July 2008

What it’s like to be a guard (at least for this guard)

I liked working night shifts, because whenever they were awake, I wanted to apologize to them. When they were sleeping, I didn’t have to worry about that. I could just walk up and down the blocks all night long.

There was usually one detainee who would lead the call to prayer at five in the morning. That person was in the very last cell. The detainees, they sang beautifully. It was so eerie to hear, because it was such a beautiful song, and to hear forty-eight detainees just get up in the morning and, in unison, sing this gorgeous song that I could never understand — because Arabic is way out of my range of possibility — it was really intense.

Every day you walked down the blocks, forty-eight people in two rows of twenty-four cells, and you have no idea what any of them are there for. They’re just sitting in their cells. You give them food, and if they get crazy, you spray them with this terrible oil-based chemical. Then you send these five guys in to beat the shit out of them.

I couldn’t deal with it. I tied a 550 cord to the ceiling fan that was in my room and I tried to hang myself, but I ripped the fan out of the ceiling. I’ve never been happier about poor construction.

What it’s like to be a prisoner

They used to beat everybody. There was a man — he was really old and couldn’t see and couldn’t hear. If the guards told him something to do and he didn’t do it because he couldn’t hear, they went into his cage and beat him up. They did this for a couple minutes, and after that they took him out and brought him to isolation. That happened to me as well, a lot of times.

There doesn’t need to be a reason. First they would use a pepper spray. It’s burning. It is hot. You have trouble breathing and opening your eyes. All of your face is burning — your eyes especially and inside your nose. You can’t open your eyes because they are burning very hot. Since you have trouble breathing, you have to cough all the time. Then they’d punch me with their elbows. After they were done, they would write something down as to what could be the reason for it.

We were allowed to do the call to prayer every day, but they used to play music over us at the same time. The music some of the time was rock music, but most of the time they played the [American] national anthem. Or they used to kick the doors.


I, like most, used to see the conflict as nothing more than Israel trying to claim it’s “rightful” land. I don’t know why I bought into that. In the past year, I’ve become increasingly interested in finding out what is really going on over there. What I have learned really disturbs me. Please excuse me while I get these thoughts out of my head. I’m sorry if you don’t agree and I’m sure I will get some angry responses. But everyone is entitled to their opinion and mine is now an informed one. Please, if you do not agree don’t send me and angry hate filled comment calling me a terrorist lover or something. Making personal attacks does not prove your point. In fact, it only leads me to think you have no real information to back up your own beliefs other than what you have been led to believe.

My main problem is that we, the United States, are almost fully funding the slaughter and suffering of the Palestinians. A people who did nothing bu live for thousands of years on a piece of land that the Zionists of Judiasm decided they wanted for themselves. Only for themselves.

I understand that they Jewish people have occupied that land before too, but they used to live in coexistance with Muslim Arabs and Christians. Now, after WWII, they decided to ethnically cleanse the area so that only those of Jewish decent and faith can live there. The result? The Palestinians are virtually without a home now. They are suffering untold atrocities. They have very little food, very little water, they are denied access to neighboring cities due to a wall the Israeli’s have built that puts the Berlin wall to shame. If someone needs to get to the hospital, they are not permitted to pass. Children are being denied access to schools.

Lets talk about those children for a moment. The Israeli army goes into Palestinian houses and pulls the family out often beating the children and carting them off to prison where they are tortured, humiliated, and sexually abused.

This is all funded by our tax dollars!

Here we are in a war in which the excuse for it was to remove an evil tyrant from leadership because of how he was treating the people there. We supposedly went there to free the Iraqi people. What about the Palestinians?? Why do we sit by and not only watch what is happening to these people, but we also help provide the financial means for this to be accomplished. Can anyone give me a real rational answer to that?

I now see what is going on in the Middle East in an entirely new light now. I now realize that most of this has to do with Israel and what Israel wants, we give them. We are conditioned to believe that Muslims are evil because they don’t like the Jews and are helping to fund factions such as Hamas and Hezbollah attack Israel. Now I understand that the Arab nations are only trying to help protect the Palestinian people. Far more Palestinians have been killed in the ongoing conflict than Israeli’s. The Israeli army outnumbers those who fight on the side of the Palestinians. Here are some statistics showing the real balance of casualties. You will see that the news we receive out of that area is heavily based on the side Israel. Because we only hear about Israel being attacked we are made to think that Palestine is the monster in all of this.

I also now see why we are threatening Iran and it has absolutely NOTHING to do with nuclear weapons. Many people in the intelligence community know that they are doing nothing more than trying to provide their country with and alternative to oil because they are aware that one day their fields will dry up. They want to replace that energy with nuclear energy and they have every right to do so.

Before anyone responds by saying that Ahmadinejad said he wanted to “wipe Israel off the face of the map” you really ought to do some research on that. What you

Wow…pretty dang embarrassing. I think the Chinese were making point and we got it loud and clear.

American military chiefs have been left dumbstruck by an undetected Chinese submarine popping up at the heart of a recent Pacific exercise and close to the vast U.S.S. Kitty Hawk – a 1,000ft supercarrier with 4,500 personnel on board.

By the time it surfaced the 160ft Song Class diesel-electric attack submarine is understood to have sailed within viable range for launching torpedoes or missiles at the carrier.

According to senior Nato officials the incident caused consternation in the U.S. Navy.

The lone Chinese vessel slipped past at least a dozen other American warships which were supposed to protect the carrier from hostile aircraft or submarines.

And the rest of the costly defensive screen, which usually includes at least two U.S. submarines, was also apparently unable to detect it.

According to the Nato source, the encounter has forced a serious re-think of American and Nato naval strategy as commanders reconsider the level of threat from potentially hostile Chinese submarines.

It also led to tense diplomatic exchanges, with shaken American diplomats demanding to know why the submarine was “shadowing” the U.S. fleet while Beijing pleaded ignorance and dismissed the affair as coincidence.

Analysts believe Beijing was sending a message to America and the West demonstrating its rapidly-growing military capability to threaten foreign powers which try to interfere in its “backyard”.

So Russia signs an oil and gas treaty with Iran (I believe China has one with Iran also??). They now have every reason to support Iran if the US and/or Israel were to attack it. And now we have a Chinese submarine sneaking up on a fleet of US Navy ships completely undetected. Interesting and scary…

A navy prosecutor in a Guantanamo trial against Salim Hamdan, the “driver” for Osama bin Laden said:

“If they hadn’t shot down the fourth plane it would’ve hit the dome.

Full Article

Donald Rumsfeld was also caught saying the plane was shot down at a press conference:

Cheney has been quoted as saying:

Well, I discussed it with the president. Are we prepared to order our aircraft to shoot down these airliners that have been hijacked? He said yes.

Bush said:

That’s a sobering moment, to order your own combat aircraft to shoot down your own civilian aircraft. But it was an easy decision to make, given the–given the fact that we had learned that a commercial aircraft was being used as a weapon. I say easy decision. It was–I didn’t hesitate; let me put it to you that way. I knew what had to be done.

An interview with Condoleeza Rice:

Dr. RICE: There was that horrible time when we wondered if Flight 93 had, indeed, been shot down by an American pilot.

PELLEY: On the orders of the president.

Dr. RICE: Yes.

PELLEY: It is quite possible that those people gave their lives for you.

Dr. RICE: Its entirely possible. In fact, I think it’s probable.

If that is what they did, why lie?? Why did they try to convince us that the plane was intentionally crashed? Most likely it was to further a sense of pride and patriotism. By having us believe that those people gave thier lives for us, we would less reluctant to send our troops to give their lives for us. If they had just come out and said that they shot the plane down, we would forever wonder if they had died in vain.

It also begs the

This article is well worth the read to truly understand what will happen if we attack Iran. Do people really think the rest of the world will sit idly by if we (or Israel) attack Iran unprovoked?? Certainly, Russia DEFINITELY will not!! Here’s why…they have a vested interest in Iran’s oil and natural gas as the two countries have just signed a “memorandum of cooperation in the oil and gas sphere“. They also have fighter jets strategically placed should we or Israel attack Iran. How stupid can we really be??

Is oil really that important (because you know that’s what it’s really all about)? None of this would be necessary if we would just start utilizing other sources of energy. People say, “that’s a pipe dream”. No…It’s not. People, we need to step up and except the challenge of being part of one of the biggest revolutions in the history of this Earth. We need to make oil a thing of our past. Yeah, it will have an impact on our economy, it will be a monumental task to start using IT instead of oil. But we can do it. It will take commitment and time, but it CAN happen.

I find it very odd that people are willing to turn the world upside down by starting wars that kill thousands and millions of people but we can’t accept a challenge to TRULY change it for the better?? I’d like to have more faith in my fellow human beings than that.

Please read this.

Just remember, Iranians are people too. The seemingly mad ramblings of Ahmadinejad are not opinions held by the majority of Iranians. Just follow this link to see the pictures demonstrating life in Iran. You’ll see it’s not much different from our own. Put yourself in their shoes.

Gorgon Boy

This is why I hate the expression: “The ends justify the means”. No…They don’t. Ever!

The Guardian: Children of Conflict

Fifteen-year-old Nour Aidi has hardly spoken in seven years since Israeli soldiers bulldozed the olive trees around his home, barricaded his family in a room and turned the house into a base, fortified with sandbags, camouflage netting, barbed wire and machine guns.

The soldiers stayed 12 months and then moved into barracks next door where, for another four years, they continued to control when Nour and his family could leave and enter the house.

Israel withdrew its army and settlers from Gaza in 2005, but the soldiers still occupy Nour’s life. Nour is introverted, angry, sometimes violent, and without friends.

In the Israeli border town of Sderot Raziel Sasson, 13, sleeps huddled next to his mother and father. Raziel retreated to his parents’ bed four years ago after a rocket fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza exploded in a playing field, knocking him from a tree. He eventually returned to his own bed only to later move with the entire family into the lounge downstairs where they have slept for the past year, sheltering from the escalating attacks.

Raziel has watched rockets fired into his front yard and seen explosions cause serious injury. He has nightmares about the rockets and lately he has taken to sleeping in the reinforced steel box that his brother built in the living room for added protection.

The distress of living under military rule in Gaza caused Nour’s younger sister to stop eating. Now 12, she has the body of a six-year-old. His mother developed a stomach disorder that activates when she is nervous, and his eldest brother is clinically depressed.

As a result of Israeli army ground invasions and air raids the average child had experienced 13 traumatic events. Thirty-four per cent had been threatened with a gun, 30% had witnessed a close relative die and 62% had seen someone killed by a missile. Many had seen their homes demolished, suffered injuries or witnessed the kidnapping of a friend or relative.

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