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Not a pretty picture.....<br><br>
"Jumah Dossari had to visit the restroom, so the detainee made a quick joke with his American lawyer before military police guards escorted him to a nearby cell with a toilet. The U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, had taken quite a toll on Dossari over the past four years, but his attorney, who was there to discuss Dossari's federal court case, noted his good spirits and thought nothing of his bathroom break.<br><br>
"Minutes later, when Dossari did not return, Joshua Colangelo-Bryan knocked on the cell door, calling out his client's name. When he did not hear a response, Colangelo-Bryan stepped inside and saw a three-foot pool of blood on the floor. Numb, the lawyer looked up to see Dossari hanging unconscious from a noose tied to the ceiling, his eyes rolled back, his tongue and lips bulging, blood pouring from a gash in his right arm.<br><br>
"Dossari's suicide attempt two weeks ago is believed to be the first such event witnessed by an outsider at the prison, and one of several signs that lawyers and human rights advocates contend point to growing desperation among the more than 500 detainees there. Lawyers believe Dossari, who has been <b>in solitary confinement for nearly two years</b>, timed his suicide attempt so that someone other than his guards would witness it, a cry for help meant to reach beyond the base's walls."<br><br>
More here:<br><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/31/AR2005103101987_pf.html" target="_blank">http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...101987_pf.html</a>
 

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2 years in solitary???<br><br>
I'm not even sure I'd have the mind to <i>plan</i> a suicide!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">where some have been kept for nearly four years and <b>most have never been charged with a crime.</b></td>
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This is appalling! And it doesn't just happen there, but all over the US. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry">
 

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What are we doing????? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Sure to garner worldwide goodwill.....right?<br><br><b>Rumsfeld says no U.N. access to Guantanamo inmates</b><br><br>
"Spurning a request by U.N. human rights investigators, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Tuesday the United States will not allow them to meet with detainees at the Guantanamo prison for foreign terrorism suspects.<br><br>
"Rumsfeld also told a Pentagon news conference that prisoners at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were staging a hunger strike that began in early August as a successful ploy to attract media attention.<br><br>
"The three U.N. investigators, including one who focuses on torture, said on Monday they would turn down an invitation extended by the Pentagon on Friday to visit Guantanamo unless they were permitted to interview the detainees. The invitation came nearly four years after the visits were first requested."<br><br>
More here:<br><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051102/ts_nm/security_guantanamo_dc&printer=1;_ylt=AnD.9SPKxPbKPXrn6smkCdpg.3QA;_ylu=X3oDMTA3MXN1bHE0BHNlYwN0bWE-" target="_blank">http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051102/...E0BHNlYwN0bWE-</a>
 

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And to think Dubya Inc. was bellyachin' about Amnesty International's 'gulag' crack earlier this year:<br><br>
"The CIA has been hiding and interrogating some of its most important al Qaeda captives at a Soviet-era compound in Eastern Europe, according to U.S. and foreign officials familiar with the arrangement.<br><br>
"The secret facility is part of a <b>covert prison system</b> set up by the CIA nearly four years ago that at various times has included sites in <b>eight countries</b>, including Thailand, Afghanistan and several democracies in Eastern Europe, as well as a small center at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, according to current and former intelligence officials and diplomats from three continents.<br><br>
"The hidden global internment network is a central element in the CIA's unconventional war on terrorism. It depends on the cooperation of foreign intelligence services, and on <b>keeping even basic information</b> about the system secret <b>from the public, foreign officials and nearly all members of Congress</b> charged with overseeing the CIA's covert actions."<br><br>
More here:<br><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/01/AR2005110101644_pf.html" target="_blank">http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...101644_pf.html</a>
 

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The US governments arrogance knows no bounds.<br><br>
They disgust me. No wonder a very large proportion of the world hates and fears Washington and it's allies (ie. UK, Australia). They are oppressors, not liberators.
 

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Such shameful behavior from our "leaders." My disgust knows no bounds right now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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All this is probably one of the main reasons why Washington refuses to recognise the International Criminal Court (ICC), and is using everything in it's power to stop it operating:<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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The ICC would prosecute mass murderers, instigators of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity....<br><br>
And of course the US Government with it's many dozens of Abu Grahibs, it's use of what many would consider illegal weaponry such as dupleted uranium bombs, cluster bombs (which are landmines dropped from the sky), use of napalm etc. could well find itself in the dock. Not a good look.<br><br>
Washington is looking increasingly beleaguered as despite threats of financial retaliation Mexico has decided to ratify recognition of the ICC. Here's the full story:<a href="http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=30841" target="_blank">http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=30841</a>
 
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