Monday, August 2, 2010

Arpaio Admits his Tent City is a "Concentration Camp!"

You never know when Sheriff Joe is going to blurt out a bit of the truth. Case in point: This video from the crew at, part of a documentary about Arizona currently in post-production. Crusading independent journalist Valeria Fernandez (who's done work for CNN en Espanol and New Times, among many others) and cameraman A.J. Alexander captured our geezer lawman (arpaio) during an appearance in 2008 at the Arizona American Italian Club in Phoenix, where he calls Tent City a "concentration camp." You know, like the ones the Germans (Nazis) used back in the 1930s and '40s.

Responding to some crackpot from the audience who wonders when Joe'll start using concentration camps, Arpaio gives the following response. "I already have a concentration camp," he snarks around 2:52 in, with nativist GOP politicians Don Goldwater and then Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas chortling along. "Andy, you gonna cover me on this, too? It's called Tent City."

Skip to 2009, during the forced, public march of undocumented inmates to a segregated part of Tent City. There, Fernandez confronts Arpaio on his previous statement. Arpaio denies he said any such thing. "I never called it a concentration [camp]," he states, though the video obviously shows otherwise.

Our septuagenarian sheriff apparently doesn't regard his facilities as humane in any way. Otherwise, why would he make an analogy to the extermination of the Jews? One other interesting comment from Joe comes as he's being done-up with mascara and powder prior to a CNN appearance. "I look like I'm dead, with all this makeup," he says, looking into a mirror. Dead? Only spiritually, Joe. Only spiritually.

1 comment:

Defensores de Democracia said...

Videos : Release of Sal Reza from Jail, Arpaio bombarded with strident Salsa Music for hours - Previously : Arpaio abruptly stops interview, and arrests Sal Reza at his car and jailed him for doing nothing

A Hero of Civil Rights is Released from Jail among the most strident Party and Activists - Many people embrace and kiss Salvador Reza and dance with the Loud, shrill, discordant, Rhythmic and intoxicating Music of Salsa.

Strident Salsa Music is a Wonderful Weapon in this War of Civil Rights between Noble and Valiant Activists and Poor Idiotic Racists.

curlykidz | August 01, 2010

We rocked Joe's Jail from 10:30PM until Salvador Reza was released around 6:30AM. It was an awesome moment to witness. I've seen video of Sal speak and that was impressive enough, but he has such a commanding presence I didn't even realize Chris Crass was also released until I heard someone say his name, even though I had him in frame dancing!

@altoarizona @sideoflove Smooth Criminals Released!

Joe Arpaio witnesses and orders the Illegal Arrest of Salvador Reza - Joe Arpaio has been accused of doing many "Illegal" things like Murdering People in his jails, even White "Anglo-Saxon" or "Aryan" people ( in Racist Parlance ) and pocketing many "Illegal" millions of dollars from the defenseless taxpayers of Arizona.

Sal Reza was doing nothing, he wasn't speaking, shouting, yelling, or drumming. And Arpaio is a witness of the Whole Scene and Theater.

Vicente Duque

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