Guantanamo and other US torture prisons

Thes video from the USA is called U.S. Guantanamo Torture Camp.

UPDATE 29 October 2010: At this blog post, there used to be a video by Amnesty International, called U.S. Guantanamo Torture Camp.Type of torture in Guantánamo Bay.

However, YouTube has removed that video.

I have replaced the removed video with another one about Guantanamo torture. In fact, with two videos.

Reuters reports:

Guantanamo closure too little too late: ex-inmate

Thu Jan 22, 2009

By Sayed Salahuddin

KABUL – The closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison will do little to erase the blot on the U.S. rights record unless other U.S. detention centers are also shut and inmates compensated, Afghan and Pakistani campaigners said on Thursday.

The comments come as President Barack Obama is expected to issue orders later in the day to close the Guantanamo prison and overhaul the treatment of terrorism suspects; a move aimed at swiftly restoring a U.S. image hurt by charges of torture. …

The prison in Guantanamo is a flagrant violation of international and American laws,” said Lal Gul Lal, the head of the Afghanistan Human Rights Organization, an independent non-governmental organization. …

Some 600 prisoners are currently detained at Bagram, the main U.S. base in Afghanistan, Lal said, with more held at bases in Kandahar in the Afghan south and Khost in the east, some of them for long periods without charge.

A draft presidential executive order obtained by Reuters on Wednesday sets a one-year deadline to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo, where foreign terrorism suspects have been detained for years without trial. …

“It’s nothing. It’s a media stunt. After brutally and inhumanely treating inmates, now they’re pretending that they believe in justice and human rights,” Khalid, who now heads the Defense of Human Rights group, told Reuters.

“What about the human rights crimes committed there? What about those who have seen the worst time of their lives there? Is it that easy to ignore or forgive?”

Obama‘s Guantánamo Mistake: He’s Not Closing Gitmo the Right Way: here.

The US right is preparing a new stab-in-the-back legend to paint the Obama administration as consisting of a bunch of cowardly liberals unable to stand up to terrorism: here.

Guantanamo Bay families sue US government over suicides: here.

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  1. EU voters resistant to further Afghan deployments: poll

    by Staff Writers
    London (AFP) Jan 20, 2009

    Any attempt by Barack Obama to get European Union members to contribute more troops to the fight in Afghanistan is likely to face popular opposition, a new poll published Tuesday suggests.

    Ahead of Obama’s inauguration as the United States’ first African-American president, the Financial Times published a poll suggesting the majority of people in Britain, Germany, France and Italy oppose deploying further troops.

    About 60 percent of the respondents in Germany said they would not wish their government to send more troops under any circumstances.

    In Britain, the second largest contributor to NATO’s mission in Afghanistan, 57 percent said they did not want to send any more troops.

    In both France and Italy, 53 percent of people rejected sending more, leaving Spain the only country surveyed in the Harris poll where a majority was willing to consider further deployments.

    The online poll of 6,299 adults was carried out across the five countries between January 8 and January 15.

    It also revealed EU voters believe the economic crisis should be Obama’s priority, with fighting international terrorism relatively low down the list.

    Obama has vowed to redeploy the military from Iraq and increase the pressure on a resurgent Taliban in Afghanistan.


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