Canadians should ask themselves, what will happen to my country when our neighbor, collapses.
When the strongest nation in the world falsl to the ash heap of history with Hitler, Stalin, pol pot, Mao, and others...what will that spell for OUR future? for OUR children?
here is why america is doomed:
AMERICA TORTURES CHILDREN.
the full article is here.
but the darkest parts are here:
""The specifics of the conditions at Bagram under which Jawad was confined as a child are spelled out in a military interrogator’s report:
While at the BCP (Bagram Collection Point) he described the isolation cell as a small room on the second floor made of wood…. He stated that while he was held in the isolation cells, they kept him restrained in handcuffs and a hood over his head, also making him drink lots of water. He said the guards made him stand up and if he sat down, he would be beaten…. [He] stated that he was made to stand to keep him from sleeping and said when he sat down the guards would open the cell door, grab him by the throat and stand him up. He said they would also kick him and make him fall over, as he was wearing leg shackles and was unable to take large steps. He said the guards would fasten his handcuffs to the isolation cell door so he would be unable to sit down…. [He] said due to being kicked and beaten at the BCP, he experienced chest pains and difficulty with urination.(15)
The interrogations, abuse, and isolation daily proved so debilitating physically and mentally that Jawad told military personnel at Bagram that he was contemplating suicide. What must be kept in mind is that this victim of illegal abuse and torture was only a juvenile, still in his teens and not even old enough to vote in the United States. Unfortunately, the torture and abuse of this child continued as he was transferred to Guantanamo. Starved for three days before the trip, given only sips of water, he arrived in Cuba on February 3, 2003, and was subjected to physical and linguistic isolation for 30 days – the only human contact being with interrogators. In October 2003, he underwent another 30-day period of solitary confinement. The interrogators displayed ruthlessness with this young boy that is hard to imagine, all in the absence of legal council for Jawad. For instance, “Military records from throughout 2003 indicate that Mohammed repeatedly cried and asked for his mother during interrogation. Upon information and belief, before one interrogation, Mohammed fainted, complained of dizziness and stomach, but was given an IV and forced to go through with the interrogation.”(16) Driven to despair over his treatment, Jawad attempted suicide on December 25, 2003. Hints of such despair had been observed by one interrogator who approached a military psychologist and asked that the “techniques being applied to Jawad should be temporarily halted because they were causing him to dissociate, to crack up without providing good information.”(17) These techniques were particularly severe and, as Meteor Blades points out, can cause “physical deterioration, panic, rage, loss of appetite, lethargy, paranoia, hallucinations, self-mutilation, cognitive dysfunction, disorientation and mental breakdowns, any of which, alone or in combination, can spur the detainee to give interrogators more information than he might otherwise surrender.”(18) Not only did Army Lieutenant Colonel Diane M. Zeirhoffer, a licensed psychologist, refuse to stop the abuse, which she had ordered, she also, according to the testimony of Lieutenant Colonel Vandeveld, engaged in a psychological assessment not to “assist in identifying and treating any emotional or psychological disturbances Mr. Jawad might have been suffering from. It was instead conducted to assist the interrogators in extracting information from Mr. Jawad, even exploiting his mental vulnerabilities to do so…. From my perspective, this officer had employed his or her professional training and expertise in a profoundly unethical manner.”(19) This is a profoundly egregious example of how the war on terror, its reign of illegal legalities, and its supportive culture of cruelty transforms members of a profession who take an oath to “do no harm” into military thugs who use their professional skills in the service of CIA and military interrogations and detainee torture – even the almost unspeakable torture of juveniles. The abuse of Jawad, bordering on Gestapo-like sadism, continued after his attempted suicide. From May 7-20, 2004, he was subjected to what military interrogators called the “frequent flyer” program, which was systemic regime of sleep disruption and deprivation. In order to disrupt his sleep cycle, Jawad, according to military records, “was moved between two different cells 112 times, on average every two hours and 50 minutes, day and night. Every time he was moved, he was shackled.”(20) As a result of this abuse, “Mohammed’s medical records indicate that significant health effects he suffered during this time include blood in his urine, bodily pain, and a weight loss of 10% from April 2004 to May 2004.”(21) At a June 2008 military commission hearing, Jawad’s U.S. military lawyer inquired as to why “someone in a position of authority … and not just the guards” was not being held accountable for Jawad’s subjection to the “frequent flyer” program.(22) The government refused to supply any names or prosecute anyone involved in the program, citing their right to privacy, as if such a right overrides “allegations of torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and the right of victims of human rights violations to remedy.”(23)
The torture and abuse of the child detainee, Mohammed Jawad, continues up to on or about June 2, 2008 when he was “beaten, kicked, and pepper-sprayed while he was on the ground with his feet and hands in shackles, for allegedly not comply with guards’ instructions. Fifteen days later, there were still visible marks consistent with physical abuse on his body, including his arms, knees, shoulder, forehead, and ribs.”(24) How the Obama administration can possibly defend building a criminal case against Mohammed Jawad, given that he was under 18 years-old at the time of his arrest and has endured endless years of torture and abuse at the hands of the U.S. government, raises serious questions about ethical and political integrity of this government and its alleged commitment for human rights. The case against this young man is so weak that Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle has not only recently accused the government of “dragging [the case] out for no good reason,” but also expressed alarm at how weak the government’s case was, stating in a refusal to give them an extension to amass new evidence against Jawad, “You’d better go consult real quick with the powers that be, because this is a case that’s been screaming at everybody for years. This case is an outrage to me…. I am not going to sit up here and wait for you to come up with new evidence at this late hour…. This case is in shambles.”(25) On July 30, 2009, Judge Huvelle ordered the Obama administration to release Jawad by late August. She stated “After this horrible, long, tortured history, I hope the government will succeed in getting him back home…. Enough has been imposed on this young man to date.”