Tag: Crime

Our prisons are a manifest failure. Would that be tolerated in any other public system? | Kathleen Maltzahn | Australia news | The Guardian

hands in handcuffs

Nearly half of all released prisoners are back in jail, accused or found guilty, within two years. Prison doesn’t reduce crime

via Our prisons are a manifest failure. Would that be tolerated in any other public system? | Kathleen Maltzahn | Australia news | The Guardian

Concentration Camp Tents Ordered By Trump Administration | Crooks and Liars

Concentration Camp Tents Ordered By Trump Administration

Attorney General William Barr has just banned bail for migrants seeking asylum…which by the way, is not a crime..and they need somewhere to keep these people, to concentrate them if you will.

Dictionary.com defines a concentration camp as: “a guarded compound or imprisonment of aliens, members of ethnic minorities, political opponents … for the confinement and persecution of prisoners.”

Well guess what, America?!

We are now officially building and maintaining concentration camps for migrant families who have come to our borders seeking asylum. Even though the mainstream media is reporting that the Trump Administration is “considering” tent concentration camps, the truth is that they have already been erected. As The Daily Beast published just two days ago, these camps already exist in El Paso, TX. These camps are former military hospital facilities converted to prison camps. Representative Nanette Barragan (D-CA) said after visiting the camp that it was “filthy” and “heartbreaking.”

via Concentration Camp Tents Ordered By Trump Administration | Crooks and Liars

US President Donald Trump says Alabama woman who joined Islamic State in Syria cannot return home – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Hoda Muthana smiles into the camera.

Trump is proud of rendering a woman stateless. Being stateless will place the woman in permanent detention without a trial. When in fact if she commited a crime she should have her day in court. (ODT)

But Ms Muthana’s lawyer Hassan Shibly, who also works for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said Ms Muthana was born in the US and had a valid passport before she joined IS in 2014.

via US President Donald Trump says Alabama woman who joined Islamic State in Syria cannot return home – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

‘How bad can it be thinking the cops will arrest you because you haven’t paid a bill?’

Unscrupulous operators are taking advantage of a vacuum, says Benson Saulo.

In Aurukun, northern Queensland, locals are hiding from police out of fear they will be arrested for not paying their power bills.

In a market that many banks are unwilling to lend to, the locals turn to payday lenders, consumer leases and quick cash schemes to get themselves out of debt, only to find themselves in a deeper hole than when they started.

Targeted by shonks and shysters, the community in Cape York is one of many Indigenous communities where the number of scams targeting the Aboriginal population have more than doubled since 2016.

via ‘How bad can it be thinking the cops will arrest you because you haven’t paid a bill?’

Netanyahu challenger Benny Gantz faces Dutch war crimes case | The Electronic Intifada

Benny Gantz is seen as the main contender to unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel’s upcoming elections.

But the former Israeli army chief is currently being sued in the Netherlands for bombing the home of the Ziada family during Israel’s 2014 onslaught in Gaza.

An Israeli airstrike destroyed the house in the al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza on 20 July 2014, killing six members of the Ziada family and a seventh person who was visiting at the time.

Palestinian-Dutch citizen Ismail Ziada lost his 70-year-old mother Muftia Ziada, three brothers, a sister-in-law and a 12-year-old nephew.

Ziada holds Gantz and Amir Eshel, then air force chief, responsible for the decision to drop the bomb.

Last year, Ziada’s lawyers summoned Gantz and Eshel to appear on 27 June in a Dutch court to answer the charges. The lawsuit demands more than $600,000 in damages plus court costs from the Israeli generals.

Shortly before that date, the commanders appointed a lawyer to represent them, thus avoiding a default judgment in Ziada’s favor.

via Netanyahu challenger Benny Gantz faces Dutch war crimes case | The Electronic Intifada

‘Israeli authorities treat gun violence in our community as an Arab problem’ | +972 Magazine

Illustrative photo of Israeli police at a murder scene, October 10, 2018. (Flash90)

Israeli police estimate that there are hundreds of thousands of illegal guns among Palestinian citizens of Israel, a community suffering from under-policing and high levels of violence. Are the guns the problem? And what can be done about it?

via ‘Israeli authorities treat gun violence in our community as an Arab problem’ | +972 Magazine

Business as usual for banks despite Frydenberg’s faux outrage and finger-wagging. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Our nation sighs with relief this week. Our banks are safe. Federal Treasurer, former Minister for resources and Northern Australia, energy, environment, serial failure and currently unelected Prime Minister, Scott Morrison’s Deputy, Josh Frydenberg, will not get tough on financial companies just because a Royal Commission uncovers incompetence, theft, forgery, impersonation, fee-gouging, usury amongst other criminal conduct while regulators looked the other way.

“Getting stuck into banks could hurt the economy”, he warns. Ah, yes. The economy – that lonely little petunia which blossoms on the dung-heap of consumption. As Richard Denniss observes, Australians have been told for decades that as long as the amount of stuff bought is growing we must be doing well. Yet it’s clearly never been the case.

via Business as usual for banks despite Frydenberg’s faux outrage and finger-wagging. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

‘Poverty Is Criminalized, Wealth Is Immunized’: Report Shows Corporate Crime Enforcement Has Plummeted Under Trump

"When it comes to large corporations, the supposedly 'tough-on-crime' Trump administration is undertaking an epic retreat from law enforcement—slashing fines, declining to bring cases against corporate wrongdoers, and cutting enforcement programs," Public Citizen president Robert Weissman said in a statement on Wednesday. (Photo: Public Citizen)

“When it comes to large corporations, the supposedly ‘tough-on-crime’ Trump administration is undertaking an epic retreat from law enforcement—slashing fines, declining to bring cases against corporate wrongdoers, and cutting enforcement programs,” Public Citizen president Robert Weissman said in a statement on Wednesday.

via ‘Poverty Is Criminalized, Wealth Is Immunized’: Report Shows Corporate Crime Enforcement Has Plummeted Under Trump

Vue de monde restaurant staff overworked and underpaid, some former employees say – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A dining table with views of Melbourne's skyline at night.

Is underpayment theft? Is theft a crime? (OD)

Former staff at one of Melbourne’s most exclusive restaurants, Vue de monde, say they worked up to 30 hours of unpaid overtime each week, leaving their pay packets short by hundreds of dollars.

via Vue de monde restaurant staff overworked and underpaid, some former employees say – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Bankers for a gangster: Commonwealth lenders help mafia boss do laundry

 

“I’ll organise it with the banker,” Arico was recorded telling his mate. “You come in the Commonwealth Bank, we see Hasan* the bank f—ing guy, give your details, sign the documents, to go for the loan and let me worry about it.”

“Even better … We go and see Peter*… [he] is a hundred percent. This guy is the best … and whatever he’ll need to do, he’ll do.”
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via Bankers for a gangster: Commonwealth lenders help mafia boss do laundry

How Iraq War destabilized the world and why the neocons aren’t finished yet — RT Op-ed

How Iraq War destabilized the world and why the neocons aren't finished yet

“The invasion of Iraq is often spoken of in the United States as a ‘blunder,’ or even a ‘colossal mistake.’ It was a crime. Those who perpetrated it are still at large. Some of them have even been rehabilitated thanks to the horrors of Trumpism and a mostly amnesiac citizenry.”

via How Iraq War destabilized the world and why the neocons aren’t finished yet — RT Op-ed

Victoria the safest it’s been for 10 years, says ABS

New official crime figures show Victoria is safer than it has been at any time for the past 10 years.

The Bureau of Statistics count of recorded crime across all states shows just 75,860 offenders in 2016-17, down from a high of 87,695 under the Baillieu government in 2012-13 and the fourth successive annual fall.

via Victoria the safest it’s been for 10 years, says ABS

Trump Lied About Immigrant Crime and Terror Attack on Sweden That Never Happened – Juan Cole – Truthdig

It is clear that the president and his advisers despise Sweden and Germany for sheltering more than their fair share of refugees since the crisis began.

Source: Trump Lied About Immigrant Crime and Terror Attack on Sweden That Never Happened – Juan Cole – Truthdig

Can we separate scholars from their crimes? – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Events in the US are reviving a thorny ethical debate: should the research of intellectuals found guilty of serious crimes be assigned to the academic junk pile?

Source: Can we separate scholars from their crimes? – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Police brutality and homelessness collide in aftermath of San Francisco killing | US news | The Guardian

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The story of Luis Gongora, shot dead by police this week, reflects city’s twin crises and raises alarming questions about the official and witness accounts of the shooting

Source: Police brutality and homelessness collide in aftermath of San Francisco killing | US news | The Guardian

‘They can’t even feed their children breakfast’: Radical rethink of public transport fines urged| When Poverty is a Crime

Year 12 student Jamilla Allison was targeted by ticket inspectors and fined.

A new report to be released on Tuesday urges a radical rethink of the Victorian public transport system for young people.

Source: ‘They can’t even feed their children breakfast’: Radical rethink of public transport fines urged

American student Otto Warmbier sentenced to 15 years hard labour in North Korea

North Korea sentenced a US college student to 15 years hard labour for what it called crimes against the country, China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported Wednesday.

Source: American student Otto Warmbier sentenced to 15 years hard labour in North Korea

Federal government asks Australian Federal Police to find Nauru whistleblowers | St George & Sutherland Shire Leader

The federal government called in the Australian Federal Police to investigate information leaks from the Nauru detention camp six times in as many months, prompting claims it is pursuing whistleblowers instead of those who allegedly assaulted and raped asylum seekers.

Source: Federal government asks Australian Federal Police to find Nauru whistleblowers | St George & Sutherland Shire Leader

Weaponized Drones For Law Enforcement Now Legal In North Dakota – Forbes

(Ferenstein Wire) – Drones can now legally fight criminals in the United States with non-lethal weapons thanks to a recently amended bill in North Dakota. The law’s author, Representative Rick Becker, originally wanted to require police to secure a warrant for drone surveillance. But, then local law enforcement managed to sneak in the right […]

Source: Weaponized Drones For Law Enforcement Now Legal In North Dakota – Forbes

Gang-rape victim Katrina Keshishian launches campaign to recover compensation lost in budget cuts.

Katrina Keshishian

A gang-rape victim has been denied more than half her victim-of-crime compensation because the law was changed retrospectively during the six years it took to process her claim.

Katrina Keshishian, who was raped by three men at Windsor in Sydney’s outer-west in 2008, has told her harrowing story to 7.30 in the hope that the New South Wales Government might reassess her case.

Ms Keshishian, then 20, was out with her family at her local Leagues Club at St Mary’s when she decided to stay on and have a drink and a flutter on the pokies after her parents left. She was approached by a young man.

“He seemed like a really nice guy, we started talking, we had a lot in common at the time, so I had no reason to be in fear of the man,” she said.

“I was having a good time.”

The man suggested that they go out to a nightclub to go dancing and she agreed. He brought two friends along for the ride.

Ms Keshishian said she started to feel nervous as the car drove 20 kilometres to Windsor down dark roads, but she suppressed her gut instinct.

Instead of the nightclub, the men took her to the riverbank at Windsor. It was dark and deserted, but they said they just wanted to hang out and have a few beers before going dancing.

One thing led to another and Katrina went off with the first man she had met at the Leagues Club. They had consensual sex.

“And after we finished, I opened my eyes and his friends were standing behind him and he turned around to his friends and said, ‘Sharing’s caring, get down here’,” she said.

“That’s when the other two took turns at raping me,” a sobbing Ms Keshishian told 7.30.

“They just had sex with me. It was horrible.”

The men then took Ms Keshishian back to St Mary’s, where they dumped her at a petrol station.

She went inside, crying and covered with mud and told the attendant about the rape. They called the police immediately, who took her to hospital for a rape examination.

Government slashed compensation available to crime victims

Two of the men, who had prior criminal convictions, were charged with rape and were held on remand.

But fearing the humiliation of cross-examination in court, Ms Keshishian eventually pulled out.

Even though the men were not convicted, Ms Keshishian applied, as was her right, for victim’s compensation.

“My rape was classified as a category three sexual assault because there were two or more offenders … so I was meant to receive a sum anywhere between $25,000 to $50,000,” she said.

To me, it says to me is that the Government doesn’t care about victims. All it cares about is money, saving some money.

Katrina Keshishian

After waiting six years, finally, in June this year, Ms Keshishian’s claim was approved – the assessors found that she was raped.

While it processed her claim, the NSW Government retrospectively changed compensation awards for victims.

But there was a catch. Her payout had been slashed from up to $50,000 to $15,000.

“I don’t think it’s fair,” Ms Kershishian said.

“Not to me and not to the hundreds or thousands of other people that are going through the same thing that I’m going through.”

Now she has started a Change.org petition which has attracted thousands of signatures.

“To me, it says to me is that the Government doesn’t care about victims,” she said.

“All it cares about is money, saving some money.”

Twenty-four thousand victims of crime had their compensation retrospectively cut last year when the law was enacted.

Many were female survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, and child abuse victims.

Attorney-General defends move to save budget expense

Despite being asked repeatedly, Attorney-General Brad Hazzard would not be drawn on the morality of changing the law retrospectively – a decision made by his predecessor.

At the end of the day we also have to make sure that we’re providing a scheme, a system, that’s sustainable, financially, for the State.

Attorney-General Brad Hazzard

But he insisted the Government needed to save money.

“Each of us who are in that difficult position of having to look at whether or not a particular compensation scheme is appropriate or not, agonise for people like Katrina and people in the same situation – it’s awful,” Mr Hazzard told 7.30.

“And it’s almost unbelievable that there can be animals out there that can do these sorts of things to people.

“But at the end of the day we also have to make sure that we’re providing a scheme, a system, that’s sustainable, financially, for the State.”

NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge fought the Government’s compensation cuts.

“I think that (the Government) just took a political view of it,” Mr Shoebridge said.

“They realised that victims of crime, they’re damaged, they’re often isolated, they’re very disparate, they’re scattered around the state.

“They find it very hard to politically organise and, in the eyes of the Government, here was an easy way of taking $40 million and getting budget savings and they won’t be able to collectively organise to make much of a fuss.”

Compensation changes present double standard: advocate

NSW Rape Crisis Centre chief executive Karen Willis said there was a double standard when it came to victims of sexual assault.

“If someone has a terrible car accident and permanent injury, we would say, of course, they should be compensated for that,” Ms Willis said.

“When someone experiences sexual assault the psychological impact is trauma.

“Just because you can’t see the injury, just because it’s a psychological injury does not mean it’s not incredibly painful and that we shouldn’t be looking at compensation to assist that person to recover.”

Ms Keshishian said no amount of money will undo the rape, but it would help ease the financial strain of years out of the full-time workforce and counselling bills.

She is slowly getting her life back together, but will never forget that night by the river.

“This rape, this gang-rape ruined my life – they took away something from me something that was mine to give, not theirs,” Ms Keshishian told 7.30.

“I see their faces every day. Every night I go to sleep I have nightmares, every night. It’s not like I can just forget.

“It’s horrible being a victim of a rape, let alone a gang-rape where there’s multiple offenders and I can hear them laughing, in my dreams, every night, laughing at me.”