Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Was David Hicks tortured into confessing?

Once again this is an attempt to justify the fruits of torture to the American people, or at least to those who follow along so sheepishly. The whole thing is extremely un-American.
Close Guantanamo! Amnesty Speaks Out

His confession was the result of torture and ill-treatment making it completely invalid. We are also expected to take the word of only his military accusers. This was a highly unconstitutional immoral and again it must be stressed a completely un-American exercise in shame with much more in likeness to the old Soviet Union, China, or any other authoritarian government.

This is from Amnesty International.
Direct from Guantánamo Bay
March 27, 2007

Jumana Musa
Advocacy Director for Domestic Human Rights and International Justice

At a hearing in Guantánamo on 26 March 2007, in his sixth year of detention and at the start of the US administration’s second attempt in the last three years to try him before a military commission, Australian national David Hicks pleaded guilty to one specification under the charge of “providing material support for terrorism”.
This plea was made after years of indefinite detention, isolation and allegations of torture and ill-treatment, and after a day in which Hicks’ legal representation was reduced by the military judge overseeing the commission. After the plea, proceedings were adjourned and were expected to be reconvened later in the week after the details of the plea had been worked out.
from Human Rights Watch
US: Transfer Hicks to Federal Court
Military Commissions Are Fundamentally Flawed

Amnesty Protest to Close Guantanamo Bay

Guantanamo conditions 'worsening'
"With many prisoners already in despair at being held in indefinite detention... some are dangerously close to full-blown mental and physical breakdown.
"The US authorities should immediately stop pushing people to the edge with extreme isolation techniques and allow proper access for independent medical experts and human rights groups."

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