After a mass hunger strike by 44+ of the 166 detainees that started Feb. 6th and years of peaceful resistance, prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have had enough of the torture, indefinite detention and horrid conditions. The lawyers of the inmates insist that the hunger strike in more widespread and nearly every person at the prison is refusing to eat.
Inmates covered security camera’s and windows and used broomsticks, mop handles and makeshift batons made up of tape and water bottles to clash with guards.
The violence erupted during an early morning raid at Camp 6 when guards attempted to end communal living and place all inmates in single cells. According to military officials, guards shot 4 ‘non lethal’ weapons at the inmates, 1 of which was injured. Though this should be taken with a grain a salt considering that Guantanamo Bay is where the military is known to torture inmates.
It should also be noted that 87 of the prisoners at Gitmo are cleared for release and 46 other prisoners cannot be prosecuted for a ‘lack of evidence’ according to the U.S. government. In other words, over 80% of the inmates being held at Guantanamo Bay would otherwise be free.
In January of 2013, Obama signed the NDAA 2013 which allows him to indefinitely detain American citizens without charge or trial, which is literally contradicts the constitution, and banned the government from closing Guantanamo Bay.
The U.S. Department of Homeland security is working on a project called FAST, the Future Attribute Screening Technology, which is some crazy straight-out-of-sci-fi pre-crime detection and prevention software which may come to an airport security screening checkpoint near you someday soon. Yet again the threat of terrorism is being used to justify the introduction of super-creepy invasions of privacy, and lead us one step closer to a turn-key totalitarian state. This may sound alarmist, but in cases like this a little alarm is warranted. FAST will remotely monitor physiological and behavioral cues, like elevated heart rate, eye movement, body temperature, facial patterns, and body language, and analyze these cues algorithmically for statistical aberrance in an attempt to identify people with nefarious intentions. There are several major flaws with a program like this, any one of which should be enough to condemn attempts of this kind to the dustbin.
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So let me get this straight
The Steubenville rapists who kidnapped, raped, filmed and traumatised an innocent girl get 1-2 years in prison.
And a homeless mother who wants to send her child to a better school district gets a 5 year sentence.
California:NO ON PROP 35!!! Here is why!
Naomi updates: the law is so poorly written. Sharmin Brock said I would not be required to register as a sex offender based on my previous convictions, however there are other problems in the law that would target sex workers who support eachother or run businesses AND marginalized homeless youth who work the streets together and have no “manager” (like I did when I was 14). Those youth could be charged with trafficking and lifetime sex offender registration and monitoring. People YOU MUST read this entire bill. Don’t just count on the summary to do your thinking for you.
We are alarmed at Prop 35, and because it’s so badly written and so misdirected it is unclear who will be effected and how! Read the law itself, critiques by California attorneys, and sex worker and human rights advocates to understand how broad the definitions will be. Read about the numerous serious problems with this legislation…and try to figure out if you or your friends could be targeted within the parameters of Prop 35. http://www.againstthecaseact.com/.
I was very concerned when Naomi Akers emailed me with this message. Of course I realized that the CASE Act would be effecting my community, but I am appalled and hadn’t considered that the long time Director of the St. James Infirmary would be a target. Meanwhile, the CASE Act proponents are actually trying to tell us that we just have to trust the police. I am not kidding—that’s their talking point. More info at http://www.againstthecaseact.com/.
THIS IS A FUCKING HUGE DEAL
Political Journalist Does Blog Stuff [LOS ANGELES]: Propositions on California's November 2012 Ballot
Here are the propositions on California’s November ballot. Some of them, like the GMO labeling (Prop 37), are pretty relevant. So pick some to vote for.
Proposition 30 (Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax increase plan)
Temporary Tax Increase to Fund Education.
Increases personal income tax on annual…