Texas | A Dangerous Man. At 18, Billy Joe Wardlow took a man’s life. Nearly 30 years later, the state still wants his.

Like any place humans gather, death row has a culture. Billy Wardlow says it's different in many ways from general population. One is in how new inmates are treated. "In [general population], the guys around you would try to find some way to exploit you," Wardlow said. "Death row, with a few exceptions, will often extend a hand of friendship to the 'new boot' so they can get on their feet ... Most of us get together and let each other know what we can send to the new guy."
One of the cherished myths of those who support the death penalty is that it is reserved for the “worst of the worst,” those beyond redemption.
Wardlow typically sends writing materials, food, clothes, and hygiene products. Recently, after receiving some of these items, a new inmate asked Wardlow what he owed him. "I told him to remember how guys helped him when he saw someone else new," Wardlow said. "Pay it forward, as the saying goes."
Sending gifts is one thin…

Former Brigadier Hanged In Pakistan For Spying, Claims Social Media Reports

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According to unverified reports emanating from Pakistani social media, Pakistan Army on Saturday (23 November) hanged Brigadier Raja Rizwan (retd) for acting as a spy for a foreign intelligence agency, report The Print.

No independent or official confirmation of the hanging is available in the official forum and mainstream media has not reported about the incident. Journalists in Pakistan are still waiting for the official word from ISPR.

In May this year, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), which is Pakistani military’s information agency, had issued a statement saying Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa had endorsed the death sentence.

In June Brigadier Rizwan, who was once Pakistani defence attaché in Germany and had retired in 2014, along with Pakistan’s former Director General of Military Operations, Lieutenant General Javed Iqbal (Retd) were accused of spying for the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Brigadier Rizwan and Wasim Akram, a civilian doctor employed by an army organisation, were sentenced to death while Lt Gen Iqbal, was sentenced to 14 years in jail.

On 22 February ISPR Chief Major General Asif Ghafoor had confirmed the arrests of the senior officers in a press conference.

At the time, he had said that the 2 cases were not linked to each other, and there was no network of spies as such, a claim that sources in the Indian establishment said was completely untrue.

CIA had recruited both of them earlier in their careers to get information on Pakistan’s nuclear programme and the Army’s plans and support to jihadi groups.

Source: swarajyamag.com, Staff, November 30, 2019

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