Put simply, the war on terror has made hypocrites of us all. When you define a terrorist as someone who targets civilians, women and children with violent weapons of mass destruction to further a political aim; then the definition could be applied to Washington, London, Berlin or any Western ally.By targeting villages, killing aid workers, bombing non-combatants and kidnapping and torturing innocent people, our governments have blurred the line between ‘military action’ and ‘terrorism’.
If you disagree, just imagine for a moment an Iranian bomb killed your wife, husband, girlfriend, daughter or whatever—would you stop to rationalize their ‘need to protect their borders’ or would you recognize it for what it was: State-sponsored terror? Because that’s how it feels to hundreds of innocent people across the globe every day when an American missile puts their friends and neighbors in an early grave.In other words, we haven’t just lost the ‘war on terror’; we’re in danger of losing something far more irreplaceable: our own humanity.
The “War on Terror” is a war with no geographical boundaries or clear cause and has harmed both the United States and countries in the Middle East. It has provided an excuse to erode your civil liberties, steal your tax dollars, recruit new terrorists, and kill innocent people. It’s been twelve years since 9/11. This harmful war needs to end.
After a mass hunger strike by 44+ of the 166 detainees that started Feb. 6th and years of peaceful resistance, prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have had enough of the torture, indefinite detention and horrid conditions. The lawyers of the inmates insist that the hunger strike in more widespread and nearly every person at the prison is refusing to eat.
Inmates covered security camera’s and windows and used broomsticks, mop handles and makeshift batons made up of tape and water bottles to clash with guards.
The violence erupted during an early morning raid at Camp 6 when guards attempted to end communal living and place all inmates in single cells. According to military officials, guards shot 4 ‘non lethal’ weapons at the inmates, 1 of which was injured. Though this should be taken with a grain a salt considering that Guantanamo Bay is where the military is known to torture inmates.
It should also be noted that 87 of the prisoners at Giztmo are cleared for release and 46 other prisoners cannot be prosecuted for a ‘lack of evidence’ according to the U.S. government. In other words, over 80% of the inmates being held at Guantanamo Bay would otherwise be free.
In January of 2013, Obama signed the NDAA 2013 which allows him to indefinitely detain American citizens without charge or trial, which is literally contradicts the constitution, and banned the government from closing Guantanamo Bay.
Police officers “know that in a swearing match between a drug defendant and a police officer, the judge always rules in favor of the officer.” At worst, the case will be dismissed, but the officer is free to continue business as usual. Second, criminal defendants are typically poor and uneducated, often belong to a racial minority, and often have a criminal record. “Police know that no one cares about these people.”
“Elephants have been known to die of broken hearts if a mate dies. They refuse to eat and will lay down, shedding tears until they starve to death. They refuse all human help.”
I love elephants they have so much feelings and they’re so smart. I want an elephant