Wednesday, May 14, 2008

unfuckingbelievable: US drugs deportees

More US government jackassery, courtesy of the Washington Post.

The U.S. government has injected hundreds of foreigners it has deported with dangerous psychotropic drugs against their will to keep them sedated during the trip back to their home country, according to medical records, internal documents and interviews with people who have been drugged.

The government's forced use of antipsychotic drugs, in people who have no history of mental illness, includes dozens of cases in which the "pre-flight cocktail," as a document calls it, had such a potent effect that federal guards needed a wheelchair to move the slumped deportee onto an airplane. . . .

Involuntary chemical restraint of detainees, unless there is a medical justification, is a violation of some international human rights codes. The practice is banned by several countries where, confidential documents make clear, U.S. escorts have been unable to inject deportees with extra doses of drugs during layovers en route to faraway places.

I don't know why I should actually be surprised that these cowboys occupying the US government should continue to act in defiance of agreed world standards, but I am. God save us from this fuckheaded idiots. Can somebody please invade us and remove these criminals? Doesn't any country besides the US practice regime change? Somebody save us from these thugs!!

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Blogger joe said...

Hi Sweetie. I see you're back from vacation and raring to go!

You should check out "Act 2" of the following "This American Life" radio show about widows denied immigration rights. Actually, the whole episode is fairly interesting if you want an hour's worth of listening.

May 14, 2008 7:17 PM  
Blogger joe said...

oops... here's the link:

May 14, 2008 7:17 PM  
Anonymous ewe said...

this is the only way we know how to get people to cooperate. Sadly i say we because it is all of us that are responsible. Perhaps that is the way to get people to change. Start blaming every american citizen for this. It would be justified. It would be true too. We the people etc.

May 14, 2008 10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the surface this isn't right, but I want to know more.. Were these deportees dangerous to others? It may be justified if so.

May 14, 2008 11:51 PM  
Anonymous Tater said...

You know, this isn't at all surprising. I wish I could say that it is isolated to the current administration, but this "Do as we say, not as we do" mentality, has been a legacy of our country for a long, long time. Hypocrisy extends all the way back to colonial times. Our current administration is just so patently obvious and ungraceful in their arrogant approach to despicable policy, That it seems more disheartening. Well that, and the fact that so many Americans seem entirely disengaged, and will not cry out in opposition to obvious misdeeds, and that our free press isn't at all free anymore to loudly criticize the power brokers. Everything seems to be amplified these days to those of us that still care, because of the futility of our voiced concerns to effect any change. Seems like the blogosphere is the only place left to express dissent.

May 15, 2008 5:37 AM  
Blogger Doralong said...

I'd like to say I'm shocked.. sadly not so much.

May 15, 2008 9:28 AM  
Anonymous ewe said...

and the guy who was quoted as saying "nighty night" before drugging someone is nothing short of terrorism. He should have a 12 inch screw drilled right into the top of his head for that. I know i am not the only one that finds this frightening, disgraceful and appalling. Of course i have only heard it here on blog.

May 16, 2008 2:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um, did you read the whole article? This was started not by the Bush administration but under the CLINTON administration. I know it's easy to blame the current administration for everything, but please try to be accurate.

It also points out that drugs were given to those who had a history of resisting deportation and of violent behavior.

May 16, 2008 1:25 PM  
Anonymous ewe said...

America began centuries ago with our forefathers and others but it continues today with the current adminisration and us. Whats your point? Two wrongs make a right? I don't get it. Are you releasing current blame or just adding more to the list?

May 16, 2008 11:02 PM  
Anonymous Therese said...

After knowing what our government did to U.S. citizens during the Tuskeegee experiments, nothing, absolutely nothing, would surprise me. I do think that we owe a debt of gratitude to any and all journalists who have the balls to investigate any of this and report it. The Bush administration has conducted itself with such secrecy that one can only imagine what will be found out in the years to come.

May 17, 2008 11:11 AM  
Blogger Dusty said...

The day I saw this, it literally made me cry.

It also reminded me that the Nazi's did the same thing..on a larger scale of course..but the difference is only degree.

May 17, 2008 11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Comparing this to what the Nazis did? ARe you kidding? Your high school history teacher needs to be fired, apparently. Go read a book about what the Nazis did first since you obviously don't know. There is no comparison.

May 18, 2008 10:28 PM  
Blogger BigAssBelle said...

anonymous, as ewe said, you've missed the point. and i'm not sure what article you read, and i'm never going to even suggest that clinton was perfect, but what i see in THIS article is that the clinton administration requested a review of the law and was told that sedating prisons in this manner ~ as bush has done ~ is not supported.

drugs were given for convenience, not because there was a verifiable mental illness, but for the convenience of the transporters. this fits with the cowboy mentality of the bush administration, kickin' ass and takin' names, all that kind of jingoistic bullshit that has afflicted this nation since 9/11.

May 19, 2008 2:12 PM  

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