Tennessee company cancels plan to recruit armed guards for Minnesota polls
MINNEAPOLIS—The Tennessee-based company that advertised for ex-special forces members to serve as armed guards at Minnesota polling places on Nov. 3 has told the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office that it is rescinding its recruitment for the positions.Attorney General Keith Ellison launched a probe into Atlas Aegis on Tuesday, the same day that a pair of local advocacy groups filed federal lawsuits in response to ads placed by the company seeking to hire armed guards for the “protection of election polls” in Minnesota.In a settlement reached Friday, Atlas Aegis agreed that it will not provid...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
San Diego judge upholds state ban on private immigration detention centers
SAN DIEGO — A San Diego federal judge largely upheld California’s law banning private prisons in a ruling late Thursday, acknowledging that the state has the authority to ensure the health and welfare of federal detainees within its borders.Under the ruling, at least four immigration detention centers with the capacity to house approximately 5,000 people would be phased out over the coming years.However, the ruling carved out an exception when it comes to privately-operated facilities that house pretrial inmates charged with federal crimes who are in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. U...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Otay Mesa detainees say shift of health services to private contractor complicates care
SAN DIEGO — After spending the first part of the pandemic in the spotlight for a large COVID-19 outbreak at Otay Mesa Detention Center, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has contracted out medical care at the facility to the private prison company that owns and operates it.Detainees interviewed by the San Diego Union-Tribune say the medical care, which they and their advocates already had criticized, has grown even worse under the private operator CoreCivic than it was under ICE.Detainees complain of missed and late medications, multiple-day waits for medical attention and a lack of transfer...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Commentary: While the West dithers, Russia stays busy
August was busy for Russia this year. While dealing with growing popular protests in the east, Moscow has sought to distract attention by engaging in nefarious activities, both at home and abroad. It’s prepared to intervene in neighboring Belarus, confronted U.S. military forces on land, at sea and in the air, stepped up its interference in the U.S. presidential elections and poisoned yet another opposition figure.None of these activities have gone unnoticed in Europe or the United States. But so far, the actions have been met with a few words of condemnation that together amount to little mor...