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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

"You won't have your names when you ride the big airplane."

Goodbye to my Juan, goodbye, Rosalita,
Adios mis amigos, Jesus y Maria;
You won't have your names when you ride the big airplane,
All they will call you will be "deportees"

--Woodie Guthrie

Chet Scoville at The Vanity Press and an affiliate of Progressive Bloggers calls attention to the revelation in the Washington Post that deportees are being filled with anti-psychotic drugs as part of a "pre-flight cocktail" even though they have no history of mental illness.

The links on this story repay following. The WaPo story itself is three pages long with an additional glossary, an archive of documents (including a multimedia archive) and A Closer Look At 83 Deaths

"Based on confidential medical records and other sources, The Washington Post identified 83 deaths of immigration detainees between March 2003, when the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency was created, and March 2008."

This is going to be hitting the fan for a long time to come. These cases are closer to home than Bagram Air Force Base, Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, or black sites where detainees are farmed out to states operating as torture contractors; it is wider-ranging than alleged Islamic jihadists charged with nothing.
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