ALEXANDER DOWNER CLAIMS ONLY DISCOMFORT AUSTRALIAN DETAINEE DAVID HICKS IS SUFFERING IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT IS "A SORE BACK"
The family of a 21 year old man, locked away in Guantanamo Bay when only 17, has vehemently denied their son had committed suicide, as Gitmo officials claim.
"This idea of suicide is a lie. My son wouldn't commit suicide. My son was among those who memorized the Koran and was committed to his religion," said Ali Abdullah, father of a Yemeni detainee found dead at the U.S. prison on June 10."He was assassinated by American soldiers and I call on the Yemeni and American governments for an international investigation,"
Despite the predominance of suicide bombers in Iraq, and all the islamophobic propaganda that has flowed on from these horrors, taking your own life is viewed as being an against God by devouted Muslims.
As we pointed out here, it is extremely unlikely someone would be able to hang themselves in a Gitmo high security cell, while supposedly under 24 CCTV watch, as these cells were specifically designed to be suicide proof.
Obviously someone attempting to hang themselves with a bedsheet or their own clothing would be one of the first, and most obvious, suicide methods to counter during the design phase of the cells.
CIA Expert : Guantanamo Bay is a "...laboratory for the perfection of the CIA psychological torture"
Professor Alfred McCoy told ABC's Lateline last night that the psychological torture of Gitmo detainees was designed to induce a state of despair and helplessness that would drive the inmates to attempt suicide.
In the deepest darkest days of the Cold War initially as a defensive move, the CIA launched a massive mind control project to crack the code of human consciousness, a veritable Manhattan project of the mind with research expenses reaching up to $1 billion a year at peak in the 1950s and the first breakthrough in this massive project came at McGill University.Australia's Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer, claimed the previous night on Lateline that he had been briefed by the Australian Consul General, who had visited Australian detainee David Hicks in Guantanamo Bay, and written a report for Downer.
It was actually a joint Canadian, British, US effort, top-secret effort, and Dr Donald O. Hebb at McGill University found that he could induce a state akin to psychosis in a subject within 48 hours.
Now, what had the doctor done? Hypnosis, electroshock, LSD, drugs? No. None of the above. All Dr Hebb did was take student volunteers at McGill University where he was head of Psychology, put them in comfortable airconditioned cubicles and put goggles, gloves and ear muffs on them.
In 24 hours the hallucinations started. In 48 hours they suffered a complete breakdown. Dr Hebb noted they suffered a disintegration of personality.
Just goggles, gloves and ear muffs and this discovered the foundation, or the key technique which has been applied under extreme conditions at Guantanamo. The technique of sensory disorientation. I've tracked down some of the original subjects in Dr Hebb's experiments of 1952 and men now in their 70s still suffer psychological damage from just two days of isolation with goggles, gloves and ear muffs.
(Australian inmate) David Hicks was subjected at peak to 244 days of isolation, the most extreme isolation in the 50-year history of these CIA psychological torture techniques.
David Hicks has suffered untold psychological damage that will take a great deal of care, a great deal of treatment and probably the rest of his life to move beyond.
To say that David Hicks has not been tortured, to say that David Hicks is only suffering from a sore back, a statement that's been made by the Foreign Minister, I think that just flies in the face of a fact. It represents an ignorance of what torture is, particularly what psychological torture is.
Claims Downer, "(David Hicks)....did complain about some back ailment that he's had for a long time. But he didn't seem particularly depressed, according to the report that I've read. I don't know if the Consul-General didn't pass on everything..." and "I'm satisfied that his health and welfare are fine, apart from, by the way, a sore back."
The International Red Cross, the UK's Attorney General, Amnesty International and the UN's Human Rights Commission all claim that Guantanamo Bay detainees are being, at the least, psychologically tortured and held in windowless cells, deprived of sunlight, for up to six months at a time.
Australian David Hicks has been included in both statements and/or reports issued by all those entities.
But according to Alexander Downer, the only discomfort David Hicks has suffered, and is still suffering, is "a sore back".
You can take it as a given that Alexander Downer is floating through his semi-permanent cloud of plausible deniability.
As in, "don't tell me something that I will later have to deny being told".
Michelle Malkin (on Fox News) : "....the reaction to the suicides should be 'Boo-freaking-hoo'."