The five-year-old king has decreed that 55 bad dudes in Guantnamo isnt enough. Please, mortal, put some Xanax in his food bowl
President-elect Donald Trump told me that 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 enunciates waterboarding is not tough enough, even though it was tough enough for the Spanish Inquisition.
Of course, that actually 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 pronouncements can be taken at face value. Restating Trump is like trying to work out why a newborn baby is crying. He are most likely make good on his promise to restock Guantnamo, or we are able to get lucky and inferno be too busy improving a pyramid.
Now that Trump has been elected chairman of the nominally free world-wide, republic has hopped the shark. But absurdity is nothing brand-new to Guantnamo a plaza where peaceful hunger strike( the last remaining shape of assert for detainees) are renamed non-religious tights and suicide is described as SIB self-injurious action, or an act of asymmetrical combat. Its a plaza where even notebooks stir the authorities uneasy Crime and Punishment and Uncle Toms Cabin have been banned, along with Jack and the Beanstalk. Thankfully, Reprieve director Clive Stafford Smith is still allowed in but his journals are not( which he tells me is one of the few magnanimities the guards have demonstrated that to the prisoners ).
When Guantnamo firstly opened, we were told that the people propped there without charge or ordeal were the most difficult of the most difficult. Then, as details started to seep out, along emanated the bounty flyers too. They offered $5,000 for any bearded foreign-looking guy you didnt like, which is a lot of money in certain parts of “the worlds”. At the time it was equivalent to maybe a one-quarter of a million pounds in Britain.
Bounties and a general environment of vengeful chaos have led to Guantnamos laughable intake. A gent called Mohammed el Gharani was just 14 where reference is arrived at 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 survey English. He never proceeded near Afghanistan until the Americans took him there, and started interrogating him with a Yemeni translator. The term zalat intends salad in Saudi dialect, but it entails fund in Yemeni. They demanded to know what zalat hed may be necessary to Pakistan and he thought they were weird. No, he spoke, 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 rostered the vegetable stallings near his boarding house, and the Americans wrote it down. Mohammed did six years old in Guantnamo as a 26 -year-old financier, before his Reprieve solicitors arrived and hinted checking his delivery certificate.
Then there was the al-Jazeera correspondent Sami al-Haj, who was held for over six years. Or take Emad Hassan, from Yemen. Requested 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 advocates knew it on Google Earth.
Today, 55 captives is maintained at Gitmo. They include Haroon Gul, an Afghan refugee returned there in 2007 after he was mistaken for another man, and Ahmed Rabbani, a Karachi taxi driver who was mistaken for a mortal called Hassan Ghul, and tortured in the dark prison for 540 days. These 55 captives are held on the basis of a hotchpotch of often ludicrous statements and wishful thinking that emerged from the most difficult abuses of the Bush-era torment programme.
We now know all this because organisations such as Reprieve have investigated these cases and disclosed the truth to the world. Thankfully, 724 detainees have been exhausted since 11 January 2002, and the prison is almost empty. But now it looks like weve reached full circle thanks to Trump. Hes is again telling us that we need to keep beings locked up in Guantnamo without charge or experiment for our protection.
Of course, Trump has a lot of Americans obsessed, even if its simply 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. Numerous are hoping that at least theres some White House aide whose responsibility it is to hide Xanax in his food like he was a “cat-o-nine-tail”. At Guantnamo, the US government has given us 15 years of inequality, 15 years of disastrous mistakes all while trying to convince us that they are maintaining the worst of the worst. If Trump truly does commit to more of this madness, he will have achieved the hopeless: being an as bad chairperson than wed imagined.