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Colorado becomes 22nd state to abolish the death penalty
With Governor Jared Polis’s signature yesterday afternoon, Colorado became the 22nd U.S. state to abolish the death penalty and the tenth in the past decade-and-a-half.
Colorado’s action exemplifies the trend we are seeing in states across the country, which is a continuing movement away from capital punishment, first in practice, then in law. Half of U.S. states have either abolished the death penalty or have imposed moratoria on executions. Two thirds either no longer authorize capital punishment or have not executed anyone in more than a decade. New death sentences are down nearly 90% since the mid 1990s and executions have declined by 75% since the turn of the century. And more than 80% of U.S. counties have no one on death row and have not executed anyone in the past half century.
The trend away from the death penalty has been particularly strong in the West in recent years. Governors in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and California have all halted executions. Washington and Colorado have gone on to judicially or legislatively abolish the death penalty and Oregon has significantly restricted its scope. No state west of Texas has carried out an execution in the past five years and fewer new death sentences were imposed in those states last year than in any year since California brought back its death penalty in the late 1970s.
That is not a surprise. Public support for capital punishment has been thinning and is near a generation low. America’s views of criminal justice have experienced a sea change and in state legislatures, the issue has become increasingly bipartisan. And as legislators have shifted from viewing the death penalty as an instrument of politics and have increasingly subjected it to the same type of scrutiny afforded other government programs, we have seen significant legislative movement towards abolition across the country.
Growing numbers of legislators have criticized the high cost of capital punishment, the inherent risk of convicting and executing the innocent, the continuing racial, geographic, and economic disparities in the way it is applied, and the untrustworthiness of states to carry it out fairly, consistently, or in a principled manner. As Governor Polis noted in his statement today, “the death penalty cannot be, and never has been, administered equitably in the State of Colorado.”
Colorado’s legislators engaged in heartfelt, respectful, and good-faith debate on very sensitive issues. In the end, they based their decision on the evidence and what each legislator individually believed in his or her heart was right for the people of the state. Governor Polis recognized that, as distasteful as the crimes were that resulted in the three remaining death sentences in the state, it was better to close out this chapter in Colorado’s criminal justice history than to let the issue fester while unnecessarily spending millions more of taxpayer dollars.
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Rainer Drolshagen, special agent in charge of the Minneapolis Field Office.
Rainer S. Drolshagen has been named special agent in charge of the Minneapolis Field Office.
Drolshagen, who recently served as a deputy assistant director in the Directorate of Intelligence at FBI headquarters, joined the bureau as a special agent in 1997. His first assignment was with the Johnson City Resident Agency under the Knoxville Field Office in Tennessee, where he investigated criminal and national security cases.
In the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Drolshagen led an evidence team investigating the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.
In 2006, Drolshagen became supervisory special agent in the Military Liaison and Detainee Unit in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters. A year later, he was named
The Legend of United Flight 93
by Ted Rall
On the first anniversary of the crash of United Airlines Flight 93, Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge delivered a speech at the site of the disaster in western Pennsylvania. “Faced with the most frightening circumstances one could possibly imagine,” he told grieving relatives of the passengers and crewmembers aboard the fourth plane hijacked on 9/11, “they met the challenge like citizen soldiers, like Americans.” He recited the now-familiar story of passengers learning by phone about the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, deciding to fight back and breaking into the cockpit–a heroic act that led to their own deaths while sparing countless others in Washington.
“The terrorists were right to fear an uprising,” Ridge rhapsodized. “The passengers and crew did whatever they humanly could–boil water, phone the authorities, and ultimately rush the cockpit to foil the attack.”
Ridge’s boss repeatedly used United 93 to close his standard stump speech. Calling the passenger revolt “the most vivid and sad symbol of them all,” George W. Bush said: “People are flying across the country on an airplane, at least they thought they were. They learned the plane was going to be used as a weapon. They got on their telephones. They were told the true story. Many of them told their loved ones goodbye. They said they loved them. They said a prayer; a prayer was said. One guy said, ‘Let’s roll.’ They took the plane into the ground.”
The legend of Flight 93 had everything a nation caught with its pants down needed to feel better about itself: guts, heroism, self-sacrifice. Best of all, it was marketable–by Hollywood and by a president willing to surf on a kind of heroism notably absent from his own life. (Theatrical release of the second “United 93” movie is scheduled to open April 28.) Lisa Beamer, widow of the passenger credited with the call-to-arms “let’s roll,” wrote a bestselling book by the same name, applied for a trademark on the expression, and is now working the Christianist lecture circuit.
Actually, the 9/11 Commission found, the evidence indicates that what Todd Beamer (or someone else) said was not “let’s roll,” but “roll it”–possibly referring to an airplane service cart the passengers may have wanted to use to break down the door into the cockpit. Too bad-. “Roll it” sounds less cinematic, and more like a book about cinematography.
The first indication that government officials were covering up the truth about United 93 came with their refusal to make public the cockpit voice recording (CVR). Releasing CVRs after a crash has long been standard practice; pilots’ last, usually profane, utterances have become a cliche. Yet the FBI stonewalled victims’ relatives for months after 9/11.
“While we empathize with the grieving families,” assistant director John Collingwood wrote one widow, “we do not believe that the horror captured on the cockpit voice recording will console them in any way.” And yet, if the tape contained inspiring proof of the passenger revolt and its success, it would have been one hell of a lot more consoling than Tom Ridge’s oratory. Why not release it?
Finally, after seven months of political pressure, the FBI allowed United 93 relatives to listen to the CVR. The feds told the families not to reveal what they’d heard. “They said the information on the tapes could be possibly used in the prosecution of [alleged “20th hijacker” Zacarias] Moussaoui, and anything that we say could affect the case in a negative way,” said the brother of one of the victims.
Though they studied the recording, the 9/11 Commission found zero evidence that the passenger revolt succeeded, that they made it into the cockpit and, as Bush claimed, “took the plane into the ground.” Tom Kean & Co. offered only conjecture: “The hijackers remained at the controls but must have judged that the passengers were only seconds from overcoming them.”
“Must have.” At a time when war can be justified by waving around a bottle of fake anthrax on TV, “must have” is judged adequate proof.
Another eyebrow-raising portion of the official account of Flight 93 states that “the passengers and flight crew began a series of calls from GTE airphones and cellular phones” after the hijacking. Ever forgotten to turn off your cellphone during a flight? I have. Try it yourself: Cellular telephone calls tend to drop when you’re driving at 60 miles per hour; passenger jets travel up to ten times that speed. Moreover, there’s zero signal, and thus no ability to place a call, above 8,000 feet. Flight 93, en route from Newark to San Francisco at a cruising altitude of 35,000 feet, dropped 700 feet when it was hijacked at 9:28 am. Cell calls? Not likely.
The Bush Administration has alternately claimed that the White House, then the Capitol, and finally the White House again was the target of the Flight 93 hijackers. Sure,
Flight 93 Families Bash FBI Theory
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Doctors used to be famously independent, but now they are muzzled lapdogs or will lose their jobs
From Bloomberg's article, "Hospitals Tell Doctors They'll Be Fired If They Go To The Press,"
NYU Langone Health employees received a notice Friday from Kathy Lewis, executive vice president of communications, saying that anyone who talked to the media without authorization would be “subject to disciplinary action, including termination.”
Jim Mandler, a spokesman for NYU Langone Health, said the policy was to protect patient and staff confidentiality. “Because information is constantly evolving, it is in the best interest of our staff and the institution that only those with the most updated information are permitted to address these issues with the media.”
New York’s Montefiore Health System requires staff get permission before speaking publicly, and sent a reminder in a March 17 newsletter that all media requests “must be shared and vetted” by the public relations department.
“Associates are not authorized to interact with reporters or speak on behalf of the institution in any capacity, without pre-approval,” according to the policy, which was seen by Bloomberg News.
The claim that the reason for censorship is because only the most updated information should get out, is BS. Because who is vetting the information? Top intensive care physicians or other top docs? No! "Communications" and "public relations" personnel are the ones vetting the information.
And what organization gutted a provision that would guarantee workplace protections for healthcare workers? The American Hospital Association, or AHA.
"The hospital industry’s trade group, the AHA, has successfully lobbied Congress to block passage of an emergency infectious disease standard that would strengthen protections for health care workers on the front lines. Earlier this month, House lawmakers scrapped language from a relief bill that would have forced the Department of Labor to create one."
Here are the names, phone numbers and email addresses of the leadership team at the American Hospital Association. Healthcare workers may want to let them know how they feel about the blocked legislation.
Some nurses have gone out on strike due to lack of equipment to safely do their jobs. Will doctors be forced to do the same? See here for more.
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Selected BooksThe Age of Surveillance: The Aims and Methods of America's Political Intelligence System by Frank J. Donner, New York: Knopf, 1980, Vintage, 1981Agents of Repression: The FBI's Secret Wars Against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement by Ward Churchill and Jim Vander Wall, South End Press, Cambridge, MA, 1988Blue by Day, White by Night: Organized White Supremacist Groups in Law Enforcement Agenciesby Michael Novick, People Against Racist Terror (PART), PO BOX 1990, Burbank, CA 91507, Revised and Updated, February 1993Break-ins, Death Threats and the FBI: The Covert War Against the Central America Movement by Ross Gelbspan, Cambridge, MA, South End Press, 1991Challenging the Secret Government: The Post-Watergate Investigations of the CIA and FBI by Kathryn S. Olmsted, Chapel Hill, The University of North Carolina Press, 1996The COINTELPRO Papers: Documents From the FBI's Secret Wars Against Dissent in the United States by Ward Churchill and Jim Vander Wall, Cambridge, MA, South End Press 1990, 2002COINTELPRO: The FBI's Secret War on Political Freedom by Nelson Blackstock, New York, Pathfinder Press, 1988 COINTELPRO: The FBI's Secret War on Political Freedom, Exclusive Documents from Illegal Counterintelligence Programs the government was forced to reveal, edited by Cathy Perkus, Introduction by Noam Chomsky, New York, Monad Press, 1975 FBI Secrets: An Agent's Exposé by M. Wesley Swearingen, South End Press, 1995The FBI v. The First Amendment by Richard Criley, First Amendment Foundation, Los Angeles, 1990.In the Spirit of Crazy Horse by Peter Matthiessen, New York, Viking Press, 1991It Did Happen Here: Recollections of Political Repression in America by Bud Schultz and Ruth Schultz, Berkeley University of California Press, 1989Protectors of Privilege: Red Squads and Police Repression in Urban America by Frank Donner, University of California Press, Berkeley, 1992Secrets: The CIA’s War at Home by Angus Mackenzie, Berkeley, University of California Press, 1999State Secrets by Paul Cowan, Nick Egleson, and Nat Hentoff, New York, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1973
There’s Something Happening Here: The New Left, the Klan, and FBI Counterintelligence by David Cunningham, Berkeley, University of California Press, 2005.
War at Home: Covert Action Against U.S. Activists and What We Can Do About It by Brian Glick, South End Press, 1999
ArticlesChurchill, Ward and Jim Vander Wall, “COINTELPRO Against the Black Panthers: The Case of Geronimo Pratt,” Covert Action Information Bulletin, No. 31, January 1989Goldstein, Robert Justin, “The FBI's Forty Year Plot,” The Nation, No. 227, July 1, 1978Goldstein, Robert Justin, “An American Gulag? Summary Arrest and Emergency Detention of Political Dissidents in the United States,” Columbia Human Rights Law Review, No. 10, 1978Gary T. Marx, “Thoughts on a Neglected Category of Social Movement Participant: The Agent Provocateur and the Informant,” American Journal of Sociology, vol. 80, no. 2 (September 1974)National Lawyer's Guild, Counterintelligence: A Documentary Look at America's Political Police, Volume One, Chicago, 1978.
Government Reports Final Report of the Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities of the United States Senate, Ninety Fourth Congress, First Session, U.S. Government Printing Office, No. 94-755, April 14, 1976, Volumes 1–6Hearings Before the Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities of the United States Senate, Ninety Fourth Congress, First Session, U.S. Government Printing Office, Sept. 16–Dec. 5, 1975, Volumes 1–7
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The FBI's Covert Action Program to Destroy the Black Panther Party
AUTHOR: US Senate, Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities ("Church Committee")
TITLE: Final Report - Book III: Supplementary Detailed Staff Reports on Intelligence Activities and the Rights of Americans
DATE: 23 April 1976
TRANSCRIBED BY: Paul Wolf
A. The Effort to Promote Violence Between the Black Panther Party and Other Well-Armed, Potentially Violent Organizations
1. The Effort to Promote Violence Between the Black Panther Party and the United Slaves (US), Inc.
2. The Effort To Promote Violence Between the Blackstone Rangers and the Black Panther Party
B. The Effort To Disrupt the Black Panther Party by Promoting Internal Dissension
1. General Efforts to Disrupt the Black Panther Party Membership
2. FBI Role in the Newton-Cleaver Rift
C. Covert Efforts To Undermine Support of the Black Panther Party and to Destroy the Party's Public Image
1. Efforts To Discourage and To Discredit Supporters of the Black Panthers
2. Efforts To Promote Criticism of the Black Panthers in the Mass Media and To Prevent the Black Panther Party and Its Sympathizers from Expressing Their Views
D. Cooperation Between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Local Police Departments in Disrupting the Black Panther Party
In August 1967, the FBI initiated a covert action program -- COINTELPRO -- to disrupt and "neutralize" organizations which the Bureau characterized as "Black Nationalist Hate Groups."  The FBI memorandum expanding the program described its goals as:
1. Prevent a coalition of militant black nationalist groups....
2. Prevent the rise of a messiah who could unify and electrify the militant nationalist movement ... Martin Luther King, Stokely Carmichael and Elijah Muhammad all aspire to this position....
3. Prevent violence on the part of black nationalist groups....
4. Prevent militant black nationalist groups and leaders from gaining respectability by discrediting them....
5. . . . prevent the long-range growth of militant black nationalist organizations, especially among youth. 
The targets of this nationwide program to disrupt "militant black nationalist organizations" included groups such as the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Revolutionary Action Movement (RAM), and the Nation of Islam (NOI). It was expressly directed against such leaders as Martin Luther King, Jr., Stokley Carmichael, H. Rap Brown, Maxwell Stanford, and Elijah Muhammad.
The Black Panther Party (BPP) was not among the original "Black Nationalist" targets. In September 1968, however, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover described the Panthers as:
"the greatest threat to the internal security of the country.
"Schooled in the Marxist-Leninist ideology and the teaching of Chinese Communist leader Mao Tse-tung, its members have perpetrated numerous assaults on police officers and have engaged in violent confrontations with police throughout the country. Leaders and representatives of the Black Panther Party travel extensively all over the, United States preaching their gospel of hate and violence not only to ghetto residents, but to students in colleges, universities and high schools is well." 
By July 1969, the Black Panthers had become the primary focus of the program, and was ultimately the target of 233 of the total authorized "Black Nationalist" COINTELPRO actions. 
Although the claimed purpose of the Bureau's COINTELPRO tactics was to prevent violence, some of the FBI's tactics against the BPP were clearly intended to foster violence, and many others could reasonably have been expected to cause violence. For example, the FBI's efforts to "intensify the degree of animosity" between the BPP and the Blackstone Rangers, a Chicago street gang, included sending an anonymous letter to the gang's leader falsely informing him that the the Chicago Panthers had "a hit out" on him.  The stated intent of the letter was to induce the Ranger leader to "take reprisals against" the Panther leadership. 
Similarly, in Southern California, the FBI launched a covert effort to "create further dissension in the ranks of the BPP."  This effort included mailing anonymous letters and caricatures to BPP members ridiculing the local and national BPP leadership for the express purpose of exacerbating an existing "gang war" between the BPP and an organization called the United Slaves (US). This "gang war" resulted in the killing of four BPP members by members of US and in numerous beatings and shootings. Although individual incidents in this dispute cannot be directly traced to efforts by the FBI, FBI officials were clearly aware of the violent nature of the dispute, engaged in actions which they hoped would prolong and intensify the dispute, and proudly claimed credit for violent clashes between the rival factions which. in the words of one FBI official, resulted in "shootings, beatings, and a high degree of unrest in the area of southeast San Diego." 
James Adams, Deputy Associate Director of the FBI's Intelligence Division, told the Committee:
None of our programs have contemplated violence, and the instructions prohibit it, and the record of turndowns of recommended actions in some instances specifically say that we do not approve this action because if we take it it could result in harm to the individual. 
But the Committee's record suggests otherwise. For example, in May 1970, after US organization members had already killed four BPP members, the Special Agent in Charge of the Los Angeles FBI office wrote to FBI headquarters:
Information received from local sources indicate that, in general, the membership of the Los Angeles BPP is physically afraid of US members and take premeditated precautions to avoid confrontations.
In view of their anxieties, it is not presently felt that the Los Angeles BPP can be prompted into what could result in an internecine struggle between the two organizations. . . .
The Los Angeles Division is aware of the mutually hostile feelings harbored between the organizations and the first opportunity to capitalize on the situation will be maximized. It is intended that US Inc. will be appropriately and discreetly advised of the time and location of BPP activities in order that the two organizations might be brought together and thus grant nature the opportunity to take her due course. [Emphasis added.] 
This report focuses solely on the FBI's counterintelligence program to disrupt and "neutralize" the Black Panther Party. It does not examine the reasonableness of the basis for the FBI's investigation of the BPP or seek to justify either the politics, the rhetoric, or the actions of the BPP. This report does demonstrate, however, that the chief investigative branch of the Federal Government, which was charged by law with investigating crimes and preventing criminal conduct, itself engaged in lawless tactics and responded to deep-seated social problems by fomenting violence and unrest
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n+1 | Issue 37 – Spring 2020
Essay: Uncivil Commitment by Judith Levine and Erica R. Meiners
People who commit sexual harm have commonly experienced trauma as children or adults. Like most of us at some point in our lives, they could use therapy. But civil commitment is prison, and incarceration is psychologically destructive; indefinite detention borders on psychological torture—the opposite of therapy. Furthermore, the “treatment” arm of the sex offense legal regime asks us all to collaborate, recruiting the public, helping professions, schools, religious institutions, and even families to police the state’s boundaries between sexual normalcy and deviance. The radical approach to civil commitment is to stop thinking of sexual violence as a sociopathology from which the community must be safeguarded, and to turn instead to social and environmental approaches that engage the community in helping people who have done harm to live nonviolent lives. The Levine and Meiners essay is attached as a PDF file.
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Judith Levine and Erica R. Meiners are also the authors of a new book, The Feminist and the Sex Offender
The Feminist and the Sex Offender
Confronting Sexual Harm, Ending State Violence
By Judith Levine and Erica R. Meiners
Description: In the era of #MeToo and mass incarceration, The Feminist and the Sex Offendermakes a powerful feminist case for accountability without punishment and sexual safety and pleasure without injustice. With analytical clarity and narrative force, Levine and Meiner’s book contends with two problems that are typically siloed in the era of #MeToo and mass incarceration: sexual and gender violence, on the one hand, and the state’s unjust, ineffective, and soul-destroying responseto it on the other. Is it possible to confront the culture of abuse? Is it possible to hold harm-doers accountable without recourse to a criminal justice system that redoubles injuries, fails survivors, and retrenches the conditions that made such abuse possible?
Drawing on interviews, extensive research, reportage, and history, The Feminist and the Sex Offender develops an intersectional feminist approach to ending sexual violence. It maps with considerable detail the unjust sex offender regime while highlighting the alternatives we urgently need.
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John Gannon of the Global Justice Resource Center has been a long-time supporter of ours and he has asked me to bring this to your attention.
The Center is sponsoring the International Justice Transparency Week Petition to encourage jails and prisons to open their doors and create regular opportunities for judges to see where they are sending people and for citizens to see what they are paying for.
You can read more about the petition and it's goals at http://www.GlobalJusticeRC.org if this is something that might interest you or contact John through the website if you have questions.
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