Monday, April 03, 2006

Think It Can't/Doesn't Happen Here?

9/11 Detainees in New Jersey Say They Were Abused With Dogs - New York Times:
Until now, lawsuits brought by former detainees against top American officials have focused attention on the maximum security unit of a federal detention center in Brooklyn where the Justice Department's inspector general found widespread abuse. But today in Toronto, as Mr. Sachdeva, a Canadian citizen born in India, gives his first deposition for the class-action lawsuit, the spotlight will shift to the New Jersey jail.

There, about 400 of the 762 mainly Muslim detainees rounded up in the United States after 9/11 were held. The lawsuit charges that the detainees' confinement was arbitrary, illegally based on their religion or national origin, and that guards routinely terrorized them with aggressive dogs.

In November 2004, federal officials who oversee the detention of immigrants facing deportation said they would no longer send detainees to jails that used dogs to patrol inside. That decision by the Department of Homeland Security came a day after National Public Radio broadcast an investigative report saying that the dogs had been used over a three-year period to intimidate, attack and, in at least two cases, bite immigrant detainees in the Passaic County Jail.

'To hear about the use of dogs in this way within the United States is truly shocking,' said Jonathan Turley, a professor of national security and constitutional law at George Washington University, who is not involved in the case. 'But Abu Ghraib didn't spring from the head of Zeus.'
Think again.
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