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Monday, October 10, 2005

Causing terrorism

This development at Guantanamo Bay has been virtually ignored in the Western press. Hundreds of detainees have engaged in a hunger strike to protest conditions and the complete lack of legal rights.

John Feffer, Znet, October 7:

"The Bush administration claims that the Guantanamo detainees are "unlawful combatants" from the war in Afghanistan. Since they are presumed to be "terrorists," the detainees are supposed to be getting what they deserve. But the detainees include businessmen seized in The Gambia. A taxi driver from Afghanistan spent a year in Guantanamo where he was repeatedly interrogated, put in solitary confinement, never put on trial, and finally released without explanation, apology, or compensation. Two other men released after a year of captivity were, by their own reports, 99 and 105 years old. In early 2004, three minors aged 13 to 15 were released."

"Among those that remain, it is likely that many were handed over to U.S. authorities in exchange for a bounty offered by the U.S. military. On the television show 60 Minutes, a U.S. military interrogator estimated that 20 percent of the Camp Delta inmates are innocent."

Meanwhile, Australian citizen David Hicks awaits his military trial and an almost obligatory guilty sentence. The man deserves fair process.


Blogger Wombat said...

The hipocrisy just gets more and more difficult to fathom.

David Hicks is incarcerated as anenemy combatant becase the US DOD declares that he wasn't wearing a unifrm at the time of his capture and is thus underserving of recognition as a prisoner of war.

Meanwhile in Basra 2 weeks ago, 2 British SAS officers were captures, diguised in traditional Iarqi clothing (complete with wigs) driving a car full of explosives and sporting a remote controlled detonator. Having shot and killed an Iraqi policemen, they were detained and taken to a a Basra prison.

Rather than allow the prisoner to be interrogated by Basra police, the British army turned up with tanks and helicopters and blasbted a h
hole through the waals of hte prison to free the prisoners.

One can only imagine what the car full of explosive was intended for? Spreasing democracy I suppose. The urgency on the part of the Bristich to free them would suggest thei capture could have been very damaging. So much for training the Iraqi's to take care of their own coutry when coalition forces take it for granted they can run roughshod over any local laws.

The Bristish forces then try to deflect the blame by implying that the whole fiasco was the fault of Malitias having infiltrated the police forces in Basra.

How pathetic.

Monday, October 10, 2005 1:47:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

The hypocrisy of such behaviour isn't lost on many in the world, though many in the West seem to justify it somehow...
Blow-back, indeed.

Monday, October 10, 2005 2:28:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

What is sad however, was the media blackout that followed.

Subsequent reports tried to reframe the whole situation as an aberration and then the British governmnet palced the blame on Iarn for hte fiasco.

Truly sickening.

Monday, October 10, 2005 2:38:00 pm  

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