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ICE put detained immigrants in solitary confinement for hunger striking

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ICE put detained immigrants in solitary confinement for hunger striking
By Spencer Woodman theVerge


Beginning last April, and picking up in the weeks following the November election, dozens of detainees at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in rural Georgia went on hunger strike in protest of their detention. The private prison corporation that runs the facility, CoreCivic — formerly Corrections Corporation of America — responded swiftly to the expanding demonstration: as immigrant detainees refused to eat, CoreCivic staff began immediately locking them in solitary confinement for their participation in the non-violent protest.

Related article:Solitary Confinement IS Torture

According to ICE detainment logs obtained by The Verge through a Freedom of Information Act request, more than two dozen detainees were put in solitary confinement for hunger striking — some simply for declaring they would refuse to eat, even if they hadn’t yet skipped a meal. The logs also show that …

Jeff Sessions Issues Ominous Warning On State Marijuana Legalization

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Jeff Sessions Issues Ominous Warning On State Marijuana Legalization
By Ryan J. Reilly, Matt Ferner


WASHINGTON ― #NotMyAttorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday restated his opposition to marijuana use and offered an ominous warning about state-level marijuana legalization efforts, suggesting that such policies would open states to “violence,” as well as potential repercussions from the federal government.
“I don’t think America is going to be a better place when people of all ages, and particularly young people, are smoking pot,” Sessions said to reporters Monday at the Department of Justice. “I believe it’s an unhealthy practice, and current levels of THC in marijuana are very high compared to what they were a few years ago, and we’re seeing real violence around that.”
Sessions said he had a meeting on Monday with the attorney general of Nebraska, who is very concerned about marijuana flowing in from Colorado, which legalized weed in 2012. “Experts are telling me there’s more violence …

Stephen Bannon was reportedly delighted by the massive protests against Trump's travel ban

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By Christopher R Rice


The outrage over President Trump's immigration executive order went exactly according to chief strategist Stephen Bannon's plan. While the pushback from the courts on Trump's ban on people from seven predominantly Muslim countries entering the U.S. might have been unexpected, Bloomberg reported Tuesday that the massive protests were not:
In fact, it was no accident that the order was sprung without warning on a Friday afternoon. Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon arranged the timing in the expectation that opponents, freed from work on the weekend, would stage huge protests — drawing maximum attention and galvanizing Trump supporters as the president followed through on a controversial campaign promise, says a senior administration official. [Bloomberg]That's not the full story. That is the official unofficial statement from the White House, the truth is stranger than fiction. As Masha Gessen put it: He is attempting, as Putin does, to assert…

'I think he is behind it': Trump accuses Obama of organizing protests against him

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'I think he is behind it': Trump accuses Obama of organizing protests against him
By David Choi Business Insider


President Donald Trump delivered a scathing accusation against former President Barack Obama in an interview released Monday night.

Trump was asked whether Obama was responsible for organizing some of the recent political protests against him and other Republicans — including the widely publicized demonstrations at GOP town-hall meetings.

"No, I think he is behind it," Trump said in a preview of an interview with "Fox and Friends" released Monday night. "I also think it's politics — that's the way it is."

"You never know what's exactly happening behind the scenes," Trump said. "You never know."

Trump has faced protests across the US often in the months since he was elected. The president has continued to claim that demonstrators opposing his presidency are professional agitators. Trump's many…

(How to) End the Drug War (for Dummies)

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(How to) End the Drug War (for Dummies)
By Christopher R Rice


Civil Disobedience (CD) confronts unjust laws and changes them.

Scorecard:

Marches and rallies: 0

CD: ended segregation, ended the Vietnam war and evicted the British from India, ended child labor in America and won workers the 8 hour work day. 

Coming sometime soon - There is another March. This time to end prohibition. 300 cities world wide will be participating. To find one near you: go somewhere.

But wait, Marches have never ended one war, ever.

So, what if we take a page from Gandhi and King.

Because after all, what is the proper response to unjust laws? To BREAK THEM!!

It took Rosa Parks being arrested. It took going into "Whites Only" diners. It took CD. Yes- You can expect to be arrested.

But a note to the Arresting officer: you always want to know why we call you pig?

I'll tell you why. It is because you are sworn to uphold the Constitution, which is my rights, to life LIBERTY and the pursuit of happiness.

You…

Trump’s Attorney General Declares War on Marijuana with the Most Idiotic Statement Ever

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Trump’s Attorney General Declares War on Marijuana with the Most Idiotic Statement Ever
By Tom Cahill

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was apparently not smoking anything when he said that higher THC content in marijuana causes violence.

The man Trump picked to head the U.S. Department of Justice (who was deemed too racist to be ajudge by a Republican-controlled Senate in 1986) seemingly promised a no-holds-barred war with states that have legal marijuana laws during a Monday evening press gaggle at the DOJ building in Washington, citing “experts” who claimed marijuana use resulted in more violent crime.

“I believe [marijuana use is] an unhealthy practice and current levels of THC in marijuana are very high compared to what they were a few years ago,” Sessions said. “Experts are telling me there’s more violence around marijuana than one would think and there’s big money involved.”

Sessions’ statement about violence increasing as a result of marijuana use doesn’t pass muster. In 2014, researc…

FBI: Dozens Under Watch in the US

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FBI: Dozens Under Watch in the US
By Pierre Thomas and Mike Levine

Dozens of suspected radicals in the United States are under "tight surveillance" because law enforcement officials fear they might try to pull off a copycat version of the 9/11 attacks after being exposed to LaRaza propaganda, according to FBI Director James Comey, during a rare joint briefing with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The news came as senior law enforcement officials told ABC News that they are aware of an ISIS video threatening Trump Tower.
Officials concede that they have not identified a specific, credible plot targeting the U.S. homeland. The suspected radicals have been under watch for months, but there are now fears that they might try to target the President, Comey said. "We are making sure we apply additional scrutiny to anybody who might be tempted to be a copycat, and so we’ve gone through all of our caseloads to try and assess which are the ones that might pose a risk of trying t…