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BBC World has special report: Jail, the American Way

Because I am not currently in the Korporatist Republik der Amerika, I get the luxary of watching programs not normally seen by Amerikans or Cascadians at home. Right now running on BBC World is a documentary report on the growing Amerikan prison system. Unfortunately I can not find a stream for those in the Amerikan Police State to watch. So ask yourself "when is the US to be a Police State?" "With 2 million people are in the penal system at one time and the US of A having the biggest incarcerated population (only seconded by Russia) in the world, are we ready for a revolution yet?"

Mind you that I believe this documentary does not include county jails, those awaiting incarceration, those released because of crowded jails and in other correction programs.

Wikipedia has some good information as to illustrate the Penal Amerika:

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incarceration

ARE YOU READY FOR A REVOLUTION NOW?
Because I am not currently in the Korporatist Republik der Amerika, I get the luxary of watching programs not normally seen by Amerikans or Cascadians at home. Right now running on BBC World is a documentary report on the growing Amerikan prison system. Unfortunately I can not find a stream for those in the Amerikan Police State to watch. So ask yourself "when is the US to be a Police State?" "With 2 million people are in the penal system at one time and the US of A having the biggest incarcerated population (only seconded by Russia) in the world, are we ready for a revolution yet?"

Mind you that I believe this documentary does not include county jails, those awaiting incarceration, those released because of crowded jails and in other correction programs.

Wikipedia has some good information as to illustrate the Penal Amerika:

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incarceration

the following is from the BBC World website:

Jail, The American Way

This programme takes a close look at tougher penal laws in Tennessee and Arizona.

SHOWING TIMES
Saturday 3rd March at 0930 GMT
Repeated: Saturday 3rd at 1630 (Not America) and Sunday 4th at 0330, 1330 and 2130 GMT

View your local programme times
Last year the United States set a sombre record: nearly 100 prisoners were put to death. However, the death sentence is just the tip of the iceberg of a penal and penitentiary system which is getting tougher by the day.

ABOUT THIS PROGRAMME
Last year the United States set a sombre record: nearly 100 prisoners were put to death.
Watched this programme? Join the viewer panel and tell us what you think


Longer sentences, fewer chances for parole, scrapped rehabilitation programs and a crackdown on crime are part and parcel of a new trend which began about ten years ago.



Today there are two million inmates in the United States making the prisoner-per-inhabitant ratio almost the highest in the world, second only to Russia. Some states like California are now spending more on prisons than on education.


The system's answer to these budgetary problems has been to legalize private jails, where costs, especially labour costs, get cut to the bone.


This programme takes a close look at tougher penal laws in Tennessee and Arizona. In Arizona's Maricopa County, reporters interview an odd Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, who believes making prison hell is a sure deterrent. He outfits his prisoners in striped prison uniforms, pink underwear and chains, then he puts them to work.


They live in tent camps in the searing heat of the Arizona desert and have to pay for food and health care. In the United States Wild West justice is back in town as lawmakers try to crack down on crime.

found at  http://www.bbcworld.com/Pages/Programme.aspx?id=57

Not to worry 04.Mar.2007 06:38

Clockwork Orange

When it becomes necessary to fill the prisons with political prisoners, the criminals will all be freed.

Many are "political prisoners" 04.Mar.2007 10:35

already

Like the thousands of women who are sitting in jail because a family member got busted fro a drug charge.

And aren't those imprisoned in The War on Drugs also political prisoners?

anti-martial law 04.Mar.2007 12:03

Truth Move

I'm assuming this film doens't make mention of the "detention facilities" being built and/or renovated in case of a "future distaster", now ostensibly for immigrants. Make no mistake who the real targets are for these potential LABOR CAMPS. It's time to connect the dots folks...instead of focusing on 1 or 2 dots at a time. There is one such facility in Indiana. More are being prepared.
Please investigate a little-known/little-discussed government program called "CONTINUITY OF GOVERNMENT". This is of critical importance from the most objective standpoint.

to Truth Move 04.Mar.2007 12:45

Enemy of the State

No I did not see anything about the detention camps nor the "illegal" immigrates being held at detension centers operated by private prison companies. So I assume the number of 2 million is actually low in comparison to the potential real numbers.

As for political prisoners, I would include in that the prisoners of the GreenScare and journalists refusing to hand over their sources. Yet still most Americans will think "well at least theis better that living in dam communist Russia" as the liberal Democrats will live in total ignorance to the crises claiming that things will improve if we get Democratic leadership. Class warfare. Then people wonder why I left the country.

"Eve of destruction, tax deduction, city inspectors, bill collectors
Solid Gold in demand, population out of hand, suicide
Too many beers, hippies movin' to the hills
People all over the world are dying in the war
And the band played on
Ball of confusion
That's what the world is today, hey, hey"

to add to that.. from Democracy Now 04.Mar.2007 12:55

Enemy of the State

Are these people couted in the BBC special report? I doubt that. But think about this: how far are we from Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Even in the BBC report there was mention the intentional humilation of male prisoners given pink towels and underwear. Was that not part of the intent of the pink triangles and yellow stars of David that the Nazis forced against their victims. Yes the common idea is that badges were for identification, but there was also another aspect which was humiliation just like at Abu Grab with all its intension of humiliation of a whole subjegated population.

Change the names, change the spokan language and change the flag, then the American empire is no different from Nazi Germany or Stalinist Russia.

You can download the audio or stream the video at DeomcracyNow!
 http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/02/23/1536249&mode=thread&tid=25


Raymondville: Inside the Largest Immigration Prison Camp in the US

The largest immigrant prison camp is in Raymondville, Texas. Some two thousand undocumented immigrants are currently being held in the prison awaiting deportation. We speak with Jodi Goodwin, an immigration lawyer representing a number of immigrants being held there. [includes rush transcript]
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The number of undocumented immigrants currently imprisoned in the United States has reached a record of more than twenty six thousand people. To keep pace with the increasing number of detainees, the government is rapidly expanding its federal immigration detention system. The largest immigrant prison camp is in Raymondville, Texas - in the remote southern tip of the state. Some two thousand undocumented immigrants are currently being held in the prison awaiting deportation. The $65 million jail was built last summer by the Management Training Corporation.
The Washington Post describes the Raymondville facility as a "futuristic tent city...made of Kevlar-like material" without windows and ringed by barbed wire. Many of those being held there say they have insufficient food, clothing, medical care and access to the outside world.

Jodi Goodwin is an immigration lawyer from Harlingen, Texas. About 20 miles from the Raymondville prison. She represents a number of immigrants being held there. She joins us on the line from Houston.

Jodi Goodwin. Immigration lawyer from Harlingen, Texas. She represents immigrants held at Raymondville.

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AMY GOODMAN: Staying with the immigration issue for another minute, we're going to go now to Jodi Goodwin, who is an immigration lawyer from Harlingen, Texas, about twenty miles from the Raymondville prison, that huge tent city. She represents a number of immigrants being held there. She's joining us on the phone today from Houston. Jodi Goodwin, you're one of the few lawyers who have gotten into the facility. Can you describe what it is?

JODI GOODWIN: Well, it looks like a large series of circus tents put up in the middle of a field. There's a cement foundation and a steel frame, like ribs, and then there's canvas that's stretched over the steel frame. And there's ten tents just like that, all in a row.

JUAN GONZALEZ: Jodi Goodwin, I'm very familiar with Raymondville and Willacy County. It's one of the poorest counties in the United States, largely Mexican American. Any sense of the reaction of the surrounding community to the erection of this enormous detention center?

JODI GOODWIN: Well, it's interesting, the reaction of the community, because it's mixed. It is one of the poorest counties in the United States, and the Rio Grande Valley in general in the five-county area is the poorest area in the United States. So the thought of vast employment, which the prison did provide, I think, was welcomed by the community, because it provided a wealth of jobs for an area that has high unemployment. Now, there's questions about the training that was available prior to the prison opening and, even still, you know, whether or not the people that were hired have appropriate training as of yet.

AMY GOODMAN: Can you talk about the people you represent in Raymondville -- you call, what is it that you call it? Ritmo?

JODI GOODWIN: Now made famous by the Washington Post, yeah.

AMY GOODMAN: Taking after Gitmo, Guantanamo. What kind of access to food, to healthcare? What is their treatment by the guards?

JODI GOODWIN: Well, I think generally the access to healthcare is good. But there have been rampant reports and repeated reports -- and I can't say whether these are isolated incidences or not, but there are repeated reports of my clients and other people that I've talked to at the detention center that aren't my clients, that indicate they would put in requests for sick calls to be seen by a doctor or one of the nurses at the public health service, and days would go by before those requests would be answered. Now, I know that ICE has responded to those types of complaints by saying that that's just not true, but I have heard repeatedly from my clients and those who are not my clients that that's the case.

I've also heard repeatedly and over time that food service is not consistent, in terms of the timing that food is served, that the quantity of the food that is being served is not fulfilling. I mean, I went to the detention center once about probably the last part of November last year, and I walked into one of the pods, and I just opened the door and said, "Buenos dias. Como estan todos?" And they responded to me, "Muriendo de hambre" -- "We're dying of hunger." And, you know, this is just their immediate reaction to someone coming in and asking, "How are you?" Now, ICE has responded that they are providing food within the caloric limit that's approved by dietary services, etc., etc.

But even recently, as most recently as two weeks ago, I had a client write to me a pleading letter asking for medical attention and decent food, because he had been served rancid milk days in a row, and he and other detainees in his pod were throwing up and had stomach problems, because they had been served spoiled food. So, you know, for whatever that's worth, I know ICE's comments are completely opposite to that, but that's what the reports that I get from my clients and from detainees there are.

JUAN GONZALEZ: Jodi Goodwin, any sense of how long the average detainee is being held there? Clearly, after the Mariel boatlift years ago, or decades ago now, some of the Cuban migrants were held for years in detention by United States Immigration. What's the situation there?

JODI GOODWIN: Well, you know, it's interesting, because the facility went up so quickly. It was contracted in mid-June, and it was housing 500 detainees by mid-August. It was at least designed to be a temporary facility, and I'm not really sure what's the number limitation that ICE would use to refer to "temporary," but I've seen many, many people detained at the facility two, three, four, five months, and then there are people that are detained at the facility that have been transferred around the country and eventually end up in Willacy County, probably because it's cheaper to house detainees down in Willacy County than it is in places like New York or Boston. But I've seen those people that come into Willacy County after already having been in immigration detention in various facilities around the country five, six months.

I saw a woman from Ghana that had been transferred around from five different facilities in an eight-month period of time, and she was supposedly only waiting to be deported. So why does it take eight months in five facilities to deport somebody to Ghana? I'm not really sure.

AMY GOODMAN: Can we talk for a minute about who built this facility, Management Corporation of America, a private company, and how it compares to the public prisons or the ones run by the Department of Homeland Security?

JODI GOODWIN: Well, actually, Management Training Corporation is a contractor who runs [inaudible] the operations at the facility. It was a different contractor who actually constructed the facility, and I can't remember the name of that contractor. It was a contractor out of Houston, actually.

And as far as how does it compare to ICE-run facilities? Oh, night and day. We have an ICE-run facility that's a fairly large detention center that's only about forty-five minutes away from the Raymondville facility. That's the Port Isabel Detention Center, and that's an ICE-run facility, as opposed to a contractor-run facility. And ytou compare the two, and Port Isabel is Club Med compared to Raymondville. In fact, when there's discipline problems or when someone starts complaining about their conditions at Port Isabel, almost as a joke, but really and truly it's not taken in jest, they say, "Do you want me to send you to Willacy?" You know, that people would rather stay at Port Isabel than be sent to Willacy.

AMY GOODMAN: What do you think, Jodi Goodwin, has to happen right now?

JODI GOODWIN: We need immigration reform. I think that there needs to be a comprehensive approach to reform. And, you know, reform has to encompass a lot of different aspects. We can't just settle on a guest-worker program. We can't just focus on enforcement. The reform aspect needs to encompass the people who are here, needs to encompass the need of American companies for workers. It needs to encompass enforcement and just enforcement of the law. It needs to have all of those aspects to be able to be effective. And I have my hopes that Congress can set aside some of their partisanship and do something that will actually work good and be acceptable to both sides of the issue.

JUAN GONZALEZ: And what is your sense in a state like Texas and the other border states in your part of the country that clearly most feel the impact of the immigration issue, in terms of the willingness of both Democrats and Republicans this year to come up with some comprehensive immigration reform?

JODI GOODWIN: Well, it's interesting. I've met with staffers in Washington, D.C. and talked to different representatives and senators with respect to the proposals. I think that there's a clear recognition by all of the border representatives in Congress that there's a problem and it needs to be dealt with. And the mere fact that they're willing to start a dialogue on the issue, I think, is hopeful. It's gotten to a point that it's a crisis situation, so those individuals are, I think, finally realizing that they need to take action, now that they've recognized the issue.

AMY GOODMAN: Jodi Goodwin, I want to thank you for being with us, immigration lawyer from Harlingen, Texas, representing immigrants held in the Raymondville prison, about twenty miles from Harlingen. She was speaking to us from Houston.

Juan, as we wrap up today, there's an interesting editorial in the New York Times called "They Are America," that began, "Almost a year ago, hundreds of thousands of immigrant workers and their families slipped out from the shadows of American life and walked boldly in daylight through Los Angeles, Washington, Chicago, New York and other cities. 'We Are America,' their banners cried. The crowds, determined but peaceful, swelled into an immense sea. The nation was momentarily stunned."

And it goes on to talk about a lot that has happened since then. The country "summoned great energy to confront the immigration problem, but most of it has been misplaced, crudely and unevenly applied."

"Border enforcement. What little the last Congress did about immigration was focused on appeasing hard-line conservatives by appearing to seal the border. President Bush's new budget continues that approach, seeking 3,000 more Border Patrol officers and another $1 billion for a 700-mile fence, adding to the billions spent to militarize the border since the 1990s. That still isn't enough to build the fence and it hasn't controlled the illegal flow;" they say, "you need more visas and better workplace enforcement to do that. It has directed much traffic into the remote Southwest desert, making more immigrants vulnerable to smugglers and leaving many people dead."

And then there's the federal raids, like at the Swift packing plant, the local crackdowns, the gutted due process, the web of suspicion, the rise of hate.

JUAN GONZALEZ: Well, I think the reality is that, yes, there was a lot of attention last year, but nothing really emerged in terms of comprehensive immigration reform, and I do not see at this stage that there is any momentum, already in this new year, by this new congress, to address the immigration issue, and I think it's going to clearly necessitate another upsurge of mass protest to be able to even put it on the agenda, and I suspect that this spring we're going to see more of that.

AMY GOODMAN: I mean, it's interesting that the main goal of people who are organizing the protest was just to stop any immigration legislation from passing, because they felt in a Republican congress there could only be trouble. And yet, now the Democrats are in power. What have they done, and is it on their agenda?

JUAN GONZALEZ: No. As I said, I don't think it is right now, and I think it's going to necessitate both the corporations who are increasingly realizing the necessity to have comprehensive immigration reform, as well as a mass movement and the labor movement to put it on the agenda, because, otherwise, with the war and the other major issues confronting the country right now, it's going to continue to be pushed back in terms of addressing what is clearly needed as some kind of comprehensive immigration reform.

AMY GOODMAN: Well, we're going to link to your story on the NYU protest: "Find an Illegal Immigrant." The Republican club held it, and hundreds of students then wore little notes on them that said "illegal immigrant." Is that right?

JUAN GONZALEZ: Yes. "I am an illegal immigrant."

AMY GOODMAN: "I am an illegal immigrant."


What's ICE? and who is MTC? 04.Mar.2007 14:19

Enemy of the State

First What is ICE:

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is the largest investigative arm of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and is responsible for identifying and dismantling vulnerabilities regarding the nation's border, economic, transportation and infrastructure security. ICE is charged with the enforcement of over 400 federal statutes within the United States and maintains attaches at major U.S. embassies overseas. As such, ICE Special Agents arguably possesses the broadest investigative authority within the United States Government. The mission of ICE is to protect America and uphold public safety by targeting the people, money and materials that support terrorist and criminal activities. The motto of ICE is "Integrity, Courage, and Excellence". ICE is led by an Assistant Secretary who is appointed at the sub-cabinet level by the President of the United States and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Consequently, the Assistant Secretary reports directly to the Secretary of Homeland Security.

History

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was formed pursuant to the Homeland Security Act of 2002 following the events of September 11, 2001. With the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security the functions and jurisdictions of several border and revenue enforcement agencies were combined and reconstituted into Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Consequently, ICE is the largest investigative arm of DHS, and the second largest contributor to the nation's Joint Terrorism Task Force.

The agencies that were either moved entirely or merged in part, based upon their law enforcement functions, included the investigative and intelligence resources of the United States Customs Service, the law enforcement resources of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, and the United States Federal Protective Service. Consequently, ICE is also charged with the protection of federal buildings within the United States.

Organization

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is responsible for eliminating border, economic, transportation, and infrastructure security vulnerabilities. As such, the ICE organization is composed of four law enforcement divisions and several support divisions. These divisions of ICE combine to form a new investigative approach with new resources to provide unparalleled investigation, interdiction, and security services to the public and other law enforcement partners in the federal and local sectors.

Office of Investigations - OI uses its broad legal authorities to protect the United States. OI does this by investigating and combating a range of issues that threaten national security such as strategic crimes, human rights violations, human smuggling; narcotics, weapons and other types of smuggling (to include weapons of mass destruction), immigration crimes, financial crimes, terrorism, cybercrimes and import/export enforcement issues. ICE Special Agents also conduct investigations aimed at protecting critical infrastructure industries that are vulnerable to sabotage, attack or exploitation. Additionally, ICE Special Agents may be called upon to perform the duties of a Federal Air Marshal, or Secret Service agent.
Office of Intelligence - Intelligence Research Specialists are responsible for the collection, analysis and dissemination of strategic and tactical intelligence data for use by the operational elements of ICE and DHS.
Office of Detention and Removal - DRO is responsible for public safety and national security by enforcing the nation's immigration laws and ensuring the departure from the United States of all removable aliens. DRO's Immigration Enforcement Agents (IEAs) are the uniformed presence of immigration enforcement within the interior of the United States. Through the Alien Criminal Apprehension Program (ACAP), IEAs apprehend and remove criminal aliens found in jails and prisons. IEAs also are responsible for the transportation and detention of alien's in ICE custody. DROs Deportation Officers prosecute aliens for illegal re-entry after deportation, monitor cases during deportation proceedings, supervise released alien's who are subject to deportation and removing aliens from the United States. DRO also operates the Fugitive Operations Program (FUGOPS) that locates and apprhends aliens that are still in the United States with an outstanding Warrant of Deportation. DRO custody management consists of a partnership with the U.S. Marshals Service in operating JPATS, the Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System, otherwise known as Con-Air to remove criminal aliens from the United States. DRO also responsible for the detentiion of aliens who are in deportation proceedings and managing ICE and contract detention facilities.
Office of the Federal Protective Service - responsible for policing, securing and ensuring a safe environment in which federal agencies can conduct their business by reducing threats posed against the more than 8,800 federal government facilities nationwide. FPS employs over 2000 police officers and over 15000 contract security guards to perform their mission.
Office of the Principal Legal Advisor - The Office of Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA) provides legal advice, training and services to support the ICE mission and defends the interests of the United States in the administrative and federal courts.
Office of Congressional Relations - The Office of Congressional Relations (OCR) represents ICE's core values and Department of Homeland Security objectives through federal Congressional liaison activities.
Office of Professional Responsibility - The Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) is responsible for investigating allegations of misconduct involving employees of ICE and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). OPR preserves the organizational integrity of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement by impartially, independently and thoroughly investigating allegations of criminal or serious administrative misconduct by ICE and CBP employees worldwide. Additionally, OPR inspects and reviews ICE offices, operations and processes so as to provide executive management with independent reviews of the agency's organizational health. In this role, OPR assesses the effectiveness and efficiency of ICE in carrying out its mission.

ICE and Immigration Law
Immigration and Nationality Act Section 287(g), as passed by Congress, is designed to effectively multiply ICEs forces through enhanced cooperation and communication with state, and local law enforcement agencies. Section 287(g) authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security to enter into agreements with state and local law enforcement agencies, permitting designated officers to perform immigration law enforcement functions, pursuant to a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), provided that the local law enforcement officers receive appropriate training and function under the supervision of sworn U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. Under 287(g), ICE provides state and local law enforcement with the training and subsequent authorization to identify, process, and when appropriate, detain immigration offenders they encounter during their regular, daily law-enforcement activity.

"The days of ignoring immigration law are over," Marc Raimondi, A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman, said. "A failure to comply is not an option. The person ordered to be removed needs to comply with that order or we'll assist them with compliance. To think of people illegally in the country who have been convicted of crimes are walking around is outrageous." [1]

Julie Myers, the assistant secretary for the Department of Homeland Security told a press conference. "America's welcome does not extend to immigrants who come here to commit crimes." [2]


Criticism
ICE, along with its sister agency Customs and Border Protection (CBP), performs related functions regarding the enforcement of federal law relating to the U.S. border. Some in Congress, as well as members of the public, believe that these two agencies should be merged. Some of the cases ICE investigates originate from a referral from CBP. These cases include the smuggling of narcotics, goods, weapons, and humans into the United States. CBP maintains U.S. ports of entry, which are targets for smugglers to illegally pass their illicit goods into the United States. There are those who feel the combined infrastructures of ICE and CBP should be merged into one agency with the border inspectors, deportation officers, and Special Agents working hand in hand to combat crime.

Additionally, ICE operates detention centers throughout the United States that detain illegal immigrants who are apprehended and placed into removal proceedings. Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR), the engineering and construction subsidiary of Halliburton Corporation, released a press statement on January 24, 2006 that the company had been awarded a no-bid contingency contract from the Department of Homeland Security to support its Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities in the event of an emergency. The maximum total value of the contract is $385 million and consists of a 1-year base period with four 1-year options. KBR held the previous ICE contract from 2000 through 2005. The contract provides for establishing temporary detention and processing capabilities to expand existing ICE Detention and Removal Operations Program facilities in the event of an emergency influx of immigrants into the U.S., or to support the rapid development of new programs. The contract may also provide migrant detention support to other government organizations in the event of an immigration emergency, as well as the development of a plan to react to a national emergency, such as a natural disaster, the company said.

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_and_Customs_Enforcement

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Who is MTC? Well lets have Management & Training Corporation (MTC) answer that in their own words. Gotta wonder if there is a connection with Blackwater USA and Halliburton?

From their website:

This goal is being accomplished by:

Implementing our plan to achieve high performance standards and goals
Maintaining a foundation based on integrity, accountability and excellence
Providing long-term growth and stability while ensuring fiscal responsibility
Creating opportunities through a positive environment for personal growth and development
Empowering employees to implement innovative ideas for continuous improvement
Building esteem and pride by celebrating our diversity and accomplishments

 http://www.mtctrains.com/company/mission.php


MTC: Creating opportunities
Management & Training Corporation (MTC) is an international organization dedicated to helping people realize their learning potential. MTC creates nurturing environments in which education is encouraged and recognized. Self-respect, skill development and confidence all emerge from those who participate in MTC's educational opportunities to improve their quality of life.

MTC provides life-changing opportunities through academic, career and technical training, and social skills training. For over a quarter of a century, MTC has operated a successful job-training program through the federal government's Job Corps program. Since 1987, MTC has also become a leader in offering rehabilitative educational opportunities at privatized correctional facilities. MTC manages contracts across the United States and Australia from its corporate headquarters in Centerville, Utah.

A history of changing lives
Management & Training Corporation was incorporated on January 1, 1981. However, its roots stretch back to the mid-1960s when MTC was first conceived through the Education and Training Division of Thiokol Corporation. Since 1966, it has operated centers for Job Corps -- a U.S. Department of Labor job-training program that prepares young people for meaningful careers. MTC entered the corrections industry in 1987 when it opened one of the first privately-operated corrections facilities in the United States.

Experience, strength and leadership
Each day MTC helps tens of thousands of Job Corps students and correctional facility inmates to learn new skills. MTC's track record has made it the U.S. Department of Labor's largest contractor and the third largest operator of adult private prisons. MTC's experience and fiscal strength allow it to consistently exceed the expectations of government customers and the public.

MTC builds trust with government agencies and the public because it:

Achieves high operational performance
Operates programs within budget
Rewards innovation and excellence
Implements customer policies and exceeds those requirements
Provides safe and secure working, living, and learning environments
Builds quality partnerships with communities, employers, workforce development agencies and vendors

 http://www.mtctrains.com/company/

ICE, ICE, baby 04.Mar.2007 14:38

Speak of the Devil

"Ah but you conspiracy nuts are always talkin about pending martial law and Prison, USA" saideth a Good German.

...and now for something completely different:


ICE Increases Illegal Alien Detention Capacity by 2,000; 500 New Beds On Line in Willacy County, Texas
DHS continues progress to detain all illegal aliens apprehended at the Southwest border

SAN ANTONIO Just 40 days after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) signed an Inter-governmental Service Agreement (IGSA) with Willacy County, Texas, to provide secure detention services for detainees, the first 500 beds are open and accepting illegal aliens apprehended at the Southwest border. The move caps a busy July in which ICE increased detention capacity by another 1,500 beds, bringing ICE's national detention capacity to 22,800.

"ICE is not only adding bed space, but using bed space more efficiently to achieve a policy of 'catch and remove' at the Southwest border," said Julie Myers, Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "These efforts are part of our comprehensive approach to border security - cutting off the flow of illegal aliens into our nation, and targeting those who are already here for swift removal."

The move represents a significant step forward in the President's plan to ensure that all illegal aliens apprehended along the U.S border with Mexico are detained and returned to their home countries. On Thursday, Secretary Michael Chertoff announced that ICE began detaining 96 percent of all non-Mexican illegal aliens apprehended at the Southwest border; 4 percent were not detained due to the Orantes decision by the U.S. Supreme Court or other unique circumstances; no aliens were released due to a lack of bed space.

"Willacy County recognizes that homeland security is a shared mission," said Willacy County Judge Simone Salinas. "We are proud to have been able to bring on these new detention beds in record time, which will result in improved border security not only for county residents but also our nation."

Increasing the number of detention beds is part of the Secure Border Initiative (SBI), a comprehensive multi-year plan by the Department of Homeland Security to secure America's borders and reduce illegal migration. Under SBI, Homeland Security seeks to gain operational control of both the northern and southern borders, while re-engineering the detention and removal system to ensure that illegal aliens are removed from the country quickly and efficiently. SBI also involves strong interior enforcement efforts, including enhanced worksite enforcement investigations and intensified efforts to track down and remove illegal aliens inside the country.

The new beds are the result of an Inter-governmental Service Agreement (IGSA) signed on June 21 between ICE and Willacy County to provide secure detention services for up to 2,000 detainees; the remaining 1,500 beds will be on line by October 1. According to Willacy County officials, Management & Training Corp. (MTC) headquartered in Centerville, Utah, will operate the new Willacy County Detention Center (WCDC); Hale-Mills Construction of Houston was the general contractor. Municipal Capital Markets of Dallas provided Willacy County with financing for the project. With various dorm pods, WCDC will provide separate areas for men and women, and will accommodate up to 2,000 immigration detainees. It will include on-site medical care provided by the U.S. Public Health Service.

-- ICE --


U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was established in March 2003 as the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security. ICE is comprised of four integrated divisions that form a 21st century law enforcement agency with broad responsibilities for a number of key homeland security priorities.

 http://www.ice.gov/pi/news/newsreleases/articles/060801SanAntonio.htm

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10-Year U.S. Strategic Plan For Detention Camps Revives Proposals From Oliver North

By Peter Dale Scott,

February 28, 2006
Pacific News - 2006-02-21

News Analysis/Commentary, New America Media, Feb 21, 2006
Editor's Note: A recently announced contract for a Halliburton subsidiary to build immigrant detention facilities is part of a longer-term Homeland Security plan titled ENDGAME, which sets as its goal the removal of "all removable aliens" and "potential terrorists." Scott is author of "Drugs, Oil, and War: The United States in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Indochina" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003). He is completing a book on "The Road to 9/11." Visit his Web site at  http://www.peterdalescott.net.
Detainee at fence
The Halliburton subsidiary KBR (formerly Brown and Root) announced on Jan. 24 that it had been awarded a $385 million contingency contract by the Department of Homeland Security to build detention camps. Two weeks later, on Feb. 6, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced that the Fiscal Year 2007 federal budget would allocate over $400 million to add 6,700 additional detention beds (an increase of 32 percent over 2006). This $400 million allocation is more than a four-fold increase over the FY 2006 budget, which provided only $90 million for the same purpose.

Both the contract and the budget allocation are in partial fulfillment of an ambitious 10-year Homeland Security strategic plan, code-named ENDGAME, authorized in 2003. According to a 49-page Homeland Security document on the plan, ENDGAME expands "a mission first articulated in the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798." Its goal is the capability to "remove all removable aliens," including "illegal economic migrants, aliens who have committed criminal acts, asylum-seekers (required to be retained by law) or potential terrorists."

There is no question that the Bush administration is under considerable political pressure to increase the detentions of illegal immigrants, especially from across the Mexican border. Confrontations along the border are increasingly violent, often involving the drug traffic.

But the problem of illegal immigration cannot be separated from other Bush administration policies: principally the retreat from traditional American programs designed to combat poverty in Latin America. In Florida last week, Democratic Party leader Howard Dean attacked the new federal budget for its almost 30 percent cut in development aid to Latin America and the Caribbean.

In truth, both parties have virtually abandoned the John F. Kennedy vision of an Alliance for Progress in Latin America. Kennedy's hope was that, by raising the standard of living of Latin America's poor, there would be less pressure on them to emigrate to the United States.

That vision foundered when successive administrations, both Democratic and Republican, contributed to the overthrow of democratically elected governments in Brazil, Chile and elsewhere, replacing them with oppressive dictatorships.

Since about 1970, the policies of the U.S.-dominated International Monetary Fund have also aggravated the problem of poverty in the rest of the world, especially Latin America. U.S. programs abroad, like programs at home, are now designed principally around the concept of security -- above all for oil installations and pipelines.

In consequence, the United States is being redefined as a vast gated community, hoping to isolate itself by force from its poverty-stricken neighbors. Inside the U.S. fortress sit 2.1 million prisoners, a greater percentage of the population than in any other nation. ENDGAME's crash program is designed to house additional detainees who have not been convicted of crimes.

Significantly, both the KBR contract and the ENDGAME plan are open-ended. The contract calls for a response to "an emergency influx of immigrants, or to support the rapid development of new programs" in the event of other emergencies, such as "a natural disaster." "New programs" is of course a term with no precise limitation. So, in the current administration, is ENDGAME's goal of removing "potential terrorists."

It is relevant that in 2002, Attorney General John Ashcroft announced his desire to see camps for U.S. citizens deemed to be "enemy combatants." On Feb. 17 of this year, in a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld spoke of the harm being done to the country's security, not just by the enemy, but also by what he called "news informers" who needed to be combated in "a contest of wills." Two days earlier, citing speeches critical of Bush by Al Gore, John Kerry, and Howard Dean, conservative columnist Ben Shapiro called for "legislation to prosecute such sedition."

Since 9/11 the Bush administration has implemented a number of inter-related programs, which had been planned for secretly in the 1980s under President Reagan. These so-called "Continuity of Government" or COG proposals included vastly expanded detention capabilities, warrantless eavesdropping and detention, and preparations for greater use of martial law.

Prominent among the secret planners of this program in the 1980s were then-Congressman Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, who at the time was in private business as CEO of the drug company G.D. Searle.

The principal desk officer for the program was Oliver North, until he was forced to resign in 1986 over Iran-Contra.

When planes crashed into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, Vice President Cheney's response, after consulting President Bush, was to implement a classified "Continuity of Government" plan for the first time, according to the 9/11 Commission report. As the Washington Post later explained, the order "dispatched a shadow government of about 100 senior civilian managers to live and work secretly outside Washington, activating for the first time long-standing plans."

What these managers in this shadow government worked on has never been reported. But it is significant that the group that prepared ENDGAME was, as the Homeland Security document puts it, "chartered in September 2001." For ENDGAME's goal of a capacious detention capability is remarkably similar to Oliver North's controversial Rex-84 "readiness exercise" for COG in 1984. This called for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to round up and detain 400,000 imaginary "refugees," in the context of "uncontrolled population movements" over the Mexican border into the United States.

North's exercise, which reportedly contemplated possible suspension of the United States Constitution, led to questions being asked during the Iran-Contra Hearings. One concern then was that North's plans for expanded internment and detention facilities would not be confined to "refugees" alone.

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Detention Camp Jitters

by Maureen Farrell

"Recent pronouncements from the Bush Administration and national security initiatives put in place in the Reagan era could see internment camps and martial law in the United States."
-- The Sydney Morning Herald, July 27, 2002

In 1984, the Rex-84 readiness exercise program was conducted by 34 federal departments and agencies, reportedly as an exercise to handle an influx of illegal aliens crossing the Mexican/U.S. border. Brought to Americans' attention during the Iran-contra hearings, the exercise, which was conducted alongside another drill, "Night Train 84," also tested military readiness to round up and detain citizens in case of massive civil unrest.

None of that ever happened, of course, and in many respects, it seems silly to even mention it. After all, other Reagan-era initiatives, like the Armageddon exercises Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld participated in, are far more interesting. Then, too, despite a brief moment of sunlight in the 1970s (when Congress, according to former President and CIA director George H.W. Bush, "unleashed a bunch of untutored little jerks out there"), emergency detention plans had been in place since the 1950s, without incident. Americans have not been herded into camps since World War II, so why worry about it now?

For some, the answer comes in the form of yet another government contract awarded to Halliburton subsidiary, Kellogg, Brown & Root to build "temporary detention facilities" in case of an "immigration emergency." Reminiscent of Rex 84, which was conducted on the premise of preparing for "an influx of immigrants," there is reason to believe that hoards of poor, tired immigrants are not the true concern. As Tom Hennessy of the Press-Telegram recently pointed out, "there already are thousands of beds in place at various U.S. locations for the purpose of housing illegal immigrants." So what else might these centers be used for?

Given predictions that another terror attack is all but certain, it seems far more likely that the centers would be used for post-911-type detentions of immigrants rather than a sudden deluge. "Almost certainly this is preparation for a roundup after the next 9/11 for Mid-Easterners, Muslims and possibly dissenters," Daniel Ellsberg remarked. "They've already done this on a smaller scale, with the 'special registration' detentions of immigrant men from Muslim countries, and with Guantanamo." As it turns out, immigrants aren't the only concern. As a news brief in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution explains:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract worth up to $385 million for building temporary immigration detention centers to Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root. KBR would build the centers for the Homeland Security Department in case of an unexpected influx of immigrants or to house people after a natural disaster or for new programs that require additional detention space, the company said.

Hurricane Katrina gave Americans a glimpse of how a natural disaster scenario might play out. John Brinkerhoff, one of the FEMA officials behind the Reagan-era martial law and internment directives who "planned for the detention of at least 21 million American Negroes in assembly centers or relocation camps" began defending the Pentagon's desire to deploy troops on American streets in 2002, and sure enough, after Hurricane Katrina, Blackwater mercenaries were brought in to police the streets of New Orleans -- as soldiers were instructed to "shoot to kill" looters. Brinkerhoff also told PBS that, "The United States itself is now for the first time since the War of 1812 a theater of war. That means that we should apply, in my view, the same kind of command structure in the United States that we apply in other theaters of war."

Which brings us to the KBR spokesman's final statement regarding "new programs that require additional detention space." What might these new programs be? Do they have anything to do with the post-9/11 suggestions for forced quarantines or internment camps? Will America's new "secret laws" come into play? Might these "new programs" have anything to do with the contingencies Oliver North prepared for? Inquiring minds want to know.

In 1987, the Miami Herald gave us a glimpse of what the lead counsel for the Senate Iran-contra committee called a "secret government-within-a-government" and alerted readers to standby legislation, which, as columnist Jack Anderson had previously warned, was meant to "suspend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights." Even so, when a memo from the Director of Resource Management for the Department of the Army emerged, discussing "civilian inmate labor camps" to be built on Army installations, only conspiracy buffs on the far fringes of the Internet paid it any mind.

In 1998, World Net Daily's Geoff Metcalf addressed such "classic right wing paranoia," trying not to sound paranoid himself. "For several years now I have been getting all sorts of wild reports about 'Government Internment Camps,' he wrote, before disclosing two reasons he began sensing substance behind the rumors: 1) The labor camp memo was authentic, he said and 2) A U.S. congressman substantiated such claims. "The truth is yes -- you do have these standby provisions, and the plans are here ... whereby you could, in the name of stopping terrorism ... evoke the military and arrest Americans and put them in detention camps," Rep. Henry Gonzalez said in an interview.

"Heck, we did it before (to Americans of Japanese descent), we could do it again," Metcalf mused.

In the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, it seemed that yes, we could do it again. When the Boston Herald reported on the Model State Emergency Health Powers Act sent to each state, it sounded sensationally surreal. "Public health officials want to shut down roads and airports, herd people into sports stadiums and, if needed, quarantine entire cities in the event of a smallpox attack, according to a plan being forwarded to all 50 governors this week," the Herald reported in Nov. 2001. By the summer of 2002, Peter Kirsanow, a Bush appointee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, said that a second terror attack would lead to internment camps for Arab-Americans while the Sydney Morning Herald reported that we "could see internment camps and martial law in the United States."

The biggest bombshell, however, came from Attorney General John Ashcroft, whose proposal to send US citizens to detention camps, without the benefit of trial, jury or other Constitutional protections, was dissected by the Los Angeles Times. "The camp plan was forged at an optimistic time for Ashcroft's small inner circle, which has been carefully watching two test cases to see whether this vision could become a reality," the Times reported in August, 2002. "The cases of Jose Padilla and Yaser Esam Hamdi will determine whether U.S. citizens can be held without charges and subject to the arbitrary and unchecked authority of the government."

Padilla was held without charges for more than three years, and when charges were finally filed against him, the chilling "dirty bomb" allegations made by Ashcroft on national TV were not even mentioned. His attorneys have vowed to take the case to the Supreme Court -- which is expected to side with presidential decrees.

By the fall of 2005, news that the US could continue to "confine US citizens without charges," prompted conservative blogger Andrew Sullivan to dig up the following quote: "The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist" -- Winston Churchill, November 21, 1943, describing what is now legal and constitutional in the United States, under president Bush."

Churchill, one supposes, did not include President Franklin Roosevelt in his condemnation, but when Ashcroft's plans for detention camps came to light, legal analysts began comparing the Bush administration's scheme to internment of Japanese Americans. "The main distinction is that Ashcroft's camps are smaller in scale. The difference in magnitude should not make the internment of U.S. citizens any more just or palatable," columnist Anita Ramasastry explained.

And as Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Tribe said on ABC's Nightline:

"It bothers me that the executive branch is taking the amazing position that just on the president's say-so, any American citizen can be picked up, not just in Afghanistan, but at O'Hare Airport or on the streets of any city in this country, and locked up without access to a lawyer or court just because the government says he's connected somehow with the Taliban or Al Qaeda. That's not the American way. It's not the constitutional way. . . ."

Nevertheless, concerns over detention camps go hand-in-hand with jokes about black helicopters, and rightly so. The Internet is rife with rumors on everything from the more than "800 detention camps" already in existence to stories about Hurricane Katrina evacuees begin locked behind barbed wire in a concentration camp in Utah, which it turns out, was actually Camp Williams, an Army National Guard training center.

When Diane Carmen of the Denver Post reported on evacuees at the Community College of Aurora, she wrote, "If I didn't know better, I'd have thought I was peering through the fence at a concentration camp," which some cited as "proof" that Americans were going to be rounded up and locked away, though the rest of the article did not substantiate such claims. "Everybody treats you real nice," said one evacuee. "There's a lotta love up here."

The idea that dissidents could be sent to detention facilities is perhaps the most widely circulated theory, and it is as popular under President George W. Bush as it was under President Bill Clinton. And though Daniel Ellsberg has also suggested that dissidents could be targeted, most of the theories rest upon circumstantial evidence and long stretches of the imagination.

What we do know, however, thanks to the Sydney Morning Herald's investigation into Reagan-era initiatives, alongside documents leaked to the Miami Herald in 1987, is that when Col. Oliver North helped draft contingency plans in the early 80s, one of the reasons cited for possible martial law and internment was "national opposition to a U.S. military invasion abroad" -- a scenario which would become more likely with additional wars and in the event of the return of the draft.

Last year, the Project for a New American Century, the think tank that famously advocated preemptive strikes and wars on multiple fronts, called upon Congress to "take the steps necessary to increase substantially the size of the active duty Army and Marine Corps." Such steps should be relatively easy, given that since PNAC's "Rebuilding America's Defenses" was first published, states have been linking driver's license applications to selective service registration. According to the Selective Service System's Web site, "As of August 5, 2005, 35 states, 3 territories, and the District of Columbia have enacted driver's license laws supporting SSS registration."

With the military stretched to the breaking point, questions of conscription and subsequent draft-dodging are hardly far-fetched, but the very act of protesting, in and of itself, could become a federal offense. Though conservative columnist William Safire was one of the first to warn of Mr. Bush's "dictatorial powers," and editorials across the country have since voiced similar concerns, few are picking up on attempts to criminalize dissent -- an observation made by former White House counsel John Dean as early as Oct. 2001, who wrote that, thanks to the hastily passed Patriot Act, the "right to dissent" is in jeopardy, with protesters possibly considered "terrorists."

Dean considered this an "unintended consequence" of the new anti-terror legislation, but the Oakland Tribune later reported that California's anti-terrorism intelligence center was already "blurring the line between terrorism and political dissent" and National Lawyers Guild president Michael Avery said that the Bush administration was "trying to criminalize dissent, characterize protesters as terrorists and trying to intimidate and marginalize those opposed to its policies." After a New York state jury refused to convict four Catholic antiwar activists for protesting at a U.S. military recruiting office in 2005, the federal government stepped in, filing charges including "conspiracy to impede an officer of the United States," which could send each protester to prison for up six years.

Is this an isolated incident? It would seem not. Provisions in the new Patriot Act have also raised concerns. The first questionable provision could make "breaching security perimeters" at any "special event of national significance" a felony while the second calls for the creation of a new federalized "permanent police force" which would be given the authority to arrest citizens in violation of the Bill of Rights. "The obvious purpose of the act is to prevent demonstrations at Bush/Cheney events," former Reagan administration official Paul Craig Roberts recently wrote, adding that the law has "dire implications" for First Amendment guarantees. "We can take for granted that the new federal police will be used to suppress dissent and to break up opposition. The Brownshirts are now arming themselves with a Gestapo."

Even before Sept. 11, a document entitled "Domestic Operational Law Handbook for Judge Advocates," reflected a movement towards a more militarized society. The JAG document, which called for "providing military assistance for civil disturbances" cited the '60s era Operation Garden Plot, the United States Civil Disturbance Plan 55-2, which gave federal forces the power to "put down" "disruptive elements" and called for "deadly force to be used against any extremist or dissident perpetrating any and all forms of civil disorder." As Frank Morales stated in an update to his 2003 Project Censored award-winning story "The Pentagon Wages War on America":

Operation Garden Plot, originating in 1968 and continually updated, is according to the JAG handbook, tasked with the mission of conducting 'civil disturbance operations throughout the United States,' providing 'wide latitude to a commander to use federal forces to assist civil law enforcement in restoring law and order.' And it's exactly this type of 'wide latitude' that we've witnessed at recent protests in NYC and Oakland.

United States Army Field Manual 19-15, entitled Civil Disturbances, issued in 1985, is designed to equip soldiers with the 'tactics, techniques and procedures' necessary to suppress dissent. The manual states that 'crowd control formations may be employed to disperse, contain, or block a crowd. When employed to disperse a crowd, they are particularly effective in urban areas because they enable the control force to split a crowd into smaller segments.'

It should be noted that the government has traditionally tried to curb dissent during wartime and much of what we're seeing today existed in the Vietnam era, too. In 1967, with the assistance of an Army task force, President Lyndon Johnson established the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, which called for the use of military force to squelch civil disturbances. A year after four unarmed Kent State University students were gunned down by members of the Ohio National Guard, Sen. Sam Ervin's Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights uncovered information regarding Operation Garden Plot and discovered a massive military surveillance program used against citizens. The FBI's domestic counterintelligence program, COINTELPRO also came to light when the Citizens Committee to Investigate the FBI lifted documents and leaked them to the press. And, as we later learned, from 1967 to 1971 the FBI also kept an "agitator index" or ADEX file, which was a list of individuals to be rounded up as subversives.

Operation Cable Splicer, a subplot of Operation Garden Plot which included plans to control civilian populations and take over state and local governments, also appeared to be in play during Hurricane Katrina, when President Bush announced that the Pentagon was developing plans to give the military a larger role in responding to catastrophic events and suggested that the federal government should override state and local authorities. "It is now clear that a challenge on this scale requires greater federal authority and a broader role for the armed forces," Bush said in a speech. (The president also announced that the U.S. military could enforce quarantines should there be a bird flu outbreak, which Irwin Redlener, associate Dean of Columbia University's School of Public Health for Disaster Preparedness, deemed an "extraordinarily draconian measure," which translates to "martial law in the United States.").

In 2002, a New York Times editorial stated that the FBI now has "nearly unbridled power to poke into the affairs of anyone in the United States, even when there is no evidence of illegal activity" and one year later, FBI Intelligence Bulletin no. 89 was sent to police departments, revealing that the federal government was advocating that local authorities spy on U.S. citizens. When the Atlanta Police Department acknowledged that it routinely places antiwar protesters under surveillance, Georgia Rep. Nan Orrock told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "This harkens back to some very dark times in our nation's history."
How dark? NSA wiretapping aside, it's now clear that the Pentagon has been monitoring dangerous militants such as the Quakers while the FBI has been spying on the Catholic Worker's Group, Greenpeace and PETA. As Silencing Political Dissent author Nancy Chang pointed out, "With the advent of electronic record-keeping, the FBI is likely to maintain far more dossiers on law-abiding individuals and to disseminate the dossiers far more widely than during the COINTELPRO era."

Where will all this data mining lead? Who knows? From Sedition Acts, to the suspension of habeas corpus to the internment of fellow Americans, we've been down rocky roads before. And in the aftermath of Sept. 11, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Conner spelled it out: "We're likely to experience more restrictions on our personal freedom than has ever been the case in our country," she said. Now that writing letters to the editor can be investigated as acts of "sedition" and US citizens can be held without charges for years on end, another terror attack could send us over the edge.

Even so, detention camp jitters could prove to be nothing more than Waitsian paranoia. After all, Kellogg Brown & Root held US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) contracts from 2000 to 2005 without building a single camp. The truth is, we won't know the real purpose of these centers unless contingency plans are needed. And by then, it will be too late.


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Khalid awan Canadian/Pakistani Muslim 30.Jul.2007 21:10

mohsin gondal ch-mohsin-gondal@hotmail.com

Dear Sir / Madam

I am 46 years old, Canadian citizen and native of Pakistan (muslim). I was an immigration consultant in Canada and also member of Canadian Bar Association as part of my business , I had an office in New York.
During 2001 immediately after the Sept 11, event the US govt arrested me on Oct 25, 2001 on anonymous call, as a material witness for the 9/11 world trade centre terrorist attack. A detail investigation by the FBI and USA Naval intelligence dept was conducted and I was cleared, but even then govt put me in front of Grand jury , and I was cleared and the case was dismissed by the Grand jury of the US Federal Court .
Approximately after 2 weeks , before I was released from custody the US Govt imposed a new charges of Fraud and money laundering , under the advice of my attorney , I pleaded guilty and I was sentenced to prison for five years (which was four years more, what I pleaded). In which I had already spent 3 years in Detention jail, during the case , I had about 14 months left to finishing my sentence ,(instead of appealing, I preferred to applied for Treaty Transfer to Canada, because if the case is in the appeal, defendant is not eligible for transfer back to his home country).
While at prison, I learned from the case manager Miss Hause, that my citizen was incorrect in the FBOP's (Federal Bureau of Prison) computer system as Pakistani instead of Canadian.
Its important to note , that all of my Canadian identifications (passport , citizenship card , S.I.N , Health card , Driving license etc) were under FBI's possession, with a great deal of concern, I wrote a letter to the Canadian Consulate in Buffalo, N.Y to notify such mistake and requested them to fix this problem. This is especially important for Treaty Transfer back to Canada.
The Canadian Consulate official sent a letter to the jail to correct my citizenship status, however FBOP ignored the request and the citizenship status in the FBOP computer still reflect Pakistani instead of Canadian (Note:- I would be required to obtain visa to visit Pakistan) .In contrast , the deportation letter received from US Immigration dept, Contained the correct citizenship status of Canada.
At the hindsight, I believe that the FBOP intentionally left the citizenship as Pakistani, so that they could retained me at their facility, while the govt is planning to file new charges against me 3rd time.
Approximately six weeks before my released date on Jan 30 ,2006 I was notified by the FBOP that I was being transferred from Allenwood , PA to MDC (Metropolitan Detention Centre) in Brooklyn N.Y, it was explained to me, that the purpose of this transfer was in preparation for deportation back to Canada, (after few days, I signed the immigration deportation papers, with my consular Miss Chen).
But immediately after my arriving to MDC Brooklyn, I discovered during a phone call with my family in Montreal, that RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) official had contacted my sister and brother-in-law regarding the whereabouts of my wife and my current situation, there was no explanation given by the RCMP official to the purpose of the call and he left his phone number and asked my wife to call him back immediately, my wife called the RCMP official and left messages in his voice mail. Then the official contacted my brother-in-law again and had asked him to tell my wife not to call again, because there is nothing good nor anything bad.
Meanwhile the AUSA ( Astt United States Attorney) office Investigator and FBI brought me to their office to be interrogated without an attorney present, even AUSA told in the court to the judge on March 16, 2006 that he arranged attorney for me before my arrival from Allenwood PA to MDC Brooklyn, N.Y, on Transcript; page 11, Transcript line No: 14 to 23.
AUSA:-
He (Khalid Awan) was writ in the cause of a grand jury investigation. He clearly had criminal exposure. So to protect his interest I made an application to the duty magistrate for counsel to be appointed.
THE COURT:-
Initially he was brought here by a Court to testify before the grand jury?
AUSA:-
That is correct, Your Honour.
THE COURT:-
When he arrived here, you made arrangements for an attorney to be pointed to request him?
AUSA:-
Yes, Your Honour.
This interrogation started with the AUSA office Investigator stating that my family will be arrested in Canada if I refused to answer their questions.
At this point I am certain that my family is in great danger for reasons that I am not aware of. I was scared that my family would be harassed by these people along with the Canadian RCMP official, I strongly believe that the RCMP is doing this intentionally in collaboration with FBI official to further harass me to admit charges, that I never committed.
Without knowledge of the reasons why the Canadian RCMP agency was involved. I was surprised that RCMP official directly approached my family instead of me without proper explanation, and its also shocked for me, that how RCMP got the phone number of my family (because before my arrest, I don't have any single record in any police dept, of any country).
I was intimated and pushed to the edge during this interrogation, I was determined to provide anything these USA officials wanted to make them happy even is the questions made no sense, because I want them to stop the harassment to my family.
On March 15, 2006 I completed the term of my imprisonment and was to be released from American Custody and deported back to Canada. Before that I was arrested again 3rd time, and charged with providing "material support to a foreign terrorist" and money laundering (to a organization and person, which are not designated by the USA govt and belongs to Sikh religion) , and with whom, I don't have any single common interest, because we both are from different countries and different religions.
These charges emerged while I was still in prison and without the capability of providing any type of support. It was even difficult for me to get enough financial assistance to pay legal fees. I could not have provided any material support while I was in prison for five years and I could not launder any money because I did not have any.
AUSA filed three counts of indictment against me.
Conspiracy to provide material support.
Provide a material support to the foreign terrorist.
Money laundering to support terrorism.
(Please note, that in my previous case govt charged me for money laundering and fraud from Jan 1999 to 2002 and "its mentioned in the plea-agreement by the AUSA that no further money laundering charges will be brought against defendant from Jan 1999 to April 2002" even then govt indict me for money laundering from 1998 to Nov 2001 (Which is double Jeopardy and violation of 5th Amendment of U.S Constitution.)
In Oct 2006, during pre-trial hearing on the motion's filed by my attorney the first two counts of my indictment were dismissed by the judge, stating that there is a lack of facts and figures.
After two weeks AUSA re-indicted me again. I believe this is a desperate act of the AUSA to cover up a huge embarrassment . Further this hastily drawn indictment was full of factual errors and creative legal theories.
Since I was first arrested by the American govt, I believe that I have been singled out, isolated `and discriminated against primarily because of my race and religion, in addition to the fact that I don't know any information that the American govt is trying to pressure out of me.
I do not understand the American laws and this is what led to my pleading guilty in the first case. I have difficulty understanding the new charges also.
I have been charged under, section 2339(a) of Title 18 of the United States code, which makes it illegal to provide material support to a foreign terrorist.
Please understand, I am not a terrorist, I do not know any terrorist and I have had no connections with or to any known or unknown terrorist. I have been incarcerated for last 5 years and I had no money to provide or launder.
The law enforcement have in America is pressuring me to provide information to them that I really do not have or know. I am a Canadian Citizen and nearly all of my family is in Canada, including my wife and kids. I don't know any information to tell them to help their investigation.
Because of this , I am being treated unfairly and my rights under the American constitution are being violated. I am being held here in further detention against my will for crimes which I could have never committed, because I was in prison.
I believe, that I am a victim of the discrimination that was outlined in the July 3, 2006 issue of Time magazine (Page 29, column 3). In this article section 2339(a) & (b) are discussed and criticized "as most suspects are charged under these two sections. However, the justice dept here in America admits that of the more than 218 guilty pleas that it has obtained, most are for minor investigation issues that are uncovered deeding the course of their terrorism investigation. This suggest, according to the article that the Attorney General's office have is not concerned about the rights or fairness or the manner in which it achieves convictions for the people they arrest. Furthermore, criticizes have noted that one of the patterns to emerge from these domestic prosecutions is that suspect seen too incompetent to carry out the deeds they are accused of. The Deputy Attorney General acknowledges that the Dept of Justice's goal is " preventions through prosecution's" and this is done with no regard for an individual's rights.
I agree that these guilty of terrorism should be prosecuted . But as the above mentioned article suggest , innocent people should not be targeted because of their race or religion.
I am not a terrorist and I should not be targeted and treated unfairly and unjustly.
I need your assistance desperately in my case, as I believe that I am being treated unjustly here. I would like to send you my attorney's contact information and provide you with legal documents related to my case, so that you may become more familiar with my situation.
Please also note, that I appeared in the court , for no guilty of my 2nd superseding indictment on Aug 02, 2006 and on Aug 03, 2006 FBOP officials placed me in the SHU (Segregation Housing Unit) out of these months, I placed in the SHU isolation from Jan 03, 2007 to March 6, 2007 for unknown "Pending Investigation" in these 215 days of my segregation and isolation, I don't have a single phone call access to my family, no legal calls to my attorney and Canadian Council, my legal mail opened in my absence, no medical treatment for my injured shoulder (even I went for hunger strike for 3 and half day) I harassed by the various jail officials and lot of other problems too which already been submitted in the attention of the FBOP higher authorities, but no action taken on them, after writing the court, instead of receiving the response or any action on my complaints, jail officials removed /moved me from MDC federal facility to Nassau County Jail .
My suffering has gone on for far too long, and I need your help to bring my suffering to an end. I want to return home to my family, because my imprisonment was injustice and will remain a great injustice forever.
May God bless you and be with you in your efforts to champion the cause of human rights, and the suffering of innocent prisoners and restore hope, faith and love to peoples all over the world.

Sincerely,
KHALID AWAN
FBOP NO. 50959-054

The court will be on 12 September 2007.

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