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Guantánamo: Beyond the law

16 June 2008 by Mike Gogulski
Posted in prison, torture, war | 2 Comments »

A little something for the “they hate us for our freedom” file. But never you mind, these are just “a few bad apples” and “isolated incidents”. There’s no pattern here whatsoever. And no, of course these “enhanced interrogation techniques” will never be applied within the US itself. Of course not. Go on back to sleep now.

McClatchy yesterday kicked off a series of reports on the people held at the US Guantánamo Bay military prison and elsewhere, saying:

An eight-month McClatchy investigation of the detention system created after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has found that the U.S. imprisoned innocent men, subjected them to abuse, stripped them of their legal rights and allowed Islamic militants to turn the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba into a school for jihad.

"Guantamo Graffiti" by burge5000 @ flickr.com

"Guantamo Graffiti" by burge5000 @ flickr.com

From Sunday’s article, We got the wrong guys: America’s prison for terrorists often held the wrong men,

Akhtiar was no terrorist. American troops had dragged him out of his Afghanistan home in 2003 and held him in Guantanamo for three years in the belief that he was an insurgent involved in rocket attacks on U.S. forces. The Islamic radicals in Guantanamo’s Camp Four who hissed “infidel” and spat at Akhtiar, however, knew something his captors didn’t: The U.S. government had the wrong guy.

And from today’s, ‘I guess you can call it torture': U.S. abuse of detainees was routine at Afghanistan bases:

American soldiers herded the detainees into holding pens of razor-sharp concertina wire, the kind that’s used to corral livestock.

The guards kicked, kneed and punched many of the men until they collapsed in pain. U.S. troops shackled and dragged other detainees to small isolation rooms, then hung them by their wrists from chains dangling from the wire mesh ceiling.

[…]

The brutality at Bagram peaked in December 2002, when U.S. soldiers beat two Afghan detainees, Habibullah and Dilawar, to death as they hung by their wrists.

Dilawar died on Dec. 10, seven days after Habibullah died. He’d been hit in his leg so many times that the tissue was “falling apart” and had “basically been pulpified,” said then-Lt. Col. Elizabeth Rouse, the Air Force medical examiner who performed the autopsy on him.

Had Dilawar lived, Rouse said in sworn testimony, “I believe the injury to the legs are so extensive that it would have required amputation.”

  1. 2 Responses to “Guantánamo: Beyond the law”

  2. By MC 2 on 31 July 2009

    I think that every human being needs
    and deserves rights. If you break the
    law then you get punished. There is a fine
    line between the pain & the punishment.
    I feel bad about evil punishment but really
    what do you do with these people? Let them
    work out, use computers for games and FaceBook,
    watch sports & cartoons? They need life coping skills over time. Change the evil ways!!!
    Give them hope for a better future!

  3. By Mike Gogulski on 31 July 2009

    Um, yesh.

    Anyone interested in meeting MC 2? This might be of help:

    (IP: 24.108.65.96 , S01060000e85f7de3.gv.shawcable.net)


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