Reading on Little Green Footballs, I came across a link today pointing out an article by Scott Burgess at The Daily Ablution outlining the horrors of torture being visited upon the prisoners at Guantanamo. The whole article is very well worth reading.
Here is the final part of Burgess’ article. Steel yourself for a look into the torture as documented by an inmate there:
Finally, and in all honesty, it’s my duty to add that another former detainee, Feroz Abbasi, is not nearly as happy with the treatment that he received. In lengthy handwritten statements, included with the newly-released documents, Mr. Abbasi – who “left Britain to either join the Taliban or fight for Allah in [Indian-occupied] Kashmir“, being driven by “pure hate” for Americans – details the extent of the torture to which he was subjected.
The list of abuses (set 5, page 14) makes for unpleasant reading, to say the least – but the whole thing must be included, for the sake of completeness.
During his time in Guantanamo, Mr. Abbasi (writing in the third person) alleges that he was:
- subject to [unspecified] “mental stress and pressure”
- “willfully misdirected … to pray north”
- deprived of “comfort items”
- subjected to an [apparently failed] “attempt to withdraw Qur’an”
- able to hear two guards having sex, while they “assumed he was asleep”
- distracted from his prayer by the “sharp intake of breath” of a female MP who’d been “sexually fondled“.
- offered a plate of pork
- the object of a conspiracy “to keep detainee ignorant of detainee’s allotted Tuesday recreation”
- subjected to a “partially successful” attempt to administer injections “under the guise of immunisation“, designed to “unhinge detainee’s mental and emotional stability“
While all of these acts are undeniably horrifying, being on a par with the worst excesses of Torquemada, even their totality pales in comparison with the most extreme of the tortures to which Mr. Abbasi was subjected.
Of course, countless abuses have been committed against war prisoners throughout the ages – no one denies that. But, while not downplaying their suffering, it must be admitted that even the most unfortunate of these victims can only breathe a sigh of relief that he was not subject to what Mr. Abbasi was forced to endure when he:
- had his peanut butter eaten by a guard “right in front of him“.
One needn’t be a bleeding heart to shudder at the inhumanity thus displayed.