Folks there should be no mistake, this is big, a European court looking into war crimes means at the very least that many officials, Rumsfeld, Gonzo, maybe even GW himself, cannot fly into any Spanish airport any time soon, or they could find themselves modeling handcuffs. This is not jail or prosecution, but it is a restriction of movement on previously some of the world's most powerful men which chips away at their prestige and image of untouchableness. Everything you did and have been doing for years is what led to
this moment. We'll never know the judge's thought process, but surely he is savvy enough to know that the American people themselves were ready for this. Give yourselves a big pat on the back, then BACK TO WORK! The newspapers to call and email to scream at to cover this follows. message "Why aren't you covering this our ex-president is a war criminal!"
You CANNOT hang innocent men by the arms and torture them and get away with it, NOT IN OUR NAMES!
--- On Sat, 3/28/09, Susan Serpa <[address removed]> wrote:
From: Susan Serpa <[address removed]>
Subject: BREAKING: Shame on U.S.: Spanish "Pinochet" Judge Targets Bush Officials for Torture
To: "NE Impeach org" <[address removed]>
Date: Saturday, March 28, 2009, 7:48 PM
|Call your congressperson and leave a weekend voice mail saying "Shame for letting the Europeans do our dirty laundry on torture! Appoint a special prosecutor!" Then forward the below descriptions of the tortures through your congressman's email form. This is the judge who prosecuted Pinochet.|
Spanish Court Considers Trying Former US Officials.
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Sen. Leahy? Tell the "Truth", Jack Bauer Tortured the Wrong Guys
by Ralph Lopez
Akhtiar was among the more than 770 terrorism suspects imprisoned at
the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after the Sept. 11, 2001,
terrorist attacks. They are the men the Bush administration described
as "the worst of the worst."...The
Islamic radicals in Guantanamo's
Camp Four who hissed
"infidel" and spat at Akhtiar, however, knew
something his captors didn't: The U.S. government had the wrong guy.
"He was not an enemy of the government, he was a friend of the
government," a senior Afghan intelligence officer told McClatchy.
Akhtiar was imprisoned at Guantanamo on the basis of false information
that local anti-government insurgents fed to U.S. troops, he said.
It is vitally important to remember that isn't about individual
sadistic soldiers. You will always have those, and isolated incidents.
This is about widespread, systematic abuse, and who gave the license
to allow it to happen: the Bush administration.
Senator Leahy, please read this New York Times report
about the taxi driver who did the dumb thing of driving past Baghram
air base with two paying fares a few days after a rocket attack:
The prisoner, a slight, 22-year-old taxi driver known only
Dilawar, was hauled from his cell at the detention center in Bagram,
Afghanistan, at around 2 a.m. to answer questions about a rocket attack
on an American base. When he arrived in the interrogation room, an
interpreter who was present said, his legs were bouncing uncontrollably
in the plastic chair and his hands were numb. He had been chained by
the wrists to the top of his cell for much of the previous four days.
Mr. Dilawar asked for a drink of water, and one of the two
interrogators, Specialist Joshua R. Claus, 21, picked up a large
plastic bottle. But first he punched a hole in the bottom, the
interpreter said, so as the prisoner fumbled weakly with the cap, the
water poured out over his orange prison scrubs. The soldier then
grabbed the bottle back and began squirting the water forcefully into
Mr. Dilawar's face.
"Come on, drink!" the interpreter said Specialist Claus had shouted, as the
prisoner gagged on the spray. "Drink!"
The National Journal has done an excellent report which lays bare the kind of evidential standards which would land you in Gitmo, Baghram, or Abu Grahib. Mohammed al-Tumani, a prisoner at Gitmo, had an American representative
who began looking into his case:
"Tumani's enterprising representative looked at the classified
evidence against the [Tumani] and found that just one man -- the
aforementioned accuser -- had placed Tumani at the terrorist training
camp. And he had placed Tumani there three months before the teenager
had even entered Afghanistan. The curious U.S. officer pulled the
classified file of the accuser, saw that he had accused 60 men, and,
suddenly skeptical, pulled the files of every detainee the accuser had
placed at the one training camp. None of the men had been in
Afghanistan at the time the accuser said he saw them at the camp.
tribunal declared Tumani an enemy combatant anyway."
The McClatchy report affirms what most people already knew by 2002:
"The majority of the detainees taken to Guantanamo came into U.S.
custody indirectly, from Afghan troops, warlords, mercenaries and
Pakistani police who often were paid cash by the number and alleged
importance of the men they handed over.
The Justice Jackson Center is preparing a criminal complaint against Bush officials, which in a way competes with your Truth Commission, which alleges:
�� Savage Beatings. Prisoners were severely and regularly beaten with
clubs, rifles and fists. They were beaten to the point that bones were
broken, ribs were fractured, and prisoners sometimes were killed.
�� Peroneal Strikes. Peroneal strikes are a specific form of savage
beating, consisting of blows to the soft tissue and nerves just above
the knee. The falsely accused prisoner
beaten to death at Bagram had
been given so many peroneal strikes that a coroner testified that his
leg tissue had ���"basically been pulpified.���"
�� Hanging By The Arms. A highly excruciating "stress position"
torture used on many prisoners, sometimes every day for two to three
months, is hanging them by their arms, often or usually on tiptoe.
�� Slamming A Prisoner���s Head Into Concrete Walls. In this torture a
towel is wrapped around a prisoner���s neck and is then used to propel
the prisoner head first into a concrete wall. This torture was so
fraught with risk of serious injury to or death of a prisoner that the
CIA kept a doctor on hand at all times to guard against death or
�� Additional "Stress Positions" And Electric Shocks. "Palestinian
hangings," they were hung by the arms with their feet on a drum through
which electric shocks were applied to their feet; the shocks
cause the feet to "dance."
The world is watching, Mr. Leahy. Will you dare remind folks that
men we did this to had done nothing to us? Or will you stay this side
of the Jack Bauer political firewall? This is important. You see,
because the dirty little secret of Bush's conduct of the War on Terror
is that Jack had the wrong guys all along.
FORWARD TO Senator Pat Leahy's email: [address removed]