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ABUSE CRISIS: Australia Involved in US Military Torture?

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posted on Feb, 11 2005 @ 05:07 PM
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Mamdouh Habib has accused Australian government officials of complicity in his abduction to Egypt and brutal detention in Guantanamo. The Australian secret service (ASIO) asked Habib to join an elite spy team and identify Islamic extremists who might plot an attack at the 2000 Sydney Olympics but Habib refused, according to Australia's Daily Telegraph. Habib claims he was targeted because of his refusal.

 


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Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mamdouh Habib has reportedly accused Australian government officials of complicity in his abduction to Egypt and brutal detention there.

The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper said Mr Habib's mysterious transfer to Egypt's notorious jail cells began an odyssey he said led to him being abused for three years across three continents - including threats that he would be raped by dogs.

Mr Habib said an Australian consular official met him in Islamabad soon after he was arrested in Pakistan in October 2001 as a terrorist suspect.

He said he pleaded to be returned to Australia but was whisked away several weeks later to Egypt by US agents.



Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


Habib's house has been broken into twice, and his lawyer claims he is being harrassed by the ASIO.

Apparently, the USA's allies in Iraq have more in common than trade alliances. Reports from newly released Guantanamo detainees paint an horrific picture. There is likely much more to the story, and to each prisoner's story.

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posted on Feb, 11 2005 @ 05:08 PM
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you forgot to close the url. So the entire thing is red.

Surf



posted on Feb, 11 2005 @ 05:14 PM
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Originally posted by surfup
you forgot to close the url. So the entire thing is red.

Surf



Thanks surf - it's supposed to be auto. ...Seems some sites don't work here tho??? .



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posted on Feb, 11 2005 @ 05:15 PM
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Dammit!
I bet they tied him to a chair and forced him to listen to "Waltzing Matilda" over and over again.
They also force fed him Vegemite sammies and made him watch sport 24 hours a day.
They can be really cruel those aussies sometimes....



posted on Feb, 11 2005 @ 05:23 PM
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Originally posted by Netchicken
Dammit!
I bet they tied him to a chair and forced him to listen to "Waltzing Matilda" over and over again.
They also force fed him Vegemite sammies and made him watch sport 24 hours a day.
They can be really cruel those aussies sometimes....





Doesn't sound like the Aussies were directly involved in the torture tho - more like they handed him over and didn't respect his rights...


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posted on Feb, 12 2005 @ 07:37 AM
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Originally posted by soficrow

Originally posted by Netchicken
Dammit!
I bet they tied him to a chair and forced him to listen to "Waltzing Matilda" over and over again.
They also force fed him Vegemite sammies and made him watch sport 24 hours a day.
They can be really cruel those aussies sometimes....





Doesn't sound like the Aussies were directly involved in the torture tho - more like they handed him over and didn't respect his rights...


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Well with our current government this doesn’t surprise me at all...
I mean come on; our Prime Minister made a personal decision and said "Yes" to Australian involvement in Iraq when the US President simply called him on the telephone...

So no, us common 'Aussies' would have had no idea what illegal acts our government commits, just like Britain, public opinion is neither asked nor wanted by the people in power.

PS. Don't knock eating vegemite sandwiches and watching cricket.



posted on Feb, 12 2005 @ 10:32 AM
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Tune in folks. 60 minutes. This Sunday 7.30p.m. (AEDST)
Under suspicion

Everyone has an opinion. Either Mamdouh Habib is a dangerous terrorist who should have been left to rot in jail or he is an innocent man, persecuted and tortured because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. But you've never seen this mysterious Mr Habib; never heard a single word from him … until now. After more than three years in prison, he tells his story of terrorism and torture. And some of his allegations are shocking. But above all, this is your chance to judge Mamdouh Habib for yourself.

More on this story will be available on Monday 14 February

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posted on Feb, 12 2005 @ 10:34 AM
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Originally posted by sanctum
Tune in folks. 60 minutes. This Sunday 7.30p.m. (AEDST)
Under suspicion

Everyone has an opinion. Either Mamdouh Habib is a dangerous terrorist who should have been left to rot in jail or he is an innocent man, persecuted and tortured because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. But you've never seen this mysterious Mr Habib; never heard a single word from him … until now. After more than three years in prison, he tells his story of terrorism and torture. And some of his allegations are shocking. But above all, this is your chance to judge Mamdouh Habib for yourself.

More on this story will be available on Monday 14 February

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Excellent! Thanks for the update and the link sanctum!


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posted on Feb, 12 2005 @ 10:53 AM
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I wonder if the actions of US and the way it handle prisoners of war or "non combatant" will make a beginning for other nations to brake Geneva conventions and act in the same way.

That will not be very good I think.



posted on Feb, 13 2005 @ 10:33 AM
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More stories are coming out in the open. Good thing. People need to know what's going on - and "authorities" need to be held accountable.



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