By Mark Dow
American Gulag takes us inside of prisons reminiscent of the Krome North carrier Processing heart in Miami, the Corrections company of Americas Houston Processing heart, and county jails round the nation that take advantage of contracts to carry INS prisoners. It includes anxious 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 us, the place he used to be imprisoned in Queens, after which undertook a starvation strike in protest. to supply a framework for realizing tales like those, Dow supplies a quick background of immigration legislation and practices within the United States—including the repercussions of September eleven and present-day guidelines. His ebook finds that present immigration detentions are top understood now not as a well-intentioned reaction to terrorism yet particularly as a part of the bigger context of INS secrecy and over the top authority.
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The FOIA specialist also said that Chief Press Oﬃcer Bergeron denied the existence of the document he had mentioned to Malone. When Malone tried to help out with the search by letting the FOIA specialist know that Bergeron had identiﬁed one Kristine Marcy as an INS ﬁeld oﬃcer knowledgeable on the subject, the FOIA specialist responded that she was unable to locate any such INS employee. Malone then called the INS switchboard, which gave him Marcy’s number. The INS continued its refusal to provide the requested information on the grounds that it was protecting the detainees’ privacy.
In refusing to lift the restrictions, Quarantillo wrote: “You sought to obtain information from an INS employee (whom you clearly knew was not the Public Aﬀairs Oﬃcer) that the Attorney General has determined is relevant to the investigation of the events of September 11 and not appropriate for release at this time. . ”33 Several weeks earlier Quarantillo had decided not to attend a public meeting set up by immigrant advocacy groups to discuss September 11 detentions with the disrupted communities because the organizers refused to comply with the INS condition that journalists be forbidden from participating.