Private Prison Industry Helped Draft Arizona Immigration Law

Russell Pierce. Photo: Phoenician Patriot (CC)

Arizona state Sen. Russell Pierce. Photo: Phoenician Patriot (CC)

Maybe this is what Tea Baggers mean by “leaner, more efficient government”?  Privatising the process altogether? Alex Pareene at Salon explores Arizona’s sell out of its citizens to the highest corporate bidder:

When it comes to creating demand for a previously unnecessary service and making a profit by any means necessary, you can’t beat the private sector. So no one should be surprised that the private prison industry is in part responsible for the Arizona immigration law that requires state law enforcement agencies to enforce federal immigration law (read: lock up anyone suspected of being Hispanic until and unless they can prove their citizenship). NPR investigated the prison industry’s role in drafting and passing SB 1070. It’s pretty depressing.

Corporations and interest groups like R.J. Reynolds, ExxonMobil, the NRA, and the Corrections Corporation of America host a regular conference for state legislators in DC. At last December’s conference, the Corrections Corporation of America and Arizona state Senator Russell Pearce drafted the bill that eventually became the Arizona law.

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  • myth_slayer

    Please forgive me for repeating part of a previous comment, but still highly appropriate:

    This morning my darned cat was playing with the radio, and accidentally turned the dial to National Petroleum Radio (NPR) and they had a “breaking news” item (they’re sooooo cute).

    Imagine, NPR calls years-old news breaking news? Unfrigging believably stupid, those NPR listeners (and Foxtard listeners, and CNN and anybody else who listens to Ameritard MainStreamNonMedia — I gave up years and years ago, only read all those frigging government docs and the foreign press).

    Now NPR wussies had finally figured out that the private prison corporation(s) were responsible for lobbying for that Arizona law — Geez, thanks for clueing someone in who’s been either in a coma or living in a cave the past few years, guys!

    Now let’s do the numbers (or connect those pesky dots): Obama moves Napolitano from Arizona governor to head the DHS, which means she directly heads I.C.E.

    Next Brewer assumes the Arizona governorship, bringing along her staff of former private prison lobbyists.

    Next, those laws get changed (thanks to payoffs and lobbyist payments from Corrections Corporation of America) to insure a constant supply of immigrants (some illegal, some probably legal, etc.) in those private prisons.

    And among those Wall Street lobbyists, pharmaceutical industry lobbyists, and Monsanto lobbyists, and Goldman Sachs people Obama has appointed to HIS administration, there are also some former members of that private equity firm, for many years the largest private bank in existence, the Blackstone Group.

    And the last time I checked several years back, what PE firm was heavily invested (as in ownership share) of Corrections Corporation of America, and their subsidiary, Prison Realty?

    Geez, what a coincidency! None other than the Blackstone Group.

    Will wonders never cease?

    • Liam_McGonagle

      Einstein,

      Nice copy and paste job. So you read my comment at http://www.disinfo.com/2010/10/obamas-trauma/ and finally figured out that there’s no avoiding my challenge, eh? Well I’ll copy and paste my comments here for the benefit of readers who shouldn’t be made to follow your assenine ramblings under more than one article.

      Napolitano left office in January 2009. If you actually read the article that you are commenting on but apparently don’t have the guts to post to directly, you would note that ALL events described AFTER Napolitano’s tenure–during the tenure of her successor, Jan Brewer (R).

      So much for you being a better fount of wisdom than “mainstream media” like Salon, NPR.*

      *National Petroleum Radio? Dumbass, they’re the LEAST commercialized American outlet with any international coverage at all. Less than 22% of its funding comes from businesses.

      http://www.npr.org/about/aboutnpr/publicradiofinances.html

      You need to be a little more discerning media consumer, though the glaring gaps in your knoweldge of the chronology of SB 1070 don’t give me much hope that you have either the willingness or capacity to learn the much more complex realities of media finance.

      • myth_slayer

        So you’re saying that the members of the Obama administration were completely ignorant that the when the Arizona governor slot is vacated, the deputy governor steps in?

        I had commented on this, as many others did, quite some time ago, in fact, did a blog post under a different name. This is very stale news indeed.

        You didn’t dispute any of the points I made, so I’m completely baffled as to what your point is?

        As far as NPR goes, all that funding from “foundations” (Starr Foundation = AIG, John MacArthur Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation = Rockfound, etc.) isn’t without strings, fella.

        All those shows, be it the Diane Rehm Show, On Point, etc., all have an overabundance of rightwing think tanks and Council on Foreign Relations people.

        Definitely not fair and balanced. There is only tucradio.org and Bonnie Faulkner’s “Guns and Butter” program as far as balanced programming in the USA.

        You are sadly mistaken, and one hopes, not completely beyond hope. You wish to dispute the connections between the Obama administration and the sequence of events which transpired, you are going to have to do a lot more — and I posted this comment the first time prior to this post here.

        • Liam_McGonagle

          You flatter yourself too much to think I’d have ever have any reason to take notice of you until you start biting at my ankles. Who are you that I should have noticed something you allegedly wrote at some undisclosed time and can’t even be bothered to post a link to?

          So after I’ve conclusively proven that you didn’t even read the article you’re still going to insist that you’re super informed because you listen to some radio outlet I’ve never heard of and who refuses to post their own required 990 finance disclosure statements publicly?

          http://www.guidestar.org

          Note: You willl not find any forms posted for any combination of the terms “Time of Useful Consciousness” or “TUC Radio”. Wonder where there money comes from? Do you know? Can you prove it? Why can’t you prove it? Does your inability to prove it make you more or LESS trustworthy vis-a-vis controlling your biases than NPR, who actually DO post their financing statements?

          Good job in posting a link to the required “proof” of the ‘Obama link’ to SB 1070, by the way. Do you really mean to cultivate a habit of commenting on things you haven’t read and just shoving accusations out there without putting up any proof?

  • Anonymous

    Please forgive me for repeating part of a previous comment, but still highly appropriate:

    This morning my darned cat was playing with the radio, and accidentally turned the dial to National Petroleum Radio (NPR) and they had a “breaking news” item (they’re sooooo cute).

    Imagine, NPR calls years-old news breaking news? Unfrigging believably stupid, those NPR listeners (and Foxtard listeners, and CNN and anybody else who listens to Ameritard MainStreamNonMedia — I gave up years and years ago, only read all those frigging government docs and the foreign press).

    Now NPR wussies had finally figured out that the private prison corporation(s) were responsible for lobbying for that Arizona law — Geez, thanks for clueing someone in who’s been either in a coma or living in a cave the past few years, guys!

    Now let’s do the numbers (or connect those pesky dots): Obama moves Napolitano from Arizona governor to head the DHS, which means she directly heads I.C.E.

    Next Brewer assumes the Arizona governorship, bringing along her staff of former private prison lobbyists.

    Next, those laws get changed (thanks to payoffs and lobbyist payments from Corrections Corporation of America) to insure a constant supply of immigrants (some illegal, some probably legal, etc.) in those private prisons.

    And among those Wall Street lobbyists, pharmaceutical industry lobbyists, and Monsanto lobbyists, and Goldman Sachs people Obama has appointed to HIS administration, there are also some former members of that private equity firm, for many years the largest private bank in existence, the Blackstone Group.

    And the last time I checked several years back, what PE firm was heavily invested (as in ownership share) of Corrections Corporation of America, and their subsidiary, Prison Realty?

    Geez, what a coincidency! None other than the Blackstone Group.

    Will wonders never cease?

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Einstein,

    Nice copy and paste job. So you read my comment at http://disinfo.com/2010/10/obamas-trauma/ and finally figured out that there’s no avoiding my challenge, eh? Well I’ll copy and paste my comments here for the benefit of readers who shouldn’t be made to follow your assenine ramblings under more than one article.

    Napolitano left office in January 2009. If you actually read the article that you are commenting on but apparently don’t have the guts to post to directly, you would note that ALL events described AFTER Napolitano’s tenure–during the tenure of her successor, Jan Brewer (R).

    So much for you being a better fount of wisdom than “mainstream media” like Salon, NPR.*

    *National Petroleum Radio? Dumbass, they’re the LEAST commercialized American outlet with any international coverage at all. Less than 22% of its funding comes from businesses.

    http://www.npr.org/about/aboutnpr/publicradiofinances.html

    You need to be a little more discerning media consumer, though the glaring gaps in your knoweldge of the chronology of SB 1070 don’t give me much hope that you have either the willingness or capacity to learn the much more complex realities of media finance.

  • Anonymous

    So you’re saying that the members of the Obama administration were completely ignorant that the when the Arizona governor slot is vacated, the deputy governor steps in?

    I had commented on this, as many others did, quite some time ago, in fact, did a blog post under a different name. This is very stale news indeed.

    You didn’t dispute any of the points I made, so I’m completely baffled as to what your point is?

    As far as NPR goes, all that funding from “foundations” (Starr Foundation = AIG, John MacArthur Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation = Rockfound, etc.) isn’t without strings, fella.

    All those shows, be it the Diane Rehm Show, On Point, etc., all have an overabundance of rightwing think tanks and Council on Foreign Relations people.

    Definitely not fair and balanced. There is only tucradio.org and Bonnie Faulkner’s “Guns and Butter” program as far as balanced programming in the USA.

    You are sadly mistaken, and one hopes, not completely beyond hope. You wish to dispute the connections between the Obama administration and the sequence of events which transpired, you are going to have to do a lot more — and I posted this comment the first time prior to this post here.

  • myth_slayer

    For this Liam_McGonagle charater — evidently being an Obama apologist is your main career?

    If you didn’t vote for Nader in 2000, you voted for Wall Street.
    If you didn’t vote for Kucinich in 2004, you voted for Wall Street.
    If you didn’t vote for Cynthia McKinney in 2008, you voted for Wall Street.

    Anyone who hasn’t figured that out by this time is complete and total moron.

    • Liam_McGonagle

      Nice try to change the subject. It is a strategy often adopted when a person finds himself in a debate he is in no way prepared for. But it doesn’t work against me, because I am focused.

      How about answering my earlier questions about whether you actually read the article or know anything about your favorite media’s funding? Or is it just going to be name calling?

      True I called you a dumbass first–but then again I always presented a reasoned, well-supported argument, too. It’s posted all over here for everyone to see.

      • myth_slayer

        Negative, sonny, your all-over-the-landscape barrage proves nothing more than you are that typical draft-dodging candy ass who choses to believe in fairy tales.

        Continue the Harry Potter and zombie beliefs, sonny boyo.

        • Liam_McGonagle

          Focus, Slayer, focus! I’m still waiting for the 990 for Turdradio or whatever it’s real name is. . . (toes tapping)

          Aw shit! Just kidding! No I’m not waiting! I know you have no fucking clue who their sponsors, officers or directors are and you never did know. You don’t have to KNOW, right? Just BELIEVE . . .

  • Anonymous

    For this Liam_McGonagle charater — evidently being an Obama apologist is your main career?

    If you didn’t vote for Nader in 2000, you voted for Wall Street.
    If you didn’t vote for Kucinich in 2004, you voted for Wall Street.
    If you didn’t vote for Cynthia McKinney in 2008, you voted for Wall Street.

    Anyone who hasn’t figured that out by this time is complete and total moron.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    You flatter yourself too much to think I’d have ever have any reason to take notice of you until you start biting at my ankles. Who are you that I should have noticed something you allegedly wrote at some undisclosed time and can’t even be bothered to post a link to?

    So after I’ve conclusively proven that you didn’t even read the article you’re still going to insist that you’re super informed because you listen to some radio outlet I’ve never heard of and who refuses to post their own required 990 finance disclosure statements publicly?

    http://www.guidestar.org

    Note: You willl not find any forms posted for any combination of the terms “Time of Useful Consciousness” or “TUC Radio”. Wonder where there money comes from? Do you know? Can you prove it? Why can’t you prove it? Does your inability to prove it make you more or LESS trustworthy vis-a-vis controlling your biases than NPR, who actually DO post their financing statements?

    Good job in posting a link to the required “proof” of the ‘Obama link’ to SB 1070, by the way. Do you really mean to cultivate a habit of commenting on things you haven’t read and just shoving accusations out there without putting up any proof?

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Nice try to change the subject. It is a strategy often adopted when a person finds himself in a debate he is in no way prepared for. But it doesn’t work against me, because I am focused.

    How about answering my earlier questions about whether you actually read the article or know anything about your favorite media’s funding? Or is it just going to be name calling?

    True I called you a dumbass first–but then again I always presented a reasoned, well-supported argument, too. It’s posted all over here for everyone to see.

  • Anonymous

    Negative, sonny, your all-over-the-landscape barrage proves nothing more than you are that typical draft-dodging candy ass who choses to believe in fairy tales.

    Continue the Harry Potter and zombie beliefs, sonny boyo.

  • Anonymous

    Negative, sonny, your all-over-the-landscape barrage proves nothing more than you are that typical draft-dodging candy ass who choses to believe in fairy tales.

    Continue the Harry Potter and zombie beliefs, sonny boyo.

  • Anonymous

    Focus, Slayer, focus! I’m still waiting for the 990 for Turdradio or whatever it’s real name is. . . (toes tapping)

    Aw shit! Just kidding! No I’m not waiting! I know you have no fucking clue who their sponsors, officers or directors are and you never did know. You don’t have to KNOW, right? Just BELIEVE . . .

  • Anonymous

    Focus, Slayer, focus! I’m still waiting for the 990 for Turdradio or whatever it’s real name is. . . (toes tapping)

    Aw shit! Just kidding! No I’m not waiting! I know you have no fucking clue who their sponsors, officers or directors are and you never did know. You don’t have to KNOW, right? Just BELIEVE . . .

  • STRUMMINGBABE

    If this isn’t pushing an agenda, what is? They want to staff their prisons full of harmless people to work for their privatized companies they run out of the prisons. THIS MUST BE FOUGHT.

  • STRUMMINGBABE

    If this isn’t pushing an agenda, what is? They want to staff their prisons full of harmless people to work for their privatized companies they run out of the prisons. THIS MUST BE FOUGHT.

  • STRUMMINGBABE

    If this isn’t pushing an agenda, what is? They want to staff their prisons full of harmless people to work for their privatized companies they run out of the prisons. THIS MUST BE FOUGHT.

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