Thursday, April 4, 2013

13-04-04 US: Freedom of Speech? Daniel McGowan, HuffPost blogger, imprisoned for political speech...

The April 1, 2013 HuffPost blog item far below, is the one that irritated the gov.
The April 4, 2013 HuffPost piece immediately below, is the news of McGowan's imprisonment.

The only news in the piece below, is that McGowan is not a Moslem.  Moslems in the US are the ones typically held in CMUs.  And the mere notion of CMUs (Communication Management Units), created in the US over the past decade, is apalling. jz


Daniel McGowan Jailed, Allegedly For Writing Huffington Post Blog

Posted: 04/04/2013 5:50 pm EDT  |  Updated: 04/04/2013 6:31 pm EDT

Daniel Mcgowan Arrest
NEW YORK -- The federal government on Thursday jailed Earth Liberation Front activist Daniel McGowan in response to an article he wrote for The Huffington Post, his wife Jenny Synan said. The HuffPost story, which was published April 1, charged the Federal Bureau of Prisons, citing documents McGowan had obtained, with transferring him to a high security prison unit in order to restrict his political speech during his incarceration.
Synan told HuffPost that she asked a BOP official why her husband had been re-imprisoned after his release to a halfway house in December. She said the official told her that the HuffPost article violated a term of his release that restricted him from interacting with the media.
Synan expects the BOP to keep her husband locked up until the official end of his seven-year sentence in June. His 38th birthday, she said, is next month. "We were thinking, 'Oh my God, first birthday home!'"
McGowan's attorney, Rachel Meeropol of the Center for Constitutional Rights, confirmed that McGowan was taken from a Brooklyn halfway house Thursday morning and brought to the Metropolitan Detention Center. She said she believed but had not yet confirmed that McGowan's jailing was connected to his recent blog post.
"Needless to say, this is outrageous," she said. "I've never heard of a regulation limiting an individual from blogging or contacting the news media."
The Center for Constitutional Rights released a statement Thursday afternoon about McGowan being re-incarcerated:
We have received information that this was triggered by an opinion piece he published on the Huffington Post Monday, and we are currently trying to confirm this and learn more about the situation. We were unable to meet with him today because, we were informed, he was being processed. We will seek to meet with him tomorrow and follow all avenues to secure his release. The name of the piece is "Court Documents Prove I Was Sent to Communication Management Units (CMU) for My Political Speech." If this is indeed a case of retaliation for writing an article about the BOP retaliating against his free speech while he was in prison, it is more than ironic, it is an outrage.
McGowan pleaded guilty in 2006 to federal charges of arson and conspiracy to commit arson, for fires linked to the animal rights group Earth Liberation Front. Between 2008 and 2010, he served time in the Communication Management Unit (CMU) at the U.S. Penitentiary in Marion, Ill. Prisoners in the unit, which has beendubbed "Little Guantanamo" by critics, are isolated from other prisoners and severely restricted in their contact with their families.
The Center for Constitutional Rights is challenging the Bureau of Prisons' use of CMUs as part of a federal lawsuit. A recently released court document revealed that McGowan was apparently transferred to the CMU at least in part because of his communications with the outside world.
"While incarcerated and through social correspondence and articles written for radical publications, inmate McGowan has attempted to unite the radical environmental and animal liberation movements," the internal memo states.
"In short, based on its disagreement with my political views, the government sent me to a prison unit from which it would be harder for me to be heard, serving as a punishment for my beliefs," McGowan wrote in his blog post.
Synan noted the irony that the BOP, by jailing him for speaking out, had proven her husband's point. "They already have a lawsuit against them for things like this," she said. "He just posted his thing a few days ago about all this stuff -- about his political beliefs and speech -- and they do something to him because of his post about this. It's crazy."
The Bureau of Prisons did not immediately respond to a request for comment on McGowan, but national spokesman Chris Burke said that under a general media policy, "inmates cannot do interviews without permission. So if there's some sort of a phone interview or a sit-in interview, those have to be pre-approved."
But Stuart Whatley, executive blog editor at The Huffington Post, said blog posts cannot be compared to interviews.
"The HuffPost blog is a platform for contributors to share opinion, commentary and their thoughts on any topic of their choosing," Whatley said. "As our guidelines explicitly state, 'you can write about anything you want. Huffington Post does not select or approve your topics.'"
McGowan previously wrote for HuffPost in 2009 while imprisoned in the "U.S. Gitmo" unit. 


Daniel McGowan

Former political prisoner & environmentalist

Documents Prove I was Sent to Communication Management Units (CMU) for my Political Speech
Posted: 04/01/2013 8:36 am

I currently reside at a halfway house in Brooklyn, serving out the last few months of a seven-year sentence for my role in arsons credited to the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) at two lumber companies in Oregon in 2001.  My case, and the federal government's rush to prosecute environmental activism as a form of terrorism, were recently explored in the Oscar-nominated documentary, If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
What has received less attention, though, is what happened to me while in federal prison.  I was a low security prisoner with a spotless disciplinary record, and my sentencing judge recommended that I be held at a prison close to home.  But one year into my sentence, I was abruptly transferred to an experimental segregation unit, opened under the Bush Administration, that is euphemistically called a "Communication Management Unit" (CMU).  Since August 2008, when I first arrived at the CMU, I have been trying to get answers as to why I was singled out to be sent there.  Only now -- three years after I filed a federal lawsuit to get to the truth -- have I learned why the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) sent me to the CMU: they simply did not like what I had to say in my published writing and personal letters.  In short, based on its disagreement with my political views, the government sent me to a prison unit from which it would be harder for me to be heard, serving as a punishment for my beliefs.
The first of the two CMUs was opened quietly, without the public scrutiny required by law, in 2006 in Terre Haute, Indiana; the Marion, Illinois CMU followed in 2008.  In fact, at a hearing in my case before I was sentenced, my attorneys argued that giving me the "terrorism enhancement" could result in my designation to a CMU.  How right they were! The units are designed to isolate prisoners from the rest of the prisoner population, and more importantly, from the rest of the world.  They impose strict limitations on your phone calls home and visits from family and friends -- you have far less access to calls and visits than in general population.  The communications restrictions at the CMUs are, in some respects, harsher than those at ADX, the notorious federal "Supermax" prison in Colorado.  Also, unlike ADX, they are not based on a prisoners'  disciplinary violations. When my wife and loved ones visited me at the CMUs, we were banned from any physical contact whatsoever.  All interactions where conducted over a telephone, with Plexiglas  and bars between us.  Until they were threatened with legal action, CMU prisoners were only allowed one single 15-minute phone call per week.
This is very different from most prisons.  I started my sentence at FCI Sandstone -- a low security facility in Minnesota.  I never received a single incident report the whole time I was there and stayed in touch with my family by phone and through visits.  The importance of maintaining these family connections cannot be overstated.  My calls home were, for example, the only way I could build a relationship with my then two-and-a-half year old niece.   When my family would visit, it was incredibly important to all of us to be able to hug and hold hands in a brief moment of semi-normalcy and intimacy. It was these visits that allowed us to maintain our close contact with each other through a time of physical disconnection, trauma and distress.
What's also notable about the CMUs is who is sent there. It became quickly obvious to me that many CMU prisoners were there because of their religion or in retaliation for their speech. By my count, around two-thirds of the men are Muslim, many of whom have been caught up in the so-called "war on terror," others who just spoke out for their rights or allegedly took leadership positions in the Muslim community at other facilities. Some, like me, were prisoners who have political views and perspectives that are not shared by the Department of Justice.
While serving my time I was eager to stay involved in the social justice movements I care about, so I continued to write political pieces, some of which were published on this website.  No one in the BOP ever told me to stop, or warned me that I was violating any rules.  But then, without a word of warning, I was called to the discharge area one afternoon in May 2008 and sent to the CMU at Marion.  Ten days after I arrived, still confused about where I was and why, I was given a single sheet of paper called a "Notice of Transfer."  It included a few sentences about my conviction, much of which was incorrect, by way of explanation for my CMU designation.  I was provided no other information about why the BOP believed I needed to be sent to this isolation unit.  Frustrated, I filed administrative grievances to try to get the information corrected, and find out how this decision had been made.  When that did not work, I filed a request for documents under the Freedom of Information Act.  I got nowhere.  The BOP would not fix the information, and wouldn't explain why they thought I belonged in a CMU.
So I decided to contact lawyers at the Center for Constitutional Rights, having known their history of strong advocacy on these issues. We brought a federal lawsuit on behalf of myself and other CMU prisoners to challenge policies, practices and our designation to the CMUs. The lawsuit, Aref v. Holder, was filed in April 2010, and challenges the constitutionality of various polices and practices at the CMUs, including the lack of meaningful process associated with designation to the units, and the lack of any meaningful way to "step down" from the units.  The lawsuit contends that this lack of transparency and process has allowed people to be sent to the CMUs based on, for example, their protected speech.  Through discovery in the case, the federal government has finally been forced to hand over previously-unseen memoranda  explaining why I was picked out to be sent a CMU.  Authored by Leslie Smith, the Chief of the BOP's so-called "Counter Terrorism Unit," and cataloging in detail some of the things I have said in the past years, they make one thing clear: I was sent to the CMU on the basis of speech that the BOP just disagrees with.
The following speech is listed in these memos to justify my designation to these ultra-restrictive units:
My attempts to "unite" environmental and animal liberation movements, and to "educate" new members of the movement about errors of the past; my writings about "whether militancy is truly effective in all situations"; a letter I wrote discussing bringing unity to the environmental movement by focusing on global issues; the fact that I was "publishing [my] points of view on the internet in an attempt to act as a spokesperson for the movement"; and the BOP's belief that, through my writing, I have "continued to demonstrate [my] support for anarchist and radical environmental terrorist groups."
The federal government may not agree with or like what I have to say about the environmental movement, or other social justice issues. I do not particularly care as the role of an activist is not to tailor one's views to those in power. But as Aref v. Holder contends, everything I have written is core political speech that is protected by the First Amendment.  It may be true that courts have held that a prisoner's freedom of speech is more restricted than that of other members of the public.  But no court has ever said that means that a prisoner is not free to express political views and beliefs that pose no danger to prison security and do not involve criminal acts.  In fact, decades of First Amendment jurisprudence has refused to tolerate restrictions that are content-based and motivated by the suppression of expression.  And courts have recognized that when a prisoner is writing to an audience in the outside world, as I was, it's not just the prisoner's First Amendment rights that are at stake: the entire public's freedom of speech is implicated.
I do not know what is happening with the men I got to know in the CMUs but I know they are still dealing with everything I had to deal with -- isolation from the outside world, strained relationships, always being on eggshells about the constant surveillance and never knowing when they will get out of the CMU. 
It is becoming increasingly clear that the BOP is using these units to silence people, and to crack down on unpopular political speech. They have become units where the BOP can dump prisoners they have issues with or whose political beliefs they find anathema. In the months that come, with CCR's help, I hope to prove that in court and show what is happening at the CMUs. This needs to be dragged into the sunlight.

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13-04-04 PHOTO OF THE DAY: Goldman Sachs CDO Scam

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Goldman Sachs CDO Scam

Thai Gem Scam Vs. Goldman Sachs CDO Scam
By William Banzai7
The Thai gem scam involves layers of con men and helpers who tell a tourist in Bangkok of an opportunity to earn money by buying duty-free jewelry and having it shipped back to the tourist's home country.  The mark is driven around the city in a tuk-tuk operated by one of the con men, who ensures that the mark meets one helper after another, until the mark is persuaded to buy the jewelry from a store also operated by the swindlers.  The gems are real but significantly overpriced.  This scam has been operating for 20 years in Bangkok, and is said to be protected by Thai police and corrupt politicians.  A similar scam usually runs in parallel for custom-made suits.  Many tourists are hit by conmen touting both goods.
The CDO Scam involves layers of quant engineers, portfolio selection agents, rating agencies and investment bankers who tell visiting Dutch and German bankers in London and New York of an opportunity to earn money by buying synthetic CDOs (Q Bunk) and having it shipped back to their home country.  The mark is driven around the city in a Lincoln Town Car operated by one of the con men, who ensures that the mark meets one helper after another, until the mark is persuaded to buy the Q Bunk in an investment banking office also operated by the swindlers.  The Q Bunk is a real genuine synthetic CDO but grossly overpriced.  This scam has been operating for 10 years on Wall Street, and until recently was said to be protected by the FRB, SEC and corrupt politicians.  A similar scam usually runs in parallel for counterfeit suits, viagra and OTC derivatives.  Many visiting German and Dutch bankers are hit by Wall Street con men touting both goods. -- William Banzai7.

13-04-04 Richard Fine is back on the track!

Richard I. FINE - part 1

Richard I. Fine, March 16-17th, 2013, at Freedom Law school, in Ontario, Ca. gives 2 solutions to the thoroughly corrupt State of California Courts, especially , Los Angeles State Superior Court, a model of complete greed by judges and corruption. Part 2-5 gives more info on the exact reasons he WON his court case and was punished for winning at the Appeals level, with 18 months in L.A. County Jail for no crime at all. In solitary confinement.

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13-04-04 Shut down GITMO!

Guantanamo hunger strike spreads amid protests at US embassies: -
On Day 56 of the Gitmo hunger strike, officials report the number of strikers has risen to 39, with 11 being force-fed. However, detainees say the number stands at some 130. Demonstrators in Yemen say US authorities are downplaying real numbers.
US hiding criminality at Guantanamo prison: Human rights attorney:
"They've been held at Guantanamo Bay without charge, some of them for 10,11, even 12 years. This is clearly illegal - you cannot detain people without charges."
In Guantanamo, Obama's Promise of Hope Has Transformed Into Hopelessness : Op-Ed:
What we are really seeing in the hunger strikers in Guantanamo today are men who believe that there is no way out. Many believe that their only exit will be in a coffin.
Another Torture Lover in Obama's CIA: Video -
John Brennan, Obama's CIA Director has a history of being directly involved in the CIA's torture program, and is known for being a huge drone supporter. Well, someone has to fill his old CIA position, and who better than another advocate of torture, right?

13-04-04 What is Kleptocrat? Kleptocracy?

From a discussion board:

Kleptocrat(s) is derived from Kleptocracy.  I consider the Meriam Webster definition below deficient and euphemistic, since they failed to explicitly realate it to stealing from the People by kleptocratic governments.

See, in contrast, the definition for kleptomania:


 noun \ˌklep-tə-ˈmā-nē-ə, -nyə\
: a persistent neurotic impulse to steal especially without economic motive


 noun \klep-ˈtä-krə-sē\
plural klep·toc·ra·cies

Definition of KLEPTOCRACY

: government by those who seek chiefly status and personal gain at the expense of the governed; also : a particular government of this kind
— klep·to·crat  noun
— klep·to·crat·ic  adjective

First Known Use of KLEPTOCRACY



Next Word in the Dictionary: kleptomania
Previous Word in the Dictionary: klepto-
All Words Near: kleptocracy
[1]12-06-08 Courts and Judges as racketeering enterprises under RICO (the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) - key element in the current financial crisis
[2] 11-02-03 Stealing from the People: Corruption in the United States; the Big Feast: Banker, Judge, Civil Servant
[3] 02-01-00 Stealing From the People: Corruption in Indonesia; Book 2: The Big Feast - Soldier, Judge, Banker, Civil Servant; Edited by Richard Holloway

On Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 1:24 AM, Arnie <> wrote:
Thank you kindly.

And please define exactly who you mean by the term: cleptocrats


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On Apr 2, 2013, at 12:56 PM, JZ <123456xyz a="" href="" style="border: 0px; color: #6611cc; cursor: pointer; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;" target="_blank">
> wrote:
The cleptocrats!
Haven't you noticed what is going on?

On Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 12:59 AM, Arnie <> wrote:

If all clerks offices are vacant and all elected officials offices are vacant on what basis is the business of the people being conducted?

and... perhaps, even more importantly, by whom?


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On Apr 1, 2013, at 1:35 PM, JZ <123456xyz a="" href="" style="border: 0px; color: #6611cc; cursor: pointer; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;" target="_blank">
> wrote:
How about lawful appointment records for any of the clerks of the US and state courts?
Absent honest office of the Clerk of the Court, there is no Due Process.  jz