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Barack Obama and the Guantanamo barracks

Speaking about the recent recent democratic victories of the West, about the desire of many of our compatriots to finally find themselves in the friendly embraces of this very western democracy, one should not forget about such a pillar of the principles of “humanism and democracy” as Guantanamo prison. This is a camp for people accused by the American authorities of aiding the terrorist community. The camp, located on the territory of the US naval base in Cuba, celebrated its 10 anniversary this year.

Barack Obama and the Guantanamo barracks

Surprisingly, the western justice system, which many human rights activists cite as an object to follow, gave a huge failure in the form of a prison in Guantanamo. This is a place where people are thrown out without trial, turning a blind eye to the fundamental legal principle of the presumption of innocence. If we take into account the fact that to get into Guantanamo as a prisoner, it is enough that any representative of the American military command considers a person a terrorist or gives him the status of an accomplice of terrorist brigades, then only one thought comes to mind: the Guantanamo camp is a classic example the concentration camp of modernity. As you know, Nazi criminals who gave orders to create concentration camps in the 30-40-s of the last century, called such camps either labor or educational. The phrase "death camp", for obvious reasons, was not used. It was not used then - in fascist Germany, it is not used even now - in “democratic” America.

One of the slogans of the current US President Barack Obama during his first election campaign was the slogan of the immediate closure of the Guantanamo prison. According to him, if he is elected president, the prison will be closed within the next year. Obama, as we all know, won the election and took office in January 2009. The new president did put his signature on the prison liquidation document. It would seem that hundreds of prisoners of the American concentration camp in Cuba will finally be released, or at least they will be subjected to a civilized trial. However, here Western democracy allowed another landmark puncture. It turns out that presidential decrees in the United States of America are only advisory in nature. The decree was taken by the real authorities in the USA to take note, but they did not even hurry to carry it out, but put it into a long, long drawer in which it is kept to this day. Surprisingly, Obama himself apparently does not feel any discomfort about this: well, they did not follow the instructions of the president, and all right ... Over time, the topic of closing the Guantanamo prison in the United States began to be overwritten.

But if the official authorities, as befits the authorities of a truly democratic state, stopped paying attention to the observance of human rights in their country, then there were other people who reminded these authorities about the suspicious cheapness of their (authorities) promises.

This public explosion caused the information that even after the instructions about the dissolution of the prison by Barack Obama in Guantanamo continued torture and mockery of prisoners. Already in 2009, Qatar’s Al-Jazeera television station made a big fuss, publishing an interview with Mohammed al-Garani. This 21-year-old (at that time) citizen of the African Republic of Chad, using one of Guantanamo's few rights - the right to a phone call, managed to convey to Al-Jazeera journalists information about the torture by the American prison guards. Naturally, many questions arise here, how did the prison staff allow al-Garani to contact Al-Jazeera, how could he even know the phone number of the Qatari TV channel? Prison staff stated that democratic principles were also observed in prison, and everyone can contact their relatives on the phone every day, and the conversation is not controlled by anyone ... But many American lawyers, in particular, Eric Montalvo, have their own opinion on this. He believes that Garani was able to contact Al-Jazeera, because corruption is rampant in Guantanamo: in order to promise a big sum for certain benefits, the prison guards are ready to divide prisoners into peculiar castes. Garani in this connection was among those who got access to an important call. I wonder what the warden got in exchange for the opportunity of Al-Jazeera to interview Garani? ..

From the words of al-Garani, who, by the way, was imprisoned in Guntanamo prison in 14 years of age on charges of complicity with terrorist groups, it followed that in the American prison violence in the most sophisticated forms of torture flourished. One of the most common forms in Guantanamo is torture by sound. To do this, use certain music tracks that scroll for several hours in a row at maximum volume. Initially, the songs of the bands Metallica and Drowning Pool were “broadcast” in Guantanamo prison, and then it seemed to someone that they needed to find a more sophisticated version. Such an option was found: since 2010, in prison, they used music for the famous children's TV show “Sesame Street”. This track can be played around 15-18 hours a day, which, naturally, has a very negative effect on the psyche of prisoners, who turn into the most real zombies who are not able to control their emotions. After using the "musical impact", prisoners are interrogated in order to obtain information about participation in gang formations.

When information about this got into the Western press, the author of the music for Sesame Street, Chris Cerf, was simply horrified. According to him, he could not even think that his musical work, which should sow grains of kindness and joy, is used as a humiliation over people. No matter what kind of monstrous crimes a person is accused of, without a trial, to mock at him is the very real barbarity, the composer says.

Today, the prisoners of Guantanamo are 168 prisoners, many of whom have been awaiting trial and sentence for several years. However, the statistics of Guantanamo says that the case of only one of the fifty prisoners really comes to court, and the fate of the rest remains in the hands of the ideological inspirers of the continued operation of the concentration camp at the American military base.

Not only human rights activists and representatives of public organizations, but also quite influential politicians have appealed and continue to appeal to close the prison to the American authorities. In particular, at the beginning of this year, EU European Commissioner for Internal Affairs, Mrs. Malmstrom, urged Obama to immediately show the will and close, as she put it, the shameful American prison in Cuba.

Many representatives of the officer corps of Guantanamo Prison today say that all the stories about torture and harassment of prisoners here are pure fiction. However, then it is not clear what to do with the numerous photo-testimonies of how the US military conducts their “educational work” in prison, with video materials that are published on the Web. Photos of torture by sensory deprivation, when with the help of certain devices certain human senses are deprived of external influence, they have spread all over the world, showing the true face of modern Western justice. If this is fiction, then what about the direct testimony of CIA officers, who did not deny the use of “special methods” to influence prisoners in Guantanamo. One of such “special methods” is the use of psychotropic substances, with the help of which the necessary evidence was obtained from the prisoners. By the way, the American justice system announced that the testimony obtained in this way can be used in court proceedings ...

Moreover, one of the judges, who considered the claims of several former prisoners of Guantanamo Prison, used a unique argument in his verdict. Former prisoners accused the US authorities of violating international law regarding the content of prisoners of war. However, Judge Brian Boyle said that former prisoners in general do not have the right to dispute their options in the American prison, as they had the status of “enemy military”, but you cannot call them prisoners of war. You must admit that the logic is worthy of the most democratic judicial system in the world. What, according to the logic of Judge Boyle, is an “enemy military” captured by American soldiers different from a prisoner of war? Apparently, Judge Boyle himself will not answer this question.

It turns out that all attempts to impose their norms around the world by certain forces in the United States should be viewed only through the prism of Guantanamo Prison. Apparently, for a long time it will continue to remain a man-made symbol of the “ideal Western democracy.
US continues to torture Guantanamo prisoners


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  1. vadimus
    vadimus 29 August 2012 08: 43
    Guantanamo is only the first bird ... And how much has already been configured for their fellow citizens? .... Oh, changes are coming, I feel .....
    1. esaul
      esaul 29 August 2012 08: 57
      Obama ... Guantanamo ... How consonant they are! How fit one for the other! ... crying yes
      1. ward
        ward 29 August 2012 09: 19
        But what do you think ... Obama is sitting in Guantama... maybe he saves this camp for himself ...
        1. sv-sakh
          sv-sakh 29 August 2012 09: 57
          Yes, Obamov, he is our agent, why is he in Guantanomo? Clinton and the Shobla there
    2. Sakhalininsk
      Sakhalininsk 29 August 2012 09: 20
      Guantanomo Guantanomo ... The United States is generally a country of prisons, they have the most extensive pineal system in the world. the death penalty is the most widespread in the USA .... and a number of laws are generally stupidity out of stupidity.
      And again, the most important impudent Saxon principle of "tram fart", even though they themselves have the whole backside in feces, are yelling at the whole world about the struggle for human rights.
      1. esaul
        esaul 29 August 2012 19: 04
        Quote: Sakhalininets
        Guantanomo Guantanomo

        "Tahiti! Tahiti! ... We are well fed here too! ..." (film "About the Prodigal Parrot")
        "Guantanamo, Guantanamo! ... We and the White House are comfortable ..." (Mr. Obamov)
    3. Bismark
      Bismark 29 August 2012 09: 42
      I'm not the first to be afraid!
      And there is nothing to be surprised at, democracy is all just a screen, an illusion of freedom and human rights!
    4. Bekzat
      Bekzat 29 August 2012 12: 04
      Plus you Vadim, they are slowly building their own camps for their citizens, plus they buy cartridges "to contain unrest within the country." By the way amers in World War II, drove all the Japanese citizens of the United States to the camp. And this is a country that is proud of the fact that their "crap" has been flourishing for over 200 years ?!
  2. Deniska999
    Deniska999 29 August 2012 08: 53
    Symbol of US Democracy - Guantanamo
  3. Che
    Che 29 August 2012 09: 21
    Well, what did you want from the amers, if they did not spare their citizens by blowing up skyscrapers. All this is done under far-fetched pretexts. And we organize provocations, swamps, white-bellies, now these guns. Do not take anything from them on faith. And now liberals will talk to me about their democrats. and our authoritarianism?
    1. thatupac
      thatupac 29 August 2012 09: 30
      I shake hands. Do not add - do not decrease.
  4. bairat
    bairat 29 August 2012 09: 25
    We, too, in prisons are tortured with "music". Local flavor, "Sharmanka" from Baskov.
  5. volcano
    volcano 29 August 2012 09: 38
    If not for the Existence of Russia, then Guantanamo would have become the whole planet, with the exception of its USA and its European vassals.
    1. Strezhevchanin
      Strezhevchanin 29 August 2012 09: 56
      If not for the Existence of Russia, then in Europe there would be a five-star Guantanamo! And we would expect a free settlement on the territory of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
  6. Vanek
    Vanek 29 August 2012 11: 12
    Here is the island of freedom.
  7. Captain
    Captain 29 August 2012 14: 38
    It looks like the question is posed incorrectly here. Guantanomo is not a prison, it is a symbol of all secret US prisons. According to statements by some organizations, the number contained in them is already a figure with four zeros. The countries in which they were found: Lithuania, Poland, Romania ... In total, 14 countries of the Council of Europe voluntarily took part in this program. Abductions of unwanted or suspected persons by the UWB special services occur regularly with almost absolute silence of Western "human rights activists"
  8. Captain
    Captain 29 August 2012 16: 10
    By the way a good movie about September 11
  9. stroporez
    stroporez 29 August 2012 16: 31
    for some reason it is not at all surprising. they took people who interfere with them and put them behind a thorn. Gaddafi, they say, did the same, the question arises - for sho he was solved !! ???????? he did the same as "guys in white hats"? so it turns out that "democracy" is not for everyone, it simply cannot be for everyone. or like this, the words of the commander of American forces in Europe, almost literally --- not a single American serviceman, under any circumstances, can be subject to these fucking tribunals and international courts
  10. Knowing
    Knowing 29 August 2012 21: 21
    how it is? on the cube base usa
    explain. request
    because Cuba considers the worst enemy - usa
    1. REPA1963
      REPA1963 29 August 2012 22: 55
      Do you think anyone asked Cuba? If the US needs a base, they don’t ask the local ones.
    2. Rowicz
      Rowicz 30 August 2012 06: 14
      The Guantanamo Base has been leased from Cuba on a contractual basis since 1903, when the text of the so-called Platt amendment to the draft United States Army Budget Act was included as an annex to the Cuban Constitution. In this agreement, in particular, a fixed rental price was established - “2000 pesos in the United States golden currency” per year. [1]

      The current status of the base is regulated by an agreement of 1934, concluded after a series of coups in Cuba in the early 1930s. As a result, the base usage fee was raised to $ 3400. The agreement itself is “perpetual” and can be terminated “only by mutual agreement of the parties, or in case of violation of the lease terms.” [2] The lease is granted on the basis of extraterritoriality, which in particular means, for example, that fishing in the bay is prohibited for the local population.

      In fact, the United States exercises its state sovereignty in this territory unconditionally and in full, and the Cuban jurisdiction is purely formal in nature, which is recognized by the US Supreme Court in the Boumedien case (2008); “From a practical point of view, Guantanamo is not a foreign country,” the judges decided.

      After the victory of the 1959 revolution, the Cuban state refused to accept the rent for the base indicated above, and after appearing in prison on the territory of the base in 2002, it tried (without much success) to terminate the lease and achieve the evacuation of the base, arguing that it was a violation of the lease terms.

      This is from the wiki.
  11. older
    older 30 August 2012 08: 17
    Why are you boiling so hard? How their system differs from ours (they have it even more humane) The same chaos, torture, etc. There is nothing new, percent of the 90 forum knows this.
  12. stroporez
    stroporez 30 August 2012 13: 48
    Quote: older
    Why are you boiling so hard? How their system differs from ours (they have it even more humane) The same chaos, torture, etc. There is nothing new, percent of the 90 forum knows this.

    no one boils. it turns out fun just --- for the same thing, one bullet in the head, the other - the Nobel Prize laughing