Just read this article that hit me in the gut. After reading it I am sad to be a human being, and to be an America. No matter who we are at war with, no matter how tough the battle we cannot lose our soul. A great quote i once read said if our country is not strong enough to win a war without resorting to breaking the law, than our country is not worth saving. Now read the story below, about what we do to people suspected of terror activities, and keep in mind this man was never told his charges, and is probably innocent. For gods sake try these people in a court of law or let them free. We treated the Nazi's at Nuremberg better. If you can read this and still be proud to be an American, or a human being there is something wrong with you.
Binyam Mohamed was born in Ethiopia and came to Britain in 1994, where he lived for seven years, sought political asylum and was given leave to remain while his case was resolved.
While travelling in Pakistan, Binyam was arrested on a visa violation and turned over to the US authorities. When they refused to let him go, he asked what crime he had committed, and insisted on having a lawyer if he was going to be interrogated. The FBI told him, ‘The rules have changed. You don’t get a lawyer.’
Binyam refused to speak to them. British agents then confirmed his identity to the US authorities and he was warned that he would be taken to a Middle Eastern country for harsh treatment.
On 21 July 2002, Binyam was rendered to Morocco on a CIA plane. He was held there for 18 months in appalling conditions. To ensure his confession, his Moroccan captors tortured him, stripping him naked and cutting him with a scalpel on his chest and penis. Despite this, Binyam said that his lowest point came when his interrogators asked him questions about his life in London, which he realized could only have been provided by the British intelligence services, and he realized that he had been betrayed by the country in which he had sought asylum.
Binyam’s ordeal in Morocco continued for about 18 months until January 2004, when he was transferred to the ‘Dark Prison’ near Kabul, Afghanistan, a secret prison run by the CIA, which resembled a medieval dungeon with the addition of extremely loud 24-hour music and noise.
Speaking of his time in the ‘Dark Prison’, Binyam said:
“It was pitch black, no lights on in the rooms for most of the time. They hung me up for two days. My legs had swollen. My wrists and hands had gone numb. There was loud music, Slim Shady [by Eminem] and Dr. Dre for 20 days. Then they changed the sounds to horrible ghost laughter and Halloween sounds. At one point, I was chained to the rails for a fortnight. The CIA worked on people, including me, day and night. Plenty lost their minds. I could hear people knocking their heads against the walls and the doors, screaming their heads off.”
From there he was taken to the US military prison at Bagram airbase, and finally, in September 2004, to Guantánamo Bay, where he remains.
oh and why did i mention that our new President supports torture? Because so far while promising to close Guantanamo he has promised to continue to use the illegal practice of rendition. If you forgot rendition is when our CIA will fly you to a country where you are pretty much guaranteed to be tortured.
President Obama has also instructed his justice department to defend lawsuits by Jose Padilla, who is suing individuals such as, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, his deputy Paul Wolfowitz and former Attorney General John Ashcroft, and the infamous John Yoo because he is an american citizen that was arrested and thrown into Gauntanamo bay without a lawyer, and without being told of his right, and without a fair and speedy trial which is against the constitution of the United States of America.
Obama has also sided with the bush administration in a lawsuit over the illegal electronic eavesdropping program.
Now i think i should have voted for MCcain, at least he told us what he planned to do, Obama lied!
Now that Leon Pinetta has become the director of the CIA and he has put together his team, it seems clear, according to Chris Floyd, who quotes an article from Harpers magazine, that Pinetta has chosen as his number two and three man at the CIA, two men who were heavily involved as top directors in the cia for the detention programs under Bush. Programs which the International Committee of the REd Cross have called torture, in a new report.