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Britain Reveals ‘Inhuman’ Treatment of U.S. Prisoner

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Posted on Feb 10, 2010
AP / Sang Tan

Binyam Mohamed, a British resident freed from the Guantá namo Bay prison, returns to Britain a free man on Feb. 23, 2009, after nearly seven years in U.S. captivity. 

Against the wishes of the U.S. government, British authorities released information Wednesday about the “cruel, inhuman and degrading” treatment of former Guantá namo Bay prisoner Binyam Mohamed. The abuse allegedly took place in 2002 in Pakistan, following Mohamed’s capture and prior to his internment at Gitmo.  —KA


Mohamed’s lawyers have long claimed the secret paragraphs prove he was mistreated and that the U.S. and British governments were complicit in his abuse. They have been fighting for access to the documents, along with The Associated Press and other news organizations.

The paragraphs say Mohamed was subjected to “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment by the United States authorities,” including sleep deprivation, shackling and threats resulting in mental stress and suffering.

They conclude that the paragraphs given to the MI5 intelligence service, “made clear to anyone reading them that BM (Mohamed) was being subjected to the treatment that we have described and the effect upon him of that intentional treatment.”

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By John Kace, February 11, 2010 at 1:49 am Link to this comment
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I bet there are a few people thinking that Britain should of had a 9-11 to shut them up. Vote anything except democrat or republican. Please I beg you….

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By no mans land, February 10, 2010 at 8:31 pm Link to this comment

With luck, charges will be filed in the Hague against our war criminals. Imagine that. A former American president, VP, Justice Department and Agency officials, NSA, and military generals being named as war criminals in the Hague. What a sad but just day that would be.

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By EJH, February 10, 2010 at 7:24 pm Link to this comment

Rodney, American Democrats like yourself may not like
to admit it, but torture is not just the “Republican
way”, it is most definitely the American way and always
has been.  Before Bush even.

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By PatrickHenry, February 10, 2010 at 5:21 pm Link to this comment

A stellar example of why Guantanamo needs to be closed.

Bring these prisoners to a U.S. prison where their treatment can be monitored and where they would be subject to trial by jury in lieu of a summary judgment.

The Bill of Rights was not meant to be just for Americans.

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By screamingpalm, February 10, 2010 at 3:55 pm Link to this comment

By Rodney, February 10 at 6:30 pm #
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“If the Republicans had their way all so called enemy combatants would be treated that way.”

Are you claiming that Democrats are somehow different?

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By diamond, February 10, 2010 at 2:34 pm Link to this comment

He was tortured by the CIA with the collusion of Mossad. I don’t think the victim of torture actually cares where the torture takes place. To them all that matters is their suffering which in a case such as BN’s is intensified by their sure and certain knowledge that they are innocent of any crime and don’t deserve what is happening to them.

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By Rodney, February 10, 2010 at 2:30 pm Link to this comment
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If the Republicans had their way all so called enemy combatants would be treated that way. That may be the Republican way, but it should not be the American way. We too have soldiers in harms way. Torture never works.It fuels more hatred and distrust and creates more terrorists. But that’s what the Republican really want. Terror and fear kept them in power in 2002 and 2004. That’s there hope to regain power. They can’t offer health care, jobs,education,clean energy,housing or food for the unemployed.So they give us guns god gays abortion,  terror,and Sara Palin.

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By FRTothus, February 10, 2010 at 1:49 pm Link to this comment

The horrors of the National Security State.  Lessons never learned… and yes, Shame!  Our tax dollars at work.  Shame on us.

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By nefertiti, February 10, 2010 at 8:55 am Link to this comment

shame on My Arab brothers in Morocco to torture this guy , shame on you Morocco for obeying America to the letter and not show any Mercy . shame shame shame . (Mr Binyam Mohamed was abused in a Moroccan Jail in Rabat ) then he was shipped to Gitmo

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