Monday, January 18, 2010

Asymmetrical Warfare and Murder

Scott Horton has an investigative piece following up on the Seton Hall report which exposed the apparent murder of three prisoners at Guantanamo. The death of these prisoners, the youngest of whom was 17 at the time of his arrest, were labeled as suicides by the US government. Rear Admiral Harry Harris carried away it seems by his own creativity declared these "suicides" to be an act of asymmetrical warfare. The government in the form of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service "investigated" the deaths and came up with a report that is so totally ludicrous that it defies belief.
According to the NCIS, each prisoner had fashioned a noose from torn sheets and T-shirts and tied it to the top of his cell’s eight-foot-high steel-mesh wall. Each prisoner was able somehow to bind his own hands, and, in at least one case, his own feet, then stuff more rags deep down into his own throat. We are then asked to believe that each prisoner, even as he was choking on those rags, climbed up on his washbasin, slipped his head through the noose, tightened it, and leapt from the washbasin to hang until he asphyxiated. The NCIS report also proposes that the three prisoners, who were held in non-adjoining cells, carried out each of these actions almost simultaneously.
According to Horton's report it seems the three died as a result of extensive torture. After the Seton Hall report was published Seargent Joe Hickman who was selected “NCO of the Quarter” and was given a commendation medal for his service at Guantanamo came forward with report of a torture center in Guantanamo. In particular he had witnessed what was the beginnings of the coverup on the night the three men had been killed. He had been ordered not to talk about what he saw but felt that "silence was just wrong." With lawyers from the Seton Hall team he met with the Justice department and recounted what he knew. However, it seems that the Justice department has been involved in the coverup from the very beginning. Horton names names and calls out individuals. His report is well worth reading - if for nothing else than understanding the crimes that are being committed in our names.

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