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British Broadcasting Corporation Home. A Texas grand jury has charged US Vice-President Dick Cheney for "organised criminal activity" related to alleged abuse of private prison inmates. The indictment has not been seen by a judge, who could dismiss it.
Well, it would be nice if these guys ever went to jail for anything, but it seems unlikely that they will go to jail for this. A grand jury in South Texas handed down indictments against various current and former public officials connected with wrongdoing in private prisons -- including, most notably, Dick Cheney and Alberto Gonzales. This is an ugly, complicated story, so let's cut to the chase: how many South Texas prisoners has Dick Cheney had shipped up to his basement dungeon in the Naval Observatory for experiments?
Dick Cheney and Alberto Gonzales have been indicted by a grand jury for illegal detention practices! Time for some celebratory terrorist fist jabs! Not so fast, champ. Cheney and Gonzales have been indicted in a South Texas county, and it has nothing to do with Gitmo, Abu Ghraib, or black sites.
A lot of people blame Texas for giving the world George W. Bushbut marrying a girl from Sugar Land has cured me of that particular liberal fantasy. True, to a guy from the Northeast, Texas can seem like Bizarro land: they're at least as Republican down there as we are Democratic up here.
The indictment returned Monday has not yet been signed by the presiding judge, and no action can be taken until that happens. The seven indictments made public in Willacy County on Tuesday included one naming state Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr.
A grand jury in south Texas indicted Mr Cheney and Alberto Gonzales, the former Attorney General, on state charges that they blocked an investigation into the mistreatment of prisoners. The indictment cites a "money trail" relating to Mr Cheney's financial stake in prison-related businesses, including the Vanguard Group, which has an interest in privately-run federal jails in the region. According to a grand jury in Willacy County, Mr Cheney is "is "profiteering from depriving human beings of their liberty".
Cheney and former U. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, charging Cheney with contributing to prisoner abuse in privately-run prisons and Gonzales with covering up the abuse by interfering with investigations. It stated that Cheney and the companies, in a for-profit scheme, neglected federal prisoners by allowing them to be assaulted by other prisoners and denying them proper medical care, among other allegations. Vice President Richard B.
Officials were directed to not renew or substantially downscale contracts with prison operators as they expire. Federal inmates in private prisons were found to be nine times more likely to be placed on lockdown than those at other federal prisons, and were frequently subjected to arbitrary solitary confinement. Inmates at two of the three contract prisons routinely visited by inspectors were automatically placed in solitary confinement as a way of combating overcrowding, rather than for disciplinary issues, the inquiry found.