In today’s emails of resistance, John Wheat Gibson clips an article from Guantanamo prisoner Jumah Al Dossari, adding a reminder that “the bureaucrats described below are the same people who are keeping small children and pregnant women, who have never even been accused of a crime, in the privatized for-profit prison in Taylor, Texas.”
Juma’s appeal from Guantanamo calls out to “fair minded Americans,” because, like so many others who are being abused by our runaway machines of state, he still believes that America is a nation of people.
Jay J. Johnson-Castro replies that the T. Don Hutto prison camp is the place where the Homeland Security agenda reveals itself as “a crime against Brown” that must be resisted through solidarity between Latin Americans and Arab Americans.
Here at the Texas Civil Rights Review, on this day after the 78th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. we say that Juma, John, and Jay are bound to be right. How long? Not long? Because this gulag bureaucracy, that feeds upon the power of fear, must fall.–gm ************
email from Jay J. Johnson-Castro, Jan. 16, 2007
Justice is coming amigos…
We the people are slow to raise our voices in solidarity. But once we do…those who view themselves as our rulers will rediscover what the opening words of our Constitution … “We the people” …. actually means. It is we…the disenfranchised people that make up the ruling class! Those in office are merely employees … and many of their actions do not meet with our approval. They can therefore be replaced by those who share and will represent our values of freedom, democracy and justice. Such rulers can no longer commit crimes against humanity with impunity. Hutto will be shut down. But we will not stop there.
The demented acts such as Guantanamo and Hutto have roots somewhere in our country and within the prevailing government. Those roots must be weeded out and replaced with true representatives of liberty, human dignity and of moral fiber. We need genuine representatives of the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
To accomplish this…we will communicate with our friends, neighbors, the media and our elected officials. We will accomplish this with our minds and our hearts. This is an intellectual and moral warfare. We cannot fight terror by being terrorists. No border walls. No prison camps. No more torture and violations of the most basic of human rights. No more racial profiling. Refugees are not “illegals”. They are not criminals. Refugees are refugees.
This is turning out to be a crime against Brown. I appeal to the Latin Americans and the Arab Americans to entertain showing public solidarity here. Hutto is the perfect starting place.
The Border Wall was proposed to be built against…not just Mexico …but all of Latin America ’s poor. To accomplish that…it was also bannered by the racist supremacists as the “Arab-Muslim terrorist pipeline”. Essentially, the Border Wall was an assault against both the Latin and Arab worlds. There are literally millions of Americans…of all ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, religious faiths, and political persuasions that are vehemently opposed to things like this being committed in the name of freedom, liberty, democracy and “ America ”. That’s like a Christian committing rape of a child in the name of God…without consequences. Doesn’t work that way folks…and we have to remind our fellow Americans and those who are elected to preserve our country’s values…that we will no longer tolerate such flagrant abuses and crimes against humanity.
We demand that it such malignant manifestations of anti-democracy cease.
The Border Ambassador
Jay J. Johnson-Castro, Sr.
Del Rio, Texas , USA
Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila , Mexico
From: John Wheat Gibson
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
FW: [Nlginteract] The Brunei Times – A cry from Guantanamo
Note that the bureaucrats described below are the same people who are keeping small children and pregnant women, who have never even been accused of a crime, in the privatized for-profit prison in Taylor , Texas .
The Brunei Times
A cry from Guantanamo
Jumah Al Dossari
I AM writing from the darkness of the US detention camp at Guantanamo in the hope that I can make our voices heard by the world. My hand quivers as I
hold the pen.
In January 2002, I was picked up in Pakistan , blindfolded, shackled, drugged and loaded onto a plane flown to Cuba . When we got off the plane in
Guantanamo , we did not know where we were.
They took us to Camp X-Ray and locked us in cages with two buckets — one empty and one filled with water. We were to urinate in one and wash in the
At Guantanamo , soldiers have assaulted me, placed me in solitary confinement, threatened to kill me, threatened to kill my daughter and told me I will stay in Cuba for the rest of my life.
They have deprived me of sleep, forced me to listen to extremely loud music and shined intense lights in my face. They have placed me in cold rooms for hours without food, drink or the ability to go to the bathroom or wash for prayers.
They have wrapped me in the Israeli flag and told me there is a holy war between the Cross and the Star of David on one hand and the Crescent on the other. They have beaten me unconscious.
What I write here is not what my imagination fancies or my insanity dictates. These are verifiable facts witnessed by other detainees, representatives of the Red Cross, interrogators and translators.
During the first few years at Guantanamo , I was interrogated many times. My interrogators told me that they wanted me to admit that I am from al-Qaida and that I was involved in the terrorist attacks on the United States.
I told them that I have no connection to what they described. I am not a member of al-Qaida. I did not encourage anyone to go fight for al-Qaida.
Al-Qaida and Osama Bin Laden have done nothing but kill and denigrate a religion. I never fought, and I never carried a weapon. I like the US and I am not an enemy. I have lived in the US , and I wanted to become a citizen.
I know that the soldiers who did bad things to me represent themselves, not the US . And I have to say that not all American soldiers stationed in Cuba
tortured us or mistreated us.
There were soldiers who treated us very humanely. Some even cried when they witnessed our dire conditions. Once, in Camp Delta , a soldier apologised to me and offered me hot chocolate and cookies.
When I thanked him, he said, “I do not need you to thank me.” I include this because I do not want readers to think that I fault all Americans.
But, why, after five years, is there no conclusion to the situation at Guantanamo ? For how long will fathers, mothers, wives, siblings and children cry for their imprisoned loved ones?
For how long will my daughter have to ask about my return? The answers can only be found with the fair-minded people of America .
I would rather die than stay here forever, and I have tried to commit suicide many times. The purpose of Guantanamo is to destroy people, and I have been destroyed. I am hopeless because our voices are not heard from the depths of the detention centre.
If I die, please remember that there was a human being named Jumah at Guantanamo whose beliefs, dignity and humanity were abused.
Please remember that there are hundreds of deta
inees at Guantanamo suffering the same misfortune. They have not been charged with any crimes. They have not been accused of taking any action against the US .
Show the world the letters I gave you. Let the world read them. Let the world know the agony of the detainees in Cuba .
Jumah Al Dossari is a 33-year-old citizen of Bahrain . This article was excerpted from letters he wrote to his attorneys. Its contents have been deemed unclassified by the Department of Defence.
The Gulf Times