Caught on video: The horrifying proof that Libya’s freedom fighters have turned into brutal torturers


Caught on video: The horrifying proof that Libya‘s freedom fighters have turned into brutal torturers

  • Film shows three men tying up blood-spattered man before whipping him with cables and touching him on his skin with electric wires

  • Man, suspected by rebels of having supported Gaddafi, told: ‘Blood will come from your eyes and nose until you admit what you have done’

  • Video handed to Mail on Sunday in Tripoli refugee camp

By BARBARA JONES
UPDATED: 00:37 GMT, 12 February 2012

A terrified Libyan man is beaten and tortured with electric shocks by youths who appear to be former revolutionary fighters.

The images, taken from a video handed to The Mail on Sunday in a Tripoli refugee camp, will be seen as fresh evidence that those who deposed Colonel Gaddafi with the help of the West are adopting methods as brutal as the dead tyrant’s.

The film shows three men tying up the blood-spattered man before whipping him repeatedly with cables, touching him on his skin with electric wires and taunting him as he pleads for mercy.

Victim: The man being tortured on the video was Saleh Barhoun Gersh, who had run a general store in Towerga

The man being whipped with cables on the video was Saleh Barhoun Gersh, who had run a general store in Towerga – which was loyal to Gaddafi during the conflict until the town was ransacked by fighters from nearby Misrata. When the rebels arrived, Mr Gersh was so frightened he wore women’s clothes to disguise himself

The film shows three men tying up the blood-spattered man before whipping him repeatedly with cables, touching him on his skin with electric wires and taunting him as he pleads for mercyThe film shows three men tying up the blood-spattered man before whipping him repeatedly with cables, touching him on his skin with electric wires and taunting him as he pleads for mercy

The film shows three men tying up the blood-spattered man before whipping him repeatedly with cables, touching him on his skin with electric wires and taunting him as he pleads for mercy

The men, one of whom is wearing combat trousers and is armed with a knife, tell the man that 'blood will come from your eyes and nose until you admit what you have done' The men, one of whom is wearing combat trousers and is armed with a knife, tell the man that 'blood will come from your eyes and nose until you admit what you have done'

The men, one of whom is wearing combat trousers and is armed with a knife, tell the man that ‘blood will come from your eyes and nose until you admit what you have done’ 

The men, one of whom is wearing combat trousers and is armed with a knife, tell the man that ‘blood will come from your eyes and nose until you admit what you have done’. 

The new video images  follow growing protests about abuse and torture in parts of the country. 

Doctors from the aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) have pulled out after refusing to deal with the results of such  brutality in their clinics.

According to sources, the youths in the video were former rebels who refused to surrender their weapons at the end of the civil war in October – and are intent on revenge on those they suspect of having supported Gaddafi.

They are said to have driven in armed trucks into the al-Fellah ‘internally displaced persons’ (IDP) camp in a suburb of Tripoli, firing at crowds and searching homes until they found men on their list of ‘suspects’.

Fury: Women in the refugee camp, in a suburb of Tripoli, scream at the militia

Fury: Women in the refugee camp, in a suburb of Tripoli, scream at the militia

Their victim, seen on the video, was Saleh Barhoun Gersh,  who had run a general store in Towerga – which was loyal to Gaddafi during the conflict until the town was ransacked by fighters from nearby Misrata city.

Before Gaddafi was killed, the rebels had been under siege from his forces for weeks in Misurata  – a port 150 miles east of Tripoli.

Commander Mohamed al-Deaka said of the abuse by his men: 'Yes, it happens here, but it's everywhere in Libya'

Commander Mohamed al-Deaka said of the men carrying out the abuse: ‘Yes, it happens here, but it’s everywhere in Libya. We have to use force to make prisoners give answers. Our city was destroyed in the fighting. Now we want to know who carried out the destruction, who raped our women and stole our property’

When some of the Misurata rebels arrived at the camp, Mr Gersh was so frightened he wore women’s clothes to disguise himself.

In the film he cries out as he is whipped and is told: ‘You are from Towerga, you dog. You say you did nothing in Misurata, so why are you in disguise? We found weapons in every house in Towerga. Your hand is bleeding and we hope it is paralysed.’ 

The men chant as they reach for live electric wires: ‘Everyone we catch is innocent, they say. 

‘Well, blood will come from your  eyes and nose until you admit what you have done. We’ve caught 60  of you so far and none of you did anything.’

It is not clear when the footage was taken or what happened to Mr Gersh.

Camp manager Mohamed al-Mabruk, who handed over the  footage, said: ‘The fighters from Misurata have kept their weapons and vowed to capture everyone who supported Gaddafi.

‘They come on regular raids to our three camps in Tripoli and take anyone they want. They beat them and torture them to get them to confess to rape and murder.’ 

Locals said Towerga residents were known supporters of Gaddafi and are among 8,500 people believed to be held in secret camps all over the country. 

Mr al-Mabruk is helpless to stop the raids. He said: ‘You can do nothing against the Misurata  militias. 

We are all terrified of them. The government, the police and the army cannot stop them.’

Attacks are often filmed by the fighters for amusement to post  on YouTube.

The abuse of Mr Gersh was  captured on a mobile phone left behind in the chaos of a raid.  Libya’s interim government has admitted it is largely powerless to prevent this collapse of law and order. It comes at a time when doubts are being raised about Nato’s support for the uprising.

Britain spent about £300 million on bombing raids to help secure the victory that ousted the Gaddafi regime four months ago.

But local militias are hell-bent  on revenge against their former enemies. They also frequently clash with rival militias.

Rebel fighters in Tarwegha, south of Misrata, which has been systematically looted and destroyed since Gaddafi's downfall

Rebel fighters in Towerga, south of Misrata, which has been systematically looted and destroyed since Gaddafi’s downfall

Thousands of fighters have  commandeered schools, halls  and sports centres as detention facilities for ‘suspects’ they capture from their homes or the street. 

The Misurata brigades are considered the most hostile, with thousands of untrained youths carrying out the aggressive interrogation. In other footage collected by the camp manager,  more than 30 armed trucks are shown on an early morning raid into the camp.

Women scream that they are being attacked in their beds and that some family members are sick. ‘Is this the new revolution. Is this the justice we all fought for?’ they shout.

Last month, 14 badly injured detainees were sent to Medecins Sans Frontieres doctors, three of them needing hospitalisation.  

Claudia Evers, Misrata co-ordinator for MSF, said: ‘The militia refused to let us take them to hospital. We’ve reported two deaths. No action has been taken and our doctors refuse to continue.’

Amnesty International has  documented thousands of cases of abuse and torture, and handed  photographs to The Mail on Sunday. Senior crisis response adviser Donatella Rovera has protested to the National Transitional Council (NTC) without success.

‘I have seen people who have been beaten with iron bars and rubber pipes, some hardly able to walk,’ she said.

‘Men are hung  by handcuffs from a door frame and attacked with electric wires.  Tasers are applied to their ears and genitals, and finger and toenails are torn out.’

She has evidence of 12 deaths. No investigations have been carried out by the authorities. ‘There is not a single case where anyone has been brought to justice,’ she said. ‘There is a total lack of accountability.’

At al-Huda prison centre in Misurata, Sheikh Fathy Daraz heads an Islamic charity for inmates’ welfare.

But he is at the mercy  of the militia, who regularly take men away for questioning.

‘We see their bruises and their broken limbs when they return but we can do nothing,’ he said. ‘There is no effective police force or national army yet.’

Nearby at the city’s al-Head sports centre, the tennis courts and gym were deserted. A group of 25 brigades have taken over.

Commander Mohamed al-Deaka is a former construction engineer. He was defensive about abuse  by his men. ‘Yes it happens here, but it’s everywhere in Libya,’ he said.

‘We have to use force to make prisoners give answers. Our city was destroyed in the fighting. Now we want to know who carried out the destruction, who raped our women and stole our property.’

Khaled Ben Ali, head of LibAid, an umbrella organisation for humanitarian agencies, said that NTC ministers told him they were powerless: ‘The Prime Minister told me he had issued written orders for the surrender of weapons and the militias tore them up. 

‘They fought for freedom and now they think they are free to do what they like. What they like is revenge. There is no effective judicial system. Maybe we need the UN Security Council to find new ways of protecting our civilians.’

A government source said: ‘This is the result of our legacy from Gaddafi – brutalised people enacting revenge. But it must stop.’

****(this has nothing to do with Gaddafi or his legacy, they tend to forget that the ratverments let free all jailers who were rapists, murderers etc. and they formed these  MILITIAS who were financed and trained by F.UK.US) 

 

source: dailymail.co.uk

 

Why Did You Murder Me? The Slaughter of the Children Drones On & On & On & On


Why Did You Murder Me? The Slaughter of the Children Drones On & On & On & On

By Michael Hall

When the drones are slaughtering innocent children in your name
do you bother to get concerned even when on your knees on Sunday?
or do you just stick your head in the sand blindly support the troops & just not think about whose to blame
if you care I have list of their names and ages I could give you from the depths of an odious jingo game

Do your wonder if your joystick violence is really doing any good
or do you get the feeling that something is very wrong & your getting spun & fooled
how can you support exported terrorism when your sworn to defend against it
how can you donate freedom & democracy when its getting stolen from under you by E/O

Every bullet bought is a loaf of bread stolen from the belly of the hungry
and your self-praising charity check-book fad doesn’t seem to dent the starvation.
If you spent 2.2 million everyday since Jesus was born
you would have spent what your nation purchased on the military just last year

Do you wonder why your schools don’t have books & pencils
why your bridges are crumbling down & the roads are potholed like Swiss cheese
while your politicians live in mansions with 5-star chefs lapping at life-long luxury
then again today they announced another bone-cut to the needy, homeless and disabled

How could anyone with a shred of conscience bow before a flag without bending over with nausea
knowing underneath it the killing of the innocent is a weekly act in nations we are not at war with
that after a hit. the gang fires off another drone when medics & rescuers come to the scene of destruction
we’ve forgotten what we stand for by the very deeds we toe-tag and their is no rationalization

Now we know by special executive decree memo called a ‘white paper’
the Nobel Peace prize holder president has the power to murder Americans beyond the law
it is solely up to the president when it comes to life and death and it is all a hush-hush secret
change we can be deceived has shown the articulate sheep to be but a child-eating wolf

Anyone who murders children by drone and then jokes about it is a socio-path
a leader who becomes a serial killer justifies by secret edicts he wont share with his employers is a despot
expansion and consolidation of extreme power will one day target you and yours
For what goes on abroad in your name will blow-back as it comes around to get you tomorrow

Just south of key west at Guantanamo every law, principle and value you hold dear is smashed
across the pond the most nefarious crimes are done in your name with your support
and yet at home you bury your head deep in the sand far from the massive contradiction
your heart bleeds for Newton yet when your troops do the exact same thing you raise a flag & a stiff arm

For what profits an empire when they can envelop the world and dominate it
yet in the process they loose their values, principles and in so doing their very soul
still atonement must be rectified somewhere at some time
and this is the dream that I dream someday will be;

For all the innocent children who’ve been the victims of the American military machine
I would willingly witness each and everyone of them walk by in front of every war supporter and soldier
to deeply gaze into their eyes and say with conviction, question and horror;
Why did you murder me?

source: www.informationclearinghouse.info/

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Scandal and the Reuters news agency to mislead the media and legislation for the killing and massacres


 

Scandal and the Reuters news agency to mislead the media and legislation for the killing and massacres

Dangerous precedent in the published British news agency Reuters that the Libyan security forces had killed three gunmen on Sunday evening. In fact, let the militias and armed gangs have Wendy’s massacre of his forehead of humanity in the process of armed robbery and stolen by these gangs that Taatqot on this kind of looting.

Vhola Reuters the gunmen started them a sheikh elder of 70-year-old man and his wife, which was at the age reprehensible is the son to live and Zouhth with his parents in their farm in Amiriyah.

The attack came without warning or appointment was at dawn on Sunday and this family was asleep do not know Basha and braced Kedah and the wickedness of these militias and treachery.
Have these militias that belong to the Friday Market Tkvrin known when Libyans (market seeking)
Killing of Sheikh contestant age and his wife, son and daughter-I am still suffering in critical condition in a hospital.

And we view terrorists killed fine Reuters
This dangerous precedent in the history of media, but a new Nakba to suspect that these agencies are called militias armed government security forces
Unarmed civilians and insurgents, terrorists that these descriptions show the hearts of meanness Hola West colonial rule

Which makes us expose these agencies that claim to professional full and the fact that it operates according to the agenda before and stayed overnight in accordance with plans systematically misled the media on the crimes committed against humanity
Was rather Bhdh Agency is the work of a newspaper report on the violations that fall within the

Libya and the absence of the rule of law and not broadcast lies and disinformation and deviation from

The press charter that keep this episode points both in the face of western media

Images of Ramadan Abuamad family which claimed the Reuters news agency they were armed terrorists

في سابقة  خطيرة   نشرت  وكالة  رويترز  البريطانيه  خبر  مفاده  ان  قوات  الامن الليبيه  قامت بقتل  3 مسلحين  مساء  امس  الاحد

والحقيقة  هيا  ان  مليشيات  وعصابات  مسلحة قامت  بمجزرة  يندي  له  جبين  الانسانيه  في  عمليه  سطوا  مسلح  وسرقه  من قبل  هذه العصابات  التي   تتقوت  علي  هذه  النوع  من عمليات  السلب  والنهب

فهولاء  المسلحين  التي  كتبت رويترز  عنهم  عبارة  عن شيخ  طاعن في  السن  يبلغ  70 عاما  وزوجته  العجوز  التي بلغت  في  العمر  عتيا وابنه  الي يقيم  هو و زوحته   مع والديه  في  مزرعتهم   في  منطقة العامرية

جاء  الهجوم  دون سابق  انذار  او موعد  فكان  عند  فجر  يوم  الاحد   وهذه العائلة  نيام  لا تعلم  بشي  ولا تتحسب   كيدا  وحقاره  هذه المليشيات  ولا  غدرها
قامت هذه  المليشيات  التي  تنتمي   الي  تكفرين  من سوق  الجمعة  المعروف  عند الليبين (سوق  السعي)
بقتل  الشيخ  الطاعن في السن  وزوجته  وابنه  ومازلت  زوجه ابنه  تعاني  في  حالة  خطره  في  احد المستشفيات

وتطل  علينا  رويترز  بخير  قتل  الارهابين
ان  هذه  السابقة الخطيرة  في  تاريخ  الاعلام  الا نكبه  جديده  لهذه  الوكالات  المشبوة  التي  تسمي  المليشيات  المسلحة  بقوات  الامن  الحكومية
والمدنين  العزل  بالمسلحين  الارهابين ان  هذه  الاوصاف   تبين  حقاره  نفوس  هولاء  الغرب الاستعمارين

مما يجعلنا  نكشف  هذه الوكالات  التي  تدعي  المهنيه  التامه   والحقيقة انه تشتغل  وفق اجنده  مبيته   من قبل  ووفق خطط ممنهجه  للتضليل  اعلاميا  علي  جرائم ترتكب  في  حق  الانسانيه

كان  الاحري  بهده الوكالة  هو عمل  تقرير  صحفي  عن الانتهاكات  التي  تقع  داخل

ليبيا  وغياب سلطة القانون  وليس بث  الاكاذيب  والتضليل  الاعلامي  والانحراف  عن

ميثاق  الشرف  الصحفي   هذه الحادثه  التي  تبقي  نقطه  سواء  في جبين  الاعلام  الغربي

صور عائلة رمضان ابوعميد  التي  ادعت وكالة رويترز  انهم  مسلحين  ارهابين

source: www.alrseefa.net

 

Police State USA: Chicago – police violence against peaceful anti-NATO protesters


Police State USA: Chicagopolice violence against peaceful anti-NATO protesters

Published on May 21, 2012 by 

At least 12 people were injured and 60 arrested on Sunday in Chicago after protesters clashed with police when thousands of activists took part in anti-NATO demonstrations. Police estimated the crowd on Sunday to be 2,500 to 3,000, though it appears that many more turned out onto the streets of the city to voice their opposition to NATO’s costly and deadly wars. Iraq and Afghanistan veterans also took part in the protests, throwing their medals towards the convention center where the delegates were meeting. They said the medals they were given do not represent the wars they were fighting.

 

Lockerbie exclusive: we publish the report that could have cleared Megrahi


Lockerbie exclusive: we publish the report that could have cleared Megrahi

Exclusive by Lucy Adams and John Ashton

The explosive report on the man convicted of the Lockerbie atrocity …why we are publishing it after five years of secrecy.

Megrahi at his family home in Tripoli. Picture: Julie Howden

The Sunday Herald today publishes the full 800-page report detailing why the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing could have walked free.

The controversial report from the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) has remained secret for five years because, until now, no-one had permission to publish it.

The Sunday Herald and its sister paper, The Herald, are the only newspapers in the world to have seen the report. We choose to publish it because we have the permission of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, the Libyan convicted of the bombing, and because we believe it is in the public interest to disseminate the whole document.

The Sunday Herald has chosen to publish the full report online today to allow the public to see for themselves the analysis of the evidence which could have resulted in the acquittal of Megrahi. Under Section 32 of the Data Protection Act, journalists can publish in the public interest. We have made very few redactions to protect the names of confidential sources and private information.

Click here to read the report in full

The publication of the report adds weight to calls for a full public inquiry into the atrocity – something for which many of the relatives have been campaigning for more than two decades.

Megrahi has also sent a copy of the full report to Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, who released him on compassionate grounds in August 2009.

Jonathan Mitchell QC told the Sunday Herald: “From a data-protection point of view, it is questionable whether this report is the ‘personal data’ of anyone other than Megrahi.”

The Data Protection Act was described as “one of the most poorly drafted pieces of legislation on the statute book” by Tom Hickman, a barrister at Blackstone Chambers, on a UK Constitutional Law Group website.

Mitchell believes the Sunday Herald is not constrained from publishing the report. He said: ‘‘Section 32 of the Data Protection Act has the effect – putting it shortly – that processing (which includes publication) of personal data, even sensitive personal data, is exempt from the relevant data-protection principles if it is for the purpose of journalism and the newspaper reasonably believes that, having regard in particular to the special importance of the public interest in freedom of expression, ‘publication would be in the public interest’, and also reasonably believes that compliance with data-protection principles such as non-disclosure would be incompatible with the journalistic function.”

The Herald revealed earlier this month that, according to the report, the Crown failed to disclose seven key items of evidence that led to the Lockerbie case being referred back for a fresh appeal.

The SCCRC rejected many of the defence submissions but upheld six grounds which could have constituted a miscarriage of justice.

The commission made clear that, had such information been shared with the defence, the result of the trial could have been different.

Its full report details why the conviction of Megrahi was referred for a second appeal.

Megrahi has said in his official biography by John Ashton, Megrahi: You Are My Jury, that he believed dropping the second appeal would improve his chances of returning to Tripoli before succumbing to terminal prostate cancer.

The Scottish Government has said it wants to release the document in the interests of transparency but cannot do so because it is covered by data-protection law, reserved to Westminster.

First Minister Alex Salmond said: “It is important that everyone is able to read the SCCRC report in its entirely, rather than the selective and partial accounts of its contents which have made their way into the poubic domain through various media reports.”

When the SCCRC referred the case back for a fresh appeal in June 2007, they were only able to publish a summary of their findings. If they had published the full report, it would have constituted a criminal offence under the legislation which established the commission.

But on Friday the Crown Office in Scotland wrote to the SCCRC making it clear it would not prosecute the organisation or any of its members if it published the report.

The Crown office lifted legal restrictions just hours after the Sunday Herald had informed its press office we planned to publish the report ourselves.

In a press release issued on Friday the Crown Office criticised ‘‘selective and misleading reporting’’ of the SCCRC report in the media. ‘Notes to Editors’ attached to the press release said that any decision of the SCCRC to refer a conviction to the Appeal Court did not necessarily mean there had been a miscarriage of justice. Only the Appeal Court could declare there had been a miscarriage of justice and quash a conviction.

It added that the SCCRC was asked to look at more than 40 possible grounds for a referral to the Appeal Court in the Megrahi case. It had rejected the vast majority of these and referred the case to the Appeal Court on six grounds. And it stated the  Crown ‘‘had every confidence in successfully defending the conviction in the Appeal Court for a second time.’’ A Crown ofice source was quoted in newspapers yesterday describing Megrahi’s grounds for appeal as having ‘‘more holes than a Swiss cheese’’.

The SCCRC has not so far published the report and is not expected to discuss the Crown Office advice until later this week. It declined to comment at this stage on the Sunday Herald’s decision to publish the report.

In an effort to get the report published, the Scottish Government has passed a statutory instrument – to slightly amend that legislation – which means it will no longer be a criminal act for the SCCRC to publish such reports. This was expected to come into force in May. The commission has written to the individuals mentioned in the report asking for their consent for publication. Consent was not given.

Megrahi said he would be happy to consent providing all other parties consented, but they did not. MacAskill has unsuccessfully written to UK Justice Secretary Ken Clarke several times to ask for an exemption under the Data Protection Act.

Megrahi was convicted of murder by Scottish judges sitting at Camp Zeist in 2001. He unsuccessfully appealed in January 2001. He dropped a second appeal shortly before the decision to release him on compassionate grounds in August 2009. He was expected to die from cancer within three months.

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