Real Torture is Over There

One side in the War on Terror is devoted to victory. Too bad it’s not ours.

U.S. military judges on Monday dismissed charges against Guantanamo detainees Salim Hamdan of Yemen, allegedly Osama bin Laden’s personal driver, and Canadian Omar Khadr, arrested in Afghanistan, officials say, for killing Army soldier Christopher Speer with a grenade in 2002. While Hamdan and Khadr remain incarcerated, their charges must be re-filed.


The 2006 Military Commissions Act governs “unlawful enemy combatants.” The Pentagon declared these Muslim zealots “enemy combatants.” Terrorists with neither uniforms nor flags operate beyond the Laws of War. Nonetheless, without the word “unlawful” on their indictments, Hamdan’s and Khadr’s charges are moot, pending appeals and additional paperwork.

Like many Gitmoites, these Islamic-extremists consult attorneys; Khadr once had nine. They also enjoy occasional access to civil judges. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year in Hamdan’s case that the Pentagon lacked authority to conduct military commissions, which Congress then granted.

While Guantanamo’s lawyers and magistrates debate how many loopholes can encircle a bayonet, al-Qaeda’ buck knives slice hostages’ heads clean off. Compare America’s pampering of bin Laden’s suspected chauffeur and an alleged bomb-throwing assassin with how al-Qaeda handles its prisoners.

Coalition Forces on May 21 liberated five males from a padlocked room in Karmah, Iraq. “The four captives…showed signs of torture,” the Pentagon reported. “The boy stated the terrorists had hooked electrical wires to his tongue and shocked him.”

During an April 24 raid on an al-Qaeda-in-Iraq safe house, GIs found a man dangling from the ceiling. He said his Islamofascist tormentors flogged him daily. Soldiers encountered torture devices, including whips, cables, vices, electric drills, and meat cleavers. They also discovered a manual instructing terrorists to torture captives for information.

It demonstrates how to dangle someone from a ceiling while electrifying his nipples. Other images illustrate breaking a captive’s limbs and impeding his breathing by hanging his arms backward over an open door; applying a blowtorch to his skin; gouging out his eyeball; or dragging him, chained and handcuffed, behind a moving car. Interestingly enough, three white supremacists in 1998 used a pickup truck to drag to death James Byrd, a black man from Jasper, Texas.

The establishment press largely has snored through al-Qaeda’s torture text.

As’s Neal Sheppard wondered, “Given the media’s fascination with what American soldiers were doing at Abu Ghraib, is it safe to assume that the same level of attention will be given to what our enemy is doing? Or, would that be too much like journalism?”

American liberals and the global Left consider Gitmo “George Bush’s dungeon.” However, its complimentary luxuries extend beyond helpful judges and hotshot attorneys.
*Guantanamo’s library offers detainees such soothing titles as John A. Day’s “The Book of Clouds” and Pete Carmichael’s “The World’s Most Beautiful Seashells.”

*Detainees’ Islamically correct meals include fruits and nuts shipped from their home countries during special events.

*Atop taxpayer-funded prayer mats, prayer-bead-wearing detainees hear the call to prayer five times daily. That’s when everything at Gitmo stops — including interrogations — so these Muslim fanatics can face Mecca. That’s easy: They follow the large, northeasterly arrows painted on the floor.

*Interrogators no longer may adjust sleep patterns, modify heating and cooling, or place hoods over suspects’ heads to make them disclose terrorist plans to murder Americans. Nor may they limit food rations to encourage detainees to talk. Indeed, Gitmoites typically gain 10 pounds behind bars.

*As George Mason Law professor Kyndra Rotunda detailed in April 18’s Wall Street Journal, Behavior Science Consultation Teams previously scrutinized interrogations from behind two-way mirrors. BSCT members observed combatants’ body language to evaluate their candor. When the Red Cross called this “a flagrant violation of medical ethics,” the Pentagon curbed BSCT involvement in gathering intelligence from America’s sworn enemies.

Rotunda also described America’s Camp Bucca in Iraq, where a tent, off limits to GIs, served as a mosque for militants. They expressed their gratitude by turning it into an armory. Detainees attacked guards in a failed, four-day bid to seize the desert outpost.
Al-Qaeda and its comrades understand the nature of this War and fight relentlessly to win. Meanwhile, like nearly everything else here, America’s struggle against Islamofascism is being lawyered to death.