• This appears to have greatly disturbed the judge.

    “This case appears to combine some of the worst aspects of the use of force cases: a coordinated effort to enter an inmate’s cell, serious physical injury, an attempted cover-up, and a lack of provocation by the inmate,” Richard writes in her decision. “Moreover, the detachment of the officers involved before, during, and after the assault, as depicted in the video, is striking evidence that such violence is acceptable to them.

    “This conduct and attitude cannot be tolerated in a Department whose mission it is to provide care, custody and control. Individuals who themselves are out of control cannot be made the overlords of any group of inmates.”

    Captain Budnarine Bahari and corrections officers, Geronimo Almanzar and Vincent Siederman, were all found to have used “unnecessary, impermissible and excessive force against an inmate.” Correction officers Paul Bunton, Raul Marquez and Ramon Cabrera were all found to have “observed and failed to report such force.”

    No “Nuremberg Defense,” here. There was a time when a group of out of control psychopaths acting as overlords did inflict considerable pain upon the world. Americans landed on foreign soil and killed them by the thousands in defense of life.

    The behavior described above, is patently “Brownshirt.” The inaction of those who observed this brutality is no different from the silence of enablers in a one time republic, which turned rancid.

    Every American should be disturbed by this story. It sucks…
    Seems we have a real Judge here, making a good record of reality.

  • JamesJoyce commented on the blog post If at first you do not succeed…keep trying to bury them

    2014-09-30 03:51:00View | Delete

    Austerity while fighting oil wars?

    What a bunch of losers.

    Austerity starts at the gas pump where the Brits like Americans have wasted trillions of dollars of economic value, driving. We have learned nothing as the poor are systematically eviscerated, while elites serve to protect the global oil energy monopoly.

  • JamesJoyce commented on the diary post What Rush Limbaugh’s Attack On Activists Is Telling Us by spocko.

    2014-09-25 07:18:16View | Delete

    Rush who?

  • JamesJoyce commented on the diary post What Rush Limbaugh’s Attack On Activists Is Telling Us by spocko.

    2014-09-25 07:18:16View | Delete

    Rush who?

  • JamesJoyce commented on the diary post ISIS: Bush Was Right by David Swanson.

    2014-09-23 20:13:35View | Delete

    Made for America T.V. I find the desire to avenge the deaths (rightly so IMO) of American journalists at odds with and a stark contrast to unprovoked murder of two Reuters reporters in Iraq and the desire to keep this incident hidden from America? You wonder why?

  • Often thought that more was learned from failed experiments than from “successful” ones.

    We are not dealing with rationale people. This is the result of learned and reinforced behavior, flying in the face of logic or reason.

    Simply put, Scott was never inferior. What was inferior was the “process,” which failed to protect Scott. Funny how the “process,” is now “kept from view,” by clearly and patently, unconstitutional means.

    Deja effen Vu America. You are getting “Porked,” again!

  • Collective cowards, advancing their self interest at the expense of the welfare of the republic and welfare of the governed.

    We have seen this play before. It does not end well.

  • “Utter garbage!” One of my favorite! You are correct but it is not the human race. For the cost of 100 billion dollars, America could be energy independent. Instead we have select groups of assholes, dictating using money to shove it all down our throats.

    A trillion dollars spent on nukes instead of investing in America?
    Yes utter funking garbage and utterly fucking irresponsible, unless we are preparing for an alien invasion?

  • What return on investment?

  • Yes… The Whiskey Rebellion.

  • Sounds like a hostile takeover of one corporation by another after two failed ventures by the acquired interest, Scotland at mercantilism?

    Cash is King or a positive balance of trade! Bullion please!

    For a brief moment Scotland (well positioned) did well. Nice when inaction yields a benefit, while ending “self determination” of another. Very efficient and at less cost.

    Worse yet, English captains, normally very eager to take on Spanish ships on any pretext or none, were forbidden to lend the Scots a hand.

    Thanks PW! Good stuff!

  • JamesJoyce commented on the blog post As We Go to War, Congress Goes Home

    2014-09-20 06:33:08View | Delete

    With all the thousands of lawyers here in USA one needs to observe and inquire where are they and what the hell are they doing? What good is having all these lawyers if the Rule of Law and the Practice of Democracy is going to become and be a endless sham and mockery of law and democracy? How in hell does a legal hack like Eric Holder become USAG?

    Lawyers are all about winning/losing and money. It is their bottom line. It takes “a profile in courage,” to do the correct thing. One of 99%

  • This is how President Truman closed his op ed.

    But there are now some searching questions that need to be answered. I, therefore, would like to see the CIA be restored to its original assignment as the intelligence arm of the President, and that whatever else it can properly perform in that special field—and that its operational duties be terminated or properly used elsewhere.

    We have grown up as a nation, respected for our free institutions and for our ability to maintain a free and open society. There is something about the way the CIA has been functioning that is casting a shadow over our historic position and I feel that we need to correct it.

    “Especially because the presence of this type of secrecy is the first corrosive of democratic governance.”

    Says it all THD! Secrecy born out of desire for and to maintain political control is a death sentence for any liberal constitutional representative democracy. It precludes the very concept of “separations of powers,” from effectively working, while the press is controlled? Add to this the influx of money and the collective corrosive corruption just might be fatal. The Republic is under assault.

    Seems this story underscores how the intelligence services have been improperly used maybe, here there and everywhere?

    A little more Harry….

    Some of the complications and embarrassment I think we have experienced are in part attributable to the fact that this quiet intelligence arm of the President has been so removed from its intended role that it is being interpreted as a symbol of sinister and mysterious foreign intrigue—and a subject for cold war enemy propaganda.

    “With all the nonsense put out by Communist propaganda about “Yankee imperialism,” “exploitive capitalism,” “war-mongering,” “monopolists,” in their name-calling assault on the West, the last thing we needed was for the CIA to be seized upon as something akin to a subverting influence in the affairs of other people.”

    What do we have here?

  • Fifty years ago, exactly one month after John Kennedy was killed, the

    Washington Post published an op-ed titled “Limit CIA Role to Intelligence.” The first sentence of that op-ed on Dec. 22, 1963, read, “I think it has become necessary to take another look at the purpose and operations of our Central Intelligence Agency.”

    It sounded like the intro to a bleat from some liberal professor or journalist. Not so. The writer was former President Harry S. Truman, who spearheaded the establishment of the CIA 66 years ago, right after World War II, to better coordinate U.S. intelligence gathering. But the spy agency had lurched off in what Truman thought were troubling directions.

    Sadly, those concerns that Truman expressed in that op-ed — that he had inadvertently helped create a Frankenstein monster — are as valid today as they were 50 years ago, if not more so.

    Eugene Robinson expressed the same sentiments:


    We now have even more proof that our burgeoning intelligence agencies, which were given unprecedented latitude to wage war against terrorists, are dangerously out of control.

    CIA is subverting influence in the affairs of people. The American people!

  • JamesJoyce commented on the blog post 1 In 4 Americans ‘Open To Secession’

    2014-09-19 20:35:02View | Delete

    I was watching the BBC as the first result came in… Just prior to the declaration of vote results one women in the crowd eloquently expressed her position to which the moderator commented the term, “silent no-s.” I knew “Yes” was doomed as the younger folk’s enthusiasm would be checked by pragmatic financial conservatism born out of survival instincts, especially if your livelihood is threatened by austerity to begin with? Why secede into uncertainty…

    I fell over the edge and landed on my head. Still got the “egg” on my skull where my head hit the concrete. Still hurts..

  • JamesJoyce commented on the blog post 1 In 4 Americans ‘Open To Secession’

    2014-09-19 16:28:51View | Delete

    “Glasgow was the largest constituency & they voted YES, but populace is said to be younger and not as affected by the threats of certain types of financial losses.”

    The “quiet no voter,” scared of losing retirement income. Rather pathetic. Reminds of an abused wife, more willing to take the beating than to be liberated and embrace the unknown and better things. The London elites will continue to beat these folks into submission.

    Looks like a similar thing here state side as we are beaten into submission?

  • JamesJoyce commented on the blog post The Roundup for September 19th, 2014

    2014-09-19 16:01:36View | Delete

    “The shutdown of a news television company in Greece is the tip of the iceberg in corruption, dirty politics and censoring those of the press who do not follow the country’s bottom line; Sounds like a corporation”

    Sounds like a fascism, plain and simple. Coming to America soon, if not here already…

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