Here's a brief follow-up to a post from last week, Burma on the Potmac. It's another story of security apparatchiks gone wild at the federal Agency for Control of Scary Darkies, also known as Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The controllers have now "disappeared" more than 100 detainees, suddenly dispersing them from a California holding pen to points unknown. Not even the captives' lawyers know where they are:
The American Civil Liberties Union said more than 100 detainees were moved Saturday from the Terminal Island facility to various facilities in the southern United States.
Their attorneys -- caught by surprise -- were stymied in their efforts to find their clients.
ACLU attorney Ahilan Arulanantham called the move "a serious injustice by the government" and predicted many trial delays will result. Arulanantham said dozens of his clients -- locked up while fighting deportation -- were among the missing.
"I don't know where they are," he told the Times. "I have to hope that they will call sometime. It's a nightmare."
The "disappeared" -- that horrifying designation which first gained currency in Stalinist Russia then later spread throughout Latin America in the militarist regimes carefully cultivated by Washington -- is now a present and growing reality in the United States itself. As we said the other day, anyone who believes that this kind of arbitrary treatment
As the man said, it's a nightmare.