The Torture Continues
"Salim Ahmed Hamdan, an alleged al-Qaeda driver who faces a historic military trial next week, testified Tuesday that a female interrogator elicited information from him using sexually suggestive behavior that he called "improper."
"Hamdan, a former driver for Osama bin Laden who is accused in a terrorism conspiracy, told a military court that during questioning in 2002, a female interrogator "came close to me, she came very close, with her whole body towards me. I couldn't do anything. I was afraid of the soldiers."
"Did she touch your thigh?" asked Hamdan's attorney Charles Swift.
"Yes. . . . I said to her, 'What do you want?' " Hamdan said at a pretrial hearing. "She said, 'I want you to answer all of my questions.' "
"Did you answer all of her questions after that?" Swift asked. Hamdan said he did.
Hamdan's attorneys are seeking to persuade a judge to throw out incriminating statements he allegedly made to interrogators at the U.S. military prison here, arguing that they were obtained through coercive tactics."
Vanity Fair's Christopher Hitchens has reportedly volunteered to subject himself to the same sort of horrific treatment to see if it qualifies as "torture."
In the meantime, detainee lawyer David Remes drops his pants at a press conference in Yemen to demonstrate the abusive search techniques employed at Guantanamo Bay.
According to Remes they include the running of a finger around the inside band of prisoners' Fruit of the Looms to check for contraband. Remes mother must have warned him as a kid: "Be sure to always wear clean underwear, you never know when you might be in an accident or have to appear at a press conference and drop your pants to make an important point."
Here's how Remes described the "torment" his clients endured:
"... in addition to this torment, which has become so typical that we don’t even talk about it anymore, now the torment also consists of constant body searches in which the men are required to pull their shirts up to their chest, drop their pants, and then the corn-fed U.S. military sticks their thumbs under the prisoner’s underwear band and circles the prisoner’s torsos.”
"Corn-fed U.S. military?" That sounds like some sort of slur attempt, but an odd one. Does Remes refer to his clients as "rice eaters?"
Remes is reportedly a Columbia and Harvard educated partner in a top New York Law firm. What a credit he is to his alma maters, his city and his nation.
Look at it this way, he could have been going commando!
UPDATE: Or maybe Remes has seen the film Deliverance one time too many.