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DBA Press Investigative Report: Legacy of Corruption

Newly minted U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) was sworn in on January 5 with unfinished business back home.

Rubio, as former speaker of the Florida House of Representatives (R-Miami, 2006-2008)—as well as other state GOP lawmakers and party contributors– are currently the likely subjects of multiple wide-ranging state and federal investigations conducted by the FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) into improper use of credit cards issued by the Republican Party of Florida, as well as tax evasion and improper budgetary appropriations.

One such set of appropriations/legislative actions reportedly being investigated by federal authorities are those which led to the development of the state’s largest private prison, the Blackwater River Correctional Facility (CF), which opened its gates for operation in November. The prison was designed and is operated by Florida-based Geo Group, the nation’s second largest private prison operator.

This story tracks the activities of both Geo Group and Rubio economic consultant Donna Arduin through private prison development in Florida under Governor Charlie Crist and in California under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger– as well as some strange appearances with some strange bedfellows. Continue reading

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Hunger for Death Row: Lucasville Five prisoners on hunger strike seeking death row status

The state of Ohio says the men were calculating, cold leaders of convict “death squads”, responsible for the deaths of numerous prisoners and Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC) officer Robert Vallandingham during the Lucasville prison standoff of 1993– one of the longest and most brutal in the nation’s history.

Members of the “Five”– and numerous witnesses– say the men acted as peacekeepers who negotiated a resolution to the ten-day standoff and suppressed further violence at the hands of more “hardline” prisoner factions.

Nevertheless, Hasan, Robb, Lamar and Were (who is diabetic) have set aside their assertions of innocence for the purpose of the ongoing hunger strike (though they have by no means abandoned their ongoing legal appeals) and are demanding only that they be allowed contact with family, access to legal resources, that they be allowed access to the media, and other basic items– such as cold weather clothing– afforded to other death row prisoners.

Article accompanied by a recorded statement issued by Siddique Abdullah Hasan to DBA Press from Ohio’s Death Row. Continue reading

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