Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Any bets on how this will go?

 WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether the government can block a detainee at Guantánamo Bay from obtaining information from two former C.I.A. contractors involved in torturing him on the ground that it would expose state secrets.

Read the article here.

yes, we should close Guantanamo

 But send these men that have never been charged with a crime to the U.S.? 

NO....Send them home. NOW.

read the op-ed from the former envoy in charge of  doing something with Guantanamo under Obama...

h/o to Don for sending.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Sorry Bob, but the times are not a changin just yet...

 As per my musical interlude in the last post, staying alive in this country of mine is truly difficult if you are not white. And no amount of police training will change that right now -- because the police follow their training (for the most part) when dealing with white people. They do not shoot and kill, stomp on our necks or other manner of torture and killing -- when you are white.  

The answer is difficult and it is made more difficult with the cute language for the alternative -- defund the police. The person that gave that alternative should be.. well anyway. 

It is not helpful to suggest defunding the police because the language scares the hell out of white people-- and unfortuately white people are in charge. We here in the US of A  live in a police militarized state and the enemy is people of color. Real change is extremely difficult but yesterdays verdict gives a modicum of hope.

My friend the Talking Dog has a great post on this issue here.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

musical interlude

Staying alive in the U.S. of A....difficult if you are black.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Once released from Guantanamo --you are never really free

 The men released from Guantanamo, for the most part, are never really free. They carry the stigma of having been kept at Guantanamo and labeled a terrorist -- and they carry the scars. Scars from the torture, isolation and years of captivity. When they are released they know little about any deals that were made between the U.S. government and their host country. They are provided little, if any, support.

This is the story of one such man --Lutfi bin Ali. Unfortunately, it is a story that is all to familiar.

Monday, April 5, 2021


 Some time in the last 60 days Camp 7 was closed. Camp 7 was the super secret prison at Guantanamo where the so-called "high value" detainees were held. High value of course took on new meaning for many of these men as they were never charged with a crime. But all were tortured. Tortured, over and over again. 

The 14 or so men who were all held at Camp 7 were moved to Camp 6. Camp 6 was the "new" prison built by a subsidiary of Haliburton circa 2007 (I will have to look up my notes to see if I have the year correct but it was around that time). Camp 6 and Camp 5 are adjoining structures and most of the rest of the men are held at Camp 5, unless they are given a time out for one reason or another, and then they would be moved over to Camp 6 as punishment. I will have more to say about the two prisons once this place is finally closed.

A short article about the move can be found here.