Willamette Week has taken an interest in Al McCleese's photoessay on the recent protest outside the Northwest Detention Center . . . and in those who have looked at it.[1] ...


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PHOTOS OF NORTHWEST DETENTION CENTER PROTEST SPARK INTEREST AT DEL MONTE, WACKENHUT
By Beth Slovic

Willamette Week
July 3, 2007

http://www.wweek.com/wwire/?p=8314

[PHOTO (Photo: Al McCleese)]

Last month, Al McCleese, a freelance photographer in Washington, posted a photo essay on the protest outside the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma following immigration officials' June 12 raid at the Del Monte Fresh Produce plant in North Portland.

Check it out here. (The contrasting images in several of the photos are really great.)

Thanks to StatCounter, McCleese has been keeping track of the visitors to his site, and beginning June 25 he's had some interesting guests. According to emails McCleese sent me, Del Monte employees have stopped by. So have folks from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in D.C. Someone at Wackenhut, the security contractor now known as The Geo Group, checked out the site. (They're the folks with the contract to run the Tacoma Detention Center.) Also, viewers at Latham & Watkins, a Los Angeles-based law firm that has represented Del Monte in the past, left an electronic calling card.

If President Bush read the news, I might expect a hit from the White House one of these days: President Bush's brother Marvin Bush was once a member of Del Monte Fresh Produce's corporate board.