Wednesday, January 11, 2012

"It Was a Sunny Day"

"It Was a Sunny Day"
by Jason Leopold
11 January 2012

.....The bus rolled in to the side of Camp X-Ray and the doors opened. The MP canine unit was present and their dogs were snarling. The first detainee to exit, a man Neely recalls was in his 30s and overweight, was missing a leg. A Marine inside the bus threw the man's prosthetic leg onto the gravel. The MPs nicknamed him "Stumpy."

That was Neely's first exposure to the "worst of the worst."

"I was shocked," Neely said. "I will never forget that."

The one-legged detainee hopped toward the holding area flanked by a couple of MPs who were screaming at him to "walk faster," Neely said. The detainee was wearing a hood; an orange jumpsuit; goggles, which were designed to disorient his senses during the flight to Guantanamo from Afghanistan; a surgical mask; earmuffs; and gloves that looked like oven mitts. His leg, at least the one he still had, was shackled. His hands were attached to a chain wrapped around his torso. more


Anonymous said...

Mitt Romney and the shame of Guantanamo, by Carol Rose.

It is fitting that Mitt Romney consolidated his lead to be the Republican nominee for president on the day that Guantanamo Bay marked its tenth anniversary: January 11, 2012. Back on April 21, 2006, the Massachusetts governor spent a few hours touring Guantanamo to buttress his presidential ambitions.

"Some people have said we ought to close Guantanamo. My view is we ought to double Guantanamo," he proclaimed as he hit the campaign trail. Brandishing his strong-on-national-security credentials, he declared that Guantanamo was "a symbol of American resolve."

The shame is that over the past decade, no one has ever been held accountable for the crime of torture and the lawless acts that Guantanamo represents. The shame is that the US courts have thrown out all of the lawsuits brought by people who were unjustly confined there and in many cases tortured.

Himself said...

And America has the effrontery to christen others, rogue states.

Romney hasn't one principle in his entire body.


su said...

If Saif Kadaffi is up on war crimes then how can any one from the empire states government be a free man.