Guantanamo Bay in LA: Help us free the 10,000 Rampart-FIPs in Los Angeles, California...

April 2, 2009 Seeking connection with activists in re: release of 10,000 FIPs (Falsely Imprisoned Persons), in Los Angeles, California.

All who are attentive to Human Rights issues, demand an end to the detentions at Guantanamo Bay, and full accountability for their initiation. However, Guantanamo Bay detentions are dwarfed in number and duration by the ongoing false imprisonments in Los Angeles California. The 10,000 Rampart-FIPs are mostly black and Latino residents of LA.. All are falsely imprisoned for at least 10 years! They were convicted and sentenced to long prison terms based on false evidence fabricated through framing, and based on false confessions extracted through torture and intimidation.

In comparison, at most 750 have been detained in Guantanamo Bay, and all for substantially less than 10 years.

Both Guantanamo Bay detentions and the Rampart-FIPs reflect the conduct of the Bush administration. The case of the Rampart-FIPs is also a monumental reflection of the justice system of Los Angeles County, California - the most populous in the US, with 10 million residents.

The false imprisonment of the Rampart-FIPs was fully documented in the Rampart scandal investigations 1998-2000. During some parts of that period up to 200 investigators were assigned to the case. The false imprisonment in LA were confirmed and re-affirmed by successive investigative panels since then. The latest such investigation was by the Blue Ribbon Review Panel, commissioned by the LAPD itself, and chaired by civil rights activist Attorney Connie Rice. Its report was filed in summer 2006:

At 10,000, we offer a low, conservative estimate, based on various sources, among them - Frontline report by PBS (Public Broadcasting Service, similar in some ways to BBC) in spring 2001:

However, the Blue Ribbon Review Panel report makes it clear that these are estimates only for a fraction of the cases -- only those derived from the Rampart police station, which were investigated and documented.

And yet, the Bush administration took no corrective action:
Not by chance both Guantanamo Bay and the City of LA share another abysmal distinction -- both had a Overseer for Civil Rights appointed by the Bush administration. In both cases, upon review, one would conclude that the office of Overseer for Civil Rights was entirely ineffective, and in both cases, one would conclude that from inception, the office of Overseer for Civil Rights was intended as a fig leaf only...

President Obama acted upon the Guantanamo Bay detentions, however, we are still waiting for his action upon the Rampart-FIPs...

Please also sign our petition calling upon President Obama to take action to free the Rampart-FIPs:

We demand accountability for Human Rights violations both in Guanatanamo Bay and in LA.

We seek contact with international law practitioners/ civil rights activists -- to take action in this matter... The true scope of the case of false imprisonments in LA may be easily in the 50,000 level, a Human Rights disaster of historic proportions...

Joseph Zernik
Los Angeles, California


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