From San Francisco Bay View (USA):
Long before the words Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib entered common American usage as reference points for government torture, there were several young Black men who knew something about the subject.
The year was 1973, and among 13 “Black militants” arrested in a New Orleans sweep were three men: Harold Taylor, John Bowman and Ruben Scott.
The three were beaten, tortured and interrogated by New Orleans cops, acting on tips supplied by San Francisco police.
The men were stripped, beaten with blunt objects, blindfolded, shocked on their private parts by electric cattle prods, punched and kicked and had wool blankets soaked in boiling water thrown over them.
Under such torture, the three gave false confessions in the shooting of a San Francisco cop in 1971.
The charges were eventually thrown out after a judge in California found that the prosecution had failed to tell a grand jury that the confessions were exacted under torture.
Today, over 30 years later, Taylor, Bowman and Scott have again been called before a grand jury to try to resurrect what was dismissed in 1976.
Imagine what these men thought when they heard about the U.S. government torture chambers in Guantanamo or Abu Ghraib in Iraq.
The names may have been different, but the grim reality was the same.
Today, these men have formed the Committee for the Defense of Human Rights to try to teach folks about what happened so many years ago and what is happening now. …
The roots of Guantanamo, of Abu Ghraib, of Bagram Air Force Base, of U.S. secret torture chambers operating all around the world are deep in American life and its long war against Black life and liberation.
Is it mere coincidence that the most notorious guard at Abu Ghraib worked right here in the U.S., here in Pennsylvania, here in SCI-Greene for over six years before exporting his brand of “corrections” to the poor slobs who met him in Iraq?
[By San Francisco Bay View: The “most notorious guard at Abu Ghraib” Mumia refers to, who got his training in “SCI-Greene for over six years,” the prison where Mumia is held, is Charles Graner, shown here grinning into the camera for one of the infamous torture photos.]
Mumia and France: here.
Angola Three update: here.
More Black Panthers: here.
Herman Wallace: Terminally ill but free at last … after 41 years in solitary confinement: here.
- Abu Ghraib Victims to Pay Their Torturers | Heroes and Villains (justiceforkevinandjenveybaylis.wordpress.com)
- Ralph Poynter visits Mumia Abu-Jamal (workers.org)
- Military contractor sues Abu Ghraib detainees for legal expenses (jurist.org)
- “Free`Em All”: Stephen Vittorio`s documentary: “A journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal in N.Y.City: (spiritandanimal.wordpress.com)
- Abu Ghraib Torture Victims Sued by Their Torturers (commondreams.org)
- CACI’s Forgotten Role in Abu Ghraib (II) (huffingtonpost.com)