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

Dr. Al-Arian, a former university professor, has been held in jail for the past 5 years by the U.S. gov’t for allegedly heading a Palestinian militant group.

He was once heralded as a supreme advocate of Palestinian civil rights and was even comended in person by President George Bush for his tireless efforts.

He is now considered a terrorist by the US government who has been unable to convict him of any of the 53 crimes he has been charged with despite all the “evidence” they have by way of 11 years of FBI wiretaps and searches, over $50 million spent on trial, 80 witnesses, 400 transcripts of intercepted phone conversations and faxes. Yet they continue to hold him in hopes of pressuring him into a “confession”.

Of course, this is all so the government can save face for being so incredibly wrong.

This could be any of us. Anyone who sympathizes with those that we are taught to hate such as the Palestinians, supposed terrorists being held and relentlessly tortured, anyone of the Muslim faith who may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“You are either with us or against us”, said President Bush. Those words send shivers up my spine everytime I hear or think of them. In a world where there are two sides to everything we have been brainwashed to believe whatever we are told by our gov’t because the people running this country, our beautiful country that has been ravaged by those infected with greed and power, are the only ones who can tell us what is right and what is wrong and to even think otherwise makes you a terrorist and you’re told to get out of this country if you don’t like it.

I love my country. I love my Earth. I don’t believe any human being on this planet deserves death or torture. How that makes me a terrorist, I don’t know?

Please read more about the story of Sami Al-Arian

The Telegraph

Companies are being invited to lease the rights to explore geothermal resources beneath Mount Spurr, a snowcapped 11,070-foot volcano that most recently erupted in 1992 showering much of Anchorage with volcanic ash.

The state Division of Oil and Gas hopes the lease sale, due to go ahead in August, will be the first of many. It is also considering allowing exploration of the 4,134-foot Augustine Volcano, 171 miles southwest of Anchorage.

The move echoes a trend underway across much of the US as fuel prices, worries about dependence on foreign oil and climate change trigger a surge in geothermal projects, particularly in the West and along the Gulf Coast.

According to experts, America is only just waking up to the ancient power source lying beneath dozens of states that has the potential to supply as much as 25 percent of the nation’s energy needs.

“High prices and climate change are definitely creating a renaissance in geothermal interest, particularly on a state and local level,” said Karl Gawell, executive director of the Geothermal Energy Association.

“There really is a tremendous amount going on right now.”

Would a cooked up “October Surprise” be McCain’s big boost?

This is just appalling. Many political figures have been quoted as saying that we need another terrorist attack to make sure American’s remember that we should live in fear of terrorists.

Alternative News Sources

Top McCain strategist Charlie Black tells Fortune Magazine that a terrorist attack on U.S. soil would aid the Arizona Senator to overturn Barack Obama’s lead and be a “big advantage” in helping him become President.

In an article entitled The evolution of John McCain, Black notes that the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in December “helped” the McCain campaign because it gave the Senator an opportunity to grandstand as a tough would-be Commander-in-Chief.

Black then brazenly points out that another 9/11-style attack would give the McCain campaign the boost it needs to claw back Barack Obama’s estimated 7 per cent lead over the Senator.

The assassination of Benazir Bhutto in December was an “unfortunate event,” says Black. “But his knowledge and ability to talk about it reemphasized that this is the guy who’s ready to be Commander-in-Chief. And it helped us.” As would, Black concedes with startling candor after we raise the issue, another terrorist attack on U.S. soil. “Certainly it would be a big advantage to him,” says Black.

In a Washington Times report last month, national intelligence spooks all but promised that history would be repeated for a third time running, and the new President of the United States will be welcomed into office by a terror attack that will occur within the first year of his tenure.

In addition, shocking excerpts of confidential recordings recently released under the Freedom of Information Act feature former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld talking with top military analysts about how a flagging Neo-Con political agenda could be successfully restored with the aid of another terrorist attack on America.

The latest example was former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who during a Long Island bookstore appearance stated, “The more successful they’ve been at intercepting and stopping bad guys, the less proof there is that we’re in danger. And therefore, the better they’ve done at making sure there isn’t an attack, the easier it is to say, ‘Well, there never was going to be an attack anyway.’ And it’s almost like they should every once in a while have allowed an attack to get through just to remind us.”

In August last year Philadelphia Daily News columnist Stu Bykofsky openly called for “another 9/11” that “would help America” restore a “community of outrage and national resolve”.

Lt.-Col. Doug Delaney, chair of the war studies program at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, told the Toronto Star last July that “The key to bolstering Western resolve is another terrorist attack like 9/11 or the London transit bombings of two years ago.”

The same sentiment was also explicitly expressed in a 2005 GOP memo, which yearned for new attacks that would “validate” the President’s war on terror and “restore his image as a leader of the American people.”

Also in July 2007, former Republican Senator Rick Santorum suggested that a series of “unfortunate events,” namely terrorist attacks, will occur within the next year and change American citizen’s perception of the war.

And the month before that, the new chairman of the Arkansas Republican Party Dennis Milligan said that there needed to be more attacks on American soil for President Bush to regain popular approval.

Absolutely disgusting. And conservatives like to say that Liberals are terrorists? I’m sorry, but terrorists are the ones who condone attacks on the United States. Terrorists are the ones who approve of torture against their enemies. Terrorists believe the ends justify the means. These are all things that conservatives and Bush supporters have always bought into. It’s TRUE liberals who think these kinds of things are vile and disgusting to bestow upon their fellow human Earth inhabitants no matter what the circumstances.

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