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Short clip of A.J. illustrating the elites plans to carry out mass extermination of American citizens using Bio-Weapons. Blaming it on fake Al-Qaeda (or "homegrown") terrorists. In the mean time MSM & Government shoves Global Warming propaganda down your throat, fake terror, engineer economic collapse to ensure your enslavement , and your dependency on them.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
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Courtesy of PrisonPlanet.com
Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
Americans, perhaps like all people, have a remarkable capacity for tuning out unpleasantries that do not directly affect them. I'm thinking here of wars on foreign lands, but also the astonishing fact that the United States has become the world's most jail-loving country, with well over 1 in 100 adults living as slaves in a prison. Building and managing prisons, and locking people up, have become major facets of government power in our time, and it is long past time for those who love liberty to start to care.
Before we get to the reasons why, look at the facts as reported by the New York Times. The U.S. leads the world in prisoner production. There are 2.3 million people behind bars. China, with four times as many people, has 1.6 million in prison. In terms of population, the US has 751 people in prison for every 100,000, while the closest competitor in this regard is Russia with 627. I'm struck by this figure: 531 in Cuba. The median global rate is 125.
What's amazing is that most of this imprisoning trend is recent, dating really from the 1980s, and most of the change is due to drug laws. From 1925 to 1975, the rate of imprisonment was stable at 110, lower than the international average, which is what you might expect in a country that purports to value freedom. But then it suddenly shot up in the 1980s. There were 30,000 people in jail for drugs in 1980, while today there are half a million.
Other factors include the criminalization of nearly everything these days, even passing bad checks or the pettiest of thefts. And judges are under all sorts of minimum sentencing requirements. Now, before we move to causes and answers, please consider what jail means. The people inside are slaves of the state. They are captured and held and regarded by their captors as nothing other than biological beings that take up space. The delivery of all services to them is contingent on the whims of their masters, who have no stake in the outcome at all.
Now, you might say that this is necessary for some people, but be aware that it is the ultimate assault on human dignity. They are "paying the price" for their actions, but no one is in a position to benefit from the price paid. They aren't working off debts or compensating victims or struggling to overcome anything. They are just "doing time," costing taxpayers almost $25,000 a year per person. That's all these people are to society: a cost, and they are treated as such.
And the communities in which they exist in these prisons consist of other un-valued people, and they become socialized into this mentality that is utterly contrary to every notion of civilization. Then there are the relentless threat and reality of violence, the unspeakable noise, the pervasiveness of every moral perversity. In short, prisons are Hell. It can be no wonder that they rehabilitate no one. As George Barnard Shaw said, "imprisonment is as irrevocable as death."
- You lock them up for years, treating them like animals, no treatment. Then many years later, they come out hating society, and what do you expect? More crime!!! I strongly believe if you treated them with respect and dignity (like humans), they'd come out better. But you treat someone like animals, pretty soon they believe it, and act like it. Common sense!
What's more, everything we know about government applies to this ultimate government program. It is expensive (states alone spend $44 billion on prisons every year), inefficient, brutal, and irrational. The modern prison system is also a relatively new phenomenon in history, one that is used to enforce political priorities (the drug war) rather than punish real crimes. It is also manipulated by political passions rather than a genuine concern for justice. The results of the drug war are not to reduce consumption but rather the opposite. Illegal drugs are now a $100 billion dollar industry in the US, while the drug war itself costs taxpayers $19 billion, even as the costs of running the justice system are skyrocketing (up 418% percent in 25 years).
People say that crime is down, so this must be working. Well, that depends on what you mean by crime. Drug use and distribution are associated with violence solely because they are illegal. They are crimes because the state says they are crimes, but they do not fit within the usual definition we find in the history of political philosophy, which centers on the violation of person or property. What's more, the "crime" of drug use and distribution hasn't really been kept down; it has only gone further underground. It's a major irony and commentary on the workability of prisons that drug markets are very active there.
Now to causes. Some social scientists give the predictable explanation that all this is due to the lack of a "social safety net" in the U.S. In the first place, the U.S. has had such a net for a hundred years, and yet these people seem not to have noticed, even though no such net is big enough for some people. Moreover, it is more likely the very presence of such a net – which creates a moral hazard so that people do not learn to be responsible for their own well-being – that contributes to criminal behavior (all else being equal).
There are those on all sides who attribute the increase to racial factors, given that the imprisoned population is disproportionately black and Hispanic, and noting the disparity in crime rates in such places as Minnesota with low levels of minority populations. But this factor too could be illusory, especially as regards drug use, since it is far more likely that a state system will catch and punish people with less influence and social standing than those whom the state regards as significant.
A more telling point comes to us from political analysts, who observe the politicization of judicial appointments in the United States. Judges run on their "tough on crime" records, or are appointed for them, and so have every incentive to lock people up more than justice truly demands.
One factor that hasn't been mentioned so far in the discussion is the lobbying power of the prison industry itself. The old rule is that if you subsidize something, you get more of it. And so it is with prisons and the prison-industrial complex. I've yet to find any viable figures on how large this industry is, but consider that it includes construction firms, managers of private prisons, wardens, food service providers, counselors, security services, and a hundred other kinds of companies to build and manage these miniature societies. What kind of political influence do they have? Speculation here, but it must be substantial.
As for public concern, remember that every law on the books, every regulation, every line in the government codebook, is ultimately enforced by prison. The jail cell is the symbol and ultimate end of statism itself. It would be nice if we thought of the interests of the prisoners in society and those that will become so. But even if you are not likely to be among them, consider the loss of privacy, the loss of liberty, the loss of independence, the loss of all that used to be considered truly American, in the course of the building of prison nation.
But won't crime go up if we abandon our prison system? Let Robert Ingersoll answer: "The world has been filled with prisons and dungeons, with chains and whips, with crosses and gibbets, with thumb-screws and racks, with hangmen and headsmen – and yet these frightful means and instrumentalities and crimes have accomplished little for the preservation of property or life. It is safe to say that governments have committed far more crimes than they have prevented. As long as society bows and cringes before the great thieves, there will be little ones enough to fill the jails."
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April 26th, George Crossly is devoting another hour to talk about more unintended consequences of the RSO/P community. Specifically a group of RSOs/Ps have been forced (due to residency restrictions) to live in the woods off John Young Pkwy. If they do not leave, the will be arrested and placed in jail.
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You see, when you make it so difficult for an ex-offender to get on with their lives, they stop reporting and vanish. Then who knows what is going to happen... When people start to wise up and see that a stable home, job and family is what decreases recidivism. Making life hell increases recidivism. One day the people will open their eyes and see this. Nobody wants another child or person hurt, at least I don't, but these laws do not protect people.
High-risk sex offender had no place to go, now on the lam
SNOHOMISH -- They tried motels. They tried relatives. They tried homeless shelters.
When a high-risk sex offender was about to be released from prison, he had no place to stay. The state told him to sleep under a bridge beneath U.S. 2 near Snohomish.
- So you see, the STATE is putting your lives in more danger by having such draconian laws an ex-offender cannot live no where. No who knows where he is at?
"That's not an acceptable place to be living," Snohomish Police Chief John Turner said. "There is an issue. Where do sex offenders live? Where can they live?"
- Well, if it's within the law, then when the public starts bitching that an offender lives near by, the police need to say "Sorry, they have just as much right as you to live there!" And stop fueling the fire...
There's another issue, too.
Three days after being released from prison, David J. Torrence, 43, on Wednesday cut off the electronic monitoring bracelet he was issued and stopped reporting to his parole officer.
- More proof these laws do not work. GPS is a placebo and only for those who are obeying the laws. The people we need to be worried about are not going to obey ANY of these laws, just like this man who is gone now, and nobody knows where he is at or what he is doing. So you see, these laws are nothing but a false sense of security that does nothing to protect anybody, period!
A nationwide no-bail arrest warrant has been issued for Torrence. He's a level-3 sex offender and considered at the highest risk of reoffending.
State Department of Corrections officials started working months before Torrence's release to find a place for him to stay, said Mary Rehberg, the officer assigned to Torrence's case.
"We'd rather them have a home and know where they're at than have them wandering the streets," she said. "The only reason he was there under the bridge was so we could know where he was."
The bridge near Snohomish was selected because it was convenient for Torrence to check in with parole supervisors and get transportation to other services, Rehberg said, adding there were no other alternatives for the homeless offender.
"I didn't want him under that bridge either," she said.
In 1995, Torrence pleaded guilty to second-degree rape. He was accused of grabbing a 16-year-old Snohomish County girl off Fifth Avenue near Casino Road. He threatened to shoot her and then sexually assaulted her, according to court records.
"He's a stranger rapist, which is the worst of all kinds," Snohomish County sheriff's detective Joseph Beard said. Beard tracks sex offenders in the county.
Torrence was sentenced to more than seven years in prison. Since completing that sentence, he's been arrested several more times.
"He has a history of failing to register," Beard said.
On Sunday, he was released from prison after serving a one-year term for failing to register as a sex offender.
People cannot be kept in prison once they've served their time even if they have no home, Snohomish County Sheriff John Lovick said.
"We can't really protect everyone from everything. We're doing our absolute best. That's all we can do," he said. "I believe we will find this guy."
Finding a place for high-risk sex offenders to live can be difficult, officials said.
- Thanks to the very laws the grandstanding politicians have passed from knee-jerk reactions and not thinking about it before passing draconian laws that will not work. The last several years are proof these laws do not work...
State laws prevent them from living within 800 feet of a school or other places where minors come together to play. Local police must notify neighbors when a sex offender moves into a neighbor.
In Torrence's case, local motels and homeless shelters refused to give him a bed, Rehberg said.
- So much for all the so called religious people out there who are suppose to treat thy neighbor as you would want to be treated. They are all a bunch of hypocrites. Now I know why the bible says very few people will actually be allowed into heaven, because they are all hypocrites pretending to be Christians!
He has relatives in Lynnwood, but he declined to live with them, she said.
Torrence's case isn't unique.
In the first three months of 2008, the state Department of Corrections released 34 level-3 sex offenders. Of those, 15 were homeless at release, said spokeswoman Anna Aylward.
State lawmakers said there needs to be a better solution for homeless sex offenders.
"We're going to have to get some facility, state-operated, to house them until they find permanent housing," said Rep. Al O'Brien (Contact), D-Mountlake Terrace. "It is not acceptable that we'll put them under a bridge."
Offenders determined to be sexually violent predators can be locked up in the civil commitment center on McNeil Island, said Rep. Kirk Pearson (Contact), R-Monroe. That's not easy. Mental health professionals must diagnose the offender as being among a narrow category of people geared toward sexual violence, and a court must agree.
- And even then, hardly any are ever released, and civil commitment is unconstitutional, if the Constitution meant anything still. Pearson is clearly someone who doesn't know what he is talking about. He took an oath to uphold the Constitution, yet he is not doing that. So he's basically a lier who lied to get into office.
Most sex offenders coming out of prison don't fall in that category, he said.
"The state should have some transitional place where they should be and if they do not comply with terms of their release they should go back into the slammer for a very long time," Pearson said.
There are about 55 homeless sex offenders in Snohomish County, Beard said. Each week, the offenders must check in with his office and let them know where they're sleeping.
"They're higher risk, they don't have any stability," he said.
- And that puts everybody in danger!
For many of the men, it's all a game of trying to shrug off supervision, he said.
- Because the damn laws are impossible to live with. Why don't you try living under these rules, then tell me this!
"They'll do anything to manipulate the system to avoid detection," the detective said.
- Yeah, yeah... Look good to the sheeple... Say anything, do anything to get extra brownie points...
O'Brien, the chairman of the House public safety committee, said he will push for a new law imposing a sentence of five years to life in prison for sex offenders who disable their GPS-monitoring devices.
- Like that is going to deter anybody.. More knee-jerk reactions instead of thinking... What about trying to work on PREVENTION instead of PUNISHMENT?
Officials said Torrence's GPS system worked exactly as it was intended. When he cut it off, a warning was sounded and within hours police knew he was on the run.
- Yeah, hours. Why not immediately? Who knows how many people he could've harmed if he chose to do so? This did not protect anybody and do you know where he is at now???
"It gave us a head start," Beard said. "Nobody can follow them around 24-7."
As the search for the fugitive continued Friday, Pearson said he was frustrated with the state's handling of sex offenders.
"I am pretty irritated," the ranking Republican on the House public safety committee said.
"What terrifies me is this person is very highly likely to re-offend.
- Yeah, and the laws you are creating are doing nothing, and making peoples lives unstable which any person with common sense would know that increased the risk of reoffending. So when are you going to come up with laws that are constitutional and fair?
"I am praying there is no catastrophe here."
- As well as everybody else. Nobody wants a catastrophe!
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Assault victims' groups oppose restrictions
ATLANTA - The Georgia legislature's second try to restrict where sex offenders can live or work has drawn some unlikely opposition.
A band of organizations aimed at ending sexual assaults against women and children opposes the restrictions. Senate Bill 1, which awaits Gov. Sonny Perdue's (Contact) signature, would prohibit registered sex offenders from living, working or volunteering 1,000 feet from schools, churches, child care facilities and other places children congregate.
Supporters point out the state will have no restrictions in place if the bill does not become law.
The Georgia Supreme Court declared the state's previous restrictions unconstitutional because they denied the property rights of sex offenders who already lived within 1,000 feet from a school when the law took effect. Senate Bill 1 would remedy that provision.
But some groups say the restrictions, while well-intentioned, only will create the illusion of safety and put women and children at even greater risk.
"We can scare people into believing that we are doing something, and that does nothing in my mind but endanger people by luring them into a false sense of security," said Shawn Paul, president and CEO of the Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault, a coalition of sexual assault centers.
Given that 94 percent of sexually abused children were victimized by their parents or other relatives, Paul said the revised restrictions will offer no real assurance that children are safe from potential sexual abusers.
Moreover, sexual assaults against children overwhelmingly take place in the victim's home, according to 2006 statistics published by the Division of Family and Children Services.
SB 1 began as a way to prohibit registered sex offenders from photographing children without the parent's consent, a reaction to an incident in the district of the bill's sponsor, Senate President Pro Tem Eric Johnson (Email), R-Savannah. The House added the residency and employment restrictions to Johnson's bill after a different House bill failed in the Senate.
Johnson argues it is difficult to predict who will sexually abuse children, so it makes sense to restrict offenders' proximity to children.
"I don't think you can prevent all child abuse, but (we) can certainly do everything in our power to protect children from known abusers, and that is what this is about," Johnson said.
Perdue, who has supported tougher laws on sex offenders in the past, has not weighed in on SB 1, said spokesman Marshall Guest.
If he does sign it, critics claim the bill's failure to address renters' rights - and to address teens engaging in consensual sex - will put it on the fast track for a court challenge.
Wendy Whitaker, a 28-year-old Harlem woman who has registered as a sex offender since 1999 after pleading guilty to having consensual oral sex with a 15-year-old boy when she was 17, said the lack of differentiation makes the restriction unfair and a burden for people like her.
"There are people who have killed people and suffered less than I have," Whitaker said.
She has been forced to move from her home three times since registering, she said. In March 2006, she and her husband had to move from their home because it was within 1,000 feet of a church with a child care facility, she said. County authorities notified her about two months ago that she and her husband could move back into her home because they owned it, Whitaker said.
A violation of the distance restrictions would be punishable by 10 to 30 years in prison, and Whitaker said she has stopped attending church out of fear that authorities might determine she is loitering, which would run afoul of SB 1.
"I think I'll just stay at home on Sunday," she said.
A federal class action lawsuit on behalf of the state's 15,000 sex offenders, filed by the Southern Center for Human Rights, challenges the residency and work restrictions of an earlier bill. The nonprofit law firm would add SB 1 to its complaint if it is signed into law, said Sara Totonchi, the group's public policy director.