US Guards Brag About Torture

Guantanamo Human Rights Violation

As the US rejected fresh British government criticism of Guantanamo Bay, an American soldier has made new charges that military guards brutally treated inmates at the controversial top security prison for terrorist suspects in south-eastern Cuba.

In a sworn affidavit, Heather Cerveny, a 23-year-old Marine Corps sergeant, says she met several prison guards at a club on the base where they told her over drinks of harsh abuse of detainees, she said the guards claimed the abuse was both commonplace and justified.
(Source: The Independent)

Remember, none of the “prisoners” in Guantanamo have ever been charged with anything. They’ve had no trial, no representation. And some of them are children as young as 14. They’ve been kidnapped by US forces and held illegally, some for over four years.

Please click here for Amnesty International’s report on Guantanamo.

I won’t quote the tortures carried out on these innocent people, they’ll all in the article linked at the top of this post. It makes me feel too ill to quote them on here.

But I would ask you this: how is it that this illegal imprisonment and torture camp has now been in business for half a decade? Why do the “civilised” governments of the world do nothing?

And when did the US legal system move from “innocent until proven guilty” to “guilty until proven innocent?”

Whether it’s modern China or North Korea, the old Soviet Union or modern America, we cannot allow governments to kidnap and torture people as and when they feel like it.

Who’s next? You?

Jack Straw’s Racism Bears Fruit

Jack Straw

Islamophobic attacks have surged in the past month in the wake of controversial remarks by ministers about British Muslims, say campaign groups.

The rise in verbal and physical assaults includes a spate of incidents in which Muslim women have been abused for wearing veils and scarves. They come in the week that the issue was raised by Jack Straw, the Leader of the Commons.
(Source: The Independent)

Well done, Jack! Your campaign to whip up Islamophobia and racism against brown people in general is working a treat. The BNP are loving the leg-up you’ve given their fascism, they’re even using your attack as the inspiration for a new leaflet campaign.

Of course, Islamophobes aren’t too clever so it isn’t just Muslims that are in trouble:

A Teesside family were also targeted at the weekend after vandals daubed graffiti on their home. The Joacph family were forced to cut short a holiday when neighbours alerted them to the attack on their home in Saltersgill, Middlesbrough. Slogans, including the words “kill Muslims” and “terrorists live here” were painted on walls and doors. Police have condemned the attack on the Joacphs, who say they are practising Roman Catholics.
(Source: The Independent)

Yeah, but they’re brown Catholics, innit? Which is almost Muslim! Which means they must be terrorists or support terrorism, according to our great leaders like Jack Straw and John Reid.

I find it ironic and heartbreaking that this racism is being promulgated by the current leaders of what used to be the Labour party. This party used to be a socialist party. Now it appears to be turning into a National Socialist party…

Terry Lloyd: Murdered By US Troops

Terry Lloyd

THE family of a British journalist [Terry Lloyd] gunned down in Iraq called for the United States marines who opened fire on his convoy to face murder charges, and branded them “trigger-happy cowboys”.

He was shot in the back by an Iraqi machinegun then, as he was evacuated in a makeshift ambulance, shot again in the head by American forces.

His Lebanese interpreter Hussein Osman was later found dead and buried, while French cameraman Fred Nerac is still officially missing.

Yesterday Mr Lloyd’s family condemned the Americans who fired on the team as “trigger-happy cowboys” who committed a “despicable, deliberate and vengeful act”.
(Source: Scotsman.com)

When I heard the news about Lloyd, I was stunned. I’ve grown up watching his steady, calm reports. He’s as familiar to me as Walter Cronkite would be to an American.

At first, I thought it must be a friendly fire incident, a horrible tragedy but one of the dangers of being a war correspondent.

But the truth is much darker:

American troops then started firing at both the clearly marked television vehicles driven by the ITN team. Lloyd was killed outright when he was hit in the head by an American bullet as he was being taken for medical treatment by an Iraqi civilian. “I am sure it was the intention of those who opened fire to kill or cause serious injury to those inside the minibus,” Mr Walker said.

“I have no doubt it was the fact that the vehicle stopped to pick up survivors that prompted the Americans to fire at the vehicle.”
(Source: The Independent)

The US troops were deliberately targeting the vehicle precisely because it was being used as an ambulance. Maybe the fact the vehicle was marked clearly that made it a target: all throughout the illegal invasion of Iraq, the US military has frequently murdered journalists not attached to US units.

I doubt we’ll ever learn the truth since the US government and military don’t care what their troops do. They can murder journalists, shoot injured civilians on video, torture prisoners to death and that’s all hunky dory. They and their followers have a Nazi mindset: only the lives of Americans matter. Everyone else is a subhuman and has no rights. As for any investigation:

The Royal Military Police (RMP) carried out an investigation into the incident. Major Kay Roberts, an RMP investigator, testified at the inquest on Terry Lloyd that a videotape of the incident, taken by a cameraman attached to the US unit that killed Terry Lloyd, had been edited before it had been passed on to the British investigation. The RMP forensics expert who examined the tape concluded that about 15 minutes had been removed from the start of the recording. Roberts testified at the inquest that she was sent the tape “many months” after the incident[4] and that the she was told by the US authorities that the footage they handed over was “everything that they had”.
(Source: Wikipedia)

That’s the US army way – if the evidence is damning, just tamper with it. And then have your own whitewash which gives you the result you want:

A US Defence Department spokesman said: “An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident was completed in May 2003.

“The investigation determined that US forces followed the applicable rules of engagement.”
(Source: Scotsman.com)

I’ll leave the final words to Terry Lloyd’s widow:

Lloyd’s widow, Lynn, said: “This was not a friendly fire incident or a crossfire incident, it was a despicable, deliberate, vengeful act, particularly as it came many minutes after the initial exchange.”
(Source: The Independent)