Guantánamo (Continuación)

By Dr Adnan Siddiqui, a London-based GP and trustee of Cageprisoners and Victoria Brittain, the co-author of Moazzam Begg's book Enemy Combatant (THE GUARDIAN, 13/12/06):

Torture, secret prisons and disappearances: all feature prominently in the legacy of Augusto Pinochet. It is a matter of great regret that the former Chilean dictator - brought to power in a CIA-backed coup on September 11 1973 - avoided trial for gross abuses of human rights in his ravenous pursuit of power. But it is a matter of even greater regret that the same tools and the same sponsors are back in action today, with the same impunity, as part of the "war on terror" launched after September 11 2001.…  Seguir leyendo »

By Amani Deghayes, the sister of Omar Deghayes, who has been held at Guantánamo Bay since April 2002 (THE GUARDIAN, 05/10/06):

I am left astounded at the cruel irony. This week we learned that the British government is refusing to allow the return of my brother and other UK residents from Guantánamo Bay because it doesn't have the intelligence resources to monitor them round the clock, as the Americans appear to demand. In effect, British officials seem to be saying that, because they don't think Omar and the others are sufficiently dangerous to warrant the level of ongoing surveillance the US insists on, they are unwilling to negotiate their return.…  Seguir leyendo »

By William H. Taft IV, a former U.S. ambassador to NATO, has served as legal adviser to the State Department from 2001 to 2005 and as deputy defense secretary from 1984 to 1989 (THE WASHINGTON POST, 27/09/06):

This month the Bush administration revealed that for several years it has been operating a program under which some of the people captured in the war on terrorism have been held in secret prisons. These persons -- believed to have information about various terrorist plans and practices -- were subjected to what the administration calls "alternative" methods of interrogation, and they provided information that helped the government prevent a number of terrorist attacks.…  Seguir leyendo »

By Abu Bakker Qassim. He was imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, from 2002 to May. This article was translated from the Uighur by Nury Turael (THE NEW YORK TIMES, 17/09/06):

I HAVE been greatly saddened to hear that the Congress of the United States, a country I deeply admire, is considering new laws that would deny prisoners at Guantánamo Bay the right to challenge their detentions in federal court.

I learned my respect for American institutions the hard way. When I was growing up as a Uighur in China, there were no independent courts to review the imprisonment and oppression of people who, like me, peacefully opposed the Communists.…  Seguir leyendo »

By Khalid Al-Odah, founder the Kuwaiti Family Committee four years ago to secure the legal rights of foreign nationals imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay (THE WASHINGOTN POST, 02/09/06):

KUWAIT CITY -- The United States recently responded to pressure from the German government and released detainee Murat Kurnaz from Guantanamo Bay. Although he spent four years in the U.S. prison there, Kurnaz was never charged with a crime, and there are no indications that he was involved in any terrorist-related activity. Had he been afforded his constitutional right to due process upon detention, it is highly likely that this innocent man would not have wasted four years of his life in prison.…  Seguir leyendo »

By James Hailer, founder and publisher of Hailer Publishing (THE WASHINGTON POST, 24/07/06):

Since the Supreme Court's decision in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld , much ink has been devoted to what should be done about prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. I have a simple solution: Turn 'em loose.

Why? First, I think we may have extracted as much intelligence as we are going to get from these guys. They have served their purpose; they can go.

Second, we could finally shake the albatross of Guantanamo from our neck. A friend of mine who recently returned from Switzerland said that even though Europe was in the middle of World Cup frenzy (with the Swiss playing well), the topic du jour at dinner was not soccer but Guantanamo.…  Seguir leyendo »

Por Emilio Campmany, jurista (ABC, 20/07/06):

EN casi toda Europa se ha saludado con júbilo la decisión de la Corte Suprema estadounidense de rechazar los tribunales militares a los que la administración Bush quería someter a algunos de los detenidos en Guantánamo. Para la mayoría, pues, la resolución del Tribunal ha significado el triunfo del Estado de Derecho, el imperio de la ley y el respeto a los derechos humanos. ¿Era realmente tan claro el caso? ¿Por qué entonces la sentencia ha merecido, entre los miembros del Tribunal, tres votos en contra y sólo cinco a favor? La verdad es que no lo era.…  Seguir leyendo »

Por Carlos Alberto Montaner, escritor (ABC, 14/07/06):

LOS primeros norteamericanos que ocuparon Guantánamo llegaron disfrazados de ingleses. Fue en 1741 y entre ellos estaba Lawrence Washington, medio hermano de George. Ocurrió durante la «Guerra de la oreja de Jenkins», una feroz contienda librada entre Inglaterra y España porque un guardacosta español detuvo a un barco inglés cerca de la Florida, y el capitán, un tipo con malas pulgas y un carnicero sentido de las relaciones internacionales, le arrancó una oreja al británico y lo envió de regreso a Londres con un lacónico mensaje: «Dile a tu rey que si lo agarro por aquí le haré lo mismo».…  Seguir leyendo »

Por Ramón Pérez-Maura (ABC, 11/07/06):

Cuenta el Príncipe Michael de Liechtenstein a sus amigos que en el año 2003 fue llamado por la directora del colegio de su hija menor. Anunció la maestra a este primo del Soberano de Liechtenstein que tenía que tratar con él «serios problemas» relativos a la educación de la niña. El Príncipe Michael se apresuró a acudir al colegio, temeroso de lo que se iba a encontrar: desde una travesura más o menos sonada hasta algún consumo ilícito, se temía cualquier cosa que se le hubiera escapado en la educación de una hija que hasta entonces no había dado a sus padres más que motivos de orgullo.…  Seguir leyendo »

Por George P. Fletcher, catedrático de Jurisprudencia de la Universidad de Columbia. Traducción: Robert Falcó (LA VANGUARDIA, 08/07/06):

La guerra contra el terrorismo ha obligado a las democracias a hacer frente a un gran esfuerzo para proteger los derechos civiles y las libertades de sus ciudadanos y extranjeros. El debate ha sido especialmente apasionado en EE. UU., donde a menudo se escucha la cantinela de que la Constitución no es un pacto suicida y que la seguridad nacional puede justificar medidas extraordinarias. Algunas de estas medidas - las investigaciones no autorizadas de cuentas bancarias y las escuchas telefónicas- ponen en peligro la libertad de todos.…  Seguir leyendo »

Mourad Benchellali a été détenu aux camps X-Ray et Delta de Guantanamo de janvier 2002 à juillet 2005. Il doit être jugé par le tribunal correctionnel de Paris à partir du 3 juillet pour "association de malfaiteur en relation avec une entreprise terroriste" (LE MONDE, 17/06/06):

J'ai été libéré du camp de Guantanamo en juillet 2004. Alors que je m'apprêtais à monter à bord de l'avion qui me ramenait chez moi, en France, je me souviens que le dernier détenu à qui j'ai fait mes adieux était un jeune Yéménite. Il était submergé par l'émotion. "Dans ton pays, Mourad, il y a des droits, les droits de l'homme, et chez toi ça veut dire quelque chose.…  Seguir leyendo »

Por Mateo Madridejos, periodista e historiador (EL PERIÓDICO, 16/06/06):

La muerte de tres prisioneros islamistas en la base de Guantánamo, que los responsables norteamericanos atribuyen a sendos suicidios, no solo desató una nueva crisis internacional y las airadas protestas de los grupos de defensa de los derechos humanos, sino que vino a confirmar y enconar las profundas discrepancias, por no decir el abismo, que separan a Estados Unidos de Europa en lo que concierne a los medios expeditivos y preventivos utilizados en la llamada guerra global contra el terrorismo.
La mayoría de los aliados de la OTAN y la Unión Europea (UE) deploran sin ambages la obstinación de Washington por mantener la prisión en una especie de limbo jurídico que vulnera tanto el orden internacional, en este caso las convenciones de Ginebra sobre el trato de los prisioneros, como el derecho humanitario.…  Seguir leyendo »

By David Ignatius (WASHINGTON POST, 14/06/06):

When I hear U.S. officials describe the suicides of three Muslim prisoners at Guantanamo Bay last Saturday as "asymmetric warfare" and "a good PR move," I know it's time to close that camp -- not just because of what it's doing to the prisoners but because of how it is dehumanizing the American captors.

The American officials spoke of the dead prisoners as if they inhabited a different moral universe. That's what war does: People stop seeing their enemies as human beings and consign them to a different category. It was discomfiting to see this indifference stated so bluntly, and subsequent U.S.…  Seguir leyendo »

Mourad Benchellali has written a book about his experience in a Qaeda camp andat Guantánamo Bay, with Antoine Audouard, who assisted in the writing of this article and translated it from the French. (NEW YORK TIMES, 14/06/06):

I was released from the United States military's prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, in July 2004. As I was about to board a plane that would take me home to France, the last detainee I saw was a young Yemeni. He was overwhelmed by emotion.

"In your country, Mourad, there are rights, human rights, and they mean something," he said. "In mine they mean nothing, and no one cares.…  Seguir leyendo »

By Michael Gove, a Conservative MP for Surrey Heath (THE TIMES, 17/05/06):

There is something strangely affecting about prison memoirs. From Oscar Wilde’s The Ballad of Reading Gaol to Jimmy Boyle’s A Sense of Freedom, there is a pathos in the writing of those who have been denied their liberty yet retain the composure to make some sense of their ordeal.

With Wilde the pathos rests partly in the inherent injustice of incarcerating a man for the nature of his love, and partly in the sympathy he evokes for his fellow inmates. In Boyle’s memoir we are left in no doubt of his guilt, but we learn how trust and compassion can bring redemption.…  Seguir leyendo »

By Gary Younge (THE GUARDIAN, 01/05/06):

If the war on terror is a plan to preserve and promote the values of the civilised world against barbarism, then nobody told Mohammed al-Kahtani. Since Kahtani has been incarcerated in Guantánamo Bay, he has been stripped naked and straddled by a taunting female guard, made to wear knickers on his head and a bra, and told that his mother was a whore. He has been shaved, held on a leash and forced to bark like a dog, put in isolation for five months in a cell continuously flooded with artificial light, deprived of heat, treated to a fake kidnapping and pumped with large quantities of intravenous liquids without access to a toilet so that he urinated on himself.…  Seguir leyendo »

By P. Sabin Willet, a Boston lawyer with Bingham McCutchen, represents Saddiq Ahmad Turkistani, who is about to begin his fifth year of imprisonment at Guantanamo Bay (THE WASHINGTON POST, 27/04/06):

I brought flowers to the isolation cell when I visited Saddiq this month. He likes to draw roses and often asks for gardening magazines.

Saddiq is one of the many mistakes at Guantanamo Bay. In 2005 our military admitted that he was not an enemy combatant, but the government hasn't been able to repatriate him. (By a curious irony, Saddiq's opposition to Osama bin Laden makes him too hot to handle in his native Saudi Arabia.)…  Seguir leyendo »

Por Ariel Dorfman, escritor chileno; su último libro es Memorias del desierto (EL PAÍS, 20/04/06):

¿Puede alguien ser musulmán y también patrióticamente norteamericano? Es la pregunta que me planteé la otra noche, cuando cené con el capitán James Yee. Se trata del primer militar norteamericano que le ha contado al mundo lo que verdaderamente pasa dentro de las jaulas y detrás de las alambradas del centro de detención que opera los Estados Unidos en Guantánamo, Cuba: la tortura, la profanación del Corán, la hostilidad incesante que exhiben los interrogadores hacia el islam.

El capitán Yee conoce a fondo esta desolada situación porque ofició, a partir de noviembre de 2002, como capellán musulmán en Guantánamo, atendiendo las urgencias espirituales de aquellos enemigos del Estado norteamericano que se han visto encarcelados en ese sitio en forma indefinida bajo el rótulo de "enemy combatants".…  Seguir leyendo »

By Colleen Graffy, the United States' deputy assistant secretary of state for public diplomacy. Response of Trial by spin machine (THE GUARDIAN, 22/03/06):

Victoria Brittain rose to defend the innocence of Moazzam Begg from her unbiased position as co-author of Begg's book, Enemy Combatant (Trial by Spin Machine, March 14). She laid out her case on how three different journalists in three different papers were wrong to question his innocence by attacking the integrity of the journalists. Those who wondered why, for example, Begg and his bookshop were under surveillance by MI5 before he went to Afghanistan are dismissed as "spin machines".…  Seguir leyendo »

By Victoria Brittain, co-author, with Moazzam Begg, of 'Enemy Combatant' (THE GUARDIAN, 14/03/06):

The coincidental release of Michael Winterbottom's prize-winning film about the young men from Tipton, Road to Guantánamo, and Moazzam Begg's book, Enemy Combatant, predictably brought the US and British spin machines into full swing last week - so that anyone reading the book or seeing the film would have got the idea that these men may have been badly treated, but they certainly were not innocent.Last week the Daily Telegraph flagged an exclusive on its front page. "Begg told FBI he trained with al-Qaeda," was the headline over a full-page article by Con Coughlin, the paper's security correspondent, using an FBI report which, as Begg's book explains, was written by two FBI agents.…  Seguir leyendo »