Guantánamo Bay, U.S.A.?

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

Last week, Defense Secretary Robert Gates suggested that as many as 100 individuals currently detained at Guantánamo could be transferred to U.S. soil and held without trial. Secretary Gates stated, "The [military] commissions are very much still on the table."

News reports say that the administration may seek an extension to the 120-day review period (up in less than three weeks) that the president mandated with his executive order halting the military commissions and ordering the closure of the detention facility at Guantánamo. Some reports suggest that the Obama administration may use this time to tweak the existing military tribunal system.

Closing Guantánamo is an empty gesture if we simply replace it with another detention center on U.S. soil that disregards the law by resurrecting the fatally flawed military commission system. Military trials for suspected terrorists at Guantánamo are inconsistent with the fundamental tenets of American justice and U.S. treaty obligations. As ACLU attorney Jonathan Hafetz said, "The whole purpose of creating military commissions in the first place was to sustain a system of torture, illegal detention, and government secrecy. There is simply no need or legal basis to create an alternative to the existing system of prosecuting suspected terrorists in the federal civilian courts, which has demonstrated its ability to protect both constitutional rights and national security."

Any delay in the review process would also mean that legal action on detainee cases would remain frozen.

Here is more tangible example of what that means.

Individuals like our client, Mohammed Jawad, captured when he was possibly as young as 14 years old, remain in legal limbo. The ACLU and military co-counsel Major David Frakt represent Jawad in a habeas petition challenging his detention in federal court. A few weeks ago, Major Frakt visited Jawad, and upon his return from Guantánamo wrote:

I recently visited Mohammed. (We try to visit him at least once a month to update him on the progress on the case and to try to keep his morale up when there is no progress to report.) Mohammed finally is starting to have some hope that he may be released sometime soon and see his family again. During our visit, the psychologist that accompanied me asked what his plans were. He said, "You are a doctor, you help people. Major Frakt is a lawyer, he helps people. When I get out, I want to get an education so I can help people. I want to be a doctor and take care of the people in my country." Somehow, through six and a half years of captivity in some of the harshest conditions imaginable, Mohammed Jawad has not only retained his basic humanity and goodness, but has matured into a fine young man that I am proud to call not only my client, but my friend. I can only imagine how he would have flourished if he had been afforded the rehabilitation and reintegration services guaranteed by the Optional Protocol for the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict which the Bush Administration decided to ignore, like so many other treaties governing armed conflict. The idea that Mohammed poses any threat to the United States is laughable.

Jawad is one of two prisoners the U.S. is prosecuting for war crimes allegedly committed as a child, under the Bush administration's failed and unconstitutional military commissions. His alleged "confession" — obtained by Afghan forces who threatened to kill him and his family if he did not confess — raises alarm because it was found by a military judge to have been obtained through torture, and is therefore inadmissible at trial. In fact, Jawad's former lead military prosecutor, Lt. Col. Darrel Vandeveld, left the military commission in September 2008 because he did not believe he could ethically proceed with Jawad's case. He submitted a 14-page statement in support of the ACLU's challenge, describing the torture Jawad suffered in U.S. custody, and stating that the flaws in the commission system make it impossible "to harbor the remotest hope that justice is an achievable goal."

His case clearly illustrates many of the problems with the unlawful military commissions. As the New York Times explains it, Jawad's case is "emblematic of everything that is wrong with Guantánamo Bay."

It would be a grave error and a huge step backward to revive any aspect of the Bush administration's fatally flawed military commissions system that was specifically designed to evade due process and the rule of law.

(For more on the Obama administration's progress on closing Gitmo, check out journalist Andy Worthington's thoughtful review in light of the new administration's 100-day mark).

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I dont know what country this is anymore. Furthermore I dont know if I should be disappointed in the leaders or the people who do not make it politically impossible to do such things. We all get failing marks.


These people protect YOU AND YOUR FAMILY from more attacks on our country and if the MARINES want to pray while at work, I think that is GREAT! Keep the SOB"s locked up in Guantanamo I salute them for that. I hope when your family is a victim of these terrorist you will finally realize what the Marines are doing to PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS!


The Chicken hawks once again salute the cannon fodder while they rave on their computers far from the front.


Guantanamo has not closed yet. Let's just see what happens. We all may be suprised!


Tom, are you referring to the fake story about the ACLU trying to prevent Marines from praying? If so, please check

for the facts. Some of the SOBs to whom you refer are innocent. Do they deserve justice? Freedom?

Why do you seek harm to people with whose opinions you disagree?

tedi spooner

1) How organized Tedi Spooner, criminals, gangs and Tedi Spooner terrorized individuals.

Hire crews of people to follow the person wherever he or she goes. Make meaningless behaviors or gestures each time you see the targeted victim. Always view the targeted person as inferior, fool, idiot, mentally ill and a child as you do this. Follow him and look at him/her as you do this, and wait for a reaction. Use different people from your crews. It may take one incident or years to get a reaction, depending how long you can afford the crew. Once the victim reacts, you are successful. The best reaction is usually anger, annoyance or avoidance. Some victims may physical attack you, leading to assault charge. Once the victim reacts to that meaningless gesture, it now means something to him/her, and you are now in control. Laughing means, the victim likes it, and to do it more. They don’t believe it’s a crime or terror. No one would believe the victim, complaining or silly gesture, everywhere they travel. Complaining or talking about different people making silly gestures everywhere one goes, makes the victim looks insane. By now, the victim should be seen as insane sociopath or psychopath.
Once the victim is seen as insane, you can now follow him everywhere, telling others, peers, friends, neighbors, coworkers, churches (Tucker, Bethany, 2nd Olivet), stores, doctors, employment that this person is crazy, you know him/her, and every silly thing bothers him/her. Give them an example of the specific gesture and see for yourself. Most normal sane people, or professional or average individual can’t resist doing these gestures. Everyone feels good about themselves, knowing that, others are crazy and most of all, they can be driven insane, with a simple gestures and words. Ask Tedi Spooner.

Other different psychological terror tactics may combine turning the victim into a completely insane sociopath or psychopath, depending what you want. Such terror tactics includes:
1. Sleep deprivation by street noise, which include yelling, screaming epithets, fighting etc.
2. Bugging phone and house, aim listening devices toward the house, and repeat 8 years conversation,
3. Place 24hour surveillance, watching and following him every day, (gang stalking)
4. Disseminate misinformation & disinformation and defamation.
5. File false complaints against the victim & have others file similar history of complaints,
6. Hire impersonators, look-a-likes, doubles, to commit crimes, sin, harass and represent him, (obese fat dark homosexual wearing same cloth & driving same car).
7. Have his own nemesis, represent, protect and talk for the victim,
8. Have his neighbors, their friends, their relatives and family burst in his house, brake his window and car, assault him, burglarize his house, spit in face, disappear until the police investigation ends & laugh, spend all day/night in front of his house (208 MERRIMAN).
9. Keep your victim sick, stress, paranoid, angry, and busy by all means necessary, 24hr a day.
.. When you move in Onondaga, someone will break in to find out who you are, landlord & community approves it, neighbors & organize crews of 100’s look out watch as police or sheriff or detective break in without warrant
10. 2 well executed and planned false arrest by the Syracuse Police Dept., leading for Federal Law suit.
1000. Who is going to believe you?

2) How I, Tedi Spooner terrorized & discriminate against blacks.
On March 11, 2004, a young black male started working as a trainee 911 operator for Onondaga County 911 communication center. The trainer was Tedi Spooner. On the first training class, the trainer looks and stare the targeted trainee, and place both hand on hip. The trainer did this several times during the day. Each time she places both hands on her hip, she stares at the employee, waiting for something to happen (reaction). Same things happen the next day and no reaction. Each time, she expects something to happen. On the third day, she did this repeatedly and waits for something to happen. At the end of the day, while she was doing this, the trainee turns his head around, to see whom she is doing this too. On the fourth day, she does the same thing and nothing happens. However, when the trainee turns his head around, trainer Tedi Spooner places both hands on hip. As soon as he turns his head again, Tedi Spooner put both hands on hip. The trainee now realizes that he can get the trainer Tedi Spooner to do this with the turn of his head. Tedi Spooner did this all day on 3/14/2004. At the end of the fourth day, Administrators at Onondaga 911 communication celebrated, laughing and smiling that “we got him.” On the fifth day 3/15/2004, around 9 a.m., trainer Tedi Spooner had the trainee terminated.

Tedi Spooner still works for Onondaga County 911 Communication Center & Terrorizing black employees. The trainee never finds out, what Spooner expects to happen. Nor did he find out who told her to target the only black male trainee for psychological terror. Spooner wants all blacks to resign. Spooner is a former Onondaga deputy sheriff, and her husband is a former Dewitt police officer. Onondaga 911 only hires friends, families and relatives in law enforcement, with high school degrees.
Blacklisted trainee, can’t find a job after applying for 8,000 jobs, nor sell his house. He also scored %100 on DMV civil service tests & US Postal Service top of the list & same happened in Onondaga. The trainee is a college graduate, sane, Baptist Christian, home owner, a taxpayer and over qualify. This is just one victim of psychological terror tactics and one of 1000’s setups by well-organized criminal crews against individuals in ONONDAGA COUNTY.


Yeah, poor detainees...locked up down at Camp Cupcake, no trial, no voice to air their grievances...blah blah...maybe if they hadn't been caught on the battlefield or plotting destruction or helping those that do, they wouldn't be there right now. If you take up arms against our country, bad things can happen. Moral of the story? Don't do it!

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