Yesterday the US ambassador Robert McCallum told the National Press Club that lengthy appeal processes by Guantanamo Bay inmates were the cause of their extended imprisonment. McCallum said al-Qaeda trained its recruits in “lawfare”, where they used democratic systems and judicial processes to their advantage.

Crikey was getting ready to scoff at this suggestion, until we were told to consult the al-Qaeda manual, specifically, ‘Lesson Eighteen’:

UK/BM-176 TO UK/BM-180 TRANSLATION
The object of bin Laden is to establish a “
Caliphate according to the prophet’s path.” To accomplish this objective he must induce others to engage in acts and would bring about a world economic collapse and social upheaval that would bring about the deaths of hundreds of millions. To contain this mad man the best weapon is the truth.

Lesson Eighteen
PRISONS AND DETENTION CENTRES

IF AN INDICTMENT IS ISSUED AND THE TRIAL, BEGINS, THE BROTHER HAS TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE FOLLOWING:

1 . At the beginning of the trial, once more the brothers must insist on proving that torture was inflicted on them by State Security [investigators ]before the judge.

2. Complain [to the court] of mistreatment while in prison.

3. Make arrangements for the brother’s defence with the attorney, whether he was retained by the brother’s family or court-appointed.

4. The brother has to do his best to know the names of the state security officers, who participated in his torture and mention their names to the judge. [These names may be obtained from brothers who had to deal with those officers in previous cases.]

5. Some brothers may tell and may be lured by the state security investigators to testify against the brothers [ie, affirmation witness], either by not keeping them together in the same prison during the trials, or by letting them talk to the media. In this case, they have to be treated gently, and should be offered good advice, good treatment, and pray that God may guide them.

6. During the trial, the court has to be notified of any mistreatment of the brothers inside the prison.

7. It is possible to resort to a hunger strike, but it is a tactic that can either succeed or fail.

8. Take advantage of visits to communicate with brothers outside prison and exchange information that may be helpful to them in their work outside prison [according to what occurred during the investigations]. The importance of mastering the art of hiding messages is self evident here.

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Peter Fray

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