Just had to put up this post from Val at Babulu Blog:
Somewhere in Cuba, there are prisoners of conscience, political prisoners, sitting in their excrement infested 3 foot by 6 foot completely enclosed cells rotting away for maybe owning a typewriter or for writing a poem or, far worse, for expressing their opinions.
They eat maggot filled slop maybe twice a day. Dont see the light of day and are tortured both physically and mentally in so many different ways that I, so far removed yet so read up on the subject, even have trouble imagining.
Some have their arms wrapped in refrigerator coils which are powered 24/7, rendering such pain that the use of their limbs is forever atrophied. Others have cables clamped to their testicles and the other ends connected to car batteries, destroying not only their bodies, but their manhood, or, if they be lucky enough to ever be released from their hell, their ability to create a family.
Others, yet still, in the darkness of their cells, lying there naked, are doused in powdery chemicals that irritate their skin, so much so that their entire bodies are bloody from their desperate attempts at scratching the incessant itching.
All are tortured mentally. Told daily that thier wives or sons or daughters have been arrested and lay in the same predicament as they. Your son, they say to them, the 12 year old, he is in prison with the general population. Es el buggarron de todos. Youre 12 year old boy is everyone’s bitch.
They are prodded and poked. Beaten. Starved. Dehydrated. Bound. Gagged.
Some days they are led outside, completely naked and made to stand in line. One of the guard puts a piece of chewing gum on his bayonet and begins to poke the chest of the first one in line. After a few pokes the blade sneaks through the gum and begins to pierce the mans body, he winces from the pain and begins to step back. More poking, more stepping back. More poking, more stepping back until the men in line are crushed together, naked, dehumanized.
Some are lucky enough to be on the upper floors of their prison cell. Where when they defecate they dont have to worry about the shit falling from the cell above through the little hole in the slab above them. Some are unlucky enough to be on the ground floor, where the feces from the two or three other unfortunate souls above them flows through that little hole above and onto the cell’s floor, covering it all, making it difficult to move. Difficult to breathe from the stench of accumulated waste.
That’s what happens in the REAL GULAGS in Cuba. Where desperation and real torture and humiliation reign supreme. Where thousands upon thousands of men have endured that torture and humiliation for decades upon decades. Where thousands of men have died and the rest have been marked for life.
So dont come to me and talk to me about the “Gulag” and Guantanamo Bay. Dont come to me to convince me there’s a “gulag” being run by the evil Americans. Dont come to me and and tell me the use of the word “gulag” is appropriate in reference to Gitmo.
Because there’s no way in HELL that it is. Because the true gulag isnt just over the gottdamn fence of the Naval base, the true gottdamn gulags arent just found on the island of Cuba, scattered about from one tip of the crocodile to the other, filled with men and women who are truly tortured souls. No, the true gulag is the island of Cuba itself. Where it’s not so much as how one is allowed to handle a holy book but to OWN one. To READ one. To BELIEVE in one.
Fuck you, Amnesty International. You have just spit upon the many who had hope in you. You have just spit upon those that supported you. You have just spit upon all of those that have died waiting for you.
Waiting for you, Amnesty International, in their very real Cuban fucking gulags.
Asshat International has become a bloated, self obsessed and self absorbed political organization, plain and simple. They are about as useful as the UN is, and we know how useless that organization is.
Now there is news that the idiots over at Asshat are not quite sure what’s going on in Gitmo. I introduce you to William Shultz, the executive director of Asshat:
Despite highly publicized charges of U.S. mistreatment of prisoners at Guantanamo, the head of the Amnesty International USA said on Sunday the group doesn’t “know for sure” that the military is running a “gulag.”
Executive Director William Schulz said Amnesty, often cited worldwide for documenting human rights abuses, also did not know whether Secretary Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld approved severe torture methods such as beatings and starvation.
Schulz recently dubbed Rumsfeld an “apparent high-level architect of torture” in asserting he approved interrogation methods that violated international law.
“It would be fascinating to find out. I have no idea,” Schulz told “Fox News Sunday.”
Soooooo, let me get this straight. Their report is based on opinion and….more opinion. That’s it. He calls Rumsfeld the architect of torture then admits he doesn’t know if he approves torture. Sounds like they are working for CBS. Here’s Captain Ed’s take on it:
No wonder the American media loves Amnesty International — they use the same editorial thresholds for publication. Just like Newsweek, AI apparently feels that any rumor that matches the preconceived notion of its publisher merits reporting as fact to its readers.
It’s interesting to note that William Shultz gave the maximum allowed in contributions to John Kerry’s past campaign and has given 1k to Ted Kennedy’s coffers. One has to wonder if a Democrat was in office would Asshat International be singing the praises of the administration in “doing the right thing”.