Author`s name Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

The United States in the dock - Part 1

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 #1: Witness: Abbas Abid, Chief Engineer at the Science and Technology Ministry. Detained on August 28, 2005. He claims he was illegally abducted from his home by American and Iraqi soldiers and taken to Al-Muthanna Brigade HQ. After saying he did not know the whereabouts of "terrorists" in his neighbourhood, he was beaten and electrocuted.

Over the following 14 (fourteen) months, he claims he was subjected to the following treatment:

a). Being hit with tools (thick cudgels, cables, metal pipes, metal ribbons); b). Electric shocks in various parts of the body and especially the penis; c). Forced to drink a lot of water mixed with a diuretic solution, and his penis tied with rubber band to prevent him from urinating; d).  Hanging him from the wall while hanging weights from his penis for long hours; e). Frightening him by shooting a gun around, near and above his head and various parts of his body; f). Threatened to bring his wife and mother to the prison and sexually abuse them; g). Cut off all food or drinks (except the water he was forced to drink with the diuretic solution) during the investigation period; h). Forcefully extracting his finger nails; i). Hanging him from the wall for long hours until he fainted - the hanging method is by handcuffing his hands to the back and then hanging him up from the handcuffed hands so that his shoulder got dislocated; j). Hanging from the wall then hitting him with several tools of torture until the handcuffs breaks. This happened many times;

k).The 48-year-old Iraqi revealed that he was forced to sign a statement without being allowed to read or knowing its contents because they had put a bag over his head. This, he revealed, was done to all prisoners; l). A bag was placed over his head for over two months and only removed when he was given food. He revealed that some prisoners would have a bag over their head for over five months; m). There was not enough room for everybody, so the detainees were sitting and sleeping over each other and most of them suffered from burns and frictions and severe wounds, some of them were even infected with contagious diseases like TB and scabies. n). He also revealed that all detainees had to urinate in plastic bottles placed near the door. Visits to the toilet were made once every 4 days. A detainee was allowed only one minute in the WC. He further revealed that detainees had to discharge their waste in the plastic bags given to them and in the presence of everyone present; o). These bags were used to bring food and were kept for this purpose. These toilet bags were placed near the plastic bottles at the door. Because it is so crowded, the bottles and bags get knocked over and the waste would be spread all over the room;
p). The bottles and bags were emptied once every four days when they went to the WC and on their return they would be beaten by the guards. No medical care was available and detainees were left to die from their injuries caused by torture; 
q). After 13 months he was brought to a court and the court ruled that he was to be released, as there was no evidence of any wrong doing against him. He revealed that he had to pay USD10,000 to the prison authorities before he was released a month after the court ruling.

And the United States of America is surprised that its standing in the international community is so low, that respect for the United States of America is non-existent especially after Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, obviously in the hope he would change something, and what did he do? He invaded Libya without any reason at all except that Muammar al-Qathafi's humanitarian projects in Africa were denying the lobbies which control US policy valuable income.

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 1 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?

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey