6/13/2006

"Torture"

Sigh.
According to reports I read this morning, the 17 terror suspects are claiming that they are being subject to "cruel and unusual" treatment that amounts to "torture."
One of the accused interrupted a brief court appearance Monday by shouting accusations at the justice of the peace hearing the case. "They tortured us, straight up!" Yasin Mohamed, 24, said during an outburst in Brampton court, holding up both arms, which were manacled to two of the other accused. "These wounds speak for themselves." There were no visible marks or bruises on Mohamed's arms or on any of the other 14 suspects who appeared in court.... there was no evidence any of the men had been mistreated and none had filed complaints (emphasis mine)
Their treatment supposedly includes being held in segregation, rough handling by guards, being regularly awakened, not having lights in their cells turned, and one suspect had a finger shoved into one's cheek after laughing while being searched. One lawyer complains that he is not having private, unmonitored access to his client.
I would like to direct everyone to the Criminal Code of Canada. The definition of torture is:
"torture means any act or omission by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person
(a) for a purpose including
(i) obtaining from the person or from a third person information or a statement,
(ii) punishing the person for an act that the person or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, and
(iii) intimidating or coercing the person or a third person, or
(b) for any reason based on discrimination of any kind,
but does not include any act or omission arising only from, inherent in or incidental to lawful sanctions.

Man-handling does not cause severe pain, nor does leaving on cell lights, nor do any of the other baseless allegations. Not allowing someone to see their lawyer without the presence of a guard is also not torture. Furthermore, there is no physical evidence that these men have been beaten... and please note, your average beating does tend to leave bruises.
As far as mental suffering goes, forgive my skepticism. If these men are blatantly lying about their physical conditions, what makes anyone think they could be telling the truth about their emotional well-being?

Update @ 11:46am: This just in from The Star.
Torture apparently includes "being escorted by three armed tactical members of the security forces." That is complete crap!!
Also, it sounds like some of the Khadr's showed up to the bail hearing, supposedly showing solidarity for their fellow extremists. This makes me even more suspicious.

8 comments:

Shane said...

Bah. It was probably the Anne Murray piped into the cellblock for their listening enjoyment.

Now that is what I call cruel and unusual punishment...

Mr Ed said...

Damn you Shane.... Now I've got "Snow Bird" running through my head...ARGH!!!!!

Lord Kitchener's Own said...

You're 100% right that to call any of the allegations "torture" is ridiculous.

That being said, if the allegations of sleep deprevation are true (and you're right that we have no reason to believe the accused, but still, allegations of mistreatment should be investigated) surely, torture or not, that isn't legal in Canada. I can't imagine that keeping someone in a cell that is lit 24 hours a day, and waking them every hour, is legal in Canada. Torture, no. But if true (and again, no need to assume it is, but still...) I can't imagine that's legal.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

It's right out of the terrorist playbook. Email me if you want the link.

Anonymous said...

Muslim men are pansies - so any kind of 'deprivation', no matter how small or insignificant, is considered torture.

Muslim men must be treated just like babies or they will cry and scream.

Jesse Gritter said...

Ruth, this post from your blog was featured in today's (June 14) Toronto Sun.

I was reading it today at lunch time at work and noticed it. It's in the "Best of the Blogs" section.

Maybe you can still pick up today's Toronto Sun somewhere.

Anonymous said...

I guess they thought no one in this day and age would suspect Muslims of doing anything nefarious.
They figured that CSIS will never wonder.

Ruth said...

At the Sun

woohoo!
It's me!

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