Authorities in Muscogee
County, Georgia say they’ve found a great way to let veterans of US wars share their experience with one another.
It’ll just happen behind steel bars and under lock and key.
Officials from the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office recently held a press
conference to discuss once of the department’s newest endeavors and they believe that it is the first of its kind
in the country. Tucked in a corner of the county jail in rural Georgia is a dormitory specifically reserved to
house inmates that have fought for America.
“There ought to be a place in our city that provides a facility where veterans
can stay for a period of time while being treated, physically and mentally,” Ret. Col. Roy Plummer said, reports the local
Ledger-Enquirer. “Soldiers will find a way to link
Never mind the Veterans Affairs bureaus and commonplace community centers that are
constructed across the country. Authorities in Georgia have noticed an alarming number of US vets being convicted
of crimes after returning home and are hoping that the best way to handle the influx of inmates is by grouping them
“They’ll find a way to revisit some of their experiences and share
it,” added Plummer.
Unfortunately, those experiences are often traumatic ones — so traumatic, in fact,
that an alarming number of veterans are developing mental disorders after returning to the States and, without
proper treatment, ending up on the streets. Lacking adequate help, American war vets are often left to live on the
streets, where entering a life of crime can be just one wrong turn away.
“They are coming home to a disproportionate rate of homelessness, of
foreclosures and evictions. In 2010 a whopping 75,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in the United States were
homeless; were sleeping on the streets,” Iraq war veteran Michael
Prysner tells RT.
“When you come home, you’re foreclosed on, your job is gone, and then they
want you to go to shelters. And shelters pretty much housing criminals, drug addicts, and a lot of us can’t
tolerate that lifestyle,” adds homeless US army veteran Joe
For those that can get by with soldiers-turned-junkies, however, the homeless
shelter now has some competition with the Muscogee County jail. County Sheriff John Darr says that, for now, the
dorm can only accommodate 16 veterans, but if a trend of vets-turned-convicts continues, other states might soon
Raw Story reports that there are around 140,000 veterans detained at US federal
and state prisons in 2004. Outside of the cell and on the streets, the latest numbers out of the White House
estimate that US veterans on the street make up a chunk of around 900,000 of the country’s homeless.
Memorial Day Message to Veterans: Government Considers You
the Enemy Veterans are props to be rolled out on Memorial Day as homage
is paid to the state and its endless wars
by Kurt Nimmo | Infowars.com | May 26, 2014
Earlier today, Obama appeared at the Tomb of the Unknown
Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery for a photo op. From The Washington Post:
Obama, aided by a soldier in uniform, rested the large wreath on a stand a few minutes after 11 a.m. Monday.
The president adjusted the wreath, stepped back and bowed his head in silence for a few moments. Afterward, an
Army bugler played taps.
Later he appeared at the cemetery’s Memorial Amphitheater to read from a script. “We’re in a pivotal moment. Our
troops are coming home. By the end of this year, our war in Afghanistan will finally come to an end,” he
“These Americans have done their duty. They ask nothing more than that our country does ours, for now and the
decades to come,” Obama said.
But, as the VA scandal and countless other examples reveal, the government considers veterans as little more
than third class citizens, props to be rolled out on Memorial Day as homage is ritually paid to the state and its
The booboisie, as H. L. Mencken described the forever gullible and easily bamboozled American public, were
practically knocking down the gates to get in to witness this annual worship of state violence:
Before the ceremony, a large number of people were turned away from the cemetery’s entrances by security
personnel who said that the event was at capacity.
When the government is not praising veterans for their “service” in foreign wars of conquest and other illegal
activity driven primarily by the financial elite – see Smedley Butler, below – it spends a lot of time demonizing
veterans as enemies of the state:
Cops in armored vehicle asked by residents “Are you coming
to take our guns away?”
Paul Joseph Watson
May 16, 2014
In an interview with Fox 59, a Morgan County, Indiana
Police Sergeant admits that the increasing militarization of domestic police departments is partly to deal with
returning veterans who are now seen as a homegrown terror threat.
Police Now "Armed For War" Against Returning Veterans
Sgt. Dan Downing of the Morgan County Sheriff's Department states, "When I first started
we really didn't have the violence that we see today," adding, "The weaponry is totally different now that it was
in the beginning of my career, plus, you have a lot of people who are coming out of the military that have the
ability and knowledge to build IEDs and to defeat law enforcement techniques."
Sgt. Dan Downing of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department states, “When I first started we really
didn’t have the violence that we see today,” adding, “The weaponry is totally different now that it was in the
beginning of my career, plus, you have a lot of people who are coming out of the military that have the ability and
knowledge to build IEDs and to defeat law enforcement techniques.”
Downing goes on to relate how citizens approach the vehicle when it stops at gas stations to
express their concerns that the militarization of police is about arming cops with the tools required for mass gun
“We were actually approached when we’d stop to get fuel by people wanting to know why we needed
this…what were we going to use it for? ‘Are you coming to take our guns away?’” said Downing. “To come and take
away their firearms…that absolutely is not the reason why we go this vehicle. We got this vehicle because of the
need and because of increased violence that we have been facing over the last few years….I’ll be the last person to
come and take anybody’s guns.”
Downing’s admission that the armored vehicles are partly about combating the threat posed by
returning veterans correlates with similar rhetoric at the federal level.
An April 2009 DHS intelligence
assessment listed returning vets as likely domestic terrorists. Just a month later, the New York Times reported on how Boy Scout Explorers
were being trained by the DHS to kill “disgruntled Iraq war veterans” in terrorist drills.
It seems to have been completely forgotten by police departments, the media and Americans in
general that having military-style tanks patrol the streets is symbolic of a collapsing banana republic or an
authoritarian Communist state.
Perhaps the main reason why police officers are being trained that veterans are a major threat is
because returning vets are in a perfect position to recognize that America is beginning to resemble an occupied
country like Afghanistan.
Such warnings have come from people like former Marine Corps
Colonel Peter Martino, who was stationed in Fallujah and trained Iraqi soldiers. Martino went before a New
Hampshire city council meeting last year to assert that the Department of Homeland Security is working with law
enforcement to build a “domestic army,” because the federal government is afraid of its own citizens.
Indeed, the city’s Police Chief justified the necessity for the acquisition of an armored ‘Bearcat’
vehicle by citing the
“threat” posed by libertarians, sovereign citizen adherents, and Occupy activists in the region.
Cop Admits Veterans Are
Reason For Police Militarization
In an interview with Fox 59, a Morgan County, Indiana Police
Sergeant admits that the increasing militarization of domestic police departments is partly to deal with returning
veterans who are now seen as a homegrown terror threat. http://www.infowars.com/police-now-ar...
Navy Vet Labeled a “Terrorist” For Posting Images of DHS
Vehicles in Missouri
Hotel staffer asked if vehicles were linked to impending
by Paul Joseph Watson | November 17, 2014
A Navy veteran was labeled a “terrorist” and fired
from his job as a Houseman at the Drury Plaza Hotel in Chesterfield, Missouri after he posted a video of dozens of
Homeland Security vehicles and asked if they were linked to impending civil unrest in Ferguson.
he chain of events began when 28-year-old
Mark Paffrath saw dozens of DHS vehicles in the parking garage of the hotel on Thursday evening. He took photos and
video footage of the vehicles before uploading them to Facebook alongside the words, “I wonder if it has anything
to do with Ferguson” along with the hashtags #Ferguson and #NoJusticeNoPeace. Drury Plaza Hotel in Chesterfield is
located 25 miles southwest of Ferguson.
The following day, Paffrath was ordered to remove the photos by his boss Jeff Baker, the General
Manager of the hotel. Paffrath complied with the demand and immediately removed the images, but the next day he was
called in to a meeting with Jim Bohnert, Director of Security for Drury Hotels Company, LLC.
Bohnert, who previously worked for the Secret Service, told Paffrath that his actions had
jeopardized a $150,000 dollar contract the hotel had with the DHS and that the Navy veteran had committed an action
of terrorism by posting the photos.
“You’re a terrorist and you have dishonorably served your country by posting the photos and video,”
Bohnert told Paffrath, adding that if Paffrath re-posted the photos and video he will, “have the federal government
knocking on your door and you will be incarcerated.”
Paffrath subsequently re-posted the photographs on Facebook before commenting, “so apparently, I’m a terrorist
Argus Streaming News’ Christopher Gagne said he
drove through the parking garage and that around 100 Homeland Security vehicles were still situated there. Gagne
attempted to get a comment from a hotel manager on the incident but none was forthcoming.
According to a report published
today, as many as 80 Homeland Security agents may be in place to protect federal buildings in St. Louis.
we have documented, police departments and National Guard units from across the country are making preparations
for domestic disorder in the aftermath of the Grand Jury verdict in the shooting death of Michael Brown, a decision
likely to be announced this week.
Newly leaked Marine Corps’ documents detail yet another
military urban training center that more closely resembles a small U.S. town than a foreign combat zone.
The document, entitled “Military Operations on Urban Terrain
Collective Training Facility,” reveals the specifics of a mock 30-acre town located on Camp Lejeune in North
Originally built in 1990, new additions to the facility, including a Baptist church, a police station and
several farmhouses, have transformed the layout of the once “international” town.
According to the military whistleblower who provided the documents to Infowars, U.S. Marines at the facility
have been tasked with training soldiers, law enforcement agencies and Homeland Security in skills such as fighting
in wooded areas, urban patrolling, forcible entry and night fighting techniques. The facility is also being used to
cross train foreign troops from the United Nations and NATO. The whistleblower noted that the vast majority of
Marines were opposed to the shift in training and specifically had issues with DHS agents.
An aerial photograph of the training center reveals the location of several new structures including a water
treatment facility, railroad tracks and the aforementioned farmhouses and police station. Although the map makes no
mention of the Baptist church, several accompanying photographs show the church’s location.
A seperate aerial photo shows several of the town’s other features including a bank, soccer field, a bridge
capable of accommodating an “M-1 tank” and a high school. According to a 1989 press release that mentioned the facility’s original structures, the high school’s
gymnasium “can be used as a holding area for ‘evacuees’ or as a detention center for prisoners of war.”
The facility’s continuous upgrades perfectly illustrate the establishment’s public shift towards targeting
conservative Americans deemed “extremist.”
While attempting to locate military personnel for an interview, both Knight and Biggs were detained by police
and escorted to the base’s headquarters. Alex Jones contacted Fort AP Hill’s public information officer, Bob
McElroy, to learn the fate of his reporters and to inform McElroy of the facility’s nefarious background.
The growing emergence of military training centers that
resemble small American towns is unsurprising given the U.S. military leadership’s vocal opposition to
conservatives, libertarians and those who identify with the Tea Party.
Just last October, Army troops at Mississippi’s Camp Shelby blew the whistle after being told that the American
Family Association, a well-known Christian ministry, was a domestic hate group in line with Neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan. Support of
traditional family values was deemed hateful according to the presentation.
That same month, Fort Hood soldiers receiving a pre-deployment briefing were told that Christians, anti-abortion
activists and Tea Party supporters were a major terror threat to the country. Soldiers were warned that anyone supporting such
groups could face discipline under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
Only months before in August 2013, conservative watchdog Judicial Watch obtained a Department of Defense training manual that listed supporters of “individual liberties”
and “states’ rights” as likely “extremists” from “hate groups.”
A 2012 article in Forbes reviewed a report from the Small Wars Journal, where a retired U.S. Army Colonel and military historian explained “how
the U.S. Military would crush a Tea Party rebellion.”
The nationwide program known as National Level Exercises 2009 (NLE 09) brought thousands of US and foreign troops onto
American streets to train in martial law type scenarios. Each year, public information officials with the
military, FEMA and Homeland Security refuse to divulge information surrounding the massive program.
In 2013, around two dozen soldiers practiced taking over the town of Gillett, Wisconsin in order to “conduct assessments”
and meet with “local key leaders.” According to military officials, the operation enabled soldiers to “sharpen
their skills” in advising the police chief on how to enhance the capabilities of local law enforcement.
In 2006, Infowars reported on the “clergy response team” FEMA program, which trains Pastors and other religious representatives
to teach their congregations to “obey the government” during martial law by submitting to gun confiscation and
Homeland Security, who reportedly train in the mock town
as well, have also frequently labeled countless mainline Americans as domestic terrorists. A 2012 study funded by the department deemed Americans who are “suspicious of centralized
federal authority” and “reverent of individual liberty” to be “extreme right-wing” terrorists.
Similarly, police are also being trained to view supporters of limited government as dangerous. The 2009
MIAC report, a training manual leaked to Infowars from an anonymous Missouri police officer,
lists Ron Paul supporters, libertarians, and members of the Constitution party as potential domestic
Police in Michigan trained to shoot and kill a “disgruntled military veteran” at the state’s Federal
Correctional Institution last April as part of a multi-agency hostage drill. The scenario ended with the veteran
being killed by militarized police in an armored military vehicle.
According to several people including former Navy SEAL Ben Smith, the Obama administration has asked top military brass if they would support orders to
disarm and even fire upon U.S. citizens. Given the fact that the majority of military personnel align themselves
with a conservative viewpoint, the apparent purge and demonization campaign is likely to intensify.
This article was posted: Friday, May 16, 2014 at 7:24 am
For anyone paying attention, there is no shortage of
issues that fundamentally challenge the underpinning moral infrastructure of American society and the values it
claims to uphold. Under the conceptual illusion of liberty, few things are more sobering than the amount of
Americans who will spend the rest of their lives in an isolated correctional facility – ostensibly, being
corrected. The United States of America has long held the highest
incarceration rate in the world, far surpassing any other nation. For every 100,000 Americans, 743 citizens sit
behind bars. Presently, the prison population in America consists of more than six million people, a number
amount of prisoners held in the gulags of the former Soviet Union at any point in its history.
While miserable statistics illustrate some measure of the ongoing ethical calamity occurring in the detainment
centers inside the land of the free, only a partial picture of the broader situation is painted. While the country
faces an unprecedented economic and financial crisis, business is booming in other fields – namely, the private
prison industry. Like any other business, these institutions are run for the purpose of turning a profit. State and
federal prisons are contracted out to private companies who are paid a fixed amount to house each prisoner per day.
Their profits result from spending the minimum amount of state or federal funds on each inmate, only to pocket the
remaining capital. For the corrections conglomerates of America, prosperity depends on housing the maximum numbers
of inmates for the longest potential time – as inexpensively as possible.
By allowing a profit-driven capitalist-enterprise model to operate over institutions that should rightfully be
focused on rehabilitation, America has enthusiastically embraced a prison industrial complex. Under the promise of
maintaining correctional facilities at a lower cost due to market competition, state and federal governments
contract privately run companies to manage and staff prisons, even allowing the groups to design and construct
facilities. The private prison industry is primarily led by two morally deficient entities, the Corrections
Corporation of America (CCA) and the GEO Group (formerly Wackenhut Corrections Corporation). These companies
amassed a combined
revenue of over $2.9 billion in 2010, not without situating themselves in the center of political
“The demand for our facilities and services could be adversely affected by the relaxation of enforcement
efforts, leniency in conviction or parole standards and sentencing practices or through the decriminalization
of certain activities that are currently proscribed by our criminal laws. For instance, any changes with
respect to drugs and controlled substances or illegal immigration could affect the number of persons arrested,
convicted, and sentenced, thereby potentially reducing demand for correctional facilities to house them.
Legislation has been proposed in numerous jurisdictions that could lower minimum sentences for some non-violent
crimes and make more inmates eligible for early release based on good behavior. Also, sentencing alternatives
under consideration could put some offenders on probation with electronic monitoring who would otherwise be
incarcerated. Similarly, reductions in crime rates or resources dedicated to prevent and enforce crime could
lead to reductions in arrests, convictions and sentences requiring incarceration at correctional
private prison population is over 17 times larger than the figure two decades earlier, the malleability of the
judicial system under corporate influence is clear. The Corrections Corporation of America is the first and largest
private prison company in the US, cofounded in 1983 by Tom Beasley, former Chairman of the Tennessee Republican
Party. The CCA entered the market and overtly exploited Beasley’s political connections in an attempt to exert
control over the entire prison system of Tennessee. Today, the company operates over sixty-five facilities and owns
contracts with the US Marshal Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Bureau of Prisons. The GEO
Group operates 118 detention centers throughout the United States, South Africa, UK, Australia and elsewhere. Under
its original name, the Wackenhut Corrections Corporation was synonymous for the sadistic abuse of prisoners in its
facilities, resulting in the termination of several contracts in 1999.
Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of this obstinate moral predicament presents itself in the private
contracting of prisoners and their role in assembling vast quantities of military and commercial equipment.
While the United States plunges itself into each new manufactured conflict under a wide range of fraudulent
pretenses, it is interesting to note that all military helmets, ammunition belts, bulletproof vests, ID tags,
uniforms, tents, bags and other equipment used by military occupation forces are produced by inmates in federal prisons across
the US. Giant multinational conglomerates and weapons manufacturers such as Lockheed Martin and Raytheon
Corporation employ federal prison labor to cheaply assemble weapons components, only to sell them to the
Pentagon at premium prices. At the lowest, Prisoners earn 17 cents an hour to assemble high-tech electronic components for guided
missile systems needed to produce Patriot Advanced Capability 3 missiles and anti-tank projectiles.
In the past, political mouthpieces of the United States have criticized countries such as China and North
Korea for their role in exploiting prisoner labor to create commodity products such as women’s bras and
artificial flowers for export. Evidently, outsourcing the construction of the military equipment responsible
for innumerable civilian causalities to the prisons of America warrants no such criticism from the military
industrial establishment. In utter derision toward the integrity of the common worker, prison inmates are
exposed to toxic spent ammunition, depleted uranium dust and other chemicals when contracted to clean and reassemble tanks and
military vehicles returned from combat. Prison laborers receive no union protection, benefits or health and
safety protection when made to work in electronic recycling factories where inmates are regularly exposed to
lead, cadmium, mercury and arsenic.
It is some twisted irony that large sections of the
workforce in America’s alleged free-market are shackled in chains. Weapons manufactured in the isolation of
America’s prisons are the source of an exploitative cycle, which leaves allied NATO member countries indebted
to a multibillion-dollar weapons industry at the behest of the U.S. State Department and the Pentagon. Complete
with its own trade exhibitions, mail-order catalogs and investment houses on Wall Street, the eminence of the
private prison industry solidifies the ongoing corrosion of American principles – principles that seem more
abstract now, than the day they were written.
The concept of privatizing prisons to reduce expenses comes at great cost to the inmates detained, who are
subjected to living in increasingly squalid conditions in jail cells across America. In 2007, the Texas Youth
Commission (TYC) was sent to a West Texas juvenile prison run by GEO Group for the purpose of monitoring its
quality standards. The monitors sent by the TYC were subsequently fired for failing to report
the sordid conditions they witnessed in the facility while they awarded the GEO Group with an overall
compliance score of nearly 100%. Independent auditors later visited the facility and discovered that inmates
were forced to urinate or defecate in small containers due to a lack of toilets in some of the cells. The
independent commission also noted in their
list of reported findings that the facility racially segregated prisoners and disciplined Hispanics
for speaking Spanish by denying their access to layers and medical treatment. It was later discovered that the
TYC monitors were employed by the GEO Group. Troublingly, the Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility
(WGYCF) operated by the GEO Group in Mississippi has been subject to a class-action lawsuit after reports that
staff members were complicit in the beating and stabbing of a prisoner who consequently incurred permanent
brain damage. The official
compliant authored by the ACLU and Southern Poverty Law Center also highlights cases where the
administration turned a blind eye to brutal cases of rape and torture within the facility.
Unbeknown to the vast majority of Americans, the US government has been actively taking steps to modify the
legal infrastructure of the country to allow for a dramatic expansion of the domestic prison system at the
expense of civil rights. On December 31st, 2011, Barack Obama signed into law the National
Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) H.R. 1540. Emulating the rouge military dictatorships the US Government
has long condemned in its rhetoric, the NDAA introduces a vaguely worded legislation that allows for US
citizens to be arbitrarily detained in military detention without due process – might they be predictably be
deemed radical, conspiratorial or suspected of terrorism. In a climate of rising public discontent, the
establishment media has steadfastly worked to blur the line between public activism and domestic extremism. In
addition to the world’s largest network of prison facilities, over 800 located detainment camps
exist in all regions of the United States with varying maximum capacities.
This legislation becomes increasingly more dangerous as citizens can be labeled domestic extremists based on
their constitutionally protected activism or personal political leanings. In January 2006, a contract to
construct detention facilities for the Department of
Homeland Security worth a maximum of $385 million was awarded to KBR, a subsidiary of Haliburton. Following
the signing of NDAA earlier in 2012, leaked documents reveal that KBR is now seeking to staff
its detention centers and award contracts for services such as catering, temporary fencing and
barricades, laundry and medical services, power generation, and refuse collection. It would be reasonable to
assume that these facilities could be managed in partnership with private corporations such as the GEO Group or
the CCA, as many federal and state penitentiaries privatize sections of their facilities to privately owned
Declassified US Army documents originally drafted in 1997 divulge the existence of inmate labor camps
inside US military installations. It is all but unexpected that the relationship between the upper echelons of
government and the private prison enterprise will grow increasingly more intimate in the current climate of
prison industrial legislation.
The partnership between the United States government and its corporate associates spans various industries
however, they all seek the common pursuit of profit irrespective of the moral and ethical consequence – the
human consequence. The increasing influence of the Prison Industrial Complex towards official legislation and
economic undertakings signifies a reprehensible threat to basic human rights. Perhaps the issuance of
government legislation that leads offenders into detainment for the benefit of private shareholders is the
purest embodiment of fascism, as cited in Mussolini’s vision of a Corporate State. Perhaps we all (this author
included) fail to grasp the seriousness of these legislations and their implications on our lives.
Mumia Abu-Jamal has spent over three decades on death
row in the throngs of the American prison system. Prior to his conviction in 1981 for the murder of a white
police officer, Jamal was a political activist and President of the Philadelphia Association of Black
Journalists. Critical evidence vindicating Jamal was withheld from the trial prior to the issuance of the death
penalty. Forensic experts believe he was denied a fair trial. On December 7, 2011, the Philadelphia District
Attorney announced that prosecutors would no longer seek the death penalty for Jamal. He remains imprisoned for
life without parole and continues his work as a journalist from his jail cell in Pennsylvania.
Prison-Industrial Complex Buying Judges To Jail Kids For
Scratched Cars & Thrown Steaks
With well over 2 million people in jail - the U.S. has the world's biggest prison population. But
some are seeing the inside of a cell because dodgy judges are getting payback from the private sector. RT's Gayane
Chichakyan reports on those dishing out justice for a fee.
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