The AFSC suggested a tantalizing link between Stewart and the embarrassing Abu Ghraib prison scandal, which was revealed in 2004 by the New Yorker magazine and 60 Minutes. Everyone remembers the photos of hooded prisoners hooked up to electrodes, and those sadistic pics of naked Iraqi doods forming a human pyramid.

In 2004, Senator Charles Schumer of New York issued a scathing assessment of Stewart and other corrections officials involved in helping rebuild Iraqi prisons, saying they had "checkered records" that the DOJ should've known about before appointing them to such sensitive positions.

The release referred to the men as "tainted individuals," and in reference to Stewart, recounted how, in 1997, the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division was forced to sue Stewart and the ADC "concerning a pattern of sexual assault against female prisoners by male prison guards." Stewart "turned a blind eye," according to Schumer. The suit was ultimately settled with the ADC agreeing to make major reforms.

William Windsor, a.k.a. "Baby Man," now napping in that Big Crib in the Sky after being found dead in his Phoenix home on January 30.
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William Windsor, a.k.a. "Baby Man," now napping in that Big Crib in the Sky after being found dead in his Phoenix home on January 30.

The DOJ's Office of the Inspector General looked into Schumer's charges and concluded that some independent contractors had not been fully vetted and, in the future, applicants would be asked whether they'd been sued for civil rights violations. In addition, Inspector General Glenn Fine maintained that, "The OIG's review uncovered no connection between by of the [contractors] and the abuses at Abu Ghraib."

All the same, Governor Jan Brewer did not name Stewart to replace Schriro. Instead, she appointed Stewart's former deputy, Charles Ryan, to be interim director. Interestingly, Ryan also helped the U.S. occupation rebuild Iraqi prisons and visited Abu Ghraib several times as part of his duties, though he told the inspector general that he and his fellow advisers were "generally steered clear of the portion of the prison that was under exclusive military control." He also denied witnessing any abuse at Abu Ghraib, or knowing about it until media reports hit.

Nevertheless, Ryan brings a similar attitude to Stewart's toward penology. On the Arizona corrections Web site, which features anonymous posts by ADC employees, Ryan's referred to as "Darth Vader" to Stewart's "Emperor." So The Bird called up Donna Hamm of Arizona's Middle Ground Prison Reform to see what she thought of the Ryan appointment.

"He's a very hard-line cop that's not necessarily very well-versed in corrections, human corrections," said Hamm. "There is a very direct conflict between someone who [has that mentality] and someone involved in corrections."

Hamm said her group would take a wait-and-see attitude toward Ryan. But this beaker can't help but be a little wary of the ADC's Darth Vader, especially since this winged wordsmith found an academic article penned by writer Joan Dayan for the collection History, Memory and the Law, wherein Ryan waxes poetic about the prison industry's mastering what he referred to as "chain gang technology."

As Ryan's "interim deputy," Governor Brewer appointed Charles Flanagan, who's viewed by Hamm and other prison reform advocates as a "progressive" when it comes to the fair treatment of inmates. But Ryan will be the boss for now, and the governor's spokesman, Paul Senseman, hasn't ruled out Stewart as a candidate for the permanent ADC post. So the future of Arizona's correctional facilities — and whether they will be humane or more along the lines of an Iraqi prison — remains unresolved.

REDNECK RUCKUS

Whatever happened to the great American tradition of leaving people alone? The sixth anniversary of the Macehualli Work Center in north Phoenix could've been a beautiful thing, with music, carne asada, Native American dancing and rituals, and children playing in the confines of the open-air facility, which's dedicated to giving day laborers a place to congregate and wait for job offers.

But a nasty pack of about 20 knuckle-dragging nativists from organizations such as Riders Against Illegal Aliens and Rusty Childress' United for a Sovereign America crashed the party on a recent Saturday morning, standing or sitting outside the center, hurling epithets, slurs, and foul language on the peaceful, family-friendly event inside.

Chief among the nitwits was convicted public urinator Buffalo Rick Galeener, who got off on threatening yours truly and getting into the face of activist Dennis Gilman in a futile attempt to provoke an altercation. (Galeener knew there were two plainclothes policemen nearby, from Phoenix PD's Community Response Squad, closely monitoring the situation.)

"If you get much closer, I'll piss in your ear," the nativist Snuffy Smith carped once when the subject of his conviction came up, after The Bird arrived on the scene. Another time, he promised to piss down this raven's beak. This flapper told Buffalo that he had an empty Coke bottle in his car if he needed to relieve himself.

You see, Galeener, one of the most obvious bigots in the local nativist ranks, pleaded guilty in December to taking an illegal al fresco whiz nearby the work center, just south of 25th Street and Bell Road. Galeener's pee-fest took place on March 8, 2008, when he was spotted making water into a plastic container outside the home of Paulita Cortes, who had her 2-year-old son with her at the time.

Galeener was talking part in what's been a yearlong siege of Macehualli by local redneck Mexican-bashers, who claim operator Sal Reza is violating the law by allowing day laborers to congregate on the property. The "rule of law" is the constant refrain of this crowd, though they've been known to break a few laws themselves. For instance, that morning one Hispanic-hating motorcycle enthusiast rode through Reza's property, forcing Reza to call 911. According to several witnesses, patrol cars showed up, but there were no arrests.

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gbpackergirl
gbpackergirl

I used to work with Bill years ago, and I have to say that this makes me very sad. I never knew about this side of him until he was on the cover of the New Times a long time ago. We worked together at a telemarketing job downtown. He was a great man. Really funny, and loved to tell stories about his life. Not that I would have judged him, because that's not how I am...but none of us knew he was an adult baby outside of work. We all could tell he wore a diaper, but we just assumed it was bladder issues. He never smelled. He was always dressed nice (jeans and dress shirt) and never smelled or anything. All I am saying is yes...the adult baby thing is not most of our thing...but please don't judge him because of that. He really was a great person. R.I.P. Bill.

Jerry Scott
Jerry Scott

Hi there, This is BabyJerry. We do not know when we are going to die and go see the Lord. I am a adult baby and I selt in a Real Baby Crib and I use a Real Baby Bottle at night and during the day hour too. I say all this that this Adult Baby you guy wrote about die in a adult Baby crib is ok with me. Life is to short not to be who you are and he die being a adult Baby and some day I will too but I know one thing I will enjoy this short time on earth as a adult Baby and I will enjoy life that way Thank You for this story sad but really. Your Baby Friend Jerry Scott

JohnnyRotten
JohnnyRotten

WTF? Why are you wasting space on this freak of nature? I just hope this sick perv didn't reproduce.

Babymanrules
Babymanrules

You outdid yourself in this column, Bird. BabyMan, AbuGhraib and rednecks! Nice combo. Too bad you didnt get the sheriffs chain gang in there. That would have been perfect.

BabyJhonny
BabyJhonny

As an adult baby i can honestly say you chose the right name for yourself JohnnyRotten. I lived his life happy as an Adult Baby and died as an Adult Baby just like he had always wanted to. I can honestly say i hope i die as an Adult Baby in a Adult Size Crib. Your Friend in poopy dipees BabyJhonny

ADMIN CINDERELLA
ADMIN CINDERELLA

IT IS NOT YOUR PLACE TO JUDGE ANYONE. WHAT WOULD YOU FEEL LIKE IF YOU AND YOUR PREJUDICE FRIENDS, OR MAYBE IT'S JUST YOU THAT IS PREJUDICE, ENDED UP GETTING IN A ACCIDENT AND WERE TOTALLY INCONTINENT FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE? WOULD YOU TRY TO LIVE YOUR LIFE AND HAVE FUN WITH IT? OR WOULD YOU STAY AT HOME AND BE ISOLATED FROM ALL YOUR FRIENDS? BY THE WAY YOU ARE ASKING YOUR VERY IGNORANT T QUESTION YOUR FRIENDS WOULD DISOWN YOU. THEY PROBABLY SHOULD RIGHT NOW ANYWAY YOU ARE PREJUDICE. I'M GLAD YOU AREN'T MY FRIEND, I DON'T NEED A FRIEND THAT WOULD END UP IN JAIL FOR HATE CRIMES I DON'T CARE IF YOU ARE ON THE COMPUTER IN CYBERSPACE AND COMMITTING HATE CRIMES, THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS IT STILL A CRIME IF YOU SAID WHAT YOU DID IN PERSON YOU COULD BE ARRESTED.

Darth
Darth

Fuck you, bigot. I hope you go to prison some day and are sodomized with a broken 40 ounce bottle, you stupid, bigoted motherfucker. You know, dumb motherfuckers like yourself really fucked up being born in the 21st century. I am sure you would have felt right at home in Nazi Germany or among the dumb fuck hill billys in the KKK. Too bad she died and NOT YOU, you pathetic piece of retarded shit.

 
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