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Issue Brief, 13 – A Word On Senator Sanders

While I support Senator Sanders I believe his comments regarding allowing certain individuals – in the case of his comments, the Boston Marathon Bombers –  the right , the sacred right to participate in our democracy as ill advised and misguided. Those that actively seek to sow terror and discord among their fellow countrymen, whatever their ideology is, should not be allowed to participate in our democratic processes because they themselves seek to fundamentally undermine it.


Show Notes

  1. https://boston.cbslocal.com/2019/04/23/bernie-sanders-backlash-felons-voting-right-marathon-bomber/
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31 – A Interview With Joe Sanchez, Former NYPD Officer

Tonight on the show – Joe Sanchez.

Joe Sanchez was born Jose Manuel Sanchez Picon on January 16, 1947 in Santurce, Puerto Rico. He is a former New York City police officer and author who published books about corruption within the New York City Police Department (NYPD). He is also a Vietnam combat wounded veteran.

Upon exposing the illegal acts committed by some high-ranking NYPD officers, he was arrested on the basis of false allegations which were highly publicized by the news media, then subsequently refuted. When his initial conviction for assault was overturned, his case exposed the existence of a code of silence among police officers known as the “Blue Wall of Silence”.

Welcome to the show, Joe.

Important Links – Please Come & See!

Joe Sanchez, Wikipedia

Bo Dietel One Tough Podcast with JOE SANCHEZ

Joe’s Personal Site

The Baltimore Post Examnier ON Joe Sanchez

JOES BOOKS

True Blue: A Tale of the Enemy Within

Latin Blues – A Tale of Police Omerta From the NYPD

Show Notes

01:55 – Joe’s Background

03:37 – Becoming a Police Officer in New York City

04:52 – Indicted, Falsely Accused

09:52 – Becoming a Correction Officer

15:54 – Corruption in the Police Department

16:22 – “You’re average police offer , whether they’re a boss a sergeant, lieutenant, a patrolmen, are GOOD PEOPLE.”

18:30 – The Police and the President

20:32 – Racisim in the Department?

21:32 – Advice to young listeners who may have not have great ideas around Police Officers.

23:00 – How to bridge the civilian, officer divide.

25:32 – Advice to young activists on how to bridge a divide in understanding between officers and activists.

28:00 – Media and their role in degrading our institutions.

30:02 – “Have an open mind when it comes to law enforcement”

Writing

Piece 39 – Journalistic Integrity in the Modern Age By. Raimondo Graziano

Journalistic Integrity in the Modern Age

By. Raimondo Graziano

           Journalistic integrity and the freedom of the press are on the foremost pillars of our democracy – the means to critique, judge, and in some cases expose the policies, prejudices, and character of individuals in government or power, or agencies or foreign governments keeps these individuals accountable and held to a standard. A standard that the public looks to, and uses to make their beliefs and opinions solidified, backed with truth. In essence, the free press helps to bolster our democracy by keeping persons in power accountable and in check, and keeps the public informed whereas to galvanize support or erode trust. However, this only works when the press publishes unbiased truth – not opinions. It is up to the public to form their  opinions, and the duty of the press to present the facts. It is also the duty of the press to be prudent and exercise judgement in regards to what it is they choose to publish and push out to the public. Too often today, the press pushes forth a false narrative or chooses to compromise the national security of the nation. This is irresponsible and unprofessional. The case of this is no where clearer, or as near to clear, as in the case of Julian Assange.

          Assange has, and has always had a poltical agenda – self motivated and propelled by his own vision of the truth, and the facts. He, himself is a small piece of the entirety of the journalistic community in many regards – the pillars of a free press are paramount to a functioning democracy,  but when the press is motivated by profit, and by ideology the press is no longer free, yet – at the same time- as the people tout its greatness, and importance, they are too naive to see that the hands of power and control have shifted from nonpartisan purveyors of truth, to wealth driven capitalistic snakes – but the press as an institution remains untouchable to critique and criticism. Yet, a press no longer governed by truth, can still take aim at all manner of people, policies and the like.

           This itself distorts the public’s comprehension of what is true and what is not – eroding trust in all of our institutions! The press like Assange, may have started out in this country as something from a place of good intentions. But corruption has overrun his intentions, and infected the execution of the seeking of the truth; and the same can be said for the press – the press has become corrupted, and driven by ideology and it is ripping the fabric of our society apart. Dividing and conquering by keeping us separate from one another in perhaps the most trying century in history.  Assange and the press should be held to a higher standard. Those that divide, compromise our national security, and purposefully seek to polarize the public deserve to be firstly held to a specific, concrete standard and secondly if they cannot uphold such a simple request – they should be dealt with appropriately regarding those that seek to undermine unity in an already tenuous and fragile world.

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Issue Brief, 7 – Mindfulness