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“Two Condoms & a Pack of Gum…”

One afternoon while assigned working a kitchen detail at FCI Jesup, a Georgia federal prison, the guard-supervisor ordered me to take the fork-lift across the compound to the warehouse to pick up a couple of pallets of frozen chickens for the next day’s meal.

Corporate surplus labor…

(Jesup was appropriately named after the general who captured the Seminole leader, Osceola, by treachery.)

He assigned a group of sick-call inmates to unpack them into a couple of large vats with water to thaw. It’s routine practice—at least in federal prisons—to assign inmates who report to sick-call to a day’s especially punitive labor as a deterrent to shirkers and malingerers. more…

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In Memoriam – Marilyn Jean Buck…

December 13th 1947 – August 3rd, 2010.  I’ve lost count of the number of judicial murders I’ve witnessed over the past 20 years…

Marilyn Buck

One hot afternoon in Amman, Jordan, 1970, just days before the Black September massacre of an estimated 35,000 Palestinians (mostly refugees) by the Bedouin armed forces of King Hussein, I was a combat-stringer journalist (NBC, Beirut) embedded w/the Palestinian armed forces covering the Second World Conference by the General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS).  There were some 1,200 international delegates attending the event.

Just as Yasser Arafat was entering the hall to give the keynote address, surrounded by a strong phalanx of armed guards with AK-47s, an American delegate stood up in the middle of the assembly, pointed at me in the back row, and shouted, “Medvecky! You’re a Zionist pig!  You’re an enemy of the revolution!” more…

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Prison Murders…

The attack came without warning, like they always do.  One minute we were talking and eating dinner, sitting in the prison chow hall at 4-man tables, the next…total chaos.

Inmates came flying over the rail, climbing past tables to get away from the fight zone.  I was run over before I even realized there was a problem.  Food, trays, chairs and inmates were flying everywhere. more…

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Adam Montoya & Prison Murder…

If someone were in lawful control of a minor or invalided person, and thru gross neglect they let that person die in abject pain and misery, they would be liable for a charge of at least negligent homicide—murder.  This is what the federal Bureau of Prisons is accused of doing to Adam Montoya last November.

Federal Bureau of Prisons

Montoya arrived at the FCI Pekin, IL, facility on October 26th, 2009.  He died in abject pain and misery begging for meds 18 days later.  He was suffering from hepatitis, HIV and cancer.  The court had sentenced him for counterfeiting checks to 27 months and $2,000 restitution.  It’s clear they got their pound of flesh…and then some. more…