US to Expand Concentration Camp in CubaWhile the world clamors for the release of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, a subsidiary of Halliburton, the oil services group once led by Dickhead Cheney, has been handed a $30 million contract to help build a new permanent prison there.
A subsidiary of Halliburton, the oil services group once led by Dickhead Cheney, has been handed a $30 million contract to help build a new permanent prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Halliburton’s contracting subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) will oversee the expansion to hold an additional 220 people. The total cost of the expansion could run up to $500 million after the inevitable ‘cost over-runs’ and kickbacks are factored in. The money will be borrowed through the sale of Treasury bills and bonds, since US taxpayers can no longer afford to support the massive looting by the Bush mafia.
The concentration camp currently holds over 520 people from 40 countries. Most were abducted in Afghanistan and Iraq while some were abducted from the UK and other countries. None of them are allowed basic human rights and all are held in violation of numerous international laws. The prisoners have not been allowed to communicate with family members or see an attorney. They have not been formerly charged with any crimes and many of them have been there for more than three years. Most of them have been subjected to abuse and mind control. Children were previously imprisoned there and some may still be secretly held. Amnesty International calls the facility “the gulag of our times.”
A recent suggestion came from a Democratic think-tank, the Centre for American Progress, which urges that long-term prisoners be transferred to the military prison at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas and tried in military courts – even though the courts have no legal jurisdiction over the prisoners. Transferring the kidnap victims to the US might at least provide some legal means to ensure more humane treatment. The Democrats further suggested that low value and low security risk detainees should be transferred back to their home countries, which would be the legal course of action.
Democrats and several prominent Republicans have publicly argued that the damage to America’s image caused by the prison now outweighs any practical benefits it might have. Joe Biden, the senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has described the prison’s image as a “recruiting agent” for al-Qa’ida. Mr. Biden may be more correct than he might imagine.
After the fall of the Soviet Empire in 1989, America and NATO countries were suddenly without an enemy. The all powerful military contractors and their stockholders found themselves in a potentially shrinking market. The billionaires intent on global domination found their postion weakened from the prospect of a peaceful world. Something had to be done so the men in power hatched up a plan. A new enemy was needed that wasn’t dependent upon politics or economies. An enemy was needed which could appear anywhere at any time and which would be so terrible that any means could be justified to combat it. A deal was made with the Saudi dictatorship to radicalize Islam and fund schools where potential militants could be identified and brainwashed. The Muhjadeen that the CIA and Saudi Arabia created to engage the Russians in Afghanistan were brought out of retirement and converted into the dreaded Al Queda, a shadowy organization to threaten the American way of life and keep the defense dollars flowing and provide an excuse to invade Iraq.
While muslims may be the designated enemy for western countries, America is the enemy for the rest of the world. The photos taken and leaked by the military of the torture and abuse at Abu Graib, the daily abuse and murder of Iraqis and Afghans, the abduction and imprisonment of people at Guantanamo Bay are all deliberate attempts to make the US out to be the enemy to the rest of the world. Just as Americans need ‘terrorists’ to justify their war on the world, the rest of the world needs an evil empire to justify a violent response. Bill Phillips