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Wed Mar 20, 2013, 06:52 PM

Gulag Nation USA: 2.3 Million Inmates, Forced Labor, Rancid Food



http://www.alternet.org/print/civil-liberties/gulag-nation-usa-23-million-inmates-forced-labor-rancid-food-and-its-making





Gulag Nation USA: 2.3 Million Inmates, Forced Labor, Rancid Food -- and It's Making the Corporate Overlords Wealthy

March 18, 2013 |



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The letters that pour into her office are disturbing. Female prisoners routinely complain of being sexually abused by guards. One prisoner wrote to her office: “That was not part of my sentence to perform oral sex with officers.” Other prisoners write on behalf of the mentally ill who have been left to deteriorate in the prison system. One California prisoner told of a mentally ill man spreading feces over himself and the guards then dumping him into a scalding bath that took skin off 30 percent of his body.
Kerness said the letters she receives from prisoners collectively present a litany of “inhumane conditions including cold, filth, callous medical care, extended isolation often lasting years, use of devices of torture, harassment, brutality and racism.” Prisoners send her drawings of “four- and five-point restraints, restraint hoods, restraint belts, restraint beds, stun grenades, stun guns, stun belts, spit hoods, tethers, and waist and leg chains.” But the worst torment, prisoners tell her, is the psychological pain caused by “no touch torture” that included “humiliation, sleep deprivation, sensory disorientation, extreme light or dark, extreme cold or heat” and “extended solitary confinement.” These techniques, she said, are consciously designed to carry out “a systematic attack on all human stimuli.”
The use of sensory deprivation was applied by the government to imprisoned radicals in the 1960s including members of the Black Panthers, the Black Liberation Army, the Puerto Rican independence movement and the American Indian Movement, along with environmentalists, anti-imperialists and civil rights activists. It is now used extensively against Islamic militants, jailhouse lawyers and political prisoners. Many of those political prisoners were part of radical black underground movements in the 1960s that advocated violence. A few, such as Leonard Peltier  and Mumia Abu Jamal , are well known, but most have little public visibility—among them Sundiata Acoli , Mutulu Shakur , Imam Jamil Al-Amin (known as H. Rap Brown when in the 1960s he was the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee), Jalil Bottom , Sekou Odinga , Abdul Majid , Tom Manning  and Bill Dunne . 

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Kerness says the for-profit prison companies have created an entrepreneurial class like that of the Southern slaveholders, one “dependent on the poor, and on bodies of color as a source for income,” and she describes federal and state departments of corrections as “a state of mind.” This state of mind, she said in the interview, “led to Abu Ghraib, Bagram and Guantanamo and what is going on in U.S. prisons right this moment.”
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Reply Gulag Nation USA: 2.3 Million Inmates, Forced Labor, Rancid Food (Original post)
formercia Mar 2013 OP
Mojorabbit Mar 2013 #1
Downtown Hound Mar 2013 #2
valerief Mar 2013 #5
NYC Liberal Mar 2013 #9
ProfessionalLeftist Mar 2013 #3
Mnemosyne Mar 2013 #4
ReRe Mar 2013 #6
2naSalit Mar 2013 #7
Nanjing to Seoul Mar 2013 #8
blkmusclmachine Mar 2013 #10
pmorlan1 Mar 2013 #11
loudsue Mar 2013 #12

Response to formercia (Original post)

Wed Mar 20, 2013, 07:14 PM

1. It is a travesty and worse no one seems to care. nt

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Response to formercia (Original post)

Wed Mar 20, 2013, 07:38 PM

2. Modern slavery. n/t

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Response to Downtown Hound (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 20, 2013, 08:33 PM

5. That's exactly what it is. No hyperbole. nt

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Response to Downtown Hound (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 20, 2013, 09:47 PM

9. Most people don't realize slavery isn't actually illegal...

The 13th amendment merely requires "due process" to enslave someone.

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction


So I'd say you're right on the money.

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Response to formercia (Original post)

Wed Mar 20, 2013, 08:00 PM

3. Sounds just like Guantanimo to me.

Same way those prisoners were treated.

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Wed Mar 20, 2013, 08:25 PM

4. ...

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Response to formercia (Original post)

Wed Mar 20, 2013, 08:44 PM

6. Yeah, them Russians have nothing on the USA...

"We are the greatest country in the world!" The greatest abusers in the world. The greatest interrogators in the world. The greatest prisons in the world. The greatest profits made from imprisonment in the world. American Exceptionalism! USA! USA! USA!

"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." ~~Voltaire, 1694-1778

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Response to formercia (Original post)

Wed Mar 20, 2013, 08:52 PM

7. +1

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Response to formercia (Original post)

Wed Mar 20, 2013, 09:38 PM

8. American exceptionalism at its finest.

 

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Thu Mar 21, 2013, 02:13 AM

10. Old Southern Plantations, locked away from prying eyes.

Forward!

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Thu Mar 21, 2013, 03:53 AM

11. It makes me so angry!

Excellent piece by Hedges.

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Response to formercia (Original post)

Thu Mar 21, 2013, 05:37 PM

12. We HAVE TO STOP privatized prisons. By its very nature, a corporation making a PROFIT

on each prisoner is, in itself, an incentive to KEEP PEOPLE THERE longer, by making up reasons to deny parole or early release. AND they don't feed the prisoners properly. One prisoner I knew didn't get ANY fresh vegetables in 6 years. There was never enough food to eat at dinner time, and they came away hungry, or were hungry again within the hour.

That, alone, is wrong. Then you throw in the deranged atrocities that are committed on the prisoners, and you have a very sick system. Hell, they can hardly even get the books they want to read!

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