US Prison System Sued for Isolating Muslims

Here is we go again, our authorities try to protect us, and Muslims look to reverse policies by claiming discrimination. For the record, the Fort Hood terrorist Hasan also claimed discrimination.

US prison system sued for isolating Muslims

The US Bureau of Prisons is being sued for allegedly discriminating against Muslims by placing them in secret prisons where communication is severely restricted. The so-called “State-side Guantanamo” facilities are the targets of the case filed against the government by the Center for Constitutional Rights.

The US Federal prison system has two facilities, referred to as Communications Management Units (CMUs), where all correspondence and telephone calls to and from the inmates are monitored. The CMUs were set up during the Bush administration when authorities discovered that some Islamic militants were able to send messages abroad from their prison cells.

According the the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), the 76 inmates housed in the isolation units are there to prevent them from furthering acts of terrorism. But civil liberties advocates say the extreme conditions in the CMUs amount to abuse and that the programme violates the inmate’s constitutional rights.

The Center for Constitutional Rights filed a lawsuit against the government on Tuesday on behalf of five current and former inmates held in CMUs. The NGO argues that the inmates were held in extreme environments, that are not warranted given the nature of the crimes for which they were convicted.

Rachel Meeropol, a staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, says the conditions at the CMU’s are inhumane:

“…prisoners are being moved without explanation, and they’re subject to extremely restrictive conditions of confinement. The conditions include a lack of any physical contact with visiting family members or friends. Even when they have young children they cannot hold them or greet them.”

A lack of process
The Center for Constitutional Rights acknowledges that there may be some inmates who need to be isolated to prevent them from aiding in terrorism. But the group points out that the government still has an obligation to set out a transparent policy that outlines the process by which inmates are selected for placement in a CMU.

Critics of the programme say this lack of process makes CMUs ripe for discrimination. And the court papers filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights state that two-thirds of the CMU inmates are Muslims, a figure that over-represents the proportion of Muslim prisoners by more than 1000 percent. Ms Meeropol says the CMU programme flies in the face of US Constitutional legal precedence:

“…because of the lack of process, these units violate the Constitutional right to procedural due process, as well as amounting to cruel and unusual punishment. We’re also claiming that the units violate indvidual substantive due process rights and First Amendment rights to freedom of association.”

Finding a solution
Bureau of Prisons director, Harley Lappin, sounded resolute when he told a US congressional budget hearing that the CMUs had been set up in response to complaints from Congress that inmates were inappropriately communicating. Still, the BOP has announced that they will post unit rules in a few weeks and those regulations will be open to public discussion for 90 days.

But prisoner rights advocates say the BOP is still not doing enough to provide public review of the CMU programme. And Ms Meeropol believes there are only two ways in which the government can fix the situation:

“The Bureau of Prisons can either implement some level of process to ensure individuals are not being moved into these secretive units for discriminatory or retaliatory reasons… or [they can] scrap the units all together. We’re asking either that the CMUs be shut down or that they brought to meet Constitutional standards.”

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20 comments for “US Prison System Sued for Isolating Muslims

  1. March 31, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Good for the US Bureau of Prisons. What a bunch of whining rights advocates. These are normal jail conditions all over the country. Do they really think our people jailed in Islamic states would be treated half as well? Ridiculous. Next they will want extra special treatment just because they are Moslem, and special visiting rooms, prayer rooms, bathing rooms…. (harems…)… where will it end? Look at the UK.

    • March 31, 2010 at 11:45 pm

      Exactly. In the UK, the toilets are now aligned the right way so that they don't defecate while facing mecca and their meals are all halal.

  2. All
    March 31, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    “…prisoners are being moved without explanation, and they’re subject to extremely restrictive conditions of confinement. The conditions include a lack of any physical contact with visiting family members or friends. Even when they have young children they cannot hold them or greet them.”

    What do they think Rifqa Bary is going through? God forbid that they should make a case out of it and sue the ones that are isolating Rifqa Bary! Oh no, isolate the apostate, but not the muslim! God forbid.

    What hypocrisy!!!!!!!!

    • March 31, 2010 at 10:26 pm

      There are plenty of prisoners that are confined to their cells 23 hours a day, but when Muslims are involved the world comes running to stand up for them.

  3. April 1, 2010 at 12:05 am

    On February 19, 1942, US President F.D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 authorising the internment of Japanese and Japanese-Americans in the US.

    Imagine if Dubya did the same thing to arselifters after 9/11.

  4. April 1, 2010 at 1:09 am

    Dear IL Muslim inmates: John Gotti didn't whine like a little girl about Marion. Why are you such babies about it?

  5. Robin Shadowes
    April 1, 2010 at 1:41 am

    Everyone my age probably remembers the movie Midnight Express from 78 I think it was depecting the turkish penal system. I doubt it has improved to the better in the last 32 years with a humanitarian arselifter as Erdoclown in charge.

    • April 1, 2010 at 1:47 am

      That was a great movie, although that kid was obviously a fool.

  6. Tonto
    April 1, 2010 at 3:19 am

    Go ahead and let the ragheads in with the general prison populations. They'll come out wearing dresses and high heels…LOL!!!! Serve them right too!

    • April 1, 2010 at 5:49 am

      It occurs to me that the other prisoners may complaint about the smell. Arselifters have funny ablution habits.

      • Robin Shadowes
        April 1, 2010 at 6:44 pm

        Yep, they don't use toilet rolls. They use the left hand to wipe their arse. The right is for eating and therefore haram to use to wipe their backsides with. According to their holy scriptures, rocks and stones can also being used to wipe their arses with. Nothing I would try though. I've also read that they use a hose to clean themselves with. Seems to me like the less messy alternative to me. But it has obviously never occured to them that we in the west have something called toilet rolls.

        • April 2, 2010 at 2:32 am

          Ah, yes, the odd number of stones. I'm told Pakis dip their hand into a pot of water to wipe themselves off but they don't change the water afterwards. Not sure if they share the pot.

          Foot bathing leads to some amusing stuff. I recall one American mentioning that he's seen them washing their feet in the mens' room basins at work.

          Of course, limb amputation might prove interesting. Which hand do they lop off first? The one that wipes or the one they use to eat with? Unless they use the remaining one for both afterwards, does someone else wipe them or feed them?

          • Amelia
            June 11, 2012 at 6:43 pm

            your just jealous cuz ur ass reeks of shitt nasty ass wiper

  7. April 1, 2010 at 5:41 am

    Isn't it self evident that not any "culture" of the world belongs to any place? Isn't it self evident that of all especially Islam does not belong to America – a Judeo-Christian nation? That consistent Moslems have no business here and have no other goal than to undermine the American values?!

    Rid of Islam in America, period. And be aware about the objective reality of the global conflict and the tension that builds up:

  8. April 2, 2010 at 2:39 am

    LOL! Those whacky arselifters sure are kooky!

    Number 4 is very funny, picture an arselifter watching TV while on the toilet for hours! lol!

    Number 7, so arselifters don't use urinals?

    Number 9 is really crazy!

    • Robin Shadowes
      April 2, 2010 at 4:28 am

      Yep, they're nuts big time. This really shows how they are controlled from the cradle to the grave. It's one thing they have to swim with their clothes in public baths but it is sick they even has to do it in the privacy of their own homes. I was told once what ghufranake means but I have forgotten it since then. LOL

  9. Jason
    June 11, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Yes Muslims stay cleaner using water to clean themselves, but they dont lick wiped assholes like non-muslim americans.

    • admin
      June 11, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      I though Muslims are supposed to be peaceful……BTW, don’t think I cannot see that you are posting under the name “Amelia” as well.

  10. Amelia
    June 11, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Such ignorance! satying clean is suddenly a form of oppression???

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