Amina Masood Janjua, Champion of Pakistan’s Disappeared, Tells Her Story to Cageprisoners

31.3.11

Yesterday, while cross-posting a perceptive and shocking Guardian article by Declan Walsh about the state-sanctioned disappearances and murders of would-be separatists and critics of Pakistani policy in the vast tribal area of Balochistan, bordering Afghanistan and Iran, it occurred to me that, several months ago, when former Guantánamo prisoner Moazzam Begg (who is now the director of Cageprisoners) had visited Pakistan and had met up with Amina Masood Janjua, an extraordinarily brave and dedicated human rights  campaigner, I had intended to cross-post an article written for Cageprisoners by Amina herself.

Published last October, Amina’s article, whch I’m finally cross-posting below, explains her struggle — and that of her family — to find the inner strength and the financial support to continue campaigning to discover not only what happened to her husband, the businessman Masood Janjua, who disappeared in 2005 while on a bus with his friend Faisal Faraz, a 25-year-old engineer from Lahore, but also to hundreds more of Pakistan’s Disappeared, who she ended up representing through her organization, Defence of Human Rights Pakistan, which has registered the cases of over 900 missing people in Pakistan.

All of these people — and as many as ten times more, whose cases have not been registered — are presumed to have been “disappeared” by the Pakistani government, which, under Pervez Musharraf, was content to use its close relationship with America as a frontline partner in the “War on Terror” as a cover for a separate campaign to “disappear” Pakistanis as well — throughout the country, as with Masood Janjua, and specifically in Balochistan, where the number of disappeared dwarfs those elsewhere.

Describing his meeting with Amina prior to the publication of her article last October, Moazzam Begg wrote:

There are also hundreds of people “disappeared” and still unaccounted for in Pakistan. Their case is fought by an incredible woman, Amina Masood Janjua, who, with her Defence of Human Rights Campaign, has fought for the last five years to trace her own husband, Masood Janjua, and hundreds of others in the process. It was an honour to meet this woman who fights day and night, sometimes alone, to seek justice for the hundreds of disappeared and detained without trial around the country. I tried to give her some consolation during my meeting with her, that like me, her husband will surely be home soon. She’s appreciative of the sentiments but then tells me about the corrosive effects all this has had on her daughter, who accompanies her often.

They have registered over 900 cases of missing persons and believe that is only the tip of the iceberg. Estimates suggest the figures are ten times that number.

Amina has just been demonstrating outside the Supreme Court in Islamabad, carrying mock coffins as a symbol of the living-dead lives they are leading, with their loved ones still unaccounted for and with men dressed in Guantánamo signature orange suits wearing shackles. Her struggle is an uphill one, requiring full-time commitment with insufficient support or funds.

I hope you’re moved, as I was, by Amina’s story when I first heard it several years ago. I’ve made minor edits to Amina’s own account, published below, and if you’d like to find out more, please read this Cageprisoners interview from 2007, “The Conviction of Love,” an Amnesty International article from 2008, and this article by Robert Fisk in March last year. Also see this PBS Frontline video from 2009, and for an early report on the disappeared, see this article by Declan Walsh (published in the Guardian in 2007). Also see here for a more recent article by Canada’s CBC News, and for a more comprehensive overview, see the Amnesty International report, “Denying the Undeniable: Enforced Disappearances in Pakistan,” published in July 2008.

The fight becomes tough for my family
By Amina Masood Janjua, Cageprisoners, October 8, 2010

As the fight for the release of my illegally detained husband grew tougher and tougher, so was my pocket becoming emptier and emptier. Maybe it was created deliberately by the government to squeeze me financially. Because the last five years, two months and eight days to be exact, since when my life took a 180 degree turn on 30th July 2005, has been based on tireless struggles, non-stop running from pillar to post, sleepless nights and heart-piercing grief.

Masood, my loving husband, is a famous educator and businessman of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. He was honest, hardworking, enthusiastic, charismatic, competent and extremely loving and caring. We got married in 1989 and life was heavenly happy for us. We were blessed with two boys and an adorable daughter. For his children, Masood was extraordinary friendly, loving and caring. He would play wrestling with boys, and dolls with the little doll of ours. Life unfolded beautifully before us and we realized that we were more and more in love with each other.

There was hardly any spare time with Masood, as he was running three institutions and a social welfare hospital for the poor. The rest of the time was dedicated to his aging parents and the family he loved dearly. Masood made it a point to spend some time every now and then, relaxing in hilly scenic areas where we enjoyed barbeques, fishing and camping at our leisure.

I remember the time of Masood’s disappearance with a shudder, recalling how I was helplessly lying in bed for three months crying in a deep shock and depression. All the while my innocent children Muhammad (14), Ali (12) and Aishah (8) were sunk in a sea of shock, lost in a world of their own, their eyes desperately searching for Abbu (father) and Ammi (mother) both.

I pulled myself together with a determination never to give up and to bring my loved one home — to bring back the same old golden days of our union, when life was joy and fun and nothing else mattered. For the comfort of my children, I stretched over myself a confident smile. “I will bring your Abbu to you,” I promised to them.

After that, how could I rest or slow down? I only knew one thing and that is the “struggle to find Masood,” as our most vital head of the family and our most precious loved one was brutally snatched away from me and my children. It was confirmed that the intelligence agencies had taken him, when Dr. Imran Muneer, a key witness of seeing my husband in illegal detention, gave his statement in 2007.

By the end of 2007, there were a hundred families of “Missing Persons,” which I registered. I had to raise a voice for their grievance, protest for them, file their cases in the Supreme Court, and, most importantly, be like a mentor to them, guiding, counseling and motivating them never to lose heart or give up hope.

Protests, seminars, walks and rallies bombarded the newspapers and electronic media and our movement was making the headlines. Even during the judicial crises we were part and parcel of the lawyers’ long march, joining their struggle shoulder to shoulder. Just to get the rule of law and justice back on its heels, we gave every sacrifice.

The judicial crises

Facing a wall, frantically I started protesting in front of the Parliament House in September 2006. At first there was only the family of Masood Janjua, but within a short time we were joined by other families whose loved ones had also disappeared, and they were also equally aggrieved and denied of justice. We started calling this network of victim families, “Defence of Human Rights.”

We were lucky enough that Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had already taken notice of Masood’s abduction. The case was at its peak and about to be resolved with the appearance of Dr. Imran but unfortunately judicial crises engulfed the country after the unconstitutional Emergency of 3rd November 2007. My network of aggrieved and helpless victim families were the worst sufferers of this emergency-cum-martial law. High hopes were dashed away and so were the means of living, most of us having severe financial problems, so much so that even the basic necessities of life were hard to meet.

The 16th of March 2009 dawned with the renewal of  hopes for all the victim families of the enforced disappearances, as the pre-November 3rd judiciary was restored by the executive order of the Prime Minister, but unfortunately the joy was short-lived. I was confident that the issue of “Missing Persons” would be the first one picked up by the Chief Justice and the restored judiciary, but every attempt at persuasion, talks and efforts failed in getting the cases of the disappeared fixed in the Supreme Court. Finally the families of the disappeared had to camp 12 days and nights outside the Supreme Court in protest. The cases were finally fixed on 23rd November 2009. At last our sacrifices and steadfastness bore fruit.

I only call it Allah’s will that our trial was not yet over. The cases of the disappeared were disappeared from the Supreme Court without achieving any breakthrough, in May 2010, to sideline the issue.

A Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances was formed by the government to take away the focus of the media and the judiciary from this extremely sensitive issue and the worst violation of basic fundamental human rights. We came to know only after four months that it could not issue orders to produce the abductees nor to order any compensation to address the financial agonies of the families. It was criminal negligence and impunity exercised in its worst form on the part of the government.

There is yet hope and faith to rely on. Maybe some day the state’s lost conscience will be shaken and speedy justice will be delivered to the poor, forsaken and aggrieved of this nation. Whatever happened up till now may be an honest effort, but what’s the point when the government’s agencies themselves are into picking up honorable citizens from their homes and they themselves are searching for those abducted, instead of putting an end to this practice once and for all. It all seems like a cruel joke to befool the aggrieved, alas!

Rollercoaster of emotions

Throughout this rollercoaster of emotions and events, hopes high and hopes dashed, there was one element of solace and contentment: those getting released due to our hue and cry, protest and legal pressure. Mashallah, 332 detainees were traced and released during the last five years of our struggle [emphasis added]. The wife of one of the ex-detainees brought salaams and prayers from her husband. She was full of praise for our movement and told us that Aslam, her husband, narrated the following:

We were in dungeons being tortured day and night, till we lost our senses and  forgot our identity. As as a result of the public demonstrations, our cases opened and we were taken to jail; after three and a half years we saw sun light and breathed fresh air.

It was made possible only because of the pressure built by the tireless protest demonstration, sit-ins and rallies. Aslam also said that he was delighted to know, after being shifted in jail, that women, children, the old and the young are raising their voices for their release. It is amazing how Allah is making the weak and oppressed powerful and the voiceless heard. Allah (swt) has his own ways of making things work out for his dear ones.

Many detainees were also reported as saying that if the movement of Missing Persons is going on then we will also see the sun some day. If Allah (swt) has made us a ray of hope for those dumped in dark underground torture cells, what else can be a bigger honour than this?

My family’s ordeal

Out of all the three kids, Aishah was Masood’s favourite, being the youngest dolly we had. For months and years after Masood’s disappearance, I found her weeping behind a door or on the bed or even at times lying on the floor. There was always Masood’s picture under her pillow and her bedroom door was full of pictures of children with Masood. I did everything I could for her solace, peace and comfort but I know the void of a loving father’s absence. A very strong sense of deprivation, the longing for his pampering care and love was always hurting Aishah. Her frustration and anger at my struggle bearing no result as far as her Abbu was concerned — the unparalleled grief and pain of all that — I could not take away from her.

Especially this Ramadan all of us were extremely melancholic, each one of us desperately missed Masood and remembered his jolly and gleaming nature, his jokes, his enthusiasm, his extraordinary love and care. His loud vibrant voice was a louder noise in our home than any of the naughty kids. My boys would escape from going to masjid but now they miss those days when their Abbu would take them for prayers in Ramadan. No matter how well I looked after my kids, I knew in my heart that I can never be like Masood who was an “Ideal hero,” who played football, took them for adventures, wrestled, played dolls and would be a closest best friend and father at the same time.

Masood loved the environment in Ramadan, his favorite things were jalebee and fruit-chat at Iftar and meat or rice at dinner. I made sure that everything he wished for was piled up on the table. Eid was special fun too. Secretly we would buy presents, toys and gifts for all the children and family, and pack it and hide it in the cupboard on the Eid eve. The next morning would come with joyous screams of our kids excited to get the gifts. Something happened on Eid day, thank God not to any of my kids, it happened to me. I locked myself in the wash room to avoid my kids and wept and wept — shouting and yelling in my heart, “O.Allah, when will you return me my love? My Masood! When, O Allah, when??? I can’t take it any more — Oh please my Lord, have mercy. I am weak … I can’t stand up to your trial … my kids are also weak! “

The fight and financial crises getting tough

The scenario for Masood’s case became grim and the fight tough as the Joint Investigation team deputized for him gave its final report on 2nd October 2010, saying, “Masood is not with any of the agencies.” There is categorical denial, brutal lies in the face of too much evidence, injustice and torture to the whole family. Furthermore to make the going too tough for me there were financial crises hovering over the last many years. I had already trained myself to save every penny in order to run the course, no matter what. I helped the poor deserving families whose bread-winners were picked up and they were left devastated without any means of living at all. I knew their pain and suffering too well and that is why, out of my extreme passion, I would do anything for them.

I literally drained all my resources and the bank balance Masood had left, for the sake of this cause and to help those in need. That is also one of the reasons why the college [Masood's computer college] suffered heavy losses and I am almost penniless today. But there are no regrets for those whose most precious loved ones are taken away. Money and all the precious belongings of this world are nothing for them. As far as my family’s survival is concerned, we depended on this computer college of Masood. It suffered over the years of turmoil, struggle and hardships and was under debt due to mounting losses until finally it was locked on 29th September on account of one year’s rent not being paid. On 4th October after taking the stay order from the court, we opened the college and I was pondering over all the grim situation, sinking in my office chair. Fighting becoming tough. Pressure becoming more than I can stand. Three children in their teens to be educated, groomed and properly fed and clothed; old and aging parents-in-law to be taken care of; home, kitchen, bills, car, fuel, maintenance, college bills, salaries and rent!

Every thought kept hammering on my head … And the foremost, of course: the “Missing Persons” cause. It has to continue even if I have nothing left and I am sitting on the road with my kids. Thoughts, thoughts and thoughts kept  emerging from all directions. It was the third day of my migraine becoming severe, with my blood pressure rising alarmingly, and now it was impossible to breathe. As tension mounts, asthma in my chest and ulcers in my stomach always escalate. For months I haven’t seen a doctor.

A voice from inside said I was sinking … time and again I was fighting back tears which overbrimmed my eyes. I was hiding my tears and paranoia from the college staff. I can’t show them that the “Leader of the Aggrieved” is weak. A peon took a cheque for a salary, it was bounced. “There are no 5000 Rs. in your account, madam!” OK, I wrote another one for Rs 3000/-. To my amazement it bounced too. I didn’t dare to write a third one. Hiding my embarrassment I told him, smiling, “I’ll take it out from the other bank tomorrow.” By 3pm I was emotionally drained and starving. To restore my energies I wanted to give the peon 24 Rs for tea and biscuits. I kept digging in my bag for almost half an hour and was delighted to hand him over all the coins I found.

Please don’t feel any pity, as I am truly and rightly proud of whatever I did, in spite of whatever happened to me and my kids. How courageously we fought the battle for the release of Masood and all the missing loved ones without any resources was amazing and a legendary achievement!

And the answer to my acute distress, I found the same day in the evening. After Maghreb prayer I prayed to my Creator earnestly, I asked my Lord for Mercy, Forgiveness, Guidance and Help. I asked for unmatched courage and determination to go on fighting and never to give up. I thanked Him for the love and respect He had given me, for the honor of taking the impossible tasks from me. All of a sudden my heart was full of peace, contentment, gratitude and thanksgiving in the same way as my eyes were full of tears in the morning.

So there is the answer to the biggest problems and difficulties, grief and sufferings of life … Bow down before the Lord and ask Him! He will answer and never let us fall astray inshallah, He will never waste our struggles.

We are not yet united with Masood but we are determined  to continue the struggle, to work even harder, not to give up on any front. We are confident having a firm belief that the blissful day of our Reunion is not far.

Andy Worthington is the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press, distributed by Macmillan in the US, and available from Amazon — click on the following for the US and the UK) and of two other books: Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion and The Battle of the Beanfield. To receive new articles in your inbox, please subscribe to my RSS feed (and I can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Digg and YouTube). Also see my definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, updated in July 2010, details about the new documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (co-directed by Polly Nash and Andy Worthington, on tour in the UK throughout 2011, and available on DVD here — or here for the US), my definitive Guantánamo habeas list and the chronological list of all my articles, and, if you appreciate my work, feel free to make a donation.

32 Responses

  1. Andy Worthington says...

    On Facebook, Delano Worthington wrote:

    I am curious. What are you pro-Islam, Anti-America?

  2. Andy Worthington says...

    Emily Wayfarer Lowrance wrote:

    delano, why would you think someone is anti american when they haven’t posted anything of the sort? the ugly truth is what it is. dissent is the highest form of patriotism and pointing out what america does wrong does not automatically imply being anti american, but rather anti CRIME, no matter who does it.

  3. Andy Worthington says...

    Emily Wayfarer Lowrance wrote:

    what are you delano, anti-Islam?

  4. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks, Emily. Also, this specific story has very little to do with America, as it involves the repression of Pakistani people by their own government and intelligence agencies.

    In a broader sense, however, Delano, I’m pro-human rights, and anti-”War on Terror,” in terms of arbitrary detention, torture, and the scrapping, or sidelining of the Geneva Conventions, all of which applied to Muslims.

    I therefore protect them as the victims of human rights abuses, and call for accountability for those Americans — senior officials and lawyers — who implemented the human rights abuses in the first place.

    I have no love for extremists of any kind, whether Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, whatever, and no hatred of America per se. Genuinely, some of my very best friends are American, but none of them are running the country, although I wish they were!

  5. Gary DuTeau says...

    The overarching history theory “Bunch a Perverts” points out that each place on earth, will sometime in its history, be ruled by a bunch a perverts. Most of history all humanity, with some exceptions, tended to be ruled by these guys. Master-slave, Royalty-peasants, Banksters-world’s poor, Military Industrial Complex-non white people, religious Zealots-other religious Zealots, et cetera The only exceptions were the Pacific Islands before “Whity” got there. Solzhenitsyn wrote “The Gulag Archipelago” about what happens when this kind of stuff gets institutionalized over a period of time in a modern system.

  6. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks. That’s a very appropriate theory, Gary. Reminds me of many many years ago, watching a great documentary about the “holy” city of Jerusalem, which, of course, is as saturated with blood as anywhere on earth can be, having been such a “holy” site for so long and to so many different religions, in which the presenter — some cynical genius from the 1970s/80s — began his tale with what came before King David rolled up with his Ark of the Covenant, and God’s blood-soaked promise — apparently a fishing community, which clung to the coast and was so peaceful that it thrived for 800 years in harmony until, of course, these interlopers with weapons turned up, and they had no defense against their “holy” executioners.
    Historically, I have no idea where this story came from, or how accurate it is, but for me its resonance was as a kind of fable, and I always — always — wanted to be with the peaceful guys, who had a great time but could only do so as long as the bullies and the psychos — the “chosen” ones, the “Bunch A Perverts” — weren’t around.

  7. Andy Worthington says...

    Back on Facebook, Delano Worthington wrote:

    I’m not anti-anything. It is just all of these people who protect the incorrect people that bug me. I have been to Afghanistan, Iraq, and the PI’s and worked with all sorts of people. The work I did sometimes included killing the extremist who tried to harm my American friends. I’ll put it like this: You have no understanding of how those people feel about westerners. They would laugh at you guys because if they had a millisecond to capture you they would. They would then proceed to kill you, the same way they have killed my friends. So, go on a tour in the Middle-East and see how you do.

  8. Andy Worthington says...

    Nis Mohammed ‎wrote:

    Delano:
    1. Did those feelings “about westerners” also exist within the thousands of innocent women, children and babies killed without reason by brainwashed troops?
    2. Can you please clarify “incorrect people”?
    3. On the reverse side, how do americans feel about Middle Easterns?

  9. Andy Worthington says...

    Delano Worthington wrote:

    Americans are fine with people from the middle east. In fact I live really close to Dearborn, MI. Google it.

  10. Andy Worthington says...

    James Klakowicz wrote:

    I am curious. Hey Delano, do you think muslims caused 9/11?

  11. Andy Worthington says...

    Delano Worthington ‎wrote:

    James: are you serious? No, it was a catholic guy, a Jew, and an atheist. Who do you think was on those planes?

  12. Andy Worthington says...

    Nis Mohammed ‎wrote:

    Delano, and what proof of Muslims being responsible for 9/11 is there or has there ever been? Because bush said so? Or was it the passport belonging to “one of the terrorists” that fell off the plane just before crashing that led you into thinking so? Loooool

  13. Andy Worthington says...

    Delano Worthington wrote:

    I also wish that men would act like men and support the just cause, not just what the media poisons your head with. Ooohhh, Scary Americans, mistreat Muslims. Some Muslims are misinformed, misguided, easily persuaded, and fooled into believing that killing us is the right thing to do.

  14. Andy Worthington says...

    Nis Mohammed wrote:

    Yes it is sad that we are led into thinking that americans mistreat Muslims… What’s even worse is that we base our opinions on proof/evidence!
    Please note, I am not against americans but I am against any and everyone who infringe upon the rights of fellow human beings! I do however know that there are black sheep in every community…
    How someone can inflict torture upon another person is beyond me as I’m sure the torturer would hate to experience the exact harm if it was being done onto him or to a loved one… My stance on this would remain even if the tortured where innocent americans and the torturers were Middle Easterns!
    Ohh well, I’m out! Do take care and have a nice day Delano.

  15. Andy Worthington says...

    Delano Worthington ‎wrote:

    Nis. You are far more mixed up than I thought. Check out the flight schools in Florida that were attended by the guys that took over those planes, Muslims. Geez, out of touch with reality much?

  16. Andy Worthington says...

    Nis Mohammed wrote:

    I beg to differ about who’s living in a fantasy world, anyway to you your way and to me ♥ mine ♥ !! I’m not going to waste my time searching for any bogus material when I’ve seen enough documentaries regarding 9/11.

  17. Andy Worthington says...

    Interesting conversation, and completely different from what I would have discussed, had I been involved.

    Following the chronology established in, say, Lawrence Wright’s The Looming Tower, in which a small group of would-be mass murdering terrorists, who happen to be Muslims, are responsible for 9/11, and are not caught because of inter-institutional rivalry between the CIA and the FBI, which prevents the CIA from sharing essential information about the would-be hijackers with the FBI, the reason for the attack is US foreign policy — and specifically, al-Qaeda’s objections to the presence of US troops on the holy ground of Saudi Arabia, and the running sore that is the Israel/Palestine conflict, and America’s role within it, to which can be added some general sprinklings of a desire for revenge against the superpower that, for decades, has propped up dictatorships in the Muslim world, first as a bulwark against Communism, and then as a bulwark against Islamists, with Egypt — and its torture dungeons — at the heart of this particular problem.

    As for why the inhabitants of Afghanistan and Iraq might hate Americans on the ground in their country, and want to kill them — again, it’s US foreign policy. See this article about Iraq for a demonstration of why the battle for hearts and minds was lost almost as soon as it began — http://www.andyworthington.co.uk/2006/04/15/abu-ghraib/ — and know that similar strategies were employed in Afghanistan too, also losing the battle for hearts and minds there in a short time, a process that was exacerbated when the US lost interest in the country, and in, say, vital reconstruction work, as early as December 2001, when the attention of the leadership shifted to Iraq.

    In both countries, however, the main lesson, learned too late, is that, if you round up every available male in random raids and then imprison them in horrendous conditions — in Abu Ghraib or in Bagram — without making any effort to abide by the Geneva Conventions or to work out who the hell you’ve got, your hopes of winning back the confidence of people is pretty much zero, especially if dozens of them end up dead in your custody, tortured or abused, or murdered in cold blood: http://www.andyworthington.co.uk/2009/07/01/when-torture-kills-ten-murders-in-us-prisons-in-afghanistan/

    For everyone who came to Afghanistan or Iraq after these early months, it was already too late.

  18. Andy Worthington says...

    On Facebook, reminding readers of the plight of prisoners in the US, Mary Neal wrote:

    From Dec 9 – 15, thousands of prisoners in Georgia staged the largest prison rebellion in U.S. history by refusing to work on prison labor projects in hopes of winning a more humane incarceration. Guards answered with brutality, and 37 inmates are missing. Inmates’ nonviolent protest was met with brute force and possibly murders. Where are the 37 missing prisoners? Time 4 USA 2B “Looking at the Man in the Mirror” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PivWY9wn5ps (Their mote v. USA’s beam Matt.7:3) – My @koffietime tweet for today – follow and view previous tweets at http://twitter.com/koffietime

  19. Andy Worthington says...

    Robin Laurain wrote:

    The United States of America prison system is horrendous.

  20. Andy Worthington says...

    Helen Logan Tackett wrote:

    had a friend who did time at avenal, folsom, vacaville, now he is out, and these places are overcrowded, just waiting to explode

  21. Andy Worthington says...

    Rubina Raymond wrote:

    Hope he’ll never go back to that place, Helen

  22. Andy Worthington says...

    Rubina Raymond wrote:

    Americans have lots of enemies in Pakistan; please be aware.

  23. Andy Worthington says...

    Josh Langford wrote:

    I’m a bit gutted I didn’t have internet access the last few days otherwise I wouldn’t have minded chiming in with my two cents on this one.

    Delano if you’re still checking this page it shouldn’t matter whether you’re anti or pro Islam injustice is injustice. The way America behaves on the world stage is bound to attract resistance. Andy touched on it with his reply when he mentioned the propping up of dictators. America’s (and the West’s) unequal share of the world’s wealth needs to be secured and to do that we have repressed all kinds of nationalist movements all the way from the Middle East to South America.

    Eventually something was going to happen, it did on 9/11. I’m not sure about all the “9/11 was an inside job” theories so if, for the sake of argument, you say it was extremist muslims who were guilty you still have to admit the whole thing has been capitalised on by some rather unsavoury elements of the US Goverment to pursue their own ends.

    What you said about Muslims being easily manipulated into killing Americans made me smile, ever thought it was us that are the more easily manipulated? By this I mean our propaganda is far more subtle and effective than some ranting Imam screaming “Death to America!”. Next time you watch the news, read your paper or play COD just think why am I being told to think this way, it’s enlightening I promise.

  24. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks for the latest round of comments, my friends. And Josh, I too am sorry you were off the ‘net for the last few days, but thanks for the comments — better late than never!

  25. Andy Worthington says...

    Tony Smith wrote:

    Shared

  26. Andy Worthington says...

    Tony Smith ‎wrote:

    Delano- I feel very sorry for you and your buddies. I’d like to think that you joined the services to defend your family, friends and country against those that wished you harm. The fact that your patriotism has been hijacked by the far-right has made you an accomplice in their crime. Don’t get mad at the anti-war protestors, use your knowledge to help prevent future children having to enlist to continue this conflict. You’ve been had, don’t get mad, get even.

  27. Andy Worthington says...

    Dhyanne Green wrote:

    People confuse the US Government with the US people. It is the US Govt, comprised of a minority number of people [supposedly 'elected' by the people who bother to vote] that is making the ‘policies on behalf of the US people. These policies mainly, of late, come under the guise of ‘Terrorism. In actuality these policies are ‘Terrorism’ aka ‘war’ against their own people and any country that doesn’t ‘bow down to the demands of the US government.

  28. Lee Farmer says...

    hello blogger, i was reading your posts on Amina Masood Janjua, Champion of Pakistan’s Disappeared, Tells Her Story to Cageprisoners |
    Andy Worthington and i definitely liked them. 1 thing that i noticed whilst browsing throughout your blog that some of the links aren’t working and giving error. this makes the reading experience a little bit bad. you have a good blog and i will request you to update the hyperlinks so that fascinated people can get all of the details they intend to have. Btw are you on twitter?? i would really like to follow you and also get updates on your blog.

  29. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks for getting in touch. Unfortunately, it’s very hard to keep track of hyperlinks that become obsolete, but if you sent me details I can make changes.
    Also you can find me on Twitter @guantanamoandy

  30. Raja Muhammad Attique Janjua says...

    Amina masood janjua is a simbol of human rights in Pakistan. She is the voice of those who were unable to express their emotions. She has highlighted the issue which was nearly impossible to discuss in public. She has launched a peaceful and legal struggle for missing persons in Pakistan. May Allah bless her and help her to accomplish her mission.

    Raja Muhammad Attique Janjua
    Bagh AJK

  31. Andy Worthington says...

    Thank you, Raja, for that very accurate appraisal of Amina Masood Janjua’s role in exposing extrajudicial disappearances in Pakistan.

  32. AMINA MASOOD JANJUA CHAMPIONING THE CAUSE OF PAKISTAN’S “DISAPPEARED” AS SHE MARKS THE 8TH ANNVERSARY OF THE SEARCH FOR HER MISSING HUSBAND | Carol Anne Grayson blog says...

Leave a Reply

Back to the top

Back to home page

Andy Worthington

Investigative journalist, author, filmmaker, photographer and Guantanamo expert
Email Andy Worthington

The Guantánamo Files book cover

The Guantánamo Files

The Battle of the Beanfield book cover

The Battle of the Beanfield

Stonehenge: Celebration & Subversion book cover

Stonehenge: Celebration & Subversion

Outside The Law DVD cover

Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo

RSS

Posts & Comments

World Wide Web Consortium

XHTML & CSS

WordPress

Powered by WordPress

Designed by Josh King-Farlow

Please support Andy Worthington, independent journalist:

Archives

In Touch

Follow me on Facebook

Become a fan on Facebook

Subscribe to me on YouTubeSubscribe to me on YouTube

Andy's Flickr photos

Campaigns

Categories

Tag Cloud

Abu Zubaydah Afghans Al-Qaeda Andy Worthington Bagram British prisoners CIA torture prisons Clive Stafford Smith Close Guantanamo David Cameron Guantanamo Habeas corpus Hunger strikes Lewisham London Military Commission NHS NHS privatisation Photos President Obama Reprieve Save Lewisham A&E Shaker Aamer Torture UK austerity UK protest US Congress US courts WikiLeaks Yemenis