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Sunday, June 19, 2005

Really Sad

Really Sad.

"Pummeled MP sues Pentagon - Soldier was impersonating unruly Guantanamo detainee in training"

A U.S. military policeman who was beaten by fellow MPs during a BOTCHED TRAINING DRILL at the GUANTANAMO Bay, Cuba, prison for detainees has sued the Pentagon for $15 million, alleging that the incident violated his constitutional rights.

Spec. Sean Baker, 38, was assaulted in January 2003 after he VOLUNTEERED to wear an orange jumpsuit and PORTRAY an uncooperative detainee. Baker said the MPs, who were told that he was an unruly detainee who had assaulted an American sergeant, inflicted a beating that resulted in a traumatic brain injury.

Baker, a Persian Gulf War veteran who re-enlisted after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, was medically retired in April 2004. He said the assault had left him with seizures, blackouts, headaches, insomnia and psychological problems.


The Pentagon first said that Baker's hospitalization after the training incident was not related to the beating.
You're kidding.
Later, officials conceded that he had been treated for injuries suffered when a five-man MP "INTERNAL REACTION FORCE" choked him, slammed his head several times against a concrete floor and sprayed him with pepper gas.
"Internal Reaction Force?"

Is that on Xbox...or Playstation?
Baker said he had put on the jumpsuit and squeezed under a prison bunk after being told by a lieutenant that he would be portraying an unruly detainee.

He said HE WAS ASSURED that MP'S conducting the "extraction drill" KNEW IT WAS A TRAINING EXERCISE and that Baker was an American soldier.
I know you righties love power and torture...but ask yourself this question: if they beat the bejesus out of a guy in a training drill...what are they doing to people in non-training exercises?

"You want the truth?! You can't handle the truth!"
As he was being choked and beaten, Baker said, he screamed a code word, "red," and shouted: "I'm a U.S. soldier! I'm a U.S. soldier!" The beating continued, he said, until the jumpsuit was yanked down during the struggle, revealing his military uniform.
Imagine that moment. What did Spec Baker go through...when his "out" failed?

Fookin' hell.
NO ONE has been disciplined or punished for the assault, said Baker's attorney, T. Bruce Simpson Jr. Simpson said the Army's Criminal Investigation Division told him last month that it had completed an investigation and had referred it to the Army's legal section for review.
If there is a real review...and anyone goes'll be the poor saps who did the beating.

"The bad apples." "A few MP's who were out of control."

Never the higher-ups.

Who put these guys in a situation that was fucked from the get-go.
Separately Friday, the Pentagon announced that a subsidiary of Houston- based HALLIBURTON had been awarded $30 MILLION to build an improved 220-bed prison at GUANTANAMO.
Halliburton? What do they do?
Kellogg Brown and Root Services Inc. of Arlington, Va., is to build a two- story prison that includes day rooms, exercise areas, medical bays, air conditioning and a security control room, according to the Pentagon. It is to be completed by July 2006.
Don't think the Bushies will be shutting that place down...anytime soon.

More later...


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