Prosecutors and Judges used as Weapons against millions of Americans that can’t pay bills

New ACLU publication looks at how “debt collection industry uses prosecutors and judges as weapons against millions of Americans who can’t afford to pay their bills.”

via Common Dreams – Threatened with arrest for a case involving a few dollars in debt held by a collection agency?

This is not a science fiction, nor a scenario from the United States more than 185 years ago when debtors prisons were still allowed. Rather, it’s a part of the current justice system where, in states across the country, state courts and local prosecutors abet debt collectors in arresting and jailing some of the tens of millions of Americans who have debt held by private collection agencies.

The injustice is laid out in new report from the ACLU, “A Pound of Flesh: The Criminalization of Private Debt.”

“The private debt collection industry uses prosecutors and judges as weapons against millions of Americans who can’t afford to pay their bills,” said report author Jennifer Turner, also a principal human rights researcher at the ACLU. “Consumers have little chance of justice when our courts take the debt collector’s side in almost every case—even to the point of ordering people jailed until they pay up,” she said.

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Seattle to Remove Controversial City Spying Network After Public Backlash

via Activist Post – After rejecting a massive network of surveillance cameras and tracking devices, Seattle residents are now being forced to pay for the removal of the invasive equipment.

Following years of resistance from citizens, the city of Seattle has decided to completely remove controversial surveillance equipment – at a cost of $150,000. In November 2013, Seattle residents pushed back against the installation of several mesh network nodes attached to utility poles around the downtown area. The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington and privacy advocates were immediately concerned about the ability of the nodes to gather user information via the Wi-Fi connection.

The Seattle Times reports on the latest developments:

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Disturbing Precedent: Mother Sterilized As Court Hands Down Order Recommending It

via Activist Post – By Matt Agorist – At the request of an Oklahoma court, a mother of seven has been sterilized as part of a judge’s order, setting a damning precedent in the process.

Summer Thyme Creel, 34, had the procedure in November after the judge wrote he could consider it at her sentencing if she chose to do so.

Although the procedure was “voluntary,” the court order to do so crosses some ominous barriers. In spite of the fact that it is described as “voluntary,” it stretches the definition of that term by putting Creel in the position of bartering her fertility for leniency in her sentencing.

Last year, this practice gained national attention when it was applied to prisoners. In exchange for undergoing a sterilization procedure, prisoners were given shorter sentences. However, as the ACLU pointed out at the time, this program is deceptive and even unconstitutional.

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Psychologists Who Developed CIA Torture Reach Secret Deal To Avoid Trial

Psychologists Who Developed CIA Torture Reach Secret Deal To Avoid Trial

The two psychologists credited with creating the CIA’s torture program have reached a confidential settlement with victims of the brutal techniques. 

On Thursday, a confidential agreement was reached between two psychologists tasked with designing and implementing the CIA’s torture program and the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU originally filed the lawsuit against James Mitchell and John Bruce Jessen in October 2015, accusing them of operating a “joint criminal enterprise” via their creation and promotion of violent torture methods. After the ACLU consistently overcame every legal barrier, the trial was schedule to begin on June 26. However, due to the Trump administration’s attempts to stop officials from testifying, U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush set a new date of September 5, 2017. The settlement allows the Mitchell, Jessen, and the CIA to avoid the release of more damaging information related to the controversial torture program.

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CIA ‘torture’ Psychologists to On Trial Via ACLU

Two psychologists who helped design the CIA's post-9/11 detainee interrogation program will stand trial in September for promoting the use of torture methods like water-boarding, starvation and chaining prisoners in extreme stress positions

CIA ‘torture’ psychologists to stand trial

Two psychologists who helped design the CIA’s post-9/11 detainee interrogation program will stand trial in September for promoting the use of torture methods like water-boarding, starvation and chaining prisoners in extreme stress positions (AFP Photo/PAUL J. RICHARDS)

Washington (AFP) – Two psychologists who helped design the CIA’s post-9/11 detainee interrogation program will stand trial in September for promoting the use of torture methods like water-boarding, starvation and chaining prisoners in extreme stress positions.

Federal judges in Washington state late Monday ordered a lawsuit on behalf of three former detainees — one of whom died in a CIA prison following harsh interrogation — to go to a jury trial, rejecting efforts to force a settlement and prevent a full hearing of the case.

The lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of the ex-detainees, will be the first involving the torture program to go to trial.

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ACLU Exposes “1984-Style” Police Surveillance On Twitter, Facebook

Note: Facebook has a requirement that the account user MUST use their (full) LEGAL NAME to participate.  This has the effect of LEGALIZING all material on Facebook.   Everything one Facebook being legalized means that the Government Services Corporation: UNITED STATES, INC is the owner of all FACEBOOK content.  The human only “owns” FACEBOOK content by REPRESENTATION through their LEGAL PRESENCE ARTIFICIAL PERSON that the STATE owns.  The State owns the Legal “Person”-trade name, and the Legal “PERSON”-Trade Name owns your Facebook content.

If one does not have a “legal name” it is recommended to NOT BE ON FACEBOOK due to the criminal conversion of the human being and content into a LEGAL ENTITY without explicit terms and conditions by the Service nor the “government”al services corporation.

ACLU Exposes “1984-Style” Police Surveillance On Twitter, Facebook

Just when you thought it was safe to selfie you latest WalMart-looting or molotov-cocktail-throwing night out, think again. According to the ACLUlaw enforcement officials implemented a far-reaching surveillance program to track protesters in both Ferguson and Baltimore during their recent uprisings and relied on special feeds of user data provided by three top social media companies: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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