By Kevin Barrett, VT Editor
Moazzam Begg is one of the greatest human rights heroes of our time.
Framed on bogus terror charges after the 9/11 false flag operation, Moazzam Begg was finally deemed innocent and released…but not before enduring three years of torture in Bagram and Guantanamo.
Begg witnessed fellow detainees being beaten to death by US soldiers. He witnessed the unimaginably brutal rape and torture of Aafia Siddiqui, another innocent Muslim caught up in the post-9/11 witch-hunt. After his release, Begg wrote a gripping account of his experiences, Enemy Combatant, and worked with the close-Guantanamo activist website CagePrisoners. I have interviewed Begg and his colleague Andy Worthington several times on my Truth Jihad Radio show.
Now Moazzam Begg is back in a cage. The British government is charging him with supporting “terrorists” in Syria.
The irony is that it is the British and American governments, and their Saudi and Israeli proxies, who are supporting the worst Syrian terrorists, the takfiris, along with the other “Syrian rebels.” Obviously there is more to Begg’s arrest than meets the eye.
Glen Greenwald has just published an excellent article: “The Moazzam Begg Arrest: Part of the Effort to Criminalize Muslim Political Dissent.” Greenwald makes a strong case in support of the obvious: Moazzam Begg is being locked up because he is a political dissident, not because he committed any actual crimes.
Begg’s worst “crime”: He has exposed the US and British regimes as torturers.
When US authorities released Begg from Guantanamo, they probably hoped he wouldn’t blow the whistle on the torture he witnessed there and at Bagram. Begg’s powerful, articulate book Enemy Combatant, published in 2006, was their worst nightmare come true.
More recently, Moazzam Begg has been exposing the British government as a gang of torturers. His trips to Syria were journalistic expeditions intended to gather proof that the British and US governments have paid the Syrian government to torture war-on-terror detainees.
Begg hasn’t been to Syria since 2012. Greenwald points out:
“While the timing of his arrest makes little evident sense from a national security perspective, it does appear to correspond remarkably to his advocacy work. Cageprisoners’s media officer, Cerie Bullivant, yesterday noted: ‘Moazzam has been very open about his international travel and his objectives, including importantly exposing British complicity in rendition and torture. …[T]he timing [of his arrest] coincides with the planned release of a CAGE report on Syria and a major news piece that was due to be televised soon.’”
So Begg is now locked up in a cage because he is a Muslim human rights advocate. His incarceration is a tribute to his effectiveness.
I am not a fan of the Syrian rebels. They are strategic idiots, and some of them are takfiri lunatics. They have fallen for a Zionist plot to destabilize Syria.
But I am also not a fan of the Syrian government taking money from the US and Britain to torture innocent people. Moazzam Begg is to be commended for exposing these crimes.
Demonstrations are now being held across Britain calling for the immediate release of Moazzam Begg. I wish I could join them.
Dr. Kevin Barrett, a Ph.D. Arabist-Islamologist is one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror.
He is the host of TRUTH JIHAD RADIO; a hard driving weekly radio show funded by listener donations at Patreon.com and FALSE FLAG WEEKLY NEWS (FFWN); an audio-video show produced by Tony Hall, Allan Reese, and Kevin himself. FFWN is funded through FundRazr.
He also has appeared many times on Fox, CNN, PBS, and other broadcast outlets, and has inspired feature stories and op-eds in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, and other leading publications.
Dr. Barrett has taught at colleges and universities in San Francisco, Paris, and Wisconsin; where he ran for Congress in 2008. He currently works as a nonprofit organizer, author, and talk radio host.
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