View from Abroad, 10th July, 2006
|Prisons fulfill a
function by executing punishment as determined by the relevant system of
justice. They carry out the “penal” aspect of justice, with a general
understanding of what Penal should mean, traditionally.|
An independent discussion of the notion of penal justice is who should run the Penal system: There has been for some time a definitive link between the prisoner and the investor. This has come about as a result of the privatization of the penal system. So while the State run Department of Corrections may be responsible for the safety of the public per se, the prisoner and his/her environment is at the mercy of corporate management. Supermax means Superbucks. As with any ‘commodity’, the greater it is, the greater the share. The more crowded, the better for revenue and share holder dividends: pack human beings in like sardines - fill your pocketbook. It is just like those few extra cattle you squeeze into the wagon: So those few extra bunks you squeeze into the cell block will mean little in terms of ‘space’ but plenty in terms of profits. As to the ‘rights’ of the people occupying this space; those rights become as meaningless as the concrete that surrounds the space.
In the United States, most penal facilities are run by a state organization headed by a Department of Corrections. These institutions are guilty of unconscionably withdrawing all human rights and unconstitutionally practicing the worst denial of civil rights in human history. This reduces the person to less than a fellow citizen: fellow humans become outcasts; they are no longer locked upon as human beings. Term “Correction” remains a past term, used like a Fig-leave, no inmates are released “corrected”. Excuse for incompetence?
Why does the individual prisoner receive a number and is then handled like a number (as Nazi’s did in concentration camps)? The term Rehabilitation means nothing more than grandstanding sound-bites by a politician who has a concomitant unwillingness or inability to grasp the need for reform as a measure for good public policy and safety.
On prisoners’ outgoing letters, beside the number the full name of the facility, the recipient will typically see a big, in some cases red, stamp signal to everybody that this letter comes from a prison. The red stamp warns: This individual who is writing - who dares writing - is an imprisoned person, take care (also in some states added by another stamp’s hint that the prison facility takes no responsibility with regard to the contents of the envelope). The purpose of this red stamp is to intimidate the recipient – “Good Lord what will the neighbors or the postmaster think?” It is a subliminal ploy to discourage communication with the outside “good” world.
Clearly this adds to the prevention of Rehabilitation. It contradicts behavioral correction of errant citizens and notions of rehabilitation. It expresses: We do not want a sentenced individual back in the community. (This is just a part of the exaggerated sentencing length which we will discuss later.) These factors make us aware of the government’s different objectives with respect to judicial systems as a method of protecting its citizens in the last 20 to 25 years.
So when America faces overcrowded prisons, as a result of unfair sentencing practices coupled with unfair judicial practices with regard to appeals rules are designed to prevent fairness in the judiciary, and paroles policies that ignore good behaviour, repentance and worthiness of freedom, we must admit that wardens cannot be blamed for: stress, infections (insufficient health care), corruption; suicide, and prison riots. Some actions can and should be taken as easy to fulfill, necessary and of high value to a society (but let me add here: sending Bibles or Reverends for lip service is by far not enough and expresses insufficient awareness of the problem). Therefore we should focus now on.
Three major fields of our social life combine
with each other which are; Economy (securing man's earthly life), Law and
Order (in our relations), and Spiritual / Cultural life in our
development. It goes with Fraternity, Equality and Liberty, the ethos of
the French Revolution.
Today the individual has greater access and
knowledge of such systems. They are no longer the sole property of the
professional. We are aware that many stones come together in forming such
a system from mankind's beginning. We try to see the general within the
individual case. Cases have been randomly selected. We make no claim that
this is an academic work. We are merely Non-lawyers watching the lawyer's
example is delivered and named Prison Nation – an excuse to contradict the
stated process of humanity and civil rights in the United States of America.
It seems as if this system is incapable of inner reform; it appears that it
prefers an illegal attitude in international affairs proving Goethe:
“Nothing is inside, nothing is outside; for what is inside, which is outside”
(1), so let us discuss instead of reason, some of this phenomenon.
High percentage of
| Extreme sentencing length of
Current sentencing guidelines in the United State prevent the idea of a prisoner returning to his/her community again. This is mirrored by the government’s ability to split its people between “good and bad” which is strengthened by the curious announcement of an Axis of Evil. The idea of splitting people between good and bad dates back to the early Catholic Church which defined exactly who was good and who was bad. Since that time at least since Luther, we have been thoroughly taught by great thinkers such as Shakespeare and Goethe that every individual bears both good and bad elements within his or her soul. Indeed no one is pure bad or pure good. The battlefield is within the individual’s soul and it is his or her decision – not the government’s – which should govern one’s direction or path in life.
If there is no real hope left you have to deal with this very special social group: GULAG, Camp, Prison, cut off from country and nation. American government claims the authority to dictate how its citizens shall think. When they do not think as that government does, they go to the Gulag, Camp, or Prison. Likewise, under threat of war, the American government also claims the authority to dictate how citizens of other countries shall think.
The other day I contributed to Patrick
Swiney’s Forum http://www.topix.net/forum/state/al/THPEL56KFPGEMAR8P as
In the case of Patrick Swiney, he has enough
evidence to prove his innocence so why is this case being quashed by the
state of Alabama? Why are they afraid of the truth coming out to set an
innocent man free? In the ancient scriptures it is written: "Consider
carefully what you do, because you are not judging for man, but for the
Lord, who is with you whenever you give a verdict. Now let the fear of the
Lord is upon you. Judge carefully, for with the Lord our God there is no
injustice or partiality or bribery. (2 Chronicles 19:6-7")
A real religious community would have gotten
an education of modesty, not judging upon another individual but to
support everybody’s fight against the inner evil. Of course this would
naturally include not executing human beings under Death Penalty. Of
course never exclude even those who failed. However, we should clearly
differentiate between religion and church as a social institution existing
on donations rather than teaching real spiritual values.
Extended criminal offence
|Society and its Sciences|
Judges and officials turn their own opinions
into The Public Opinion. In the People’s Name order is spoken. But a few
judges who willingly followed Nazi/Fascism dictatorship retired after
World War II by free decision (only public peoples’ voice prevented former
judge Filbinger (3) from continuing his political career, however, he
never regretted his death penalty sentences which were handed down even
one a few days before the end of the war). Judge’s general excuse of their
dubious doing at any time is: judged within the present legal framework In
The People’s Name.
|Return to Community|
Beginning or end of a circle?
Mirror of a society? But three voices. Early voices? No, no: too late
already because the trend started 20 – 25 years earlier. Still, from your
fellow citizen, outstanding citizen, we hear Words! We do not see
In: God and World -
Compare: Mark L. Earley,- Friday, June 30, 2006; A27 (former attorney general of Virginia, is president of Prison Fellowship): "What happens inside jails and prisons does not stay inside jails and prisons".
(2) Improving Prisons Benefits All - July 5, 2006 - Detroit Free Press www.freep.com
Correction and Rehabilitation
Time to share this with my friends while a lot of
group discussion took place recently, and still goes on, me permitted to
share with, and I would not like to loose sight for what I think are the
main targets we fight for. I summarize previous letters to different
individuals. As well I like to make understandable the process of becoming
conscious in my after retirement job: Why I focus America? Still some of
our politicians believe their colleagues in the New World do better.
I am very grateful for being allowed to be a member of many groups across America exchanging feelings, opinions, and information on the themes above.
Great thanks to my close friends who assisted in making my ideas readable - in the English/American language - singing them The Beatles song: With A Little Help Of My Friends.
Letter to My Friends III September 2008
|Letter to My Friends IV: Between the Years 2009/10|
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From: Franz Kurz <email@example.com>
Subject: The Awful Framed Americans
To: Thomas Jefferson <Jefferson01@heaven.us.mem>
What a Xmas gift finding actual articles on my screen sent from the US! Thank you and greetings from abroad.
Following US author’s diagnosis lately:
- Ralph Lopez; Dec 16, 2010 : We Are Bradley Manning
- Joshua Holland, Dec 23, 2010: Bradley Manning Suffering Extreme Isolation Prison Torture by
- Ewen MacAskill, Dec 23, 2010, UN to investigate treatment of jailed leaks suspect Bradley
Grant, Dec 25, 2010:
They're "Slow Torturing"
Bradley Manning Right Under Our Noses
I recently distributed my considerations and included in a postscript my opinion related to Bradley Manning (see enclosed). It pleases me when I read that some US citizen think similar to myself on these matters. Meanwhile even thoughts become global players! - Right, when Ralf Lopes in his heading writes WE ARE one may understand it as an answer on Samuel P. Huntington's question in book WHO ARE WE from 2004.
Go on and bless with your enlightenment more and more distinguished US citizen. Contemporary Goethe commented: "Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough. We must do." From this I deduct that the above statement “we are” is derive from generations.
Following Matthew 7 I could imagine your successors better keep quite with reference to Russia's Michail Borissowitsch Chodorkowski trial at the present.
Best for the New Life Circle.
Enclosure: The Awful Framed Americans
In memoriam of Gregory-John McCormick aka Itchy I publish some of his pictures made in MI prison. Finally released on parole he was unable living under continuous pressure and said good-bye to Earth of Man within short.
~ Having sex was not sex with Monica, was "improper relationship"
~ War is not to defend the U.S.A. because Iraq had nuclear weapons, was to bring Democracy and world wide detention experience to Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison.
~ Attacking Afghanistan and bombing mountains was used as a selecting process of willing international allies to keep shut when torture was practiced and people kidnapped (El-Masri e.g.) for Guantanamo or hidden detention facility until they confessed what was asked to confess for US justice.
~ Correction and Rehabilitation is common fraud for warehousing fellow citizen for the benefit of corporation’s economic interests.
~ Prolonged incarceration is not a matter of justice but used for blackmailing or but another way of torture in order to get acceptance for wrong conviction. *
~ Waterboarding is no torture when G.W. Bush and Dick Cheney stand behind supported by happy sentencing voters and will not named a crime.
~ Corrupt Governments are partners for a country’s security excuse in Oregon and Afghanistan e.g..**
~ Separation of Powers is not necessary for very and true home made democracy.**
* I am referring to the Diane Downs’ case of Oregon:
James Claire Haynes was paid $25,000 by then LCDA Pat Horton to shoot the Downs’ family. I am informed that Ms. Downs saw Mr. Horton at a “drug-party” at Lionel Johnson’s house, described in the 2.24.98 affidavit by Clayton Nysten. Former Lane County Deputy DA Fred Hugi and Lane County Circuit Court Judge Gregory Foote collaborated in framing and falsely convicting Ms. Downs for the Pat Horton-financed hit on her family by James Claire Haynes.
According to Article IV of the Oregon Constitution, the Governor appoints vacancies in Circuit Court Judges, Court of Appeals Judges, Supreme Court Justices, Justices of the Peace, and District Attorneys. As early as three weeks after the crime in which one child died and Ms. Downs, although having been shot herself, took her injured children to the hospital. Juvenile Court Judge Gregory Foote took these children from Diane Downs and their grandparents and placed them in questionable ‘State care’. There they stayed there until one year later when the same Judge Foote (who by then had been transferred to the Criminal Court) was asked to reside at Downs’s criminal trial. Although this was Judge Foote’s first senior criminal trial it nevertheless represented a conflict of interest. Not to mention a violation of legal integrity.
A further incredible facet of this case was the eventual adoption of these children by Attorney Fred Hugi, who was prosecuting this case, (and incidentally whose wife could not have children). Moreover, this (adoption) involves the only eye witness to the crime, Christie Downs, who at the time of the crime was eight years old, and who testified against her mother after what appears to have been if one looks at the methods used to have been some form of brainwashing by the authorities.
Ms. Downs has been wrongfully imprisoned for 25 years for a crime financed by former Lane County District Attorney J. Patrick Horton and committed by James Claire Haynes, Mr. Horton's colleague in the Free Souls motorcycle gang/Lane County drug cartel. Former USDC-OR Chief Judge Ancer Haggerty, USDC-OR Judge Malcolm Marsh, USDC-OR Magistrate Thomas Coffin, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski and dozens of other taxpayer-financed lawyers . . . have colluded to repeatedly and intentionally violate the fourteenth amendment and other constitutionally protected civil rights of Ms. Downs.
Governor Kulongoski, you were Oregon Attorney General during at least one of the half dozen habeas corpus petitions/other civil suits filed by Elizabeth Diane Downs in the United States District Court of Oregon. (cit medley from two letters to the governor)
In: Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, Malcolm F. Marsh, District Judge, Presiding, Argued and Submitted July 10, 2007, Portland, Oregon. Page 4: ”Notably, Downs has not accepted responsibility for her crimes of conviction, and maintains to this day that the state authorities framed her.”
** Notorious child killer Diane Downs must wait 10 more years before she applies for parole again
December 10, 2010 By Lynne Terry, The Oregonian
“Lane County District Attorney Alex Gardner singled her out in a recent letter to the parole board, saying that "offenders such as Downs are precisely why" the law was amended by the 2009 Legislature, the Statesman Journal reported.”
Downs Up For Parole This Week - Heather Roberts, December 07, 2010
BEND, OR -- Diane Downs is scheduled for another parole hearing this week, and this could be the last one for a long time for the notorious child killer. Under a new state law (emphasis by FK), Oregon's Parole Board can lengthen the gap between parole hearings, on a case-by-case basis, for up to 10 years. The Lane County District Attorney recently wrote that offenders such as Diane Downs are the reason for the 2009 law. http://www.mycentraloregon.com/news/local/1303576/Downs-Up-For-Parole-This-Week.html
Diane Downs is fully aware that if she accepted responsibility for the crime, the Board of Parole would by chance look upon her situation in a more positive light perhaps. With that in mind, does it not give you 'some' indication at least, that this woman will not submit to what is, in reality, institutional blackmail. Considering that it may be of some benefit to her. Her denials also establish an integrity and determination not to be bullied into accepting a lie that has reigned for over twenty years.
December 16th, 2010
Received already comments. Just one for your attention:
is a parallel situation in your country regarding a non-event of history
about which the powers-that-be want to prevent people learning. The evils
force laws to be written so that nothing can be done in situations like
Diane Downs. In my humble opinion, this was why the law was passed in 2009
so that she will never be free.
PS December 18th:
While "National Religious Leaders Strongly Support Independent Torture Investigation" http://www.nrcat.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=71&Itemid=101
I feel need to add a Postscript to what I've sent the other day:
US justice's executing alike methods at the present with Bradley Manning who is being kept in solitary confinement for seven months so far "without a pillow or sheets on his bed, in weak health and wracked with anxiety at the prospect of a prison sentence of 52 years. . . awaiting a decision from the American Attorney-General, Eric Holder, on what form of plea bargaining they should offer to Manning in return for him incriminating Mr Assange as a fellow conspirator in disseminating the classified information."
Kim Sengupta, 18 Dec 2010 : Assange begins mansion arrest, but his 'source' feels the heat http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/assange-begins-mansion-arrest-but-his-source-feels-the-heat-2163607.html)
|Facts must be really, to my opinion, classified under blackmail - if not torture - by tough imprisonment to take evidence. Dishonorable for any developed democracy! Throw a stone down on me if I’m wrong. I’d better prefer your stone, be assured.|
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