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This is what American Torture Looks Like

"The guards wore black masks and black clothes. They would not utter a word as they extracted Bashmilah from his cell for interrogation -- one of his few interactions with other human beings during his entire 19 months of imprisonment. Nobody told him where he was, or if he would ever be freed. It was enough to drive anyone crazy. Bashmilah finally tried to slash his wrists with a small piece of metal, smearing the words "I am innocent" in blood on the walls of his cell. But the CIA patched him up." from Salon.com


There is a low sick nauseous feeling that is playing physical background to me as I write this. I feel dirty and deeply soiled. There is fear too for myself, my family, and for those I love. It is as if I've been a first hand witness to a horrible violent rape and mentally I want to forget it, but my body and soul will not let it pass so easily.

From October 2003 until May 2005 an Indonesian man was abducted and tortured by our government. His name is Mohamed Farag Ahmad Bashmilah. A more detailed story about his captivity was just released. Having read it I want to run, scream, puke and smash everything around me that allows torture to exist in this world. The agony he endured is something no one should ever have to face, yet it is still being perpetrated on the many captives our nation still holds.

Please go to the link and read Bashmilah's account of his torture. It is very real and very much relevant to what we face as people everywhere. We need to get the word out about this and stop it here at once! There is no excuse for torture.

After 19 months of torture, no charges were filed against Bashmilah.

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2007/12/14/bashmilah/print.html?source=whitelist

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tears 16.Dec.2007 10:18

and retribution

I cannot allow this to go on. But I do not know what to do.

We all saw the photographs from Abu Ghraib. We all saw. We all know.

And everyone else is just ...Christmas shopping.

(Are they? Or is that just a corporate media facade? It seems like they are, though. Just going along as if nothing has happened. Pretending we don't know about the torture. Pretending the government isn't hurting and killing people with an evil that has never been seen before, pretending that same government isn't spying on us and waiting to take us away too. Pretending there is "nothing we can do," pretending we are not complicit.)

I want to stop the torture. And... if I am honest, I want to make them pay. I want the people who caused this suffering to pay.

cutting again. 16.Dec.2007 10:41

asymptote

I feel so desperate when I read shit like this. I was close to starting cutting again last week, the weekend was relaxed, but this has fucking pushed me over the edge. Now I get to make up another story to tell all the assholes at my family Forced Jesus Worship Dinner next week what the marks on my arm are all about.

Impeach. Incarcerate. Take back America NOW.