Torture? We Don’t Know What Real Torture Is!
Truthfully, I have been questioned much harder by school administrators than this kid, who quite possibly killed an American soldier, was. [Side note: the school administrator accused me of creating another “Columbine” because I was “bullying” someone. The kid I was “bullying” is still my friend - Hell, his mom called me the other day asking about school - and there was no bullying going on.]
But hey, what do I know?
But then again I do know some things. And one thing I vaguely remembered when I first saw this video, in a story by NP contributor mchawk, was that al Qaeda has a nifty little handbook that deals with these instances when one of their “brave and courageous freedom fighters” is caught by the “Great Satan.” And what do you know, there is a manual.
And the eighteenth lesson in this book is about “prisons and detention centers” - like Guantanamo. And here’s what it says with the important parts put in bold by me:
1. At the beginning of the trial, once more the brothers must insist on proving that torture was inflicted on them by State Security [investigators] before the judge.
2. Complain [to the court] of mistreatment while in prison.
3. Make arrangements for the brother’s defense with the attorney, whether he was retained by the brother’s family or court-appointed.
4. The brother has to do his best to know the names of the state security officers, who participated in his torture and mention their names to the judge. [These names may be obtained from brothers who had to deal with those officers in previous cases.]
5. Some brothers may tell and may be lured by the state security investigators to testify against the brothers [i.e. affirmation witness], either by not keeping them together in the same prison during the trials, or by letting them talk to the media. In this case,they have to be treated gently, and should be offered good advice, good treatment, and pray that God may guide them.
6. During the trial, the court has to be notified of any mistreatment of the brothers inside the prison.
7. It is possible to resort to a hunger strike, but it is a tactic that can either succeed or fail.
8. Take advantage of visits to communicate with brothers outside prison and exchange information that may be helpful to them in their work outside prison [according to what occurred during the investigations]. The importance of mastering the art of hiding messages is self evident here.
-When the brothers are transported from and to the prison [on their way to the court] they should shout Islamic slogans out loud from inside the prison cars to impress upon the people and their family the need to support Islam.
- Inside the prison, the brother should not accept any work that may belittle or demean him or his brothers, such as the cleaning of the prison bathrooms or hallways.
- The brothers should create an Islamic program for themselves inside the prison, as well as recreational and educational ones, etc.
-The brother in prison should be a role model in selflessness. Brothers should also pay attention to each others needs and should help each other and unite vis a vis the prison officers.
- The brothers must take advantage of their presence in prison for obeying and worshiping [God] and memorizing the Qora’an, etc. This is in addition to all guidelines and procedures that were contained in the lesson on interrogation and investigation. Lastly, each of us has to understand that we don’t achieve victory against our enemies through these actions and security procedures. Rather, victory is achieved by obeying Almighty and Glorious God and because of their many sins. Every brother has to be careful soas not to commit sins and everyone of us has to do his best in obeying Almighty God, Who said in his Holy Book: “We
will, without doubt. help Our messengers and those who believe (both) in this world’s life
and the one Day when the Witnesses will stand forth.”
May God guide us.
The purpose of claiming torture is obvious - we are a nation of good people and thinking of someone getting tortured makes us uneasy. It’s also against international law (arguably) and it also distracts from what the combatant actually did and will do, in all likelihood, if he is allowed back onto the battlefield. This story, about the teenager, is getting traction in Canada because he is a teenager and a Canadian citizen (his mother sent him and his older brother to terrorist training camps - from NP contributor Barry Artiste).
Him being 15 or 16 or just even a teenager does complicate the issue legally. But I’ve got to tell you, if you’re fighting someone it doesn’t matter how old they are, does it? This young man (as is the parlance of educators when speaking of teenage boys) had to know what he was doing. He went to war to kill and/or be killed. And don’t underestimate the capabilities of teenagers. They are smart and often know all-to-well what they are doing (seeing as I am a recovering teenager, I think I know what I’m talking about a little).
Was he tortured? We cannot tell from this footage. What we do know is that it just makes sense for detainees to say they were tortured. It gives them a leg up on their opponents. And it’s also possible that this kid is so skinny because he went on a hunger strike or, like many other teenagers, is just skinny. (BTW, do you know what al Qaeda’s meal plan is?)
Besides all this caring and concern for this kid who is a terrorist just realize that he is still alive, getting fed well, and will live to see another day. But Eugene Armstrong isn’t so lucky. He was beheaded by this kids’ “brothers.” Do you want to see what real torture is? Watch this video (WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO OF A BEHEADING). So, you know what, I won’t be losing any sleep because this kid, who quite possibly killed one of my countrymen, isn’t being given full protection of the law.