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On the island
of Cuba, stands an outpost of American imperial power Guantanamo
of men, drawn from all over the world, are entombed in what one
British court has called a "legal black hole."
an American lawyer who has argued in the U.S. Supreme Court for
several people encaged there, has written that Guantanamo is an
interrogation camp, similar to those erected by the Germans during
World War II, and outlawed by the Geneva Conventions. In a recent
book on the prison camp, Ratner wrote that Guantanamo is a place
designed to be beyond the law:
We have gone
back to a pre-Magna Carta medieval system, not a system of laws,
of executive fiat, where the king or in this case, the president
simply decides, on any particular day, I'm going to throw
you into some prison. You are not going to have
access to a lawyer or anybody else, or even know if there are charges
or if you will ever be released from this prison. Guantanamo has
become our Devil's
Island, our Chateau d'If from The Count of Monte Cristo. [From
Michael Ratner and
Ellen Ray, *Guantanamo: What the World Should Know* (White River
Junction, Vt.: Chelsea Green Publ., 2004), p. 6]
If people were
shocked by the recent events at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in
Baghdad, one need only look at Guantanamo for its inspiration. For,
the leadership of Abu Ghraib was exported from Guantanamo to Abu
Ghraib with a specific, sinister
mission: to 'Gitmoize' Abu Ghraib; that is, to treat the people
detained there as they had been treated at Guantanamo.
So, the torture
of people; the nakedness of people; the brutal beatings of people;
the humiliation of people all of these things were done to
Muslim and Arab nationals at Guantanamo.
to Ratner, there was another, insidious method to their brutal madness.
Those detained at Guantanamo; they were captured for the purpose
of turning them, using state terror to transform these people into
snitches to be seeded
back into Muslim communities and countries, for the U.S. intelligence
agencies. Ratner writes:
This is exactly
what the British did with IRA prisoners. Just as is being done
in Guantanamo, they refused to give out the names of detainees
for "security reasons" and kept them in detention for
long periods of time. During that period, many of them were turned
into undercover agents for British intelligence. What is going
on in Guantanamo is not just about interrogation, not just about
keeping allegedly dangerous people off the battlefield, but about
recruiting Muslim informants to go around the Islamic world, to
go back to their countries of origin and get information back
to the United States, essentially to spy for the United States.
taking innocent men, putting them in cages, treating them like beasts,
*for years*, knowingly, for the purpose of using them against their
home communities and countries.
This is the
face of American democracy that will be reflected in the eyes of
hundreds, and then thousands, and perhaps millions of Muslims. This
is the reason that the so-called 'War on Terror' is a fraud; it
is a war, but a war against reason. It is a mad war, designed by
madmen, based on false evidence, and one which threatens to, once
again, splash back against the nation that spawned it in global
We have seen
blowback before. It is the grim and bitter lesson that should have
prevailed in the gritty smoke of Sept. 11th. Young men, many of
them trained by the CIA, and paid by the Saudis, to vanquish the
then-'evil empire' of the Soviets in Afghanistan, succeeded in driving
Russians from their lands, and flush with victory, turned their
sights to those that trained them. They had driven one superpower
to its knees; why not another?
to quote British judges in the *Abassi* case, has become, despite
a recent US Supreme Court decision, a "legal black hole."
... And like black holes, it threatens to swallow everything around
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