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Force-Feeding Is Not Just for Guantanamo

In response to the prison hunger strike that’s spread throughout California since the beginning of July, a federal judge ruled Monday that officials could force-feed the inmates. After seven grueling weeks, there are still 69 prisoners who are refusing to eat the facilities’ meals.

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AP/Rich Pedroncelli, File

30,000 California Inmates Begin Hunger Strike Protest

An estimated 30,000 prisoners in California began refusing meals Monday in what may be the largest incarceration strike in history.

Posted on Jul 9, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Alex Dorgan-Ross

Ted Nugent Says Boston Bombing Suspect Should Be Publicly Hanged

Decrying the modern U.S. justice system as a “joke,” the right-wing rocker suggested that the U.S. go back to its old method of public hangings so that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could have “his neck stretched” on the Fourth of July.

Posted on Apr 22, 2013 READ MORE



AP/California Department of Corrections

Are California Prisons Punishing Inmates Based on Race?

In several men’s prisons across California, colored signs hang above cell doors: blue for black inmates, white for white, red, green or pink for Hispanic, yellow for everyone else. On any given day, the color of a sign could mean the difference between an inmate exercising in the prison yard or being confined to his cell.

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 READ MORE



AP / Lawrence Jackson

Truthdigger of the Week: Lawrence Wilkerson

Former Vice President Dick Cheney launched his memoir this week, and on Tuesday, Lawrence Wilkerson, our Truthdigger of the Week, said he would be willing to testify in criminal court against Cheney should the opportunity ever arise.

Posted on Sep 2, 2011 READ MORE


Iran nuclear program
payvand.com

Obama Warns of Iran Sanctions

President Barack Obama has signaled an escalation in the ongoing nuclear dispute with Iran, warning that punitive measures could come soon after Tehran rejected a proposal to send its enriched uranium to Russia or France for further processing.

Posted on Nov 20, 2009 READ MORE


Lethal Injection Gurney
Arizona Department of Corrections

Thou Shalt Kill

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that lethal injection cannot be included under the constitutional amendment barring cruel and unusual punishment, clearing the way for the lifting of state moratoriums on executions that were installed last September.

Posted on Apr 16, 2008 READ MORE


John Yoo
Washington Post / Karen Ballard

Torture’s Poet Laureate

A recently declassified memo shines the spotlight once again on John “Take Them to the Point of Death” Yoo, a UC Berkeley law professor and once deputy legal counsel in the Justice Department.

Posted on Apr 2, 2008 READ MORE


Lashing
asianews.it

When They Say No Parties, They Mean it

Four hundred thirty-three foreigners were arrested by Saudi Arabia’s religious police for attending a party that served alcohol and allowed men and women to dance together. So far, 20 have been sentenced to lashings and months of prison time. (Photo above involves a separate case.)

Posted on Feb 6, 2007 READ MORE


King George
Mr. Fish

Gene Gerard: King George the Merciless

George Bush may have come to power claiming to be a “compassionate conservative,” but his miserly use of the president’s abililty to pardon makes him one of American history’s most indifferent leaders.

Posted on Jan 11, 2007 READ MORE


Guards
jwharrison.com

U.S. Has More Prisoners Than Any Other Country

The United States has the largest prison population in the world, with 2.2 million people in prison and 7 million in prison, on probation or on parole.  China, which has about a billion more people than the U.S., has only 1.5 million prisoners.

Posted on Dec 11, 2006 READ MORE


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Illustration by Mignon Khargie / Salon.com

Spare the Quarter-Inch Plumbing Supply Line, Spoil the Child

Salon chronicles a growing Christian fundamentalist parenting practice of hitting and otherwise harming one’s children to “train them up.” The practice is directly linked to the death of a 4-year-old who was suffocated underneath blankets to keep him from leaving his bed. (Reg. req’d.)

Posted on May 25, 2006 READ MORE


Pat Robertson and Theodicy ad Absurdum

No sooner had Ariel Sharon been rushed to the hospital with a “significant stroke” than the Rev. Pat Robertson informed the viewers of his cable TV 700 Club that this was God’s punishment for Sharon’s decision to unilaterally withdraw from Gaza.

Posted on Jan 7, 2006 READ MORE


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