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Friday, 17 October 2014

When members of the public approach politicians about the Schapelle Corby case, People For Schapelle Corby

People For Schapelle Corby
When members of the public approach politicians about the Schapelle Corby case, specifically, with the direct primary evidence that proves she is innocent, almost invariably, they run and hide. They don't even reply.

Noting that this is the same evidence which proves corrupt acts by ministers and the AFP, they go to extreme lengths to avoid direct dialogue on the material itself. They pretend it doesn't exist. They blank those they are elected to serve.

In 2012, an exercise was conducted to demonstrate the lengths to which they were prepared to go, to dodge the bullet, and to close ranks around their colleagues.

A formal crime report was produced by an independent legal team. This was submitted to various parties, including the AFP and the Attorney-General. It was followed up repeatedly, as all recipients rapidly shoved it under the carpet and hid. FOI requests were subsequently submitted to shed light upon this unsightly panic.

Let's take the Attorney-General of the time, Nicola Roxon. Roxon was well aware of the Crime Report, because, apparently unknown to her, electronic submissions were set to create digital read-receipts when she opened them. She was caught red handed, metaphorically twitching her curtains whilst her front door was slammed.

Her sidekick, Jason Clare, used a different technique. He responded with a bizarre politico-speak letter which bore no relation whatsoever to the subject matter of the report:

When this was pointed out to him, he joined Roxon, in hiding.

The FOI data from the Australian Crime Commission yielded information of an even more sinister nature. It appeared that the ACC itself had been subjected to external pressure. Its own correspondence suggested that sanctions may be imposed upon it by other parties, in terms of restricting the future flow of information:

The AFP simply acknowledged receipt, and refused to respond thereafter:

Full details of the entire exercise are documented from the following web page:

The pattern is absolutely clear. Here was a formal Crime Report, inclusive of primary evidence and official ministerial documentation, yet every route was blocked. Everyone approached jumped for cover.

It was a hot potato no-one would handle.

Australia is closed for justice. However incontrovertible the evidence is, however conclusive the proof, the privileged and the powerful are above the law.

The establishment protects it own, at the expense of Schapelle Corby and the rest of us. They look after each other, come what may.

Australia's dirty little secret remains hidden to this day: the guilty remain protected, and the victim continues to be vilified.

The Hidden Truth:

Thursday, 16 October 2014

19-year-old sentenced to death

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The Attorney General's Weekly Video Message: Sentencing Reform

Attorney General Holder today called on Congress to pass common-sense reforms like the bipartisan Smarter Sentencing Act, which would give judges more discretion in determining appropriate sentences for people convicted of certain federal drug crimes. These reforms would advance the goals of the Smart on Crime initiative - and other efforts that are currently underway - by fundamentally improving policies that exacerbate, rather than alleviate, key criminal justice challenges.

What does five years in solitary confinement do to a person?

Gain an insight into the effect solitary confinement has on prisoners’ mental health, as former inmate Brett Collins shares his story of spending years in isolation. By Gina McKeon and Lucy Fahey. Read more here: http://ab.co/1nchVSN
Why Solitary Confinement Hurts Juveniles More Than Adults
New York City is ending its use of solitary confinement for juvenile offenders. Here's the science behind the decision.
How Solitary Confinement Hurts the Teenage Brain
Teens isolated in prison can suffer from mental health consequences for years.

For Their Own Protection": Children in Long-Term Solitary Confinement

Go to http://reason.com/reasontv/2013/09/26... for links to resources mentioned below and more information and videos.  

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Montgomery to Ferguson: A New Movement for Democracy

Montgomery to Ferguson is about a new movement for democracy.

Siddiqui family accuses US of torture

Al Jazeera speaks to Aafia Siddiqui's sister regarding Aafia's withdrawal of appeal in US court case.

Aafia Siddiqui, a US educated Pakistani neuroscientist, was sentenced to 86 years in prison by a New York court in 2010. She was convicted of attempted murder after shooting at US soldiers and FBI agents in Afghanistan in 2008 as she tried to escape from custody.

Siddiqui - who was named as one of the FBI's most wanted "terrorists" - claimed she had been abducted by US agents and held incommunicado in Afghanistan for five years.

Aafia's case prompted international outrage, and divided legal opinion. Siddiqui's family maintains her innocence, and in Pakistan, many see her conviction and imprisonment as an injustice. The case has drawn appeals from the Pakistani government for her release and repatriation to Pakistan.

Aafia Siddiqui's sister, Fawzia, spoke to Al Jazeera about the recent legal statement issued by Aafia calling for the withdrawal of her appeal. 
Al Jazeera: Why did your sister end her appeal?
Fowzia Siddiqui: To the best of my knowledge she did not end her appeal. My last conversation with her was very, very clear: 'Go ahead with the case.' She actually said that if we cannot get in touch or they do not let me talk to you regarding the case again, then [...] you will act on my behalf. 'Anything that comes out on my behalf, if I have not had the chance to talk to you then do not believe it.' This conversation was in March (2014). It was during a legal call, listened to by her lawyers, in which I could listen in also, so that she could know the family consent was there.
Al Jazeera: With the appeal process running why didn't you speak to her after this?
Siddiqui: We tried [...] but they would not let us talk to Aafia. They would not even let her receive legal mail. And then suddenly, out of the blue, the judge, who was the same judge who sentenced her to 86 years, the same judge who had [then] asked 'Where's your Allah now?' It's the same judge who used a force order on Aafia to appear in court, [presented a withdrawal] statement.
Al Jazeera: The Federal Court had issued an order to use reasonable force to ensure her safe appearance in court. Why was the order issued?
Siddiqui: So that she would come to court. She refused to come because the [prison guards] would strip-search her and desecrate the Quran, forcing her to walk on it. If she would [refuse] they would beat her up. Aafia said that in court on July 7, 2009.
Al Jazeera: How much contact have you had with your sister since her conviction in 2010?
Siddiqui: We have not been allowed [in-person contact] with her at any time. There is a prison rule that she gets to speak to family for 300 minutes per month - as long as the family pays for the call. We did get that order, and the only time that was implemented was when there were worldwide demonstrations - at those times there were calls. But since filing the appeal they have kept Aafia completely incommunicado.
Al Jazeera: Carswell Medical Facility has been criticised for its treatment of inmates. What do you know of the rights and treatment of your sister at Forth Worth? 
Siddiqui: I fear I have reason to believe that she has been tortured. That it [the appeal withdrawal statement] was made under duress. She is under strict solitary confinement. I am convinced that coercion techniques have been used to ensure the withdrawal of her appeal. Families of [Carswell] abuse victims have contacted us. They are hurting, we are hurting.
Aafia is a political prisoner and her release [will come from] the court of public opinion. I would ask all our supporters to have faith in God. In a couple of days we will announce the next strategy regarding the case.

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