August 1st, 2014
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HERE’S SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

I want in this blog to speculate, to talk about disturbing possibilities that may be emerging, but first, once again, read this interesting article courtesy of Russian TV:

Jailing Americans becomes a profitable business

Now before I get to my speculations, I want to share some personal anecdotes. Years ago, when I lived in Jokelahoma, I had a close and dear friend in one of these private for profit prisons. This friend, additionally, had a terminal illness and was dependent upon medications that had to be delivered in a regular and timely fashion. Of course, this particular private-for-profit prison ran out of my friend’s medications, often, and repeatedly. Protests to the administration and even the State government of Jokelahoma went nowhere. There was no humanity, no compassion, anywhere to be found. And I suspect others who have people in these institutions have experienced a similar phenomenon. Inmates literally become wards of a corporation, assets on the books, another lamentable legacy of the Reagan era and its Friedmanesque drive to privatize everything.

Leave it again, therefore, to RT TV to imply a problem: jailing people in the USA is increasingly being done for profit. And that leads me to my wild speculation of the day. The recent passage of the National Defense Authorization Act, which effectively strips away the last of the Bill of Rights, might be taken in conjunction with this well-established precedent of private prisons, such that, with the financial meltdown occurring, the American people are reduced to “assets” for “debtors’ prisons”; we are looking, in short, at a revival of the worst aspects of western culture, including a kind of forced indentured servitude. Consider the corporate-government rot and corruption, the cynical lack of humanity in these two paragraphs:

“Corrections Corporation of America officers have been linked to the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, which has in turn lobbied for increased sentencing for inmates convicted of non-violent crimes across the country and helped pass the controversial immigration law in Arizona. Corrections Corp. themselves have lobbied for Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070, and the reasoning is simple: an more stringent immigrant laws means more arrests and, thus, more jam-packed for-profit prisons.

“In 2009 reports obtained by National Public Radio, the CCA wrote that they expected “a significant portion of our revenues” from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. According to Bloomberg BusinessWeek, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement pays around $90 every day for each detainee that their work helps land behind bars.”

There you have it: go round up people for non-violent crimes so that the corporations running these institutions can increase their profit margins. It’s only a short step before these corporations will introduce – as some already have – the idea that these inmates can be used for manufacturing….at sweat shop wages, and only a short step from that until they will be compelled to do so, and a short step from that until these same corporations will “increase profits” by reducing “overhead,” that’s things like medication and decent nutrition… if this progress sounds familiar, it should.  Just think I.G. Farben, and Auschwitz….

25 Responses to HERE’S SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

  1. Kathy Beuthin says:

    Does anyone have first-hand knowledge of whether eyeglasses are being made with prison labor? I wonder specifically about the optical company supplying eyeglasses through the VA as a contractor – Korrect Optical, as well as low-cost eyeglasses available on the internet.

  2. Kathy Beuthin says:

    Corrections Corp. of America – serving on its board of directors is Thurgood Marshall, Jr. I wish I were a journalist and could ask him some questions, like what would his father think if he knew he were sitting on the board of this organization.

  3. Robert Barricklow says:

    In fact, prison labor here in the U.S. is cheaper than Chinese labor because corporations can save on shipping costs.

  4. Peter says:

    Practically everyone is an “asset” since 1933:

    Why? This:

    “In 1933 the U.S. declared bankruptcy, as expressed in Roosevelt’s Executive Orders 6073, 6102, 6111, and 6260, House Joint Resolution 192 (Public Law 73-10) of June 5, 1933 (31 U.S.C. 463) confirmed in Perry v. U.S. (1935) 294 U.S. 330-381, 79 LEd 912, as well as 31 United States Code (USC) 5112, 5119, Senate Report 93-549, and 12 USC 95a. ”

    How can you still get money from the banksters? Well, not with any of your previous assets, but you can of course promise them one thing: the (future) labor of citizens!

    “To cover the debt in 1933 and future debt, the corporate government determined and established the value of the future labor of each individual in its jurisdiction to be $630,000. A bond of $630,000 is set on each Certificate of Live Birth. The certificates are bundled together into sets and then placed as securities on the open market. These certificates are then purchased by the Federal Reserve and/or foreign bankers. The purchaser is the “holder” of “Title.” This process made each and every person in this jurisdiction a bond servant. ”

    Practically everyone is an “asset” since 1933:

    Why? This:

    “In 1933 the U.S. declared bankruptcy, as expressed in Roosevelt’s Executive Orders 6073, 6102, 6111, and 6260, House Joint Resolution 192 (Public Law 73-10) of June 5, 1933 (31 U.S.C. 463) confirmed in Perry v. U.S. (1935) 294 U.S. 330-381, 79 LEd 912, as well as 31 United States Code (USC) 5112, 5119, Senate Report 93-549, and 12 USC 95a. ”

    How can you still get money from the banksters? Well, not with any of your previous assets, but you can of course promise them one thing: the (future) labor of citizens!

    “To cover the debt in 1933 and future debt, the corporate government determined and established the value of the future labor of each individual in its jurisdiction to be $630,000. A bond of $630,000 is set on each Certificate of Live Birth. The certificates are bundled together into sets and then placed as securities on the open market. These certificates are then purchased by the Federal Reserve and/or foreign bankers. The purchaser is the “holder” of “Title.” This process made each and every person in this jurisdiction a bond servant. ”

    And they achieve this via a lot of legalese trickery. E.g. swapping the case of a name: john doe vs JOHN DOE, The State of California vs. California State, etc. etc.

    See: http://usavsus.info/

    And the writings, videos and experiences of people like Mary Croft, Irene Gravenhorst and a growing number of others.

    Many people are starting to learn about this very deep topic all over the (Common Law) world:

    E.g. see this Freeman in and English court, esp. past 1m35s or so
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PKqhnSo5rw

    And related is this recent situation in Ireland:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpUjl4LvQM8&feature=youtu.be

    Do your own due diligence, I’m not an expert! I just stumbled upon this topic recently and I’ve seen the tip of the iceberg. but “oh boy!” ;-O

  5. alpharius449 says:

    hi i am a new member. A recent high school graduate from australia.
    Given that i am australian, i don’t really know much about america, except for your fierce proud and independence. From reading this post surely, the citzens of usa are growing ever angry and aware of their loss of rights. i don’t know how people can stand tyrany these days, when only generations ago, men took up arms and fought for their rights and some paid with their lives. I am sorry if i am being naive, but i think people should fight. i know it would be possible in australia, since our intelligence services are relatively incompetent relative to the rest of the western world.

  6. sj smith says:

    I have been complaining about this for a few years now. Peter B. Collins certainly has covered it depth over several broadcasts.This is a real tangible threat encircling society and the nation at all levels.

  7. Just imagine corporations in charge of excecuting people and if you think I am crazy. Remember the Republican Presidential Debate where Texas execution record was mention. The audience cheering was chilling all you heard was a blood lust for war and executions.

  8. MattB says:

    I was thinking ‘Running man’. Sports, t.v corporations and penal corporations……not a big leap at Joseph.

  9. MQ says:

    Dr. Farrell, pls chk out this site by Catherine Austin Fitts, http://dunwalke.com/
    In it she details many of the corrupt and crummy dealings, including Cornell Corrections, at length.

  10. John says:

    This was actually standard practice in the USA in late 19th century. People, primarily Black, were picked up on vagrancy charges and taken to court where they were convicted and fined. In addition to fines they were made to pay arrest fees, jail fees, jury fees, court fees, fees to witnesses and so on. And since they had no money the fines were converted to prison time and they were rented out for a dollar a day or so to private prison work camps as labor.

    So this is nothing new, unless you make a point of forgetting your history,

  11. Юрий says:

    Нацизм в США побеждает. У некоторых эсэсовцов были личные концлагеря.

  12. Jedi says:

    oh boy, this is really a heart sinking feeling seeing this type of stuff going on.

    disgusting People are disgusting, being conscious of being alive really does make one aware of how evil we are.

  13. HAL838 says:

    GET SOME SLEEP JOSEPH

  14. Vinnie says:

    Let’s not confuse privatization with the true problem of politicization and centralization of power in the hands of corporations disguised as governments, being run as profit centers for that handful of so call global elitists who intend on turning the whole world into a prison.
    This is where we come back to the simple fact that each of us is given a treasury direct account set up at birth that is used as the basis of our productivity and serves as the credit that allows US Inc to borrow from the international banking establishment. We are in fact the creditors with prepaid accounts to cover everything we need, but by the trick of the 14th amendment and the many contracts we enter into with these fictional govt entities, and the lies we’re taught, we too become fictions and “human resources”, for them to be treated and traded on the stock exchanges as virtual property.

  15. romanmel says:

    Consider this as well….
    Everyone is expected to attend college in the US.
    Average student loan debt is now over $25,000 upon graduation.
    see: http://money.cnn.com/2011/11/03/pf/student_loan_debt/index.htm
    Student loans are NOT dischargable by bankruptcy.
    Private student loans can have rates raised to 18% if you ever pay late.
    Most college grads cannot find useful employment in today’s climate.
    There you have your crop of new inmates for the debtors prison.

    Complete story:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1HmO7XPoXI

  16. paul degagne says:

    Welcome to Hotel California,

    Where you can check in but cant check out.

    A hotel owner’s dream come true!

    What the heck —Free room and board

    and

    you get a nice suntan and lots of fresh air

    out picking in the peanut fields

    Just like in the old days down South!

    Where do we sign up?

  17. Jay Trout says:

    I was in a government prison, and the nutrional and medical services were abhorrent. Dental services were medieval.
    It was also an INS (now ICE) detention center, with hundreds of people stuffed into a gymnasium living on cots. They were being held as “civil detainees,” with no rights to speak of. This was before 911.
    God help them now.

  18. Christian de Coninck Lucas says:

    I’ve seen this movie. It’s called Death Race (2008 remake). It explicitly fingers private prisons in the opening written exposition.

  19. HAL838 says:

    oops
    lost it
    I wonder how