Thursday, November 18, 2004

Abu Ghraib. Guantanamo. New Jersey?

NPR is running a chilling two part story about abuses to immigrant detainees at two New Jersey prisons. The whole story is worth a read/listen. Some excerpts:
Since Congress revamped the nation's immigration laws in the 1990s, the government has rounded up tens of thousands of immigrants each year who've committed a crime -- from murder to offenses such as overstaying their visas -- even if the offenders had already been punished.

These immigrants have been jailed for months or years while Homeland Security officials obtained a court order to deport them. Some have allegedly experienced brutal and violent conditions while in detention.
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...before returning to his native country, Mohabir was detained for almost two years at New Jersey's Passaic County Jail, where he alleges that guards taunted and beat detainees and terrorized them with dogs. One detainee was attacked by a dog earlier this year and sent to the hospital. Evidence obtained by NPR during the course of a five-month-long investigation suggests Mohabir's tale of abuse, corroborated by other detainees, is true.
To those who think anyone deserves this kind of treatment I leave you with this quote from Thomas Jefferson:
"A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order will lose both, and deserve neither"

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