Monday, November 29, 2010

Guantanamo and Torture: A Consequence of the "War on Terror"


--Kurnaz, Murat. Five Years of My Life: An Innocent Man in Guantanamo. Palgrave, 2008. Rev. Z Magazine (Dec. 2010). Torture of Muslim prisoners was “systemic,” with “countless acts of murder…at least in the hundreds.” “Pentagon architects designed prisons that were sadistic torture chambers.”
--Mayer, Jane. The Dark Side. Doubleday, 2008.
--Andy Worthington, The Guantanamo Files: Stories from Outside the Law.
From Democracy Now in Dec. 2009
Amy Goodman interviewed Andy Worthington, author of The Guantanamo Files: Stories from Outside the Law. He noted that Gitmo was to be closed by Jan. 11, 2010; that date was extended; and now extended again in order not to release Yemeni prisoners, of which 86 are still in G. Worthington also said that the Pentagon exaggerated the no. of G. released prisoners who rejoined al Qaeda.

Glenn, David. “The Record Keeper: Carol Rosenberg Owns the Guantanamo Beat.” Columbia Journalism Rev. (Nov. Dec. 2010). Rosenberg, reporter for The Miami Herald, is the most persistent critic of “the way the military runs things at Guantanamo.” This article describes many aspects of her presence at Gitmo and exposes Pentagon machinations.

The End of Shame in America
This sort of thing should be shouted from the rooftops, and those responsible chased from public life. But instead we’ll have the grinning loons on cable news and talk radio telling us why it’s okay.
Report: U.S. military based Gitmo training on tactics China used in Korean War - USA Today
A training course at Gitmo was modeled on tactics that Chinese forces used to interrogate American prisoners during the Korean War, according to The New York Times.
The paper reports that interrogation trainers used a chart with "coercive management techniques" that were "copied verbatim from a 1957 Air Force study of Chinese Communist techniques used during the Korean War to obtain confessions, many of them false, from American prisoners."
To read more: (from Richard D)

Scott Horton, “The Guantánamo ‘Suicides’: A Camp Delta sergeant blows the whistle,” Harper’s Magazine (Jan/Feb 2010). See: DN 1-19-10 Gitmo in 2006: 3 prisoners murdered, G. commander claimed suicide, gov’t /CIA covered up…….

TMN (7-31-09), “Judge Orders Detainee’s Release.” The youngest detainee, tortured into confessing to crimes, imprisoned at G. six and a half years.without charge or trial.

Democracy Now interv. his parents Frank Lindh and Marilyn Walker 7-31-09.

Released from G. See Guantanamo Justice Center.

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