Scott Horton Interviews Almerindo Ojeda

Scott Horton, November 08, 2011

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Almerindo Ojeda, professor at UC Davis and director of the Study of Human Rights in the Americas, discusses his article “Death in Guantanamo: Suicide or Dryboarding;” continuing the investigation began by “the other” Scott Horton at Harper’s Magazine into the suspicious deaths of three Guantanamo prisoners at Camp “No;” the similarites between Ali Al-Marri’s “dryboarding” torture at a Naval brig in South Carolina and the treatment of the Guantanamo Three; and the need for an independent investigation not led by the Pentagon.

MP3 here. (19:59)

Almerindo E. Ojeda is the founding director of the University of California at Davis Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas and the principal investigator for its flagship Guantánamo Testimonials Project.

6 Responses to “Almerindo Ojeda”

  1. DOMINANT PARADIGM — CRUAL INDIFFERENCE

    A corrupt government may rule only so long as it keeps the people in fearful submission. So a major incentive has our Empire to include torture as an essential element in it’s brutal imperialism. And to keep it ongoing and fresh in the minds of we the people, mainstream corporate media makes sure we get all the gory details. Obama’s release of all those torture photos last year being a perfect example.

    So, as this article said not a word about the root cause or solution to torture, instead only amplified on the gruesome details of torture, this mainstream kind of reporting did more harm then good.

    For the root cause of torture, all torturers being of the educated and intelligent middle-class, is the upper half of society thinking it has a God-given “unalienable right” to enrich itself upon the misery, of those below their upper class dignity.

  2. I'm a libertarian of a market friendly persuasion, and I completely agree with this.

    As many a great revolution has said, no war but class war.

  3. PRESIDENT — RON PAUL

    Good, now as forced charity is fraud, as it makes ingrates out of the poor and tax payers most hostile toward the poor, how do we motivate those with wealth to give to those most ingrate namely the poor?

    Also, as we slow and careful thinking laboring men will never want or need education, as manual labor is the best of all education, as a starvation wage is fraud, how do we raise minimum wage so we who labor can buy our own healthcare?

  4. THIS SHOCKING PRACTICE STILL ABOUNDS UNDER OBOMBER WHOS FIRST PUBLIC PR WAS TO SIGN US DOSENT TORTURE IN FRONT OR WORLD THE CON WHICH WAS QUICLY QUIETLY ALTERED BACK TO TORTURE AS USUAL INCLUDING AT BAGRAM AND OTHER PLACES WHAT ABOUT ELECTION PROMISE TO SHUT GITMO US HAS LONG ENCOURAGED THE LIKES OF PINOCHET TO TORTURE AND CIA HAVE BEEN LINKED TO THESE REGIMES EGYPT IN THE 50sWAS TAUGHT TORTURE TECHNIQUES FROM CIA AS ABOVE THE ELITE IN ANY COUNTRY NEED PEOPLE TO EMPTY RUBBISH DRIVE TAXIS ETC THE SYSTEM WOULD COLLAPSE WITHOUT THEM SO THEY DESERVE DECENT STANDARD OF LIVING AND DO NOT NEED A UNIVERSITY DEGREE TO DO THEIR JOBS EFFICIENTLY

  5. Ojeda was my professor at UCD. He's an uninformed wannabe Chomsky–and an anti-American sympathizer. He started the Study of Human Rights in the Americas, which really isn't an organization, but something he made up to portray him as a representative of some legitimate human rights organization.

  6. This bridge is truly a hymn to stone and steel. I remember that was a real crowd on the walkway, awesome you guys made it.

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