Posts tagged empire
Posts tagged empire
Mohammed El-Gharani was captured at 14 while simply praying in a mosque in Pakistan, where he had traveled to learn how to repair computers so he could start his own business. After 20 days of hanging by his wrists in a Pakistani prison, he was sold as supposed terror suspect to the US military and ultimately flown to Gitmo. Once there, despite his young age and having absolutely no charges levied against him, the treatment was brutal:
He has been hung from his wrists on 30 occasions (an experience he described as worse than in Pakistan, because his feet did not even touch the ground), and has also been subjected to a regime of “enhanced” techniques to prepare him for interrogation — including prolonged sleep deprivation, prolonged isolation and the use of painful stress positions — that clearly constitute torture.
On one occasion, a heavily-armoured riot squad — the Initial Reaction Force (IRF), used to quell even the most minor infringements of the rules — slammed his head into the floor of his cell, breaking one of his teeth, and on another occasion an interrogator stubbed out a cigarette on his arm.
One of at least 22 minors imprisoned in Guantanamo, El-Gharani was ultimately released in 2009 after eight years in jail without so much as a charge. However, at least three prisoners who were captured as minors remain in custody in Guantanamo Bay. One of them, Wikileaks revealed, was cleared for release as long ago as 2004.
Make no mistake, the US is the evil empire.
“In May 2008, in a submission to the 48th Session of the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child (PDF), the Pentagon claimed that it had only held eight juveniles — those under the age of 18 when their alleged crimes took place — during the life of the Guantánamo Bay prison. This, however, was a lie, as its own documents providing the names and dates of birth of prisoners, released in May 2006 (PDF), showed that the true total was much higher.
In November 2008, the U.C. Davis Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas published a report, “Guantánamo’s Children: Military and Diplomatic Testimonies,” presenting evidence that 12 juveniles had been held, and this was then officially acknowledged by the Pentagon.
The next week, however, I produced another report, “The Pentagon Can’t Count: 22 Juveniles Held at Guantánamo,” providing evidence that at least 22 juvenile prisoners had been held, and drawing on the Pentagon’s own documents, or on additional statements made by the Pentagon, to confirm my claims.
Two and a half years later, I stand by that report, and am only prepared to concede that up to three of the prisoners I identified as juveniles may have been 18 at the time of their capture. In the meantime, I have identified three more juvenile prisoners, and possibly three others, bringing the total back to 22, and possibly as many as 28.”
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Here’s a great article outlining 6 major commonalities:
It’s scary actually how similar we are, and not enough people seem to notice or care. The unfortunate truth is that by the time the public at large catches on, it’ll already be too late for this regime.
And I have to just say it’s a pleasure to be with like minds here on tumblr that understand this “freedom isn’t free” bullshit and the almost religious zeal America has for it’s military is just wool over the eyes to keep the masses content.
is either blind, stupid, or both.
will be it’s undoing.