Gitmo interrogation video! Is this some kind of sick joke? Release Omar Khadr’s Torture Tapes!

Do you know what the difference is between watching an interrogation video and a torture tape? It’s the difference between watching a video of someone being interviewed after they have been raped, and watching the actual video of the rape.

The following is the CSIS interrogation video from Guantanamo Bay. These are grown men and women, adults, our representatives in government, questioning a 16 year old child who has been tortured by the US government for a year.

The CIA claims that they have destroyed their torture tapes, but I wouldn’t bet on it. The odds are that there are hours of video showing how Omar Khadr was tortured. I would like to see those videos. I would actually like to see all news stations in the US and Canada broadcast the torture tapes 24 hours a day 7 days a week for the next year. I think we all deserve to hear the screams of a 15-year-old child being tortured by the most powerful military in the world. And than we can watch as two of the richest nations on this planet defend their actions.

What is happening in Guantanamo Bay is a fascist wet dream come true, and we’re not only a witness to it, but a part of it.

To sum up Omar Khadr’s story so far

Omar Khadr is a Canadian citizen, born 19 September 1986 in Ottawa Canada. He “has been detained in the Guantanamo Bay detention camps since he was captured at the age of 15 following a 2002 firefight between American troops and militants in Afghanistan.”

When the US military entered the village where Khadr was living, he was caught in the firefight, and while on his knees shot twice in the back. At some point before this, US Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer was killed by what may have been friendly fire. The United States lied about its evidence against Khadr, he was charged as an enemy combatant responsible for the death of Sgt. Speer, and sent to Guantanamo Bay where he has spent the last 6 years of his life being tortured.

In the summer of 2007 all charges were dropped against Khadr but he was not released. Then in March 2008 it was revealed that US military command had altered the report on the firefight in Afghanistan to cast blame on Khadr - originally the reported had stated “the assailant who threw the grenade was killed.” Then we learned that the Canadian government was refusing to hand over evidence to the defense, in violation of court orders.

The above explains why Roméo Dallaire, a Canadian Senator, humanitarian, author, retired general, and one of the most respected people in Canada, “told MPs that Mr. Khadr is a victim, a child soldier who should be rehabilitated and re-integrated into society and not tried before what he calls an illegal court.” He believes that “the Khadr case points out a moral equivalence among Canada, the United States and al-Qaeda.”

What were Dallaire remarks?

On May 13, amidst the 2008 US election news and the coverage of the Sichuan earthquake and the Burma aid quagmire, The Globe and Mail reported that Dallaire, at a parliamentary subcommittee meeting, stated that the United States and Canada are terrorist organization and must begin to abide by international and Human Right treaties or else be considered rogue states:

“The minute you start playing with human rights, with conventions, with civil liberties, in order to say that you're doing it to protect yourself and you are going against those rights and conventions, you are no better than the guy who doesn't believe in them at all”

When asked if “Canada's failure to act to protect Mr. Khadr was equivalent to recent al-Qaeda atrocities in Iraq,” he replied:

“If you want a black and white, and I'm only too prepared to give it to you, Absolutely… You're either with the law or not with the law. You're either guilty or you're not.”


How important were Dallaire’s remarks?

Roméo Dallaire is regarded with such admiration and affection in Canada that if he were to run in the next elections, very few would argue that he would not be elected Prime Minister.

His statements indicate that there are high profile Canadians in government that are making a stand against the official policy of the Conservative government of Canada, lead by neoconservative Stephen Harper, much in the same way as those who are making a stand in the United States against the neocons.

Even though the mainstream media has barely dealt with the implications of this event, many Canadians are beginning to pay attention, since what is happening to Khadr affects every single Canadian, living in Canada and abroad.

Keep in mind that on Friday May 23, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a judgment stating that Guantanamo Bay was an illegal operation and ordered “the Canadian government to hand over interrogation documents to Omar Khadr's defence lawyers.” The ruling essentially implies that Canada and the United States are committing war crimes by allowing these ‘show trials’ to continue. Even the United States Supreme Court has ruled that Guantanamo trials violate U.S. and global laws.

If the Bush administration has its way, Khadr will be the first person put on trial anywhere in the world for “war crimes” allegedly committed when he was a juvenile.

‘The Road to Guantanamo’ and ‘Taxi to the Dark Side’

The above is just one story from Guantanamo Bay, for more see the following two documentaries.

The Road to Guantanamo - “Part drama, part documentary, The Road to Guantánamo focuses on the Tipton Three, a trio of British Muslims who were held in Guantanamo Bay for two years until they were released without charge.”

The Road to Guantanamo (1:31:37)

Taxi to the Dark Side - “An in-depth look at the torture practices of the United States in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, focusing on an innocent taxi driver in Afghanistan who was tortured and killed in 2002.”

Taxi to the Dark Side (1:06:00)

Does anyone still think that NATO has any chance of success in Afghanistan? If you do, then you better wakeup, because you’re dreaming - and unfortunately everyone else is having a nightmare.

Posted in | Submitted by chycho on Wed, 2008-07-16 14:05.
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