A Different Sort of Truth

7 October 2021 — Consortium News

In the novel released this year, Mohamedou Ould Slahi offers a glimpse of the world he created to escape Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp, writes Alexander Hartwiger.

Camel market in Nouakchott, Mauritania, 2008. (Ferdinand Reus CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia Commons)

By Alexander Hartwiger
Africa is a Country

When Mohamedou Ould Slahi Zoomed into my graduate class from Mauritania in March to discuss his new novel, The Actual True Story of Ahmed and Zarga, he shared a bit about the role writing fiction played during his detention at Guantanamo Bay from 2002 to 2016.

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Imperialism and the Politics of Torture By James Petras

16 December 2014 — James Petras

Author of The Politics of Empire

The US Senate Report documenting CIA torture of alleged terrorist suspects raises a number of fundamental questions about the nature and operations of the State, the relationship and the responsibility of the Executive Branch and Congress to the vast secret police networks which span the globe – including the United States.

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Re-shaping the Taliban Leadership? Sustaining ‘America’s War on Terrorism’ By Umberto Pascali

4 June 2014 — Global Research

Is this a way to send back to Afghanistan five top Taliban leaders who have been “re-conditioned” and “turned” in Guantanamo and are now working for the US? Is this a move against the “unloyal” President Karzai & his successors? The Taliban leadership has been, reportedly, decimated by the drones assassinations. It is not difficult to imagine what will happen with the arrival of five of the very top Taliban political leaders after many years of detention in Guantanamo: The creation of a new leadership.

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Video Report: Military Doctors Designed, Enabled U.S. Torture of Prisoners at Guantánamo, Secret Prisons

7 November 2013 — Democracy Now!

A new report says medical professionals working under U.S. military orders have been complicit in the abuse of terrorism suspects. The Task Force on Preserving Medical Professionalism concluded that medical staff who worked with the CIA and Pentagon “designed and participated in cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment and torture of detainees” at Guantánamo Bay and at secret prisons overseas. Continue reading

Bradley Manning Newslinks 10 July 2013

10 July 2013 — williambowles.info

Key witness in Bradley Manning trial: Guantánamo files just ‘baseball cards’

The Guardian

A key defence witness at the trial of Bradley Manning has told the court that in his expert opinion as a former chief prosecutor at Guantánamo Bay, the assessment files on detainees passed by the young soldier to WikiLeaks would have had no value to …



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Death is Preferable to Life at Obama’s Guantanamo By Marjorie Cohn

10 May, 2013 — Global Research

More than 100 of the 166 detainees at Guantanamo are starving themselves to death. Twenty-three of them are being force-fed. “They strap you to a chair, tie up your wrists, your legs, your forehead and tightly around the waist,” Fayiz Al-Kandari told his lawyer, Lt. Col. Barry Wingard. Al-Kandari, a Kuwaiti held at Guantanamo for 11 years, has never been charged with a crime. “The tube makes his eyes water excessively and blood begins to trickle from the nose. Once the tube passes his throat the gag reflex kicks in. Warm liquid is poured into the body for 45 minutes to two hours. He feels like his body is going to convulse and often vomits,” Wingard added.

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Ten Thoughts About Julian Assange and WikiLeaks By Andy Worthington

14 December, 2010 — Andy Worthington


Since its founding in December 2006, WikiLeaks, which was established as, essentially, a secure information clearing house for whistleblowers around the world to provide sensitive information, some of which would then be released to the public, and which was reportedly set up by “Chinese dissidents, journalists, mathematicians and start-up company technologists, from the US, Taiwan, Europe, Australia and South Africa,” has declared that its “primary interest is in exposing oppressive regimes in Asia, the former Soviet bloc, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, but we also expect to be of assistance to people of all regions who wish to reveal unethical behaviour in their governments and corporations.” From the release of a single document in December 2006 — a “secret decision,” signed by Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, a Somali rebel leader for the Islamic Courts Union, which “had been culled from traffic passing through the Tor network to China,” and which “called for the execution of government officials by hiring ‘criminals’ as hit men” — WikiLeaks has received millions of documents, and has, amongst other achievements, exposed corruption in Kenya, made available the Standard Operating Procedure for Guantánamo from 2003 and 2004 (and compared the changes), attacked Scientology, exposed Sarah Palin’s emails, and published a membership list of Britain’s far-right BNP.

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Wikileaks release of embassy cables reveals US concerns

28 November, 2010 — BBC News

Wikileaks release of embassy cables reveals US concerns

War Logs website that organised some of the earlier Wikileaks Wikileaks has previously released documents relating to Iraq and Afghanistan

Whistle-blowing website Wikileaks has released 250,000 secret messages sent by US embassies which give an insight into current American global concerns.

They include reports of some Arab leaders – including the Saudi king – urging the US to attack Iran and end its nuclear weapons programme.

Other concerns include the security of Pakistani nuclear material that could be used to make an atomic weapon.

The widespread use of hacking by the Chinese government is also reported.

The leaked US embassy cables also reportedly include accounts of:

  • Corruption within the Afghan government, with concerns heightened when a senior official was found to be carrying more than $50m in cash on a foreign trip
  • Bargaining to empty the Guantanamo Bay prison camp – including Slovenian diplomats being told to take in a freed prisoner if they wanted to secure a meeting with President Barack Obama
  • The extraordinarily close relationship between Russian PM Vladimir Putin and his Italian counterpart Silvio Berlusconi
  • Alleged links between the Russian government and organised crime
  • American and South Korean officials’ discussions about the prospects for a unified Korea should North
  • Korea collapse as a viable state
  • Sharply critical accounts of UK military operations in Afghanistan

The US government has condemned the release of state department documents.

‘President Obama supports responsible, accountable, and open government at home and around the world, but this reckless and dangerous action runs counter to that goal,’ a White House statement said.

‘We condemn in the strongest terms the unauthorised disclosure of classified documents and sensitive national security information.’

The founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, says the US authorities are afraid of being held to account.

Earlier, Wikileaks said it had come under attack from a computer-hacking operation.

‘We are currently under a mass distributed denial of service attack,’ it reported on its Twitter feed.

No-one has been charged with passing the diplomatic files to the website but suspicion has fallen on US Army private Bradley Manning, an intelligence analyst arrested in Iraq in June and charged over an earlier leak of classified US documents to Mr Assange’s organisation.

Wikileaks argues that the site’s previous releases shed light on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

And this from the NYT:

Breaking News Alert
The New York Times
Sun, November 28, 2010 — 1:09 PM ET

Leaked Cables Uncloak U.S. Diplomacy

A cache of a quarter-million confidential American diplomatic cables, most of them from the past three years, provides an
unprecedented look at backroom bargaining by embassies around the world, brutally candid views of foreign leaders and frank assessments of nuclear and terrorist threats.

Some of the cables, made available to The New York Times and several other news organizations, were written as recently as late February, revealing the Obama administration’s exchanges over crises and conflicts. The material was originally obtained by WikiLeaks, an organization devoted to revealing secret documents. WikiLeaks intends to make the archive public on its Web site in batches, beginning Sunday.

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Jury Appears Deadlocked in Landmark Civilian Trial of Gitmo Prisoner

17 November, 2010 — Democracy Now

A federal jury in New York is deliberating in a landmark trial of the first former Guantánamo detainee to be tried in the civilian court system. On Monday, the jury appeared deadlocked after a juror asked to be excused, saying she was being attacked for her conclusions about the defendant, Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani. A Tanzanian national, Ghailani faces conspiracy and murder charges related to the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people and wounded thousands. We speak to Karen Greenberg of the Center on Law and Security at the New York University Law School. [includes rush transcript]


Karen Greenberg, Director of the Center on Law and Security at New York University Law School and author of the book The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo’s First 100 Days.

Rush Transcript

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“Blood on British Hands”: The Fate of Guantanamo Detainee 239 British National Shaker Aamer by Felicity Arbuthnot

14 October, 2010 — Global Research

” …and if any one saved a life, it would be as if s/he saved the life of all mankind. …” (Qur’an 5:32)

“How does it become a man to behave towards the American government today? I answer, that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it.” (Henry David Thoreau,1817-1862.)

On Tuesday,13th April, as British politicians travelled the country, promising a brave new world on Election day (6th May) a letter was delivered to the British Prime Minister’s residence, Number 10, Downing Street.

Both former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his successor, Conservative leader, David Cameron, have made much, recently, on television, with breaking voice, of personal grief. Both have lost children, Brown and his wife, a baby daughter in 2004 and Cameron and his wife, a disabled son, last year.

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Travesty in Progress: Omar Khadr and the US Military Commissions By Lisa Hajjar

26 July, 2010 — Middle East Report Online

(Lisa Hajjar is an editor of Middle East Report and an associate professor of sociology at the University of California-Santa Barbara. She reported for this article from Khadr’s hearing at Guantánamo Bay.)

For background on the Arar case, see Lisa Hajjar, “Grave Injustice: Maher Arar and Unaccountable America,” Middle East Report Online, June 24, 2010.

For background on the Hamdan case, see Charles Schmitz, “Beating a Slow, Stubborn Retreat at Guantánamo Bay,” Middle East Report Online (May 2005).

At 23, Omar Khadr is the youngest of the 176 people still imprisoned at the US military’s detention facility in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. He has been there for eight years, one third of his life. A Canadian, he is the only citizen of a Western country remaining in detention, although one British resident, Shaker Aamer, is also still locked up there. Of the 779 people brought to Guantánamo since 2002,[1] only 36 have been charged or designated for prosecution, 26 by the Bush administration and the remainder by the Obama administration. Khadr is accused of violating the laws of armed conflict — as reinterpreted by the US government after the September 11, 2001 attacks. He is charged with being an “unlawful enemy combatant” (now relabeled “unlawful enemy belligerent”) who threw a grenade that killed a US soldier in the heat of battle in Afghanistan.

That hot-war murder allegation distinguishes the case against Khadr from those charged with terrorist acts outside a theater of war, including al-Qaeda’s 1998 US embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, the 2000 attack on the USS Cole and the September 11 attacks, which precipitated the launch of the global “war on terror.” Most Guantánamo prisoners facing prosecution are accused of providing material support for terrorism and conspiracy. These offenses were refashioned as war crimes in order to enable their prosecution in military commissions, which were decreed into existence by President George W. Bush on November 13, 2001. The Supreme Court ruled these bodies unconstitutional in 2006, but within months Congress had restored them with the Military Commissions Act, which was superceded by an identically named law in 2009.

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KSM + military tribunal = 9/11 cover-up?

19 April, 2010 — RT

US Republicans, in an effort to avoid a public civilian trial for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged 9/11 mastermind, are turning up the heat on Attorney General Eric Holder. Why?

First, for those who need a primer on their ‘War on Terror’ ancient history, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is ‘the principal architect of the 9/11 attacks,’ according to the 9/11 Commission Report sanctioned by the Bush administration.

Mohammed, accused of orchestrating a number of high-profile attacks, including the grisly decapitation murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, was charged in February 2008 with war crimes by a US military tribunal and will be summarily executed if found guilty. But there is just one problem with all of this: not even the CIA is unanimous in the belief that KSM is their man.

Robert Baer, a former CIA field officer assigned to the Middle East, and the author of ‘See No Evil’, told Time magazine back in 2007 that ‘the Administration [of George W. Bush] is trying to blame KSM for Al-Qaeda terrorism, leading us to believe we’ve caught the master terrorist and that Al-Qaeda, and especially the ever-elusive bin Laden, is no longer a threat to the US.’

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