By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor


There were things Americans didn’t know at the time.  We didn’t know that the “memos” that Bush was referring to when he said “legal methods” were an absurd attempt to justify war crimes, documents that have now shamed America in the eyes of the world.  We also suspected some of the abuses went well beyond “waterboarding,” one of the most severe forms of physical torture imaginable.

We weren’t told that innocent people were being kidnapped and sold to the CIA to boost “terrorist arrest” numbers.  In fact, our entire war on terror was turning out to be nothing but hot air.  For every real plot found, 20 turned out to be either our own informants planning attacks or totally invented.  However, innocent people, in numbers we will never really know, were kidnapped, imprisoned and tortured for years, in secret prisons around the world.

We never accounted for how many we arrested or how many died.  We also never accounted for the methods used, methods that, in fact, duplicated the methods of the Gestapo and SS during WW2.  In fact, there is no method of torture, dating back to the Spanish Inquisition, that we can categorically prove we didn’t use.  The methods were countless, physically brutal and often fatal.  When most of the prisoners were kidnap victims, many who were turned over to us for “private reasons”  other than terrorism, there has been no accountability at all.

Secret prisons are, in fact, death camps, concentration camps as much as Dachau or Auschwitz.  Our guards and interrogators are no different than those who went on trial in Nuremberg.  There is proof, a wealth of it, that this is true and none that it is not.  In fact, nobody has ever been able to find how many camps we have operated, how many have been detained or “rendited,” think of that word, “rendition.”  If a woman in your family is kidnapped and raped do you call it “rendition?”


Back in the 1960s, it was proven that, under the right circumstances, anyone could become a brutal torturer.  Well know university experiments showed how willing one student was to electrocute another if simply told to.  America didn’t need to convince anyone to kidnap innocent civilians, not when we went out of our way to hire criminals to work for us, professional killers, thieves and social outcasts from around the world.

We actually train war criminals from other countries at a place we used to call The School of the Americas.  Dozens of graduates of this institution have been cited for human rights abuses, murder, running death squads, killing and raping nuns and genocide.  Hiring criminals to do our dirty work was a major national policy during the Cold War.  Ask any Iranian, they can explain it.


When America needed intel on WMD’s in Iraq, we turned to people nobody trusted, including ourselves.  We “bought” lies that backed up what we wanted to believe.  We didn’t want truth.  Truth is unhandy, it would have warned us about the civil war we would have started, it would have told us that no weapons existed and that we were in bed with Iraqi gangsters.  Whenever we shop for intelligence sources, we almost always turn to criminal elements, bank fraudsters, drug dealers or others with private grudges.

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The information we get is always the same.  We are fed lies that we want to hear because we only PAY for information that backs up what we want to hear.  We always want to hear that that some kind of “operation,” be it a bombing, an invasion or kidnapping and murder are needed to keep America safe.  If there is no problem, no war, there are no promotions, no medals, no fat contractor jobs, no oilfield takeovers, no paying lobbyists, no defense contracts and, most of all, nothing to serve the Israeli agenda.  You ask what that is?  How would you like to get billions of dollars free and not have to do anything for it.  No wars to fight, America does it for you, all you have to do is bulldoze a few thousand homes, blow up some schools and bring in hundreds of thousands of “guest workers” from the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia to do the work, “making the desert bloom” for you, all without ever having to leave an air-conditioned office or coffee shop.

Whenever America is looking for terrorists, we ask gangsters to help us find them.  What do we get?  We end up buying people that gangsters don’t like.  Thus, America’s idea of a terrorist suspect is simple.


The more innocent a “terrorist suspect” the more we torture them.  Isn’t it obvious?  Anyone with real information on terrorism will tell it all within 48 hours.  Others either invent it, making our CIA and other intelligence agencies look like the total idiots they are, or are quietly released.


Though the CIA will keep a house wife or cab driver locked up for years, real terrorists make friends with their captors easily.  They all promise to work for us and are quietly released.  The Al Qaeda leaders in Yemen, Afghanistan and elsewhere have all been in Gitmo.  If you are thinking of going to Yemen to join a terrorist organization, be prepared to be taking orders from someone that America thinks is a “confidential informant,” someone being paid by the Mossad and CIA.  Yes, they still blow things up, but just to maintain their “cover.”  Think about this, how stupid it is.  Pretty soon, every terrorist in the world will be working for the CIA and Mossad as “confidential informants,” all blowing up schools in Pakistan or markets in Baghdad, all just to maintain their credibility with other terrorists.  Are we that stupid?  Of course we are and always have been.


A Christian Zionist is an Evangelical Christian who also believes in religious heresies about Israel, the apocalypse and rapture, a person who wishes the death of all humanity, someone who prays for nuclear war and the death of all life on earth.  This is a sociopathic belief system based on severe psycho-sexual disorders leading to masochistic tendencies that manifest themselves in supporting sexual abuse, torture and manifestations of severe delusion.

The Bush administration was led by a number of these individuals including President Bush, John Ashcroft, Alberto Gonzales, Tom Delay, Dennis Hasbert, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz and Condi Rice.  There is a reason you never saw any of these people talking to the public in an open forum.  They sound like total nutcases!

Poll after poll showed tremendous support among Evangelical Christians for use of “harsh interrogation methods.”  When it became obvious that we were murdering innocent people and engaging in torture and sexual abuses, all things totally unacceptable to conventional Christians beliefs, support by Evangelical Christians actually increased, or so we were told by our press.  We have two choices here, either to believe that Evangelical Christians are evil or that our press has been lying about this community for some reason.  I can’t imagine any Christian, Zionist, Evangelical or otherwise, unless they were dangerously mentally ill, supporting torture, illegal imprisonment or the murder of children, things we now know happened, now proven, now accepted as common place, even bragged about openly.


This is what has been reported to us involving the treatment of Dr. Aafia, perhaps the world’s best known “prisoner of conscience.”  This information has been seen by nearly every Muslim on the planet already and has not originated from an enemy of the United States but rather from people who want better relations between Islam and America.  I met with supporters of Dr. Aafia in Pakistan and they make up some of the most respected members of that society, people who have had decades of friendship with American leaders, both military and civilian.  Dr. Aafia’s supporters make up some of the most decorated soldiers in the world, soldiers with a long history of allegiance to the United States. What is written, to the best of my knowledge, is true.  I wish, more than anything, that it weren’t:

JFAC Horrified by New Abuse Revelations, Aafia Siddiqui Forced to Walk Naked Over the Qur’an
March 30th 2010

Contact: info@justiceforaafia.org

As hundreds of concerned citizens hold a Day of Remembrance in Pakistan to commemorate the seventh anniversary of her disappearance, the Justice for Aafia Coalition reveal for the first time, in the English language, specific harrowing details of the abuse Aafia Siddiqui was forced to endure in the years spent in secret detention.
During the course of an interview by Kamran Shahid on Pakistan’s Front Line, screened 26th March, Siddiqui’s mother and sister described publicly for the first time the various forms of torture she underwent at the hands of US agents. This included being:


  • forcefully stripped by six men and then repeatedly sexually abused
  • beaten with rifle butts until she bled
  • bound to a bed, with her hands and feet tied whilst unspecified forms of torture were administered to the soles of her feet and head
  • injected with unknown substances
  • dragged by her hair
  • having her hairs pulled out one by one
  • forced to walk on the Qu’ran which had been desecrated in her cell whilst naked

Maryam Hassan, founder of the Justice for Aafia Coalition (JFAC), commented:

 and Guantanamo.Ghraib Abu to Bagram“These most recent horrific revelations shine a light for the first time on years of detention shrouded until now in darkness and mystery. Forced nudity, violent sexual abuse, the desecration of the Qu’ran, video-taped torture sessions have become infamous hallmarks of US detention since the start of the War on Terror, from
The Obama administration must immediately disclose any video evidence in its possession relating to Ms Siddiqui’s detention and torture. The American public has a right to know what is being carried out in its name as much as the Pakistani public are deserving of knowing the horrendous abuse one of their citizens has been subjected to. “
For the full interview, transcribed and translated into English by the Justice for Aafia Coalition, please visit:

To view the video recording of the interview in Urdu:

A version with English subtitles will be available on www.justiceforaafia.org soon.


Notes for editor:
1. The Justice for Aafia Coalition is an umbrella body for a number of organizations, groups, and activists created in February 2010 to campaign for the release and return of Aafia Siddiqui and for the opening of a full investigation into the circumstances of her detention and the whereabouts of her children.
2. Aafia Siddiqui’s lawyers maintain that she was abducted by the Pakistani and US agents along with her three children in 2003 and rendered to Afghanistan where she was detained by American forces for over five years. Siddiqui claims she was abused, raped and tortured throughout her detention. She was convicted in February 2010 of allegedly firing on US soldiers while in custody in what appears to have been a grave miscarriage of justice. Whilst her son Ahmed was released in September 2008 from Afghan custody, two of her children remain unaccounted for to date. For full details of Aafia Siddiqui’s case, please visit www.justiceforaafia.org





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Gordon Duff posted articles on VT from 2008 to 2022. He is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. A disabled veteran, he worked on veterans and POW issues for decades. Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world's largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues. Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world, and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than "several" countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist, and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.