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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

These are the friends we keep

An extraordinary diary of a man captured by US forces in Pakistan in 2002 and flown in a US government plane to Morocco:

"They cut off my clothes with some kind of doctor's scalpel. I was naked. I tried to put on a brave face. But maybe I was going to be raped. Maybe they'd electrocute me. Maybe castrate me.

"They took the scalpel to my right chest. It was only a small cut. Maybe an inch. At first I just screamed ... I was just shocked, I wasn't expecting ... Then they cut my left chest. This time I didn't want to scream because I knew it was coming.

"One of them took my penis in his hand and began to make cuts. He did it once, and they stood still for maybe a minute, watching my reaction. I was in agony. They must have done this 20 to 30 times, in maybe two hours. There was blood all over. "I told you I was going to teach you who's the man," [one] eventually said.

"They cut all over my private parts. One of them said it would be better just to cut it off, as I would only breed terrorists. I asked for a doctor."

3 Comments:

Blogger Glenn Condell said...

They would be Christians I suppose. Ideally, people like this doing things like that in our name should be publicly examined, on TV. Representatives of whichever religion they subscribe to could be invited to justify or explain such behaviour; or to condemn it.

Which is us and which is them again, and who are 'the evil ones'? - I keep forgetting.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005 4:59:00 pm  
Blogger Andjam said...

Has his injuries been verified by an independent doctor?

Wednesday, August 03, 2005 10:43:00 pm  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

lying and alleging torture is a long-standing al qaeda practice...lowy, as an alleged journo, is always skeptical - except when the facts fit his worldview (witness his hysterically ironic belief in a CIA report on Iran's nuclear capabilities below!)

Thursday, August 04, 2005 9:13:00 am  

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