UN Human Rights Committee Finds US in Violation on 25 Counts
… To be tortured, spied on, unjustly imprisoned, put in solitary confinement, indefinitely detained, extrajudicially killed by the state, racially profiled, deprived of a home and criminalized for being homeless is to have one’s basic human rights violated and dignity as a human demolished. That’s why there are international laws to protect those rights – laws with which the United States and every nation-state are bound to comply. Even as the United States commonly condemns other countries for their human rights abuses, it has yet to clean its own house.
On Tuesday, a European friend asked me how it is that Florida Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi can ‘hide behind masks’ on rights abuses in Florida.
Because the friend reads my blog, I know the abuses he was referring to include Florida’s unabated agricultural slavery, decades of conviction corruption, the New Jim Crow of gerrymandered districts and insurmountable barriers to felon rights restoration, Stand Your Ground travesties, institutional violence that often has inmates dying at guards’ hands, and much, much more.
The answer to his question about how Scott and Bondi can silently let the abuses continue without incurring the wrath of our federal government is this: our media lets them. It aids and abets. Name any ongoing societal problem, and just try and divorce its inception and continuance from murky mainstream media influence. You won’t be able to.
We have federal regulatory agencies and a justice department that are supposed to keep the media from being too “concentrated,” but they have failed, and so has Congressional oversight.
Matters will get much, much worse if the Comcast/Time Warner merger is finalized. Please do your part to make sure it doesn’t happen: