CHIROT ZERO ZINE--ANNOUNCING NEW BLOG

Dear Followers, Friends, fellow Workers:

I have just begun a new blog/zine called
Chirot Zero Zine A Heap of Rubble--
Anarkeyology of hand eye ear notations
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http://chirotzerozine.blogspot.com
the blog is more exusively concerned than this one with presenting essays, reviews (inc. "bad reviews") , Visual Poetry, Sound Poetry, Event Scores, Manifestos, Manifotofestos, rantin' & raving, rock'roll, music all sorts--by myself and others--if you are interested in being a contributor, please feel free to contact me at david.chirot@gmail.com
as with this blog, the arts are investigated as a part of rather than apart from the historical, economic, political actualities of yesterday, today, & tomorrow
as with al my blogs--
contributions in any language are welcome

Free Leonard Peltier

Free Leonard Peltier
The government under pretext of security and progress, liberated us from our land, resources, culture, dignity and future. They violated every treaty they ever made with us. I use the word “liberated” loosely and sarcastically, in the same vein that I view the use of the words “collateral damage” when they kill innocent men, women and children. They describe people defending their homelands as terrorists, savages and hostiles . . . My words reach out to the non-Indian: Look now before it is too late—see what is being done to others in your name and see what destruction you sanction when you say nothing. --Leonard Peltier, Annual Message January 2004 (Leonard Peltier is now serving 31st year as an internationally recognized Political Prisoner of the United States Government)

Injustice Continues: Leonard Peltier Again Denied Parole

# Injustice continues: Leonard Peltier denied parole‎ - By Mahtowin A wave of outrage swept the progressive community worldwide at the news that Native political prisoner Leonard Peltier was denied parole on Aug. ... Workers World - 2 related articles » US denies parole to American Indian activist Leonard Peltier‎ - AFP - 312 related articles » # Free Leonard Peltier 2009 PRISON WRITINGS...My Life Is My Sun Dance Leonard Peltier © 1999. # Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance - by Leonard Peltier, Harvey Arden - 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages Edited by Harvey Arden, with an Introduction by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, and a Preface by former Attorney General Ramsey Clark. In 1977, Leonard Peltier... books.google.com/books?isbn=0312263805... - # Leonard Peltier, American Indian Activist, Denied Parole And Won't ... Aug 21, 2009 ... BISMARCK, ND — American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, imprisoned since 1977 for the deaths of two FBI agents, has been denied parole ... www.huffingtonpost.com/.../leonard-peltier-american_n_265764.html - Cached - Similar - #

Gaza--War Crime: Collective Punishment of 1.5 Million Persons--Recognized as "The World's Largest Concentration Camp"

Number of Iraquis Killed Since USA 2003 Invasion began

Just Foreign Policy Iraqi Death Estimator

US & International Personnel losses in Iraq &Afghanistan; Costs of the 2 Wars to US


Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America's War On Iraq: 4,667
icasualties.org/oif/

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,453
http://icasualties.org/oef/


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Cost of War in Iraq

$691,188,637,164

Cost of War in Afghanistan
$229,137,844,021

The cost in your community

www.nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

flickr: DEATH FROM THIS WINDOW/DOORS OF GUANTANAMO--Essays, Links, Video-- US use of Torture

VISUAL POETRY/MAIL ART CALL Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual


VISUAL POETRY/MAIL ART CALL
No Sieges, Tortures, Starvation & Surveillance
GAZA-GUANTANAMO-ABU GHRAIB—THE GLOBE
Deadline/Fecha Limite: SinsLimite/ongoing
Size: No limit/Sin Limite
No Limit on Number of Works sent
No Limit on Number of Times New Works Are Sent
Documentation: on my blog
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Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'



Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'


The current 'Miss Universe' Dayana Mendoza (formerly Miss Venezuela) and 'Miss America' Crystal Stewart visited US troops stationed in Guantanamo Bay on March 20th, the New York Times reports. Here's Mendoza's account of the visit from her pageant blog last Friday. She says the trip "was a loooot of fun!"

This week, Guantánamo!!! It was an incredible experience...All the guys from the Army were amazing with us. We visited the Detainees camps and we saw the jails, where they shower, how the recreate themselves with movies, classes of art, books. It was very interesting. We took a ride with the Marines around the land to see the division of Gitmo and Cuba while they were informed us with a little bit of history.


The water in Guantánamo Bay is soooo beautiful! It was unbelievable, we were able to enjoy it for at least an hour. We went to the glass beach, and realized the name of it comes from the little pieces of broken glass from hundred of years ago. It is pretty to see all the colors shining with the sun. That day we met a beautiful lady named Rebeca who does wonders with the glasses from the beach. She creates jewelry with it and of course I bought a necklace from her that will remind me of Guantánamo Bay :)

I didn't want to leave, it was such a relaxing place, so calm and beautiful.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

ICH :--Slaughter In Gaza - Special Report--Videos-Articles--Fotos--




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News You Won't Find On CNN
December 27, 2008 - Special Report - Slaughter In Gaza
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Israeli Attack on Gaza, Kills 205
 
Israeli warplanes have carried out a massive airstrike on the Gaza Strip
By Press TV
 
Video footages showed the bodies of dead people including men, women and children on Gaza streets.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21541.htm
 
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Eyewitness: Chaos in Gaza
 
By BBC
 
We can see from our office here in Gaza, in the middle of Gaza City, ambulances are still evacuating the injured from buildings and school kids are trying to find secure places.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21543.htm
 
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Hamas Press Conference After Israeli Attacks On Gaza
 
Video - 27 Dec08
 
Taher al-Noono, a Hamas spokesman, speaks to reporters in Gaza following Israeli attacks which killed more than 195 people and wounded more than 200 others.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21542.htm
 
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Bush Winks at Israel's Slaughter in Gaza,
 
Obama and Clinton Are Silent
 
By Matthew Rothschild
 
President-elect Barack Obama and Secretary of State-to-be Hillary Clinton were shamefully silent in the first hours after the attack. Bush's reaction, and the non-reaction by Obama and Clinton, underscores the point that Hanan Ashrawi made on Saturday. "Israel has gotten used to not being held accountable and to being a country that is above the law," said the Palestinian legislator and human rights activist. She called the bombings a "massacre."
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21547.htm
 
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Gaza Massacres Must Spur Us To Action
 
By Ali Abunimah
 
"I will play music and celebrate what the Israeli air force is doing." Those were the words, spoken on Al Jazeera today by Ofer Shmerling, an Israeli civil defense official in the Sderot area adjacent to Gaza, as images of Israel's latest massacres were broadcast around the world.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21545.htm
 
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Gaza Massacre
Israel's Cynicism Supported by the West's Complicity
 
By Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC)
 
Today the Israeli army launched its long awaited strikes against the Gazan people, an unarmed, captive civilian population. The West, including the British government, has supported the last two years' of blockade of the Palestinians in Gaza for the crime of exercising their democratic rights in a manner not to Israel's liking.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21544.htm
 
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One Israeli killed, 4 hurt as Palestinian rockets hit Negev home:
 
Palestinians in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip fired at least 54 Qassam and Grad rockets into southern Israel on Saturday after Israeli air strikes killed more than 195 Palestinians in Gaza, according to Palestinian sources.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1050399.html
 
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Israel to mount emergency international PR effort in wake of savage attacks on Gaza:
 
Livni instructed senior ministry officials to open an aggressive and diplomatic international public relations campaign, in order to gain greater international support for Israel Defense Forces operations in the Gaza Strip.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1050402.html
 
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In Pictures :Israeli Attack On Gaza:
http://tinyurl.com/7bf7ow
 
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Let us work towards Peace and Joy
 
Tom Feeley

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Emergency Alert: Take Action to End Israeli Attacks on Gaza






Emergency Alert: Take Action to End
Israeli Attacks on Gaza

December 27th, 2008

As of this writing, Israeli Air Force attacks today on the occupied Gaza Strip killed an estimated 200 or more people and injured hundreds more. These Israeli attacks come on top of a brutal siege of the Gaza Strip, which has created a humanitarian catastrophe of dire proportions for Gaza's 1.5 million Palestinian residents by restricting the provision of food, fuel, medicine, electricity, and other necessities of life.

While the scope of civilian casualties in today's attacks is not yet clear, it is unmistakable that Israel carried out these attacks with F16 fighter jets and missiles provided by the taxpayers of this country. From 2001-2006, the United States transferred to Israel more than $200 million worth of spare parts to fly its fleet of F16's. In July 2008, the United States gave Israel 186 million gallons of JP-8 aviation jet fuel. Last year, the United States signed a $1.3 billion contract with Raytheon to transfer to Israel thousands of TOW, Hellfire, and "bunker buster" missiles.

In short, Israel's lethal attack today on the Gaza Strip could not have happened without the active military and political support of the United States. Therefore, we need to take action to protest this attack and demand an immediate cease-fire.

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1. Contact the White House to protest the attack and demand an immediate cease-fire. Call 202-456-1111 or send an email to comments@whitehouse.gov.

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Israel attacks Gaza, at least 155 dead--End U.S. Military Aid to Israel in Violation of U.S. Laws



In recent years an increasing number of articles and books have been researched, written and published on the great many similarities of the Palestinians' and American Indians situations historically and rhetorically in terms of the disinformation and and racist biases of the media, the prolonged ethnic cleansing, imprisonment in camps, rezervations, forts, and in the World's Largest Prison, Gaza, the loss of land, water, human rights--killing by manipulating diseases through contaminated blankets and water, starvation, "targeted assassinations" (illegal under International Law) and total destruction of the environment.
Illegal Occupations, illegal "settlers," illegal thefts of land, water, buildings, animals, education, health care--
How many peoples could take the totalization of annihilation brought to bear by the "civilized" against the "svages," the "non-persons"?
What kind of "mighty nation" kills children who throws stones? When the Israelis and Americans massacred hundres of Palestinians and Indians, this was "God's Work." When an Indian or Palestinian returns fire, fights back--it is "terrorism."

Jet planes, ultra sophisticated rockets fired from planes, drones, helicopters, tanks, bulldozers, the world's 4th largest military, the World's largest prison in history, the huge illegal Apartheid Wall--against a people armed with home made rockets, starving to death, and in the US peoples who were armed with bows and arrows, starving to death.

Is this why the US supports the Israeli State? because it, too, is bent on genocide?





The government under pretext of security and progress, liberated us from our land, resources, culture, dignity and future. They violated every treaty they ever made with us. I use the word “liberated” loosely and sarcastically, in the same vein that I view the use of the words “collateral damage” when they kill innocent men, women and children.

They describe people defending their homelands as terrorists, savages and hostiles . . .

My words reach out to the non-Indian: Look now before it is too late—see what is being done to others in your name and see what destruction you sanction when you say nothing.

--Leonard Peltier, Annual Message January 2004
(Leonard Peltier is now serving 33rd year as an internationally recognized Political Prisoner of the United States Government)


Note: The mostly home made rockets fried from Gaza in self defsnse have killed 13 person in over six years inside Israel.

Israel has the 4th biggest Military in the World, is 4th in Export of Military/Security Weapons and technology and has over 250 Nucelar Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Israel has never signed a single Nuclear Treaty nor allowed a single inspection of its Nuclear facilities.
Earlier this year an Israeli Minister promised a Shoa, the Hebrew word for the Holocaust, to the Palestinian people.
At the start of 2008 the Israeli governement announced there would be no Peace deal for this entire year, despite continuous offers from Hamas before and after being elected to power in 2007.
Israel has violated more International Human Rights than any other State, and the UN recently moved for War Crimes Tribunals against the State leaders.
Prime Minister was charged with War Crimes when, conveniently, the primary witness against him, a Lebanese leader, was killed. The killing was blamed on Syria. It has now been traced directly to the Israeli Mossad.

South African observers have spoken out against Israeli Apartheid, calling it even worse than that in the former Apartheid State in South Africa. (Which was an ally and military client of Israel.)

The US supplying of weapons and billions in military aid to the State of Israel is in direct violation of American Laws.
Senator Leahy (D-VT) has been trying for some time to hve an investigation into the illegal sales of US cluster bombs before and during the Israeli Invasion of Lebanon in 2006.

During that invasion, Israel systematically destroyed the entire infrastructure of Lebanon, made 25% of farm lands unusable due to cluster bombs and destroyed basically for ever the entire ecological systems of Lebanon's beach fronts and off shore waters.

Collective Punishment of civilians in Gaza and Lebanon is a War Crime.

The siege of Gaza has created a humanitarian catastrophe of starvation, disease, deaths due to no medicine, no electricity for hospitals, no food, water polluted by sewage from the destroyed water mains, no spare parts allowed to repair anything, no paper, books, pencils for students, and a total ban on media entering the prison of 1.5 million people.

Palestinian prisoners of the Israeli State are tortured as a matter of routine and not allowed to see any counsel for 21 days. Almost a thousand Palestinian children are inside Israeli prisons. A prisoner may be held for any length of time without being charged--days, months, years, decades.

Israel's Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance, designed by Frank Gearhy, sits atop a Muslim Cemetery. There are no signs of anything Palestinian inside the Museum of Tolerance, which practices a policy of exclusions making it a Monument to Intolerance and Apartheid.

Does the "Change" of America's election of President-Elect Obama mean that magically the US is absolved of its Genocidal, Slave owning past, and can just transfer these elsewhere and continue to actively support them with billions of dollars?



Israel attacks Gaza, at least 155 dead

Posted 3 hours 44 minutes ago
Updated 7 minutes ago

At least 155 people were killed after more than 30 air strikes destroyed several security compounds.

At least 155 people were killed after more than 30 air strikes destroyed several security compounds. (Reuters: Suhaib Salem)

Israeli warplanes and combat helicopters have pounded the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, killing at least 155 people in the bloodiest day for Palestinians in more than 20 years.

Palestinian militants responded with rocket salvoes that killed an Israeli man and wounded several others, medics said.

Black smoke billowed over Gaza City, where the dead and wounded lay scattered on the ground after more than 30 air strikes destroyed several security compounds, including two where Hamas was hosting graduation ceremonies for new recruits.

Among the dead were the Hamas-appointed police chief, Tawfiq Jabber, the head of Hamas's security and protection unit, and the governor of central Gaza, according to medical workers.

The Israeli military said it had targeted "terrorist infrastructure" following days of rocket attacks from Gaza on Israel and pledged more strikes if necessary, possibly targeting leaders of the Hamas Islamist militant group.

Hamas threatened to unleash "hell" to avenge the dead, including possible suicide bombings inside Israel.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the Israeli air campaign was "criminal" and called for the international community to intervene.

European Union Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana called for an immediate ceasefire.

"We are very concerned at the events in Gaza. We call for an immediate ceasefire and urge everybody to exert maximum restraint," his spokesman said.

Egypt also condemned the Israeli raids and said it would keep trying to restore a truce between Israel and Gaza.

Escalation threatened

At the main Gaza City graduation ceremony, uniformed bodies lay in a pile and the wounded writhed in pain, television pictures showed.

Rescuers carried those showing signs of life to cars and ambulances, while others tried to revive the unconscious.

The air strikes followed a decision by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's security cabinet to widen reprisals for cross-border Palestinian rocket attacks following the collapse of a six-month-old, Egyptian-brokered ceasefire a week ago.

Asked if an escalation of the assault could include targeted strikes against Hamas leaders, army spokeswoman Avital Leibovitch said: "Anything belonging to Hamas could be a target. You can interpret that as you like."

A five-day Israeli offensive in March killed more than 120 people, but Saturday's death toll would be the highest for Palestinians since their 1980s uprising.

Hamas armed wing spokesman Abu Ubaida said the Islamist group would "teach the enemy a lesson they will never forget," and brushed aside Israeli threats to target its leaders.

Witnesses reported heavy Israeli bombing along Gaza's border with Egypt.

Palestinians use hundreds of tunnels under the border to bring in everything from goods to weapons, making them prime Israeli targets.

Mr Olmert had warned Hamas, which seized control of the coastal enclave in June 2007, to stop firing rockets.

"I will not hesitate to use Israel's might to strike Hamas and (Islamic) Jihad," he told Al Arabiya television, an Arab broadcaster widely watched in Gaza.

- Reuters

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Friday, December 26, 2008

Guantánamo's library: The War ON "Hearts & Minds"





Although this article is nearly a year and a half old, I think it's still very relevant as an example of a reversal of the policy of "winning hearts and minds," by instead Making War ON "Hearts and Minds."


The more the minds of prisoners and entire populations are literally and literally "kept in the dark," the easier they are to breakdown. The more deprivation, beyond the already violently imposed sensory deprivations, that a human mind is to undergone in terms of information, knowledge, understanding, the more the person as a being with a culture is annihilated.

To progressively banish human beings from the "civilized" world reinforces the treatment of such persons as "uncivilized" beings who then do not waarent being treated with any "civilized" respect at all.

In effect, such persons become, like the American Indians were and for many still are in the USA, non persons, savages, brutes, "terrorists."

Viewed as non-persons, it follows that these beings are not allowed the rights of persons, and so may be deprived of everything they have--land, culture, dignity, freedom, water, air--life--

Golda Meier famously said in a 1969 BBC interview that "there never was such a thing as a Palestinian." Following this concept of Palestinians as "things" who never "were" persons, the Israeli policy of the last over two years has been to ban the entry into Gaza of paper, pencils, erasers, school books, to create near impossible to cross barriers between students and children and their schools, to forbid the over 700 Gazans with fellowships to study abroad from leaving--
all in order to reinforce the conception of these non-persons, these things, as being beyond the pale of the "civilized world."

Therefore the mass killings and bombing, tortures,the collective punishments and total destruction of a culture, can be viewed as perfectly "reasonable," since the non-persons have done the outrageous and unthinkable of resisting. And because they are resisting, it gives the Israelis, the Americans the right to "self defense" to exterminate them in the name of "civilization."

In the "civilized" world, only the invaders, aggressors, occupiers have the right to "self defense." those being exterminated do not.

A library may seem a small thing, but it is part of an immense system of annihilation at every level of the existence of the "non-persons."

It turns the lack of books that is created into a reason for the genocide of "non-reading" peoples--non-civilized non persons--who are not thought of or allowed to be persons in the first place--



(see also a previous entry--


http://davidbaptistechirot.blogspot.com/2008/12/new-extreme-experimental-american.html


Guantánamo's library: adding insult to injury

23.7.07

http://www.andyworthington.co.uk/2007/07/23/guantanamos-library-adding-insult-to-injury/

The following is a declassified letter from a Guantánamo detainee named Abdul Aziz, who has been held in US custody without charge or trial for over five and a half years. Abdul Aziz traveled to Afghanistan in late September 2001, after taking his final exams at the Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud University in Riyadh, to search for his brother, and to persuade him to return home. He was caught up in the chaos surrounding the fall of the Taliban in northern Afghanistan, and, despite never undertaking any kind of military training or raising arms against the Northern Alliance or the US-led coalition, was treated brutally in US custody in Afghanistan before being transferred to Guantánamo.

I found his comments on the "library" at Guantánamo to be an extraordinarily eloquent insight into the all-pervading repression of the regime at the prison. Unlike convicted criminals on the US mainland, who watch TV and have regular access to reading and writing materials, the prisoners in Guantánamo –- who have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted –- are deprived of almost all "comfort items" to relieve the crushing monotony of their daily lives and the desperate uncertainty of their fate, and Abdul Aziz' comments on the deliberate paucity of reading matter for the detainees is as damning, in its own way, as the stories related in the forthcoming book Poems from Guantánamo: The Detainees Speak, which reveal how, in order to express themselves, and to shake off –- albeit temporarily –- the dehumanizing regime of mental and physical isolation, detainees scratched poems onto Styrofoam cups and passed them from cell to cell when the guards were not looking.

It also strikes me that, by failing to provide educational possibilities to the detainees –- offering English lessons, for example –- and by providing them with almost nothing to read except the Koran, the authorities in charge of Guantánamo are not only demonstrating the meanness of their spirit, but are also doing absolutely nothing to bridge the gap between their own culture and those of the detainees, reinforcing the bellicose aspects of the "War on Terror" at the expense of bridge-building exercises that would not only provide a shred of humanity, but would also provide opportunities to break down cultural barriers through mutual understanding.

This is the text of Abdul Aziz' letter, as first reproduced on Cageprisoners:

"I was meeting with my attorney in Guantánamo Bay. After conversing about some legal questions related to my case, we turned to the issue of the Delta Camp library in Guantánamo, and about the false propaganda being spread by the camp administration about that library.

"Some people think that the Gitmo camp library is a big hall with large drawers, well-organized shelves, shiny marble floors, state-of-the-art electronic catalog system for a rich library in which the detainees browse morning and evening, choosing the best of the available books in all fields and sundry sciences, in many different languages –- just like that magnificent library I used to walk through five years ago when I was a student at Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud University in Riyadh, conducting my scholastic research work at the time.

"The truth, as all will attest, is that the Gitmo camp library is nothing more than two small gray boxes with which guards walk around in some cell blocks, carrying them above their heads to protect themselves from the burning sun, or, at best, dragging them on a dolly with two little wheels. Inside the two boxes, there are no more than a combination of old, worn-out books, with their covers and some of their leaves torn by rain and other adverse factors that surround these two boxes. Furthermore, they are the same books that have been passed by the detainees for years. Arabic-speaking detainees are given access to a collection of boring works of fantasy fiction in addition to books filled with atheism and possibly attacks on Islam and some of its precepts. After continuous, arduous efforts by detainees and their counsel, one religious book was finally allowed in Camp 4 [the camp for the 'most compliant' detainees] for each 40 detainees.

"Afghani detainees, on the other hand, are provided with several literary works in Pashto and Farsi. These books have not changed since the itinerant box library was formed some years ago. If we look at the books that are available in the other common camp languages, we will not fail to see a book or two in each language –- worn out and covered with cobweb[s]. The opposite –- and shining –- side of this itinerant box is the majority of reading material available in English, which is not spoken or read by the overwhelming majority of inmates. You will surely find books about American history and the founding fathers. The detainees can do no more than turn these books this way and that and enjoy their shiny covers, not knowing what the books are about or gaining any knowledge of their contents.

"In addition, you will find worn-out copies and old issues of National Geographic. A few weeks ago, I picked up a copy of that magazine from the ruins of books in that dilapidated box and was astonished that the issue I picked up was dated 1973 –- over 30 years ago. I asked the itinerant box carrier (the librarian, as the administration likes to call him) if I could have a more recent issue, dated 2000 or above. Evidently tired of carrying these boxes and walking around with them, he replied very calmly, 'You have five more minutes to choose the books you want. This is all we have.' I thanked him for performing this arduous task and making this strenuous effort, placed that magazine on top of the stack of books in the box, and told him as nicely as I could, 'please take my number off the check-out list. As of today, I will have no need for your plentiful library.' He smiled broadly, looked at his wrist watch, carried his box on his head, and retreated to where he came from."

[Note: For security reasons, Abdul Aziz does not wish to be identified by his surname].

Carlos Latuff: Interview with the Cartoonist/Activist


Carlos Latuff 25/12/2008

http://palestinethinktank.com/2008/12/25/an-interview-with-carlos-latuff-cartoonistactivist/


An interview with Carlos Latuff, cartoonist/activist

By Carlos Latuff • Dec 25th, 2008 at 23:50 • Category: Artwork, Biography, Grassroots Activism, Interviews, Israel, Newswire, Palestine, Religion, Resistance, War, Zionism

 

(Ben Heine © Cartoons)He has been alternatively praised and vilified in the press for his depictions of suffering in places like the Palestinian Territories, Iraq, and the slums of Latin America. But Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff says he is not out to please anyone. MENASSAT spoke with Latuff on the heals of a newly released series of cartoons about Iraqi journalist Muntazer Al-Zaidi.
By JACKSON ALLERS

COVER LATUFF
Scenes from Carlos Latuff's comic-book, Captain Iraq - flank a real-world hero in the Arab world: the Iraqi shoe-throwing journalist, Muntazer Al-Zaidi. © Carlos Latuff

BEIRUT, December 23, 2008 (MENASSAT) — Carlos Latuff, 40, is nothing short of a one-man cartoon wrecking-ball when he hits the ink.
Based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Latuff has spent the last 15 plus years crafting a style that can best be described as "populist cartooning." He has touched on issues like Apartheid in South Africa, the plight of Native Americans in the US and the oppression of Tibetans in China.

But perhaps his most controversial series to date is "We are all Palestinians," in which he compares the actions taken by the Israeli government towards Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip directly to the Nazi's treatment of Jews.

In a December interview with the Jewish cultural scholar Eddy Portnoy, Latuff said, "It happens to be Israeli Jews that are the oppressors of Palestinians. If they were Christians, Muslims or Buddhists, I would criticize them the same way."

Latuff's cartoon series of world leaders like former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, outgoing US president George W. Bush and British PM Tony Blair conjure up the distorted, monster-like depictions of UK-based stencil graffiti artist, Shepard Farley.

And his irreverent take on recent issues like the Bush shoe-throwing incident with the Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi has continued to stir-up hundreds of online comments equally praising and decrying his work.

i-heart-girl writes in one online forum, "Your pieces have inspired me to keep hoping, praying, and working for peace and the end of corruption, no matter how fruitless the attempt may seem. I hope you can continue to bring awareness to the ignorant."

MENASSAT reached Latuff in Rio de Janeiro and conducted this on-line interview.

MENASSAT: Can you tell us about your personal history? Your biography says you're 40-years-old. How long have you been a cartoonist?

CARLOS LATUFF: I have been a professional artist since 1989. I started as an illustrator for a small advertising agency and then worked as a political cartoonist for leftist trade union papers in 1990. But I've been drawing since I was a kid.

MENASSAT: Why did you decide to focus on issues relating to the Arab world?

CARLOS LATUFF: My work doesn't only concern the Arab world. I also draw cartoons about concerns closer to home, like the police brutality in Brazil, the right-wing conspiracy against Evo Morales and his administration in Bolivia, and elsewhere, about events like the Russia-Georgia crisis, the riots in Greece, and so on. I do have a special focus on Palestine because of the time I spent there. When I was in the West Bank in 1999, I decided I would support the Palestinian struggle with my art.

MENASSAT: You've characterized your work as controversial. What is at the heart of your cartoons that makes them controversial?

CARLOS LATUFF: Touching the taboo of the Palestinian-Israeli [conflict] is always controversial, especially when you take the side of the oppressed. My art intends to break the common perception of the issue and it challenges the mainstream version of the conflict.

MENASSAT: Your work has been featured on Independent Media Center sites (www.imc.org) worldwide and in more mainstream publications like The Toronto Star. Which outlets have more impact on the public and does that matter to you?

CARLOS LATUFF: Having my cartoons shown from time to time in the mainstream media is only a consequence. The method I rely on the most to distribute my drawings are the good people throughout the world that are willing to reproduce my images online, via email, on their websites, etcetera.



MENASSAT: Your cartoon series, "We are all Palestinians," published on the Swiss Independent Media Center (IMC) site in 2002 prompted a Jewish organization to level the charge of anti-Semitism towards your work. A Swiss court suspended the criminal proceedings, but do you think it was anti-Semitism?

CARLOS LATUFF: Regarding cartoons and anti-Semitism, I have a recent interview with Eddy Portnoy, which clarifies my opinion about this on my blog, Tales of Iraq War. As a cartoonist, I feel comfortable enough to make any comparison I think necessary that expresses my point. Metaphors are the key point to political cartooning. Of course Israel isn't building gas chambers in the West Bank, but surely we can find some similarities between the treatment given to Palestinians by the [Israel Defense Forces] and the Jews under Nazi rule.

Inaccurate or not, it's important to highlight that such comparisons have been made worldwide—not only by cartoonists but by people such as Yosef 'Tommy' Lapid, Ariel Sharon's former Justice Minister and a Holocaust survivor [who died in June of 2008.] He said in 2004, during an interview, that a photo of an elderly Palestinian woman searching through rubble reminded him of his grandmother who died in Auschwitz. For me, this is more painful than comparisons of how Palestinians live under Israeli occupation.

My cartoons have no focus on the Jews or on Judaism. My focus is Israel as a political entity, as a government, their armed forces being a satellite of US interests in the Middle East, and especially Israeli policies toward the Palestinians. It happens to be Israeli Jews that are the oppressors of Palestinians. If they were Christians, Muslims or Buddhists, I would criticize them the same way. I made cartoons about George Bush, Condoleezza Rice, Tony Blair, [former Mexican President] Ernesto Zedillo, [former Chilean dictator Augusto] Pinochet, and none of them were Jewish.

I mean… you insult the Muslims with a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a [suicide] bomber and claim the right to freedom of speech, but if you make drawings about the Holocaust, then it's hatred against the Jews.

MENASSAT: On your deviant art page, you list Sebastião Salgado as a big influence. A lot of his work has dealt with the oppressed and downtrodden in societies, and
 his assignments are often lengthy ones. Do you look to replicate this documentary approach with your cartoon work—as opposed to a one-off political cartoon?

CARLOS LATUFF: The cartoons I make aren't directed at middle-class, bourgeoisie readers, so I really don't care about what they think or believe. I make art for people living in Gaza, in Baghdad, in the slums of Latin America, ordinary people, the populace. I hope this art can serve to boost the morale of people suffering and the freedom fighters in every corner of the planet.

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Yasmina Khadra: Interview with the Algerian Writer & Ret. Solider

'The Arab world is more generous and inspired than yours'

Created 27/11/2008 - 14:10
 
Tell us a little about yourself, where you were born and other biographical details.

Yasmina Khadra: I was born, 52 years ago, in the Algerian Sahara. My tribe has occupied Kenadsa, the village where I was born, for eight centuries. She is known for her poetry and her wisdom. She has always welcomed, without regard to race or religion, all the travellers who knocked on her door: the writer and explorer Isabelle Eberhardt, the Minister Charles de Foucauld, as well as the missionaries who crossed the desert in the direction of Tombouctou and Africa. I was born in a tribe of poets and warriors. This is why I never felt out of place in the army as a novelist. It is my tribe which taught me how to me to share myself between the two.


Your father was a soldier, and you became a soldier. Where did the desire to write come from?

Khadra: My father had originally been a male nurse. Then, there was the war for the Independence of Algeria, and my father joined the National Liberation Army. After six years of war, he came home as an officer and chose to embrace a military career in the young Algerian army. In 1964, when I was nine years old, my father placed me in Cadets School, the military institution concerned with officer training. I thus spent eleven years at this military boarding school before moving on to the Academy to begin my career as an officer that lasted 25 years.

But I was always writing. From the time I was eleven years old, I tired my hand at fables tales. My first published work, Houria, I wrote when I was seventeen years old. When I became an officer, I continued to write. I published six novels under my real name, Mohammed Moulessehoul before seeing any reaction from the hierarchy in 1988.

Seeing that I had begun being recognized in the media in Algeria the High command imposed a committee of censorship to supervise me. I refused to subject myself to them. This is how my first pseudonym came about, from that decision in 1989. It was Police Chief Llob's name that appeared on two small novels The Nutcase With The Lancet (1990) and The Fair (1993) In 1997, my Parisian editor wanted a name which sounded less like a profession for the publication of Morituri, so I chose my wife's first two names, Yasmina Khadra. Since then I have kept this pen name, which has now had work translated in twenty-seven countries.


Were there any writers who inspired you when you first started to write? Your Superintendent Llob books reminded me of books by George Simenon and Nicolas Freeling…

Khadra: I did not read Simenon, at the time. Our bookshops were disaster victims and our old books managed to do little more then make us dream. We lived in a country with a horror for writers and artists. However, I really liked the Black American literature: Chester Himes, Richard Wright, and James Baldwin.

By creating the Superintendent Llob character, I wanted to have a typically Algerian character. Moreover, in my noir novels, Algiers herself is also a central character. I did not seek to imitate my preferred authors. I wrote in French, but with my Bedouin sensitivity, my Algerian glance, my anger and my Algerian hopes.

Anyway, we also have our own artists, as beautiful and rich as Western literature. I far prefer Taha Hussein from Egypt, Francois Mauriac, Abou El Kassam Ech-Chabbi from Tunisia, or, Naguib Mahfouz, Malek Haddad from Algeria, etc, to European flashes in the pan.

It's a pity that you do not have access to our culture. The Arab world is not just a postcard with dunes and caravans, nor is it only terrorist attacks. The Arab world is more generous and more inspired than yours. Do you know that El Moutannabi is Humanity's greatest poet since the dawn of time? It's a pity that you do not know anything of it. I was initially inspired by mine. But I have had the chance to get maximum benefit from a double culture, Western and Eastern, without ever losing sight of where I come from.


What made you decide to write about Superintendent Llob, a police officer?

Khadra: I created Superintendent Llob as a diversion for the Algerian reader. I have already told you, in Algeria, we did not have a large selection in our bookshops there, and the publications revolved around the political demagogy, nationalist chauvinism and the romantic mediocrity praising the Algerian Revolution in Stalinist speeches. I dreamed of writing station books, books funny and without claim that you could read while waiting for the train or the bus, or while gilding yourself with the sun at the seaside. I dreamed to reconcile the Algerian reader with his literature. I had never thought that Superintendent Llob was going to exceed the borders of the country and appeal to readers in Europe, and America.


Do you have an intention in mind when you write? What do you want readers to take away with them when they finish one of your books?

Khadra: Each novelist, each artist, each inventor is motivated by something. Without some idea at the back of the mind, no one could advance. When I write, I have two motivations: firstly, to display to the reader a great moment in literature, secondly, to permit him to discover the universe. In my novels, one dreams and one instructs. I write to humanize a word which never ceases to be less poetical, more scared, and to question its future. I try to remind people of the necessity of being useful, intelligent and of living their lives fully while respecting the lives of others.


Where do you find inspiration for your books, and what inspires you to write?

Khadra: In a look, a sign, in all things which question me. I'm like a seismograph in search of sensitivity, of a state of soul, of a deeply human concern. I don't know how to look at objects without seeing them. Everything fascinates me, overwhelms me, astonishes me, interrogates me.


I think "In the Name of God" and "Wolf Dreams" are two of your most powerful books. Where did you find the inspiration for those two stories?


Khadra: In the mental misery that threatens to impoverish minds and dreams. In human stupidity and the ignorance of people.


Why do you write about te
rrorism?

Khadra: For two reasons. Initially because it is a planetary danger, that I know of from the inside and that I can describe with clearness and intelligence. Also, because Westerners understand nothing, and never say anything important on the subject. My books consist of explanations to clarify the consciences and alleviate the spirits traumatized by the political handling of media misinformation.

That being said, I make a point of recalling that my novels are not testimony. They concern fiction and assert their literary values. I am sorry to see people throw themselves on the topic and to neglect the manner of treating this topic. I basically make literary work. I have a language, a style.


In your books it seems like your characters feel they have no choices. Do you believe that people have had that ability to choose taken away from them, and is that one of the reasons they turn to violence as an answer?

Khadra: Certainly the characters must be believable, and capable of convincing the reader as well as inspiring them with passion. I don't know how to create stories otherwise. I am demanding of myself in my work, and also require that my reader contributes watchfulness and diligence. One cannot read my works superficially without missing essentials.

Critics who approach me superficially may think they have grasped my message, style, language or the uniqueness of my work. However they are reacting to stereotypes and often interpret my work clumsily. It's exactly the same treatment the media gives violence: erroneous, speculative, unbelievably naive or malicious.

In my novels, I deal with subjects I know very well, that I understand. I attempt to show violence as not inherent to any particular nation, not as something genetic, but as the result of an untenable human condition. Any person, be they American, Japanese, Malaysian, Indian or Buddhist, could, given the required psychological and mental conditions, yield to the appeal of wrath and transform themselves into a ball of rage and death.


What has been the reaction to your books in Algeria and other Muslim countries?

Khadra: The Algerian reader likes me a lot. They read me in French because I am not translated into Arabic. I am translated into Indonesian, Japanese, Malaysian, in the majority of the languages, except in Arabic. But that has nothing to do with the Arab peoples. It is the leaders who seek, as always, to dissociate the people from the elite so they can continue to reign and cultivate clanism and mediocrity.


Many of your books are now being studied by American University students. What do you hope they learn by reading your books?

Khadra: That they would approach my books like they would another people; that they would discover other cultures, other ways of thinking, and that they serve them like gateways. Americans are trapped in their country's continent and are convinced they know everything, that the world stops at their borders. That's false. The world begins at their borders.


I've noticed that recently more books from Muslim countries have been translated into English. I wonder if you have seen a difference in Western people's attitudes, or noticed any kind of improvement.

Khadra: That depends on the books one chooses to read. Sudden interest in Eastern culture permits opportunities for charlatans and falsifiers. Westerners prefer to read stupid stories regarding the stereotypical relationships of Arabs and Muslims with their spouses. Thus they end up reading isolated and farfetched fables and all of a sudden think they understand a people and its culture.

However, to gain access to a universe, one has to get rid of moral and intellectual baggage, if not have a minimum of discernment. I don't see this happening. You have no idea of the great Arabic writers. What sells are books written by illiterates and shameless opportunists, books full of hate, denial, misinformation and coarseness. Perhaps one day a real maturity will cause people to make a real effort to understand, instead of judging and condemning.


What are your plans for the future?

Khadra: I live from day to day. It is more prudent. I do not make plans; I prefer to take the things as they come.


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Take a look at this great video I found called:

"Away in a manger  no crib for his bed..."

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Christmas Appeal

Haiti is the only country in history where an enslaved people threw over their captors and took charge of their country.

And generations later, the global slave masters have never let them forget it.

The poorest country in the western hemisphere and one of the poorest in the world, it's been run by one band of US-supported criminals after another.

(So much for bringing democracy to the world.)

This year Haiti took direct hits from four major hurricanes.

It's rare to get news about Haiti in the US. Rarer still for Haitians to be portrayed as human beings.

How you can help

Haitian people are not short of initiative, man-power or courage.

They do need some help from the outside world following the storms. But a little, well-targeted aid to grass roots projects will go far.

Most good-sized, reliable aid organizations have projects in Haiti.

You can donate through those groups and specify that you want your donation to go to projects in Haiti.

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"Farewell to Nanao Sakaki"






Nanao Sakaki

By Bob Holman & Margery Snyder, About.com

Nanao Sakaki grew up in Japan, came to adulthood as a drafted radarman in the Japanese Army during World War II, and after the war became known as a poet and friend to American poets, a wilderness walker, environmentalist and counterculture leader, founder of the Tribe and Banyan Ashram.

The following is excerpted from our correspondent Taylor Mignon1's 2002 portrait of Sakaki written for the About Poetry Museletter:

Yaponesian Global Guerrilla Poet Nanao Sakaki:

If you have time to chatter
Read books
If you have time to read
Walk into mountain, desert and ocean
If you have time to walk
Sing Songs and dance
If you have time to dance
Sit quietly, you Happy Lucky Idiot
I first met Nanao Sakaki in 1993 at the Kyoto Connection, an eclectic event of the arts headed by Ken Rogers, managing editor of Kyoto Journal2. At that time I was editing the bilingual literary journal, The Plaza, and I asked him if he could send work. Though he never sent anything — it could be difficult to pin him down sometimes as he's such an inveterate wanderer — I'd often go to his reading events.

Renaissance Wild Man:

Nanao, a walking collective call of the wild man, commune cofounder, scholar of languages and aboriginal culture and tribal traditions, troubadour to hang out with, lover of 'shrooms and the herbs, movement maker, The Tribes, homeless (except for the cabin in Shizuoka), green guru guy, activist, translator of haiku, mantra sutra rapper using the 5/7/5 syllabic meter.... Nanao is also better known in the US than in his home Yaponesia. My poet friend Kijima Hajime3, a Walt Whitman scholar, didn't know about Nanao since he's more associated with the Beats and the Hippies.... Japan's first Dead Head?

"Break the Mirror":

So Kijima included Nanao's poem "Break the Mirror" in the bilingual booklet Over the Oceans: Contemporary Poetry from Japan (Doyo Bijutsusha Shuppan Hanbai, 2000), which he re-envisioned for both English and Japanese versions. Also in 2000, Blackberry Books, Nanao's main publisher in English, put out an anthology of writings on him entitled Nanao or Never: Nanao Sakaki Walks Earth A, by such as authors as Gary Snyder, Allen Ginsberg, Joanne Kyger and myself. Blackberry Books also published Nanao's poetry volumes Break the Mirror (1996) and Let's Eat Stars (1997).

"Let's Eat Stars":

His poetry is infused with homegrown, funky, direct appeal. The first poem (untitled) in Break the Mirror tells us — not didactically — to take it easy. "April Fool's Day" in Let's Eat Stars is sharp-tongued in the eighth stanza:
To make schooling more efficient
The Ministry of Education wants
that all grammar schools & junior high schools
should be reorganized into three categories
A, Elite course.
B, Robot course.
C, Dropout course.
He has also done English translations of haiku by Kobayashi Issa in Inch by Inch: 45 Haiku (La Alameda Press, 1999), which has the Japanese and English printed in Nanao's script.

With Gary Snyder:

In Yaponesia his main publisher is Studio Reaf, which publishes the activist journal Ningen kazoku ("Human family") — in 2000 Studio Reaf released a video of Gary's reading selections from Turtle Island and Axe Handles followed by Nanao's translation — Gary Snyder: Sing the Mother Earth, in Shinshu, 1991. The Japanese language Kokopelli is a collection of poems containing the poem "Just Enough" in several languages, including Ainu, Ryukyuan, and English:
Soil for legs
Axe for hands
Flower for eyes
Bird for ears
Mushroom for nose
Smile for mouth
Songs for lungs
Sweat for skin
Wind for mind

Books by and about Nanao Sakaki:

  • Break the Mirror, poems by Nanao Sakaki (Blackberry Books, 1996)


  • Let's Eat Stars, poems (Blackberry Books, 1997)


  • []Inch by Inch: 45 Haiku by Issa, translated by Nanao Sakaki (La Alameda Press, 1999)


  • Nanao or Never: Nanao Sakaki Walks Earth A, edited by Gary Lawless (Blackberry Books, 2000)

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Guantanamo lawyer says Gates may have committed perjury

12/22/2008 @ 10:58 pm

Filed by Andy Worthington

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US appears to ignore findings of British court on detainee's torture

LONDON -- The announcement Dec. 1 that Barack Obama had retained Bush Defense Secretary Robert Gates was intended to demonstrate the President-elect's desire for a "big-tent" administration that transcended partisan politics. Gates had voiced his desire to close the Pentagon's notorious Guantбnamo Bay prison almost as soon as he took over from Donald Rumsfeld in December 2006, and this and his subsequent stewardship of the Iraq War earned him a place as a trustworthy figure who might bridge the Bush and Obama divide.

However, a declaration the defense secretary made in a Washington, D.C. District Court filing Dec. 12 during the habeas review of Guantбnamo prisoner Binyam Mohamed might make some rethink the trustworthy label. Mohamed's lawyer, Clive Stafford Smith, says that unless Gates retracts his statement, he could find himself accused of perjury.

Mohamed has said that after being seized in Pakistan in April 2002 and held for three months, he was rendered by the CIA to Morocco, where he was tortured for 18 months.

His claims of torture were upheld by the British High Court in a review this summer (PDF), which took place after Mohamed's lawyers sued the British government for alleged complicity in their client's rendition and torture. Both the British government and the British High Court accepted that Mohamed "has put forward a prima facie case of torture," Stafford Smith said.

The court established that Mohamed was "unlawfully rendered from Pakistan to Morocco by the United States authorities," his lawyers said, and was "subject to unlawful incommunicado detention and torture during his interrogation there by or on behalf of the United States authorities." The court also established that Mr. Mohamed was "unlawfully rendered by the United States authorities from Morocco to Afghanistan," where he was "detained unlawfully and incommunicado" and was "tortured or subject to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment by or on behalf of the United States authorities in the 'Dark Prison.'" -- a secret CIA facility near Kabul.

At the end of this ordeal, Mohamed said he made a number of false confessions about his involvement with al-Qaeda and a plot to detonate a radioactive "dirty bomb" in New York as a direct result of his torture in Morocco and at the hands of CIA agents in Afghanistan.

The Bush administration has never provided any explanation for Mohamed's whereabouts from July 2002 to May 2004. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court granted Guantбnamo prisoners habeas corpus rights. Mohamed's case was reviewed by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan in Washington D.C. District Court.

Sullivan set a deadline of Oct. 6 for the government to produce exculpatory evidence relating to the case (in other words, any evidence that tended to disprove the government's claims). When the time arrived, however, the Justice Department dropped the claim about the "dirty bomb" plot.

At a Oct. 30 hearing, Sullivan said, "That raises a question as to whether or not the allegations were ever true."

Sullivan continued to press the government for exculpatory evidence. Although the "dirty bomb" plot claim had been dropped, he ordered the Justice Department to disclose any exculpatory evidence relating to the charge. In order to determine the reliability of Mohamed's statements, he said he wanted to know how the interrogation sessions were conducted.

Sullivan also ordered the Justice Department to secure an affidavit from Gates. The defense secretary swore under penalty of perjury that all exculpatory evidence in Mohamed's case -- including evidence relating to the alleged "dirty bomb" plot -- had been provided to Mohamed's lawyers.

"It is the practice of the United States Government, in preparing factual returns in the Guantбnamo Bay detainee habeas cases, to provide petitioners all evidence encountered in the development of the factual return that tends to materially undermine information presented in the return to support the petitioner's classification as an enemy combatant," Gates said in his declaration.

"Consistent with this practice, on August 12, 2008, the attorneys preparing the factual return in this case provided Petitioner with evidence encountered in the development of his return that meets this standard," Gates added.

He also explained that following Sullivan's ruling, "all exculpatory evidence reasonably available to the government" relating to the "withdrawn allegations" about the "dirty bomb" plot had been provided "on a rolling basis." He added that 42 documents provided by the British government had also been handed over. "As a result," he wrote, "the United States Government has turned over all reasonably available evidence that suggests Binyam Mohamed should not be designated as an enemy combatant."

In a letter sent to the Justice Department on Monday Dec. 15 (which has been seen by The Raw Story), Stafford Smith said he was trying to evaluate whether the defense secretary had deliberately perjured himself, or had been misled.

"I will say that I am extremely disappointed in the declaration that was filed on behalf of Secretary Gates on Friday," Stafford Smith wrote, adding, "There is no question but that it is false." He said he couldn't conclude "whether I would categorize Mr. Gates' statement as outright perjury, or as a misguided consequence of his reliance on an erroneous definition of the legal terms."

"The vast majority of material (almost the entirety of the substantive evidence) submitted against Mr. Mohamed consists of statements attributed to him," and therefore "would qualify as 'exculpatory' under Sullivan's order," he said.

Stafford Smith says it's apparent that a wealth of material has not yet been turned over.

"Without going into anything that is classified, the Government has at no point in this case even acknowledged that Mr. Mohamed was rendered by the U.S. to Morocco on July 21, 2002, or that he was held there for 18 months, or that he was abused there," he wrote. "Nor has the government breathed a word about the five months he subsequently spent being abused and tortured in the Dark Prison in Kabul."

Stafford Smith said his only interest was to secure justice for his client.

"Both my interest, and that of my co-counsel in the habeas and the military commissions litigation, is to represent our client in the best traditions of US justice," he wrote. "It pains me to have to say that the government continues to ignore its own obligations, and is risking sanctions."

"Nothing has changed," Stafford Smith told RAW STORY last week. "Unless Robert Gates revises his opinions, his declaration will demonstrate that he has been drawn into the defense not of the nation, but of some of the worst excesses of the current administration, involving 'extraordinary rendition' and torture, and shameless attempts to cover up all evidence of wrongdoing."

Gates could not be reached for comment.

Andy Worthington is the author of The Guantanamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America's Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press).