Sunday, July 30, 2006

not so random links

Two years ago the US military invited Mr Mujahid, a former Afghan police commander accused of plotting against the United States, to prove his innocence before a special military tribunal. As was his right, Mr Mujahid called four witnesses from Afghanistan.

But months later the tribunal president returned with bad news: the witnesses could not be found. Mr Mujahid's hopes sank and he was returned to the wire-mesh cell where he remains today.

The Guardian searched for Mr Mujahid's witnesses and found them within three days. One was working for President Hamid Karzai. Another was teaching at a leading American college. The third was living in Kabul. The fourth, it turned out, was dead. Each witness said he had never been approached by the Americans to testify in Mr Mujahid's hearing.

The case illustrates the egregious flaws that have discredited Guantánamo-style justice and which led the US supreme court to declare such trials illegal.

read the complete article

Moazzam Beg, 35, from Sparkbrook, Birmingham, was arrested in Pakistan last February on suspicion of links with the Taleban regime or the al-Qaeda terrorist network. Here is a talk by him on his gitmo experience and opinion on torture.

Eric Saar, a masters student, along with Viveca Novak, a Washington correspondent for Time magazine, wrote a book about Saar's experience in guantanamo bay prisons as a Arabic linguis and intelligence analyst of US army.

"Within the course of six months in 2003, I went from being an eager volunteer - happy to use my skills to contribute to the fight against terrorism - to believing the camp represented a moral and strategic failure."


i wanted to change the world but found her problems too big to handle.
then i focused on changing my society; that too was too mammoth a task for the poor me.
finally i resorted to changing myself, and this itself, i realise, isnt childs play!!

[cross posted at scattered words]


Blogger The Heathlander said...

Another excellent post, Bodda.

Incidentally, you should have resorted to trying to change your friends...that's always fun.

5:51 AM  
Blogger bodda said...

with friends like you, i think i dont need to do much of that...

5:52 AM  
Blogger bodda said...

waiting eagerly for the grand finale

5:53 AM  
Blogger Dr. Strangelove said...

Bodda, great one. I remember reading about the Guardian investigation and how easy it was to find the witnesses. It just shows you what kind of kangaroo court this is.

5:53 AM  
Blogger Dr. Strangelove said...

noch ein mal! :)

Go Heathlander go!

5:54 AM  
Blogger El Mas Chingón said...

Nice post!

5:55 AM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

Cheers Mash,Bods.

I reckon I'm gonna wait 'till 5:59, and then post it.

*That's* what I call livin' on the edge.

5:59 AM  
Blogger Dr. Strangelove said...

Hit post :)

6:02 AM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

OK, I've hit post.

6:03 AM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

crap, I got the time wrong :)

I *knew* that would happen.

It appeared third down.

6:06 AM  
Blogger bodda said...

cool down bro

6:07 AM  
Blogger De said...

^^ nice blog!! ^@^

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