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LAST PARAGRAPH FIRST
which the following paragraphs I found here at this two page web site.
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Perhaps most important of all, the US Government is forcing members of the US
military to behave in ways which offend their rigid training and discipline. It is perfectly alright to shoot a man dead in
combat if he is shooting at you, and it is perfectly alright to wound a man in combat if he is trying to wound you. On the
flip side of the coin, torturing suspects for purely political reasons is not alright under any military code ever written,
and it seems likely there will be more “breaches of discipline” if the United States Government is not very careful
in the future.
Human Rights Bust The Britain
Government for Torture Charges that are similar to what the US is doing
in Cuba and in Iraq.
And then there are the foreign countries that the CIA is using to fly
detainees to prisons in secret from the media or civilians.
Irish Government later made a formal complaint to the European Commission for Human Rights and the European Court of Human
Rights. The Commission found Britain guilty
of torture. Where the prisoners in Cuba
are concerned, the US Government is already guilty on more than a single count. In 1975 the United Nations defined torture
as "any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted by or at the instigation
of a public official on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or confession, punishing
him for an act he has committed, or intimidating him or other persons…Torture constitutes an aggravated and deliberate
form of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment." The US Government’s use of isolation units
in Cuba breaks two United Nations Covenants against Torture, and the UN Covenant for the Treatment of Prisoners, both
of which the United States has signed.
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Isn't it ironic that we continue to use the same Human Right Violations as Approved Tactics to this very day?
Rift Between US Government and US Special Forces
Rumsfeld orders "British" torture for Afghan prisoners of war
Copyright Joe Vialls, 19 January 2002
This May be reproduced
unedited in the public interest
Did you ever wonder who provided you with the startling video of American John Walker
being tortured by CIA operative Mike Spann, or those sickening pictures of hooded, chained, and drugged prisoners being herded
onto American military aircraft at Kandahar Airport?
Extraordinary though it may seem, these and other horrific images were deliberately leaked to you by members of US Special
Forces, who had direct control of the areas where the images were produced. Considerably concerned by the actions of
local CIA operatives, and certain illegal orders from Washington, members of Special Forces responded by leaking highly sensitive
information to the public.
Do not misunderstand me. American and other western Special
Forces are not a crowd of harp-playing angels determined to protect the “human rights” of any old Tom, Dick or
Harry. Most members of Special Forces are seriously heavy duty soldiers who go about their business loaded for bear,
and God help anyone who gets in their way. Nor are Special Forces averse to knocking captured members of the enemy around
on the battlefield, if they believe that the enemy in question has tactical information that might reduce risks to their own
unit. Many years ago I was stupid enough to volunteer for a “practice interrogation” at the hands of these folk;
a mistake I remember vividly to this day because the details are etched in my memory.
The main point to note is that although painful, my “practice interrogation” was swift and soon over. In a tactical
battlefield situation, a soldier or airman is only reckoned to have information relevant for about 48 hours after capture,
because grass roots military folk are never privy to long term strategic planning. Thus if a battlefield prisoner hasn’t
spilled the beans inside 48 hours, chances are there are no useful beans left to spill. At that stage, Special Forces and
other military units ship the captured enemy off to a normal prisoner-of-war facility. Put simply, soldiers are not
“into” extended sensory deprivation, and other obscene forms of torture favored by psychiatrists and psychologists
working for most of the intelligence agencies and security services. Details of this torture and its effects will be provided
later in the report, but first we need to examine the ways in which the American military in faraway Afghanistan, alerted the American public at home by using members of the media
as unwitting tools.
Early on in the “War on Terror”, four hundred
Taliban prisoners were transported by warlords to a fort outside Mazar-e Sharif in northern Afghanistan. The only cameras and long-range shotgun microphones present were in
the hands of US Special Forces, who used them to film and catch the sound of CIA operative Mike Spann torturing “American
Taliban” John Walker. Not long after that, someone chucked the so-called Taliban a few grenades which they used to stage
a revolt against their captors, who at that time were gleefully pouring oil on the Taliban prisoners and lighting it with
matches. A little later, the CIA’s Mike Spann was reportedly beaten to death, and the survivors of the revolt were shipped
off to another prison camp.
Under normal circumstances the footage and sound captured
by Special Forces would be considered as top secret material, for Pentagon eyes only, especially as this footage showed the
CIA torturing a prisoner. But these were not normal circumstances. A member of the CIA was torturing an American citizen in
the presence of “allied” warlords, the latter directly responsible for supplying seventy percent of America’s
heroin until 1995 (UN Estimate). So instead of sending the footage off in a diplomatic pouch to the Pentagon, Special Forces
“lost it” in the immediate vicinity of the Kabul
media pack. If action had not been taken when it was, there is a high probability John Walker would not have survived his
“interrogation” by Mike Spann, and without the critical video footage you would never have known Walker ever existed.
Next up we have the equally astonishing footage
of so-called Al Qaeda and Taliban prisoners being led hooded, chained, and medically sedated, to an American C17 transport
aircraft parked at Kandahar Airport
at the dead of night. It was this footage in particular that caused such a huge fuss by human rights groups all over
the world. This is not surprising, because without this video footage, few people would believe that Americans from
the “Land of the Free” would indulge themselves in such barbaric behavior. So, were members of Special Forces
responsible for taking this footage as well? No they were not, but Special Forces did have complete control of Kandahar Airport,
meaning that they and only they controlled the flow of people in and out of the Airport proper. In this particular case, Special
Forces “gave the nod” to the media, telling them what time to arrive, and where to point their cameras in order
to get the best shots of the prisoners.
This activity took place completely outside
the US Government chain of command, and it was a while before Washington
found out what had happened. Then US Government officials went ballistic. Unable to retrieve the footage from the various
news organizations, officers nominated personally by Donald Rumsfeld frantically asked members of the media pack to sign an
“undertaking” that they would not show the footage until they received permission. Too late! By then some of the
footage had been transmitted by satellite, and had already been shown to a startled and outraged western public on international
The Defense Secretary, officials, psychiatrists, and psychologists in
Washington had several valid reasons to be alarmed, not least of which was the fact that this footage in isolation proves
exactly what sort of torture was, and still is, intended for these prisoners. Military contacts have confirmed that
far from being the “very, very dangerous” men claimed by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, most of the prisoners
taken to Cuba are low grade fighters and others, i.e. those most likely to “crack” under sustained cruelty, and
sign false confessions of the kind needed by Washington to ramp up its flagging “War on Terror”. Interrogators
have been told the confessions must be ready by September at the latest. Exactly how psychological torture will be used
to extract the required confessions is explained further down this page, but first we have to consider why the US Government
needs confessions all.
At present the US Government is using inference, innuendo,
and outright lies to bolster its ridiculous claim that a bunch of Arab Terrorists were responsible for the attacks on New York and Washington on 11 September
2001, story here. . There
has never been any hard evidence to support this wild and inaccurate claim, so as usual, the US Government is planning one
of its more spectacular “Trials by Media” later this year. In the dock on 14 October [shortly after the first
anniversary of the World Trade center attack] will be one Zacarius Moussaoui, who was arrested on immigration charges
on 17 August 2001, nearly a month before the attacks, and who has now been charged with “conspiracy” in those
attacks. The case against Moussaoui is pitifully weak, with no hard or even corroborative evidence that he knew what al Qaeda
was, much less that he was part of the alleged organization. In any case, how can a man firmly in US custody at the time of the attacks be a suspect?
In a court nearby will be Richard Colvin
Reid, the alleged “Shoe Bomber” on American Airlines Flight 63, said to have tried to light his shoe in
flight in order to blow up the aircraft. The US Government is now trying to invent “links” to al Qaeda, the principle
claim being that Reid worshipped at the same London Mosque as Moussaoui during late 1998. So what? I visited Westminster Abbey
the same year as Queen Elizabeth the Second, but I never met Her Majesty personally, and neither of us are members of the
mysterious al Qaeda.
You can see the way this is going, can’t you? One creative false
link at a time, until we have enough creative false links to finally convince a skeptical American public that the official
lie of October 2001, should be accepted as the actual truth in October 2002. But the huge problem facing the US Government
is that neither Moussaoui or Reid have actually been seen in the company of Osama Bin Laden, or even in Afghanistan, though we do know the Israelis shipped Reid to Israel for a week aboard one of their very own El Al jets. This total absence of
any proof that either man was connected to al Qaeda is where the prisoners kidnapped to Cuba finally come into the picture – God help them.
Before September is out, the American Federal Prosecution will have signed confessions which “prove” some of the
men held in Cuba personally helped to train Moussaoui and Reid in terrorist techniques, with others possibly providing
flight instruction, bomb making, and so on. All lies of course, but the US Government doesn’t care about that. Think
about it people, think about it! What other possible reason can there be for importing these Afghans and Arabs into
Cuba, after kidnapping them overseas?
If they were the “very, very dangerous” men claimed by Rumsfeld, they would have been left to the tender mercies
of the drug-running warlords recently restored to power by the CIA. Believe me when I say that justice would then have been
incredibly swift, incredibly terminal, and no drain on the American taxpayer at all.
To discover exactly how the “disappeared” will be made to “confess”, we need to go back in history
to the seventies, when the British Government made a conscious decision to psychologically torture twelve suspected members
of the Irish Republican Army. Remember very carefully here that, like the prisoners in Cuba,
those tortured in Ireland had not been
convicted of any crime. Indeed, none had even been charged with a crime. Also like the prisoners in Cuba, hoods, restraints and noise all played a significant part. Here are some
subjective comments from one of the tortured Irishmen:-
“Plain-clothes men beside
us. Four blue bags produced and put over our heads. Short of breath because of bag. Then released from handcuffs which connected
one to the others and hands handcuffed in front individually. Then run across field to 'copter. Landed, did not know where.
Lorry backed up to 'copter. Taken out and thrown into back of lorry, like a sack of potatoes. Lorry smelt of cow dung. Driven
in lorry for about 100 yards. Pulled out of lorry (bag still over head) marched into some sort of building. Stripped naked,
examined by doctor. Bag still over head. Put lying on bed and examined. Overalls (I later discovered) put on me, taken into
room. Noise like compressed-air engine in room. Very loud, deafening.
“Hands put against
wall. Legs spread apart. Head pulled up by bag and backside pushed in. Stayed there for about four hours. Could no longer
hold up arms. Fell down. Arms put up again. Hands hammered until circulation restored. This happened continually for twelve
or fourteen hours, until I eventually collapsed. Thinking how that Paisley had seized power
in some way and that I would be executed or tortured to death. Started to pray very hard. Mouth dried up. Couldn't get moisture
in mouth. Pulse taken. Thought of a youngster who had died at six months old, started to pray that God would give me strength
that I would not go insane. Fell down several times more. Slapped back up again. This must have gone on for two or three days;
I lost track of time. No sleep. No food. Knew I had gone unconscious several times, but did not know for how long. One time
I thought, or imagined, I had died…”
Rift Between US Government and
US Special Forces - Part 2
"Official" pictures prove prisoners have already been tortured
Joe Vialls, 22 January 2002
If you were a “very, very dangerous” person as claimed by Defense Secretary Rumsfeld, would you
willingly kneel submissively in front of a bunch of American prison guards you are supposed to hate with a passion? Of course
you would not. Instead, you would twist and turn at every possible opportunity, and show every imaginable form of resistance
known to man. More than anything else perhaps, you would force yourself to hold your head up high.
Ask yourself: Would Mel Gibson or Bruce Willis just squat there on their knees? No, of course they would not. Would Jean Paul
Van Dam take this crap kneeling down? No, of course he would not. So, in these photos first leaked by the US Navy then hurriedly
made “official” by the US Government, who or what has caused this unbelievable change in behavior on the part
of the prisoners? Fine details in the still photos shown above actually provide a lot of information, but you have to
know what to look for, and how to read the data.
The armed forces of most western
nations have specialists who do exactly this. Known as Photographic Interpreters or Imagery Analysts, these men and women
frequently spend hours at a time examining a single still photograph or video frame using stereoscopes and other aids, trying
to make sense out of what they are looking at. When they have finished their deliberations, a final report is then passed
on up the military intelligence chain of command. We will borrow these techniques and use them to analyze the photos a little
later in this report, but first we need to examine how America (and “soft”
ally Britain) are trying to make us all
believe that this is “normal humane treatment” as defined by the Geneva Covention.
On this, Prime Minister Blair of Great Britain is probably the most sickening,
trying as he is to make the plight of these torture victims look like a free holiday in the Bahamas. Mr Blair sent a three-man team to “investigate” conditions
at Camp X Ray,
and then had his spokesman put out the following Orwellian statement:
has confirmed that there are three British nationals in the camp, all of whom were able to speak to freely and without inhibition.
There were no gags, no goggles, no ear muffs, no shackles while the detainees are in their cells. They only wear shackles
and only shackles - when they are outside their cells. They do get three meals a day including a pre-packed Islamic meal for
lunch, they do get as much water as they need and they do get daily medical checks. Nobody is pretending that [conditions]
are luxurious but they are basic and they are fit for the requirements of the detainees." Unfortunately this did not sit well
with the British tabloid The Daily Mirror, which commented in part:
is what is being done in the name of humanity, civilisation and the British people. These prisoners are trapped in open
cages, manacled hand and foot, brutalised, tortured and humiliated. We are assured they are cruel, evil men, though not one
has been charged, let lone convicted, of any offence. Yet that does not justify the barbaric treatment they are receiving
from US forces. Barbarism which is backed by our Government. Tony Blair says he is standing shoulder to shoulder with President
Bush. Not on our behalf, he isn't. Mr Bush is close to achieving the impossible - losing the sympathy of the civilised world
for what happened in New York and Washington
on September 11”. The newspaper continues: “If Mr Bush insists on following this path, the rest of the world should
leave him in no doubt that he walks it alone. And Tony Blair should be leading the protest.”
Can Prime Minister Blair really believe the bland statement: “The team has confirmed that there are three British nationals
in the camp, all of whom were able to speak to freely and without inhibition.”? Surely not, his wife is a leading Human
Right Lawyer, well versed in the methods employed at concentration camps around the world. Cherie Blair will be aware as anyone
of the standard ploy used when “important” visitors are due at the camp. All signs of psychological repression,
used hypodermic needles, empty drug vials and so on are hidden in a storeroom somewhere, and the prisoners made acutely
aware of exactly what will be done to them later if they dare breathe a word to the “important” visitors. Most
prisoners keep their mouths tightly shut as instructed, anxious to avoid a bonus hypodermic of whatever drug it is that makes
them feel so terrible.
Having mentioned drugs, this is the point at which we turn
to the techniques used by photographic interpreters and image analysts, in an attempt to establish which specific forms of
torture have been used on these men, for rest assured they have certainly been tortured already. Based on these findings,
we will then attempt to predict what is in store for them next, though second-guessing a bunch of crazed shrinks from CIA
headquarters might prove difficult.
We already know from the Kandahar
photographs that all of these prisoners were subjected to sensory deprivation while en-roue to Cuba, a time period of more than thirty hours. The prime objective of this was
total disorientation, which would have been achieved. We know they were forced to wear gloves, meaning their tactile senses
[touch] were severely limited. We know they were forced to wear full-face hoods, meaning their visual senses were neutralized,
and, at best, their auditory senses [hearing] severely affected.
We do not yet know
whether the prisoners were forced to wear ear muffs inside their hoods during the long flight, so at this stage it is impossible
to determine which particular auditory effect was desired by their torturers. If hoods were worn without earmuffs, the
prisoners would have been subjected to muffled non-stop monotonous aircraft noise, not unlike the “white noise”
used in Northern Ireland by the British
(see Part One for details). If hoods and earmuffs were worn together, then all sound would have been suppressed, robbing the
prisoners of their ability to compensate balance using the middle ear, every time the aircraft pitched or rolled. If you doubt
this is genuine psychological torture, try wearing mittens, handcuffs, leg irons, a full-face hood and a set of earmuffs while
riding a roller coaster. You will very swiftly change your mind. Now try riding the same roller coaster in this condition
non-stop for thirty hours.
Torturers with wives and families, like to play make-believe about treatment like this, because somehow they
have to justify their actions to their loved ones and themselves. Some will act like President Bush and claim “they
had it coming to them”, while others will try and pretend that the pictures leaked by the US Navy from Camp X Ray simply show the men waiting to be
allocated individual cells. No they do not, and besides, who are these men? We have no way of telling whether these
pitiful creatures were really members of the largely imaginary al Qaeda, members of the Taliban, or simply Afghan citizens
snatched off the street of Kandahar or Kabul by the Central Intelligence Agency.
Now take a close look at the photographs. The one of the left was leaked by the US Navy, and the one of the right is my modest
attempt to enlarge a section to show the actual equipment attached to each man. The first point to strike any analyst looking
at the left hand picture is that all ten prisoners are kneeling with their legs crossed under their buttocks. Not a very comfortable
position, and not one they would choose. If the prisoners were merely waiting for cells they could have been seated on simple
benches bolted to the ground, but were not. In the position they have been forced to squat, their calves and feet will eventually
go numb, thereby enhancing the overall effect of sensory deprivation; a form of torture expressly prohibited in America and
most other civilized nations. This point alone provides hard evidence of torture by the three Americans shown in the
photograph, who can later be identified and prosecuted for war crimes.
Once more in the left picture, although the prisoners cannot see each other at all, all ten are leaning forwards at an angle
more acute than that required by the handcuffs attached to the waist belts. Why? Also, with the sole exception of the central
figure, all have their heads hanging down close to their chests. Why? For any analyst this is a tough call, but the answer
is of critical importance in determining the prisoners’ exact treatment during the hour immediately before this photograph
If the US Government was telling the truth when it stated that these prisoners
were being properly fed, watered and housed, then they would still have their strength. If they still had their strength they
would be holding their heads up high – an entirely natural thing to do while trying to maintain equilibrium. They are
not holding their heads up high, proof enough of maltreatment, but not enough to prove partial starvation or deprivation of
What, then? The closest we can get at this stage is to consider not just the bowed
heads, but also the hunched posture of the bodies. Which position would you naturally and willingly adopt if you had severe
stomach cramps? Correct – you would bend forwards as far as possible, trying to ease the pain. We do not have absolute
proof of this yet, but drug induced stomach cramps are as old as the KGB in the Gulag, and the CIA in Cambodia and Laos.
There are a number of different drugs that cause this effect, most of which have been used by both the KGB and CIA during
their long and despicable pasts. Another way this posture could be created in all of the men would be by electrodes applied
to the genitals, though this seems unlikely in the confines of a quasi-military establishment like Camp X Ray.
Both photographs provide additional supportive proof that induced stomach cramps are the most likely cause of the unbelievable
subservience of these “very, very dangerous” men. Look at the picture on the right and decide which part
of the equipment strapped to this prisoner is effectively surplus to requirement, i.e. not required at all in terms of restraint
or sensory deprivation. Have you taken a good look? OK, the only surplus item is the paper surgical mask obscuring each prisoner’s
lower face. It is far too thin to be of any use in blocking the olfactory senses [smell] in sensory deprivation terms, but
it does effectively mask the entire face from the gaze of casual passers by.
cramps are excruciatingly painful, and the pain always shows on the face, especially around the mouth when the victim grits
his teeth and sometimes dribbles. Now then, we wouldn’t want a passing US Navy rating from the nearby base copping an
eyeful of that, would we? Prisoners gnashing their teeth and foaming at the mouth might be deemed reason enough [even for
a lowly rating] to report the matter to his commanding officer. Hence the paper face masks, because realistic analysis provides
no other reasonable explanation.
All this from a single photograph? It does seem a
little unlikely, but trained photographic interpreters and imagery analysts have in the past derived far more detail from
a single frame, simply because they knew what they were looking for. If the US Government wishes to prove this analysis wrong
then all it has to do is allow the general public access at designated visiting times, as is normal at other prisons.
Naturally enough the US Government will do no such thing, gripped as its members are at the moment by the need to exact revenge
on anyone, innocent or guilty, in order to bolster its flagging integrity. George Dubya Bush and Donald Rumsfeld in particular,
appear to be in the grip of severe Redneck Swamp Fever.
The incredibly brave spook
torturers at Camp X Ray
are proceeding with their rerun of the Spanish Inquisition, happy in the belief that they are immune from prosecution.
After all, has not their Commander in Chief George Dubya Bush stated publicly that Cuba
lies outside United States jurisdiction?
Well yes he has, but George Dubya is almost certainly wrong.
Bay was first leased by the United States
from the new Republic of Cuba in 1903, to
implement an act of Congress of the United States approved 2 March 1901,
and an appendix to the Constitution of the Republic of Cuba promulgated 20 May 1902. The lease stipulates the area is to be used only for a
coaling and naval station. No provisions exist at all for prisoner of war or concentration camps.
For nearly one hundred years, the United States
has exercised the essential elements of sovereignty over this territory, without actually owning it. Persons on the reservation
are amenable only to United States legislative
enactments. Guantanamo Bay is thus a
Naval reservation which, for all practical purposes, is American sovereign territory, with all that implies for American torturers
later caught on the mainland of the United States.
As George Dubya himself is so fond of saying: “These are evil men, and we will bring them to justice.”
(Notice the Rumsfeld and Saddam handshake picture below.
Good ol Chemical Warfare