The following quote, used as the preamble to the SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE INQUIRY INTO THE TREATMENT OF DETAINEES IN U.S. CUSTODY, is used here are as a starting point for the reports and discussions:
“What sets us apart from our enemies in this fight… is how we behave. In everything we do, we must observe the standards and values that dictate that we treat noncombatants and detainees with dignity and respect. While we are warriors, we are also all human beings”
—General David Petraeus
May 10, 2007
As President Obama’s change policy on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars goes into effect publicized concomitant actions will expose issues related torture and the abuse of detainees, including innocent victims, children, and those guilty of war crimes. These issues will further expand the questions raised about U.S. and other country’s war policies and policy-makers such as Rumsfeld, Cheney, MI5, the CIA and others, and their possible prosecution. This thread will list the concomitant actions and open short discussions about the abuses they expose. My comments will follow each report between square brackets in green text.
Guantanamo Bay inmate to be sent to Britain:
LONDON — A former U.K. resident who alleges he was tortured while in U.S. custody will soon be released from Guantanamo Bay and sent back to Britain, authorities said Friday. Binyam Mohamed — accused by U.S. authorities of conspiring to take part in a dirty bomb plot and training in al-Qaida camps — was kept at the military prison camp even though charges against him were dropped in October.
[There is, apparently, evidence that Binyan Mohamed was tortured and abused by both MI5 (British Secret Service) and CIA officials. He was originally arrested in Pakistan, then flown to a Black Prison in Morocco, where he was severely beaten and tortured, and then he was taken to Guantanamo. He is being released into British custody because he is considered a British resident (citizen) and he is on a severe hunger strike which has resulted in force-feeding to keep him alive. He is very fragile, and The U.S. authorities at Guatanamo are afraid he will die if his hunger strike continues and they do not want this on their hands because of the publicity surrounding the case in Britain and Europe. The British media is fired up about this particular individual’s treatment and the following weeks should produce some interesting developments.]