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"The Torture of Sheikh Mohammed worked!"

Postby Tripz » Mon Feb 11, 2008 11:29 pm

By: Adam Robertson

"The U.S. is committed to the worldwide elimination of torture and we are leading this fight by example. I call on all governments to join with the U.S. and the community of law abiding nations in prohibiting, investigating and prosecuting all acts of torture"- These were the words of the American President George W. Bush- UN Torture Victims Recognition Day, June 26, 2003.

But the U.S.'s use of torture was never a rumor or "allegations".

UN investigations had previously concluded that the United States committed acts amounting to torture at Guantanamo, including force-feeding detainees as well as subjecting them to prolonged solitary confinement.

A report released last year by five UN human rights experts asked the United States close Guantanamo and revoke all special interrogation techniques authorized by the Department of Defense, accusing the U.S. of violating the detainees' rights to a fair trial, to freedom of religion and to health.

"The excessive violence used in many cases during transportation ... and forced-feeding of detainees on hunger strike must be assessed as amounting to torture," it said, adding that although 30 days of isolation was the maximum permissible period, some detainees were put back into solitary confinement after very short breaks and lived in "quasi-isolation for up to 18 months."

So inhuman conditions Guantanamo detainees lived, including placing them in solitary confinement, stripping them naked, subjecting them to severe temperatures or threatening them with dogs, as well as forced-feeding of hunger strikers through nasal tubes, which may result in intense pain, xxxxxxxx and vomiting, were used against detainees to either force them confess or extract information.

ÔÇó Taboo on torture?!

Yesterday's "confession" of what media reports referred to as Al Qaeda member Sheikh Mohammed is the latest indication that the taboo on torture has been broken.

The alleged confession of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed who claimed in a U.S. military tribunal at Guantanamo responsibility for an undefined number of successful, foiled and imagined attacks over the past 15 years sparked massive criticism from political experts, analysts, human rights activists, who'd always spoke against the U.S. use of torture against detainees it captured, with some officials saying that his alleged confession relies on a loose definition of the word "responsible."

The trial itself drew massive outcry from rights groups who criticised the fact that reporters were barred from attending the hearings for the 14 "suspects", accusing the U.S. military of restricting the information it provides about them.

The Guantanamo military tribunals as well have been a source of huge criticism from suspects' lawyers and rights groups, who complained that the trials are rigged to ensure conviction and deny the detainees the basic rights granted to prisoners of war.

The credibility of the alleged confession of what the media and the U.S. military claimed was the 9/11 mastermind is highly questioned.

Some officials said that although there is truth in some of the statement by Sheikh Mohammed, there's also an element of self-promotion, arguing that the man's claims are an attempt to boost his image and that of Al Qaeda in a military courtroom from which the public is barred.

ÔÇó Exaggeration

"I have never known a criminal ' either terrorist or otherwise ' that didn't exaggerate," Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers, a former FBI agent and the top Republican on the terrorism panel of the House Intelligence Committee, was quoted by The Associated Press as saying.

Officials are not drawing skepticism to the confession of Mohamed that he killed Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl or his corroboration with Al Qaeda, but they highly question his role in some plots which they say may be more minor than his hands-on involvement in coordinating the attacks of 9/11.

"If you look at him having a senior position in Al Qaeda, when he says he's responsible, it can be interpreted in a lot of different ways," said Ben Venzke, head of the Virginia-based IntelCenter, a government contractor that monitors Al Qaeda messaging.

ÔÇó Evidence

Among examples cited,

1- The man alleged that he was "responsible for the 1993 World Trade Center Operation," which killed six and injured about 1,000 others in a bomb explosion that ripped through an underground garage. One official suggests that Mohammed didn't plot for the attack or participated in carrying it out, but may be supported it as well as some other elements from Al Qaeda.

2- Among Sheikh Mohamed's claims was that he bears full responsibility for Bali bombings. Officials suggest that his role was restricted to just financing an Al Qaeda affiliate group operating in Southeast Asia. Mohammed's link "could have been as small as arranging a safe house for travel. It could have been arranging finance," Rogers said. "But for his own self-worth, he may have tended to say, 'I was responsible for Bali.'"

3- And about his alleged financial support to groups plotting to "hit American, Jewish and British targets in Turkey," in reference to the 2003 bombing of two synagogues, a British-based bank and the British consulate in Istanbul, which killed 58 people, prosecutors affirm that Al Qaeda Chief Osama bin Laden had personally ordered the plot, and Mohammed's name was never mentioned as the provider of financial support during a three-year trial.

4- And about his alleged role in the failed attempt to assassinate Pope John Paul II during a 2005 stop in the Philippines, the plot was later blamed on Ramzi Yousef, believed to have plotted the 1993 World Trade Center bombing as well as attempt to blow up U.S. airliners.

ÔÇó "White noise"

Some officials at the Bush administration question a great portion of Mohammed's "confession" during the hundreds and may be thousands hours of CIA interrogation. Some say they were "white noise".

ÔÇó "Confession under torture"

Mohammed himself and many human rights advocates accused prison guards and interrogators of using torture, which, according to legal experts, tarnishes the credibility of all his "confessions".

"In light of the rambling nature of his statements, and the views of some that he is prone to exaggerate his importance, we cannot feel confident we know exactly the level of his involvement in various prior attacks," said Joshua Dressler, a criminal law expert at Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University.

ÔÇó "Smacky-face "

Shortly after Sheikh Mohammed's arrest, the Wall Street Journal said it was informed by one American official that U.S. interrogators may authorize "a little bit of smacky-face" during interrogations of the suspects arrested during Bush's so-called "war on terrorism".

Some said that the United States planned to transfer Mohammed to a country where laxer rules apply and torture is not a big deal.

"There's a reason why [Mohammed] isn't going to be near a place where he has Miranda rights or the equivalent," a senior federal law enforcer told the Journal.

"You go to some other country that'll let us pistol-whip this guy."

The CNN's Wolf Blitzer once asked Senator Jay Rockefeller IV, a Democrat from West Virginia and vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about the officials' statement, Rockefeller, said:

"I wouldn't take anything off the table where he is concerned, because this is the man who has killed hundreds and hundreds of Americans over the last ten years."

But that's not all.

The Washington Post once released a lengthy report listing various methods of torture and inhumane treatment involving thousands of suspects the U.S. arrested since the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Among the details it mentioned were these concerning the practice of "rendition", or the transfer of captives to overseas CIA interrogation centers, where they are routinely "softened up", beaten, thrown against walls, hooded, deprived of sleep, bombarded with light and bound in painful positions.

One official told The Post "If you don't violate someone's human rights some of the time, you probably aren't doing your job."

The Post listed 100 suspects who've been shipped to foreign countries where brutal torture methods have been amply documented in the State Department's own annual human rights reports.

"We don't kick the [expletive] out of them," one official told the Post. "We send them to other countries so they can kick the [expletive] out of them."

In these countries, detainees are usually "stripped and blindfolded; suspended from a ceiling or doorframe with feet just touching the floor; beaten with fists, whips, metal rods, or other objects; subjected to electric shocks."

And still the Bush Administration repeats the tired rhetoric that the United States has not violated the UN Convention Against Torture and that human rights are always protected by the U.S.

The absence of real debate over Sheikh Mohamed's probably forced confession would mean a continuation to the U.S. crimes and lies, ensuring that JUSTICE IS NEVER SERVED.
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Re: "The Torture of Sheikh Mohammed worked!"

Postby Arbiter » Tue Feb 12, 2008 11:52 am

These people should have an open, honest and fair trial.

Does The White House really think we are so stupid as to believe these 'confessions'?

It's defintely back to the middle ages.

The reason it's being done as a military tribunal is because they don't want the public to know about what really went on leading up to 9/11.

This really, really stinks.
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Re: "The Torture of Sheikh Mohammed worked!"

Postby Tripz » Tue Feb 12, 2008 2:19 pm

This report was made public nearly a year ago. Ask yourself why is it only just materialising?
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Re: "The Torture of Sheikh Mohammed worked!"

Postby Arbiter » Tue Feb 12, 2008 2:48 pm

There's an election coming up.

A compelling.. and perhaps even catastrophic event is required.

Hangings followed by revenge attacks?
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