After 9-11, interrogation methods which the US used in their ‘war against terror’ are said to be nothing short of illegal, brutal torture. Several
programs have been aired on the television about what is really going on. After seeing the first program ‘Torture: The Guantanamo Guidebook’ I was
shocked at what I saw. This post is an attempt to get across to you what that program got across to me.
Last night (01-03-05) a program was on called ‘Torture: The dirty business. This is what the T.V guide described it as:
“Torture is a multinational industry – but its headquarters is in the USA. In this programme Andrew Gilligan examines the CIA’s practice of
abducting terrorist suspects and transferring them to states such as Egypt and Syria, where torture is routine. The programme also exposes the British
government’s refusal to condemn the use of torture by the government of Uzbekistan, for the sake of the ‘evidence’ it produces: 'selling our
souls for dross', in the words of the former British ambassador.”
The programme looked at how men were abducted, ushered to the nearest jail, locked up for several days, ushered to a private government jet and flown
to a foreign country, Egypt & Syria in this example. They were then interrogated brutally and accused of being members of Al-Qaeda and other terrorist
networks. This was all without a lawyer present, without their ‘one phone call’, without even being told why they were there, who had captured
them and when they would be released. They would then be tortured until they admitted their part in the network, even if they weren’t involved.
The torture that these men received was brutal, so brutal they would be happy to die, just to end the torture. One man was placed in ‘the grave’,
as he liked to call it, for over ten months. This ‘grave’ was just bigger than the human body, no lighting, no heating, just a drain type door
Like Britain, the USA has complied with the United Nations Convention Against Torture which prohibits them from inflicting severe pain or suffering,
physical or mental. In response to this the Bush government has compiled several methods of inflicting ‘stress’, which they claim do not qualify
This is an account of what is claimed to have happened in Guantanamo Bay;
“Prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere report being ordered to stand motionless for hours at a time; being subjected to ‘environmental
manipulation’ (extremes of heat and cold); being bombarded with bright lights and loud music ranging from heavy metal to Barney the Dinosaur; and
having their sleep patterns ‘adjusted’ by frequent interruptions. In a treatment labelled ‘pride and ego down’, detainees are insulted and
denigrated, with racial and religious abuse commonplace. Many report being paraded naked in front of others – a particularly humiliating experience
for devout Muslims. The goal is to break the detainees by inducing shame and despair.”
Another account is as follows;
“In 1971, British Army interrogators hooded suspected IRA members and forced them to lean forwards against a wall while white noise played
continuously. This treatment combined two techniques which are still in use. Ordering detainees to maintain uncomfortable ‘stress positions’
produces the pain of torture without physical contact. It also helps break victims psychologically: by making an effort to maintain a stress position,
victims effectively take responsibility for their own suffering. The ‘sensory deprivation’ represented by hooding and white noise has a more
direct effect, leading to confusion and psychological disturbance. It is estimated that victims begin to hallucinate after 40 minutes.”
The US has been accused of holding prisoners like this for up to 18 hours. If you start hallucinating after 40 minutes, what is your mind state going
to be like after 18 hours? Another case was in Saudi Arabia in 2001 when two British men were systematically beaten over a period of weeks until they
confessed to crimes they had not committed. The countries where torture has taken place have formed a complex international network – and most of
them have a British connection.
The USA has formed several detention camps in Afghanistan since 2001. One British citizen who was captured in Afghanistan confessed under torture to
having been with Osama Bin Laden on a certain day. In reality he had been working at Curry’s in Tipton, Cuba.
This is a US base leased from Cuba. The US government initially argued that neither Cuban nor US law applied there.
The US is believed to hold detainees at ‘Camp Justice’ on Diego Garcia, a British-owned island in the Indian Ocean.
Many terrorist suspects have been ‘rendered’ to Egypt, where a state of emergency is in force and torture is widespread.
In 2002 Wahab Al-Rawi and his brother Bisher were arrested on a business trip from Britain to Gambia. After interrogation by US intelligence, Wahab
was released. Bisher, who is an Iraqi citizen, was flown to Guantanamo Bay, where he remains.
According to a US Army report, the Abu Ghraib abuses were an isolated incident. Similar photographs have since surfaced from a British Army base in
Israeli interrogators claim that their use of torture has prevented suicide bombings, although this has been disputed.
Suspects in Saudi jails are routinely tortured into confessing. Victims have included two British men.
Denounced by George Bush as part of the ‘axis of evil’. Syria has tortured terrorist suspects on behalf of the USA.
Notorious for their brutal torture methods. MI6 has described information obtained from Uzbekistan as ‘high-grade intelligence’.
The US and UK have give several ‘reasons’ for this torture;
“Torture may extract vital information”
“It’s an emergency”
“They don’t deserve any better”
“It’s not really torture”
This brutality is going on right now, as I write this post, as you read it.
Why? Why can’t it stop? Why is it happened? Why has it begun?
I hope you are now a bit more enlightened on the torture situation in the world and please post your comments about this. There are several campaigns
running against this worldwide torture, they can be visited here;
Amnesty International UK
Human Rights Watch
Peace and Progress
World Organisation Against Torture
Another interesting article is about how much money and time the CIA have spent to ‘perfect’ their torture methods;
[edit on 2-3-2005 by phixion]
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[edit on 9/9/05 by JAK]