Military Denial Of Torture At Gitmo Is
The Sickest Joke
Army clears itself of any wrong doing
despite hundreds of reports of systematic torture and soldiers bragging
about torturing detainees
In direct and flagrant ignorance of mountains of evidence, the U.S.
military has this week cleared itself of any wrong doing in allegations
of abuse and torture at detention facilities in Guantanamo Bay,
An Army officer who investigated possible abuse
at Guantanamo Bay after some guards purportedly bragged about beating
detainees found no evidence they mistreated the prisoners —
although he did not interview any of the alleged victims, the U.S.
military said Wednesday.
"The evidence did not support any of the allegations
of mistreatment or harassment," the Miami-based Southern Command,
which oversees Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in southeastern Cuba, said
in a statement.
The investigation centers around Marine Lt Col Colby
Vokey, who represents a detainee at the US naval base in eastern
Cuba. Vokey filed
a "hotline" complaint last October, attaching a sworn
statement from his paralegal, Sgt Heather Cerveny, 23, in which
she said several guards in a bar at Guantanamo Bay bragged about
beating detainees and described it as common practice. "Others
were talking about how when they get annoyed with the detainees,
about how they hit them, or they punched them in the face,"
Sgt Cerveny said during a telephone interview.
In her complaint, she wrote: "From the whole conversation,
I understood that striking detainees was a common practice... Everyone
in the group laughed at the others' stories of beating detainees."
What kind of torture investigation does not include
testimony of the alleged victims? A total whitewash.
Literally hundreds of reports and testimonies make
it as clear as day that there is a systematic and routine program
of torture at Guantanamo Bay, a creation of the CIA which has long
been in existence and has been exported all over the world by the
Former U.S. Army Brigadier General Janis Karpinski,
who ran the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq until early 2004, has corroborated
this and has identified the masterminds of the spread of the torture
policy as occupying the highest rungs of the Bush administration:
"The orders came right from the top, filtered
down from the secretary of defense, with the endorsement of the
President, the Vice President, whatever advisors are surrounding
them, filtered down through the Commanders in the field, these practices
were not only endorsed, but were in use at Guantanamo bay and in
locations in Afghanistan. And when General Miller visited Iraq he
brought those techniques with him. And then he sent contract interrogators
who had 'performed well' at Guantanamo Bay to Iraq as well."
the Alex Jones show in late 2005.
In December 2002, before the invasion of Iraq, Donald
Rumsfeld personally approved a variety of torture techniques for
detainees at Guantanamo. A
PBS documentary highlighted a memo in which he had written:
“I stand for 8-10 hours a day. Why is standing [by prisoners]
limited to four hours?”
These and other torture methods were made standard practice and
transferred to the prisons in Iraq. The official
US Army report listed all the abuses committed at the Abu Ghraib
prison. These methods are standard use in the 'Copper
Green' worldwide torture program.
The media dog and pony show at Guantanamo Bay is only the tip of
the iceberg. The CIA has hundreds of secret
prisons throughout the world, referred to as "black sites"
in classified White House, CIA, Justice Department and congressional
documents, that operate outside of international law. Enemy combatants
are routinely flown to secret locations in Europe and elsewhere
and subjected to harsh interrogation methods, some of which have
been made public in what has been dubbed the 'CIA
A European Parliament committee has recently
approved a report which says EU states know of secret CIA flights
over Europe. The report said that the governments also knew of the
abduction of terror suspects by US agents and the US's use of clandestine
Last November the Bush administration told
a federal judge that terrorism suspects held in secret CIA prisons
should not be allowed to reveal details of the "alternative
interrogation methods" that their captors used to get them
We have tirelessly exposed how no
Al Qaeda "leaders" have been captured or discovered
at Guantanamo Bay either first hand or via information garnered
through torture. This has been common knowledge for years.
A US army official visiting Camp Delta was quoted
in 2002 as saying there are "...no big fish there. Some of
these guys literally don't know the world is round."
statistical report, released last year, based entirely on data
supplied by the Defense Department, and intended to provide "a
more detailed picture of who the Guantanamo detainees are, how they
ended up there, and the purported bases for their enemy combatant
designation has found that fewer than half of the 517 detainees
whose histories were reviewed have been accused of any hostile acts.
Under an enormous amount of pressure the Pentagon
was then finally "forced" into releasing
further information about the inmates being held in the Gulag
in Cuba, which revealed that the world's
most dangerous terrorists consisted of delivery drivers, chicken
farmers, sack makers, taxi drivers and students. Their weapons of
mass destruction include battery chargers, Casio watches, and Peanut
The truth is there are no Taliban or Al Qaeda top brass at Guantanamo
because they were all flown
out on US planes in a deal done with Pakistan in late 2001 as
the invasion began.
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The detention facilities in Cuba remain open and fully operational
despite repeated calls to shut it down coming from human rights
organisations, international governments and politicians, including
British MPs, and even the UN. The notion that the military can deny
torture is not a common practice at Guantanamo and continue to operate
with impunity is almost as sick as the abuse itself.
Below is an extensive list of links to reports on documents and
inmate testimony that show beyond any doubt that there is a coordinated
torture program at Guantanamo:
details possible detainee abuse: FBI agents documented
more than two dozen incidents of possible mistreatment at the
Guantanamo Bay military base, including one detainee whose head
was wrapped in duct tape for chanting the Quran and another who
pulled out his hair after hours in a sweltering room.
Guantanamo Gen. balked at torture: Brig. Gen. Rick
Baccus was removed as Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, commander in 2002
for refusing to use tougher interrogation tactics, a PBS documentary
guards 'enjoy torture': An Egyptian man released
earlier this month from the United States detention in Guantanamo
Bay, Cuba, says the "torture" he suffered in the military
camp left him crippled in a wheelchair.
doctors allegedly collaborated in prison torture:
University of Minnesota professor Steven Miles gathered evidence
from U.S. congressional hearings, sworn statements of detainees
and soldiers, medical journal accounts and press reports to build
a picture of physician complicity, and in isolated cases active
participation by medical personnel in abuse at the Baghdad prison,
as well as in Afghanistan and at the Guantanamo Bay detention
center in Cuba.
widespread under U.S. custody: Amnesty: Torture and
inhumane treatment are "widespread" in U.S.-run detention
centers in Afghanistan, Iraq, Cuba and elsewhere despite Washington's
denials, Amnesty International said on Wednesday.
Prisoners Told Panel About Abuse: One Guantanamo
prisoner told a military panel that American troops beat him so
badly he wets his pants now. Another detainee claimed U.S. troops
stripped prisoners in Afghanistan and intimidated them with dogs
so they would admit to militant activity.
Swede tells of Guantanamo torture: Mehdi Ghezali
said he had been tortured by exposure to freezing cold, noise
and bright lights and chained during his 30-month imprisonment.
confessed to escape Guantanamo torture: There, he
claims, he was subjected to systematic torture. He told his lawyer
that he would be "hung on the door for two hours and then
allowed to sit for half an hour but never allowed to sleep. This
would go on for 48 hours in a row".
suspects in new claims of torture at Guantanamo:
"The MPs [military police] inflicted so much pain, Mr Aamer
said he thought he was going to die. The MPs pressed on pressure
points all over his body: his temples, just under his jawline,
in the hollow beneath his ears. They choked him. They bent his
nose so hard he thought it would break.
forces abuse and torture Kuwaiti prisoners: Tom Wilner,
a human rights lawyer, representing 11 Kuwaiti detainees held
at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, accused the U.S.
forces on Monday of abusing and torturing several Kuwaiti prisoners
by beating them with chains, sodomizing them and giving them electrical
hunger strikers say feeding tubes employed as torture: Prisoners
on hunger strike at the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,
reported troops force-fed them with dirty feeding tubes that have
been violently inserted and withdrawn as punishment, said declassified
notes released Wednesday by defence lawyers.
Ex-Guantanamo Inmate Mentally Scarred -Lawyer: Australian
former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mamdouh Habib was suffering psychological
and emotional problems due to his nearly three-year incarceration
at the U.S. military base, his lawyer said on Sunday.
Was Abused at Guantanamo, Lawyers Say: Lawyers for
Murat Kurnaz, a German native released Thursday after spending
more than four years locked up at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, said he
was mistreated to the end by U.S. military personnel, who kept
him shackled and blindfolded until his flight home landed.
abuse taped, as 'explosive' as Abu Ghraib: VIDEO
footage of US military treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay
will reveal many cases of substantial abuse as "explosive
as anything from Abu Ghraib", a lawyer said today.
conditions 'like a Nazi camp': Accused terrorist
David Hicks' US lawyer has described conditions at Guantanamo
Bay, where he has been held for five years, as "like a Nazi
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