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Guantanamo’s Goon Squads Still Torturing Under Obama

By Sherwood Ross | Aletho News | June 17, 2012

Despite President Obama’s pledge to end torture, the brutalization of Muslim prisoners at Guantanamo prison continues under his regime.

Guantanamo is where a thug squad called the Immediate Reaction Force (IRF) tortures inmates while pointing their required video cameras at the floor to hide their beatings.

In illegal and cowardly assaults on tied-up inmates that violate the Geneva Conventions, five or more Pentagon IRF MP’s will spray Mace in a prisoner’s face and then gang-beat him. The MP’s are known to break bones, gouge eyes, squeeze testicles, inject disease, force the prisoner’s head into a toilet or bang it on a concrete floor, smear the prisoner with feces, douse him with noxious chemicals, urinate on him and even sodomize him. A prisoner may also be virtually buried alive in total darkness underground for as long as three weeks, during which he is denied adequate food and sleep. Prisoners have also been hog-tied in painful positions for hours on end. In short, Guantanamo’s prisoners have suffered tortures far worse than France’s notorious Devil’s Island.

The above facts about Guantanamo are according to distinguished investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill in an article published for “World View News Service.” He quotes Michael Ratner, president of the Center For Constitutional Rights (CCR) as saying: “They (the IRF) are the Black Shirts of Guantanamo. IRFs can’t be separated from torture. They are part of the brutalization of humans treated as less than human.” Adds Scott Horton, a leading expert on the U.S. military and constitutional law, “They (the IRF) were trained to brutally punish prisoners in a brief period of time, and ridiculous pretexts were taken to justify” the beatings. (One prisoner said he was beaten for feeding crumbs to some lizards.)

“I have seen detainees suffer serious injuries as a result of being IRF’ed,” said David Hicks, an Australian citizen held at Guantanamo. “I have seen detainees IRF’ed while they were praying or by refusing medication.”

In his book, “An Innocent Man in Guantanamo,” (Palgrave/macmillan), Murat Kurnaz, held there for five years even though it was clear to U.S. authorities he was innocent, writes, “Blows from the IRF team were the basic form of punishment at Camp X-Ray… beating us and then chaining our hands and feet, connecting those chains with a third one. You couldn’t move your arms, they were pressed to your body. Then they’d leave you sitting there like that and take away your blanket and the thin mattress. It could take days before they’d unshackle you… ” Perhaps the ultimate in sadism, Kurnaz recalls, “fathers had to watch as their sons were beaten, and vice versa.”

Kurnaz writes that when General Geoffrey Miller took over Guantanamo in 2003 the plight of the prisoners “dramatically worsened.” “The interrogations got more brutal, more frequent, and longer. The first order General Miller issued was to commence Operation Sandman, which meant we were moved to new cells every one or two hours. The general’s goal was to completely deprive us of sleep, and he achieved it.” Kurnaz said that if he dozed off an IRF guard would punch him in the face.

The CCR has called upon the Obama regime to immediately end the use of IRF teams at Guantanamo. One Guantanamo defense lawyer said that after Obama took office his clients reported “a ramping up in abuse.” Horton says, “detainees should be entitled to compensation for injuries they suffered,” reports Scahill.

“As Commander in Chief of United States Armed Forces under the terms of the United States Constitution, President Obama has an absolute obligation to terminate torture and war crimes committed by the IRFs on Gitmo,” says Francis Boyle, professor of international law at the University of Illinois, Champaign. “Failure to do so renders him liable for these international crimes under international criminal law, U.S. domestic criminal law, and U.S. Army Field Manual 27-10 on the Law of Land Warfare under the doctrine of Command Responsibility. The best way to do this would be to terminate the IRFs on Gitmo.” Boyle is author of “Tackling America’s Toughest Questions” (Clarity).

Scahill says that while Barack Obama, almost immediately upon taking office, issued an executive order saying he was going to close down Guantanamo within a year and that he was going to respect the Geneva Convention while his administration reviewed Guantanamo, the (IRF) force under Obama has continued to torture prisoners.


Sherwood Ross formerly worked as a reporter and columnist for major dailies and wire services. He currently heads a Miami, Florida-based public relations firm for worthy causes. Reach him at

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  1. Obamabaum is a wolf in sheep clothing and needs to be put on trial.


    Comment by B.Benhamid | June 17, 2012

  2. Lets hear it for our Nobel Peace Prize winning President…………………..boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo


    Comment by Jay Colbe | June 17, 2012

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  4. this right here NULLIFIES and makes completely obsolete any so called “good” the usa has ever done! stupid americans, have you not yet learned that what you allow to be done to others, WILL BE DONE TO YOU.

    yeah, go ahead and laugh and spout off that manifest destiny crap, but when it is YOUR turn……I don’t wanna hear a peep from you. not a single word will be heard because you did not listen.


    Comment by Luath | June 18, 2012

  5. We’re as bad as Israel now.


    Comment by escapefromobamastan | June 18, 2012

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  7. Jct: Yes, we’re aware the Nobel Peace Prize winner GuantanamObama is still torturing prisoners. Har har har har. What a joke on the Nobel Prize gang. What a joke on the world. What a joke.


    Comment by johnturmel | January 6, 2013

  8. No doubt these IRF thugs were really IDF soldiers or trained by the IDF. Disgusting Israeli inbred, sub-human filth.


    Comment by Goliath | May 2, 2013

  9. Lucifer.. that greatest of angel in Heaven… the mightiest of power and beauty ….. who was thrown from heaven for his evilness and narcissism…but most of all the deadly war he brought into Gods home.. and ours… Heaven. His desire to be GREATER than the greatest… a lowly pot, wanting to be greater than its’ maker.. the Potter.

    Just proves what a single minded goal brings to fruition.

    However! “There is nothing more dangerous than a GOOD man with a monomania”.

    I know that I have a single minded ‘mania’.. {much different than the mania evil ones have} that of destroying evil… destroying those who would mock and scorn the GREAT GOD of all.

    There is NOTHING that cannot be defeated by those who love HIM.

    There is a verse in Genesis.. describing the power that The Woman of God, His beloved wife who was murdered in Heaven, has been given, on earth: Gen. 3:15. God said to the serpent.. {Lucifer, the great dragon, satan, and all those who worship that deceiver} “I will make mortal enemies between you and The Woman.. her seed {offspring} and yours. You will bruise her heal… {hurt her mightily..} but SHE will CRUSH your head!”

    That verse could well describe ALL of Gods people who HATE satan/u.s.a/israhell…. we despise evil, and those who practice it. There was a comment on an article made yesterday, about the power of the great lie…jesus….one who was fabricated to be linked to God, to be worshipped.. on earth. The god that jesus was invented for… is Lucifer … the great destroyer and liar.. the despicable one.. the one who many follow for the prize he offers them. There are so many lies that one is hard pressed to distinguish them all.. but God has given us HIS VOICE.. to help us know what is wrong.. and the wrong is what we flail against. We are at the very end… only a few more days… mere breaths… and evil WILL be destroyed completely and forever.. we must continue to be pugilistic against the most evil force that has ever been known…..and in the end of the battle, be forever acknowledged, as those who CHOSE this mission.. for the love of HIM… just as I did. For the love of HIM. Hold steady mates, and keep up the good fight…. God… and the place He made for us to live with HIM… is more than worth this short time in hell. HE is in COMPLETE control….the ONLY One willing and able, to do what He said He will do. WE are the Warriors of GOD ALMIGHTY.


    Comment by Spiritwoman1213 | May 2, 2013

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