The following is a portion of an article on the emerging Bush/Cheney/Hal Rogers police state in The New American magazine:
Last Updated: Aug 8th, 2006 - 13:07:36
Emerging Police State (Excerpt)by Thomas R. EddlemJuly 24, 2006
"Imprisonment without trial and the torture of prisoners are hallmarks of an oppressive police state, yet George Bush and his administration openly promote these practices.
"CIA prisoner Benyam Mohammed al Habashi, an Ethiopian refugee who obtained residence in Britain in 1994, hung by his hands from electrical cords in a secret Moroccan jail in August 2002. After the Muslim convert had been picked up by Pakistani immigration officials and given to the American CIA, Pakistani jailers had beaten him regularly with a leather strap as he hung by his hands.
But the Moroccan interrogators acting on behalf of the CIA found a new way to torture al Habashi. According to al Habashi, interrogators brandished a surgical scalpel, cut his chest, and urged him to confess to being a terrorist. The interrogators did not stop at cutting his chest: "One of [the guards] took my penis in his hand and began to make cuts. He did it once and they stood still for maybe a minute, watching my reaction. I was in agony, crying.... They must have done this 20 to 30 times. There was blood all over...."
Do we "stay the course"? Do we keep on with rendition of American prisoners to "allies" that practice torture? Do we "Take care of the prisoners, Sergeant (wink, wink)?" My Dad told me that he heard that the command "Take care of the prisoners, Sergeant (wink, wink)" was a standard command after a battle in which the United States was taking no prisoners during World War II. Is "Take care of the prisoners, Sergeant (wink, wink)" a standard rendition command for the Bush/Cheney/Hal Rogers armed forces? Will only Arabs be forced to suffer rendition, and transfer from American prison camps to prison camps of "allied" nations that practice torture? Vote "NO" on torture, Vote for Kenneth Stepp for U.S. House, KY-05, the Democratic candidate.