Boy, if Mexico weren't paying for it, taxpayers would really get mad.
CBS News's "60 Minutes" did a good old-fashioned holy shit looka this corruption! story this weekend on Fisher Sand and Gravel, the lucky ducky contracting company from North Dakota that managed to Fox News its way into the biggest single contract for building Trump's border WALL. The report, by Sharyn Alfonsi, goes over some territory familiar to people who've been following WALL nonsense closely, but also breaks some new news on Trump's pressure to get a WALL contract. It also brings the outrageous scam involving a three-mile stretch of privately built WALL in Texas to a wider audience, so good on "60 Minutes." The full segment is viewable here, but here's the opening bit, showing the erosion that's already plaguing the privately built unofficial WALL on the banks of the Rio Grande near Mission, Texas:
Attorney for land owners says parts of southern border wall failing due to erosion youtu.be
If the erosion story sounds familiar, that's because ProPublica covered it in painstaking holy shit detail in July. Furrthermore, that three-mile chunk of WALL was put up under the auspices of "We Build The Wall," the Trump-humping "nonprofit" whose sketchy fundraising led to the August arrests of We Build the Wall founder Brian Kolfage and board member Steve Bannon, along with two other dipshits you've never heard of.
This would be the creep who kept a database of their periods.
You all remember Scott Lloyd, right? The anti-choice fanatic lawyer who was the director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement despite having absolutely no experience in that area? The guy who was part of the stellar team that oversaw the separation of children from their parents? The guy who believes no one should be able to have an abortion because his ex-girlfriend got one and he's still mad about it? The guy who held a teen girl hostage in order to prevent her from having an abortion? The guy who forced another teen girl into an emergency room because she had taken an abortion pill and he wanted to make them reverse it? The guy who kept a freaking database of when all of the teenage girls he oversaw were menstruating and wouldn't let them see actual doctors but instead forced them to go to crisis pregnancy centers where they got propaganda and ultrasounds and personal pleas from Scott Lloyd about the evils of abortion?
The guy who has probably done even worse things than all of this that we can't even think of right now?
Yeah, him. He's back. Not in the way that he is in charge of anything, thank goodness — he's just writing for The Federalist, which I guess is the place you go when you want to say something extraordinarily terrible and also be paid for it. By whom, we still do not know.
'Forced Hysterectomies? Well We Never,' Says ICE, As They Try To Deport The Women Before They Can Testify
Rep. Pramila Jayapal says there seem to be a minimum of 17 women. DHS is investigating.
Earlier this week, whistleblower Dawn Wooten came forward to claim that ICE detainees at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia were subjected to forced hysterectomies. Immediately, Dr. Ada Rivera, medical director of the ICE Health Service Corps, swore to high heaven that no such thing ever happened, claiming that since 2018 there had only been two hysterectomies "referred" from that facility and that they were done with the consent of the patients, because they would just never do something like that without consent.
Yesterday, Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington state said she had become aware of at least 17 women who had been "subjected to unnecessary medical gynecological procedures" from just one doctor — and that ICE had attempted to deport one of these women that very morning.
The doctor was known as 'the Uterus Collector.' Sorry about your nightmares. Also their wombs.
Hey, have you somehow managed to make it to Tuesday without becoming horribly depressed about the state of country?
Well, don't worry, because that ends now. Project South, an anti-poverty advocacy group based in Georgia, has filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General (HSIG) about Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC), where private prison company LaSalle Corrections takes your tax dollars to house ICE detainees.
The complaint is beyond shocking, even by the standards of 2020. God protect the whistleblowers! But not the people who run private prisons, who are going straight to hell.
Based on the testimony of Dawn Wooten, a nurse at the facility, and interviews with immigrant detainees, the document describes conditions that violated basic human rights, and were then exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis. Short-staffed because so many employees were out sick, LaSalle is alleged to have routinely skimped on care, serving its charges spoiled food, denying them insulin and HIV medication, and locking them up in filth and squalor. But it's the allegations of widespread sterilizations via hysterectomy, first picked up by Law & Crime, that are getting the most attention.
Wooten described one outside gynecologist who was known to medical staff as "a uterus collector" because "everybody he sees, he's taking all their uteruses out or he's taken their tubes out."