From Berrows Journal in England:
3:10pm Monday 11th May 2009
By Sue Vickers
A FORMER Guantanamo Bay inmate said that the thought of walking the Worcestershire countryside had helped him cope during his imprisonment.
Moazzam Begg told an audience in Malvern that visiting the Malvern Hills with his family was something he wanted to do when he was finally released.
Mr Begg talked about his experiences as a prisoner of the Americans and of the problem of confessions extracted under torture, their unreliability and the problems such unreliable and untrue confessions create.
“Under torture people will say anything, it is that simple,” he said.
“Nothing said under torture can be relied upon.” We previously reported in your Worcester News how Mr Begg was arrested by the CIA in 2002 and imprisoned without charge for more than three years.
Mr Begg spoke of the complicity of the British security services in what he likened to official kidnapping, as well as the suffering of other prisoners, including a 14-year-old boy, and the ill-treatment and total lack of any human rights.
But he also spoke about the “very ordinary” American soldiers, men just doing a job, with whom he had many discussions. Mr Begg has written about his experiences in a book, Enemy Combatant, and recommended the Oscar-winning film Taxi To The Dark Side – a film that tells the story of another wrongly imprisoned victim like himself.
This video series is the film Taxi To The Dark Side.
The Malvern branch of Amnesty meet regularly on the first Thursday of every month at 7.30pm at Abbey Road Baptist Church and anyone who wants to get involved is welcome.
Impunity for CIA Torturers : The Debate Intensifies: here.
Lawsuit Takes Aim at CIA’s “Covert” Attacks on Transparency. Jason Leopold, Truthout: “Last September, the CIA quietly changed its long-standing policy for how it would process certain records requests by implementing a new fee structure that will essentially discourage the public from trying to get the agency to declassify secret government documents because the costs are too high, open-government advocates have charged”: here.
United States interrogators killed nearly four dozen detainees during or after their interrogations, according a report published by a human rights researcher based on a Human Rights First report and followup investigations: here.
In a criminal complaint filed January 23 , the Obama administration’s Justice Department charged John Kiriakou, a former Central Intelligence Agency operative, with disclosing classified information to journalists about the waterboarding of Abu Zubayda: here.
Enhanced Interrogation Techniques: Little Evidence That Harsh Treatment Used By CIA Produced Any Counter-Terrorism Breakthroughs: here.