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It's less fun than it sounds. It seems Gulf Middle School resource officer John Nohejl didn't have any porn on his Myspace page. He didn't link to any porn either. But one of his friends had a link to a legal porn site. It seems kind of like roulette. And the prize is being investigated by the state's cyber crimes unit. In Florida, of course.

Here's an interesting tidbit (thanks to Lawyers, Guns, and Money): outside the United States, only 12 people are serving life in prison and were sentenced while minors. Kids, that is, under 17.

In the United States, we have 2,225 people serving life without parole who were sentenced as minors. 2,225. I'm sorry, you cannot tell me that any kid under 17 is so damned dangerous to society that he or she has to be locked up for sixty or seventy years. That's just stupid -- a juicy corporate handout to the prison industry. 227 of those were in California alone!

Corporate welfare. Great stuff, if you're on the receiving end.

More information on this travesty of American justice at Human Rights Watch and at Amnesty. Also, a helpful chart for the visually oriented among us.

Oh, one last thing -- the report notes that black kids get life without parole ten times more often than white ones. Quelle surprise.

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Give Us Your Poor, Your Tired, Your Huddled Masses (and We'll Raid, Shackle, Beat and Detain them)

The economics of immigration are historically complex, and reasonable people can disagree about how those complexities can best be addressed and translated into policy (all of which is outside the scope of this blog). What's not so complex or disputable is that the current vendetta against "aliens" has unleashed a full scale assault against the civil liberties and human rights of immigrant communities throughout the country, "documented or undocumented", and empowered a, largely unaccountable, police apparatus, most notoriously the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The extent and magnitude of this assault is still largely unknown to most Americans, but thankfully some of the story is beginning to be told, by the National Network of Immigrant and Refugee Rights, in a new report released today.

Over a hundred cases of blatant human rights violations are documented, including the small sampling below:

ICE separates nursing mom from baby

After Saida Umanzor was detained during a raid and jailed to await deportation, ICE agents took away her nine-month old daughter, Brittney, who is a U.S. citizen, andplaced the baby in the care of social workers. Ms. Umanzor was not allowed to nurseBrittney, who had been only breast-fed up until her mother's arrest.

In all, ICE took six children away, including Ms. Umanzor's two children and her sister's three, who was at work the day of the ICE agents barged into her home. Four of the children were U.S. citizens. Ms. Umanzor was arrested on October 26 and released 11 days later, when she was put under house arrest with her baby and children.

ICE deports mother, rips family apart

ICE arrested Lilo Mancía and his wife, María Briselda Amaya, who were among 361 workers detained on March 6, 2007, during a major raid against the Michael Bianco Inc. factory in New Bedford, MA. Only Mr. Mancía was released to care for their sons, Jeffrey, two, and Kevin, five. Ms. Amaya was jailed for over a month and her children were not allowed to visit her. Then without notice, at four in the morning of April 18, ICE agents roused Ms. Amaya from her sleep and put her on a plane, deported her to Honduras, where she has no house, property, or job. Ms. Amaya and her husband had fled Honduras fearing violence and had been appealing her case for asylum. In their mother's absence, her sons, Jeffrey and Kevin, are suffering emotionally and physically. "He is refusing to eat and needs to be coaxed to take sustenance," Arthur Dutra, a teacher at the John Hannigan School, wrote in a March 15 letter about Kevin's condition. "He asks for his mother repeatedly." Jacqueline Arieta, a nurse at the Greater New Bedford Community Health Center, wrote in a separate letter that Jeffrey was having frequent earaches and losing his appetite due to "acute sadness."

ICE makes "collateral" arrests, sweeping up people without warrants during neighborhood raid

January 11, 2007, Richmond, CA: "About five officers, who identified themselves as police,knocked on the door early in the morning while we were sleeping. When my younger daughter opened the door to see who was there, they entered right away. They showed us a picture of someone and asked us if that person lives here.When we said no, they asked us each to show our papers. They arrested us because we had nothing to show. They took me, my son-in-law and his father, and put us in a black van. Later that morning, they switched us to a larger vehicle carrying many others who were caught in the raids. Even though they only had a few warrants, it seems they were prepared to arrest many more. This was not an accident; it was part of their plan."
- A mother who was arrested and detained during the Richmond ICE raids.

ICE intimidates 12-year-old to enter home; arrests four persons

September 24, 2007, New York: At 5:30am, armed ICE agents pounded on the door of the Bonilla-Velasquez home, yelling "Police! Police!" At the time, Sonia Bonilla was on her way to take her husband to work and left their daughters - Beatriz, 12, and Dalia, 9 - sleeping at home. Beatriz, awakened by ICE agent's screams, came to the door. ICE intimidated her, began to ask her who lived in the house. ICE entered the house without a court warrant or consent, conducted an unlawful search and illegally detained and arrested four residents at the home were arrested. ICE never produced a warrant. Sonia Bonilla is a lawful permanent resident and both her daughters are U.S. citizens. The Bonilla-Velasquez family lives in constant fear that ICE agents will again return and try to unlawfully enter their home.