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  •  Prisons are enormously profitable (9+ / 0-)

    ...for the corporations. Slavery is legal again.

    And, what's more -- prison companies sell the prisoner's labor to other corporations and pocket the salaries for themselves and their shareholders.

    In case you are wondering where the jobs went.

    The corporations that lease prisoners as slaves includes the cream of the U.S. corporate community:  IBM, Boeing, Motorola, Microsoft, AT & T Wireless, Texas Instruments, Dell, Compaq, Honeywell, Hewlett-Packard, Nortel, Lucent Technologies, 3Com Intel, Northern Telecom, TWA, Nordstrom's, Revlon, Macy's, Pierre Cardin, Target Stores, and many others.

    All these companies reacted with delight to the rosy economic opportunity which prison labor promised. From 1980 to 1994, profits (from the use of prison slave labor) increased from 392 million to 1 billion 31 million dollars.

    And, it's good news for defense contractor profits, too.
    Today, American prisoners produce 100% of all military helmets, uniforms, belts and shoulder belts, vests, ID cards, shirts, pants, tents, backpacks and flasks for the country`s army. In addition to military equipment and uniforms, prisons produce 98% of the market in installation tools, 46% of bulletproof vests, 36% of home appliances, 30% of headphones, microphones, megaphones, and 21% of office furniture, aircraft and medical equipment, and many more.

    Denial is a drug.

    by Pluto on Thu May 23, 2013 at 12:46:25 PM PDT

    •  this is disgusting (6+ / 0-)

      What hell-hole did I stumble into that I thought was a free country?

      •  It's perfectly Constitutional (5+ / 0-)

        The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits forced labor, contains a caveat:

        "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."
        Thus, in U.S. prisons slavery is legal -- and the use of American slaves by large corporations is a growing phenomena that sends money directly to the top.

        Denial is a drug.

        by Pluto on Thu May 23, 2013 at 01:07:11 PM PDT

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    •  No wonder we lost in Iraq (1+ / 0-)
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      and Afganistan unhappy workers tend to be lousy with the quality control. Ever seen that seen in Schindler's List where the defective part comes off the assembly line?
          An investigation into the quality of slave labor helmets bullet proof vests etc and combat deaths and injuries. Would be interesting as would politicians who got rich off these contracts.
        Never mind generals who approved this then got cushy jobs with prison contractors.

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