May 24, 2005

Mothers in chains.... or Bush's America America where what is good for business is good for the nation. And if you are foolish enough to believe that the featured article is for the good of us all, then you deserve to be in prison yourself, convicted of Gross Human Rights Violations.

Prison is an industry. An Industry that has paid Washington lobbiests and all the power that comes with the employment of hundreds of thousands of people. It is of no consequence that some of these people will say that they only do it because they need to put food on their tables. This is the best that can be said of any of them and this is simply a variation of the Nurembereg defense, the defence of last resort for those who know that they have committed grave injustices against their fellow human beings.

MY WARNING TO YOU ALL! Don't get smug in a belief that such thinking will always be the case in America. Your own man in Washington is pushing the envelope so far that there is bound to be a backlash against him and the beliefs he stands for, this backlash originating from the decency that lies under the surface of humanity and has only now been suppressed by the continous pandering to your sense of greed by the corporations who's profittyeering agenda is behind the commercials that all... at least subliminally... define success as the obtainment of money to spend on their products. This agenda is a betrayal of the heart, of human nature... and as such will be corrected with enough force.... if neccesary... to destroy it's ugly face, should that be the only recourse left to us by those who are now profiting from human misery.


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Why keeping U.S. women prisoners in shackles during labor and delivery is the real crime against society.

By Ayelet Waldman

May 23, 2005 | Anna (not her real name), a prisoner at Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla, Calif., spent the last two weeks of her pregnancy in preterm labor, shackled to a hospital bed. If she needed to use the bathroom, or even turn over, she had to beg permission of the officer on duty. Given these strict security arrangements, you might assume that Anna was a terrorist, a murderer, some kind of hardened criminal at risk for escape. No. Anna is a minimum-security prisoner currently serving an approximately 18-month sentence for drug possession and probation violation, and according to Karen Shain, administrative director of Legal Services for Prisoners With Children, the treatment she received was routine. Whether they are violent offenders or not -- and approximately 66 percent of incarcerated women in the United States are not -- pregnant prisoners are subject to the same dehumanizing treatment."

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