Wednesday, May 16, 2007


[A tale so heartwrenching I can't help commenting throughout.]

From Fox News

Terror Suspect Claims Torture by Americans, Not Enough Entertainment at Guantanamo Bay
Tuesday, May 15, 2007

WASHINGTON — An accused enemy combatant held at Guantanamo Bay told a military hearing he was physically as well as mentally tortured there by having to read a newsletter full of 'crap,' being forced to use unscented deodorant and shampoo and having to play sports with a ball that would not bounce.

[I'm fighting back tears. I just hope that the newsletter was The Watchtower or Catholic Charities Monthly.]

Majid Khan of Pakistan denied any connection to Al Qaeda and said he was tortured and his family hounded by U.S. authorities, according to a redacted transcript released Tuesday by the Pentagon.

Khan told an April 15 hearing called to determine whether he was rightly classified as an "enemy combatant" that he also had his baby pictures taken from him, that cleaners left marks on his cell walls and that detainees have no DVD players or other entertainment.

[I'm gonna find some baby pictures and try them in the singles' bar to pick up wimmen.
I get the impression that he may have prior experience with someone in the US prison system.]

At one point, Kan said he wrote on his walls, "stop torturing me, I need my mails, newspaper and my lawyer."

[And that's why the cleaners left marks on his cell walls.]

Khan was captured in Pakistan in 2003. The military says he has provided support to Al Qaeda and has expressed a desire to assassinate Pakistan's President Pervez Musharaff. U.S. government authorities have said that Khan was also involved in plots to blow up American gas stations and poison U.S. reservoirs. The April 15 hearing is the first step in possible war crimes charges against him.

[Later in the article you might find something that would inspire a PSYCH 101 student to say "Hmm".]

In a lengthy written statement, Khan said the CIA and the Defense Department tortured him after his capture in Pakistan as well as when he was transferred to the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.

"I swear to God this place in some sense worst than CIA jails. I am being mentally torture here," said Khan in a statement read by his personal representative about his time in Guantanamo. "There is extensive torture even for the smallest of infractions."

[I feel mentally tortured just reading this. Infractions in the past include throwing food and feces at guards, spitting and generally doing the things I convinced my children not to do by the time they were two.]

Chunks of the transcript were removed, including what appears to be additional discussion of torture, including during his detention by the CIA.

"The redaction of Majid Khan's testimony regarding his treatment in the CIA secret program strengthens the view that the administration has something to hide," said Priti Patel, an assistant attorney at Human Rights First. "Covering up abuses in this way is a strategy guaranteed to backfire."

The transcript, however, includes detailed descriptions of what Khan said was abuse at Guantanamo. He said he has been unable to see his daughter, was denied communal recreation for 11 weeks, went four weeks without sunlight and fresh air, was deprived of basic or comfort items for three weeks, had his beard shaved twice and was forced to wear a protective suicide prevention smock.

[I'm guessing he doesn't fully comprehend why he's where he is. Some kind soul decided that his 'acting out' warranted multiple 'time outs'.
This reinforces my earlier suspicion that he at least knows someone that has done time in America.

"They know my weaknesses — what drive me crazy and what doesn't," he said.

[Uh huh, that's their job. He came to Gitmo batshit crazy--what he really means is "they know what enrages me."]

Khan, who grew up in Maryland and is the only U.S. resident among 15 detainees the government considers most dangerous, also described suicide attempts where he "chewed my artery which goes through my elbow." And he said he went on hunger strikes to pressure authorities to either charge him or send him back to Pakistan.

[Might explain the suicide prevention smock (newspeak for straightjacket?).
This PoS walked among us in Maryland. Grew up here, went to our schools. (spit)]

The CIA and Pentagon have said their interrogations practices are legal and that they do not use torture.

[A wink and a nod]

"He has been treated humanely while in Department of Defense custody," said Navy Cmdr. Jeffrey Gordon, a Pentagon spokesman.

In the 39-page transcript, Khan, his father and a Ohio truck driver convicted of supporting terrorism — all denied that Khan is a terrorist.

Khan's father, however, provided the most graphic descriptions of his son's treatment at the hands of U.S. authorities, in a written statement that also was included in the hearing record.

[See the link on this page for al Qaida Training manual. The last section details how to behave when imprisoned.]

Ali Shoukat Khan said his son was kidnapped in Pakistan and that there, Americans tortured his son "for eight hours at a time, tying him tightly in stressful positions in a small chair until his hands, feet and mind went numb. ... He was often hooded and had difficulty breathing. They also beat him repeatedly, slapping him in the face, and deprived him of sleep."

[And what exactly would have happened if Khan and his buddies had captured a Yank?]

The elder Khan, a retired gas station owner, said his son is not a terrorist and demanded that the government present its evidence, "charge him with a crime and give him a fair trial in a real court." He also said he and his family were pressured by the FBI to speculate about his son's activities.

[I sense a "Hmm" here.]

The FBI, he said, "followed us everywhere we went for a long time, requiring us to tell them in advance where we were going and what we were going to do there."

[Thanks, FBI.]

During the hearing, the government said Majid Khan told others that he wanted to "martyr himself" in a plot to assassinate Musharraf. They quoted his father and brother saying that Khan was involved with "a group he believed to be Al Qaeda" and was involved in transporting people across the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

[So dad is saying he's involved with a.q. but not as a "terrorist"]

U.S. intelligence also says Khan's cousin and uncle, who were both members of Al Qaeda, introduced Khan to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, who in a similar hearing at Guantanamo Bay depicted himself as Al Qaeda's most prolific planner.

[Moved up to the bigs.
Notice the uncle and cousin were members of a.q. Did they quit? Maybe lapsed on their dues?]

Together, the government says, Kahn and Mohammed plotted terrorist attacks in the United States. Khan also is said to have helped pick possible operatives, including Iyman Faris, an Ohio truck driver who is now serving 20 years in prison for supporting terrorism. Faris was studying how to destroy New York City suspension bridges.

Faris submitted a statement for the hearing, and said he was coerced and tricked by the FBI into make statements about Khan. "If I don't tell them what they wanted to hear, they were gong to take me to Gitmo (Guantanamo)."

[Faris should have been taken to Gitmo. If he were there he wouldn't have an opportunity to proselytize islam to inmates.]

At times struggling to piece sentences together in broken English, Majid Khan told the hearing that it is difficult to prove he is not associated with Al Qaeda, and challenged the tribunal members to say how they would prove it if such charges were made against them.

[But...but... He grew up in Maryland. His English is as broken as he wishes it to be.]

"It is very difficult to prove that someone is not Al Qaeda," he said. "If you were in my shoes, I would like to know that how can you prove it, that you yourself are not Al Qaeda? And if you can't, then I can't either."

[Yes--proving a negative is problematic. But if dad and bro say he's involved, and uncle and cousin were members, and you're caught in Pak....
This typical 'slammi logic just illustrates how outhouse-rat crazy they are.]

Khan is the last of the 14 original high-value detainees to complete his hearing, called a Combatant Status Review Tribunal. The hearings are to determine whether the detainees are correctly classified as enemy combatants eligible to be tried for war crimes by a military commission. Reporters were not allowed access to any of the hearings, but censored transcripts of all 14 have been released by the Pentagon.

Late last month the Pentagon announced that a 15th high-value detainee — Abdul Hadi al-Iraqi, captured late last year and formerly held by the CIA — had arrived at Guantanamo. He has not yet had his hearing.

FOX News' Jennifer Griffin and Nick Simeone and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

He moved in 1996 to Owings Mills (a bedroom community a few miles NW of Baltimore), went to to the local public high school, listened to hip hop and played video games. Read more here

His defense is sponsored by the Center for Constitutional Rights.

The way in which Priti Patel is quoted might leave some readers under the impression that this person is defending Khan at the hearing. Well, no--much of this is in preparations for the ACLU and Human Rights Watch to sue Donald Rumsfeld.

I'm thinking my next post will be something about how the left and terrorists are working together.

But no, that subject's been done to death. But this here always cheers me up.