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Whistleblower Reports High Number of Hysterectomies at ICE Detention Facility

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SOURCE:  The Intercept

“He Just Empties You All Out”: Whistleblower Reports High Number of Hysterectomies at ICE Detention Facility

“People ask you why I got a hysterectomy. I couldn’t explain it. The only thing I have to say is that I’m sorry.”

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A whistleblower complaint filed this week with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General alleges that high rates of hysterectomies — sometimes without what the complaint called “proper informed consent” — have been performed on women detained in a privately owned immigration jail in Georgia.

The complaint, filed by the human rights group Project South, quoted a detainee from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Irwin County Detention Center saying that five women who had the procedure between October and December 2019 had told her that they “reacted confused when explaining why they had one done.” Multiple women claimed that they did not have access to proper interpreters and that medical staff often did not speak Spanish.

The accounts in Project South’s complaint — which included that of the whistleblower Dawn Wooten, a licensed practical nurse at the facility — were consistent with accounts given in separate interviews conducted by The Intercept with three other current detainees at the facility, eight advocates for detainees at the prison, and a former Irwin employee, all of whom requested anonymity for fear of reprisals against themselves and their clients.

Dawn Wooten sitting in the park on Sept. 2, 2020.    Photo: Courtesy of Dawn Wooten

“Everybody he sees has a hysterectomy — just about everybody,” Wooten, who is being represented as a whistleblower by Project South and the Government Accountability Project, explained in the complaint. “I’ve had several inmates tell me that they’ve been to see the doctor, and they’ve had hysterectomies, and they don’t know why they went or why they’re going.”

Like many other ICE detention centers, Irwin, which is operated by the private prison firm LaSalle Corrections, has come under fire for medical mistreatment. Wooten’s whistleblower complaint, which The Intercept reported on Monday, focused on precautions at Irwin related to the coronavirus pandemic. The accounts of the high rates of hysterectomies, which were first reported by the legal website Law and Crime, were also included in the Project South complaint to the Office of the Inspector General.

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NARA Responds to Controversial ICE Records Destruction Request

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Source:  libraryjournal.com

by Lisa Peet

The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) has requested that National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Records Management sign off on a records retention schedule that would potentially destroy detainee records in 11 item categories, including accounts of solitary confinement, assault, sexual abuse, and investigations into deaths in ICE custody. Proposed retention periods ranged from 20 years for sexual assault and death records to three years for solitary confinement reports; this means that records dating back to ICE’s founding in 2003 could be destroyed as early as 2023.

All federal agencies periodically propose a retention schedule for a series of records to NARA, to determine which must be retained permanently in the National Archives and which can be considered temporary—and how long temporary records must be retained before they can be destroyed. NARA staff reviews each submission, typically meeting with agency subject matter experts, before the records schedule is approved by the Archivist of the United States.

In addition to deciding which records have lasting historical or research value and warrant permanent retention, NARA reviews the retention periods proposed for temporary records to ensure that those spans protect the legal rights of both the Government and private parties. Public input on the proposed schedules is mandated by law, and is solicited through comments on a notice posted to the Federal Register.

ICE’s proposed schedule DAA-0567-2015-0013, submitted in October 2015, represented a new request for the disposition of unscheduled records, rather than a change to an existing schedule. Since it was posted to the Federal Register on July 14, 2017, it has garnered an unprecedented number of comments, received substantial attention in the media, and raised concerns among archivists, historians, and civil liberties organizations.

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The Ruthie Report: ICE releases illegal alien criminals

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5 Ways DHS Violates the Constitution with Website Domain Seizures

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David Makarewicz, Contributing Writer
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Last week, Bryan McCarthy, the 32 year old operator of ChannelSurfing.net, was arrested on charges of criminal copyright infringement.  ChannelSurfing.net was one of the streaming sports sites that had its domain seized by federal authorities shortly before the Super Bowl as part of the “In Our Sites” program, run by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  Prior to the seizure, McCarthy reportedly made more than $90,000 from advertisements on his site.

This arrest has once again raised questions about the In Our Sites program, in which the Government has seized thousands of domains accused, but not convicted, of copyright infringement, illegal streaming of sporting events, selling black market goods and distributing child pornography.  Critics ranging from bloggers to individual rights advocates to Senators have questioned the constitutionality of these seizures.

The most serious constitutional issues arise because the Government does not provide any notice to the domain owners prior to seizing them.  One moment, their normal site is up at their web address, the next moment, all that is up at their web address is a DHS/ICE seal.  Without knowing what they have been accused of or having the opportunity to defend their site, the Government has repurposed the owners’ private property.

In order to seize the domain names without notice to the owners, the Government uses a procedure that permits it to bring an action directly against a piece of property used in the commission of a crime–in this case the domain name–rather than the owner.  This type of action (called an “In Rem” forfeiture) is not new.  In the past, the government has used In Rem actions for purposes such as an action against an automobile used to transport bootleg whiskey. READ FULL ARTICLE

DHS Seizes Websites for Merely LINKING to Copyrighted Material

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Eric Blair
Activist Post

Apparently the Department of Homeland Security is now authorized to rewrite and enforce copyright infringement laws.  In a stunning precedent, the recent round of domain seizures to shut down websites that allowed illegal streaming of the Super Bowl also included a few other websites that were seized simply for linking to infringing content. More

USBC Wants Congressional Hearings on ICE Directors’ Misconduct

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Submitted by: Ruthie Hendrycks

 
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents believe overwhelmingly that their agency’s leadership has become so politicized that it compromises the effectiveness of ICE and the safety of American people.

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Terrorists: The ‘Other’ Illegal Immigrants

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The ‘Other Than Mexican’ Aliens

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Jun 7 2010
Not all illegal aliens crossing our borders are looking to take advantage of the American way of life; some are looking to destroy it. More

Many U.S. Parks, Monuments, Wildlife Refuges & Public Lands are too dangerous forU.S. public to use

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By Michael Webster: Syndicated Investigative Reporter. June 19, 2010 at 5:30 PM PDT______________________________________________________

“In effect our Government has ceded millions of acres of our federal lands to the Mexican Drug Cartels who have also taken control of many counties in Texas, New Mexico and at least three Arizona counties, endangering American lives and is encroaching on our national sovereignty.”

See Border Wilderness is just too dangerous for the public use.  Click on or Google: 

The United States no longer controls many of our Wilderness Areas, National Parks, Monuments, Wildlife Refuges, Gunnery Ranges, Military Reservations, State Lands and provides little or no security to private land owners along our southern border. Because according to U.S. law enforcement drug cartels now control these areas. More

The Fed refuses to enforce immigration codes; amnesty is promised again

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While congress promises yet another assault labeled as amnesty…
it violates its own corporate code and refuses to enforce its 
own rules.  The immigration system isn’t broken…..it just isn’t 
enforced.  Marti
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Search 8 U.S.C. § 1325 : US Code - Section 1325: 
Improper entry by alien
   (a) Improper time or place; avoidance of examination or 
inspection; misrepresentation and concealment of facts
 Any alien who: 
(1) enters or attempts to enter the United States
at any time or place other than as designated by immigration
officers, or More

Mexican Drug Cartel bosses and U.S. Agent plead guilty

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PPJ Correspondent:  For more articles by MW go to:

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www.lagunajournal.com or www.borderfire.com

Michael Webster: Syndicated Investigative Reporter. Oct 22, 2009 at 5:00 PM PDT

Federal court documents show that the Arrelano Felix Organization (AFO) also known as the Arrelano Felix Family is a criminal enterprise based in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. For more than 20 years, the AFO has shipped hundreds of tons of cocaine and marijuana to the United States; laundered hundreds of millions of dollars in drug proceeds; kidnapped, tortured, and murdered numerous persons, including informants and law enforcement personnel; and paid millions of dollars in bribes to government officials. The cartel nearly collapsed in 2002, after Ramon Arrelano Felix was killed by the police, and Brother Benjamin was taken into custody. However, the cartel has since seen resurgence in strength, power, and violence.  And, with the recruiting of U.S. Government agents and others, the cartel continues to be a major player in all organized crime in Baja California.

The remarkable thing about this case is one of the defendants is a high ranking current or former United States Government agent with ICE, little known fact that has not been brought to the attention of the public by U.S. Authorities. One high ranking Mexican official pointed out that they (the U.S. Government) may not realize it themselves. More

Corrupt U.S. Government official operating illegally with Mexican Drug Cartels for profit

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By Michael Webster: Syndicated Investigative Reporter. 

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Former ICE Official Richard Padilla Cramer

As an ICE official he invested cash in global drug deals endangered the lives of U.S. and Mexican law enforcement by selling secret U.S. Government information to Mexican Drug Cartels (MDC’s) and ran huge cocaine shipments to Spain via US ports. Feds say he joined cartel full time after he retired from ICE.

Richard Padilla Cramer, a 26-year veteran of the U.S. anti-drug complex was arrested by DEA agents last month and is behind bars in Florida awaiting the results of a Federal Grand Jury investigation. Cramer was arrested and jailed after U.S. Government officials accused him of directing a massive cocaine shipment to Spain via the United States, and selling important information in law enforcement databases to a vicious Mexican Drug Cartel. More

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