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Open Guantanamo!

Saturday, February 25, 2017 23:49
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Open Guantanamo to human rights inspectors. Open its files to
the public. Subpoena the witnesses to its horrors. Open the courts
to its prisoners and try them or set them free. Open the gates to
the people of Cuba and give them their land back. And impeach U.S.
presidents numbered 43 through 45.

Before, during, and "" target="_blank">after
President Barack Obama’s announcements of closing Guantanamo, it
constituted an illegal prison whose guards used and still use
torture, ""
target="_blank">human experimentation
, ""
, secrecy, and lies.

By official government accounts, Guantanamo’s prisons contain
people desperate to attempt suicide, and so ingenious at
accomplishing their goal that despite constant human and video
surveillance, not to mention forced feeding, they are able to
obtain forbidden materials, violate laws of physics, hang
themselves by the neck with their hands tied behind their backs,
and telepathically organize simultaneous multiple suicides by
self-torture in their separate cells during moments when they
aren’t in their cells but rather have been taken down the road to
be “interrogated” by that great liberal force of enlightened
anti-Trumpism, the CIA.

Jeffrey Kaye’s new book, "" target="_blank">Cover-up at
, pieces together the available evidence on
three particular alleged suicides at Guantanamo during Obama’s
presidency. Most of the records have been kept secret. Evidence has
apparently been destroyed. And fundamentally, most people just do
not care. Since Kaye first reported that one alleged suicide victim
had died with his hands tied behind his back, no other reporter has
bothered to pick up that story. Since former Guantanamo guard
Joseph Hickman ""
on murders disguised as suicides, the
Congressional investigations have piled up to a grand total of

The United Nations has condemned the U.S. government for its use
of torture. Luckily, the U.S. government is not a poor oil-rich
country. No sanctions, prosecutions, bombings, or overthrows have
followed the condemnation. Nor has the U.S. public apparently
grasped the fact that the UN condemnation is part of a process
following through on a treaty to which the U.S. is a party, a
treaty banning torture, a treaty long since implemented by U.S. law
making torture a felony. There is no statute of limitations on
torture when it’s torture-to-death, also known as murder.

The delusion that holds that U.S. presidents have the power to
make laws, whether closing transgender bathrooms, banning Muslim
immigrants, or criminalizing torture, has reached its apex with the
collective fantasy that Obama banned and Trump unbanned torture. In
fact, you’ll never ban torture that way, but you just might keep it
de facto unbanned that way.

Trump recently announced that he was changing a law that the
courts have ruled forbids discrimination against trans-gendered
people. A president ""
target="_blank">has no power
to do any such thing. But the U.S.
media all reported that he had done it, that by announcing a law,
the emperor had created a law. The trouble is, of course, that the
actual creation of the law is accomplished by the media’s reporting
on it. Once everyone believes that the law is what Trump declares
it to be, the courts can go on ruling otherwise over and over until
people cease to bring cases.

In recent decades we’ve moved from presidents issuing “executive
orders” and calling them laws, to presidents rewriting laws that
they are signing with “signing statements,” to presidents secretly
creating laws (and signing statements) in hidden memos, to
presidents secretly or publicly tossing out their choice of the
presidential “laws” created by their predecessors, all the way to
presidents just making laws by announcing them on television or

Someone who can do that can, by definition, torture, murder, and
experiment on human beings. And someone who can do such things can
do them to those who would question his powers, not just those
targeted by the bigotry he uses to win the support of his primary

But the deep state is running the torture centers, as presidents
come and go. And unless a belated #DemExit really materializes, we
may see any principled opposition to established atrocities
handicapped by the support of anti-Trumpers for their newly beloved
“intelligence” “community.”

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