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05/08/2004 Entry: "Johnny Walker Lindh"

Johnny Walker Lindh - US Military Mistreatment Prototype

"The pictures of Lindh appear to be souvenir photographs. One official who has seen the images told CNN on Friday that Special Forces troops are shown 'posing' with their prisoner. Another source familiar with the photographs said a profanity is written across Walker Lindh's blindfold."

POSING!?

"The Geneva conventions prohibits activities that might humiliate prisoners.

"'There is nothing sinister here. It's just plain stupid what they did,' a senior defense official said. One source said the matter "will be looked at," but Defense Secretary Rumsfeld told reporters he has not ordered an investigation. He also said he has not seen the images." (Emphasis mine)

~snip~

"As proof, the legal team said after Walker Lindh talked with the military, he was no longer bound naked to a stretcher and kept in a shipping container. They have also said his conditions improved after he spoke with the FBI."

They kept a bound and wounded man in a shipping container? Are these monsters or Marines? Who, under the Geneva conventions, could allow such a thing?

And don't tell me it's 911's fault, we are presumably civilized people who respect our fellow humans, follow the Geneva conventions, and believe people are innocent until proven guilty. It that's changed because of 911, we are no longer a great nation (if we ever really were one).

~snip~

"Walker Lindh's legal team has told the court that home videos and still camera shots taken by soldiers and later discovered by the military were confiscated and their recordings and images destroyed as soon as a superior learned of their existence -- before attorneys filed discovery motions."

Destroying evidence, that's good.

~snip~

"In another matter, the government Friday responded to a defense motion requesting an interview with a man identified as CS-1, a CIA officer who was present with the late CIA officer Johnny 'Mike' Spann when the two interviewed Walker Lindh after the prison uprising at Mazar-e-Sharif.

"In its court filing, the government refused to produce CS-1 -- short for "confidential source one" -- saying he declined the interview request. The defense can now move to subpoena CS-1, but the government could try to quash any such subpoena."
U.S. troops took photos of blindfolded Walker Lindh, by Barbara Starr, CNN, April 12, 2002

I know this is old news, but it also should have sent up red flags everywhere that our Military is to some extent out of control.

And just as a word to the wise, if there's a Military coup in the U.S., well, we know what we can expect.

Thank you for your attention.

 

 

 

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