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A Descent into the “Wings of Hell”

May 21, 2009


Barack Obama recently reversed the decision to release photos of American torture at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. These pictures have been shown to members of the US Congress and have been described as a descent into “the wings of hell.” 

But it’s only the tip of an iceberg that will most likely never be fully revealed.


Despite the attempts of the American government to prevent their release, some of these alleged photos have surfaced including: “One picture showed a prisoner hung up upside down while another showed a naked man smeared in excrement standing in a corridor with a guard standing menacingly in front of him. Another prisoner is handcuffed to the window frame of his cell with underpants pulled over his head. Others yet to be released reportedly show military guards threatening to sexually assault a detainee with a broomstick and hooded prisoners on transport planes with Playboy magazines opened to pictures of nude women on their laps.”

Beyond this, however, there is the little known US military outfit called the Immediate Reaction Force (or Emergency Reaction Force ) used at Guantanamo Bay military base. The behavior of the IRF is just as, if not more, chilling than the US torture at Abu Ghraib. The IRF (or ERF) continues to be used by the USA under the Obama regime.

The case of one prisoner named Omar Deghayes held by the USA is addressed at, which documents some of the torture the United States has inflicted upon him:

          ERF-ing Omar – The Feces Incident

On one of the ERF-ing incidents where Omar was abused, the officer in charge himself came into the cell with the feces of another prisoners [sic] and smeared it onto Omar’s face. While some prisoners had thrown feces at the abusive guards, Omar had always emphatically refused to sink to this level. The experience was one of the most disgusting in Omar’s life.

ERF-ing Omar – The Toilet Incident

In April or May 2004, when the Guantánamo administration insisted on taking Omar’s English-language Quran, he objected. The ERF team came into Omar’s cell and put him in shackles. He was not resisting. They then put his head in the toilet, pressed his face into the water. They repeatedly flushed it.

ERF-ing Omar – The Beating

In one ERF-ing incident, Omar was shackled by three American soldiers in their black Darth Vader Star Wars uniforms. The first was going to punch Omar, but before he could, the second kneed Omar in the nose, trying to break it. The third queried this, and the second said, “If his nose is broken, that’s good. We want to break his ******* nose.” The third soldier then took him to hospital.

ERF-ing Omar – The Drowning

The ERF team came into the cell with a water hose under very high pressure. He was totally shackled, and they would hold his head fixed still. They would force water up his nose until he was suffocating and would scream for them to stop. This was done with medical staff present, and they would join in. Omar is particularly affected by the fact that there was one nurse who “had been very beautiful and kind” to him to [sic] took part in the process. This happened three times.

ERF-ing Omar – Tango Block

Omar was out on the Tango block rec yard when 15 ERF soldiers came, with two other soldiers in the towers, armed with guns. They grabbed him (and others) and sprayed him.

They then pulled him up into the air and slammed his face down, on the left side, on the concrete. They had someone from the hospital there, and she just watched. She then came up to him and asked whether he was OK. He was taken off to isolation after that.

Deghayes is now permanently blind in his right eye due to being pepper sprayed and an ERF/IRF member gouging him.

Meanwhile, Barack Obama is resuming military trials for inmates held at Guantanamo Bay.

Torture. Yes We Can!

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