CCA: Not Central City Association
“Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) has reached out to 48 states as part of a $250 million plan to own existing prisons and manage their operations. But in return CCA wants a 20-year contract and assurances that the state will keep the prisons at least 90% full.”
You always suspected it. Now here's the proof in the form of memos that tell another story of corporate greed in America. Actually, it's the same story of retailing Americans to the 1%, like sheep, cattle or pork bellies. Once upon a time there was a predatory corporation that chose to look at American citizens as nothing more than vehicles for profit.
This corporation didn't care much how or why people were incarcerated or solving any social problems. Nope. The only thing they gave a shit about was finding a way to profit on the misery of the poor and disenfranchised.
So they decided on a business model that turned law enforcement and the justice system into a feeder device, a convenient way to profit on the residual effects of poverty, lack of education and a dismal job market. From OWS regarding Oakland-sponsored action.
Drones for sale: More of the same
Pages 10-12: “The drone industry eagerly anticipates that civil drone use, including use of drones for 'suspect tracking' by law enforcement, will soon eclipse military use of drones. Under a section called 'Challenges facing UAS,' the lobbyists listed 'Civil Liberties.'”
Gearing up for G8 Summit:
“The nearly $200,000 contract with Super Seer, a Colorado-based company, was made as an 'emergency purchase for the G8 summit,' according to Super Seer President Steve Smith.”
Jimmy Carter speaks:
"'That issue was basically ignored by the Congress and the news media a year ago,' he said. 'I believe they've achieved putting that back on the agenda.'"
What a surprise
“Anecdotal evidence indicating foreclosure abuse has been plentiful since the mortgage boom turned to bust in 2008. But the detailed and comprehensive nature of the San Francisco findings suggest how pervasive foreclosure irregularities may be across the nation.“
Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone is always reliable for the last word, and often the first word as well. After analyzing the recent bank settlement deal, he gets to the point. As usual.
“But this deal not only doesn't end robosigning, it officially makes getting caught for it inexpensive.”
Citizen journalists: Know the law
The California Public Records Act requires that “public records are open to inspection at all times.” It provides public access to government documents (and copies). Citizen journalists will find a wealth of information in these documents and for those that take the initiative to do the research, you'll find many opportunities to publish your work. The volume of untapped information available to citizen journalists is incomprehensible.
Another law that favors the citizen journalist is the Brown Act in California.
“Public commissions, boards, councils and other legislative bodies of local government agencies exist to aid in the conduct of the people’s business. The people do not yield their sovereignty to the bodies that serve them. The people insist on remaining informed to retain control over the legislative bodies they have created.”
Includes city councils, boards of supervisors, and district 54952(a) boards. Also covered are other legislative bodies of local government agencies created by state or federal law.
Includes boards or commissions of a local government agency 54952(b) as well as standing committees of a legislative body. A standing committee has continuing subject matter jurisdiction or a meeting schedule set by its parent body. Less-than-a-quorum advisory committees, other than standing committees, are exempt.
Occupy the SEC (325 pages): Occupy policy wonks go wild
Some devoted financial experts associated with OWS decided that refraining from making demands doesn't necessarily mean remaining ignorant about the issues. So they decided to write a letter, a very long letter, to the SEC about some common-sense reforms.
The article is probably a lot to read for people that don't have advanced degrees in economics, but someone had to do it, so thanks to the occupy-wonks that took the time to do this.
“Very well done, then, to Occupy the SEC — a clear example of how the Occupy movement is making incredibly detailed and substantive demands of our legislators and regulators. This letter is many things, but inchoate it is not. Let’s hope that the SEC gives it the full attention it deserves.”
Here's a video that makes it easier to understand courtesy of Greg Hunter directing us to TruthNeverTold:
Read all of Greg Hunter's articles starting with this news from the mortgage-lending sector.
“New data just released revealed delinquency rates for mortgage holders is up in the last quarter of 2011. Now, the national mortgage delinquency rate is 6.01%, up from 5.88% in the third quarter of 2011 according to TransUnion.”
Should have expected them: FTC targeted
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