If everyone knew, then what? I knew most of these things already, and while some are shocking or upsetting, so what? I don't understand what difference it's supposed to make if everyone knew them, especially the facts about past covert operations of the government. They're scary, it's not like we can change the past.
This is the sort of thing Immortal technique raps about
if everyone knew
From the page:"Corrections Corp. of America and other private contractors later become members of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a non-profit 501(c)(3) association that advocates âoetough on crimeâ legislation that favors longer sentencing and higher incarceration rates. By 1999, to combat the rising prison population, Attorney General Janet Reno announced that seven new federal prisons would be built within the year â" five of which would be privately operated. This trend continued until the US had the highest incarceration rate in the world â" 754 inmates per 100k residents as of 2008. This is roughly 600% that of the rest of the civilized world, with England and Wales having 148, and Australia 126 inmates per 100k residents. To keep the money rolling in, Corrections Corp. of America spent $970,000 and GEO Group spent $660,000 influencing legislation in 2010 alone. As of 2010, private corporations house over 99,000 inmates in 260 facilities nationwide, with the large majority of them held by Corrections Corp. of America exclusively. In their Feb 2011 press release, Corrections Corp. of America CEO Damon Hininger stated, âoe...we are pleased our populations have remained strong, in excess of the 80,000 inmate milestone we surpassed late in 2010.â With the 3.2% increase in inmate population over the previous year, Corrections Corp. of America was able to make $511.26M in gross profit for fiscal year 2010 alone, earning the CEO over $3,000,000 in compensation..."
True. I still don't care.
America is just a horrible place...I get it. Now, let's see what the governments of England, Zimbabwe, Australia, Russia, Mexico, Argentina, et fucking al have been up to over the last 5 decades...
America ain't perfect, but I'm not going to pretend that there's any place on earth that is.
and knowing is half the battle
I hadn't known all of these, but I should have.