Showing posts with label Guantanamo Bay prison. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Guantanamo Bay prison. Show all posts

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Guantanamo – Looking for Closure

Theatrical depiction of tortured prisoners from Guantanamo,  a well as a conversation with an eyewitness of torture in another war zone.

Charlotte Wilson
Activist Post

January 11, 2014, around the United States and around the world, individuals and groups marked this day to commemorate the ugliness, and the brutality we have all come to recognize as Guantanamo – “Close Guantanamo Now.”

Marking this date, the Veterans for Peace, Chapter 156 of Rogue Valley Oregon, gave a performance of street theater in Vogle Plaza, downtown Medford, Oregon. It was a wintery day – grim, cloudy-dark on that noon day – an appropriate setting for a theme of death, as an introduction to six prisoners who died while imprisoned at Guatanamo Bay Prison, Cuba. These men had not been not convicted of any crime … unless the mere act of waiting has been deemed a crime.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Guantanamo Prison’s Time is Up – You’re Invited to Commemorate the End

Guantanamo Prison’s time is up – you are invited * to commemorate twelve years of brutality, and encouraged to oppose the inhuman treatment of Gitmo prisoners.

Charlotte Wilson
Activist Post

American Marine Major General Michael Lehnert, who was in charge of the construction and opening of Guantanamo Bay Prison, says he now believes the facility should not have been opened, and that "the entire detention and interrogation strategy was wrong."
Our decision to keep Guantanamo open has helped our enemies because it validates every negative perception of the United States.
The motto of the US Military toward Gitmo is “Safe, Humane, Legal, Transparent.” From February, 2013, the number of hunger-striking prisoners was released daily to the public. That is no longer the case – we are not allowed to know how many are on a hunger strike; some say the current number is in the 80s, while others say 15.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Guantanamo Hunger Striking Continues

Stephen Lendman
Activist Post

In early February, detainees began hunger striking for justice. Dozens joined others. Numbers rose to about 130. Some were force-fed. Doing so constitutes torture.

Most detainees continued courageously for months. About two dozen refuse food now.

Brutalizing conditions took their toll. Force-fed strikers suffered most. Previous articles explained.

Detainees are restrained in chairs. They're called "padded cells on wheels." Masks cover their mouths.

Tubes are forced painfully through their noses and throats to their stomachs. It's done abrasively. It draws blood.

Liquid nutrients are pumped into their stomachs. Doing so causes excruciating pain. No sedatives or anesthesia are given. Men are kept strapped under restraints up to two hours.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Close Guantanamo Now!

Stephen Lendman
Activist Post

As president and commander-in-chief, Obama has legal authority to do so. On May 3, New York City Bar president Carey R. Dunne wrote him. He did so on behalf of the organization he heads.

He called indefinite detention "legally and morally indefensible." He said 25 retired military flag officers said it's "an effective recruiting tool for our enemies."

He urged "concrete steps to restart the process toward closure."

On May 7, the New York City Bar said "Obama has the authority to close (Guantanamo) under Section 1028 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013."

It’s about transferring detainees "to foreign countries or other foreign entities."

Obama could begin the process today. He could have done so long ago. He'll have to explain why not. He bears full responsibility for spurning what he pledged to do. In 2008, he promised closure. "From both a moral standpoint and a practical standpoint, torture is wrong," he said.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Gitmo Lawyer Speaks Out

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Guantanamo Detainee Lawyer, Andy P. Hart: Suicide or Murder?

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Stephen Lendman
Activist Post

On May 1, Truthout's Jason Leopold reported Hart's "apparent suicide." He represented a number of Guantanamo prisoners. More on that below.

Key questions remain unanswered. Why would a federal public defender kill himself? Where and when did he die?

Was an autopsy performed? If so, by whom? Why has no information been revealed? Why wasn't his death immediately announced? Apparently several days passed before it was. Why the secrecy?

An alleged suicide note and thumb drive perhaps containing information on his cases remains concealed. Why?

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Some of force-fed hunger striking detainees in Guantanamo were cleared for release years ago

Amnesty International demonstrates
for the closure of Guantanamo Bay Prison
image: casmaron/Flickr
Madison Ruppert
Activist Post

Some of the hunger striking detainees being force-fed at Guantanamo Bay were actually cleared for release years ago, according to a report.

Currently, government numbers indicate that 100 detainees are participating in the hunger strike, and 20 are currently being given tube feedings.

While Guantanamo officials have refused to identify the hunger strikers, the Justice Department has notified attorneys if their clients have become malnourished to the point of requiring tube feedings.

The Miami Herald has learned of the identities of eight of the men through their attorneys, four of those are being held even though they were cleared for release.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Guantanamo Hunger Strike Spreads

Stephen Lendman
Activist Post

Detainees have few ways to resist. Refusing food challenges injustice. It's now past two months.

Media scoundrels at first ignored it. Now they say little. Capitol Hill's quiet. Pentagon officials downplay it. Russia Today reports it daily. More on that below.

Around 130 detainees refuse food. They're surviving only on water. Some are being force-fed. Doing so constitutes torture.

Obama's been dismissively silent. On March 28, his spokesman Joshua Earnest commented for the first time, saying that the White House is "closely monitoring the hunger strikers at Guantanamo Bay. (The) administration remains committed to closing the detention facility."

On January 22, 2009, Obama's Executive Order  promised closure. Guantanamo remains open. No closure plans exist. It gets worse.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

ACLU appeals order allowing censorship of torture testimony during Guantanamo military commission

Madison Ruppert
Activist Post

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Military Commissions Review appealing a Guantánamo military judge’s order allowing the government to censor any testimony that touches on the torture and abuse of detainees in U.S. custody.

The trial at issue here has been plagued by problems including the accusations of intentional censorship when the audio feed was cut and accusations from the defense alleging that the U.S. government is spying on them and violating attorney-client confidentiality.

The ACLU filed the petition (PDF) asserting the public’s First Amendment right to open trials which they claim has been violated by the protective order issued by Military Judge Col. James Pohl in December.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

US Law Prohibits Transferring Guantanamo Prisoners to America

Stephen Lendman, Contributor
Activist Post

FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) legislation proscribes it.

January 11, 2013 marks Guantanamo's 11th anniversary. More on that below.

On January 11, 2002, its first 20 prisoners arrived. It's one of many US torture prisons globally.

Most held there are innocent victims. They're not terrorists. They're lawlessly detained. Many remained for years uncharged and untried. Fundamental rights are denied.

Seton Hall University Law Professor Mark Denebeaux analyzed unclassified government data. He got them through FOIA requests.

They revealed what's vital to know. The vast majority of Guantanamo detainees weren't accused of hostile acts. Afghan bounty hunters seized around 95% of them. They sold them to US forces for $5,000 per claimed Taliban and $25,000 for alleged Al Qaeda members. Evidence of criminality wasn’t sought. Washington wanted prisoners. It still does. Innocence or guilt didn't matter. It still doesn't.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Guantanamo Bay gets a new $750,000 soccer field thanks to U.S. taxpayers

Madison Ruppert, Contributing Writer
Activist Post

While our nation is saddled with record deficits and debt, countless Americans are homeless or unable to find work, and analysts are predicting economic catastrophe, the prisoners at Camp 6 in Guantanamo Bay are getting a brand new $750,000 soccer field.

The project, which is just now getting finished up after being started in April of 2011, was shown during a tour of the facility to reporters who are covering the arraignment of Majid Khan in military court.

Khan is a former Baltimore resident and reportedly the only legal U.S. resident on trial at Guantanamo Bay. Khan was arrested in Pakistan in 2003 when he returned to visit his wife and is accused of being enlisted by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to support and plan terrorist attacks against the United States and Israel.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Citizen Spies, Brutal Torture Foreshadow the Domestic War on Terror

An innocent European, who was sold to U.S. military by a citizen spy, spent nearly five years in Guantanamo Bay prison without charges exposes the brutality of torture.  With the DHS anti-terror apparatus now turned inward, do American citizens face the same treatment?

Eric Blair
Activist Post

Martin Luther King Jr. wisely proclaimed "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Murat Kurnaz, a German-born Turkish citizen, describes in the video below his chilling story of torture under United States custody.  Kurnaz was rounded up in Pakistan at the height of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 when locals sold him to the U.S. military for $3000, the bounty paid to citizen spies for "terror suspects."  With the Department of Homeland Security ramping up its own citizen spy program, can we expect the same treatment in America?

Working for a peaceful NGO, Kurnaz was detained on his way to return home to Germany.  Over the next five years he was repeatedly tortured by the United States with no charges ever filed. According to Amnesty USA, "his 2006 release was prompted by a personal plea by German Chancellor Angela Merkel to President George W. Bush even though official documents show that U.S. and German authorities had determined in 2002 that he was innocent."



Monday, July 25, 2011

Former Guantanamo detainee tells his story of abuse and torture (Video)

YouTube - Russia Today

Guantanamo Bay continues to wreck lives, despite President Obama's pledge to shut the notorious prison. RT spoke to one former prisoner, Murat Kurnaz, who says the US has not issued even a simple apology for his years of torment.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Top US senator urges Guantanamo for Iraqi suspects

Gautanamo Bay Camp VI
© AFP/File Virginie Montet
AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US Senate's top Republican, Mitch McConnell, called Tuesday for two Iraqi nationals facing terrorism charges in his home state to be shipped to the controversial Guantanamo Bay detention facility.

"Get these men out of Kentucky. Send them to Guantanamo where they belong. Get these terrorists out of the civilian system and out of our backyards and give them the justice they deserve," said the Republican minority leader.

Waad Ramadan Alwan and his cousin Mohanad Shareef Hammadi have pleaded not guilty to 23 terrorism charges, but could face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Algerian sues US for Guantanamo detention

Algerian Saber Lahmar
© AFP Patrick Bernard
AFP

BORDEAUX, France (AFP) - An Algerian said Monday he was suing US former president George W. Bush in French courts for his detention as a suspected terrorist for eight years in the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.

Saber Lahmar, 42, said he was picked up by US agents in 2001 in Bosnia, where he worked teaching Arabic, and held in the US camp for eight years "like an animal" and released without charge in 2009. He now lives in France.

US authorities accused him of planning to fight against US and coalition forces in Afghanistan.
He told AFP he was tortured in the camp by techniques including sleep deprivation, electric shocks and simulated drowning.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Republicans seek tougher Guantanamo rules

© AFP/File Paul J. Richards
AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Barack Obama's Republican foes unveiled legislation  to toughen rules on the detention and trials of suspected extremists held at the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison.

The move came one day after Obama by presidential order lifted a ban on new military trials for detainees held at the US naval base in Cuba, apparently conceding the facility he has vowed to close will not be emptied anytime soon.

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon, who led the effort, cited "serious concerns" about Obama's decree that detainees would have the right to a periodic review of the reasons for their continued detention.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Obama to lift freeze on new Guantanamo trials

Guantanamo Bay prison at Camp Delta in Cuba
© AFP/File Paul J. Richards
AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Barack Obama said Monday he would lift the two-year freeze on new military trials for Guantanamo Bay terror suspects and issued new guidelines on the treatment of those held indefinitely.

Obama, who has been thwarted in his desire to close the camp in Cuba which he calls a recruiting tool for Al-Qaeda, issued the long-awaited decision after a sweeping review of administration policy.

The White House made clear that despite permitting new trials at the camp, it remained committed to using federal courts to try some suitable suspects and vowed to complete the "difficult challenge" of closing Guantanamo Bay.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Guantanamo one of world's 'finest' prison: Rumsfeld

AFP/Activist Post

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The "war on terror" prison at the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is "one of the finest prison systems in the world," former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in an interview with Fox News on Tuesday.

Rumsfeld, who is promoting his autobiography titled "Known and Unknown," praised US military personnel that worked at the site in the interview on FOX News Channel’s Hannity show.

Rumsfeld was defense secretary 2001-2006 under former president George W. Bush. He was replaced as defense secretary by Robert Gates.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Obama, in blow to closing Guantanamo, signs law

Alister Bull
Reuters

President Barack Obama, in a setback to hopes for the quick closing of the Guantanamo Bay prison, reluctantly signed a bill on Friday barring suspects held there from being brought to the United States for trial.

Making plain he would fight to repeal language in the law obstructing civilian U.S. trials for Guantanamo terrorism suspects, Obama said he was left with no choice but to sign the defense authorization act for fiscal 2011.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

White House Drafts Executive Order for Indefinite Detention

Dafna Linzer
ProPublica

The White House is preparing an Executive Order on indefinite detention that will provide periodic reviews of evidence against dozens of prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, according to several administration officials.

The draft order, a version of which was first considered nearly 18 months ago, is expected to be signed by President Obama early in the New Year. The order allows for the possibility that detainees from countries like Yemen might be released if circumstances there change.