Ever notice how many people these days are “detained” rather than arrested? The word “detained” sounds temporary. So to imprison someone without filing formal charges, you simply hold them “temporarily” but indefinitely. The logical consequence of this practice is the “disappearance” of people against whom the government has no case, or whose testimony in court would be embarrassing to the state. While we may associate such barbaric practices with banana republics, it is now happening in the U.S. But why should that surprise us? The U.S. has been taken over by the same corporate and banking institutions that run banana republics.
“‘If you don’t have enough evidence to charge someone criminally but you think he’s illegal, we can make him disappear.’ Those chilling words were spoken by James Pendergraph, then executive director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Office of State and Local Coordination, at a conference of police and sheriffs in August 2008. Also present was Amnesty International’s Sarnata Reynolds, who wrote about the incident in the 2009 report ‘Jailed Without Justice’ and said in an interview, ‘It was almost surreal being there, particularly being someone from an organization that has worked on disappearances for decades in other countries. I couldn’t believe he would say it so boldly, as though it weren’t anything wrong.’”
Read more at The Nation.