Private Prisons Threaten To Sue States Unless They Get More Inmates For Free Labor

Freedom is apparently bad for business. That’s the message from the private prison industry which is threatening to sue states if they don’t start locking more people up.

The private prison companies, well-known for profiting off of incarceration and crime, is now saying that the state’s they have contracted with aren’t keeping up their end of the bargain. The private prisons rely on a certain number of inmates for free and virtually-free slave labor.

That labor is used for a variety of trades, including making uniforms for popular restaurants like McDonalds and Applebee’s. But if the private prisons don’t have enough inmates locked up then production goes down correlative with the decrease in free labor (i.e. slavery).

It comes as a surprise to many Americans, but slavery was never actually abolished in the United States. That’s not a metaphor, it’s a matter of careful reading of the 13th amendment to the Constitution. That amendment – often lauded for abolishing slavery – actually makes an exception for prisons. Slavery is still completely legal as “punishment for a crime.”

(keep reading at countercurrentnews.com)

Right-wing Christian Terrorist shoots up Planned Parenthood

Robert Lewis Dear, a North Carolina native who was living in a trailer in Colorado, made rambling statements to police indicating religion and politics were to blame for his terrorism.

Good old home grown White Republican Christian American Terrorism at play here folks.  Don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise.

“Dear Americans, Fuck you” – Your elected representatives

CISA data-sharing bill passes Senate with no privacy protections

(from zdnet.com)

There was unanimous opposition to the bill across the tech industry (with the exception of Facebook)

A controversial draft law, which one senator called a “surveillance bill by another name,” has passed the Senate.

CISA, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (S. 754), will allow private companies to share cyber-threat data with the federal government, including personal user data, in an effort to prevent cyberattacks, such as those on the scale of Target, Home Depot, and Sony. Companies that share data with federal agencies, including the National Security Agency (NSA), will be given legal and liability protections from lawsuits relating to data sharing.

The bill passed by 74-21. The bill will now go to conference with the House where it will be reconciled with two other measures, reports Reuters.

Critics say the bill does more to invade the privacy of ordinary Americans than protects US interests.

Sen. Ron Wyden, the only member of the intelligence committee to vote against the bill, said CISA will “have a limited impact on US cybersecurity.”

All of the five pro-privacy amendments tabled by senators ahead of the vote failed.

One of the core privacy bolstering amendments, which would require sensitive and personal data to be removed before it is shared with federal agencies, was voted down. Another, which critics argue would make it more difficult to track threat-data sharing under freedom-of-information laws, was also struck down.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who sponsored the bill in 2014, said the amendments would “undo the careful compromises we made on this bill.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was the only presidential candidate to vote against the bill, according to The Guardian. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a Republican presidential candidate, voted for the bill.

(keep reading at zdnet.com)