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Author`s name Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

The United States in the dock - Part II

May 7 to May 12 - the The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal is hearing the accusations against the United States of America for acts committed on detainees in Iraq. The accusations are unutterably shocking and are serious enough to merit hearing under as war crimes, and as such are covered by jus cogens and customary international law.

The accused: U.S. President George W. Bush and his associates namely Richard Cheney, former U.S. Vice President, Donald Rumsfeld, former Defence Secretary, Alberto Gonzales, then Counsel to President Bush, David Addington, then General Counsel to the Vice-President, William Haynes II, then General Counsel to Secretary of Defense, Jay Bybee, then Assistant Attorney General, and John Choon Yoo, former Deputy Assistant Attorney-General.
Accusation #2: British citizen Moazzam Begg, 43. He claims that as soon as he was handed over to the United States authorities, he was "immediately shackled, hooded and choked and thrown to the floor". They threatened to slit his throat with a knife.

a). After being thrown out of the aircraft at Kandahar airport, he was thrown onto the mud, kicked, punched, choked with a hood and constantly sworn at; b). Dogs were brought to bark at him very close to his face to intimidate him; c). he suffered racial, ethnic and religious abuses; d). He was interrogated by two FBI officers with him on his knees and hands tied behind his back, "which could last from a few minutes to 24 hours"; e). British intelligence twice interrogated him in Kandahar and he was asked about the list of Imams in Britain and others; f). He felt he was profiled and discriminated based on his ethnicity and religion;

g). He informed the tribunal that he was moved to Bagram airbase detention facility for 11 months where he was intensely interrogated for a month in solitary confinement by the CIA, FBI and US military intelligence and also by British intelligence; h). His legs and arms were hog-tied; i). He was led to believe that his wife was being tortured in the next room

j). While in Bagram he saw two persons who were severely beaten by American soldiers. Later, he revealed, it was confirmed to him by the Americans in Guantanamo Bay that these 2 persons had died from the beatings; k). In Bagram prison, there was no fresh food and no warm food; l). Food and water was limited and no tea or fruits; m). Medical care was dependent upon the level of cooperation of the prisoners; n). Each cell was communal with about 10 prisoners and we shared a bucket as a toilet.

 o). At Guantanamo Bay he was placed in Camp Echo, which was maximum security and he was placed in solitary confinement. He remained there for about 20 months. The cell was 8 by 6 feet; there was no natural light, no windows and no contact with any other prisoners. Although physical abuse was lessened the conditions were still very brutal;

p). He revealed that he was forced to sign a confession that he was a member of al-Qaeda and was engaged in the war against the United States and if he did not, he would face a summary trial, which could result in execution and that execution chambers had been built in Guantanamo Bay. Or that he would remain for decades in Guantanamo Bay without access to anyone and without any legal process;

q). His mental state was affected due to being placed in solitary confinement and experienced several anxiety attacks. He told the tribunal that a female physiatrist once suggested a method of suicide, and asked if he had ever considered removing his trousers and threading it with the bed sheet to make a noose and tie it around his neck and tying the other end to the top corner of the cell;

r). He never understood the brutality or its justification of being in an environment where he had to prove his innocence. He said, "I believe that it was by design to break my spirit by torturing other people in front of me, which was worse than being tortured myself. The absence of due process became worse then the physical torture."

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While the accusations in this piece have to be investigated and while the Defence has the right to refute them, after what we already know, would anyone be surprised if these horrific and demonic acts happened? After all, as the Great American Heroine Lynndie England said, they were "just having fun". The conclusion: those who support the foreign policy of the USA walk in legion with the Devil and are as much a part of the Satanic horde as the demented and perverted warped lunatics they support.


This is Part II of a long series to come in a space which respects freedom of expression. There are, of course, those who preach freedom of expression and respect it; there are others who preach freedom of expression and practise acts of cyber terrorism. Will this piece be met with (another) hacking attack?


The accusations herein are an abridged form of the transcript, sent by the Tribunal to Pravda.Ru


Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey