Sunday, May 14, 2006

NSA Database Owned By Slave Employer

Well Clinton is responsible for some of it, and the first thing that needs looking into is the relationship with AT&T.

Not only does AT&T control a national illegal database sold to them by the government, they contract work to prisoners held captive in American prisons at slave wages - if paid at all.

How is that possible in a "democracy"?

Heck this a family who funded Adolph Hitler, profited from Auschwitz, bilked the American taxpayer of billions during the Savings and Loan scandal and now are contracting labor back to AT&T, American SLAVE labor with over a million black males slapped in jail serving ten
year sentences for possession of an lid of pot.

When most of us think of convicts at work, we picture them banging out license plates or digging ditches. Those images, however, are now far too limited to encompass the great range of jobs that America's prison workforce is performing. If you book a flight on TWA, you'll likely be talking to a prisoner at a California correctional facility that the airline uses for its reservations service. Microsoft has used Washington State prisoners to pack and ship Windows software. AT&T has used prisoners for telemarketing; Honda, for manufacturing parts; and even Toys "R" Us, for cleaning and stocking shelves for the next day's customers.
During the past 20 years, more than 30 states have enacted laws permitting the use of convict labor by private enterprise. While at present only about 80,000 U.S. inmates are engaged in commercial activity, the rapid growth in America's prison population and the attendant costs of incarceration suggest there will be strong pressures to put more prisoners to work. And it's not hard to figure what corporations like about prison labor: it's vastly cheaper than free labor. In Ohio, for example, a Honda supplier pays its prison workers $2 an hour for the same work for which the UAW has fought for decades to be paid $20 to $30 an hour. Konica has hired prisoners to repair its copiers for less than 50 cents an hour.
And in Oregon, private companies can "lease" prisoners for only $3 a day. But the attractions of prison labor extend well beyond low wages. The prison labor system does away with statutory protections that progressives and unions have fought so hard to achieve over the last 100 years. Companies that use prison labor create islands of time in which, in terms of labor relations at least, it's still the late nineteenth century. Prison employers pay no health insurance, no unemployment insurance, no payroll or Social Security taxes, no workers' compensation, no vacation time, sick leave, or overtime. In fact, to the extent that prisoners have "benefits" like health insurance, the state picks up the tab. Prison workers can be hired, fired, or reassigned at will. Not only do they have no right to organize or strike; they also have no means of filing a grievance or voicing any kind of complaint whatsoever. They have no right to circulate an employee petition or newsletter, no right to call a meeting, and no access to the press. Prison labor is the ultimate flexible and disciplined workforce.

All of these conditions apply when the state administers the prison. But the prospect of such windfall profits from prison labor has also fueled a boom in the private prison industry. Such respected money managers as Allstate, Merrill Lynch, and Shearson Lehman have all invested in private prisons. As with other privatized public services, companies that operate private prisons aim to make money by operating corrections facilities for less than what the state pays them. If they can also contract prisoners out to private enterprises—forcing inmates to work either for nothing or for a very small fraction of their "wages" and pocketing the remainder of those "wages" as corporate profit—they can open up a second revenue stream. That would make private prisons into both public service contractors and the highest-margin temp agencies in the nation.

This is slavery legislated by the government to the benefit of corporate America. (If I hear one more white guy stand up and spew off on American freedom and democracy I will hurl.) It is time to quit turning your head. It is time to grow up and face the facts in front of us now. Open the window and scream - but have a pulse and live your life with some passion - in spite of these horrid excuses for human beings.

Hold Bush and Cheney accountable for the first time in their sordid lives, and let's start putting an end to this worship of narcissistic psychopaths as leaders. Corporations are souless entities with one purpose - profit. These excuses for men are souless human beings who clearly feel that no evil is too small for them to commit on their watch. From standing down for 9/11 to the corporate criminal negligence of Katrina - this government has shown one thing for humanity - contempt.

It is time to pull the plug on the AT & T slavery network, and spying agency. Good grief, I thought AT & T was broken up into smaller companies to prevent just this type of thing.
They're baaaaaack in the deregulated world of a paid off congress and a placed president.

This is NOT free enterprise or a free America, simply the paid off pimps of propaganda, greed and profit over principle that is the core of the GOP.

Because America was built on the holocaust of human beings of color - doesn't make it right, divine or Godly - to repeat it again and again and again.