Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Sheikh of Torture

This is a disturbing news story. The videos are fairly graphic, so I haven’t embedded them here. Even though the most horrible segments have been edited out, sensitive readers may want to avoid following the links to them.

The tape of these events was smuggled out of the United Arab Emirates, and was posted on the ABC News site yesterday (it may also have been on TV, but we don’t have one, so I don’t know).

Here’s a brief summary of it, taken from The Mad Hatters:

A videotape smuggled out of the UAE shows Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al Nahyan — brother of the country’s crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed — torturing a man with whips, electric cattle prods and wooden planks with protruding nails.

The torture victim, Mohammed Shah Poor, was accused by the Sheikh of short changing him on a grain delivery to his royal ranch on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi.

The final scene on the tape shows the Sheikh positioning his victim on the desert sand and then driving over him repeatedly. A sound of breaking bones can be heard on the tape.

A somewhat different version of the same tape may be seen here, and the original source is probably from the UAE Torture site.

Here are more details from the ABC News site:
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A video tape smuggled out of the United Arab Emirates shows a member of the country’s royal family mercilessly torturing a man with whips, electric cattle prods and wooden planks with protruding nails.

A man in a UAE police uniform is seen on the tape tying the victim’s arms and legs, and later holding him down as the Sheikh pours salt on the man’s wounds and then drives over him with his Mercedes SUV.

In a statement to ABC News, the UAE Ministry of the Interior said it had reviewed the tape and acknowledged the involvement of Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al Nahyan, brother of the country’s crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed.

“The incidents depicted in the video tapes were not part of a pattern of behavior,” the Interior Ministry’s statement declared.

The Minister of the Interior is also one of Sheikh Issa’s brother. [sic]

The government statement said its review found “all rules, policies and procedures were followed correctly by the Police Department.”

This is not a new story — MSNBC reported on it last summer, when the man who smuggled out the tape filed suit against Sheikh Issa:

As a trusted adviser to a member of United Arab Emirates royal family, Texas businessman Bassam Nabulsi says he safeguarded the sheik’s most important documents: financial records, investment documents, and videotapes showing the sheik torturing people with a cattle prod and a spiked plank.

Now that Mr. Nabulsi has made the tape public, the issue of torture in the UAE will be that much harder to ignore.

Presumably the ABC network is seizing this opportunity to make former President Bush look bad. But it’s important to remember that cozying up to the despots of the Persian Gulf is a thoroughly bipartisan affair, and continues under the current administration.


Hat tip: VH.

7 comments:

Zenster said...

“The incidents depicted in the video tapes were not part of a pattern of behavior,” the Interior Ministry’s statement declared.

Yeah, sure thing Kiddo, and real soon monkeys shooting bottle rockets are gonna fly outta my butt.

Remember folks, nearly all major forest fires are fought by setting "back fires". These intentionally set blazes consume fuel that the main conflagration needs in order to spread even further. In common parlance, this is know as, "fighting fire with fire".

Islam's global spread has much in common with a wildfire. It feeds on the lowest and least functional portions of the local biosphere while spreading in an opportunistic fashion.

Plainly put, halting Islam's spread will require fighting fire with fire.

At the very worst, large Muslim populations may need to be sufficiently terrorized whereby they finally rise up against their jihadi masters and begin purging their populations of those who continue to antagonize the much better armed West.

While committing major atrocities might not prove necessary (and I hope it does not), we may still need to employ torture against our Muslims foes who so cheerfully indulge in its use. At the very least (and here I paraphrase Dennis Miller's quote about animal experimentation) —

If ending Islamic jihad requires hooking up terrorists to car batteries, I have only two things to say:

RED IS POSITIVE AND BLACK IS NEGATIVE.
As a final note, please remember this:

The 9-11 atrocity plotter, Sheikh Khalid Mohammed , when subjected to Water Boarding (simulated drowning), proceeded to reveal other significant plots related to future terrorist attacks upon American soil.

There are two VERY IMPORTANT things to remember about this incident.

First, the Water Boarding sessions took all of THREE MINUTES to accomplish and ENDED the moment valid information was presented to the subject's interrogators. I will ask that you please contrast this to other practitioners like those of the Soviet Union who continued to impose psychological, medical, physical and chemical torture LONG AFTER ANY FINAL CONFESSION WAS MADE.

Furthermore, Sheikh Khalid Mohammed's SOLE objection to his physical interrogation was NOT that it involved Water Boarding, but that his questioning and subsequent confession, after breaking, occurred WITH A FEMALE AGENT IN ATTENDANCE.

I hope that this provides a little perspective regarding those whom we are obliged to confront.

Remember, confronting Islam is not an option. It has been forced upon us in the West by a largely unrestrained faction of the Muslim population who follow Qur'anic doctrine to its letter.

We in the West are left with a rather stark and binary choice: FIGHT OR DIE.

Erich said...

"torturing a man with whips, electric cattle prods and wooden planks with protruding nails.

"The final scene on the tape shows the Sheikh positioning his victim on the desert sand and then driving over him repeatedly. A sound of breaking bones can be heard on the tape."

Waterboarding is worse than this, when Whites do it to Browns.

laine said...

Obama just bowed and curtsied to the guy who runs this thugocracy.

Of course ABC and the rest of the MSM made sure most Americans don't know that.

Why couldn't there be one renegade major daily that decided to report the news and put Obama's obeisance on the front page?

PatriotUSA said...

Zenster Said:
Remember, confronting Islam is not an option. It has been forced upon us in the West by a largely unrestrained faction of the Muslim population who follow Qur'anic doctrine to its letter.

We in the West are left with a rather stark and binary choice: FIGHT OR DIE.

You have such a way with explaining things, and it is just great, zenster! All of it true and to the point. During the watching of the video, it is mentioned that
"this is just the tip of the iceberg" and how true that comment is. Take a quick jaunt around the globe and you will find almost ALL the conflicts going on involve islam. Torture is used all the time
without any regard to the victim except to brutalize him/her as much as possible. They do not care if the end result is death of the victim. There are no physicians standing by like when we use something as "horrid" as waterboarding or a catepillar in box to get information from known terrorists. The information we got saved an untold number of American lives by stopping terrorists attacks that were in the making and close to being carried out.

I have a friend from Thailand who watched from the jungle as half his family was tottured and killed. He was 12 at the time. The stories they have shared with me are right in line with this video, and much worse. he fled to the US and moved the rest of his family here, LEGALLY.

There is no peace within islam, and with islam there can be no peace.

It is fight or die. I know which I have already chosen.

Zenster said...

PatriotUSA: You have such a way with explaining things, and it is just great, zenster! All of it true and to the point.

Thank you so much for your kind praise, PatriotUSA. Again, I hope that you have overcome your grief from the passing of such a dear frind.

More than anything, it means a lot to me that you find my contributions to be of such concise and readable nature.

It signifies that I may be doing something right. For that, I owe you one. Let me know how I might return the favor.

We are all in this together and must surely (and don't call me "Shirley"!), find a way to meld our collective will to survive in order that Muslims come out on the losing end.

May that "losing end" not involve glassing and Windexing™ the MME (Muslim Middle East). However, if that is the West's only option, then so be it and may that entire region understand just how unwise it was to poke the nuclear-armed Western dragon with such ineffectual Muslim pointed sticks.

PatriotUSA said...

Zenster:
My comments are saved for those who see things as they truly are in regard to the issues that we find in common. I have posted my email here if you want to contact me through there. It is a bit of a risk but then life is full of risks and there are many things at stake here. Again, common ground and thoughts.

sidewinder340@bendbroadband.com

Robin Shadowes said...

Such savages we have invited into our midst or more correctly our traiterous politicans have. Now we have their barbarians here as fifth columnists and trjan horses. Ticking bombs just wai´ting to go off. It'll be a long and hot summer here in Europe. Perhaps the first civil war will start this soon. Britain is close to erupt with both jihad riots and anti-riots. Or maybe it'll start in Malmö, Sweden. Although there are plenty of other alternatives. France, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Norway or Denmark. Only time will tell. I'm active on several blogs and forums and people here is starting to have had enough of multiculturalism. People are fed up with it. So far the monkeys had been allowed to riot in Rosengård without any interference. I think the final straw will be when an innocent ethnic swede gets killed by the mob. Then it will explode in their faces. Probably resulting in several mussies getting lynched.