Monthly Archives: April 2012

Cocaine and Terrorism

In the 70s and 80s, I worked Central America as an Army officer for a total of five and a half years. The terrorist’s movements be they the FMLN, Sandinistas or Contras made their money by kidnapping or as cocaine … Continue reading

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Obama Relies on Debt Collectors Profiting From Student Loan Woe

For those coming out of prison and contemplating going to school, student loans can be a very appealing way to travel. In fact, there are schools the specialize in offering student loans that are nothing more than shadow education facilities … Continue reading

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Stress of combat reaches drone crews

A good question falls out from the experience of the Air Force with drone pilots that fly missions in war zones on the other side of the world. “Crews sometimes see ground troops take casualties or come under attack. They … Continue reading

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Notes From Behind the Fence

Sometimes by going to the extreme you can see huge chunks of what goes on in the gray area called the middle. In this case, looking at the social dynamics of a Russian Penal Colony we can see and maybe … Continue reading

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Cell phones as a tracking tool is routine

You would think that after the Supreme Court issued it’s decision on GPS tracking without a warrent that someone would make the connection that cell phone tracking without a warrent is the same thing but a different technology. The single … Continue reading

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Jailers may perform invasive strip searches

This is cut and dry and I suspect no surprise here. “Jailers may perform invasive strip searches on people arrested even for minor offenses, an ideologically divided Supreme Court ruled Monday, the conservative majority declaring that security trumps privacy in … Continue reading

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Sales of popular painkillers exploding in new parts of U.S.

These figures are astounding. Last year there were 69 tons of pure oxycodone and 42 tons of pure hydrocodone manufactured and distributed in the US. That is almost enough for one ton of each per state. A lot of people … Continue reading

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From this weeks corrupt cops……

From this weeks corrupt cops: “In Clearwater, Florida, defense attorneys have called for a US Justice Department investigation of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, which is embroiled in an ever widening scandal over its practices. The attorneys say … Continue reading

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Orleans sheriff faces class action suit for alleged prison abuse

Got to say that this is the most comprehensive explanation of what happens when there is no checks and balances. It also gives the best description of the power of the sheriff in most communities. He is the bridge between the Criminal Justice Complex and the political forces in the state. All too often, it is the sheriff that eventually moves on into the various state legislatures.

This enhances the power of the Criminal Justice Complex in that laws are passed the favor the growth of law enforcement and prisons often at the expense of human rights. Once a prison is built then they have to stay full for the most part because the economy of most communities becomes dependent on it. An excellent case was the closure of Jefferson CI in Jefferson County Florida this year.

The prison in Jefferson County was the only economic engine and its monthly payroll was bigger than the operating fund of the county. Consequently, the state found the money to keep the prison alive. At last count, there were only three counties that did not have a prison of the 67 counties in Florida.

There are always two side to every story but there is a point of validation in class action suit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center for human rights violations.  The marshal’s service stops using the Orleans jail as a holding facility because of inhuman conditions.

I do encourage anyone that has the slightest interest in understanding the Criminal Justice system of the US to read this because seldom is every pimple exposed to the light the Southern Poverty Law Center shown on a single institution. Makes you wonder who is asleep at the switch in the state and federal level that such a condition could go on for so long.

Not only was someone asleep at the switch but this kind of human rights abuse only breeds a deeper sense of resentment, anger and violence by those caught up in the system. A sense of violence that will find expression in crime on the street.





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