Free #899 Shawali Khan
TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY NOV 13 2012
Shopkeeper Sold To U.S. Nov 13 2002 For Bounty
Free #899: Shawali Khan!
Still Trapped in U.S. Prison Camp Gitmo
Whether threats created cowardice, or promises created corruption, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge John D. Bates has clearly been compromised. He also doesn’t care who knows it, which says a lot about the size of the threats and/or promises.
Washington, D.C. Judge John D. Bates cannot honestly publish this official opinion —
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge John D. Bates — appointed by George W. (“The Wuss” — his daddy used up “The Wimp”) Bush in Dec 2001 — reviewed Shawali Khan’s file and wrote that all of the allegations Shawali Khan faces are based on “multiple levels of hearsay”, that “all of the information contained in the reports could come from a single individual” and “no source is identified by name”
— and then expect us to trust at all in the impartiality of his “judgement” when he paradoxically concludes a short time later — with no additional evidence — that Shawali Khan should continue to be held indefinitely in the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after more than eight years, with no charges.
This will not change, because there is no evidence against him and there are no witnesses against him.
Somebody “convinced” U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge John D. Bates to ignore his oath, the facts and the truth as he clearly could see his obligations to those earlier.
Ongoing Guantanamo Prisoners Coverage by The New York Times:
New York Times’ Guantanamo Docket: Internment Serial No. 899
July 09 2010
Judge Denies Habeas Petition of Afghan Shopkeeper at Guantánamo
by Andy Worthington
Horrible, corrupted ruling. Wonderful, comprehensive article.
Sep 22 2009
Sold To The United States For Cash
by Leonard C. Goodman
Kidnapped and sold by corrupt warlord Gul Agha Shirzai, who was “governing” Kandahar province
Shawali Khan, born in 1963 in Kandahar, was kidnapped in Afghanistan on Nov 13 2002, sold to America as an active “insurgent” in his home town on hearsay alone, and sent to the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, without anyone checking to see if the allegations made against him were true or false.
Before they even left Afghanistan, Shawali Khan and his brother were tortured for a month. Both were shipped to Gitmo for the same reasons, yet Shawali Khan remains locked in a cage in the Guantanamo prison camp, while his brother was released years ago and is back in Afghanistan running Shawali Khan’s shop.
He’s had several incompetent military “reviews” and has never been charged with a crime. In over eight years and three months no one from anywhere in the world has presented any evidence that he has committed any terroristic crimes.
On Pages 8 and 9 of the Administrative Review Board Round 1 Transcripts you can read his full answer to a military officer board member’s question, beginning at the bottom of Page 8: “If you were to be released how would you support yourself and your children?”
Shawali Khan’s answer finishes with the prison camp inmate answering, bizarrely, [with my notes, aiming only for clarity] “I am happy here, I just want [someone official] to go ask [anyone near my rented home where I lived or near my 6-year-old gasoline shop who knew or knows me] that if I was a threat to America [and if you find any evidence that I was ever or I am] then keep me here.”
He was a shopkeeper selling gasoline and kerosene. Shawali Khan’s lawyer, Leonard C. Goodman, has reviewed Shawali’s confidential file and says he was simply a merchant, denounced for a bounty.
Shawali Khan worked alongside his mother’s brother for three months 15 years ago against the Russians in Afghanistan. He didn’t fire a gun except for practice. When the Taliban turned on his uncle because he didn’t agree with them, that uncle moved to Pakistan. The two did not associate much after that, and Shawali Khan also got away from the Taliban’s conscription as soon as possible.
Shawali Khan describes enemies he made among the Taliban when he was helping the Americans later. He has a theory that it is among those enemies, his and the Americans, that the people can be found who sold him to America with made-up, hearsay charges and no evidence.
Current Status Unchanged:
Over eight years of the worst forms of incarceration, no evidence, and the following Washington, D.C.-based U.S. District Court judicial opinion, are primary factors favoring the immediate release or transfer of Shawali Khan
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge John D. Bates — appointed by George W. Bush in Dec 2001 — reviewed Shawali’s confidential file and wrote that all the allegations he faced were based on “multiple levels of hearsay”, that “all of the information contained in the reports could come from a single individual” and “no source is identified by name.”
When the Americans invaded Afghanistan in October, 2001, Shawali Khan was living in Kandahar City, selling kerosene and gasoline.
On Nov 13 2002, he was riding his motorcycle from his home to the market when he was grabbed by four Afghan men working for the corrupt warlord, Gul Agha Shirzai, “governing” Kandahar province. A short while later, he was transferred to the Americans. Shawali Khan was sold to the U.S. for a cash bounty.
Unsurprisingly, information about the bounties or to whom they were paid, including information about the torturers, is unavailable to Shawali Khan or his defense, because even its existence is “Secret”.
He’s being held because the U.S.A. can and will abuse even the internationally illegal permissions we have given ourselves to do anything to anyone, anywhere, anytime we want to label them “enemy combatants”. We can “disappear” anyone for any or no reason with the worst of nations now and keep our actions under the “Secret” label, to protect our nation from knowing the truth about our crimes against humanity.
Shortly after the invasion, the U.S. military littered Afghanistan with leaflets offering bounties of up to $20,000 cash in exchange for the capture of al Qaeda or Taliban fighters. One leaflet promised thousands of impoverished Afghanis already in war survival mode “enough money to take care of your family, your village, your tribe for the rest of your life.”
In a Nov 2001 press briefing, U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld bragged that the bounty leaflets were falling from the Afghan sky “like snowflakes.”