Torturing the Innocent

Expect moe stories likethis in the coming months.

Sixteen Afghans and one Iranian released from years in captivity at Guantanamo Bay prison arrived in Afghanistan on Thursday, an Afghan official said, maintaining that “most” of the detainees had been falsely accused.

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One of the released prisoners, Sayed Mohammead Ali Shah, said he had been a delegate at the country’s first loya jirga, a council of leaders that helped establish the interim government in 2002 after the U.S.-led invasion to oust the Taliban in 2001.

“For four years they put me in jail in Cuba for nothing,” said Shah, a doctor from the eastern province of Paktia whose hands shook from nervousness when he spoke.

“All these people (the other prisoners) and all those Afghans still in Cuba, they are innocent,” he told reporters. “All were arrested because of false reports, and the Americans, without investigating, they arrested innocent people and put them in jail for a long time.”

Another former prisoner, 20-year-old Habib Rahman, said he was arrested because he had a weapon in his home.

“They told me, ‘You are against us, you are anti-American and anti-government and you are fighting with us,'” said Rahman. “At that time in our area everyone had weapons. I was innocent and I hadn’t participated in any fighting.”

Rahman said that he was treated harshly at Guantanamo, and was once kept awake for 38 hours while being questioned about ties to terrorists.

“The last time they tortured me like that was four months ago,” he said. “They were kicking us all the time, beating us with their hands.”

UPDATE: Oh yeah, baby, expect the shit to hit the fan whenthis report is released.

A Red Cross delegation has met at Guantanamo Bay with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and 13 other “high-value detainees,” a Pentagon spokesman said Thursday.

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Red Cross spokesmen in Washington and Geneva refused to comment, saying they would issue a statement in coming days. The Red Cross delegation arrived at Guantanamo on Sept. 25.

3 thoughts on “Torturing the Innocent

  1. I’m sure that the White House will pressure the Red Cross not to release this report until AFTER the election…
    You know like the Baker Report. People Really don’t need to know these facts and shit.
    Okay Children. How many innocent people were tortured by the US?
    NONE! That’s right. There were all very bad people. And it’s not torture if we say it’s not. For example Waterboarding? Like bobbing for apples! That was fun right? YEAH!
    And stress positions? That’s like how we line of class. Right? YES!
    Now who knows what the name of the dinosaurs that humans rode to school on just 6,000 years ago this Tuesday?

  2. There won’t be a report. That’s the deal with Red Cross visits. Even says so in the linked article:
    “Red Cross officials do not comment on the details of such meetings or their recommendations to government captors, citing confidentiality agreements that allow them unfettered access. They also declined to comment on the conditions the detainees faced while in secret U.S. custody and on their mental and physical well-being.”

  3. Um, not to get too technical about it, but every man, woman and child being held in Gitmo and in every one of our secret prisons is in fact, in the eyes of the law, innocent. Not one of them has been charged with anything, let alone had any such charges proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Or is the whole concept of “innocent until proven guilty” just too pre-9/11?

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