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Chris Hedges: What Is Happening to Muslims Will Happen to the Rest of Us

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“Torture is legal in the United States in the form of years of solitary confinement and the use of special administrative measures,” Theoharis said when we spoke by phone. “The Obama administration has not only refused to hold Bush officials accountable for torture, but maintains torturous conditions in federal prisons. And the Obama administration willfully misled the European Court about the conditions these prisoners face.”

Nearly every state now has a “supermax” prison similar to the federal prison at Florence, which former ADX Warden Robert Hood once called “a clean version of hell.” These prisons presage a dystopian world where disobedient citizens are seized, stripped of rights and broken psychologically. Law professor Laura Rovner and Theoharis—who is an outspoken advocate for her former student Fahad Hashmi, being held in the Florence supermax—detailed the corrosion of justice within federal courts in an article in the American University Law Review. They noted that the distortion within the federal legal system “represents a particular way of seeing the Constitution, of constructing the landscape as a murky terrain of lurking enemies where rights must have substantial limits and the courts must be steadfast against such dangers.” The two professors went on to argue that while legal scholars and human rights advocates have examined the dangers of these paradigms in Guantanamo, they have generally failed to acknowledge that “the federal system is similarly infected by such paradigms.”

There are currently an estimated 25,000 prisoners imprisoned in supermax facilities. They are disproportionately Muslims and people of color.

Many, including Hashmi, Dritan Duka, Oussama Kassir and Seifullah Chapman, were not found by the courts to be involved in specific terrorist plots but instead were incarcerated under these conditions for their “material support” to terrorism. The prisons are equipped with special housing units for those who do not show a proper deference to authority. These “H-units” hold prisoners under special administration measures, or SAMs. They live in cells of only 75 to 85 square feet. They endure almost complete social isolation and sensory deprivation as well as round-the-clock electronic surveillance. And it is in these units that even the most resilient are psychologically destroyed.

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Hedges is one of the few excellent investigative

journalists and truth tellers in this country.

Neocons and liberals....

If one is guilty by funding a terror group (and I believe they should be), then shouldn't most liberals in the Obama admin. and Neocon Wilsonians like John McCain be put behind bars for their support of the terrorists in Syria, Libya, and Yemen?

"The Yankee is compelled to toil to make the world go around."
-Admiral Raphael Semmes, CSN

Suffering in Israel

Until 1999, "moderate physical pressure" was permitted in the interrogation of suspects by the Israeli government agencies. Interrogation methods included: "depriving the interrogee of sleep for a number of days by binding him or her in painful positions; playing loud music; exposing the interrogee to extreme heat and cold; tying them to a low chair, tilting forward, etc."

In September 1999, Israel's High Court ruled that the Israeli Security Agency (ISA) does not have legal authority to use physical means of interrogation that are not "reasonable and fair" and cause the detainee to suffer.

Meanwhile, real medieval-type torture is present in West Bank and Gaza, where competing political Arab factions are fighting and torturing each other.

In addition, the Palestinian Authority spends $4.5 million per month paying Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, including mass murderers, and $6.5 million to the families of suicide bombers. The salaries, funded by the PA, are given to Fatah, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad prisoners, despite financial hardships by the Palestinian Authority. These payments comprise 6% of the PA's budget. Hamas member Abdullah Barghouti, who was sentenced to 67 life terms for perpetrating the killings of 67 Israelis, receives NIS 4,000/mo.



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