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Tortured Prisoner Fights Back: Abu Ghraib, RI, USA
27 Feb 2006
Prison officials in Rhode Island are worried. Their crimes are being exposed.
Tortured Prisoner Fights Back:
Abu Ghraib, RI, USA
by Alex Gould

Prison officials in Rhode Island are worried. Their crimes are being exposed. Michael Walsh, a 30 year-old construction laborer from East Providence, RI, is being held in Minimum Security at the Adult Correctional Institution (ACI) of Rhode Island. On February 18, Valentines Day, he says that prison guards preformed an anal cavity search on him. They accused him of smuggling contraband, and in a depraved act reminiscent of the crimes of Abu Ghraib, forced Walsh to eat his own feces. Walsh says they then denied him the use of the sink and a toothbrush all day. Walsh also says that ACI officers beat him on the face with a telephone book.

Michael Walsh's lawyer, Kenneth A. Schreiber, said at a press conference that he was investigating to prepare a civil-rights lawsuit against all responsible parties.

Walsh is serving a short sentence for a non-violent violation of a probation he received for a shoplifting charge. He is due to be released in March.

Rhode Island director of corrections, A. T. Wall, has disciplined nine ACI staff: one has already returned to work and the other eight are on paid leave. He promises an investigation, and will undoubtedly blame individual officers for "going too far". But the only thing unusual about this act of prison torture is that the victim has had the courage to fight back against his oppressors.

The ACI and all prisons in the US are little more than work-houses and concentration camps for the working class, particularly the nationally oppressed minorities. The US Bureau of Justice statistics reports that 60 percent of state and federal prisoners are black or hispanic, when they each make up only about twelve percent of the US population. Walsh was convicted of shoplifting. But the owners of the retail industry, Rhode Island's biggest private employer, profit from tens of thousands of cashiers and clerks who make a median wage of $9.05 per hour. They rarely have health insurance. These retail chains are responsible for the poverty of thousands of Rhode Islanders. But as of today, no CEOs have been prosecuted for grand theft.

Walsh and thousands of other working class prisoners across the United States are victims of the "war at home", which is not just an anti-war slogan but a social and political reality of imperialism. The intense competition for ever-greater profits drives the imperialists to slash wages, benefits, and social programs for workers in the imperialist centers. The imperialists' regime of police and prison repression must become ever harsher to defend a social order which promises the average worker nothing but a life of toil and sacrifice, in the midst of a mirage of extravagant opulence that he or she can never hope to attain. The working class, not a foreign government, is the enemy that the imperialists fear most. The instant the working class becomes conscious that the capitalists' laws and their police state, no matter how brutal, can not contain it, it has already won the battle and the parasitic class of millionaires that has oppressed it so long is doomed.
See also:
http://www.workers.org/

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Comments

Re: Tortured Prisoner Fights Back: Abu Ghraib, RI, USA
28 Feb 2006
I totally agree with myself on this one.
Somebody wants to be me.
28 Feb 2006
I NEVER repost communist crap. I am a hardcore capitalist. And I never advocate killing police. What Machiavellian would?
Re: Tortured Prisoner Fights Back: Abu Ghraib, RI, USA
28 Feb 2006
Please don't troll or feed the trolls... It makes more work for us. Thanks!
Correction
28 Feb 2006
The alleged torture occured on February 14, not February 18. Please forgive the typo.