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Gitmo Prisoner: Torture Has Worsened Under Obama

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posted on Apr, 16 2009 @ 12:12 AM
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Gitmo Prisoner: Torture Has Worsened Under Obama


www.democracynow.org

Gitmo Prisoner: Torture Has Worsened Under Obama

A Guantanamo Bay prisoner has provided new details of torture under what he calls worsening conditions since President Obama’s election. Chadian national Mohammad al-Qaraani used his prison phone time intended for calling his lawyer to instead reach the Arabic satellite network Al Jazeera.

Mohammad al-Qaraani: “I refused to leave my cell, as they were not granting me my rights. I was only demanding my basic rights, like walking, meeting other inmates, and eating normal food. So a group of six soldiers wearing protective gear and helmets came to my cell. They were accompanied by a soldier carrying a camera and one with tear gas. They had a thick rubber or plastic baton. They beat me with it. They emptied out about two canisters of tear gas on me. After I stopped talking, and tears were flowing from my eyes, I could hardly see or breathe. They then beat me again to the ground. One of them held my head and beat it against the ground. I started screaming to his senior, ‘See what he’s doing! See what he’s doing!’ His senior started laughing and said, ’He’s doing his job.’ He broke one of my teeth.”

Qaraani was interviewed by the Al Jazeera journalist Sami al-Hajj, who was imprisoned at Guantanamo for over six years. Qaraani repeated claims made by other Guantanamo prisoners and their attorneys that the abuse has worsened since President Obama’s election.

Mohammad al-Qaraani: “This treatment started about twenty days before Obama came into power. And since then, I’ve been subjected to the same treatment almost every day. Since Obama took charge, he has not shown us that anything will change.”

Qaraani was ordered released in January after a judge ruled the Pentagon has failed to provide evidence to justify his imprisonment. He has been held at Guantanamo without charge since 2002.
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posted on Apr, 16 2009 @ 12:12 AM
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Hmmm, very interesting. While yes, it comes from Al Jazeera and could possibly be propaganda, this certainly still raises my eyebrows. If Obama's stance is to end torture and close Gitmo, why is the abuse worsening since he took office. Could it just be the staff being complete morons or are the orders coming from higher up? Regardless this is disgusting...

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posted on Apr, 16 2009 @ 12:23 AM
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Hmm, right. So I'm supposed to believe this guy called Al Jazeera instead of his lawyer, to whine to them about how he's getting treated worse under the new boss' law. First of all, when did these gitmo prisons start allowing there 'terrorists' lawyers to represent them.



posted on Apr, 16 2009 @ 12:23 AM
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Four months in and they are pinning "torturer" to his jacket too?

Really?

So this article isn't claiming that Obama gave the order to allow torture using the legal loopholes provided by the former administration to weaken its definition, it's just saying the people that were already torturing under the Bush administration...just seem to torture a little bit more.

Okay, how is this Obama's fault when he didn't authorize this from the get-go?

Well on the bright side, this torture of Muslims being oddly attributed to the Obama administration could possibly quell the rants of the "secret-Muslim-anti Christ in office" crowd.



- Lee



posted on Apr, 16 2009 @ 12:27 AM
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Originally posted by iamjesusphish
...why is the abuse worsening since he took office.


You answered your own question, and proceeded to ask it anyway. Then you pretended this is the "truth" and formulated a false hypothesis to support it. To top it off you added a personal touch of "disgust" based on nothing but your own projection.



posted on Apr, 16 2009 @ 12:44 AM
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Meet the new boss same as the old.

What's the bet he turns around at the last minute and says "Hey you know what? I'm gonna keep Guantanamo running."

Oh Obama, you deserve an Oscar. You have imitated Bush down to an art form.



posted on Apr, 16 2009 @ 12:59 AM
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Man, I swear.. these Gitmo rulers dont know what they are doing.
If your going to beat someone, commit illegial acts of torture.. why the hell would you let this guy have a phone call..

If they wernt giving him any rights or liberties.. what the hell you call a phone call?

secondly... why on earth would you let him call a news agency?

What happens if he wanted to call his terrorist buddies?

'' yep, strike tomorrow, guards are at lunch ''

Are we really expected to believe this bullplop?



posted on Apr, 16 2009 @ 10:35 PM
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well lets face it, if that really was the case we won't be hearing about it in the MSM, The big O won't be flung before the International Court for Human Rights Abuses or anything.



posted on Apr, 16 2009 @ 10:45 PM
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There is no solid Logistics to make Toture a reliable means of information after a 24hrs period, after that any information given decreases in liability. To put blunty are we getting real information, or just what we want to hear ? (Due to the fact that, the person does not know the answer) ...

all i see from this facility is straight out human abuse with no means of getting anything, other then satisfaction on beating on these guys.

[edit on 16-4-2009 by Bldrvgr]



posted on Apr, 16 2009 @ 11:19 PM
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This doesn't even sound like an interrogation. Just straight up brutality.


But it hardly points to a systemic increase in torture over all. this poor guy has been treated worse, but its hard to say if its policy just this one case.



posted on Apr, 16 2009 @ 11:58 PM
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the prisoner didnt see change? of course he saw change. the beatings increased



man you got to love al jazeera, it makes nancy pelosi look bi-partisan



posted on Apr, 17 2009 @ 12:58 AM
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Chadian national Mohammad al-Qaraani used his prison phone time intended for calling his lawyer to instead reach the Arabic satellite network Al Jazeera.


How'd he get the number to Al Jazeera?



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