On Friday, Konstantin Dolgov, MID RF Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, said that a Russian delegation would visit the American military prison at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba in January to meet a Russian imprisoned there for over a decade. The delegation will meet on 17 January with Ravil Mingazov, a former Russian soldier. Dolgov said that the delegation would discuss Mingazov’s detention to try to alter his situation, including possibly returning him to Russia, saying, “We’d use this visit and put the question bluntly so that this special facility would be closed as soon as possible”, noting that the Americans delayed the long-discussed meeting for “many months, if not years” because conditions for the visit weren’t agreed upon with the USA.
Mingazov, incarcerated at Guantánamo in October 2002, but the Americans never charged him with a crime. American military documents from Guantánamo list him as a member of the “al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan”, and claim that he spent time living in Central Asia before linking up with Islamist militants in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan, where they say that he received explosives training. A judge ordered his release in May 2010 under a writ of habeas corpus; it’s a safeguard in the English legal system requiring the authorities to deliver a person under arrest before a judge or into a court.
Since it’s founding in 2002, the Guantánamo Bay detention camp was the target of criticism by human rights activists and many international government officials, who condemned its controversial interrogation methods and the dubious legality of holding prisoners indefinitely without charging them with crimes. The USA defended the prison as a necessary measure for dangerous prisoners who pose a serious threat to American and international security. US President Barack Obama promised to close down the camp whilst campaigning in 2008, but ran into congressional opposition in negotiating the transfer of prisoners to other prisons in the USA and abroad. As of December 2013, the US Defense Department said that 158 prisoners remain in Guantánamo Bay.
27 December 2013
Let’s not be coy… the Republican Party insists on the Gitmo Gulag‘s continuance… just as it insists on the legality of the NSA domestic spying (“We’re only protecting you”), the TSA Gestapo (“Have you had your grope today?”), the needless “Department of Homeland Security” (the American “Committee for State Security“… do note the similar terminology), and torture at black sites (“They’re only wog terrorists, so, who cares?”). They’ve used perversions of congressional rules to keep these repressive means alive… no doubt, to redouble them if they got back into power. Mark it down… the Republican Party advocates torture, extralegal imprisonment, domestic spying, invasive groping of all airline passengers, permanent war in foreign parts, and fear-mongering (the Bushies did all of that and more). Bear that in mind when you mark your ballot in November 2014. A vote against the Republicans is a vote for freedom. Don’t forget, the Republicans brought us the McCarthy era and the Bush dictatorship (after all, they made passports obligatory for travel to Canada, after decades of free movement… that’s called repression, kids). It’s time to oppose these feral and violent sorts… yes, God DOES will it…