"Prisons are built to house people that are a
threat to society, not to be houses of torture." - Ann Logan
"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
electroshock and 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
Rumsfeld was telling the Congressional Armed Services Committee that
the military was obeying the rules of the Geneva Convention.
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.
"Enhanced" interrogation technique that violated the Geneva Convention found
their way into army systems. The problem was systemic, and it was widespread."
- Captain Ian Fishback
From 1996 to 2001, the
Parents Television Council estimates, there were 102 torture scenes on
televison. From 2002 to 2005 the Parents Television Council estimates
there were 624 torture scenes on televison, and the torturers were 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 agents.
Alberto Gonzales, as
attorney general, publicly promoted the use of torture.
2001 George 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
Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, an alleged high-ranking
al-Qa`ida official, is
captured in Pakistan.
George Tenet director of the CIA took
over Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi interrogation.
Ibn 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.
Then interrogators threatened
to kill his family.
Under torture, Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, 29 , finally
Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi claimed to be a "senior terrorist
operative" who was offered chemical/biological weapons training for
al-Qa`ida associates in
Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi was desperate to stop the water-boarding
torture so he imagined "information." 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
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.
2008 CIA director Michael Hayden, during a Senate intelligence
hearing on Feb. 5, 2008, admits waterboarding was used in 2002 and
"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. Khalid Shaikh Mohammed
claims he gave false information to the CIA even after undergoing punishing
bouts of enhanced interrogations.
"I make up stories." - Khalid Sheikh
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 off 911.
Khalid Sheik Mohammed outwitted all
16 US intelligence agencies along with those of all US allies or
Khalid Sheik Mohammed outwitted the US National Security
Council, Dick Cheney, the Pentagon, the State 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
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
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.
"I 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." -
Bruce 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." -
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. This results are nearly the same as crucifixion, Jesus' fate. Another
'enhanced 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
Bruce 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.
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%, favour 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
"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 right thing?" As citizens we must not
allow this type of misconduct to continue." - Carl Schellenberg"I am writing from the darkness of the US detention camp at
Guantanamo in the
hope that I can make our voices heard. In
January 2002, I was picked up in
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.
Guantanamo, soldiers have
assaulted me, placed me in solitary
confinement, threatened to kill me, threatened to kill my
daughter and 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; placed me in cold rooms for hours without food, drink or the ability
to go to the bathroom or wash for prayers; wrapped me in the
Israeli 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.
Camp Delta, a soldier apologized to me and offered me hot chocolate and
cookies. What I write here is not what my imagination fancies or my insanity
dictates. These are verifiable facts witnessed by other detainees,
representatives of the Red Cross, interrogators and translators." - Jumah
During the course of the war on terror at least 780 prisoners
have 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 through out his conviction. The court found that
the activity for which Hicks was convicted was not an offense triable by
military commission at the time he was caught.
In 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." Civilian courts 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 2006.
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