"You can get anyone to confess to anything if the
torture is bad enough." - Bob Baer, CIA officer
Many torturers adopted the posture of
a doctor or surgeon and imagine that their
other torments are
therapeutic - that they are administering medicine to their prisoners -
dirty diseased golem.
Ian Fishback, of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division, witnessed detainees in
Fallouja being tortured. A sergeant reported to Human Rights Watch that
"we would give them blows to the head, chest, legs and stomach, pull them down
and kick dirt on them." Another sergeant witnessed a soldier tell a prisoner "to grab a
pole and to bend over" and then he "broke the guy's leg with a mini Louisville
Slugger." As well all three
witnessed kicks to
prisoner's faces, chests and abdomens as well as chemical compounds poured onto
eyes and skin.
Captain Ian Fishback stated that torture was being meted
out at the behest of military intelligence to
soften prisoners up for interrogation
while Donald Henry Rumsfeld was
telling the Congressional Armed Services Committee that the military was
obeying the rules of the Geneva
"I was immediately concerned that the army was
taking part in a lie to the Congress, which would have been a clear violation
of the Constitution.
technique that violated the Geneva Convention found
their way into army systems.
The problem was systemic, and it was
widespread." - Captain Ian Fishback
2001 Parents Television Council estimates, there are 102 torture
scenes on televison.
2002 to 2005 Parents
Television Council estimates there are 624 torture scenes on televison, and
the torturers are increasingly heroes rather than villains.
The hit Fox
action drama "24" featured 67 torture scenes in it's first 5 seasons and most
of those depicted torture being used by "heroic" American counter-terrorist
Alberto Gonzales, as
attorney general, publicly promotes the use of torture.
"I'm at a
complete loss to see how any society that considers itself to be evolved and
civilized can entertain the thought of any sort of torture of another human
being." - Eleanor Jackson 10/06
Walker Bush signs a secret unnumbered
Executive Order on
September 17, 2001, on the advice of Alberto Gonzales, that authorized the use
of 'enhanced interrogation techniques'.
Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, an
alleged high-ranking al-Qa`ida official, is captured in Pakistan.
director of the CIA took over Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi interrogation.
al-Shaykh al-Libi was 'water-boarded' then forced to remain standing overnight
in a cold cell, where he was repeatedly soaked with icy water.
interrogators threatened to kill his family.
Under torture, Ibn
al-Shaykh al-Libi, 29 , finally broke.
Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi claimed to
be a "senior terrorist operative" who was offered
biological/chemical weapons training
for al-Qa`ida associates in
al-Libi was desperate to stop the water-boarding torture so he imagined
A Defense Intelligence Agency memo warned that Ibn
al-Shaykh al-Libi 's information was "misleading as he may be describing
scenarios that he knows will retain interrogators interests."
2004 "We have long since made clear that a state of war is not
a blank check for the president when it comes to the rights of American
citizens." - Sandra Day
O'Connor, Hamdi vs. Rumsfeld
CIA director Michael Hayden,
during a Senate intelligence hearing on Feb. 5, 2008, admits waterboarding was
used in 2002 and 2003.
"It was used on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. It was
used on Abu Zubaydah. And it was used on (Abd al-Rahim al-) Nashiri." - Michael
Justice Department releases 2005 legal memos that detailed the
use of waterboarding in 2002 and 2003.
Waterboarding was used on Khalid
Sheikh Mohammed 183 times and on Zubaydah at least 83 times.
Shaikh Mohammed claims he gave false information to the CIA even after
undergoing punishing bouts of enhanced interrogations.
"I make up
stories." - Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed "admitted" to
US Navy Commander Alphonso Doss' team at
Guantanamo that he was
one of the masterminds behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist
"The self-incrimination of Khalid Sheik Mohammed stands
today as the only evidence the US government has that Muslim terrorists pulled
Khalid Sheik Mohammed outwitted all 16 US intelligence
agencies along with those of all US allies or
Mohammed outwitted the National
the Pentagon, the
Department, NORAD, the US Air Force, and
Air Traffic Control.
Khalid Sheik Mohammed caused Airport Security to
fail four times in one morning.
Khalid Sheik Mohammed caused the
state-of-the-art air defenses of the Pentagon to fail, allowing a hijacked
airliner, which was off course all morning while the US Air Force, for the
first time in history, was unable to get aloft intercepter aircraft, to crash
into the Pentagon.
If Khalid Sheik Mohammed has these
superhuman capabilities, how
did the incompetent Americans catch him?
This guy is a patsy tortured
into confession in order to keep the American naifs believing
the governments conspiracy theory.
What is going on here is that the US government has to bring the 911 mystery to
an end." - Paul Craig Roberts, The Road to Armageddon: The Insane Drive for
American Hegemony Threatens Life on Earth
Khalid Sheik Mohammed was the man found to
be officially responsible by the US governmnet for the planning and execution
of 911, not Saddam Hussein or
Usamah bin Mohammad bin
Alphonso Doss was found dead by an employee of
the Astoria Hotel at 150 Park Avenue, Orange Park who found the body about 8:45
a.m. Feb. 12, 2014.
Media reports of his death, which appeared two
weeks later, suggested Alphonso Doss had substance abuse problems.
was a big supporter of waterboarding. I was a big supporter of the enhanced
interrogation techniques. I signed off on it; others did, as well." -
Cheney personally authorized the torture of 33 suspected terrorist
detainees and approved the waterboarding of three.
On March 8, 2008,
George Walker Bush vetoed congressional legislation that called for a specific
ban on waterboarding and other abusive "enhanced" interrogation technique,
including stripping prisoners naked, subjecting them to extreme cold and
staging mock executions.
"Yeah, we waterboarded Khalid Sheikh
Mohammed." - George
Japanese soldiers were prosecuted for the war crime of
waterboarding American soldiers during World War II.
been referred to as "simulated drowning." Since the technique involves filling
a person's lungs with water, it is plainly no simulation but is in fact
drowning. This particular form of torture sometimes results in death, and the
cause of death is drowning, not simulated drowning. Victims do not simulate
death. They die, pure and simple." - James Caufield
previous historical prosecution of torture as a war crime, any member of the
George Walker Bush administration who has either participated in or facilitated
waterboarding should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law." - Stephen
The Abu Ghraib
prison torture scandal sheds light on the common reality of American
incarceration. Abu Ghraib mirrors the American prison
system - underfunded, inadequately supervised, lacking civilian oversight,
unaccountable and tolerant of inmate abuse.
FOIA request reveals at least
92 "enhanced interrogations" had been videotaped.
One of the 'enhanced
interrogation techniques' is the
'Palestine hanging' were the
victim is hung from the wall or ceiling by his wrists which are hand cuffed
behind his back.
are nearly the same as crucifixion, Jesus' fate.
interrogation technique' is
'water boarding', first used in the
Spanish Inquistion, were the
victim is repeatedly dunked under water and his/her lungs are filled to the
point of drowning.
Lawrence Wilkerson, a top aide to former secretary of
state Colin L. Powell, claimed the office of
Cheney, aides of Donald Henry
Rumsfeld and others argued "the president of the United States is all
powerful and as commander in chief the president of the United States can do
anything he damn well pleases."
|In July 2008 Sweden agreed
to pay a $502,000 in compensation to Muhammed Alzery. Sweden handed over
Muhammed Alzery to CIA agents who transported him to Egypt where he was
tortured at the CIA's behest.
Jose Padilla, an American
born citizen of
Puerto Rican descent, is held in solitary confinement for three years without
charges being filed.
Jose Padilla, injected with
what he identified as
cocktail, ends up spending 1,307 days under
Jose Padilla had no history of
when ordered detained as a enemy combatant by
Jose Padilla's lawyers claimed that
interrogation methods included the
use of psychotropic drugs and
other forms of torture.
Padilla's 'treatment' has been classified as
"I can't talk about what
happened because it is
Psychological tests suggest Jose Padilla suffered brain
damage and he exhibits symptoms of
"Mr. Padilla shows
extreme anxiety. He is
fearful of his time in the brig. Everything that he talks about is with regard
to the time at the brig, no other time point." - Patricia Zapf,
"People who have known Jose Padilla and loved him before
his military detention don't feel they can even bear to see him because he is
so clearly mentally ill."- Stuart Grassian,
The legal strategy used was designed to make it possible to
suspend the Constitutional Rights of American citizens by
A precedent was set that future presidents can use to suspend the
Constitutional Rights of any American citizen.
constitutional violations occurred:
writ of habeas corpus was
suspended even though America was not being
invaded nor was a rebellion taking
Jose was denied a speedy
Jose suffered cruel and unusual punishment.
Jose' crime ?
Jose was arrested for 'plotting' to detonate a radioactive
Then Jose 'plotted' to blow up apartment complexes with
Finally Jose was indicted and convicted of conspiracy to
'murder, kidnap and maim' people overseas after a confession.
jury did seem to be an oddly cohesive group. On the last day of trial before
the Fourth of July holiday, jurors arranged to dress in outfits so that each
row in the jury box was its own patriotic color "red, white or blue."-
request finds the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) cannot locate
recording of the final interrogation of Jose Padilla which includes his
opinion of nation state citizens in regard
|| Against all torture*
|| Some degree permissible*
|| Neither/Don't Know
| *27,000 respondents in 25 countries were asked which
position was closer to their own views:
Source: BBC/Globescan/PIPA 2006
- Clear rules against torture should be
maintained because any use of torture is immoral and will weaken
international human rights
standards against torture.
- Terrorists pose such an extreme threat
that governments should now be allowed to use some degree of torture if it may
gain information that saves innocent lives.
majority of Jewish respondents in Israel, 53%, favor allowing governments to
use some degree of torture to obtain information from those in custody, while
39% want clear rules against it. The Islamic and Christian respondents skew the
overall Israel number down.
"Various sources report that methods of
torture in Israeli prisons include: Prisoners are forced to stand for long
periods of time. Prisoners are refused toilet privileges. Prisoners have thick
bags put over their heads and their arms are tied behind their backs with
handcuffs designed so that any movement increases the pressure on their wrists.
Prisoners have their stomachs stomped on and are repeatedly kicked like
animals. Prisoners' testicles are squashed and they are beaten upon their
genitals. Prisoners' hair are pulled; their heads beaten against the wall; and
they are left hanging heads down. A stick is pushed up the anus of a prisoner.
Cigarette butts are put out on a prisoner's bare skin. Relatives are brought
in, subjected to abuse and even threatened with
rape in front of prisoners. Ball point pens are forced into the penis of
prisoners. Prisoners are kept in cells 28 inches wide by 6 feet long for weeks
at a time." - Jack Berstein
"I was the chief prosecutor for the military
tribunals at Guantanamo.
I concluded that full, fair and open trials
were not possible under the current system.
I resigned because I
believe even the most perfect trial in history will be
viewed with skepticism,
if it is conducted behind closed
doors." - Colonel Morris D. Davis
"As an American with more than 25 years of
commissioned military service, I am absolutely astounded at the dearth of
leadership shown by the military throughout its
chain of command.
The inability of these enlisted personnel and officers to follow long
established guidelines and the service's own code of conduct is an insult to
every person who has ever worn the American uniform.
To the officers
especially I say, "Whatever happened to the simple notion of just doing the
As citizens we must not allow this type of misconduct." -
Isolation is torture
"I am writing from the darkness of the US detention camp at
Guantanamo in the hope that I can make our voices heard.
I was picked
up in Pakistan, blindfolded,
shackled, drugged and loaded onto a plane flown to Cuba.
When we got
off the plane in Guantanamo, we did not know where we were.
They took us
to Camp X-Ray and locked us in cages with two buckets - one empty and one
filled with water.
We were to urinate in one and wash in the other.
At Guantanamo, soldiers assaulted me, placed me in solitary
confinement, threatened to kill me and threatened to kill my daughter.
They told me I will stay
in Cuba for the rest of my life.
They have deprived me of
sleep, forced me to listen to extremely loud music and
shined intense lights in my face.
They placed me in cold rooms for hours without food, drink or the
ability to go to the bathroom and wash for
wrapped me in the Israel
flag and told me there is a holy war between the
Cross and the
Star of David on
one hand and the
Crescent on the other;
and beaten me unconscious.
Once, in Camp Delta, a soldier apologized to me and offered me
hot chocolate and
What I write here is not what my imagination fancies or my
These are verifiable facts witnessed by other
detainees, representatives of the Red Cross, interrogators and translators." -
During the course of the continuous
war on terror at least 780
prisoners have now been incarcerated at Guantanamo.
2007 David Hicks, an Australian, plead guilty to
providing material support
to the terrorists in exchange for being released to Australian authorities.
In February 2015 an appeals court threw out his conviction.
court found that the activity for which Hicks was convicted was not an offense
triable by military commission at the time he was caught.
2011 Noor Uthman Mohammed plead guilty to providing material
support for terror in exchange for his potential testimony against other
captives and certain release from Guantánamo.
He admitted to
being a small-arms and artillery
weapons instructor at an Afghan training
camp in the '90s.
Marine Maj. Gen. Vaughn A. Ary, threw out the
case "in the interests of justice and under the
rule of law."
have ruled that providing material support for terror was not a legitimate war
crime for actions that occurred before the adoption of the Military Commissions Act of
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