Secretly and in violation of the law that he is supposedly the upholder of Albert ‘It’s not torture if I say it isn’t’ Gonzales’s justice department has quietly begun to segregate Muslim and Middle-eastern prisoners. They are then put under restricted privileges and constant monitoring:-
Implemented in December, the special “Communications Management Unit” (CMU) at a federal penitentiary in Indiana targeting Muslim and Middle-Eastern inmates was not implemented through the process required by federal law.
Under the CMU program, telephone communications must be conducted using monitored phone lines, be live-monitored by staff, are subject to recording, and must be in English only. All letters must be reviewed by staff prior to delivery or sending. Visits must be non-contact only, live-monitored, and subject to recording in English.
Dr. Dhafir was convicted for violating US sanctions against Iraq, because he had sent humanitarian aid to the country during the restricted period. Dhafir was not charged with any terrorism related activities or a violent offense.
The current unit has at present only 16 prisoners, but is expected to have 60-70 more added soon. Dhafir writes that the CMU “is still not fully understood. The staff here is struggling to make sense of the whole situation,” and says that the prisoners are “so far treated with great respect and good accommodation” but “with the new system we will have absolutely no privacy.” The letter has been posted on a support site for Dhafir.
Paul Wright, the editor of Prison Legal News, told Raw Story that “segregating prisoners based on their race, national origin or language directly contradicts the recent US supreme court ruling in Johnson v. California which held that the racial segregation of prisoners was illegal.” –
When they tried to implement this last year they were stopped, so now it looks like they are going ahead secretly, nevermind the law. I now feel the need to play my favourite five minutes of American TV since ‘Twin Peaks’.