Gitmo Goon Show Redux: More "Bumps" in Bush's Gulag

*Corrected from original posting.*
In a follow-up to our last post, Things That Go Bump in the Night: The President and His Perverts, our webmaster, Richard Kastelein, points to this story from Daily Kos, detai
ling yet another triumph of the innovative judicial processes of the Terror War: Five Years in Prison for Recharging Batteries. Excerpt:

Those of us who are concerned about the exhaustion of the world's resources are aware of the problems that ordinary batteries have for the environment. Used once and thrown away they can clog landfills and release harmful chemicals. To reduce the waste rechargeable batteries are becoming more and more popular. Naturally you take your charger on holiday or business trips to keep them charged up. One man did that and he ended up being detailed for five years; his companion still is.

That is exactly what happened to a UK resident on a business trip to Gambia in 2002 to set up a peanut oil factory. His battery recharger was taken to be a "suspicious device". He was arrested and turned over to the CIA, taken to Afghanistan and finally to Guantanamo Bay.  

Bisher al-Rawi is an Iraqi national who lived in south-west London. He had fled Iraq in 1985 after Saddam Hussein's secret police arrested his father. His big mistake was to not take out British citizenship after being in the country for over 5 years as a refugee. He hoped one day to return to Iraq. That meant Blair could wash his hands of him and others in the same position. As foreign nationals, even having lived here for over 15 years, they were not entitled to British diplomatic protection.

The BBC takes up the story:
His lawyer, Zachary Katznelson, gave further details on why Mr Rawi was originally arrested.
He said a "suspicious device" was found in his client's luggage but added that it turned out to be a battery charger.

Mr Katznelson added: "So it was misinformation that started this chain of events, though unfortunately that led to him first being taken by the CIA to Afghanistan to an underground prison of 24 hour darkness with rats everywhere, to then being taken to Guantanamo - and it took years to right this wrong."

He accused the American authorities of treating Mr Rawi with "brutality".

Mr Katznelson went on: "Right to the end they treated him with brutality, on the way to the plane in Guantanamo - they knew he was leaving - they insisted still on shackling him, blindfolding him, putting on earmuffs so he couldn't hear a thing and keeping him in the back of a very hot , very confined van on the way to the plane."

The Kos diarist, "Londonbear," then quotes from Rawi's statement upon release:

As happy as I am to be home though, leaving my best friend Jamil al-Banna behind in Guantanamo Bay makes my freedom bittersweet. Jamil was arrested with me in the Gambia on exactly the same unfounded allegations, yet he is still a prisoner.

I also feel great sorrow for the other nine British residents who remain prisoners in Guantanamo Bay. The extreme isolation they are going through is one of the most profoundly difficult things to endure. I know that all too well.

Oh come now, Mr. Rawi. Their cases -- and yours -- were just "some bumps" on the road to establishing "a necessary mechanism for dealing with a new kind of enemy," as the New York Times described the Bushist point of view in the story we examined yesterday. ( Some Bumps at Start of War Tribunals at Guantánamo.)

This view -- the open acceptance of concentration camps, indefinite detention and unconstitutional judicial processes -- can actually be "supported" by the workings of the kangaroo court thus far, the venerable Times informs us. Check out this classic case of accomodation with evil masquerading as journalistic objectivity: "From the start, Guantánamo, its detainees and the legal proceedings here have provided enough grist to support the competing views of the detention center: a necessary mechanism for dealing with a new kind of enemy, or the embodiment of the war on terror gone awry."

Only a self-deluded fool -- either blinded by the cowardly panic that is the hallmark of the Bootlicker Brigade (Malkin, Limbaugh, Beck, etc.) or dulled by the well-wadded cozy "insider" status of our media barons (recently on such sickening display at their Gridiron Club love-in with all the adorable Bushies) -- could believe that the hideous regime of concentration camps, secret prisons, torture, kidnapping and "extrajudicial killing" established by Bush is anything but "the embodiment of the war on terror gone awry." Yet these mindsets -- the bootlickers and the well-wadded barons -- control our national discourse...and will continue to do so, as we noted yesterday, long after George W. Bush has retreated to his bunker in the Texas scrub, leaving a scorched earth behind.
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