Saturday, June 10, 2006

Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here

Three Gitmo prisoners commit suicide. Base commander Rear Adm. Harry Harris raged at being deprived of more time to torment them.
They are smart. They are creative, they are committed. They have no regard for life, neither ours nor their own. I believe this was not an act of desperation, but an act of asymmetrical warfare waged against us.
How cunningly sinister those Arabs are. Four years of cruelty inflicted upon them with no hope of it ever ending and, at the end, the only thing they can think about is how to make Harry Harris' life inconvenient.

How are the prisoners treated? Look closely at the picture above, or better still, the one to the left. He is wearing earmuffs, blinders, mittens, and a face mask. It is called sensory deprivation. The prisoner is also short shackled, he cannot move from the painful position he has been forced into. As practiced at Guantanamo, this is clearly torture.

When prisoners attempt hunger strikes they are restrained, a tube is shoved up their noses and down their esophagi, and food is forcibly pumped into their stomachs. Without any anesthetic.

The title of this post quotes Dante's Inferno, it is inscribed on the gates of Hell. It should also be on the front gates of Gitmo. The imprisonment is endless as is their torment. We Americans have created a Hell on Earth.

I would be remiss if I didn't point out that Republicans believe that Gitmo is a tropical paradise. Here is a photo of Republican Congresswoman Melissa Hart (PA, 4th CD) on her recent vacation trip to Gitmo. Notice how happy she is. Obviously, a wonderful time was had by all.
Additional links: 60 Minutes interview of a former Gitmo translator, treatment of hunger strikers, early report of prisoner mistreatment, Gitmo eyewitness, Hominid Views, Liberty Street.
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1 comment:


Great post.