Latest US Torture Allegation: Scalpel Cuts to Chest and Penis

While a minority of us will wretch violently, 61 percent of Americans will be excited about this latest torture story from The Observer:

Binyam Mohammed, 27, says he spent nearly three years in the CIA’s network of ‘black sites’. In Morocco he claims he underwent the strappado torture of being hung for hours from his wrists, and scalpel cuts to his chest and penis and that a CIA officer was a regular interrogator.

After his capture in Pakistan, Mohammed says British officials warned him that he would be sent to a country where torture was used. Moroccans also asked him detailed questions about his seven years in London, which his lawyers believe came from British sources.

According to the article, Mohammed signed a confession indicating that he was part of the alleged Jose Padilla plot to build a dirty bomb to bring into the United States.

In Morocco he was told he had plotted with Padilla and had dinner in Pakistan with Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the planner of 9/11, and other al-Qaeda chiefs. ‘I’ve never met anyone like these people,’ Mohammed told Stafford Smith. ‘How could I? I speak no Arabic… I never heard Padilla’s name until they told me.’

If Mohammed’s description of 18 months of torture is correct, it is no wonder he confessed:

According to Mohammed, he was threatened with electrocution and rape. On one occasion, he was handcuffed when three men entered his cell wearing black masks. ‘That day I ceased really knowing I was alive. One stood on each of my shoulders and a third punched me in the stomach. It seemed to go on for hours. I was meant to stand, but I was in so much pain I’d fall to my knees. They’d pull me back up and hit me again. They’d kick me in the thighs as I got up. I could see the hands that were hitting me… like the hands of someone who’d worked as a mechanic or chopped with an axe.’

Later he was confronted with details of his London life – such as the name of his kickboxing teacher – and met a Moroccan calling himself Marwan, who ordered him to be hung by his wrists. ‘They hit me in the chest, the stomach, and they knocked my feet from under me. I have a shoulder pain to this day from the wrenching as my arms were almost pulled out of their sockets.’

Another time, he told Stafford Smith: ‘They took a scalpel to my right chest. It was only a small cut. Then they cut my left chest. One of them took my penis in his hand and began to make cuts. He did it once, and they stood still for maybe a minute watching. I was in agony, crying, trying desperately to suppress myself, but I was screaming… They must have done this 20 to 30 times in maybe two hours. There was blood all over.’

Mohammed is now enjoying luxury accomodations at the symbol of American liberty which shines like a beacon to the world: The Statue of Liberty Guantanamo Bay.

In related news, it seems that two countries are beginning to rebel against Pax Americana. The Polish view:

Poland plans an official investigation into claims that the United States has sent terrorist suspects to secret prisons there.

Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz announced the investigation, the BBC reported.

“This matter must finally be closed, because it could prove dangerous for Poland,” the prime minister said.

The Washington Post recently reported that the United States was using secret locations in eastern Europe to hold some alleged terrorists. The Post did not name the countries, but records of CIA flights and other information pointed to Romania and Poland.

The Polish prime minister said officials would look at “all possible locations” to determine what had happened. He said the country would cooperate with a Council of Europe investigation.

and the Italian view:

Already 22 CIA officers have been charged in absentia in Italy for alleged roles in the rendition of a radical cleric, Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, seized – without the knowledge of the Italian government – on a Milan street in February 2003.

Days like this really make me want to hum Proud to Be an American aloud.

Stephen Gordon

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  1. Michelle,

    That would be funny as hell if it wasn’t so damned serious.


    I think I missed the first round on the story, somehow.

  2. Where are the pictures showing scars?

    How was he able to get this story out?

    Has this been independently verified or is it only an allegation by someone that this torture took place?

    To whom, where and when did he reveal this torture?

    How do we know he is in Gitmo for sure?

    How do we know this person even exists?

    How do we know this is not a fabricated story by someone or group with an agenda opposing the war on terror?

    How do we know this is not propoganda put out by the radicals to discredit the USA?

  3. Julian has a point. It could be the same as US propaganda in Iraq.,0,5638790.story?coll=la-home-headlines

    Julian, you and I both mentioned, in previous posts, that there is a lot of BS on the net. Gotta follow the story and learn where it goes. This, though, reeks of probable truth. Let’s not bury heads in the sand. Since I am on a Dorothy Parker reading trip now, I will leave you with this from Superfluous Advice:
    Should they whisper false of you,
    Never trouble to deny;
    Should the words they say be true,
    Weep and storm and swear they lie.

  4. I thought most of the torture at Abu Graib was already proven the first time we had a batch of pictures out. Then there is the next batch that the pentagon fought the release of, but a judge said that the ACLU can get access to them. This hasn’t happened yet, but it should solve this mystery when they do see the light of day.

    Till then, yes, Julian, this hasn’t been proven. But if the pictures come out, will that be enough? Until they don’t come out, I will concede that you are right. But based on what has already happened, it doesn’t take too much persuading to believe that it’s continuing to this day.

  5. Julian,

    How do we know George W. Bush exists? He could either be the result of a massive hallucination, or a carefully crafted media ploy to make us all think he is alive. The only people who claim to have seen him are actually his supporters, or members of the mainstream media (sort of a redundency) — especially since he keeps his dissenters in the “Free Speech Zone”.

    (btw, this was not actually a serious suggestion, just making a point) : )

  6. What’s really sad is that I know from experience that if I show this article to any of my family, they will somehow insist that he deserved it, that it was justified, or simply answer with a sarcastic “oh well that’s too bad for him.”