklahoma. (...) Also in Cheyenne, on the road between the BLACK KETTLE MUSEUM and the Historic Site, visit the Clara Blinn House, a tea room, antique store and Native American art gallery Also in Cheyenne, on the road between the Black Kettle Museum and the Historic Site, visit the CLARA BLINN HOUSE, a TEA ROOM,...