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I feel compelled to write this Hub because there are some strange resonances going on in the public discourse today, which mirror the strange experience of myself and another blogger back in 2006-07.
At the time, there was a murder trial here on Cape Cod, and many people, myself and this blogger included, know that they have convicted an innocent man. We are sure of it to our bones. As sure as we know day from night.
Well, this other blogger began writing blogs on a local web-site defending this man, and I started to join her. And that's when the craziness began. You see this craziness now--the smearing and defaming of people who take a stand against something someone else doesn't like. It quicky turns into down and dirty assaults on character, and personal attacks. You find yourself wondering "why?" Why is it they cannot discuss the issues without resorting to these sort of tactics?
In our case, we believe we were being attacked to deflect attention away from the real murderers. You know-- make us look like kooks for even asking questions. Make us look crazy, so no one would pay us any mind.
Anyway, the blogging began to take on a surreal, insane flavor. Like these people were really quite insane! If only I could copy here for you some of their posts, you would be amazed. Incoherant ranting, talk of incest and rape in the family, baby-talk suddenly switching to wild accusations and vicious attacks...it was like veering off into a parallel universe where down is up and up is down. And the odd thing was, no one seemed to notice, no one seemed to care! It was bizarre.
My friend--for we became friends from this-- was accused of having an arsenal of guns stockpiled in her basement. We were told we belonged in a mental institution, told we had gone to the prison and made a porno movie with the convicted man, told we were planning to break him out of there and flee the country. My friend's mother was ill at the time, and they told her they hoped her mother choked on her own vomit and died.
But by far the worst for me was when I was told I took my grandkids up to the prison so they could have sex with the convict. Now, this really made my blood boil. First of all, why so over -the top? And second of all...who thinks this way? Why would that thought even enter someone's mind? But when I went on the web-site and asked how people could defend this kind of talk...most people didn't care!
The two of us were out there on our own, subject to the only thing I can describe as psychotic behavior.
Flash-forward to today....and I see the same behavior coming from the tea-bag Republican crowd. Totally psychotic behavior. Wild accusations, out-of-bounds name-calling, and all meant to cut to the bone...to slice at our deepest hurts, our deepest wounds. Hitting where they know it hurts the most.
And why? What is the reason that a rational debate is not possible? What are they afraid of?
It can't be the same thing our detractor's feared: prosecution for their crimes.... President Obama has already said he is moving forward, not looking back. The criminals are safe.
It can't be that they honestly believe the things they are saying, because many of the things they are against now were Republican ideas to begin with!
But it can be to deflect attention, and thereby diffuse any guilt. It can be to escape scrutiny of themselves by pointing the finger somewhere else. It can be to make us forget their part in this wrong and thereby convince us they can make it right.
And it can be to ruin any chance we have at turning the tide away from money and back at the people again...like it used to be, even in my short life-time.
Whatever the reasons, this psychotic behavior cannot be sustained. Someone is going to get seriously wounded or worse from their violent rhetoric, or people are going to start turning against them for their insane Obama Derangement Syndrome. Either way, it's a lose-lose situation for them.
And as my friend the blogger tells me all the time: What goes around comes around. Careful you don't drown the baby with the bath-water!
As Thomas Jefferson said, "A prosecutor who alleges enough wrong doing will always get a conviction." Former U.S. Attorney General Robert H. Jackson said, "If the prosecutor is obliged to choose his cases, it follows that he can choose his defendants. Therein is the most dangerous power..."
Man Who Knows
Here is the web-site of a man who is intimately connected to this case, and experienced cointelpro harrassment because of it. He also, knows that Christopher McCowen did not commit this crime.
It takes more than one man alone to stop Well-Organized and fully supported PURE EVIL.
Imagine If You Are Innocent.....
By Chris Hedges
If, as Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote, “the degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons” then we are a nation of barbarians. Our vast network of federal and state prisons, with some 2.3 million inmates, rivals the gulags of totalitarian states. Once you disappear behind prison walls you become prey. Rape. Torture. Beatings. Prolonged isolation. Sensory deprivation. Racial profiling. Chain gangs. Forced labor. Rancid food. Children imprisoned as adults. Prisoners forced to take medications to induce lethargy. Inadequate heating and ventilation. Poor health care. Draconian sentences for nonviolent crimes. Endemic violence.
Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the nation’s largest for profit system.
This corporation runs the prison Chris is in, as well.
"On Wednesday, March 27, hundreds of inmates at the Cibola County Correctional Center in Milan, New Mexico, engaged in a peaceful demonstration against poor treatment. Somewhere between 250 to 500 prisoners refused to leave the recreation yard in a demonstration that lasted for over 12 hours.
The Center, which houses over 1,100 minimum-security federal prisoners (all male), is owned and operated by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the nation’s largest for profit system. CCA facilities are notorious for rampant human rights abuses, not exactly shocking for a company whose sole purpose is to profit from off of locking human beings in cages.
As the owner of several CAR prisons, CCA is no stranger to accusations of mistreatment.
The pattern of cost-cutting, negligence and abuse at CCA-owned prisons goes back even further, but that would take more paragraphs than you’re probably willing to read."
A locked cellblock inside a jail on May 19, 2004. A wrongfully convicted New Yorker who served more than two decades behind bars had a heart attack the day afte
A prisoner said in the Daily Beast
"America’s harsh judicial system, coupled with a growing national affinity for utilizing complete isolation at super-max prisons as a corrections tactic of first choice, in many cases turns men into monsters.”
The prisoner warned that “many of the first men locked up when our nation embarked on a policy of for-profit mass incarceration near the end of the last century are now returning into society.”
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Private Prisons, Public Hell
"Today, the ACLU announced that it is filing a federal lawsuit on behalf of prisoners at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility, a private prison in Meridian, Mississippi. The suit alleges that EMCF is "hyper-violent, grotesquely filthy and dangerous." One example of the jail's dangers: this handwritten letter from an inmate describing his own rape."
"EMCF is a cesspool. Prisoners are underfed and routinely held in cells that are infested with rats and have no working toilets or lights. Although designated as a facility to care for prisoners with special needs and serious psychiatric disabilities, ECMF denies prisoners even the most rudimentary mental health care services. Many prisoners have attempted to commit suicide; some have succeeded. One prisoner is now legally blind after EMCF failed to provide his glaucoma medications and take him to a specialist, and another had part of his finger amputated after he was stabbed and developed gangrene.
The facility is dangerously understaffed, and prisoners routinely set fires to attract the attention of officers to respond to emergencies. Without sufficient staff to protect prisoners from violence, rapes, stabbings, and gang violence are rampant."
“The longer the stay, the more money the prison makes,” he said.
Gangs ruled the 60-inmate, 30-cell housing units, Williams and Walton said. There were at least 13 present in the facility, according to the 2010 audit. Corrections officers sometimes slept while prisoners fought, the inmates said. Assaults were common. Officers often did nothing. Some provoked fights and then used pepper spray and other deterrents, said Williams.
“You saw blood on the floor, everywhere,” he said.