poor, poor abu zubayda
poor, poor abu zubayda
joseph margulies is the assistant director of the ‘roderick macarthur justice center’ at northwestern university school of law in chicago. he is an american and a fine attorney.
he is also the lawyer for abu zubaydah: senior operative in bin laden’s al qaeda; plotter and planner of multiple attacks against the u.s. and israel; currently housed at gitmo; and one of several high value targets waterboarded by the CIA.
margulies recently wrote an op-ed piece in the nyt titled ‘the suffering of abu zubaydah’ in which he describes the torture his client went through at the hands of the CIA.
his lawyer, with help from the always reliable nyt says, the initial assessment of who abu zubayda really was, was ‘highly inflated’ and reflected ‘a profound misunderstanding’. far from being a high ranking al qaeda operative, he was simply ‘a personnel clerk’ for gosh sakes! in other words, bad america bad!
abu zubayda, terrorist
of course keep in mind, the following is a tale from abu zubayda himself, and told for american sensibilities by a very clever attorney. also contributing to this was the international red cross who interviewed abu zubayda as well. so hey, it all must be true and completely accurate.
First, they beat him. As authorized by the Justice Department and confirmed by the Red Cross, they wrapped a collar around his neck and smashed him over and over against a wall. They forced his body into a tiny, pitch-dark box and left him for hours. They stripped him naked and suspended him from hooks in the ceiling. They kept him awake for days.
And they strapped him to an inverted board and poured water over his covered nose and mouth to “produce the sensation of suffocation and incipient panic.” Eighty-three times.
Partly as a result of injuries he suffered while he was fighting the communists in Afghanistan, partly as a result of how those injuries were exacerbated by the CIA and partly as a result of his extended isolation, Abu Zubaydah’s mental grasp is slipping away.
Today, he suffers blinding headaches and has permanent brain damage. He has an excruciating sensitivity to sounds, hearing what others do not. The slightest noise drives him nearly insane. In the last two years alone, he has experienced about 200 seizures.
But physical pain is a passing thing. The enduring torment is the taunting reminder that darkness encroaches. Already, he cannot picture his mother’s face or recall his father’s name. Gradually, his past, like his future, eludes him.
supposedly the CIA did all of this simply ‘because they believed he was evil’… but wait, backtrack to september 11, 2001.
september 11th, result of terrorists
‘she looks into his eyes. hers are filled with terror. the heat is unbearable. her skin is beginning to blister. he reaches out and takes her hand. his hand has a deep gash in it from the shattered glass of the window he has helped to smash. “hold on tight to me,” he whispers. “keep your eyes closed. don’t look down.” together they step through the jagged opening of a high floor of the world trade center. on the sidewalk below people shriek in horror.’
just one of many stories that day of the 9/11 jumpers. it is estimated that at least 200 people jumped to their deaths that morning, far more than can be seen in the photographs available to the public.
the jumping started shortly after the first jet hit at 8:46 a.m. people jumped continuously during the 102 minutes that the north tower stood.
for those who jumped, the fall lasted just 10 seconds. they struck the ground at 150 miles per hour — not fast enough to cause unconsciousness while falling, but fast enough to ensure instant death on impact.
desperate people jumped from all four sides of the north tower. they jumped alone, they jumped in pairs and they jumped in groups. they jumped holding hands.
i am finished with the conversation on torturing people like abu zubayda. and thankfully, it seems the american public might be moving in that direction too.