This January 11 marks the 11th anniversary of the date the U.S. captured patriots on their own property who were attempting to expel a more powerful invader… and imprisoned them in a disgusting P.O.W. camp.
Here are some facts about the shameful North Vietnamese (oops, I mean U.S.) Guantanamo P.O.W. concentration camp:
- 86% of the detainees housed there were never captured by American forces but rather handed over to coalition forces by Afghani or Pakistani villagers in exchange for a bounty. How would you like to go to jail for years based on the testimony of someone who profits from that testimony?
- Our own government estimates 92% of the detainees have never fought for al-Qaeda. They fought to expel a more powerful foreign invader who came 1/2 way around the world to occupy their homeland. They are patriots for their country just like you and I would be for our country if the U.S. was invaded. They are their country’s heroes.
- Some of those captured and taken away to the U.S.-run concentration camp were children as young as age 15, fighting to defend their home towns from foreign occupancy.
- The International Red Cross has condemned the prolonged detention of prisoners at the concentration camp.
- Britain’s third most senior judge, Judge Johan Steyn, criticized the U.S. for holding people in Guantanamo, calling it a “monstrous failure of justice.” “By denying the prisoners the right to raise challenges in a court about their alleged status and treatment, the United States government is in breach of the minimum standards of customary international law.”
- Of the 779 people detained at Guantanamo since it opened in 2002, more than 600 have already been released without ever being charged with a crime, because our government couldn’t find any evidence that the people in question had ever been involved in terrorism. The 600 and their families have never been financially compensated for their prison time.
- In February 2006, a United Nations human rights report called on the United States to immediately close Guantanamo, saying that some of the treatment meted out to detainees there amounted to torture.
- Seven U.S. military prosecutors assigned to Guantanamo have resigned or requested reassignment due to concerns that the military trials being held there are unjust. The youngest prisoner, captured when he was a child, was given a prison sentence that is 15 years longer than U.S. prosecutors recommended! WTF?
- Each year, the U.S. government pays rent to the sovereign country of Cuba for the land the Guantanamo base is on. Cuba has never cashed the checks and also views the base as a foreign invasion/occupancy of their country.
- Not a single U.S. serviceman who worked at this concentration camp has ever been charged with crimes against humanity, despite their participation in operating the Hitler-style secret prison.
If you have family members serving in the U.S. military, you don’t want the enemy to point to Guantanamo as a justification for keeping your loved one in perma-captivity… should they ever be captured. Doing so is a violation of international rules of war.
Please keep this in mind whenever you see one of those silly, black POW-MIA YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN flags. It is the U.S. that dishonorably keeps P.O.W.s in perma-captivity. And they are not forgotten.