Who waylays my emails, and by what authority, @Comcast?

I don’t receive happy personal emails about interior or exterior design anymore. I receive unhappy personal emails about public corruption – frame-ups, deadly prison conditions, and more – but I don’t receive all of the emails that are sent to me.

The current email I can’t receive via my Comcast or gmail address is a cleaner copy of the correspondence below sent from Florida US Senator Marco Rubio to Gemma Pena in mid-December regarding the ongoing mistreatment of her mentally ill son, Kristopher Rodriguez, by the Florida Department of Corrections.

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The Guardian newspaper has written about Kristopher and Gemma. I titled a post that acknowledged their article Gemma’s journey: to hell and back … repeatedly.

The Guardian didn’t mince words:

After her son tore off his penis with his bare hands in his cell, Gemma Pena thought Florida’s prison authorities might see his illness. They’d see he needed a hospital, instead of solitary confinement.

“No,” she said. “That’s when the nightmare really started.”

The Guardian is read worldwide, but apparently not by Marco Rubio. But The Miami Herald has also written about Kristopher and Gemma:

Gemma Pena traveled from Hialeah to Tallahassee to plead with a House committee Tuesday to establish a prison system that is “less lethal to our mentally ill” and “holds prisons more accountable.”

The Miami Herald has written so much about abuse, neglect and violence in Florida lockups that it’s simply outrageous for Miami-born Marco Rubio to refer any complaint about the Florida Department of Corrections back to the Florida Department of Corrections, sans followup …  Kristopher Rodriguez already tore off his penis, who knows what he’ll do to himself next if the FDC – with its ever-expanding history of cruel and unusual punishment, including homicide – is allowed to continue to police itself.
Predictably, Gemma hasn’t heard from Kristopher in over two months. It’s no secret that Rubio doesn’t care much about anything in between election campaigns.
Rubio earned the hashtag #NoShowRubio for ducking his US Senate responsibilities. Rubio recently ducked invitations to attend Town Hall meetings, playing the potential victim card, of all things. He knows that he would most likely have come face-to-face with Gemma and other distraught Floridians, not hordes of “Liberal Activists” who boo on cue.

The New York Times editorial board addressed the mass incarceration of the mentally ill today. They threw in the the word “inhumane” near the end of their opinion piece, as if someone had belatedly pointed out their iciness, and they looked to soften it somewhat, without a rewrite. Given the bipolar nature of the NYT, we won’t know if the legislation and programs they referred to are part of a push to privatize mental health care until later. Of course, privatizing mental health services would be a disaster. All privatization is disastrous. Do the math.

I know better than to ask Marco Rubio to hold Comcast accountable for providing the services I pay for; I’ll instead address Comcast and the FCC directly on Twitter. Perhaps there will soon be a legitimate “alt” or “rogue” FCC to bring into the mix.

Come to think of it, “alt” or “rogue” Twitter @SenateGOP and @HouseGOP accounts aren’t out of the question. They may even be inevitable.

Teddy Roosevelt Republicans aren’t big on environmental destruction, exploitive labor practices or corporate subsidies; Lincoln Republicans aren’t big on selectively trampling  the rights of certain groups of people; Eisenhower Republicans aren’t big on an out-of-control Military Industrial Complex.

Tides turn, trends reverse … everything can change for the better, overnight. The Roosevelt/Lincoln/Eisenhower Republicans can rise again. Resist until they do. Please.

Kristopher’s life depends on it, so do tens of thousands of others.

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How long will @FBI’s Comey and @TheJusticeDept’s Sessions ignore willful inmate abuse?

Texas and Florida’s prison systems are in a race to the bottom, one that the FBI and Department of Justice are well aware of and are obliged to interrupt with investigations and prosecutions for the federal Color Of Law civil rights crime of Failure to Keep From Harm. Neither states’ governor can claim ignorance of the deliberate harm that is happening to inmates; both should serve stiff federal sentences – perhaps life – for allowing the harm to not only to continue, but to intensify.

Please read all of You Will Suffer in Silence: The Lack of Redrezz in Texaz Prisonz (2017) directly from the authors blog, here. And please read the Miami Herald’s story about Florida’s latest caught-in-the-act inmate abuse, here. Thank you.

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I recall a couple years back when a guard here at the William P. Clements Unit remarked to me, that I had no idea how corrupt Texas really is. I almost begged to differ, and was about to recount all the corruption I’d witnessed over the years, but I caught myself and then began to take closer account. I began consciously scrutinizing the laws and rules of the Texas government and how completely and openly the laws and rules were broken by officials.

I had a clue from studying the court decisions in the groundbreaking Ruiz v. Estelle federal lawsuit which had been brought by Texas prisoners challenging a huge range of inhumane conditions within the Texas prison system. That case which lasted over two decades, pit an unusually justice-oriented Texas federal judge, aptly named William Wayne Justice, against the entire corrupt bureaucracy of the Texas…

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Press Statement: The U.S. Needs More Diplomats Not Generals

“America needs a national security advisor with a broad perspective of security solutions rather than the narrow view of military intervention. Security includes the availability of clean water, shelter and food, not building a wall on the border or threatening countries with nuclear weapons … “

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090918-A-5406P-505 Brig. Gen. H.R. McMaster, Director of Concept Development and Experimentation at U.S. Army Training & Doctrine Command, speaks to senior officers and non-commissioned officers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division following his presentation as the first guest lecturer in the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division’s Distinguished Lecturer Series, at the Hall of Heroes Sep. 18. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mike Pryor, 2nd BCT, 82nd Abn. Div. Public Affairs)

Washington, D.C. — February 20, 2017 — In response to the appointment of Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to the post of national security advisor, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at the United States’ largest grassroots peace organization, Peace Action, released the following statement:

“America needs a national security advisor with a broad perspective of security solutions rather than the narrow view of military intervention.  Security includes the availability of clean water, shelter and food, not building a wall on the border or threatening countries with nuclear weapons.

President Trump’s placement of career military personnel in positions usually filled by civilians is troubling.  Additionally, the U.S. spends over half its discretionary spending on the Pentagon, weapons and past wars.  As they say, if you only have a hammer, everything looks like a nail.  The world is too complex for only one tool.  The threats…

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IKEA Just Released Free Plans for a Sustainable Garden That Can Feed a Neighborhood | True Activist

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BY: Amanda Froelich

Learn how to build a spherical garden in 17 steps with this open source design provided by IKEA.

Credit: The Growroom

There’s a lot to appreciate about the Swedish company IKEA. From its numerous projects which have helped raise awareness about the Syrian peoples’ plight to its commitment to the environment by using mushroom-based packaging that decomposes within weeks, the furniture business is progressive, to say the least.

Now, IKEA has released open source plans for The Growroom, which is a large, multi-tiered spherical garden that was designed to sustainably grow enough food to feed a neighborhood. The plans were made free on Thursday with the hope that members of the public will invest their time and resources to create one in each neighborhood, if not in every person’s backyard.

The tools required to create the spherical garden include plywood, rubber hammers, metal screws, and diligence to follow the…

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If you’re going to Melbourne to see the @POTUS today, be very, very careful

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Gary Bennett, deliberately framed with false “scent evidence” testimony in Brevard County, FL 33+ years ago

Brevard County, Florida has a dark past and present, and there are some things you should keep very much in mind if you travel there, especially if you’re attending a political event.

Please read the 2005 ACLU press release about the Brevard County Sheriff’s office unlawful surveillance of peaceful protesters (below), as well as the related transcript of PBS’ NOW televised segment from this link. It’s important to know which federal agencies are fully on board with Brevard’s corruption.

In 2005, Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey was assigned to Brevard by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the state agency that is designated to police Florida’s police, and doesn’t. Ivey was aware of the conviction corruption evidenced by the upset convictions of Juan Ramos, Wilton Dedge and William Dillon, and was determined to keep it buried while working for the FDLE, as determined as he still is Brevard’s sheriff.

The conviction corruption centers on dog handler John Preston, who was found a fraud in the summer of 1982 in a federal court after Julius Manning confessed to a crime that Dale Sutton was serving time for. Since then, Preston has been additionally disgraced by Brevard Judge Gilbert Goshorn’s skill tracking test, and by DNA (twice). Many Preston convictions remain intact, because the FBI was directly involved with Preston in Linroy Bottoson’s prosecution in neighboring Orange County, and doesn’t want the world to know.

Was the Pentagon aware of Brevard’s conviction corruption when it participated in surveillance games there earlier in the century? Probably. The Department of Justice is aware that the FBI is burying “scent evidence” conviction corruption concerning Preston and other DNA-disgraced dog handlers. They’re particularly aware of Brevard’s use of Preston, because I never shut up about it.

If you doubt that the DoJ is very much dedicated to keeping Brevard’s wrongful convictions intact so that the FBI can save face on yet another forensics scandal, please read  the DoJ press release (below the ACLU release), updated yesterday, extolling the FDLE’s role in securing one (1) guilty plea from a Brevard sexual predator.

Sheriff Ivey campaigned for Donald Trump in uniform. It should be against the law, but it isn’t. Ivey has met with Trump since his inauguration for purposes of creating new powers for police, as if they didn’t already have enough powers to abuse.

Ivey knows about the Preston frame-ups. Ask him, and he’ll tell you that everyone that should be freed has already been freed, which couldn’t be a bigger lie. I know this because I asked him. You can get a good idea of the content of Ivey’s character by looking at the feeble Brevard cold homicide webpage, which disrespects the dead by failing to provide enough information for anyone to supply new tips. They didn’t even bother to find photos of all the victims.

If you go to Melbourne today, be extremely careful. I’ve lived in many places – five state’s worth – and despite living in Detroit for many years, never lived anywhere where public servants found it so easy to be hard, easy to be cold. And these ice-cold public servants have friends in the DoJ, FBI, Pentagon and White House.

October 19, 2005

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: media@aclu.org

MELBOURNE, FL – The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida Brevard Chapter announced today that, based on ACLU recommendations, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has revised its police surveillance policies to ban officers from monitoring constitutionally protected First Amendment activities, including the right to peacefully protest government policies.

Brevard County Sheriff Jack Parker, the county’s top law enforcement official, has also agreed to develop a training program for deputies in conjunction with the ACLU to explain and implement the new policy, said the ACLU.

“Hopefully this will prevent a recurrence of the types of political surveillance practices that we’ve seen in the past where Brevard County officers spent taxpayer dollars monitoring the activities of peace activists who did nothing more than criticize government officials,” said ACLU of Florida Executive Director Howard Simon, who will be participating in the officer training program.

In June, the ACLU called on Sheriff Parker to revamp portions of the criminal intelligence guidelines outlined in Brevard Sheriff General Order 500.69, which were enacted by Parker’s predecessor, Phil Williams. The ACLU recommended implementing standards for criminal intelligence gathering to ensure that only criminal intelligence information – and not political associational information – is collected.

Some of the ACLU recommendations that were adopted by Sheriff Parker include:

  • Events may only be monitored if there is an “identified credible potential threat for violence.”
  • If members of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office respond to a protest after identifying a potential threat of violence, and no illegal activity occurs, then no identifiable information relating to the participants in the protest activity will be noted in any police reports.
  • Officers will avoid indiscriminate collection of information on protesters regardless of their affiliations, and will require authorization from senior command staff prior to any monitoring.

“After a welcomed and positive dialogue with the sheriff, we now have a policy that should protect the rights of all Brevard residents to peaceably assemble without fear that their activities will land them with a police file,” said ACLU Brevard Chapter President Glenn Pinfield. “We look forward to working with the sheriff’s office on a training program to ensure that deputies perform their law enforcement duties consistent with the new policy.”

The new guidelines stem from an investigation that began after officers photographed and gathered information on a group of people participating in a counter-inaugural demonstration at the Melbourne City Hall in January 2005.

The ACLU and the demonstrators filed a series of public records requests after the incident, which resulted in the release of more than 600 pages of documents showing a pattern since 9/11 of police surveillance of Brevard residents who engage in lawful First Amendment activity. The ACLU has referred to the documents as “spy files.”

The newly amended policy is available at: http://www.aclufl.org/issues/free_speech/500.69CriminalIntelligenceOperations.doc



Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 17, 2017

Brevard County Resident Sentenced To Thirty Years In Prison For Production Of Child Pornography

Orlando, Florida– U.S. District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza has sentenced Jerry Hall (49, Palm Bay)  to 30 years in federal prison for producing child pornography. The Court also ordered him to forfeit electronic equipment that had been used during the offense.
Hall pleaded guilty on December 1, 2016.
According to court documents, in June 2015, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) began investigating Hall for downloading child pornography using file sharing software. During the investigation, FDLE came into possession of a memory card that contained images of sexually explicit conduct of a minor taken by Hall on his cellphone in June 2014. At the time the images were taken, the minor was under the age of 10.
FDLE also recovered a custom built computer belonging to Hall and a laptop previously used by him. A forensic examination of those computers revealed numerous images and video files depicting child pornography, some of which contained young children.
“Child pornography is an atrocious crime because each movie or photograph represents a child who has been sexually abused,” said FDLE Special Agent in Charge Danny Banks. “FDLE will continue to aggressively investigate anyone who preys on our children.”
“This child predator’s crimes will never be erased in the minds of the children that he victimized,” said Susan L. McCormick, special agent in charge of HSI Tampa. “This long prison sentence serves as a warning to child predators that these crimes will be discovered, will be prosecuted and will be punished severely.”
This case was investigated by U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sean P. Shecter.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.
For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.
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Updated Info- Feb 21 Legislative Hearing on Video Visitation

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The Tuesday, February 21 hearing is being hosted by the Senate and Assembly Budget Subcommittees on Public Safety. It will be in Room 4203. See below.

JOINT HEARING
PUBLIC SAFETY AND BUDGET AND FISCAL REVIEW

CA SENATE  SUBCOMMITTEE NO. 5 ON CORRECTIONS, PUBLIC SAFETY AND THE JUDICIARY AND CA ASSEMBLY SUBCOMMITTEE NO. 5 ON PUBLIC SAFETY

  • 10:00 a.m. — John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203), CA State Capitol, Sacramento
  • OVERSIGHT HEARING SUBJECT: Looking Through the Screen: The Effects of Video Visitation on County Jail Inmates and their Families
  • SENATOR SKINNER AND ASSEMBLY MEMBER WEBER, Chairs

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Feb 21 Legislative Hearing on Video Visitation in Jails

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On Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 10am in Sacramento, the California Senate Public Safety Committee will hold an informational hearing on video visitation in county jails.  The hearing will be at the state capitol, but the time, place and agenda have not yet been announced. The agenda will be announced here:  http://spsf.senate.ca.gov/hearings.

We believe that there will be an opportunity for public comment. Please consider speaking or providing a written statement if you have experience with in-person or video visitation.

We are in a period when many counties are building or seeking to build new jails.  Some counties are building jails without facilities for in-person visiting.  Instead, they are setting up video-visitation as the only visiting method.  There are many problems with video visitation. In-person visitation is crucial to the well-being of incarcerated people and their families.

Last year, the legislature passed SB 1157 (introduced by Senator Holly Mitchell), to…

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