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Red Hot Chili Peppers Used As Guantanamo Bay Torture T(rack)


OF all the dreadful, heart-wrenching stories to come from Guantanamo Bay, the news that the CIA are using the Red Hot Chili Peppers music as a torture device is surely the worst.

Prisoners in Guantánamo Bay have been subject to all manner of woeful behaviour, but surely they’d all prefer to be water boarded than have to listen to Anthony Kiedis & Co. Just imagine being couped up, chains around your ankles, while someone plays their brand of rock-funk dreck at you.

It’s enough to make your brain shut down just so the ears and body die.

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Posted: 10th, April 2014 | In: Music, Reviews | Comment

Guantamo Bay: The only person Obama released was Special Envoy Daniel Freed

ON President Barack Obama closing Guanatanmo Bay:

 “Four years ago, Barack Obama’s first act as President was an executive order to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The White House created a position at State of ‘special envoy’ to Guantanamo, whose duties included reviewing the pending cases with Attorney General Eric Holder, and diplomacy with allies to place the current detainees in order to close the facility. Four years later, the only thing being closed is Special Envoy Daniel Freed’s office.”

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Posted: 29th, January 2013 | In: Key Posts, Politicians | Comment

David Hicks’ Guantanamo Memoirs Are Self-Serving, Profiteering And A Cracking Read: Extracts

DAVID Hicks has had his memoirs published in a tome called ‘Guantanamo: My Journey’, published by Random House.

Hicks is the Australian who spent five years in Guantanamo Bay, first in the rudimentary Camp X-Ray then in Camp Delta. He was sentenced to seven years jail for “providing material support for terrorism”. Upon release from the Cuban jail he was despatched to Adelaide’s Yatala Prison to serve the remainder of his sentence. In 2007, he was released.

Hicks is able to write his own history. From being a terrorist supporter he appears to be the unlucky victim of circumstance:

What began as an effort to help the Kashmiri cause for independence took a tragic turn when David found himself trapped within Afghanistan as the Northern Alliance bombs began to fall in response to the September 11 attacks. His life in constant danger, David eventually managed to find a safe haven in the house of a shopkeeper, Mustafa, in Kunduz.

His recollections fill 456-pages. Random House has a best seller.

Other highlights are:

“An armed member of the Northern Alliance approached and attempted to engage me in conversation. Not knowing Farsi, I didn’t attempt to answer him. After yelling directly into my ear, he took me by the hand and began to pull me away. I went to resist, but he made a gesture to go for his gun.

“I stole a glance at the young guy I had followed, who was still talking with taxi drivers. He saw what was happening and turned his back, leaving me on my own. With dread, I resigned myself to the situation and allowed myself to be led away. This was the beginning of six years of hell.”

Hicks was sold by the Northern Alliance to the US.

In Guantanamo:

“He entered the cage first, slamming the detainee, pinning him to the cement floor with the shield, while the others beat him in the torso and face.

“The last to enter the cage was a military dog handler with a large German shepherd. The dog was encouraged to bark and growl only centimetres from the Afghani’s face while he was being beaten.”

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Posted: 16th, October 2010 | In: Reviews | Comments (3)

Gitmo Does Not Violate Geneva Convention: Obama Report Says

REMEMBER the rejoicing about Barack Obama’s undeniable but rather less than landslide victory? All those who maintained that the only reason they were anti-American was because of the evil things that happened under President Bush (and that includes Tory Socialists) were dancing with joy. Metaphorically, in some cases but that does not matter.

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Posted: 21st, February 2009 | In: Politicians | Comment

New Homes For Guantanamo Bay Mates At LAWNS 12-Step Programme

GUANTANAMO Bay is closing and Old Mr Anorak has selflessly offered to find bed and board for three and maybe four – should Svetlana not return for her trip to the immigration centre – of the Bay’s more handsome residents.

OMA is not obsessed with looks, far from it. He would often compliment the first Lady OMA on her top knot of sun-kissed skin upon which her thatch of blonde hair perched like a smug Tweety pie on a comatose Sylvester (Memoirs Vol. IX, Chapt. XXXVI).

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Posted: 26th, January 2009 | In: Key Posts, Politicians | Comments (2)

Guantanamo Bay Babes Abu Sufyan al-Azdi al-Shahri and Abu al-Hareth Muhammad al-Oufi

OFFER made, and Anorak hears from Guantanamo Bay Babes Abu Sufyan al-Azdi al-Shahri (prisoner number 372), and Abu al-Hareth Muhammad al-Oufi (prisoner No. 333).

They seem like nice boys. Flexible wrists and both favouring penhold grips.

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Posted: 24th, January 2009 | In: Reviews | Comment (1)

The Torture Of Wearing A Man Bra: Crawford Confesses

SUSAN Crawford, A “senior member of the Bush administration,” says inmates were tortured at Guantanamo Bay. Well, she says one was:

Saudi national, Mohammed al-Qahtani, 30, was accused of involvement in the 9/11 attack. US authorities refer to him as the “20th hijacker”.

What of his torture? Says Crawford:

“For 160 days his only contact was with the interrogators. Forty-eight of 54 consecutive days of 18-to-20-hour interrogations. Standing naked in front of a female agent. Subject to strip searches. And insults to his mother and sister.”

Worse than it sounds, no doubt. The Guardian says it was “torture”.

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Posted: 15th, January 2009 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comment

Heads And Tales: Obama’s Closes Gitmo In His Head

HEADS & Tales: When the headline doesn’t match the story: “Obama Preparing Order to Close Guantanamo in First Week.

So says The Huffington Post.

It’s unlikely the detention facility at the Navy base in Cuba will be closed anytime soon. In an interview last weekend, Obama said it would be “a challenge” to close it even within the first 100 days of his administration. But the order, which one adviser said could be issued as early as Jan. 20, would start the process of deciding what to do with the estimated 250 al-Qaida and Taliban suspects and potential witnesses who are being held there.

So Obama will prepare to close Gitmo in his head, maybe.

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Posted: 13th, January 2009 | In: Politicians | Comment

How Guantanamo Bay Prevents More Mumbai Massacres

THOMAS Joscelyn explains why Barack Obama needs Guantanamo Bay:

The new administration will soon discover from its review of the Guantanamo files what motivated its predecessor: The scope of the terrorist threat was far greater than anyone knew on September 11, 2001….

Have the horrors like those witnessed in Mumbai been prevented by George Bush’s policies? Can flouting due process be for the greater good?

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Posted: 28th, November 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (4)