The Prison Industry in the United States: Big Business or a New Form of Slavery?

prison2Human rights organizations, as well as political and social ones, are condemning what they are calling a new form of inhumane exploitation in the United States, where they say a prison population of up to 2 million – mostly Black and Hispanic – are working for various industries for a pittance. For the tycoons who have invested in the prison industry, it has been like finding a pot of gold. They don’t have to worry about strikes or paying unemployment insurance, vacations or comp time. All of their workers are full-time, and never arrive late or are absent because of family problems; moreover, if they don’t like the pay of 25 cents an hour and refuse to work, they are locked up in isolation cells. There are approximately 2 million inmates in state, federal and private prisons throughout the country. According to California Prison Focus, “no other society in human history has imprisoned so many of its own citizens.” The figures show that the United States has locked up more people than any other country: a half million more than China, which has a population five times greater than the U.S. Statistics reveal that the United States holds 25% of the world’s prison population, but only 5% of the world’s people. From less than 300,000 inmates in 1972, the jail population grew to 2 million by the year 2000. In 1990 it was one million. Ten years ago there were only five private prisons in the country, with a population of 2,000 inmates; now, there are 100, with 62,000 inmates. It is expected that by the coming decade, the number will hit 360,000, according to reports. What has happened over the last 10 years? Why are there so many prisoners? “The private contracting of prisoners for work fosters incentives to lock people up. Prisons depend on this income. Corporate stockholders who make money off prisoners’ work lobby for longer sentences, in order to expand their workforce. The system feeds itself,” says a study by the Progressive Labor Party, which accuses the prison industry of being “an imitation of Nazi Germany with respect to forced slave labor and concentration camps.” The prison industry complex is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States and its investors are on Wall Street. “This multimillion-dollar industry has its own trade exhibitions, conventions, websites, and mail-order/Internet catalogs. It also has direct advertising campaigns, architecture companies, construction companies, investment houses on Wall Street, plumbing supply companies, food supply companies, armed security, and padded cells in a large variety of colors.” According to the Left Business Observer, the federal prison industry produces 100% of all military helmets, ammunition belts, bullet-proof vests, ID tags, shirts, pants, tents, bags, and canteens. Along with war supplies, prison workers supply 98% of the entire market for equipment assembly services; 93% of paints and paintbrushes; 92% of stove assembly; 46% of body armor; 36% of home appliances; 30% of headphones/microphones/speakers; and 21% of office furniture. Airplane parts, medical supplies, and much more: prisoners are even raising seeing-eye dogs for blind people. CRIME GOES DOWN, JAIL POPULATION GOES UP According to reports by human rights organizations, these are the factors that increase the profit potential for those who invest in the prison industry complex: . Jailing persons convicted of non-violent crimes, and long prison sentences for possession of microscopic quantities of illegal drugs. Federal law stipulates five years’ imprisonment without possibility of parole for possession of 5 grams of crack or 3.5 ounces of heroin, and 10 years for possession of less than 2 ounces of rock-cocaine or crack. A sentence of 5 years for cocaine powder requires possession of 500 grams – 100 times more than the quantity of rock cocaine for the same sentence. Most of those who use cocaine powder are white, middle-class or rich people, while mostly Blacks and Latinos use rock cocaine. In Texas, a person may be sentenced for up to two years’ imprisonment for possessing 4 ounces of marijuana. Here in New York, the 1973 Nelson Rockefeller anti-drug law provides for a mandatory prison sentence of 15 years to life for possession of 4 ounces of any illegal drug. . The passage in 13 states of the “three strikes” laws (life in prison after being convicted of three felonies), made it necessary to build 20 new federal prisons. One of the most disturbing cases resulting from this measure was that of a prisoner who for stealing a car and two bicycles received three 25-year sentences.
. Longer sentences. . The passage of laws that require minimum sentencing, without regard for circumstances. . A large expansion of work by prisoners creating profits that motivate the incarceration of more people for longer periods of time. . More punishment of prisoners, so as to lengthen their sentences.
HISTORY OF PRISON LABOR IN THE UNITED STATES Prison labor has its roots in slavery. After the 1861-1865 Civil War, a system of “hiring out prisoners” was introduced in order to continue the slavery tradition. Freed slaves were charged with not carrying out their sharecropping commitments (cultivating someone else’s land in exchange for part of the harvest) or petty thievery – which were almost never proven – and were then “hired out” for cotton picking, working in mines and building railroads. From 1870 until 1910 in the state of Georgia, 88% of hired-out convicts were Black. In Alabama, 93% of “hired-out” miners were Black. In Mississippi, a huge prison farm similar to the old slave plantations replaced the system of hiring out convicts. The notorious Parchman plantation existed until 1972. During the post-Civil War period, Jim Crow racial segregation laws were imposed on every state, with legal segregation in schools, housing, marriages and many other aspects of daily life. “Today, a new set of markedly racist laws is imposing slave labor and sweatshops on the criminal justice system, now known as the prison industry complex,” comments the Left Business Observer. Who is investing? At least 37 states have legalized the contracting of prison labor by private corporations that mount their operations inside state prisons. The list of such companies contains the cream of U.S. corporate society: IBM, Boeing, Motorola, Microsoft, AT&T, Wireless, Texas Instrument, Dell, Compaq, Honeywell, Hewlett-Packard, Nortel, Lucent Technologies, 3Com, Intel, Northern Telecom, TWA, Nordstrom’s, Revlon, Macy’s, Pierre Cardin, Target Stores, and many more. All of these businesses are excited about the economic boom generation by prison labor. Just between 1980 and 1994, profits went up from $392 million to $1.31 billion. Inmates in state penitentiaries generally receive the minimum wage for their work, but not all; in Colorado, they get about $2 per hour, well under the minimum. And in privately-run prisons, they receive as little as 17 cents per hour for a maximum of six hours a day, the equivalent of $20 per month. The highest-paying private prison is CCA in Tennessee, where prisoners receive 50 cents per hour for what they call “highly skilled positions.” At those rates, it is no surprise that inmates find the pay in federal prisons to be very generous. There, they can earn $1.25 an hour and work eight hours a day, and sometimes overtime. They can send home $200-$300 per month. Thanks to prison labor, the United States is once again an attractive location for investment in work that was designed for Third World labor markets. A company that operated a maquiladora (assembly plant in Mexico near the border) closed down its operations there and relocated to San Quentin State Prison in California. In Texas, a factory fired its 150 workers and contracted the services of prisoner-workers from the private Lockhart Texas prison, where circuit boards are assembled for companies like IBM and Compaq. [Former] Oregon State Representative Kevin Mannix recently urged Nike to cut its production in Indonesia and bring it to his state, telling the shoe manufacturer that “there won’t be any transportation costs; we’re offering you competitive prison labor (here).” PRIVATE PRISONS The prison privatization boom began in the 1980s, under the governments of Ronald Reagan and Bush Sr., but reached its height in 1990 under William Clinton, when Wall Street stocks were selling like hotcakes. Clinton’s program for cutting the federal workforce resulted in the Justice Departments contracting of private prison corporations for the incarceration of undocumented workers and high-security inmates. Private prisons are the biggest business in the prison industry complex. About 18 corporations guard 10,000 prisoners in 27 states. The two largest are Correctional Corporation of America (CCA) and Wackenhut, which together control 75%. Private prisons receive a guaranteed amount of money for each prisoner, independent of what it costs to maintain each one. According to Russell Boraas, a private prison administrator in Virginia, “the secret to low operating costs is having a minimal number of guards for the maximum number of prisoners.” The CCA has an ultra-modern prison in Lawrenceville, Virginia, where five guards on dayshift and two at night watch over 750 prisoners. In these prisons, inmates may get their sentences reduced for “good behavior,” but for any infraction, they get 30 days added – which means more profits for CCA. According to a study of New Mexico prisons, it was found that CCA inmates lost “good behavior time” at a rate eight times higher than those in state prisons. IMPORTING AND EXPORTING INMATES Profits are so good that now there is a new business: importing inmates with long sentences, meaning the worst criminals. When a federal judge ruled that overcrowding in Texas prisons was cruel and unusual punishment, the CCA signed contracts with sheriffs in poor counties to build and run new jails and share the profits. According to a December 1998 Atlantic Monthly magazine article, this program was backed by investors from Merrill-Lynch, Shearson-Lehman, American Express and Allstate, and the operation was scattered all over rural Texas. That state’s governor, Ann Richards, followed the example of Mario Cuomo in New York and built so many state prisons that the market became flooded, cutting into private prison profits. After a law signed by Clinton in 1996 – ending court supervision and decisions – caused overcrowding and violent, unsafe conditions in federal prisons, private prison corporations in Texas began to contact other states whose prisons were overcrowded, offering “rent-a-cell” services in the CCA prisons located in small towns in Texas. The commission for a rent-a-cell salesman is $2.50 to $5.50 per day per bed. The county gets $1.50 for each prisoner. STATISTICS Ninety-seven percent of 125,000 federal inmates have been convicted of non-violent crimes. It is believed that more than half of the 623,000 inmates in municipal or county jails are innocent of the crimes they are accused of. Of these, the majority are awaiting trial. Two-thirds of the one million state prisoners have committed non-violent offenses. Sixteen percent of the country’s 2 million prisoners suffer from mental illness. Source:  http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-prison-industry-in-the-united-states-big-business-or-a-new-form-of-slavery/8289

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Italian Senator Demands Declasification And Disclosure Of “Chemtrail / Geoengineering” Spraying

chemtail-messRodolfo Ragonesi, CEO of the Gaia Foundation,  is clearly a man of truly exceptional courage and focus. While nearly all of the environmental and science communities have remained criminally silent about the blatant and highly toxic climate engineering constantly occurring in skies around the globe, Ragonesi has taken a stand and is demanding answers. Rodolfo’s efforts to expose the truth in Malta are outlined in the link below.   http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/gaia-foundation-calls-for-more-transparency-on-cloud-formations/ Are the dominos of silence and stonewalling regarding  geoengineering beginning to fall? Yes, but time is not on our side. Every day the global spraying continues, the planet’s life support systems are forced toward the tipping point of total breakdown. Its up to all of us to stand and join this most critical battle to bring the climate engineering to light and to a halt. We all have a responsibility to stand with men like Rodofo who are playing such a critical role in the fight for the common good. It appears that Mr. Roganesi’s efforts have now helped to trigger demands for disclosure now being made by Italian Senator Domenico Scilipoti as shown in the translated article below.
Dane Wigington

Domencio Scilipoti’s Call for Declasification of Chemtrail Agreement

chemtrails-sunset Translated publication from Italy Rome, 27 March. To abolish the state secret on chemtrails. This is being requested by Senator Domenico Scilipoti who had already carried out an interrogation on the matter in the last legislature. Thus after the declassification of the testament of the confessed (Mr) Schiavone (note 1) that made it possible to identify the traffickers in waste in the land of fires, and the request to declassify the documents regarding the death of Hilary Alpi (Italian Journalist killed in Somalia in 1994, in connection with discovery of toxic waste), now the Senator of the party “Forza Italia” has turned to demand the abolition of the State Secrecy on chemtrails, hoping thereby to expose international intrigue carried out at the expense of the citizen. In 2002 – he write – “Italy, through Vittorio Prodi, and the USA signed a bilateral agreement on climate research. In 2003 former Minister Martino authorised the USAF to fly over Italian airspace”. From that moment on, according to the “Forza Italia” Senator, our country would have been exposed to a high health risk to its citizens. The chemical trails left by aeroplanes in flight would have dispersed heavy metals in the air, provoking pollution in the rain causing damage to agriculture. Scilipoti has now requested the President of the Council (The Italian Prime Minister) to abolish the State Secret. Note 1. In Italy there is a newly coined term “pentito” which refers to key persons in organised crime who turn state evidence and whose evidence becomes crucial in establishing a case and uncovering cover ups and intrigues. There is no proper word to translate it into English, but the literal translation is “confessed person”. The new culture of “pentiti”/informers in Italy in the last years has started to break the back of the mafia and expose not only mafia gangsters who were protected by long years of mafia secrecy within the mafia organisations (omerta’ – silence, on pain of death), but also their political allies. Note 2. link to article on the campaign in Italy to declassify state secrets and classified documents (desecretazione) in relation to the journalist Ilaria Alpi and toxic waste. Title of the article is “President Boldrini, secrecy is no longer admissible.”

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Mad As Hell or Just Taking It Lying Down

by Zen Gardner It’s still hard to believe this movie was made almost 40 years ago yet the world has trundled on in almost complete apathy and subservience. This is almost total proof of abject mind and body control of the swaying masses who can’t be bothered with the staggering realities being imposed upon them. To acquiesce in their minds is to keep the peace and security they’ve been told they’ll enjoy. After all, challenging their authority has virtually become a crime against the State. Checkmate for the sleepers. The coming wake up for most will be the most shocking event that has ever hit humanity. Read the transcript of this “kinetic typography” as you hear the passion of this classic monologue and see if it doesn’t leave you “just wondering” what awaits around the corner. After this much warning we’re certainly in the lull before the storm. If you haven’t revisited this in a while, it’s astonishing how it only becomes more pertinent. Does the fact that it’s come full circle to the Russians as the enemy, as he cites, indicate the fulfillment of a cycle. The fascist clampdown and even a very possible World War 3 scenario have been in the works, a long, long time. But is anybody paying attention? Or is the world sleep walking into a carefully crafted disaster.  

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More Free Energy Info… Exciting!!!

The Nikola Tesla Institute, founded in 2012 in Brasília, Brasil is a scientific organization with a goal of popularization of new energy research. The private research laboratory is located near the lake Paranoa in the capital of Brazil.

Declaration of Energy Independance

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for the People of Earth to dissolve the relationships, habits, and thought patterns that have bound us to a unsustainable energy paradigm, our conscience compels us to state our grievances with these outmoded systems, and to unanimously declare our intentions for the future of free energy.
We hold these Truths to be self-evident: that in our modern age, all means of energy production are not equal, some being polluting, limited, non-renewable and controlled by corporate-driven profit motives, while others are clean, abundant, sustainable, and able to be made freely available for the betterment of all people; that human innovation and creativity and has excelled beyond our current methodologies of energy production; that the current energy paradigm is ecologically unsound, economically unfeasible, socially divisive and morally bankrupt; that dependency on our current energy production methods has led to the increasing environmental degradation of our living planet, and to a growing systemic mentality of scarcity, lack, fear, aggression and imperialism; that free energy technology has been developed and suppressed for over a century and we need not be dependent on non-renewable energy for a moment longer; that the time is Now for us to develop means of energy production and distribution that utilizes the inherent abundance of Nature itself; that, as stated by the great scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla, science is but a perversion of itself unless it has, as its ultimate goal, the betterment of humanity; that whenever any energy model has been perpetuated toward a system of control, limitation, and the stagnation of humanity’s collective evolutionary progress, it is the right and duty of the peoples of all nations to abandon the outmoded technologies upon which such systems are built, and transition toward those which are clean, renewable, sustainable, and free.
 
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Ben Fulford – 04/01/2014

Monotheism in crisis as high level insiders claim the Qu’ran and the New Testament were Vatican P2 lodge propaganda

Posted by benjamin
April 1, 2014
In a sign we are living in historic times, high level insiders have begun claiming that Jesus Christ was a fictitious character and that the Qu’ran was written by Vatican propaganda experts. This is evidence the 2000 year old Roman plan to create a unified, mono-cultural fascist world government is unravelling and that, as a result, ancient secrets are pouring out. The details of the new revelations can be seen at the end of the article. Meanwhile nuclear and earthquake terror threats are being made by the US military industrial complex, Russia, Israel, the gnostic Illuminati, the North Koreans and others as a back-drop to negotiations aimed at forming a world federation of free states and sovereign humans. During the last week the Russians, the gnostic Illuminati, the federation of world martial arts societies, the British, the North Koreans and others have contacted the White Dragon Society to offer support for its plan to end poverty and stop environmental destruction. Also last week, a man claiming to represent “Russian television” sent a reporter to record a planned one hour special documentary about the White Dragon Society. The individual failed to offer any proof he represented Russian television but nonetheless, he was shown proof the WDS had the capability, if necessary, to raise a 200 million person army against the cabal. The cabal, through the P2 freemason lodge, also contacted the WDS last week to say that President Vladimir Putin of Russia had agreed to participate in the planned world federation but only on the condition that President Barack Obama revealed to the world “final proof” of what the US government knows about aliens. The WDS was also asked many detailed questions by the man from “Russian television” about esoteric topics. One was the question of US what happened to the US underground bases. What the WDS knows from its direct intelligence sources is that the bases were shut off from the surface of the planet around 2011. Also, horrific human experiments and humans being kept in cages were discovered by the white hats who took over the underground bases before shutting off their surface entrances. The entrances were shut to ensure senior cabalists would have no shelter in the event they tried to carry out their plan to destroy 90% of humanity. Also, the WDS told them the man going by the name Cobra claimed to have ridden a supersonic underground train from London to New York before the bases were shut down. This corroborates extensive written records about these underground train networks. The Russians were also told the WDS had been shown photographs of underground wheat fields. In addition, the WDS explained that members of the Majestic 12 or MJ12 group set up by President Eisenhower to deal with alien contacts came to the conclusion it was dealing with a rogue artificial intelligence that was able to override and control some human minds, especially those of top government officials. The P2 claim this is the “black sun” and that it resides in the gamma ray spectrum. The “Russian TV” man was also introduced to Chodoin Daikaku. Daikaku is the head of a world federation of seven martial arts groups including Karate, Judo and Aikido. Together they have dojos in 190 countries and have representatives at all levels of the world’s armed forces. He was also shown evidence of WDS alliance with Asian secret societies such as the Red and Blue and the Dragon family. These groups support the WDS aims of creating a world federation for peace followed by a campaign to end poverty and stop environmental destruction. As mentioned above, in combination with the Western secret societies such as the Freemasons and the Gnostic Illuminati, the groups have the potential, if necessary, to raise an army at least 200 million strong. As negotiations for world peace continue, so does saber rattling continue from all sorts of places. The Gnostic Illuminati have also threatened to destroy “the Jewish square mile” of London as well as Jerusalem and New York “this week” if the cabal did not surrender control of the dollar based financial system. The Israelis for their part have shut all their embassies worldwide, as reported last week, and now we are being told by people like Gordon Duff that each of those embassies contains a nuclear weapon. The North Koreans, to add their bit, have publicly threatened to set off a “new type of nuclear bomb.” They are also talking about forcing unification with the South. The folk who warned in advance of the Malaysian airline incident and the trouble in the Ukraine (presumably the military industrial complex) have also issued a fresh, dire warning that: “the next operation will be in Moldovia, in Belarus and then to kill Obama April 16th and nuke a US city.” There is also plenty of talk of earthquake weapons being deployed against Japan, California,Yellowstone National Park (with its giant sleeping volcano) against La Palma (to set off a tsunami) etc. All of this talk is from WDS primary sources and is corroborated by plenty of stuff being posted on the net. With these threats as a backdrop, various groups continue to jockey for control of the financial system. The latest maneuver came last week when a cabal agent approached the WDS to say they were going to hand over trillions of dollars in bonds to President Obama when he visits Japan in April as well as to the Keshe Foundation and the Cobra resistance. He was told that whatever secret group he represented did not have the right to create trillions of dollars out of nothing, even if they were suddenly trying to do nice things. The WDS believes right to issue currency, and thus the right to decide the future of the planet, belongs to humanity as a whole and not some secret self-appointed group of gangsters. Once humanity is liberated from Babylonian style debt slavery and global fascism then groups like Cobra and Keshe will be generously financed provided they are genuine. It is under such circumstances that high level cabal insiders are now starting to reveal what they claim to be deep dark secrets of monotheism. For example, high level members of the P2 lodge that has controlled the Vatican until now claim that Jesus Christ was a fictitious character created for the purposes of government, which is Latin for controlling (govern) minds (ments). The claims that the Qu’ran was written by the Vatican are being made in a legal deposition presented to a court in London by the lawyer Michael Shrimpton. Here is the text of the claim: 20. The Defendant also correctly appreciated that Osama bin Laden was not personally religious, i.e. that his public image was a front. In coming to that conclusion he was informed by his knowledge, gained in part through high-level direct and indirect Saudi contacts, including the late H.E. Prince Mohammed, Governor of the Eastern Province, who before his assassination supported the Customer Buy-Out bid for Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motors co-ordinated by the Defendant in 1997/1998, without wishing to give offence to any Muslim, that Islam was a fraudulent religion. That is because the Koran was not dictated by God, as Islamic theologians proclaim, but by a series of theologians at the Vatican, hence the original being in Latin and the requirement for early Islamic scholars to speak Latin. The Defendant also understood that the first author of the Koran died before the work could be completed, explaining the differences between the earlier and later chapters. That in turn helps explain the deep division between Sufi and Salafist Muslims, which in turn has a bearing on understanding Islamo-fascist terrorist organisations such as al Qaeda . Understanding that bin Laden only wore religious dress when on public view (e.g. when recording propaganda videos) helped in tracking him. This analysis was of interest inter alia to the NSA and FBI, which may help explain why the illegally seized material included a name in the Arabian Peninsula intelligence section of the FBI. http://www.scribd.com/doc/210930808/Michael-Shrimpton-Defense-Filing-Southwark-3-6-2014?secret_password=2ah1j81k0bhidyzeeqau Such claims are shocking many in the monotheistic world. However, they can also be dismissed as part of the long planned New World Order campaign to pave the way for a new age world religion. Source:  http://src-fla.us/index.php/news2e629/78-news-articles/110-ben-fulford

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Members of Congress who are leaving office

Reuters5:04 p.m. CDT, March 31, 2014
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Forty-eight members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate have announced plans to leave their seats in Congress before November congressional elections, including 26 Republicans and 22 Democrats. The latest to announce was Dave Camp, chairman of the powerful tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Republicans currently control the House 233-199, with three vacancies. * Departing House Republicans (23) * Representative Dave Camp, Michigan (12 terms) * Representative Mike Rogers, Michigan (seven terms) * Representative Doc Hastings, Washington state (10 terms) * Representative Gary Miller, California (eight terms) * Representative Trey Radel, Florida (served less than one full term, resigned) * Representative Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia (six terms, seeking Senate seat) * Representative Paul Broun, Georgia (three terms, seeking Senate seat) * Representative Bill Cassidy, Louisiana (three terms, seeking Senate seat) * Representative Phil Gingrey, Georgia (six terms, seeking Senate seat) * Representative Jack Kingston, Georgia (11 terms, seeking Senate seat) * Representative Michele Bachmann, Minnesota (four terms) * Representative John Campbell, California (five terms)
* Representative Tom Cotton, Arkansas (one term, seeking Senate seat) * Representative Spencer Bachus, Alabama (11 terms)

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