"We must never confuse law and justice. What is legal is often
not just. And what is just is often not at all legal.” ~ William P Quigley
Guantanamo Bay detainee Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif’s uncle and son are overcome with emotion as they stand above his remains in the Shawlak Mosque in Yemen prior to his burial.
Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif, a 36 year old man from Yemen who had spent the last eleven years of his life imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay without any charges held against him, was “found dead” in his cell on the 8th of September, 2012, in what was ruled a suicide by the United States without any sound evidence presented to support the claim.
For Abdul Latif’s son Ezzudin Adnan Latif, who had never met his father as he was born after Abdul Latif travelled to Pakistan seeking medical attention, the first and last sight of the father he spent almost eleven years dreaming of and yearning for was of a body-bag. Ezzudin had gotten to know his father through the rare, heavily censored letters he received from him.
“You told me in your last letter, you’re coming to me, and you will never leave me again, Father,” said Ezzuddin while looking at the box of his father’s remains and crying loudly.”
Due to the mysterious nature of Abdul Latif’s death, his family intended to perform an independent autopsy in Yemen to determine the cause of his death. However, the United States kept Abdul Latif’s body for over three months after his death, causing his body to decompose to the extent that an autopsy would not be possible and Abdul Latif’s body had become an “unbearable sight,” as described by his brother.
Lawyer Mark Falkoff described in an Amnesty International Report some of the conditions faced by Latif and other inmates inside Guantanamo Bay:
“… They had been held in total isolation, they had been subjected repeatedly to stress positions, sleep deprivation, blaring music, and extremes of heat and cold during endless interrogations. Female interrogators smeared simulated menstrual blood onto the chests of some detainees and sexually taunted them, fully aware of the insult they were meting out to devout Muslims. They were denied basic medical care. They were broken down and psychologically tyrannized, kept in extreme isolation, threatened with rendition, interrogated at gunpoint and told that their families would be harmed if they refused to talk. They were also frequently prevented from engaging in their daily prayers—one of the five pillars of Islam—and forced to witness US soldiers intentionally mishandling the holy Koran.”
While imprisoned, Abdul Latif participated in hunger strikes to protest his treatment, during which he wrote the “Hunger Strike Poem”:
They are criminals, increasing their crimes.
They are criminals, claiming to be peace-loving.
They are criminals, torturing the hunger strikers.
They are artists of torture,
They are artists of pain and fatigue,
They are artists of insults and humiliation.
They are faithless — traitors and cowards –
They have surpassed devils with their criminal acts.
They do not respect the law,
They do not respect men,
They do not spare the elderly
They do not spare the baby-toothed child.
They leave us in prison for years, uncharged,
Because we are Muslims.
Where is the world to save us from torture?
Where is the world to save us from the fire and sadness?
Where is the world to save the hunger strikers?
But we are content, on the side of justice and right,
Worshipping the Almighty.
And our motto on this island is, salaam.
* There’s a hunger strike going on in Guantanamo Bay by the prisoners who never had a chance to go through a fair trial nor humane treatment.
Pre. Obama won the “Nobel Peace Prize” back in 2009 for shutting down the Guantanamo Bay.
But nothing has really changed. The US foreign Policy is creating more terrorists…
Quick Facts about Guantánamo Bay:
- Approximate number of prisoners detained at Guantánamo since January 11,2002: 779
- Number of detainees released due to insufficient reason to keep them: 600
- Number of detainees who remain at Guantánamo as of February 2012: 171
- Number of trials completed since it’s opening: 3
- Age of the youngest Guantánamo prisoner: 13
- Age of the oldest Guantánamo prisoner: 98
- Number of suicide attempts in Guantánamo Bay since 2002: 23
- Number of alleged suicides amongst Guantánamo prisoners since 2002: 6
- Interrogation methods in Guantánamo include, but are not limited to: water-boarding, physical abuse, forced injections, sexual assault, sexual humiliation, sleep deprivation, environmental manipulation, violent dogs, forced nudity, using phobias, extreme cold, cultural humiliation, sensory bombardment, stress positions, sensory deprivation, isolation, ect.
In 2010, Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson (former aide to Secretary of State Colin Powell) stated that top U.S. officials, including George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld, had known that the majority of the detainees initially sent to Guantánamo were innocent, but that the detainees had been kept there for reasons of “political expedience”, meaning their reasons were inclined towards domination rather than being fair or just.
A Muslim held at Guantanamo Bay …
courtesy of http://farhaaan.tumblr.com
This man was taken to Guantanamo Bay without having committed any crime whatsoever. When the mistake was found out, he was told that he still had to go to GB for a duration or he’d have to lie and claim having a link with Osama Bin Laden.
That is what the Guantanamo Bay has done all these years. Thank you, Mr. Bush, for torturing hundreds of Muslims and lying to the world.
And my faith in this country fades more and more as time passes….
It’s not just Bush… it continues with the Obama administration as well. And it’s not just them either, the real people that run this country are the people we don’t hear about, politicians are just the front cover.
Naomi Klein: The Shock Doctrine - The Rise Of Disaster Capitalism
Read this book.
* This is on the point. I need to acquire this book.
A Teary Mother Bear Killed Her Baby and Committed Suicide – A Heart Breaking True Story
Traps were laid in the wild illegally. When the bear was trapped, she lost not only her paws and four limbs for a good fortune of money, but she was locked up in the cage and had to endure daily torture of bile collection up to 25 or 30 years. This bile collection process requires a hole to be cut in the bear stomach and an iron pipe inserted into the bear gall bladder. Bile was then taken several times a day. The entire procedure was done without anaesthetic in order to save cost. The pain was excruciating. The bear could not bear it and attempted to kill herself by punching her stomach. However, human prevented this suicide act by forcing the bear to wear an iron vest. With this iron vest, her movement was restricted; committing suicide was an impossible task. A mother bear knew it too well. When the bear worker wanted to open up her cub’s stomach, the mother bear broke open the cage and went after the cub. After failing to release the chained cub, she hugged the cub. The mother bear then killed the cub to save it from a life of hell.
* WOW WTF! god damn 25- 30 years? nobody fucking deserve to be tortured like this. ABSOLUTELY NO ONE
you know what truly makes me extremely angry?
That the mother bear was left with no choice, but to take her own cub’s life away in the name of LOVE… THAT WAS THE BEST CHOICE SHE CAN DO AS A MOTHER.
For their own good. WHAT A FUCKING TRAGEDY FOR THEM TO DIE IN THIS CRUEL WORLD.