Monday, December 11, 2006


Hell on Earth

As if American prisons were not already hellish enough -- RSR still can't get it out of his head that both Staff Sergeant Ivan Frederick and Specialist Charles Graner were civilian guards in U.S. prisons before they organized the torture of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib -- inmates now have to contend with proselytizing evangelicals, as well.

According to a report by Diana Henriques and Andrew Lehren in The New York Times, inmates who are judged by their born-again guards to be making "acceptable spiritual progress" qualify for special privileges, such as movies, live bands, and pizza. Those that don't? Well, they may find themselves on the receiving end of a disciplinary report that could effect their eligibility for parole.

All of this, naturally, is paid for with your tax dollars.

Prison Fellowship Ministries, one of whose founders is born-again Watergate felon Chuck Colson, is the beneficiary of $56 million of those dollars.

Would it surprise you to know that, like other Bush-sponsored faith based initiatives such as Iraq and Katrina reconstruction, supplemental audits required of many federal programs "would probably violate the Bush administration's new regulations?"


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