Tuesday, August 19, 2008

America's Prison Planet Dreams

How many more Iraqis can you put behind bars without trial?

"Reports that U.S. and Iraqi government jails hold nearly 100,000 prisoners most of them languishing there without trial and proof of wrong doing are appalling.
Most arrests in Iraq whether by U.S. or Iraqi troops are arbitrary, carried out with little or no evidence.
The U.S. was most vociferous in its condemnation of the former regime for its arbitrary and summary arrests and inhuman conditions of its prisons.
But for many Iraqis this so-called 'beacon of democracy’ has even surpassed Saddam Hussein in human rights violations.
U.S. troops can do almost everything with impunity in Iraq. They have the right to seize any one in the country merely on suspicion of 'terror’ which no authority in the world can define what it really means.
And to provide enough room for its Iraqi suspects, the U.S. has built numerous prisons in the country – perhaps its only post-war reconstruction feat."

Sunnis Protest Baghdad's "Prison Wall"

"Residents of a Sunni enclave of Baghdad demonstrated and shouted slogans yesterday against a newly built wall sealing off their neighborhood from the rest of the city.
About 2,000 people marched through al-Adhamiyah in east Baghdad carrying banners saying that their district was being turned into "a big prison".

Jails 'R Us

"The number of people behind bars not only dwarfs America's historical incarceration rates; it defies international comparisons as well. While America has about 5% of the world's population, almost one in four persons incarcerated worldwide are incarcerated in the US."

Police get ready to welcome Denver visitors

"In Denver, police are preparing what a local political organizer calls a 'concentration camp,' laying in wait for mass arrests anticipated during the upcoming Democratic National Convention."



Post a Comment

<< Home

Cost of the War in Iraq
(JavaScript Error)
To see more details, click here.