Guantanamo torture camp still open

This video from Britain is called SSAC Rally – A Day For Shaker Aamer December 11 2010.

By Rory MacKinnon in Britain:

PM urged to press for Aamer release

Monday 12 March 2012

David Cameron and Barack Obama may praise their “special relationship” but no friend should jail British citizens without charges, human rights activists said today.

Organisers from the Save Shaker Aamer Campaign urged PM David Cameron to confront the US president over its infamous Guantanamo prison camp — still open after 10 years despite Mr Obama’s order three years ago to close it.

Battersea man Mr Aamer has been held without charge in Guantanamo since 2002 after Afghan soldiers in Jalalabad abducted and took him to the US’s equally notorious Bagram airbase.

He says he was working in Afghanistan for a Saudi charity. Leaked files from Guantanamo administrators allege that he “received advanced terrorist training, indicated his willingness to become a martyr and served as a sub-commander of al-Qaida forces.”

But he has never been charged, while Mr Aamer’s lawyers say his jailers have no admissible evidence as many of his statements were obtained through torture.

The campaign’s Joy Hurcombe said in a letter to the two leaders yesterday that the British government hadn’t pressed the US hard enough, despite publicly calling for Mr Aamer’s return.

Renewing Britain and the United States’ “special relationship” was the ideal moment to secure Mr Aamer’s freedom, she said.

“Shaker Aamer could come home today. He could get his life back. He could be restored to his home and family.”

She said to Mr Cameron: “We call on your government to respect Shaker Aamer’s wish to return to his family, all of whom are British citizens, honour his long-term right of return and indefinite leave to remain and act on your public statements that you are committed to Shaker Aamer’s release and return to the UK.”

Citing Truthout Report, UN Special Rapporteur “Looking Into” Guantanamo “Suicides”. Jeffrey Kaye, Truthout: “Earlier this month, Christof Heyns, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, responded to an inquiry by this reporter regarding new information on the deaths of two Guantanamo prisoners, Abdul Rahman Al Amri and Mohammad Salih Al Hanashi. According to the Department of Defense (DoD), both prisoners died of suicide in 2007 and 2009, respectively. But new details surrounding their deaths, first reported by Truthout March 1, challenged government accounts concerning what happened”: here.

Psychologists Paid by Guantanamo’s Masters Will Never Dismantle Their House of Torture. Roy Eidelson, Truthout: “Professional psychology has made valuable contributions to national security through collaborative efforts with government agencies – and it will undoubtedly continue to do so. But does anyone truly believe that crucial determinations about psychological ethics should ever be guided by the views and agenda of the secretary of defense or the director of the CIA?” Here.

Campaigners demanding the release of the last British resident in Guantanamo will lobby MPs as they return from their recess on Monday: here.

The Kafkaesque censorship of lawyer-client discussions at Guantanamo Bay should send a stark warning to Britain over its plans to introduce secret evidence, legal action charity Reprieve said today: here.

Mark Karlin, Truthout: “Marjorie Cohn – a law professor and past president of the National Lawyer’s Guild – has assembled a compelling interdisciplinary anthology on the ‘normalization’ of torture as an extension of American foreign policy. This is not a new occurrence limited to the so-called ‘war on terror,’ but extends back decades”: here.

Orwell at Guantanamo: Complicit In the Ugly Truth: here.

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