A Remarkable letter from Loretto Prison

John Kiriakou’s well-written letter-from-prison. [loads slow, please be patient.  Use back button to return here]

Duke University Economics Professor Mike Munger, on his Blog Kids Prefer Cheese, says this letter is “almost Gramsci quality.” I assume he is referring to the Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937), who was imprisoned by Benito Mussolini’s fascist regime for the express purpose of silencing him. At his trial, Gramsci’s prosecutor stated, “For twenty years we must stop this brain from functioning.” It didn’t work.  They were only able to destroy the rest of his body. Gramsci is famous for his extraordinary writing skills and for his theory of Cultural Hegemony.

Federal criminal law is out of control and now threatens the liberty of the innocent by criminalizing much that would have been considered innocent behavior in more rational times.

See also, Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent and One Nation Under Arrest: How Crazy Laws, Rogue Prosecutors and Activist Judges Theaten Your Liberty and Go Directly to Jail: The Criminalization of Almost Everything.

And this also: Ham Sandwich Nation: Due Process When Everything is a Crime, a paper by University of Tennessee Law Professor Glenn Reynolds.

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