Politicians ARE Criminals! – I am not just referring to the petty pilfering that the recent expenses scandal uncovered or even the policy changes that they make whilst in Government benefitting corporations that the MP in question gets to work for after their term in office (if they are not already working for them whilst in office). I am referring to murder which most people think is one of the worst crimes. Continue reading
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On the 30th October & after 5000 days plus of unjust detention in the inhuman & soulless American Naval Base Guantanamo, Shaker Aamer was finally freed & flown back to his home & family in Britain.
Shaker’s until recent ordeal must have been ‘beyond’ dreadful & it must be very strange & surreal for him to be free.
As usual there are mixed messages from the press & public regarding his ‘reputation’, his religion & his future here in the UK & so I feel that it is very important especially regarding the present world situation to show that the people of Britain stand for true justice & equality under it & that Shaker Aamer, an innocent man detained for 14 years is truly made welcome here.
Above is the first interview with Shaker since his release, filmed for BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire program & released on the 14th December.
An hour & a half long it is fascinating to hear his story.
Quite simply it is the story of a sane man in a completely insane environment.
& don’t forget, there are still 107 detainees in that place..
The good news that Shaker Aamer was finally to be released after 14 hellish years in Guantanamo Detention Centre came on September 25th this year. We will have to wait a further 30 days from this time for the US Congress to process him, so he is due back on the 24th October (NO LATER).
Is this the end of this heroic man’s problems? Is he to be released on time without any more excuses from the criminals that put him there?….Probably not!.
Already smear campaigns are being ‘released’ about him. ‘He’s a very dangerous man’ apparently, although they cannot, even after 14 years, seem to ever show us any proof of this & instead ask us to believe their words, as our ‘leaders’ are such ‘honest’ & ‘respectable’ people that we should just accept what they say…Right?
Shaker is still being beaten up every day & he has been on another hunger strike since last August.
Will he make it out of that terrible place? The people who put him there would prefer it if he didn’t as his release exposes the crimes they have & are still committing.
Shaker’s lawyer Clive Stafford Smith of the charitable organisation Reprieve & the ‘We Stand with Shaker’ organisation have organised a new campaign that the public can join to show solidarity with Shaker’s situation. It is called ‘Fast for Shaker’ & it asks participants to fast for a period of 24hours sometime between today the 15th October & Shaker’s release, hopefully in 10 days’ time, although if not the campaign will continue.
FREE SHAKER AAMER!!!
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