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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

United States of Torture


Freed Guantanamo prisoner alleges torture
A British resident held at Guantanamo Bay for more than four years has returned to Britain a free man and accused the US government of inflicting "medieval" torture on him – with British collusion.
Binyam Mohamed, an Ethiopian citizen with British residence, was returned on a charter flight after the US government agreed last week to a British request to free him. All charges against him were dropped and he was never tried.
He is the first Guantanamo Bay detainee to be freed since US President Barack Obama came to power with a pledge to shut the prison. Human rights groups say 241 Muslim detainees remain at the camp, including one other British resident.
Mohamed, 30, said he was "neither physically nor mentally capable" of facing the media after nearly seven years in captivity, but in a statement he denounced the US government.
"I have been through an experience that I never thought to encounter in my darkest nightmares," he said via his lawyers in a statement issued shortly before he stepped gingerly off an airplane at a British military airport looking thin and frail.
"Before this ordeal, 'torture' was an abstract word for me. I could never have imagined that I would be its victim. It is difficult for me to believe that I was abducted, hauled from one country to the next, and tortured in medieval ways – all orchestrated by the United States government," he said.


Wow, so this is what the West did to win the war on terror, torture and abuse to bring freedom and democracy, why it almost sounds like the crazy evil we were supposed to be fighting doesn’t it folks? What a sickening reminder of the hypocray of the West and the horror of the Bush years. When the West tortures, we lose all moral high ground to lecture the dictatorships we prop up to sell us cheap oil, oh wait, we don’t have any fucking moral leg to stand on do we.

Remember all those NZers who sprayed foam braying to join the war on terror, they’re pretty quiet these days. Are we fighting for freedom and democracy when we get into these wars, is Afghanistan really about freedom and democracy? I thought we were in Afghanistan because we were trying to find Osama Bin Laden, wasn’t Alexander the Great the last military leader to hold Afghanistan? Why do we think the West with it’s hands covered in the blood of civilians think it has the moral compass to decide for the people of Afghanistan?

We lost the war on terror a long time ago.

8 Comments:

At 24/2/09 9:23 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great to see that Bomber, blogspheres Chamberlin of our times is speaking for us all.

 
At 25/2/09 12:30 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This kid was 15yrs old when originally picked up.

A child soldier, if guilty of anything. What was his reported crime? Wrong Passport. Pakistans Cops aren't sweet guys, who knows what the motive was for this to go down, but being a refugee paints a target on him already.

 
At 25/2/09 8:49 am, Anonymous Observer said...

JUst a quick correction to your first sentence. He wasn't returned to Britain a "free man", he was conveyed by police in a small jet and arrested by British Police on arrival. I rather think a free man would have been given a commercial ticket home rather than conveyed in a 'chartered' aircraft.

NOT that I endorse Guantanam for one heart-beat, but perhaps this story has yet to fully unfold.perhaps -

 
At 25/2/09 12:10 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

JUST LIKE MISTER SELWYN HE HAD HIS OWN PRIVATE JET TO WHISK HIM AROUND THE PLACE!

 
At 25/2/09 12:23 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saddam Husseins murder was a war crime, but Abu Musab Al Zarqawis execution was his own fault as he was a butcher, literally.Live by the sword, die by the sword.But someone should have told Bush, Blair, Howard; Ehud Olmert they are all war criminals and are going to jail!

The disproportionate retaliation by the Jews on Lebanon and Gaza for 9/11 was unjustified and a war crime.The 'jewish shit-kickers' like Tzipi Livni ex Mossad agent are now the attack dog of the States, and do all their dirty work for them at the end of a leash.

The new Gulf War was equally a one-sided slaughter his father started but would not or could not finish off.The term "War" hardly applies now as it is such an ongoing massacre of the innocents and has totally devastated and wrecked what is left of normal everyday Society.Bush may have committed gross human rights violations as a Sovereign head of state in the past few decades and he did help Saddam crush the Kurds uprising after the first Gulf War with the Presidents father the first Bush in the Oval offices approval after the war as he stood by and did nothing to prevent it, in fact some would say they encouraged an uprising because they couldn't finish him off then and there when they had the chance.With their Gas he was also free to commit more aggressive war-like atrocities against Iran even earlier than his intervention in the Kuwaiti Oilfields, a similar incursion by Bush in Iraq went unnoticed with the blessing of the weapons manufacturers in the West once again who supplied the arms to put down an Islamic revolution next door.However the heavy handed way "the peace" was controlled with the lies about weapons inspections and the strictly enforced U.N sanctions has meant that many Iraqis and their neighbours in the Middle East suffer the dire consequences of malnutrition and hardship especially the nearby neighbours in Palestine and in particular the Gaza Strip once again under Islamic rule.What has caused this spread of poverty in punishment for the ongoing Wars of the Bush political dynasty and their iron rule of Oligarchy over a so-called Middle Eastern tyrant just like Mubarak who locks up the opposition in Egypt where they are trying to appease the rowdy rock throwing neighbours now by securing the blown up border with the new fighting spirit to break free from a nightmare of being surrounded and fenced in like caged animals.The Palestinians lot.He may have held together for a while but Bush was as responsible as Israel for the awesome tragedy we witness on the evening news bulletins every night in Gaza and Lebanon which has become a home prison to break out of anyway you can thanks to Hamas freedom fighters.We are often witnesses to the bloodshed and carnage and wanton destruction through suicide bombing and roadside bombs as they are now called by troops in pointlessly armoured cars and 4 wheel drives blown up beyond recognition.For the Palestinian people the worst of all possible worlds has been realised from the illegal invasion and ongoing occupation by foreign powers close by as recorded recently of this War and its consequences by Hamas exiles.I am very critical of a form of green-zone inspired puppet-regime-politics after the illegal hanging of Saddam by Bush, Blair and Howard.They should be tried for murder in the Hague by the International Criminal Court along with the Israeli Prime Minister for his responsibility for 1200 civilian casualties in Lebanon.Washington, London and Canberra and Tel Aviv should have all been compelled to pursue diplomacy first and foremost instead of War which is illegal at the U.N.The U.N. Security Council which is in need of long overdue and relevant to the 21st Century reform washed its hands of Iraq and 2 separate Palestines just like it did for so long with the economic sanctions and cruel seige like mentality of the "Holy-Land" and they left it to the U.S. and U.K. and Israelis to go it alone in violation of the U.N. Charter to stop War.To put it in a broader context the U.N. became more obedient to Washington and London without more permanent members including Germany.The U.S indifference of U.N. instructions for peace and the U.S and Britain and Israels veto of Security Council resolutions.War with a stronger enemy the Muslim world should end today!

 
At 26/2/09 12:49 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saddams murder was a war crime, but Zarqawis execution was his own fault as he was a butcher, literally.Live by the sword,die by the sword.But someone should have told Bush, Blair and Howard that as well.George Dubya "New-World-Order" started with the new "mission accomplished" fighter-pilot-draft-dodger May 2003 "victory" only 6 years ago.The new Gulf War was equally a one-sided slaughter his father started but would not or could not finish off.The term "war" hardly applies now as it is such an ongoing massacre of the innocents and has totally devastated and wrecked what is left of normal everyday Iraq Society.Saddam may have committed gross human rights violations as a Sovereign head of state in the past 4 decades and he did crush the Kurds uprising after the first Gulf War with the first Bush in the Oval office.With Gas he was also free to commit more aggressive war-like atrocities against Iran with the blessing of the weapons manufacturer in the West who supplied the arms.However the heavy handed way "the peace" was controlled with the lies about weapons inspections and the strictly enforced U.N sanctions has meant that many Iraqis suffer the dire consequences of malnutrition and hardship caused through poverty in punishment for the ongoing War.Saddam and his iron rule of oligarchy as a tyrant like in Egypt and Saudi Arabia may have held Iraq together for a while but Bush was as responsible as Saddam for the awesome tragedy we witness on the evening news bulletin at 6pm every night.Even earlier in the evening we are often witnesses to the bloodshed and carnage and wanton destruction through suicide bombing and roadside bombs as they are now called by troops in pointlessly armoured cars and 4 wheel drives blown up beyond recognition.For the Iraqi people the worst of all the possible world has been realised from the illegal invasion and ongoing occupation by foreign powers as recorded recently of this War by former Iraqi exiles like the outspoken critic Ahmad Chalabi.He is very critical of a form of green-zone inspired puppet-regime-politics after the illegal hanging of Saddam by Bush, Blair and Howard.They should be tried for war crimes in the Hague.Washington,London and Canberra should have all been compelled to pursue diplomacy first and force only as a last resort, as the Twentieth Century was arguably the American or Western Allies Century, becoming the worlds only dominant economic powers.A lesson our former ANZUS partners like Australia and America should have learnt by now however from this conflict is that by getting too close to super-power, a once vibrant democratic society similar to our own, should not have the right to lock up political refugees from a War they started in razor wire death camps and in the desert.Otago University Professor Robert Patman claims that Phil Goff told him we have spent somewhere in the region of over $100 million dollars already supporting the U.S, Britain and Australia, our once traditional wartime Allies remembered every year on Anzac day through an often jingoistic nationalistic fervour designed to make recent arrivals like a political refugee from war who is unsure of their place in this their new country.This money has been spent on so-called "reconstruction" efforts in the region where the Taleban blew up the relics of a once ancient regime.What a waste of money.The U.N. Security Council washed its hands of Iraq just like with the economic sanctions and left it to the U.S. and U.K. to go it alone in violation of the U.N. Charter.To put it in a broader context the U.N. became more obedient to Washington and London after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the cold war.The U.S indifference of U.N. instructions for peace and the U.S and Britain veto of Security Council resolutions against War.For over half a century now America has been pursuing a "grand imperial strategy" with the aim of staking out the entire globe and this dream of dominance has almost taken us to the edge of extinction.George W Bush is intensifying this process as the final frontier of imperial control has led to a choice between the prerogatives of power and a liveable Earth or planet as American rulers are now jeopardising the future of the species with a denial of Climate change.It seems unlikely that we will have another Century dominated by the U.S and her friends, as it has further mired itself and her allies Britain and the Aussies in the resource driven conflict for Oil to fuel their greedy Economy.They reach out to other countries only through the gun turrets of a tank and helicopter.There is now a discernible sense of global energy shifting away from "the West" alongside our departure for greener pastures elsewhere, as we pride ourself on human rights, welfare rights and a moral compass and neutrality in this War on Terror, and we all pride ourselves on being anti-nuclear and peaceful.Australian Muslim critics of our racist government claims nothing could be further from the truth however.New Zealanders on talkback radio for example with Lindsay Perigo on Radio Live, and Bruce Russell after midnight on Newstalk ZB in particular are, addicted to stories of Anti-Muslim stereotypes and ignorance; calling them "Islamic-Fascists" for example as true deadbeat rednecks would only say.This is designed to promote fear of them and promote more racism against Chinese and Indians fleeing from a military coup and racial dictatorship next door in Fiji with our support!
Furthermore, NZ foreign minister was once the equivalent of Australian Pauline Hanson and has been found wanting at the ballot box attacking Asians and Indians and Refugees and Asylum seekers on hunger strikes, converting to christianity and being gay.Like his Australian cousins "across the ditch" as we now like to say putting distance between us and our nearest neighbours, Peters has become the governments "unofficial" mouthpiece as a minister outside of cabinet collective responsibility for promoting a new form of ANZUS and other assorted pro American propaganda and violence in support of the War.Together with Australia we have sent troops to the Solomons and Tonga and East Timor (Timor Leste) only recently to sure up support for the powers that be in the pacific region now known as the Asia Pacific (APEC) rim.We have become like Britain is now as a subordinate in the south pacific taking orders like "yo Blair" did so servile to the United States and Bush.Just like another sort of deputy sheriff in the Solomons and the Ureweras and the many balaclava clad police are still causing trouble whereever they go throughout this troubled region as well.This has caused concern and disruption for the locally elected politicians in the region defending their own authority and Sovereignty.The Australians and New Zealanders overseas now say they have been invited by the King of Tonga to suppress dissent and call for change but the peoples movement has been suppressed with our Prime Minister assistance in the South Pacific.We are performing the role of a "proxy gendarme" according to our Australian Muslim friend and neighbours like the Grand Mufti of the South Pacific.Our ongoing support for the other War by the West in Afghanistan and several rotations of troops in their hundreds now shows that our National based Act and Maori party Coalition Government support the murderous and ongoing slaughter of so-called insurgent forces in the Middle East, by supporting 150 troops at a cost of $41.5 million in Bamiyan province until Septemeber 2010.We are not neutral in this war at all like we like to think of ourselves as being.Bill Ralston also claims when he visited Washington himself just recently he was told New Zealands efforts overseas, especially the use of the S.A.S had been much appreciated by the Bush Administration and the Republican party in general, like Willie Apiata V.C, and who had decided to end the long standing dispute over our newly independent foreign policy.

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At 28/2/09 7:44 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But someone should have told Bush, Blair, Howard; Ehud Olmert they are all war criminals and are going to jail.The disproportionate retaliation by the Jews on Lebanon and Gaza for 9/11 was unjustified and a war crime.The 'Jewish shit-kickers' like Tzipi Livni an ex-Mossad agent are now the attack dog of the States, and do all their dirty work for them at the end of a leash.I am very critical of a form of green-zone inspired puppet-regime-politics after the illegal hanging of Saddam by Bush, Blair and Howard.They should be tried for murder in the Hague by the International Criminal Court along with the Israeli Prime Minister for his responsibility for 1200 civilian casualties in Lebanon and 1300 in Gaza.Washington, London and Canberra and Tel Aviv should have all been compelled to pursue diplomacy first and foremost instead of War which is illegal at the U.N.The U.N. Security Council is in need of long overdue and relevant to the 21st Century reform.It washed its hands of Iraq and 2 separate Palestine's, Lebanon and Gaza.Like it did with the economic sanctions and cruel siege like mentality of the "Holy-Land".They left it to the U.S. and U.K. and Israel to go it alone in violation of the U.N. Charter to stop War.To put it in a broader context the U.N. became more obedient to Washington and London without more permanent members including Germany.The U.S indifference of U.N. instructions for peace.The U.S, Britain and Australia and Israeli veto of Security Council resolutions against war with a stronger enemy the Muslim world should end today.Our ongoing support for the other conflict by the western allies in Afghanistan and several rotations of troops now in their thousands shows that our National based Act and Maori party Coalition Government support the murderous and ongoing slaughter of so-called insurgent forces in the Middle East.Just like the last government before them.By supporting 150 troops at a cost of $41.5 million in Bamiyan province until September 2010.We are not neutral in this war at all like we like to think of ourselves as being.Bill Ralston also claims when he visited Washington he was told New Zealand efforts overseas, especially the use of the S.A.S, had been much appreciated by the Bush Administration and the Republican party in general.And like Willie Apiata; V.C, and his Aussie comrade who saved an interpreter they had decided to end the long standing dispute over our newly independent foreign policy.There is now a discernible sense of global energy shifting away from them alongside our departure for greener pastures elsewhere.We pride ourselves on human and welfare rights and a moral compass and neutrality in this War on Terror.We all pride ourselves on being anti-nuclear and peaceful.Australian Muslim critics of our racist government claims nothing could be further from the truth however.New Zealanders on talk back radio for example with Lindsay Perigo on Radio Live, and Bruce Russell after midnight on Newstalk ZB in particular are, addicted to stories of anti-Muslim stereotypes and ignorance; calling them "Islamic-Fascists".This is designed to promote fear of them and promote more racism against Chinese and Indians fleeing from a military coup and racial dictatorship next door in Fiji about which we have done nothing.Banning Fiji from the sevens would be a start.Furthermore, a NZ foreign minister was once the equivalent of Australian Pauline Hanson and has been found wanting at the ballot box attacking Asians and Indians and Refugees and Asylum seekers on hunger strikes, converting to Christianity and being gay and tearing up a false passport.The International Criminal Court , under international law, creating conditions which do not meet basic needs for the survival of civilians is a crime aginst humanity.

 
At 9/3/10 4:26 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Idk, i think guantanamo should of stayed open. They wanna start stuff and bomb us, payback is hell. They were doing the same thing to the u.s. prisoners they captured. Guantanamo Bay shall rise again

 

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