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Inside the Beltway
“Congratulations on speaking for the Republican National Committee.”
Or so an angry former President Bill Clinton spouted to a member of the audience at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado over the weekend, after the person had merely questioned why the Clinton administration failed to stop Osama bin Laden before he reared his ugly head on September 11.
The Aspen Times newspaper, meanwhile, opined that the former president’s “snap of temper was reminiscent of the September interview when Clinton accused Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace of carrying out a ‘hit job’ when he criticized Clinton for his handling of al Qaeda.”
“Did I fail to get him? Yes,” Mr. Clinton told the Aspen audience. “Did I try? Yes.”
“Went to an Indian powwow on the Flathead Indian Reservation on the Fourth of July,” writes Curt Shurgart of Kalispell, Mont., a former broadcasting colleague of this columnist.
“It was wonderful. Also surprisingly patriotic but not in your typical flag wavin’ way,” he says. “There was a very moving tribute to U.S. veterans. The vets in the stands were asked to join the Indian vets out on the dancing arena, where they all did a turn to the pounding drums. There must have been about 200 in total. They were all arranged by war — World War II first, then Korea, then Vietnam, Desert Storm, etc.
“With all the patriotic Fourth of July hoopla I had to stop and reflect on one Indian’s bumper sticker I saw. It read: “America … love it … or give it back!”
Alien phone home
Operating standards at nearly two dozen Department of Homeland Security alien detention facilities reviewed by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) “did not show a pattern of noncompliance” except in one area: telephones.
“GAO’s observations at 23 alien detention facilities showed systematic telephone system problems at 16 of 17 facilities that use the pro bono telephone system,” states a GAO report, which cites significant problems for prisoners “in making connections to consulates, pro bono legal providers, or the DHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) complaint hotline.”
As the GAO points out, the “primary way for detainees to file complaints is to contact the OIG.”
Meanwhile, the report, which was obtained by Inside the Beltway over the weekend, reveals that the total number of aliens detained per year by Homeland Security’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement increased from about 95,000 in 2001 to 283,000 last year.
The GAO says while “care and treatment of these detained aliens is a significant challenge to ICE,” few other deficiencies exist, including in the areas of medical care, use of hold rooms, use of force, food service, recreational opportunities, access to legal materials, facility grievance procedures and overcrowding — besides telephone access.
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