A rash of articles has surfaced deploring pervasive rape among inmates in U.S. jails and prisons. The July 8 opinion piece in the Washington Times by Lovisa Stannow, executive director of Just Detention International (formerly Stop Prisoner Rape) inadvertently highlighted two national disgraces: prison rapes and the U.S. rate of prisoner release, a shocking 95 percent of all inmates. If this statistic is even close to accurate, no wonder our nation’s streets are awash in violent crime by repeat offenders with long “rap sheets."
The picture that emerges from 51 pages of recently declassified documents about detention at Guantanamo is one of persistent torture approved directly by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, combined with administrative incompetence on the ground at Guantanamo and a flagrant White House betrayal of military brass in charge of interrogations.
At the behest of the Mexican government, federal agents are scouring the streets of Houston in search of guns and information. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives recently sent 100 agents from around the country to do the job. The plan is part of the ATF’s project Gunrunner, the agency’s battle plan to slow the flow of American guns into Mexico.
Defense lawyers for a former Guantanamo Bay detainee have won a partial victory in opening up the torture at secret CIA prisons around the world during the Bush administration.