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Old 06-14-2006, 06:54 PM   #1
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Torture of Alleged Terrorists

The exclamatory buzzwords were all over the place in, of all places, a Brampton courtroom yesterday.

Aliens alighting from another planet — knowing nothing of Canada’s civilized temperament — might think this the most brutal and bludgeoning of police states, to hear lawyers for 17 alleged terrorists tell it.

How their clients — a dozen adults and five minors (though not so minor that they’ve been unable to summon healthy beards out of their androgens) — are being unspeakably mistreated by thuggish guards, subjected to oppressive and inhumane conditions, in the various custodial institutions where they currently reside as guests of Her Majesty.

"Torture! They push us!” shouted one of the adult accused, in an outburst that drew only the most mild admonishment from the bench.

The rhetoric was fast and furious and fulminous, with obligatory referencing of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay and living circumstances purportedly so hideous that, well, the prospect of suicide born of despair shouldn’t be ruled out.

They have been in custody now, these 17 males who were allegedly plotting to blow up stuff in Southern Ontario, for all of 11 days.

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Old 06-15-2006, 02:20 AM   #2
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Awwwwwwwwww................if you hear a dripping sound that's my heart BLEEDING.....

Those poor people, so misunderstood, persecuted for no good reason....being picked on for nothing.

Tsk, tsk......shame on us for our ruthless treatment of these innocent human beings.

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Old 06-15-2006, 04:13 AM   #3
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So now they want to be treated humainly even though they wanted to cause massive death. Fuck them. No sympathy for the devils minons.
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Old 06-15-2006, 10:13 AM   #4
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It is part of the battle of public opinion and emotions. They are trying to tap into the West's high sense of self doubt with statements like "Torture! They push us!"
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while these particular men sound rather shrill, we prove that our way of life is better by treating the lowest of the low with as much fairness and equal access to the legal system and the expectation that they will not be tortured (pushing seems a bit silly, but certainly the abuses of Abu Ghraib and Gitmo and the interrogation centers across Eastern Europe degrade the West and place us on equal footing with those who would seek to destroy us) as we would the richest of the rich.

after all, this *is* why we fight, right?
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From the same article:

A publication ban, issued yesterday — against the wishes of all but one defence attorney — will curb their hyperbole.
This is done frequently in Canada, for high-profile cases, and IMO, we're better off for it.

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