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    Because you won't see this on Fox News...

    Calif. Muslims Detained in Crowded, Cold Centers

    By Jill Serjeant

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hundreds of Muslim men and boys are being subjected to strip searches in freezing, standing room only detention centers in southern California after being arrested for routine visa irregularities, immigration lawyers said on Thursday.

    They estimated that between 1,000 and 2,500 males, some as young as 16, were spending their fourth day locked up in what they called inhumane conditions after voluntarily presenting themselves at immigration offices to register under new anti-terrorism rules.

    "The situation in the detention centers is absolutely horrifying. In one center, they were ordered to strip down and given a strip search. They were only given a prison jumpsuit, without any underwear, T-shirts, socks or shoes. They were not given blankets. They are freezing," Iranian-American lawyer Sohelia Jonoubi told Reuters.

    Justice Department officials in Washington, breaking an almost week-long silence on the arrests, said 227 people had been detained in California for overstaying their visas under a post-Sept. 11 program that requires men over 16, without permanent residence status, from 20 Arab or Muslim countries to register with authorities.

    But the official figures differed widely from anecdotal evidence from families in the Los Angeles area who reported that scores of husbands, brothers and fathers had spent most of this week locked up and treated like criminals.

    "These people are being held in inhumane conditions...We don't know how many. We have estimated anywhere between 1,000 to 2,500 detained in southern California. The INS in Los Angeles is overworked, overwhelmed and doing everything they can (but) these people were not prepared to handle it," Iranian-American Lawyers Association spokesman Kayhan Shakib told Reuters.
    Maybe the US was hoping to catch Osama Bin Laden by asking him to walk into detainment voluntarily?

    Guess it's that whole "Yo're either with us or against us" metality - though if you're against us, we throw you in a concentration camp...

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    thats horrible.

    can you post a link to this article please? thanks

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    This can only fuel these people's hate towards America. I really wonder about the mentality of some people in power...

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    Originally posted by kamyab
    thats horrible.

    can you post a link to this article please? thanks
    Sorry - thought I did.
    http://reuters.com/printerFriendlyPo...toryID=1939069

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