I posted the below comment, in the Opednew.com article re-posted below my comment.
Anyone I know who has either made a police or judicial misconduct complaint has been arrested and either faced prison or was either railroaded to prison. The psychological trauma is life altering. Maybe 3 out of 4 marriages end in divorce. Many parents face prison, or end up in prison just as the "normal process". Almost all those who I know who had once successful small businesses have been arrested and faced prison, or went to prison, after the rapid switch of how the US is governed. Why should pursuing normal, legal life in America result in prison for so many, wrecking the economy?
I contacted Chris Dodd in Connecticut about how police were paying state registered confidential informants to sell drugs, prostitute themselves, commit robberies, beatings, and I later even found out that cops use their informants for murder-for-hire. I was [blacklisted]. Spying on citizens and paying for them to be terrorized, processed, and imprisoned is misuse of taxpayer funds.
It wasn't long after I [contacted Dodd] that I was being threatened, followed around, spied on, and wiretapped by the Connecticut State Police. They would recite word for word my emails and contents of my telephone calls, and this was prior to 9-11. Numerous of their set-ups failed. When a police informant caught me in my dark driveway threatening me with a knife after beating me from behind demanding my wallet, I pepper spayed him. I had been carrying pepper spray because the informant had left numerous voicemails threatening my life, telling my tenants I was going to be killed when I got home. 4 State Police Officers committed perjury at my rigged trial saying I never asked to make a complaint against my attacker. They refused to take the threats on my answering machine into evidence. I got a year in prison at the same time prisons were too crowded to put rapists on probation in prison for raping 3 years olds.
I had credit, took vacations, ate out, bought new vehicles, owned my own home, had rental properties, and a contracting business built over 20 years. I wrote over $6000 in checks. After prison I don't write checks, don't spend money, and mostly don't pay taxes because I don't earn money. My daughter has had nothing to do with me since I was railroaded to prison as a political prisoner. Just in my case, how much money in taxes and productivity was extinguished by living in a US Police State? Should taxpayers pay to make productive taxpayers, non-productive and non-taxpaying, costing the remaining taxpayers more and more?
The rich are no longer excluded. If you have 20 million dollars, lawyers will put a hold on 20 million dollars expecting their legal fees to reach that amount. [Example] If a bankster and a judge railroad you to prison after stealing millions from you and federal and state police go to your house holding guns to your head telling you they'll kill you if you tell on the judge and bankster, lawyers suck up all the assets of the bankster so victims don't get paid back the money that was stolen from them. [Example]
Well, multiple my case by 100's of thousands or millions, and you'll realize why the US economy and way of life is tanking. Banksters, corporate thieves, and operators of war corporations should not have the ears of elected officials, we the people should. Our silence signifies acceptance.
by Steven G. Erickson (2 fans, 8 articles, 5 quicklinks, 155 diaries, 757 comments [474 recommended, 1 rejected]) on Monday, Aug 9, 2010 at 9:06:26 AM
-Political Prisoners in AmericaBy Stephen Lendman (about the author)
Political Prisoners in America - by Stephen Lendman
Noted journalist HL Menchen described "The most dangerous man to any government (as someone) who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable," yet resisting, he faces recrimination - political imprisonment for his beliefs and activism, officials tolerating no opposition to their authority, no matter how extreme or lawless.
In his book "Race to Incarcerate," Marc Mauer focuses on America's obsession with imprisonment, punishment, and the commodification of prisoners to fill beds - harming society's most vulnerable, targeted for supporting ethnic justice, racial emancipation, and political, economic and social equality across gender and color lines, locked away in the "Land of the Free." In submitting a new report to the UN, National conference of Black Lawyers activist/attorney Stan Willis said:
"The United States is very, very concerned when its citizens begin to raise questions in these international forums, because (America) still prefers to posture itself, including the Obama administration, as the leader of the free world and that they don't have any human rights violations, and they certainly don't have any political prisoners, and we have to dispel that notion in the international community."
American officials don't "want to have these issues reach the world's people. How do you go into Iraq (and) Afghanistan telling people about their democracy when (you've got innocent people) locked down in prison for 30 - 40 years as political prisoners....(activists) against social injustice, colonialism, and/or imperialism, (incarcerated for) their political commitments."
Others are victimized by judicial unfairness, get tough on crime policies, a guilty unless proved innocent mentality, three strikes and you're out, and what the Innocence Project calls "McJustice - the crisis of indigent defense."
Also for being undocumented, violating the racist drug laws, for being Black, Latino or Muslim, to fill prison beds, to satisfy the prison-industrial complex, one of America's fastest growing, including a private gulag, prisons for profit, nearly a score of corporations running dozens of facilities with tens of thousands of prisoners, about 8% of state and federal inmates, expected to increase exponentially in the next decade, the Wall Street Journal saying:
"This multimillion-dollar industry has its own 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."
Over 2.4 million prisoners are held in federal and state facilities, local jails, Indian, juvenile, and military ones, US territories, and numbers held by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), half for nonviolent offenses, many for political activism, the Truth & Justice Foundation (the National Innocence Project) estimating up to 15% wrongfully convicted overall.
Using modern-day slave labor, the Left Business Observer reports that American prisons produce 100% of US military helmets, ammunition belts, bullet-proof vests, ID tags, shirts, pants, tents, bags, and canteens." They also supply 98% of equipment assembly services, 93% of paints and paintbrushes, 92% of stove assemblies, 46% of body armor, 36% of home appliances, 30% of headphones, microphones and speakers, 21% of office furniture, and much more.
Captives in America's gulag, political and other prisoners have languished for decades, under cruel and inhumane conditions. Some die their. Others rot, endure years of solitary confinement, poor medical care, other forms of abuse, and perfunctory parole hearings denying their right to justice.
America's Longstanding Political Repression Agenda
COINTELPRO targeted political activists, J. Edgar Hoover's illegal counterintelligence program to neutralize political dissidents, including communists; anti-war, human and civil rights activists; the American Indian Movement; Black Panther Party; Puerto Rican nationalists; the Chicano Movement; environmentalists, and others challenging state authority - "threats" to "domestic tranquility" for supporting equity and justice, the rule of law, and right over wrong. Today they're called "terrorists."
Yale Law Professor/constitutional scholar Thomas I. Emerson (1908 - 1981) expressed outrage saying:
"The FBI jeopardizes the whole system of free expression which is the cornerstone of our society (raising) the specter of a police state....In essence, the FBI conceives of itself as an instrument to prevent radical social change in America....The Bureau's view of its function leads it beyond data collection into political warfare," protecting privilege from beneficial social change, denying due process and judicial fairness to society's most vulnerable, easy pickings for America's criminal injustice system.
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