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A VIEW OF THE STATE OF AMERICA'S SOLVENCY

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PLEASE VIEW THIS ARTICLE POSTED———By: Mike_Stathis

Posting When It Matters – I want to thank those of you who’ve patiently waited during my apparent hiatus. I certainly wasn’t on vacation. I don’t take vacations. As I’ve said in the past, I’m not one to make daily or weekly posts for the sake of marketing. Guys who spend much of their time marketing are anything but leaders in their field, unless their field happens to be marketing.

By no means am I a good writer. And I don’t use a staff of editors. What you read comes directly from me. Take it or leave it. So when I write an article there’s a good reason for it. I try to provide unique insight and analysis rather than rehashing the same song and dance. And I’m certainly not going to reword the daily news in order to jump on the drama bandwagon. I’m way too busy for that nonsense. That’s why I didn’t bother to write anything about Madoff. There are many more Ponzi schemes out there similar to Madoff’s. But there’s also more sophisticated Ponzi schemes, like Social Security. One could reasonably argue that the stock market is also a Ponzi scheme. I guess it’s okay to run a Ponzi scheme as long as the government is behind it.

The Madoff Distraction

What Madoff did was nowhere near as fraudulent as what the banking and mortgage executives did. Yet, he has become the latest scapegoat in this cycling pattern of booms and busts orchestrated by the Federal Reserve, Washington and Wall Street. Hopefully by now you’re starting to figure out how the media is using every chance they get to deflect blame from the real villains; their Wall Street sponsors. But remember, Madoff’s charade had absolutely nothing to do with this crisis.

So the question begs to be answered…when will we see Fuld (Lehman Brothers), Thain (Merrill Lynch), Killinger (Washington Mutual), O’Neal (Merrill Lynch), Prince (Citigroup), Cayne (Bear Stearns), Schwartz (Bear Stearns), Dimon (JP Morgan), Blankfein (Goldman Sachs), Thompson (Wachovia), Raines (Fannie Mae), Paulson (former U.S. Treasury), Greenspan (former Fed Chairman), Cox (former SEC Chairman), and hundreds if not thousands of others responsible for this mess in handcuffs?

Don’t hold your breath. It didn’t happen after the S&L Crisis or the dotcom meltdown. And it’s not going to happen now. Hopefully, you know how the game is played. They’ll pick out a few scapegoats; minor players, as a way to appease naïve Americans. This is the way it works. This is the sad reality of America . It’s the American Dream for the rich and powerful, and the American Nightmare for everyone else. If you’re a true American, you’ll contact your congressmen and demand they be brought to justice. If they get enough calls, they’ll feel the pressure to file charges. That’s how it works. The media knows this. That’s why they’ve done everything but stir the pot.

Tigers Never Change Their Stripes

Don’t forget, these men cleared billions of dollars in bonuses by fudging financial statements while packaging trillions of dollars of fraudulent loans into securities. This was money taken from shareholders who were lied to, and investors who bought these toxic securities. It was a twist on the classic pump-and-dump scheme. In this case, CEOs pumped up revenues using outrageous assumptions, while hiding liabilities. Then they collected their bonuses – millions of shares of company stock at inflated prices; prices they inflated. Then they dumped these shares in the open market; to you and to your retirement plan. They did this for several years. Over the past four years alone, the financial industry paid out over $100 billion in bonuses to executives. Despite record losses of over $1.5 trillion from the banks alone (with at least another $2 trillion to go), most executives and all of the grunts that serve them have walked away with every penny. It was theft, plain and simple. Yet, there have been no claw backs. Where do you figure that money came from? It came from your pockets. It was the biggest heist in world history. These guys are directly responsible for destroying the world economy. Not only will they walk away unscathed, they’ll walk away wealthier than before, strengthening the precedent that white collar crime pays in America, as long as you work for big corporations; corporations with cozy relationships with Washington. Without the fear of prosecution, CEOs will continue these scams over and over.

Even if you don’t have any money in the stock market (no 401k, IRA, pension or any other retirement plan, and 529 plan), these ridiculous payouts still came from you because this crisis caused the Fed to smash rates to record lows. And this will eventually destroy the buying power of the dollar. In the meantime, banks are paying practically no interest on your savings.

Still, they aren’t finished with you. They’ve taken your tax dollars and made sure to collect more bonuses while raising fees for bank accounts and credit cards. The banks are screwing you every way possible; you, the innocent victim. You should expect them to devise new ways to screw you. Tigers never change their stripes.

My advice is to put your money in a credit union. That’s what I plan to do. Most credit unions are in good shape because they don’t get involved in the same types of risky lending practices. That will send a strong message to these banks that you don’t need them. They need you. Don’t reward their crooked tactics, ridiculous bonuses and lavish spending sprees by keeping your money there. It’s already bad enough they’re siphoning off tax payer dollars for blatant mistakes.

Do your part and end all business relations with these banks forever. Do it now. Without your money they won’t be in business for long. Besides, the banking system is insolvent. That’s right. They don’t have enough money to meet debt obligations. They’re relying on the FDIC and backup from the U.S. Treasury. Together, if we pull our money from the banks, they will be finished. Then we can demand from Washington an entirely new banking system that will be devoid of these exploitative business practices and fraud. Ultimately, the people, once united are stronger than America ‘s organized crime syndicate; you know, Washington and corporate America .

America , Home of Bizzaro?

There hasn’t even been the faintest mention by the White House, Department of Justice or the SEC of criminal, civil or securities fraud for the greedy crooks who orchestrated this heist. Millions lost their retirement savings, homes, and jobs. Sadly, some of these victims have already committed suicide. With regret, I estimate there will be many more. Millions of innocent Americans have suffered while the criminals stole enough money to ensure dynasties. I’d wager that most Americans would like to see these criminals commit suicide. But why would they? They are the winners of this charade. The media hasn’t even made them feel shame because they are all partners in crime. It looks as if America has become the Bizarro world. At the very least, America has become the laughing stock of the world. And you can bet these crooks are laughing as they count their money, knowing they are untouchable. This is beyond outrageous.

Apparently, the lesson Washington wants to provide you with is that crime pays as long as you are rich and powerful, even if it affects millions of innocent people. As long as our leaders allow these crimes to go unpunished, they are just as guilty. That includes all of Congress and the White House. President Obama, what happened to change? The only change Obama has brought is a change in colors. He is now a puppet for the wealthy elite; the guys who really run America . But I’m not surprised. That’s why I never bothered to vote. I already knew the deal. But I won’t be able to convince you. You’ll need to figure things out for yourself. The only thing that’s surprised me is the lack of mass riots. But the plot still has a long way to go.

I won’t ever forget the details of this nightmare. Not in twenty, thirty or even forty years. As long as I am alive I will never forget. I hope you never forget as well. Unfortunately, most of you will, just as you forgot about the dotcom charade in a very short time. In part, that’s why these events are repeating cycles. In part, you are to blame for your short memory and complacency. Okay, enough of that. I need move on. Otherwise I might go on for days.

As I was saying, I only write when I have the time and when there’s a good reason to write about something. Since my last post in early December, neither criterion has been filled as you shall see.

Where Have I Been?

For starters, I’ve been tied up with a book project which I began several years ago. I feel relieved that it’s now complete. Incidentally, the book is so long I had to split it up into two 500-page volumes. And no, it’s not one of those useless “how the crisis came to be” books. No, it’s not some investment book offering you false hopes like so many out on the market. My new book was written for serious investors. Hopefully it will be considered a valuable resource. And of course, I’ve also been working; guiding my clients through this mess.

Finally, I’ve been working on a new website that will be available soon. I have no need for a website from a business standpoint. But I decided to launch one so I could write without the possibility of censorship. I’ve been censored many times in the past for accurate yet benign phrases like “Wall Street crooks” and for criticizing CNBC (this is entirely different story that’s going to be addressed in my next book). I have since discontinued submitting articles to these websites. It’s clear where their agendas lay.

As for my second criterion for posting new articles (i.e. having a good reason to write about something), you may recall from my November 24, 2008 posting, I concluded the following:

Market Guidance: Past, Present and Future
“On the bright side of things, I am becoming increasingly optimistic of short-term upside of around 15-20% through the end of January. If this rally does materialize, you should expect it to be erased shortly thereafter once Christmas earnings are reported. One thing is for certain. The stock market will be filled with tremendous volatility throughout 2009. And the economy is only going to get worse. There will be periods of optimism followed by deepening realities. As a result, this will continue to be a market only for the best of the best traders. All others should consider staying out, select only safe-dividend stocks or start building positions in Chinese stocks like an ETF index (FXI). Remember, there are going to be hundreds of hedge fund blowups and corporate bankruptcies. Many companies will slash or eliminate dividends so you need to stick with only the stocks with the best financial and business strength to ensure dividend payout.

Soon I’ll be looking to enter gold and maybe silver. For those of you who missed the previous bull run in these metals, you’ll have another opportunity to catch a ride back to the top. However, I wouldn’t jump aboard until I see a strong surge, as there’s still another potential 10-15% downside. Anything more would be reason for concern and could cause a major trend reversal. If this market rally does occur, it is likely to take gold up with it. And when the next market correction occurs, this time gold might not sell off. It could soar.” I highly advise you to read the article in its entirety. In fact, I highly advise you to read all my archives. http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article7474.html

Thus far, this call has been spot-on. Since that time I’ve been waiting for a retesting of the 7400 lows made a few months ago. And I expect new lows to be made. I still believe the Dow will ultimately head below 7000. This is the main reason I haven’t made any posts since then. After the stimulus package goes through, don’t be fooled by any possible rally. I expect any upside in the market to be short-lived, resembling a bear trap. While short-term traders might choose to ride the momentum, be careful.

You might also recall my warnings of an earnings meltdown in an August 4, 2008 article. At the time, the Dow was around 11,600. I trust you know what happens after earnings collapse; the stock market collapses and lay-offs soar. Consequently, less than three months after my warnings, the Dow collapsed by over 30%. The problem is that this is only the beginning of downward revisions, so look out below. http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article5751.html

By Mike Stathis
mike@apexva.com

Copyright © 2009. All Rights Reserved. Mike Stathis.

Mike

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AMERICA'S LOSS OF FRIENDSHIP

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ASALAAM-ALAIKUM,

TAKEN FROM THE HOLY SCRIPTURES(“THE FALL OF AMERICA”)pg.109,”AMERICA HAS NOT ONLY LOST AND IS STILL LOSING FRIENDSHIP ALL OVER ASIA AND AFRICA,…BUT SHE IS NOW LOSING FRIENDSHIP RIGHT HERE WITH HER NEXT-DOOR NEIGHBORS,CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA.”
HE THEN GOES ON ,”HOWEVER,THE SCRIPTURE MUST BE FULLFILLED;THEY SHALL EAT AMERICA’S BREAD AND BURN HER BODY WITH FIRE.
I QUOTE FROM REV.17:16,AND THE TEN HORNS WHICH THOU SAWEST UPON THE BEAST,THESE SHALL HATE THE sleeper…AND SHALL EAT HER FLESH,AND BURN HER WITH FIRE! THE HORNS HERE ARE A SYMBOLIC REFERENCE TO CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA (AMERICA’S SATELLITES).
THIS MEANS THAT AMERICA’S GIFTS AND WHAT-NOT WILL BE ACCEPTED,BUT THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT AMERICA HAS BOUGHT THEIR SINCERE FRIENDSHIP.THEY WILL TAKE ALL THE GIFTS WHICH AMERICA OFFERS,BUT TSTILL THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT AMERICA HAS THEIR HEART.”
THIS WE CAN CLEARLY SEE IN THESE ARTICLES;http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20750.htm AND http://www.presstv.com/detail.aspx?id=69214&sectionid=3510302 AND http://www.hindu.com/2008/09/12/stories/2008091256031400.htm AND http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2008-09-10-bolivia-ambassador_N.htm AND http://africa.reuters.com/energyandoil/news/usnN12401444.html
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ASALAAM,

WOW,THAT MAN NAMED ELIJAH MUHAMMAD HAS BEEN VINDICATED AND EACH DAY IT GETS CLEARER.
T.H.E.M. I SIBMIT TO THE GOD YOU REPRESENT!
http://www.wakeupfromyourslumber.com/node/8120
http://mathaba.net/0_index.shtml?x=605906
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-09/13/content_9961571.htm
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ASALAAM-ALAIKUM,

THE WORD OF OUR LORD(MFM) HAS PROVEN TRUE!

AMERICA HAS DEFINITELY LOST HER SO-CALLED FRIENDS;http://voanews.com/english/2008-09-17-voa7.cfm—-she as friends nowhere…
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IN THE NAME OF ALLAH…TRUTH IS SUBLIME!

TAKEN FROM,”THE FALL OF AMERICA,”pg.110 MESSENGER MUHAMMAD WRITES,”AMERICA WANTS EVERYONE TO HELP HER BEMOAN ALL OF HER SET-BACKS;BUT WHEN SHE CAUSES OTHERS TO FALL…BREAKS UP THE COUNTRIES OF OTHER PEOPLES AND DESTROYS THEIR INDEPENDENCE AND FREEDOM, SHE LAUGHS AND PRIDES HERSELF AS DOING A GREAT THING. SHE PUTS HER FEET UPON THEIR ECONOMIC NECK AND DESTROYS THEIR INDEPENDENCE AS A NATION.
ALL THIS NOW RETURNS TO AMERICA.THE LITTLE NATIONS ARE NOW AWAKE.THEY HAD LOOKED FOR TRUE FRIENDSHIP FROM AMERICA BUT INSTEAD AMERICA DECEIVED THEM.
AGAIN ,I REPEAT,THE BIBLE PROPHECY…AS THOU HAS DONE,IT SHALL BE DONE UNTO THEE.THERE IS NO FRIEND FOR AMERICA.ALSO IT IS WRITTEN IN THE BIBLE,IN THE DAY OF THY FALL,NONE SHALL HELP THEE…” WE NOW SEE THIS AS PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH WAS SNUBBED BY HIS SO-CALLED ALLIES @ HIS OWN MEETING WHICH HE CALLED ON HIS OWN SOIL ;http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6Y_ncOVlDw
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on Nov 20th, 2008, 7:45pm, The Chairman wrote:IN THE NAME OF ALLAH…TRUTH IS SUBLIME!

TAKEN FROM,”THE FALL OF AMERICA,”pg.110 MESSENGER MUHAMMAD WRITES,”AMERICA WANTS EVERYONE TO HELP HER BEMOAN ALL OF HER SET-BACKS;BUT WHEN SHE CAUSES OTHERS TO FALL…BREAKS UP THE COUNTRIES OF OTHER PEOPLES AND DESTROYS THEIR INDEPENDENCE AND FREEDOM, SHE LAUGHS AND PRIDES HERSELF AS DOING A GREAT THING. SHE PUTS HER FEET UPON THEIR ECONOMIC NECK AND DESTROYS THEIR INDEPENDENCE AS A NATION.
ALL THIS NOW RETURNS TO AMERICA.THE LITTLE NATIONS ARE NOW AWAKE.THEY HAD LOOKED FOR TRUE FRIENDSHIP FROM AMERICA BUT INSTEAD AMERICA DECEIVED THEM.
AGAIN ,I REPEAT,THE BIBLE PROPHECY…AS THOU HAS DONE,IT SHALL BE DONE UNTO THEE.THERE IS NO FRIEND FOR AMERICA.ALSO IT IS WRITTEN IN THE BIBLE,IN THE DAY OF THY FALL,NONE SHALL HELP THEE…” WE NOW SEE THIS AS PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH WAS SNUBBED BY HIS SO-CALLED ALLIES @ HIS OWN MEETING WHICH HE CALLED ON HIS OWN SOIL ;http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6Y_ncOVlDw

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on Sep 12th, 2008, 6:34pm, The Chairman wrote:ASALAAM-ALAIKUM,

TAKEN FROM THE HOLY SCRIPTURES(“THE FALL OF AMERICA”)pg.109,”AMERICA HAS NOT ONLY LOST AND IS STILL LOSING FRIENDSHIP ALL OVER ASIA AND AFRICA,…BUT SHE IS NOW LOSING FRIENDSHIP RIGHT HERE WITH HER NEXT-DOOR NEIGHBORS,CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA.”
HE THEN GOES ON ,”HOWEVER,THE SCRIPTURE MUST BE FULLFILLED;THEY SHALL EAT AMERICA’S BREAD AND BURN HER BODY WITH FIRE.
I QUOTE FROM REV.17:16,AND THE TEN HORNS WHICH THOU SAWEST UPON THE BEAST,THESE SHALL HATE THE sleeper…AND SHALL EAT HER FLESH,AND BURN HER WITH FIRE! THE HORNS HERE ARE A SYMBOLIC REFERENCE TO CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA (AMERICA’S SATELLITES).
THIS MEANS THAT AMERICA’S GIFTS AND WHAT-NOT WILL BE ACCEPTED,BUT THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT AMERICA HAS BOUGHT THEIR SINCERE FRIENDSHIP.THEY WILL TAKE ALL THE GIFTS WHICH AMERICA OFFERS,BUT TSTILL THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT AMERICA HAS THEIR HEART.”
THIS WE CAN CLEARLY SEE IN THESE ARTICLES;http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20750.htm AND http://www.presstv.com/detail.aspx?id=69214&sectionid=3510302 AND http://www.hindu.com/2008/09/12/stories/2008091256031400.htm AND http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2008-09-10-bolivia-ambassador_N.htm AND http://africa.reuters.com/energyandoil/news/usnN12401444.html

—–TIMELY WORDS GIVEN TO US BY A TIMELY AND DIVINELY LEAD TEACHER(PBUH).LET US LOOK AT THESE FEW URL’S AND SEE IF THE ABOVE IS THE TRUTH OR IF ELIJAH MUHAMMAD IS OUT OF TIME!www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/04/18/obama-endures-ortega-diatribe/ / http://english.pravda.ru/world/americas/20-04-2009/107426-sucre-0 / http://www.canada.com/Business/Ecuador+president+orders+official+expelled/12655 78/story.html / http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=332128&CategoryId=10718 / http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/17/world/americas/17trinidad.html?ref=global-hom e

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IN THE NAME OF ALLAH…ASALAAM-ALAIKUM,

EVERYTHING PROPHESIED COMING UPON ANCIENT BABYLON IS NOW UPON MODERN DAY BABYLON(AMERICA).HER MILITARY IS BROKEN NO LONGER ABLE TO PROTECT THE EMPIRE.HE ECONOMY IS IN TATTERS.HER CITIZENS ARE REBELLING AGAINST THEIR LEADERS. THEIR HEADS OF STATE ARE CONFUSED AND FEARFUL OF WHAT IS TO COME.
SO NATIONS WHO ONCE FEAR THE BEAST…AMERICA,ARE NOW TAKING EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO SEPERATE FROM HER SHADOW AND DISLODGE HER DOLLAR AS A POWER;http://rawstory.com/blog/2009/05/brazil-china-team-up-against-the-dollar /
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AMERICAN MAINLAND GITMO…TAKE A LOOK INSIDE

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THIS ARTICLE IS VERY GOOD PLEASE VIEW THIS 5 PART VIDEO……
Torture Inc. Americas Brutal Prisons

Savaged by dogs, Electrocuted With Cattle Prods, Burned By Toxic Chemicals, Does such barbaric abuse inside U.S. jails explain the horrors that were committed in Iraq?

By Deborah Davies

They are just some of the victims of wholesale torture taking place inside the U.S. prison system that we uncovered during a four-month investigation for Channel 4 . It’s terrible to watch some of the videos and realise that you’re not only seeing torture in action but, in the most extreme cases, you are witnessing young men dying.

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Torture Inc. Americas Brutal Prisons

Savaged by dogs, Electrocuted With Cattle Prods, Burned By Toxic Chemicals, Does such barbaric abuse inside U.S. jails explain the horrors that were committed in Iraq?

By Deborah Davies

They are just some of the victims of wholesale torture taking place inside the U.S. prison system that we uncovered during a four-month investigation for BBC Channel 4 . It’s terrible to watch some of the videos and realise that you’re not only seeing torture in action but, in the most extreme cases, you are witnessing young men dying.

The prison guards stand over their captives with electric cattle prods, stun guns, and dogs. Many of the prisoners have been ordered to strip naked. The guards are yelling abuse at them, ordering them to lie on the ground and crawl. ‘Crawl, motherf*****s, crawl.’

If a prisoner doesn’t drop to the ground fast enough, a guard kicks him or stamps on his back. There’s a high-pitched scream from one man as a dog clamps its teeth onto his lower leg.

Another prisoner has a broken ankle. He can’t crawl fast enough so a guard jabs a stun gun onto his buttocks. The jolt of electricity zaps through his naked flesh and genitals. For hours afterwards his whole body shakes.

Lines of men are now slithering across the floor of the cellblock while the guards stand over them shouting, prodding and kicking.

Second by second, their humiliation is captured on a video camera by one of the guards.

The images of abuse and brutality he records are horrifyingly familiar. These were exactly the kind of pictures from inside Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad that shocked the world this time last year.

And they are similar, too, to the images of brutality against Iraqi prisoners that this week led to the conviction of three British soldiers.

But there is a difference. These prisoners are not caught up in a war zone. They are Americans, and the video comes from inside a prison in Texas

They are just some of the victims of wholesale torture taking place inside the U.S. prison system that we uncovered during a four-month investigation for Channel 4 that will be broadcast next week.

Our findings were not based on rumour or suspicion. They were based on solid evidence, chiefly videotapes that we collected from all over the U.S.

In many American states, prison regulations demand that any ‘use of force operation’, such as searching cells for drugs, must be filmed by a guard.

The theory is that the tapes will show proper procedure was followed and that no excessive force was used. In fact, many of them record the exact opposite.

Each tape provides a shocking insight into the reality of life inside the U.S. prison system – a reality that sits very uncomfortably with President Bush’s commitment to the battle for freedom and democracy against the forces of tyranny and oppression.

In fact, the Texas episode outlined above dates from 1996, when Bush was state Governor.

Frank Carlson was one of the lawyers who fought a compensation battle on behalf of the victims. I asked him about his reaction when the Abu Ghraib scandal broke last year and U.S. politicians rushed to express their astonishment and disgust that such abuses could happen at the hands of American guards.

‘I thought: “What hypocrisy,” Carlson told me. ‘Because they know we do it here every day.’

All the lawyers I spoke to during our investigations shared Carlson’s belief that Abu Ghraib, far from being the work of a few rogue individuals, was simply the export of the worst practices that take place in the domestic prison system all the time. They pointed to the mountain of files stacked on their desks, on the floor, in their office corridors – endless stories of appalling, sadistic treatment inside America’s own prisons.

Many of the tapes we’ve collected are several years old. That’s because they only surface when determined lawyers prise them out of reluctant state prison departments during protracted lawsuits.

But for every ‘historical’ tape we collected, we also found a more recent story. What you see on the tape is still happening daily.

It’s terrible to watch some of the videos and realise that you’re not only seeing torture in action but, in the most extreme cases, you are witnessing young men dying.

In one horrific scene, a naked man, passive and vacant, is seen being led out of his cell by prison guards. They strap him into a medieval-looking device called a ‘restraint chair’. His hands and feet are shackled, there’s a strap across his chest, his head lolls forward. He looks dead. He’s not. Not yet.

The chair is his punishment because guards saw him in his cell with a pillowcase on his head and he refused to take it off. The man has a long history of severe schizophrenia. Sixteen hours later, they release him from the chair. And two hours after that, he dies from a blood clot resulting from his barbaric treatment.

The tape comes from Utah – but there are others from Connecticut, Florida, Texas, Arizona and probably many more. We found more than 20 cases of prisoners who’ve died in the past few years after being held in a restraint chair.

Two of the deaths we investigated were in the same county jail in Phoenix, Arizona, which is run by a man who revels in the title of ‘America’s Toughest Sheriff.’

His name is Joe Arpaio. He positively welcomes TV crews and we were promised ‘unfettered access.’ It was a reassuring turn of phrase – you don’t want to be fettered in one of Sheriff Joe’s jails.

We uncovered two videotapes from surveillance cameras showing how his tough stance can end in tragedy.

The first tape, from 2001, shows a man named Charles Agster dragged in by police, handcuffed at the wrists and ankles. Agster is mentally disturbed and a drug user. He was arrested for causing a disturbance in a late-night grocery store. The police handed him over to the Sheriff’s deputies in the jail. Agster is a tiny man, weighing no more than nine stone, but he’s struggling.

The tape shows nine deputies manhandling him into the restraint chair. One of them kneels on Agster’s stomach, pushing his head forward on to his knees and pulling his arms back to strap his wrists into the chair.

Bending someone double for any length of time is dangerous – the manuals on the use of the ‘restraint chair’ warn of the dangers of ‘positional asphyxia.’

Fifteen minutes later, a nurse notices Agster is unconscious. The cameras show frantic efforts to resuscitate him, but he’s already brain dead. He died three days later in hospital. Agster’s family is currently suing Arizona County.

His mother, Carol, cried as she told me: ‘If that’s not torture, I don’t know what is.’ Charles’s father, Chuck, listened in silence as we filmed the interview, but every so often he padded out of the room to cry quietly in the kitchen.

The second tape, from five years earlier, shows Scott Norberg dying a similar death in the same jail. He was also a drug user arrested for causing a nuisance. Norberg was severely beaten by the guards, stunned up to 19 times with a Taser gun and forced into the chair where – like Charles Agster – he suffocated.

The county’s insurers paid Norberg’s family more than £4 millions in an out-of-court settlement, but the sheriff was furious with the deal. ‘My officers were clear,’ he said. ‘The insurance firm was afraid to go before a jury.’

Now he’s determined to fight the Agster case all the way through the courts. Yet tonight, in Sheriff Joe’s jail, there’ll probably be someone else strapped into the chair.

Not all the tapes we uncovered were filmed by the guards themselves. Linda Evans smuggled a video camera into a hospital to record her son, Brian. You can barely see his face through all the tubes and all you can hear is the rhythmic sucking of the ventilator.

He was another of Sheriff Joe’s inmates. After an argument with guards, he told a prison doctor they’d beaten him up. Six days later, he was found unconscious of the floor of his cell with a broken neck, broken toes and internal injuries. After a month in a coma, he died from septicaemia.

‘Mr Arpaio is responsible.’ Linda Evans told me, struggling to speak through her tears. ‘He seems to thrive on this cruelty and this mentality that these men are nothing.’

In some of the tapes it’s not just the images, it’s also the sounds that are so unbearable. There’s one tape from Florida which I’ve seen dozens of times but it still catches me in the stomach.

It’s an authorised ‘use of force operation’ – so a guard is videoing what happens. They’re going to Taser a prisoner for refusing orders.

The tape shows a prisoner lying on an examination table in the prison hospital. The guards are instructing him to climb down into a wheelchair. ‘I can’t, I can’t!’ he shouts with increasing desperation. ‘It hurts!’

One guard then jabs him on both hips with a Taser. The man jerks as the electricity hits him and shrieks, but still won’t get into the wheelchair.

The guards grab him and drop him into the chair. As they try to bend his legs up on to the footrest, he screams in pain. The man’s lawyer told me he has a very limited mental capacity. He says he has a back injury and can’t walk or bend his legs without intense pain.

The tape becomes even more harrowing. The guards try to make the prisoner stand up and hold a walking frame. He falls on the floor, crying in agony. They Taser him again. He runs out of the energy and breath to cry and just lies there moaning.

One of the most recent video tapes was filmed in January last year. A surveillance camera in a youth institution in California records an argument between staff members and two ‘wards’ – they’re not called prisoners.

One of the youths hits a staff member in the face. He knocks the ward to the floor then sits astride him punching him over and over again in the head.

Watching the tape you can almost feel each blow. The second youth is also punched and kicked in the head – even after he’s been handcuffed. Other staff just stand around and watch.

We also collected some truly horrific photographs.

A few years ago, in Florida, the new warden of the high security state prison ordered an end to the videoing of ‘use of force operations.’ So we have no tapes to show how prison guards use pepper spray to punish prisoners.

But we do have the lawsuit describing how men were doused in pepper spray and then left to cook in the burning fog of chemicals. Photographs taken by their lawyers show one man has a huge patch of raw skin over his hip. Another is covered in an angry rash across his neck, back and arms. A third has deep burns on his buttocks.

‘They usually use fire extinguishers size canisters of pepper spray,’ lawyer Christopher Jones explained. ‘We have had prisoners who have had second degree burns all over their bodies.

‘The tell-tale sign is they turn off the ventilation fans in the unit. Prisoners report that cardboard is shoved in the crack of the door to make sure it’s really air-tight.’

And why were they sprayed? According to the official prison reports, their infringements included banging on the cell door and refusing medication. From the same Florida prison we also have photographs of Frank Valdes – autopsy pictures. Realistically, he had little chance of ever getting out of prison alive. He was on Death Row for killing a prison officer. He had time to reconcile himself to the Electric Chair – he didn’t expect to be beaten to death.

Valdes started writing to local Florida newspapers to expose the corruption and brutality of prison officers. So a gang of guards stormed into his cell to shut him up. They broke almost every one of his ribs, punctured his lung, smashed his spleen and left him to die.

Several of the guards were later charged with murder, but the trial was held in their own small hometown where almost everyone works for, or has connection with, the five prisons which ring the town. The foreman of the jury was former prison officer. The guards were all acquitted.

Meanwhile, the warden who was in charge of the prison at the time of the killing – the same man who changed the policy on videoing – has been promoted. He’s now the man in charge of all the Florida prisons.

How could anyone excuse – still less condone – such behaviour? The few prison guards who would talk to us have a siege mentality. They see themselves outnumbered, surrounded by dangerous, violent criminals, so they back each other up, no matter what.

I asked one serving officer what happened if colleagues beat up an inmate. ‘We cover up. Because we’re the good guys.’

No one should doubt that the vast majority of U.S. prison officers are decent individuals doing their best in difficult circumstances. But when horrific abuse by the few goes unreported and uninvestigated, it solidifies into a general climate of acceptance among the many.

At the same time the overall hardening of attitudes in modern-day America has meant the notion of rehabilitation has been almost lost. The focus is entirely on punishment – even loss of liberty is not seen as punishment enough. Being on the restraint devices and the chemical sprays.

Since we finished filming for the programme in January, I’ve stayed in contact with various prisoners’ rights groups and the families of many of the victims. Every single day come more e-mails full of fresh horror stories. In the past weeks, two more prisoners have died, in Alabama and Ohio. One man was pepper sprayed, the other tasered.

Then, three weeks ago, reports emerged of 20 hours of video material from Guantanamo Bay showing prisoners being stripped, beaten and pepper sprayed. One of those affected is Omar Deghayes, one of the seven British residents still being held there.

His lawyer says Deghayes is now permanently blind in one eye. American military investigators have reviewed the tapes and apparently found ‘no evidence of systematic abuse.’

But then, as one of the prison reformers we met on our journey across the U.S. told me: ‘We’ve become immune to the abuse. The brutality has become customary.’

So far, the U.S. government is refusing to release these Guantanamo tapes. If they are ever made public – or leaked – I suspect the images will be very familiar.

Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo – or even Texas. The prisoners and all guards may vary, but the abuse is still too familiar. And much is it is taking place in America’s own backyard.

Deborah Davies is a reporter for Channel 4 Dispatches. Her investigation, Torture: America’s Brutal Prisons, was shown on Wednesday, March 2, at 11.05pm.

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BUSH'S PRIVATE ARMY(BLACKWATER) IS ON A CHRISTIAN CRUSADE

GREETINGS,

I REMEMBER WHEN FORMER PRESIDENT BUSH WAS SPEAKING IN A LIVE SETTING AFTER THE BEGINNING OF HIS SO-CALLED WAR ON TERROR(WHICH IS ACTUALLY A WAR OF TERROR).HE STATED THE AMERICA AND HER EUROPEAN(ANGLO) ALLIES WAS ON A CRUSADE.THEN AFTER CATCHING FLACK HE RETRACTED HIS STATEMENT(BUT NOT HIS INTENTIONS NOR HIS ACTIONS).HE SAID THAT HIS GOD PUT HIM ON THAR MISSION AND TALKED TO HIM DAILY.
IT WAS THE TRUTH.HIS GOD(YAKUB) DID PUT HIM ON HIS MISSION TO TRY TO DESTROY ISLAM AND HIS GOD(YAKUB) WAS/IS TALKING TO HIM DAILY THROUGH HIS NATURE THAT WAS PUT IN HIM.THIS HE KNEW FULL WELL.HE EVEN AUTHORIZED CONTRACTS TO HELP BUILD-UP A SECRET NEW ARM OF THE WHITE CHRISTDOM CRUSADERS IN THE FORM OF THE MURDEROUS BLACKWATER NAZI/ZIONIST SECURITY SERVICE;Blackwater Founder Implicated in Murder
By Jeremy Scahill

August 05 2009 “The Nation” — A former Blackwater employee and an ex-US Marine who has worked as a security operative for the company have made a series of explosive allegations in sworn statements filed on August 3 in federal court in Virginia. The two men claim that the company’s owner, Erik Prince, may have murdered or facilitated the murder of individuals who were cooperating with federal authorities investigating the company. The former employee also alleges that Prince “views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe,” and that Prince’s companies “encouraged and rewarded the destruction of Iraqi life.”

In their testimony, both men also allege that Blackwater was smuggling weapons into Iraq. One of the men alleges that Prince turned a profit by transporting “illegal” or “unlawful” weapons into the country on Prince’s private planes. They also charge that Prince and other Blackwater executives destroyed incriminating videos, emails and other documents and have intentionally deceived the US State Department and other federal agencies. The identities of the two individuals were sealed out of concerns for their safety.

These allegations, and a series of other charges, are contained in sworn affidavits, given under penalty of perjury, filed late at night on August 3 in the Eastern District of Virginia as part of a seventy-page motion by lawyers for Iraqi civilians suing Blackwater for alleged war crimes and other misconduct. Susan Burke, a private attorney working in conjunction with the Center for Constitutional Rights, is suing Blackwater in five separate civil cases filed in the Washington, DC, area. They were recently consolidated before Judge T.S. Ellis III of the Eastern District of Virginia for pretrial motions. Burke filed the August 3 motion in response to Blackwater’s motion to dismiss the case. Blackwater asserts that Prince and the company are innocent of any wrongdoing and that they were professionally performing their duties on behalf of their employer, the US State Department.
The former employee, identified in the court documents as “John Doe #2,” is a former member of Blackwater’s management team, according to a source close to the case. Doe #2 alleges in a sworn declaration that, based on information provided to him by former colleagues, “it appears that Mr. Prince and his employees murdered, or had murdered, one or more persons who have provided information, or who were planning to provide information, to the federal authorities about the ongoing criminal conduct.” John Doe #2 says he worked at Blackwater for four years; his identity is concealed in the sworn declaration because he “fear[s] violence against me in retaliation for submitting this Declaration.” He also alleges, “On several occasions after my departure from Mr. Prince’s employ, Mr. Prince’s management has personally threatened me with death and violence.”

In a separate sworn statement, the former US marine who worked for Blackwater in Iraq alleges that he has “learned from my Blackwater colleagues and former colleagues that one or more persons who have provided information, or who were planning to provide information about Erik Prince and Blackwater have been killed in suspicious circumstances.” Identified as “John Doe #1,” he says he “joined Blackwater and deployed to Iraq to guard State Department and other American government personnel.” It is not clear if Doe #1 is still working with the company as he states he is “scheduled to deploy in the immediate future to Iraq.” Like Doe #2, he states that he fears “violence” against him for “submitting this Declaration.” No further details on the alleged murder(s) are provided.

“Mr. Prince feared, and continues to fear, that the federal authorities will detect and prosecute his various criminal deeds,” states Doe #2. “On more than one occasion, Mr. Prince and his top managers gave orders to destroy emails and other documents. Many incriminating videotapes, documents and emails have been shredded and destroyed.”

The Nation cannot independently verify the identities of the two individuals, their roles at Blackwater or what motivated them to provide sworn testimony in these civil cases. Both individuals state that they have previously cooperated with federal prosecutors conducting a criminal inquiry into Blackwater.

“It’s a pending investigation, so we cannot comment on any matters in front of a Grand Jury or if a Grand Jury even exists on these matters,” John Roth, the spokesperson for the US Attorney’s office in the District of Columbia, told The Nation. “It would be a crime if we did that.” Asked specifically about whether there is a criminal investigation into Prince regarding the murder allegations and other charges, Roth said: “We would not be able to comment on what we are or are not doing in regards to any possible investigation involving an uncharged individual.”

The Nation repeatedly attempted to contact spokespeople for Prince or his companies at numerous email addresses and telephone numbers. When a company representative was reached by phone and asked to comment, she said, “Unfortunately no one can help you in that area.” The representative then said that she would pass along The Nation’s request. As this article goes to press, no company representative has responded further to The Nation.

Doe #2 states in the declaration that he has also provided the information contained in his statement “in grand jury proceedings convened by the United States Department of Justice.” Federal prosecutors convened a grand jury in the aftermath of the September 16, 2007, Nisour Square shootings in Baghdad, which left seventeen Iraqis dead. Five Blackwater employees are awaiting trial on several manslaughter charges and a sixth, Jeremy Ridgeway, has already pleaded guilty to manslaughter and attempting to commit manslaughter and is cooperating with prosecutors. It is not clear whether Doe #2 testified in front of the Nisour Square grand jury or in front of a separate grand jury.

The two declarations are each five pages long and contain a series of devastating allegations concerning Erik Prince and his network of companies, which now operate under the banner of Xe Services LLC. Among those leveled by Doe #2 is that Prince “views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe”:

To that end, Mr. Prince intentionally deployed to Iraq certain men who shared his vision of Christian supremacy, knowing and wanting these men to take every available opportunity to murder Iraqis. Many of these men used call signs based on the Knights of the Templar, the warriors who fought the Crusades.

Mr. Prince operated his companies in a manner that encouraged and rewarded the destruction of Iraqi life. For example, Mr. Prince’s executives would openly speak about going over to Iraq to “lay Hajiis out on cardboard.” Going to Iraq to shoot and kill Iraqis was viewed as a sport or game. Mr. Prince’s employees openly and consistently used racist and derogatory terms for Iraqis and other Arabs, such as “ragheads” or “hajiis.”

Among the additional allegations made by Doe #1 is that “Blackwater was smuggling weapons into Iraq.” He states that he personally witnessed weapons being “pulled out” from dog food bags. Doe #2 alleges that “Prince and his employees arranged for the weapons to be polywrapped and smuggled into Iraq on Mr. Prince’s private planes, which operated under the name Presidential Airlines,” adding that Prince “generated substantial revenues from participating in the illegal arms trade.”

Doe #2 states: “Using his various companies, [Prince] procured and distributed various weapons, including unlawful weapons such as sawed off semi-automatic machine guns with silencers, through unlawful channels of distribution.” Blackwater “was not abiding by the terms of the contract with the State Department and was deceiving the State Department,” according to Doe #1.

This is not the first time an allegation has surfaced that Blackwater used dog food bags to smuggle weapons into Iraq. ABC News’s Brian Ross reported in November 2008 that a “federal grand jury in North Carolina is investigating allegations the controversial private security firm Blackwater illegally shipped assault weapons and silencers to Iraq, hidden in large sacks of dog food.” Another former Blackwater employee has also confirmed this information to The Nation.

Both individuals allege that Prince and Blackwater deployed individuals to Iraq who, in the words of Doe #1, “were not properly vetted and cleared by the State Department.” Doe #2 adds that “Prince ignored the advice and pleas from certain employees, who sought to stop the unnecessary killing of innocent Iraqis.” Doe #2 further states that some Blackwater officials overseas refused to deploy “unfit men” and sent them back to the US. Among the reasons cited by Doe #2 were “the men making statements about wanting to deploy to Iraq to ‘kill ragheads’ or achieve ‘kills’ or ‘body counts,'” as well as “excessive drinking” and “steroid use.” However, when the men returned to the US, according to Doe #2, “Prince and his executives would send them back to be deployed in Iraq with an express instruction to the concerned employees located overseas that they needed to ‘stop costing the company money.'”

Doe #2 also says Prince “repeatedly ignored the assessments done by mental health professionals, and instead terminated those mental health professionals who were not willing to endorse deployments of unfit men.” He says Prince and then-company president Gary Jackson “hid from Department of State the fact that they were deploying men to Iraq over the objections of mental health professionals and security professionals in the field,” saying they “knew the men being deployed were not suitable candidates for carrying lethal weaponry, but did not care because deployments meant more money.”

Doe #1 states that “Blackwater knew that certain of its personnel intentionally used excessive and unjustified deadly force, and in some instances used unauthorized weapons, to kill or seriously injure innocent Iraqi civilians.” He concludes, “Blackwater did nothing to stop this misconduct.” Doe #1 states that he “personally observed multiple incidents of Blackwater personnel intentionally using unnecessary, excessive and unjustified deadly force.” He then cites several specific examples of Blackwater personnel firing at civilians, killing or “seriously” wounding them, and then failing to report the incidents to the State Department.

Doe #1 also alleges that “all of these incidents of excessive force were initially videotaped and voice recorded,” but that “Immediately after the day concluded, we would watch the video in a session called a ‘hot wash.’ Immediately after the hotwashing, the video was erased to prevent anyone other than Blackwater personnel seeing what had actually occurred.” Blackwater, he says, “did not provide the video to the State Department.”

Doe #2 expands on the issue of unconventional weapons, alleging Prince “made available to his employees in Iraq various weapons not authorized by the United States contracting authorities, such as hand grenades and hand grenade launchers. Mr. Prince’s employees repeatedly used this illegal weaponry in Iraq, unnecessarily killing scores of innocent Iraqis.” Specifically, he alleges that Prince “obtained illegal ammunition from an American company called LeMas. This company sold ammunition designed to explode after penetrating within the human body. Mr. Prince’s employees repeatedly used this illegal ammunition in Iraq to inflict maximum damage on Iraqis.”

Blackwater has gone through an intricate rebranding process in the twelve years it has been in business, changing its name and logo several times. Prince also has created more than a dozen affiliate companies, some of which are registered offshore and whose operations are shrouded in secrecy. According to Doe #2, “Prince created and operated this web of companies in order to obscure wrongdoing, fraud and other crimes.”

“For example, Mr. Prince transferred funds from one company (Blackwater) to another (Greystone) whenever necessary to avoid detection of his money laundering and tax evasion schemes.” He added: “Mr. Prince contributed his personal wealth to fund the operations of the Prince companies whenever he deemed such funding necessary. Likewise, Mr. Prince took funds out of the Prince companies and placed the funds in his personal accounts at will.”

Briefed on the substance of these allegations by The Nation, Congressman Dennis Kucinich replied, “If these allegations are true, Blackwater has been a criminal enterprise defrauding taxpayers and murdering innocent civilians.” Kucinich is on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and has been investigating Prince and Blackwater since 2004.

“Blackwater is a law unto itself, both internationally and domestically. The question is why they operated with impunity. In addition to Blackwater, we should be questioning their patrons in the previous administration who funded and employed this organization. Blackwater wouldn’t exist without federal patronage; these allegations should be thoroughly investigated,” Kucinich said.

A hearing before Judge Ellis in the civil cases against Blackwater is scheduled for August 7.

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AND VIEW THIS:ABOUT THE MODERN DAY CRUSADERS

I SAY THIS TO THE WHITE WORLD THAT IS ALREADY COLLAPSING…THIS CRUSADE WILL NOT END LIKE THE LAST ONE(EVEN THOUGH THE GREAT BLACK ISLAMIC WARRIOR SALLAHUDINE PREVAILED).HE ALLOWED YOU TO LIVE.THIS TIME IT WILL BE THE REMOVAL OF THE ENTIRE CHRISTIAN WORLD(YOU SEE IT IN DEMOGRAPHICS/ECONOMICS/ECT) AND CIVILIZATION LIKE WHAT IS NOW GOING ON BEFORE OUR VERY EYES.
THIS HAS YOU MAD.ESPECIALLY YOU AMERICA.SO YOU ARE WARRING AGAINST THE ISLAMIC WORLD.I SAY THAT A NEW ISLAM(AS TAUGHT BY THE HONORABLE ELIJAH MUHAMMAD) IS ALREADY BEING ESTABLISHED.AND THE NEW HEADS ARE THE ASIATIC BLACK AMERICAN SO-CALLED NEGRO.