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FEINSTEIN ON CIA TORTURE & ISRAELI METHODS

Israeli interrogations compared to CIA...

Emblem of the Israeli Security Agency

 How do Israel's security service interrogations of Jihadist terrorists compare with the 'enhanced terror interrogations' of the CIA that have been sharply criticized by the Feinstein Report in Washington? 'Moderate physical pressure' is the guideline rendered by Israel's Supreme Court on security service interrogations of suspected terrorists. Like the U.S. today, the Jewish state has wrestled over the years on just how far to go in interrogating terrorists in order to save lives. The issue came to a head in 1984 with the 'The 300 bus-line affair'. Four Arab terrorists from the Gaza Strip hijacked an Israeli bus and threatened to blow it and the passengers up unless Israel released prisoners. They ordered the bus driver to head for Egypt via the Gaza Strip, but on the way IDF soldiers shot out its tires. Later, Sayeret Matkal commandos stormed the bus killing two terrorists and capturing the two others. One Israeli passenger was killed and seven others wounded. Then, in blatant violation of Israeli law, the chief of the Shin Bet security service ordered his agents at the scene to exit the two captured terrorists. 

Supreme Court Justice Moshe Landau (photo credit: Ravit - CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons)

 Eventually a formal investigation forced the chief and the agents to resign. The affair triggered a public debate into how to interrogate captured terrorists when innocent civilians were being murdered and maimed in repeated massacres. A commission chaired by Supreme Court Justice Moshe Landau decided that in cases of imminent danger, the so-called 'ticking time-bomb' scenario, security officials were empowered to use 'moderate physical pressure' to force the captured terrorists to divulge where the bomb was planted. However, the case would be examined later by an independent prosecutor and the commanding officer would have to prove 'just cause' for his 'enhanced interrogation'; if he could not, he would be prosecuted in a court of law.

 

 Shin Bet takes terrorists alive, if possible...

 

Incidentally Israel does not maintain an off-limits prisoner facility such as Guantanamo, and Israeli law stipulates that the right of habeas corpus also applies to terrorists who must be brought before a judge for remand.

 In tracking down terrorists, the security forces are trained to take them alive, if possible. The terrorists are simply more valuable alive than dead because they can divulge important information about their terror activities and connections, or perhaps they may even be turned. Another tactic is to blow up the family homes of the terrorists in the hope this will deter some potential terrorists. It is a nasty business no doubt, but when the lives of innocent Israeli men, women and children are being threatened by suicide bombers, who believe they will be rewarded with seventy-two virgins in Paradise, desperate remedies are required.

 

Israeli policy is to grant convicted terrorists surprisingly good prison conditions where they are even allowed to study at university level by correspondence ... the prisoners are entitled to regular family visits ... and their treatment is monitored by the International Red Cross.

 In any case this is preferable to water boarding. Incidentally Israel does not maintain an off-limits prisoner facility such as Guantanamo, and Israeli law stipulates that the right of habeas corpus also applies to terrorists who must be brought before a judge for remand.

 

 Moreover, Israeli policy is to grant convicted terrorists surprisingly good prison conditions where they are even allowed to study at university level by correspondence. In addition, the prisoners are entitled to regular family visits, granted a stipend to buy items at their prison canteen, and their treatment is monitored by the International Red Cross. Although this annoys families of Israeli victims who have been murdered and severely injured by terror attacks, it has the benefit of ensuring relative calm in the terrorist prisons. An administrative detention law also allows the security service to provide confidential evidence to a judge without disclosing it to the suspect. This is deemed permissible in order to protect secret agents or informers as the source of the evidence, which could put them in mortal danger. But this is a very grey area and abuses are bound to occur as they do even in normal police investigations. It boils down to whether they will be the exception or the rule.

 

 Muslim Morality in the age of ISIS...

 

The Arabic manual (pictured), entitled Questions And Answers On Taking Captives And Slaves, instructs ISIS fighters on how to buy and sell women and girls who have been captured in war as booty (photo credit: http://www.dailymail.co.uk)

 The rampant executions, beheading, and rape of women by ISIS terrorists is not news. However, the British newspaper Daily Mail has now published official ISIS guidelines, based on the Koran, which justifies the rape of non-Muslim women and girls and selling them as sex slaves. Published by the Department for Prisoners and Women's Affairs, it also includes a price list for sex slaves!

  • Girl up to nine years old - the equivalent of 106 pounds Sterling
  • Female from 10 to 20 years old - 80 pounds Sterling
  • Female from 20 to 30 - 53 pounds Sterling
  • Female from 30 to 40 years old- 40 pounds Sterling
  • Female from 40 to 50 - 27 pounds Sterling

 

 This illustrates the nature of Jihadist Muslims. ISIS alone is believed to have enslaved an estimated 5,000 Yazidi girls and women. In Nigeria, Boko Haram terrorists have also specialized in capturing schoolgirls and women.

 

  American Christian targets Muslim holy sites...

 

Christian Adam Everett Livvix

 How fortunate it was that the Shin Bet caught American Christian Adam Everett Livvix before he could carry out his plans to blow up Muslim holy sites in Israel. In the midst of the current religious strife between Muslims and Jews, such acts would have further inflamed the overheated situation, and the fact Livvix is an American Christian would not have made an iota of difference. The Palestinian line would have been that it was all a Mossad plot. In any case the Israeli judge who remanded Livvix also ordered a psychiatric evaluation.

 

He was brought to trial, deemed to be insane and deported back to Australia where he was committed to a mental hospital.

 Among the millions of Christian pilgrims who visit the Holy Land, it stands to reason there will be some who are more than a little unstable. On August 21, 1969 an Australian Christian named Denis Michael Rohan set fire to the pulpit of the Al Aqsa mosque on Jerusalem's Temple Mount. Palestinian Muslims started rioting, and the Muslim world was incensed. Two days later, the Israeli police arrested Rohan. He was brought to trial, deemed to be insane and deported back to Australia where he was committed to a mental hospital. Rohan contended he was the 'Lord's emissary' and he had acted under divine order. His belief was that by burning down the mosque it would enable the Jews to rebuild the biblical temple on Temple Mount and hasten the return of the Messiah, Jesus Christ.

 

 But not only unbalanced Christians are a danger. The Shin Bet once smashed a ring of Jewish fanatics who were planning to get hold of a rocket launcher to fire it at the Al Aqsa mosque. Clearly one of Israel's worst nightmares is such a maniacal attack that would pit the Jewish state against the entire Muslim world.

 

 Another Israeli air strike on Hezbollah weapons?

 

Naturally the conjecture again was the Israeli jets had launched the air strike ... Similar to the previous air strikes, Israel has remained mum about whether its jets carried out the latest raid.

 Unidentified aircraft have again rocketed more shipments of sophisticated weapons in Syria that were apparently headed for Hezbollah in Lebanon. Naturally the conjecture again was the Israeli jets had launched the air strike in keeping with Israel's declared policy of barring the shipment of game-changing weaponry, such as advanced Russian anti-aircraft missiles and long range rockets to Hezbollah. Israel has steered clear of intervening in the civil war that has been raging in Syria since 2011, and with a rising death toll of over 200,000 people, many more injured, and over three million refugees who have fled the country.

 

 Similar to the previous air strikes, Israel has remained mum about whether its jets carried out the latest raid. In any case the IDF reportedly stepped up its already high state of alert along the Syrian and Lebanese borders. A new twist has been an angry response by Russia, which demanded 'clarification' from Jerusalem. The Russians were obviously peeved that their sophisticated weapons shipments bound for Hezbollah in Lebanon were being repeatedly destroyed en route. If indeed Israel was responsible, what do they expect, that Israel will sit with arms folded waiting for Hezbollah to start shooting down aircraft in Israeli air space?

 


 

 David Essing

 

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