Sunday, September 24, 2006

arrests designed to inspire terror

* my post about Larisa's cousin being held incommunicado and facing deportation caused a bit of a storm, partly because I was imprecise (because I didn't know the facts) when I wrote:
'Another 900 people' in some indeterminate part of Florida (perhaps the State?) have been given their deportation notices in the last little while
That paragraph now reads:
'Another 900 people' in Broward county alone have been given their deportation notices since Sept 1.'
everyone happy now? sheesh. That's 900 people, in 3 weeks, in one county.

In other news, this from an interview in Harpers:
Soviet arrests were designed to inspire terror. Some people were taken off the street. Others were surprised in their beds in late night roundups. In Soviet prisons, detainees were stripped, searched, and led into special rooms where they were told to face the wall and assume stress positions. Most people were rounded up with no real evidence and without prior investigation. Interrogators withheld food, water, medical assistance, communication with relatives, and sleep until detainees agreed to talk.

Update: This from the Miami Herald:
"An increase in detentions of foreign nationals by immigration officers in Florida has led to a surge in the detainee population at the already crowded Krome facility in West Miami-Dade.

Stepped up enforcement by immigration officers has resulted in a sharp increase in the number of detainees at the Krome detention center in West Miami-Dade where the population may now exceed 1,000 -- almost double its publicly stated capacity.


Barbara Gonzalez, a Miami spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in an e-mail that a recent increase in enforcement operations was largely responsible for the detainee ''surge'' at the site. ``This is the result of local immigration enforcement activity within the Miami Field Office.''."


«—U®Anu§—» said...

900 people in one county in 3 weeks. I don't know how it'll play there or in my county, but like I said before, I sure hope I don't see any sweeps in my neighborhood (being far too easily given to senseless expressions of opinion).

profmarcus said...

there are many ways to induce fear... when i arrived back in the u.s. in early june, i had my laptop, camera, and jump drive seized by customs officials and not returned for three weeks... it wasn't until july that i discovered that a federal court in the california district had approved warrantless search and seizure of laptops by customs officials... i have since been through u.s. customs once without incident, but, lemme tell ya, i was nervous about it... i have to go through again in mid-november and i ain't lookin' forward to that one either...

admittedly, however, being snatched off the street, out of your home, or yanked from your job inspires a entirely different level of fear...

borrowing from the broadway musical, "the music man," "we got trouble; oh, yes, we got trouble; we got trouble, right here in river city..."

Miguel said...

I'm really sorry to hear about Larisa's cousin. They are probably holding her on some technicality- like she forgot to send them her current address or something like that.

The federal government stinks, through and through.

lukery said...

prof - i dont think i'll go back to the US until these goons get thrown out.

miguel - perhaps you are right - but even if it is 'legitimate,' the idea that she isnt even allowed to make a phone call is outrageous!