The five-year-old king has decreed that 55 bad busters in Guantnamo isnt enough. Please, someone, placed some Xanax in his food bowl
President-elect Donald Trump says he wants to keep Guantnamo open. He wants to load it up with bad dudes, just like George W Bush wanted to in 2001. Trump says waterboarding is not tough enough, even though it was tough enough for the Spanish Inquisition.
Of course, who really knows with Trump? When you consider that he looks like the warning label on cocaine and talks like someone trying to recall the last moments of a automobile disintegrate, few of his proclamations can be taken at face value. Translating Trump is like trying to work out why a newborn baby is crying. He is likely to be make good on his promise to restock Guantnamo, or we are able to was lucky and inferno be too busy improving a pyramid.
Now that Trump has been elected commander of the nominally free world-wide, democracy has hopped the shark. But sillines is nothing new to Guantnamo a region where peaceful hunger strike( the last abiding organize of complain for detainees) are renamed non-religious fasts and suicide may be defined as SIB self-injurious action, or an act of asymmetrical war. Its a target where even journals realise the authorities concerned uncomfortable Crime and Punishment and Uncle Toms Cabin have been censored, along with Jack and the Beanstalk. Thankfully, Reprieve director Clive Stafford Smith is still allowed in but his volumes are not( which he tells me is one of the few hospitalities the guards have shown to the prisoners ).
When Guantnamo first opened, we were told that the people nursed there without charge or visitation were the most difficult of the most difficult. Then, as details started to seep out, along came the bounty flyers very. They offered $5,000 for any bearded foreign-looking person you didnt like, which is a lot of money in certain parts of the world. At the time it was equivalent to maybe a one-quarter of a million pounds in Britain.
Bounties and a general feeling of vengeful chaos have all contributed to Guantnamos laughable intake. A person announced Mohammed el Gharani was just 14 when he reached the prison. Hed been sold to the Americans for a bounty, and they were sure he was a bad buster. Mohammed had grown up in Saudi Arabia, and travelled to Karachi in 2001 to analyse English. He never proceeded near Afghanistan until the Americans took him there, and started interrogating him with a Yemeni translator. The word zalat means salad in Saudi dialect, but it signifies fund in Yemeni. They demanded to know what zalat hed carried out in order to Pakistan and he thought they were weird. No, he said, he had none, as he could get zalat wherever he needed it.
So the CIA guy chose he was an al-Qaida financier and demanded to know his sources. He registered the vegetable stallings near his boarding house, and the Americans wrote it down. Mohammed did six years in Guantnamo as a 26 -year-old financier, before his Relief advocates arrived and intimated checking his delivery certificate.
Then there was the al-Jazeera columnist Sami al-Haj, who was held for over six years old. Or take Emad Hassan, from Yemen. Asked by his US interrogators if he knew al-Qaida, Emad said yes, of course he knew it. Al-Qaidah is a town in Yemen. His Relief lawyers experienced it on Google Earth.
Today, 55 hostages remain at Gitmo. They include Haroon Gul, an Afghan refugee brought there in 2007 after he was mistaken for another man, and Ahmed Rabbani, a Karachi taxi driver who was mistaken for a gentleman called Hassan Ghul, and tortured in the dark prison for 540 daytimes. These 55 prisoners are held on the basis of a hotchpotch of often stupid statements and wishful thinking that emerged from the most difficult any infringement of the Bush-era anguish programme.
We now know all this because organisations such as Reprieve have investigated these cases and exposed the truth to the world. Thankfully, 724 detainees ought to have secreted since 11 January 2002, and the prison is almost empty. But now it was like weve come full circle thanks to Trump. Hes once again telling us that we need to keep people locked up in Guantnamo without charge or experiment for our protection.
Of course, Trump has a lot of Americans frets, even if its exactly that the colour on their TV might be broken. In the early days of his presidency, Americans will feel like some country in the middle ages that had a five-year-old lord. Many would prefer that at the least theres some White House aide whose errand it is to hide Xanax in his nutrient like he was a cat. At Guantnamo, the US government has given us 15 years of sin, 15 years of disastrous mistakes all while trying to convince us that they are impounding the worst of the most difficult. If Trump certainly does commit to more of this madness, he will have achieved the impossible: being an even worse chairperson than marriage imagined.