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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:58 PM
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Details of Some Guantanamo Hearings


Feroz Ali Abbasi, the British detainee who submitted written complaints that military police had sex in front of him while he was trying to pray, tried repeatedly in his "enemy combatant" hearing to explain why he should be considered a prisoner of war and thus entitled to better treatment. But an Air Force colonel, whose identity remains blacked out, would have none of it. "Mr. Abbasi your conduct is unacceptable and this is your absolute final warning. I do not care about international law. I do not want to hear the words international law again. We are not concerned about international law," the colonel insisted before having Abbasi removed from the hearing so that the military could consider classified evidence against him. Abbasi was freed in January 2005.

_Saifullah A. Paracha, a multimillionaire businessman from Karachi, Pakistan, was arrested on arrival in Thailand in July 2003, held in isolation for 14 months in Afghanistan and then sent to Guantanamo. A computer science graduate of the New York Institute of Technology, he acknowledged meeting Osama bin Laden twice, but denied all high-level accusations against him, which include making investments for al-Qaida members, translating statements from bin Laden into Urdu, plotting to smuggle explosives into the U.S. and recommending using nuclear weapons against U.S. soldiers. Told that he would eventually be given a chance to pursue his case in U.S. courts, he asks: "I've been here 17 months would that be before I expire?" He is told: "I would certainly hope so, especially since you are under the care of the U.S. government."

_Abdul Gappher, an ethnic Uighur from western China, was accused of traveling to Afghanistan to join the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. Gappher denied that, saying he was in Afghanistan to "get some training to fight back against the Chinese government," and had nothing against the United States. He testified that his own "people and my own family are being tortured under the Chinese government." He was captured in Pakistan, where he said the police "sold us to the U.S. government."

_Mohammed Sharif, a native of Sherberghan, Afghanistan, was accused of serving as a guard at a Taliban camp. He denied being a guard, and said he had been captured by the Taliban and put to work. He said he feared punishment and retribution against his family if he fled. Sharif denied any knowledge of al-Qaida and asked the tribunal repeatedly to produce the (classified) evidence against him, so that he might respond. "What could you have possibly done, that we might discover some of those facts?" Sharif is asked. "That's my point," he responds. "There are no facts. ... This is ridiculous. I know for a fact there is no proof."

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LifeDuringWartime Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 01:01 PM
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1. yahoo
why is it not possible to rate this story on yahoo?
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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 01:02 PM
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2. They are ignoring not only international law
but US law as well. This is totally disgusting.
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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 01:14 PM
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3. Isn't this just beyond the pale?
:argh: :cry: I feel so helpless.
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mom cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:08 PM
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4. I just started reading some of the "Hearings Transcripts". They are
chilling. If any of you still think that we live in a democracy, you should start reading them:
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 11:21 AM
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8. Thanx for posting these "interviews."I've never seen this link before now.
I've looked briefly into it, a moment ago, and believe it's very worthwhile to read it.
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Pastiche423 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:42 PM
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5. Please SOMEONE let them all go home!
I am so very ashamed of the government of my country.
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twaddler01 Donating Member (800 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 02:38 AM
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6. Documents Reveal the Stories of Prisoners at Guantanamo Bay

WASHINGTON Forced by a federal court to lift the cloak of secrecy that had long shrouded the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Pentagon released thousands of pages of documents Friday containing names and other details for hundreds of detainees scooped up after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The records provide the most comprehensive view to date of the Guantanamo prison population, as well as an exhaustive catalog of the U.S. government's charges against detainees who in page after page of tribunal proceeding transcripts protest their treatment and proclaim their innocence.

The records render portraits of more than 300 current and former detainees. Some described themselves as farmers or low-level Taliban foot soldiers; some were accused by their U.S. captors of having attended Al Qaeda training camps and of being associates of senior terrorist operatives.

Several of those whose cases were detailed in the documents appeared to have close ties to senior Al Qaeda leaders, including alleged operations chief Abu Zubaydah, who is now in U.S. custody. Several of the detainees told Guantanamo military panels that Osama bin Laden's followers were busy after Sept. 11 trying to provide cover for fleeing Al Qaeda trainees.


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sattahipdeep Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 10:39 AM
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7. Muttawakil_Salam Zaeef_Rahmatullah
Edited on Sun Mar-05-06 10:49 AM by sattahipdeep
Ex-Taliban envoy freed from Guantanamo - Afghan TV KABUL, Sept 12 (Reuters)
The former Taliban ambassador to Pakistan has been released from a U.S. military prison in
Cuba under an Afghan government reconciliation programme....


How does someone become an ex-terrorist?

Condoleezza Rice Grants Visa To Hardcore Taliban Supporter to Attend Yale
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