By Mark Dow
American Gulag takes us within prisons comparable to the Krome North carrier Processing heart in Miami, the Corrections company of Americas Houston Processing heart, and county jails round the kingdom that take advantage of contracts to carry INS prisoners. It includes hectic in-depth profiles of detainees, together with Emmy Kutesa, a defector from the Ugandan military who used to be tortured after which escaped to the USA, the place he was once imprisoned in Queens, after which undertook a starvation strike in protest. to supply a framework for realizing tales like those, Dow offers a quick background of immigration legislation and practices within the United States—including the repercussions of September eleven and present-day rules. His booklet finds that present immigration detentions are most sensible understood no longer as a well-intentioned reaction to terrorism yet relatively as a part of the bigger context of INS secrecy and over the top authority.
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The day after the interview I received a call from the Newark INS public aﬀairs oﬃcer, Kerry Gill. He asked whether it was true that I had asked the onsite INS oﬃcial at the jail “questions about statistics,” speciﬁcally, about “special interest cases” there. ” He told me that my question was “inappropriate” as the attorney general had ordered the district director “not to disclose these numbers” and that I knew this, having been on a media pool tour of the Hudson County Jail when the district director herself said so.
Niels Frenzen represented Ali and his brother. Frustrated by rulings allowing the government to withhold the so-called evidence against his client, Frenzen enlisted the help of James Woolsey, former director of the CIA, hoping that Woolsey’s security clearance would make it possible for the defense team to see what the government was hiding. Woolsey agreed to help. S. government’s arbitrary treatment of people it had brought here, as well as the practical implications for future alliances. ”41 The publicity associated with Woolsey’s involvement helped to pressure the INS into concessions.
He wore rimless glasses over his red-rimmed eyes and spoke with a slight drawl. Associated Press reporter Amy Westphal asked McCallum, if the refusal to release names was because of heightened security concerns resulting from the September 11 attacks, why did the agency refuse to release detainee names before? McCallum responded that he was unaware of anyone being interested in these names before the attacks. He added that he could not answer in any case, because he had come out of private practice to work for the attorney general just six days after the attacks.