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Why Haven’t Other Internet Companies Stood Up For Craigslist Against AGs?

By TechDirt

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For quite some time now, we’ve been covering how various state attorneys general have been publicly grandstanding and threatening Craigslist, despite no actual legal basis. That grandstanding, of course, has “worked.” It’s resulted in Craigslist settling twice, and now shutting down the adult services section, leading those ads to migrate elsewhere actually helping those responsible, and making it harder for law enforcement to do its job. In testimony to Congress, Craigslist is pointing out that many of those other sites are not nearly as willing to help law enforcement.

But there’s another issue here. As Ryan Singel points out, this grandstanding campaign is really an attack on the rather important Section 230 safe harbors for online service providers. Richard Blumenthal, who has led the attack, despite a lack of jurisdiction or legal basis is currently running for Senate, and apparently is interested in changing Section 230. Singel asked Blumenthal first under what legal theory Craigslist was liable, and got back vague claims of how its failure to enforce its terms of service violated Connecticut consumer protection laws — an incredibly weak claim unlikely to stand up to any scrutiny. But, more seriously, Singel asked about Section 230, and Blumenthal said the law “is outdated and needs revision.”

“I support changes clarifying and strengthening the law to hold websites accountable when they knowingly enable or promote illegal activity.”

Beware that “enable.” Blumenthal wants to expand massive liability to internet services in a manner that would kill off significant innovation. Could you enable illegal activity via Google, Facebook, Twitter, Skype or many other popular internet services? You bet. Section 230 is designed to make sure the liability actually went to those responsible, not to the service providers and tools they used. Changing that is incredibly dangerous for innovation.

And, yet, as Single points out, these other companies haven’t stepped up to support Craigslist in the grandstanding against them. Of course, the PR reasons are clear: no one wants to be in a position where critics could twist their words and misleadingly and falsely claim they “support” exploitation. But this is a big deal and in keeping quiet, bad things may happen:

The logical extension of what Blumenthal & Co say they want is a world where even they couldn’t use Facebook, Twitter and Flickr to connect with their constituents, for fear that one of them (or their political enemies) would plant incriminating material they could then be sued over.

And even if they were successful, and didn’t care about that consequences, would ads for prostitution disappear from the face of the earth? Not likely. The same ads that Craigslist is pilloried for dominate the back pages of alternative weeklies. The printed Yellow Pages carries ads for “Escort Services.” You can find them in the Village Voice-owned Backpages.com. And beyond the media world, it’s not very hard to find “Massage” parlors in any major U.S. city, where I’d venture to guess, you are more likely to find human-trafficking than you were anywhere on Craigslist. And back in the relative shadows from whence they came would only exploiters of women and children would only have more power.

The collateral damage of a wrong-headed pursuit Craigslist is an assault on the open internet itself.

Singel also points out, as we have in the past, that the key point of grandstanding these days is on the revenue Craigslist made from these ads — something that only started when these very same AGs forced Craigslist to start charging for the ads as part of an earlier settlement.

Singel wants to know why other internet companies aren’t speaking up. Because the end result of letting Craigslist hang on its own on this topic is going to come back to haunt them. Already, in the same Congressional hearings today where Craigslist was attacked, those who pushed this damaging situation on the company are sharpening their knives for other internet companies:

“Every pimp has a MySpace page,” Frundt testified, adding that ads also show up on Backpages.com. “Every john uses a john board and posts information on where to buy children.”

“This has been going on for many years. We must do something about our children being sold on the internet.”

Indeed! We absolutely must do something — but the something we should do is use these tools to go after and stop those actually responsible rather than pushing them around the internet, and blaming the tools they use. That doesn’t stop the activity. It doesn’t protect the exploited. It doesn’t help the situation. It creates a false target, and a situation in which the very principles on which the internet has been built get undermined, at a potentially huge cost to innovation, communication and free speech.

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Modern Man

By H. G. Wells and Christopher Rice

(Originally published in 1920)

It is scarcely too much to say that the ordinary man thinks as little about political matters as he can, and stops thinking about them as soon as possible. It is only minds shocked and distressed by some public catastrophe and roused to wide apprehensions of danger, that will not accept governments and institutions, however preposterous, which do not directly annoy them, as satisfactory. The ordinary human being, until he is so aroused, will acquiesce in any collective activities that are going on in this world which he finds himself, and any phrasing or symbolization that meets his vague need for something greater to which his personal affairs, his individual circle, can be anchored.  The real life of the ordinary man is his everyday life, his little circle of affectations, fears, hungers, lusts and imaginative impulses. It is only when his attention is directed to political affairs as something vitally affecting this personal circle, which he brings his reluctant mind to bear upon them.

Man accepts his city or his government, just as he accepts the nose on his face. Man still has the instincts of the family tribe, and beyond that he has a disposition to attach himself and his family to something larger, to a tribe, a city, a nation, or a state.  But that disposition is a vague and very uncritical disposition. Man has a subconscious fear of the isolation that may ensue if the system is broken or discredited.

Keeping these limitations of our nature in mind, it no longer is a mystery how Republicans and Democrats which are embodied in active courts, which maintain laws, exert power through armies and prisons, wave flags with a compelling solemnity, and are self assertive and insatiably greedy have not aroused hostility.

Today in writings and talk of men, there is an effect of drunken men growing sober. The feuds of “the right” and “the left” that once filled our heads now seem reasonless and insane. The great discoveries of our time have so enlarged human resources that, for all their divisions, for all their wars and politics, the people still enjoyed a considerable and increasing prosperity. All the while the powers that be plundered the world; and for a time, it seemed that they might plunder indefinitely without any great catastrophe to mankind. Looking forward, we realize how transitory and provisional and unstable their securities.

For a time we became destitute of creative ideas. We saw the world undramatically; no longer as an interplay of effort and destiny, but as a scene in which a trite happiness was sought and virtue was unrewarded. Even highly critical and insurgent intelligences, in default of any sustaining movements in the soul of the community, betrayed the same disposition. Political life, it was felt, had ceased to be urgent or tragic. It had become a polite comedy. But this comedy at the end grew grim. It is inconceivable the world in which we now live could produce a Jesus of Nazareth. It is equally impossible to imagine anyone with sufficient passion to crucify him. We could scarcely suspect that there still remained a great task at hand for our race to do; that enormous disturbances were close at hand, or that the path of man through space and time was dark with countless dangers and must to the end remain a high and terrible enterprise. The contemporary mind did not see it in that light.

The system in which we all live, the system of leisure and privilege, of industry and tradesmen and of downtrodden and disposable laborers and poor and common people, had seemed the most stable and established way of living the world had ever seen. In this ideal of a polite and polished world men were no longer ashamed to be lazy or unreliable or greedy. Injustice became the law of the land deriving its power from one-sided morality and corrupt legalities. The freedom of choice limited peoples’ lives, education interfered and destroyed thought, while any dissent was persecuted. Sleek persons and sly politicians extinguished what fires of political and religious passions might still blaze in the hearts of men.

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The balance of power now consolidated for the prosperity of the few essentially destroys our general state of happiness, the system of arts, and laws, and manners are enemies of society; threatened, we enquire with anxious curiosity where lies our actual security. We are still ignorant to the extent of danger or the number of our enemies.

The abuses of tyranny now unrestrained by justice or constitutions revive and flourish uncontested. Speculation, profit, greed have been applied to the art of war. The military has been changed from honorable to for hire for profit. Cities and civilians are no longer protected and cannot survive the decay of military virtue.

However numerous a downtrodden class may be, and however extreme its miseries, it will never be able to make an effective protest. The poor have always been poor and will always be with us. Poverty and individual misery are only intolerable to the educated class. Men of ideas are necessary to a popular political movement more so than the downtrodden masses. This is why public education refuses to educate. Freedom of speech becomes whatever you say may be used against you in a court of law. The community then is like an animal to be fed in the hands of the governing class.

The least difficult thing to trace is the amount of total property of the community held at any time by any particular class in that community. These things fluctuate very rapidly. The peasants are loaned property and wealth that can be foreclosed, repossessed and auctioned at any moment, for any reason, for profit. The poor are just as miserable as ever and they are broken up into a variety of types without any ideas in common. Divided along racial and class line to squabble over the crumbs provided by the state.

The process of the upward concentration of wealth has been resumed. Powerful, rich and selfish men are the unchallenged rulers who themselves enact laws for their own benefit. For over a hundred years there has been a steady improvement in the methods of production of almost everything that humanity requires. Though the common standard of living has risen, the rise has been on a scale disproportionately small. The rich have developed a freedom and luxury unknown in the world hitherto. Vast accumulations of materials and energy have gone into warlike preparations and warfare. No expense would be spared to keep the poor uneducated and subjected. Over taxation with pseudo representation is the new tyranny.

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The Obama administration‘s aggressive, full-scale whitewashing of the “war on terror” crimes committed by Bush officials is now complete. Thursday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced the closing without charges of the only two cases under investigation relating to the US torture program: one that resulted in the 2002 death of an Afghan detainee at a secret CIA prison near Kabul, and the other the 2003 death of an Iraqi citizen while in CIA custody at Abu Ghraib. This decision, says the New York Times Friday, “eliminat[es] the last possibility that any criminal charges will be brought as a result of the brutal interrogations carried out by the CIA”.z_torture_iraq016

To see what a farce this is, it is worthwhile briefly to review the timeline of how Obama officials acted to shield Bush torturers from all accountability. During his 2008 campaign for president, Obama repeatedly vowed that, while he opposed “partisan witch-hunts”, he would instruct his attorney general to “immediately review” the evidence of criminality in these torture programs because “nobody is above the law.” Yet, almost immediately after winning the 2008 election, Obama, before he was even inaugurated, made clear that he was opposed to any such investigations, citing what he called “a belief that we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards”.

Throughout the first several months of his presidency, his top political aides, such as the chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, and his press secretary, Robert Gibbs, publicly – and inappropriately – pressured the justice department to refrain from any criminal investigations. Over and over, they repeated the Orwellian mantra that such investigations were objectionable because “we must look forward, not backward”. As Gibbs put it in April 2009, when asked to explain Obama’s opposition, “the president is focused on looking forward. That’s why.”

z_torture_iraq029On 16 April 2009, Obama himself took the first step in formalizing the full-scale immunity he intended to bestow on all government officials involved even in the most heinous and lethal torture. On that date, he decreed absolute immunity for any official involved in torture provided that it comported with the permission slips produced by Bush department of justice (DOJ) lawyers which authorized certain techniques. “This is a time for reflection, not retribution,” the new president so movingly observed in his statement announcing this immunity. Obama added:

“[N]othing will be gained by spending our time and energy laying blame for the past … we must resist the forces that divide us, and instead come together on behalf of our common future.”z_torture_donald_rumsfeld000

Note how, in Obama’s new formulation, those who believed that Bush officials should be held criminally accountable for their torture crimes – should be subjected to the rule of law on equal terms with ordinary citizens – were now scorned as “the forces that divide us”. On the same day, Holder issued his own statement arguing that “it would be unfair to prosecute dedicated men and women working to protect America for conduct that was sanctioned in advance by the justice department.”

But at least this limited immunity left open the possibility of prosecuting those agents who went beyond the limits of the DOJ memos in how they tortured: in other words, those “rogue” torturers who used brutality and savagery beyond even what was permitted by Bush lawyers. On several occasions, Holder had flamboyantly leaked that he was horrified by what he read in certain case files about detainees who were severely injured by torture or even killed by it – there were more than 100 detainees who died while in US custody – and that he could not, in good conscience, simply sweep all of that under the rug.

As a result, in August 2009, Holder announced a formal investigation to determine whether criminal charges should be brought in over 100 cases of severe detainee abuse involving “off-the-books methods” such as “mock execution and threatening a prisoner with a gun and a power drill”, as well as threats that “prisoners [would be] made to witness the sexual abuse of their relatives.” But less than two years later, on 30 June 2011, Holder announced that of the more than 100 cases the justice department had reviewed, there would be no charges brought in any of them – except two.z_torture_iraq055

The only exceptions were two particularly brutal cases, both of which resulted in the death of the detainee. One involved the 2002 abuse of Gul Rahman, who froze to death in a secret CIA prison in Afghanistan known as the “Salt Pit”, after he was beaten, stripped, and then shackled to a cement wall in freezing temperatures.

The other was the 2003 death of Manadel al-Jamadi at Abu Ghraib, who died in CIA custody after he was beaten, stripped, had cold water poured on him, and then shackled to the wall. It was al-Jamadi’s ice-packed body which was infamously photographed with a smiling US Army Sgt Charles Granier standing over it giving the thumbs-up sign.

A US military autopsy declared al-Jamadi’s death a homicide due to “blunt force trauma to the torso complicated by compromised respiration”. Autopsy photos showed “lacerations and multiple bruises on Jamadi’s feet, thighs and arms”, though “his most significant injuries – five broken ribs – are not visible in the photos.” A physician told NPR back in 2005:

z_torture019“‘How Jamadi was shackled ‘makes it very difficult to breathe because you are suspended in a very awkward position. When you combine it with having the hood over your head and having broken ribs, it’s fairly clear that this death was caused by asphyxia because he couldn’t breathe properly.'”

So, those are the two cases which the DOJ this week announced it was closing without any charges of any kind being brought. Because the Obama administration has systematically blocked all other cases besides these two from any possibility of criminal charges, yesterday’s decision means that nobody in the US government will pay any price for the systematic worldwide torture regime which that nation implemented and maintained for close to a decade.z_torture_iraq026

This is so despite the findings of General Antonio Taguba, who investigated the torture regime and said that “there is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes” and “the only question that remains to be answered is whether those who ordered the use of torture will be held to account.” And it is done even in the face of General Barry McCaffrey’s extraordinary observation that:

“We tortured people unmercifully. We probably murdered dozens of them during the course of that, both the armed forces and the CIA.”

The ACLU’s Jameel Jaffer yesterday said:

“That the justice department will hold no one accountable for the killing of prisoners in CIA custody is nothing short of a scandal … the decision not to file charges against individuals who tortured prisoners to death is yet another entry in what is already a shameful record.”

Beyond the disgust that these events, on their own, should invoke in any decent person, there are two points worth making about all of this which really highlight just how odious all of it is.

First, Obama has shielded Bush torture crimes not only from criminal prosecution, but any and all forms of accountability. Obama himself vigorously opposed and succeeded in killing even a congressional investigation into the torture regime at a time when his party controlled both houses of Congress.z_torture_iraq032z_torture_iraq005

Moreover, Obama’s top officials, as WikiLeaks cables revealed, secretly worked with GOP operatives to coerce other countries, such as Spain and Germany, to quash their investigations into the US torture of their citizens, and issued extraordinary threats to prevent British courts from disclosing any of what was done. And probably worst of all, the Obama administration aggressively shielded Bush officials even from being held accountable in civil cases brought by torture victims, by invoking radical secrecy powers and immunity doctrines to prevent courts even from hearing those claims.

In sum, the Obama administration has been desperate to ensure that there will be no accountability or even that meaningful investigations ever take place. That is almost certainly due to the fact that numerous high-level members of Obama’s own party were so complicit in these crimes. But at least equally important is this remarkable – and, it turns out, prescient – observation from a New York Times article by Charlie Savage in December 2008, on the prospect of torture investigations aimed at Bush officials:

“Because every president eventually leaves office, incoming chief executives have an incentive to quash investigations into their predecessor’s tenure.”

In other words, Obama is motivated to shield Bush officials from accountability for their crimes in the hope that once Obama leaves office, he, too, will be gifted identical immunity from the rule of law.z_truth_is000

Second, although government torturers have now been fully protected by Obama from any accountability, those who blow the whistle on such crimes continue to be pursued by the same administration with unprecedented aggression. As Friday’s Times article on Holder’s announcement pointedly notes:

“While no one has been prosecuted for the harsh interrogations, a former CIA officer who helped hunt members of al-Qaida in Pakistan and later spoke publicly about waterboarding, John C Kiriakou, is awaiting trial on criminal charges that he disclosed to journalists the identity of other CIA officers who participated in the interrogations.”

Here, again, we see one of the prime precepts of American justice: high-level official who commit even the most egregious crimes are shielded from all accountability; the only real “criminals” are those who speak publicly about those crimes.

When Obama first announced his intent to run for president, he vowed that “the era of Scooter Libby justice … will be over” – meaning high-level officials will no longer be able to break the law with impunity. In mid 2008, Holder denounced Bush’s illegal torture and surveillance programs as showing “disrespect for the rule of law”, and he vowed:

“We owe the American people a reckoning.”z_corrupt_politician

To say those pledges have been radically violated is to understate the case. Far worse, though, is that Obama officials have bolstered the warped precept at the root of so many of America’s disasters: that crimes committed by and at the behest of the powerful reside above and beyond the rule of law. In so doing, they have ensured that Bush officials who authorized torture continue to command mainstream respectability, while future leaders tempted to torture again have no reason whatsoever to refrain from doing so.

This final act in the sorry spectacle has long been predictable, even inevitable. But that does not make it any less repellent.

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Photos Show Detainees Sodomized and Raped- Torture Continues During Obama Presidency

By Naomi Wolf and Christopher Rice

Pres. Obama is withholding of alleged abuse by U.S. soldiers of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan. z_torture028

Congress has authorized the suppression of hundreds of torture photographs held by the Pentagon.

MoveOn’s executive director explicitly promised President Obama at a White House meeting that MoveOn would keep silent about the war escalations.

The Obama administration urged a federal court to suppress documents detailing the CIA’s videotaped interrogations at secret prisons.

Highly perverse, systematic sexual torture and sexual humiliation was, original documents reveal, directed from the top; Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rice were present in meetings where sexual humiliation was discussed as policy; the Defense Authorization Act of 2007 was written specifically to allow certain kinds of sexual abuse, such as forced nakedness, which is completely illegal and understood by domestic and international law to be a form of sexual assault; Rumsfeld is in print and on the record consulting with subordinates about the policy and practice of sexual humiliation, in a collection of documents obtained by the ACLU by a Freedom of Information Act filing, compiled in Jameel Jaffer’s important book, The Torture Administration.z_torture014

General Strike to end Corruption (GS) broke the news – because the US press is in a drugged stupor — that the photos Obama is refusing to release of detainee abuse depict, among other sexual tortures, an American soldier raping a female detainee and a male translator raping a male prisoner. The photos also show anal rape of prisoners with foreign objects such as wires and lightsticks.

Predictably, the Pentagon issued a formal denial.

The Pentagon is lying. This is exactly what the photos show, because it happened. Precisely these exact sex crimes – these exact images and these very objects — are familiar and well-documented.

Detainees who have told their stories to rights organizations have told independently confirming accounts of a highly consistent practice of sexual torture at US-held prisons, including having their genitals slashed with razors; electrodes placed on genitals; and being told US military would find and rape their mothers.

When you give soldiers anywhere in the world the power, let alone the mandate, to hold women or men helpless, without recourse to law, kidnap them as a matter of policy – as US military kidnapped the wives of `insurgents’ in order to compel them to turn themselves in – strip them naked, and threaten them, you have a completely predictable recipe for mass sexual assault. The magisterial study of rape in war, Susan Brownmiller’s Men, Women and Rape, proves that.

It is proof of the fact that the most senior leadership – Bush, Rumsfeld and Cheney, with Rice’s collusion – were running a global sex crime trafficking ring with Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib and Baghram as the holding sites. The sexual nature of the torture also gives the lie to Cheney’s and others’ defense of torture as somehow functional: the sexual perversity mandated from the top reveals that it was just plain old sick sadism gratified by a very sick form of pleasure.z_torture011

In the highly credible and very fully documented Physicians for Human Rights report, Broken Bodies, Broken Lives, doctors investigated the wounds and scars of former prisoners, did analysis of the injuries, assessed the independent verification of their stories, and reported that indeed many detainees had in fact been savagely raped with lightsticks and by other objects inserted into their rectums, many sustaining internal injuries. This same report confirms that female military or other unidentified US-affiliated personnel were used to sexually abuse detainees by smearing menstrual blood on their faces, seizing their genitals violently, or rubbing them against their will in a sexual manner. In other credible accounts collected by human rights organizations, many former prisoners in US-held prisons report that they had been tortured or humiliated by female agents who appeared to be dressed like prostitutes. Indeed, early on intelligence spokespeople boasted in the New York Times of the use of female agents to sexually abuse and humiliate prisoners: it was called in their own material ‘invasion of space by a female.’

“CIA agent took my penis in his hand and began to make cuts. He did it once, and they stood still for maybe a minute, watching my reaction. I was in agony. They must have done this 20 to 30 times, in maybe two hours. There was blood all over.” detainee Binyam Mohamed.

Lakhdar Boumediene a 43-year-old Algerian, spent the last seven and a half years in Guantanamo. Boumediene claims that he was tortured for 16 days. He says that he was kept awake day and night and forced to walk across sharp stones with his bare feet tied together. He also claims that he was told that if he refused to confess, his handlers would put makeup on and rape him.

Other detainees have recounted similar events, which were part of the special interrogation methods authorized by then-President George W. Bush.

In Sierra Leone, the soldiers and generals who used rape as an instrument of war have been tried and many convicted. In Bosnia, likewise. But in another world, our own former leaders, violent and systemic sex criminals still walk free, not even facing charges.z_torture015

Will we ever convict our very own global rapists, the ones who gave the US the hellish distinction of turning us into the superpower of sex crime? Will we ever see the evidence? Not if Obama gets his way.

Whom are we protecting by not releasing the photos? The victims? Hardly. The perpetrators? Their crimes are archived. (Again: that rape and sodomy were directed form the top; prosecute those at the top.)

Obama is burning what is left of the Constitution by calling for preemptive detention for about 100 detainees. It ain’t because they are `too dangerous.’ It is because their bodies are crime scenes. It is because the torture, including the sexual assault, they experienced is likely to be so horrific that if they were ever to have their day in court it is others whom Obama needs who would be incriminated.

History shows categorically that once the state can lock `them’ up without a fair trial, torture, rape them or sodomize them – well; sooner or later it will be able to do the same to your children or mine; or to you and me.

Obama’s censorship decision is to dampen any anti-war sentiment and public support for an investigation of past crimes. Silence in the face of the censorship means collaborating in the cover-up of torture.

President Obama’s administration may have already released a great deal of information on the torture program. But when it came to revealing the Bush White House’s role in unilaterally authorizing torture, Obama went to unusual lengths to keep the information secret.

Do Gitmo Abuses Still Continue?

They put him in a terribly cold cell with 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius). For the first days he had no running water, and he had to sleep on a pad less than one-centimeter thick visibly stained and smelling of food, vomit and feces. Boumediene was “kept isolated there” for 10 days, until Feb. 10, and was “not permitted to shower, pray or change his clothes. He was force fed using violent methods that were intended to and did injure him, and there was no medical treatment.” Despite the new president’s claims in faraway Washington, such actions were par for the course in Guantanamo.

The US Department of Defense denies all these accusations; it claims that they are unfounded and that procedures at Guantanamo have been reviewed.z_torture_force_feeding000

“We never imagined that detainee abuse would continue after Obama came into office,” says Michael Ratner, the head of the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights. Ratner coordinates the legal defense of Guantanamo detainees. Across the ocean, the London-based organization Reprieve, which has defended many Guantanamo prisoners over the years, is now calling for an independent investigative commission to be appointed.

A massive report on torture reveals it’s far less effective than reported. But the CIA refuses to declassify it.

President Obama is preventing you from learning any of this, by keeping the CIA report classified.

Instead of having foreigners interrogated in foreign prisons the Obama administration has taken to questioning suspected terrorists aboard U.S. Navy ships. As the Associated Press explains, this allows Obama to not use the CIA’s secret prisons while also allowing for suspects to be interrogated indefinitely under the laws of war.

Investigating torture is not only our moral duty: it is our legal obligation. When the U.S. Senate ratified the Convention Against Torture in 1994, we committed ourselves as a nation not only to refrain from torture but to prosecute perpetrators when there is evidence of a crime.

As things stand now, the United States has become a safe haven for those who torture.

Sources: CIA, Reprieve, ACLU, Colonel James Steele, AP, van der Kolk, B.A., McFarlane, A.C., & Weisaeth, L. (Eds.) (1996). Traumatic stress: The effects of overwhelming experience on mind, body, and society. New York: Guilford.

General Strike to end Corruption HAS MOVED, you can find us HERE- http://generalstrikeusa.blogspot.com/
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Are your children safe in school?

By Kimberly Hefling

Drugs, gangs, over crowded classes, out-of-date text books, teen pregnancies, bullies, unqualified teachers, teachers molesting students, discrimination, sexism, racism and an education system rife with inequities for blacks and other minority students and those with disabilities.z_school002

“A quarter of high schools with the highest percentage of black and Latino students do not offer Algebra II; a third of these schools do not offer chemistry,” said the Education Department.

It’s not just lack of access to core curriculum subjects.

Christopher Emdin, a professor of science education at Teachers College, Columbia University, said if a school doesn’t offer advanced math and science classes, students are told they are not expected to take those classes.

“There is nothing more severe in contemporary America, particularly as it relates to youth of color, than the soft bigotry of low expectations,” Emdin said. “These inequities in the availability of science and math classes show young people that not much is expected of them.

TEACHERS:

Minority students are more likely to attend schools with a higher concentration of first-year teachers than white students. And while most teachers are certified, nearly half a million students nationally attend schools where nearly two-thirds or fewer of teachers meet all state certification and licensing requirements. Black and Latino students are more likely than white students to attend these schools.z_school003

DISCIPLINE:

Data released Friday from the 2011-2012 school year show the disparities begin among even the youngest of school kids. Black children represent about 18 percent of children in preschool programs in schools, but they make up almost half of the preschoolers who are suspended more than once. Overly zealous discipline and “zero-tolerance” policies send students to court instead of the principal’s office, known as the “schools-to-prisons pipeline.”

SECLUSION AND RESTRAINT:

“Seclusion and restraint” is a term used to describe when students are strapped down or physically restrained in schools. The data show students with disabilities represent about 12 percent of the student population, but about 60 percent of students placed in seclusion or involuntary confinement and three quarters of students restrained at school. While black students make up about one in five of students with disabilities, more than one-third of the students who are restrained at school are black. Overall, the data show that more than 37,000 students were placed in seclusion, and 4,000 students with disabilities were held in place by a mechanical restraint.

PRESCHOOL:

40 percent of school districts do not offer preschool programs.

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(How to) Take your country back (for Dummies)

By Christopher Rice

NSA surveillance, IRS targeting the Tea Party, DEA raiding dispensaries, Domestic drones, Police brutality, etc., etc. obviously the war is against you, by those you elected. According to your government you are the enemy. People say it a lot, but how can you take your country back?

z_flag_america000You have 3 options:

1. Go along with the Program, sit back and watch football or I Love Lucy. While they loot our country, tax our grandkids, bailout criminals, dissolve our borders, dismantle our Constitution, ignore voters demands, etc., etc.

2. You can protest and suffer the wrath of the state. Orz_police-brutality000

3. Now there is a third option. Like in Chicago, you can strike, demand justice and win!! Because the police, the government and corporations are powerless against non compliance.

BOYCOTT: BofA, Wells Fargo, Chase…

Move all banking accounts to Credit Unions. Credit Unions pay you more interest than banks. And charge less on loans and mortgages.

BOYCOTT: CNN, NBC, FOX, ABC, NY TIMES, Wall St. Journal…

Boycott the news media that are consistently inaccurate.

BOYCOTT: SHELL, GE, ARCO, TEXACO…

Boycott the energy companies that own the White House.

BOYCOTT: Republican Party, Democratic Party…

Boycott the two party system that sold you and your family out.

How do you get the crooks out of Washington? Take money out of politics.

How do we do that? Stop giving money to candidates and political parties. And stop buying from
stores that lobby Congress.

Only buy from local “Mom and Pop” shops because they lobby you and support your community. No private jets, no lunches with Congress and no shipping your job overseas.z_flag_america001

Only “WE THE PEOPLE” can save our country.

SHUT EM DOWN

1. Shut down those corporations which do not respect the Constitution or our sovereignty.

2. Shut down the two party system and the third party myth which do not respect the Constitution or our sovereignty.

3. Stop funding to all criminal activity in the corporate/political sector.

Small changes in how you spend your money will make a huge difference to the profiteers of misery. This will not happen overnight, but in time, we could affect real change. You can take part in Global Non-Compliance against Corruption, Theft, Fraud, and Murder. We have always had the power to stop these crimes.

If you really want to take America back, stop blaming the federal government; stop blaming the President; the Congress; the police; the teachers; stop blaming the liberals; stop blaming the Republicans; stop blaming your mom; stop blaming your dad. They may be the problem, but they are not the solution. Clean up America, one block, one street, one school at a time. Clean up America, one church, one police station, one family at a time.

That is how we will take America back. Then the government will fear the people again.

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Addresses of Legislators Who Voted in Favor of Gun Control Part 1

By Shanequa Nelson

Politicians, judges and police officers are sworn to uphold and defend the laws of the Constitution, but instead, cities, counties and states all have laws that infringe on our rights to bear arms, judges routinely hand down cruel and unusual punishments and the police show up in riot gear every time we attempt to exercise our rights to free speech.

The state of Connecticut wants to make a list – a list of gun owners.z_protest_gun_laws000

Mike Vanderboegh has created his own list – a list of those state legislators who are insisting  that certain firearms be banned or registered.

Most of the gun owners who own these weapons have refused to register them, with  tens of thousands of residents engaging in acts of quiet civil disobedience.

The state responded by sending out letters, demanding that gun owners across the state turn in all  of their newly-banned, unregistered firearms and magazines or face felony prosecution.

Connecticut gun owners have decided to take the Barack Obama approach: Ignore inconvenient laws. Letters have been sent to “known gun owners” demanding registration, or the surrender of their “assault weapons”. The birth place of the Constitution, it turns out, is still home to armed students of human liberty.

Vanderboegh, who is himself a member of at least one list (the SPLC has profiled him on their “Hatewatch”  blog, which is really kind of a badge of honor in certain circles), has  responded to this by compiling a list of his own: it is a list of all of the  legislators in the state of Connecticut who voted in favor of the recently  passed gun registrations laws in the state.

Here is the post, A Sipsey Street Public Service Announcement: The  Connecticut Tyrants List:

The state of Connecticut is making lists of firearm owners to raid. It seems  obvious to me that it is thus only fair to list those anti-constitutional  tyrants who will have blood on their hands the moment the first Connecticut  citizen is shot by the CT state police while carrying out their orders. I will  be sending these folks my own email later today.

CT State Senators voting Yes on “An Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety, also known as Public Law 13-3 or Connecticut Senate Bill  No. 1160,” 3 April 2013. List includes home addresses. Photos and home phone numbers of these tyrants are available here: http://www.cbia.com

John W. Fonfara, 99 Montowese St., Hartford 06114-2841

Eric D. Coleman, 77 Wintonbury Ave., Bloomfield 06002-2529

Andrea Stillman, 5 Coolidge Ct., Waterford 06385-3309

Gary LeBeau, 501 Canyon Ridge Dr., Broad Brook 06016-5602

Kevin Kelly, 240 York St., Stratford 06615-7952

Steve Cassano, 1109 Middle Tpke, E Manchester 06040-3703

Anthony J. Musto, 15 Maymont Ln., Trumbull 06611-2111

Beth Bye, 99 Outlook Ave., West Hartford 06119-1432

Andres Ayala, PO Box 55106, Bridgeport 06610-5106

Terry B. Gerratana, 674 Lincoln St., New Britain 06052-1833

Michael A. McLachlan, 47 W Wooster St., Danbury 06810-7731

Bob Duff, 50 Toilsome Ave., Norwalk 06851-2425

Toni Boucher, 5 Wicks End Ln, Wilton 06897-2633

Paul Doyle, 38 Thornbush Rd., Wethersfield 06109-3554

Carlo Leone, 88 Houston Ter., Stamford 06902-4449

Toni N. Harp (no longer in the Legislature, she is now the Mayor of New  Haven, CT).

John McKinney, 986 S Pine Creek Rd., Fairfield 06824-6348

Martin M. Looney, 132 Fort Hale Rd., New Haven 06512-3630

Donald E. Williams, Jr., 41 Malbone Ln., Brooklyn 06234-1563

Edward Meyer, 407 Mulberry Point Rd., Guilford 06437-3204

Dante Bartolomeo, 167 Reynolds Dr., Meriden 06450-2568

Gayle Slossburg, 14 Honeysuckle Ln., Milford 06461-1671

Joan V. Hartley, 206 Columbia Blvd., Waterbury 06710-1401

Leonard Fasano, 7 Sycamore Ln., North Haven 06473-1283

Joseph J. Crisco, Jr., 1205 Racebrook Rd., Woodbridge 06525-1822

L. Scott Frantz, 123 Meadow Rd., Riverside 06878-2521

CT House members voting Yes on “An Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety, also known as Public Law 13-3 or Connecticut Senate Bill No. 1160,” 3 April 2013. Photos and home phone numbers of these tyrants are available here: http://www.cbia.com

Catherine Abercrombie, 64 Parker Ave., Meriden 06450-5945

Ernest Hewett, 29 Colman St., New London 06320-3558

Peter Tercyak, 150 Belridge Rd., New Britain 06053-1008

Brenda Kupchick, 85 Liberty St., Madison 06443-3258

William Tong, 99 Chestnut Hill Rd., Stamford 06903-4030

Gary Holder-Winfield, 480 Winchester Ave., New Haven 06511-1920

James Albis, 369 Coe Ave., Apt 14, East Haven

David Alexander, 277 Pearl St., Enfield 06082-4368

Bryan Hurlburt (Stepped down to take a position with the USDA’s Farm Service  Agency.)

Diana Urban, 146 Babcock Rd., North Stonington 06359-1334

Gail Lavielle, 109 Hickory Hill Rd., Wilton 06897-1135

Claire Janowski, 263 Hany Ln., Vernon 06066-2740

Edwin Vargas, 141 Douglas St., Hartford 06114-2422

Angel Arce, 248 Franklin Ave., Hartford 06114-1841

Susan Johnson, 120 Bolivia St., Willimantic 06226-2818

Joe Verrengia, 160 Colonial St., West Hartford 06110-1814

David Arconti, Jr., 141 Great Plain Rd., Danbury 06811-3844

Tom Vicino, 92 Carter Hill Rd., Clinton 06413-1230

Joe Aresimowicz, 248 Lower Ln., Berlin 06037-2231

David Kiner, 5 Cranberry Hollow, Enfield 06082-2200

Toni Walker, 1643 Ella T Grasso Blvd., New Haven 06511-2801

Patricia Widlitz, 12 Island Bay Cir., Guilford 06437-3058

Timothy Larson, 33 Gorman Pl., East Hartford 06108-1450

Christina Ayala, 506 Brooks St., Bridgeport 06608-1303

Terry Backer, 125 Jefferson St., Stratford 06615-7810

Roland Lemar, 6 Eld St., New Haven 06511-3816

Roberta Willis, PO Box 1733, 30 Upland Meadow Rd., Lakeville 06039-1733

Tom O’Dea, 37 Holly Rd., New Canaan 06840-6406

David Baram, 5 Warbler Cir., Bloomfield 06002-2233

Matthew Lesser, 1160 S Main S.,t Apt 110, Middletown 06457-5034

Christopher Wright, 35 Ruth St., Apt 49, Bristol 06010-3218

Arthur O’Neill, 617 Bucks Hill Rd., Southbury 06488-1952

Brian Becker, 14 Candlewood Dr., West Hartford 06117-1009

Rick Lopes, 208 S Mountain Dr., New Britain 06052-1514

Elissa Wright, 51 Pearl St., Groton 06340-5732

Elizabeth “Betty” Boukus, Legislative Office Bldg., Rm 4017, Hartford  06106

Geoff Luxenburg, 45 Chatham Dr., Manchester 06042-8522

James Maroney, 22 Saranac Rd Milford 06461-9401

Larry Butler, 70 Blackman Rd., Waterbury 06704-1203

Juan Candelaria, 28 Arch St., New Haven 06519-1511

Brandon McGee, 43 Warren St., Hartford 06120-2117

Robert Megna, 40 Foxon Hill Rd., Unit 54, New Haven 06513-1166

Charles “Don” Clemons, 130 Read St., Bridgeport 06607-2021

Michelle Cook, 499 Charles St., Torrington 06790-3420

Patricia Miller, 95 Liberty St., Apt A4, Stamford 06902-4732

John Shaban, 29 Ledgewood Rd., Redding 06896-2916

Bill Aman, 878 Strong Rd., South Windsor 06074-2006

Philip Miller, 24 Bushy Hill Rd., Ivoryton 06442-1108

Victor Cuevas, 17 Keefe St., Waterbur,y 06706-1616

Mike D’Agostino, 575 Ridge Rd., Hamden 06517-2519

Russ Morin, 495 Brimfield Rd., Wethersfield 06109-3209

Richard Smith, 25 Jeremy Dr., New Fairfield 06812-2109

Prasad Srinivasan, 268 Grandview Dr., Glastonbury 06033-3946

Bruce Morris, 315 Ely Ave., Norwalk 06854-4619

Stephen Dargan, 215 Beach St., West Haven 06516-6133

Paul Davis, 335 Smith Farm Rd., Orange 06477-3127

Ted Moukawsher, 48 W Elderkin Ave., Groton 06340-4933

Mitch Bolinsky, 3 Wiley Ln., Newtown 06470-1812

Stephen Walko, 7 Charter Oak Ln., Greenwich 06830-6911

Mike Demicco, 6 Deborah Ln., Farmington 06032-3031

Mary Mushinsky, 188 S Cherry St., Wallingford 06492-4016

Patricia Dillon, 68 W Rock Ave., New Haven 06515-2221

Sandy Nafis, 49 Whitewood Rd., Newington 06111-2133

Larry Cafero, Jr., 6 Weed Ave., Norwalk 06850-2224

Terrie Wood, 50 Saint Nicholas Rd., Darien 06820-2823

Joe Diminico, 26 Finley St., Manchester 06040-5616

David Yaccarino, 1804 Hartford Tpke., North Haven 06473-1248

Elaine O’Brien, 1321 Hill St., Suffield 06078-1024

Kim Fawcett, 234 Collingwood Ave., Fairfield 06825-1877

Chris Perone, 8 E. Rocks Rd., Norwalk 06851-2919

Christie Carpino, 29 Sovereign Rd., Cromwell 06416-1136

Lonnie Reed, 60 Maple St., Apt. 44, Branford 06405-3562

Andy Fleischmann, 25 Sherwood Rd., West Hartford 06117-2739

Mae Flexer, 452 Main St., Danielson 06239-2104

Emmett Riley, 150 Yantic St., Unit 160, Norwich 06360-4248

Daniel Fox, 14 Carter Dr., Stamford 06902-7013

Matt Ritter, 169 N Beacon St., Hartford 06105-2246

J. Brendan Sharkey, 600 Mount Carmel Ave., Hamden 06518-1606

Jason Rojas, 128 Langford Ln., East Hartford 06118-2369

Gerald Fox, III, 66 Fairview Ave., Stamford 06902-8129

Mary Fritz, 43 Grove St., Yalesville 06492-1606

Livvy Floren, 210 Round Hill Rd., Greenwich 06831-3357

Henry Genga, 5 Elaine Dr., East Hartford 06118-3515

John Frey, 2 Copps Hill Rd., Ridgefield 06877-4013

Linda Gentile, 158 Hodge Ave., Ansonia 06401-3236

Robert Sanchez, 269 Washington St., New Britain 06051-1024

Minnie Gonzalez, 97 Amity St., Hartford 06106-1001

Ezequiel Santiago, 991 State St., Bridgeport 06605-1504

Jeffrey Berger, 134 Gaylord Dr., Waterbury 06708-2181

Auden Grogins, 155 Brewster St., Apt 5L, Bridgeport 06605-3111

Hilda Santiago, 86 South Ave., Fl 3, Meriden 06451-7624

DebraLee Hovey, 296 Fan Hill Rd., Monroe 06468-1329

Bob Godfrey, 13 Stillman Ave., Danbury 06810-8007

Antonio Guerrera, 194 Catherine Dr., Rocky Hill 06067-1096

Brian Sear, 11 N Canterbury Rd., Canterbury 06331-1209

Elizabeth Ritter, 24 Old Mill Rd., Quaker Hill 06375-1319

Tony Hwang, PO Box 762, Fairfield 06824-0762

Joseph Serra, PO Box 233, Middletown 06457-0233

Gregg Haddad, 28 Storrs Heights Rd., Storrs Mansfield 06268-2322

John Hampton, 33 West Mountain, Simsbury 06092

Charlie Stallworth, 35 Wickliffe Cir., Bridgeport 06606-1929

Themis Klarides, 23 East Ct., Derby 06418-2640

Noreen Kokoruda, 85 Liberty St., Madison 06443-3258

Jonathan Steinberg, 1 Bushy Ridge Rd., Westport 06880-2104

Jack Hennessy, 556 Savoy St., Bridgeport 06606-4125

The welfare of the people has always been the alibi of tyrants, and it provides the further advantage of giving the servants of tyranny a good conscience.

Albert Camus (1913-1960)