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Testimony of Spc. Brandon Neely
Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas ^ | December 4, 2008 | CSHRA

Posted on 02/16/2009 8:10:53 PM PST by GLH3IL

On December 4, 2008, Specialist Brandon Neely approached CSHRA with testimony he wished to contribute to the Guantánamo Testimonials Project. He believed that insufficient attention had been paid to "the hell that went on at Camp X-Ray." He would be in a position to know, as he arrived in Guantánamo while the cages of Camp X-Ray were still being welded, and escorted the second detainee to hit the prison grounds. In this interview, Specialist Neely provides testimony of the arrival of the detainees...

(Excerpt) Read more at humanrights.ucdavis.edu ...


TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: gitmo; testimony; torture; witchhunt
Is this guy another phony soldier? I'm sure we'll be seeing this guy paraded before congress soon as the libs begin their lynching of the Bush Administration. I know guys that worked at GITMO and they described nothing like what this guy is saying. Their voices won't be heard, but this guy will be. Suggestions on how to counter this tactic?
1 posted on 02/16/2009 8:10:53 PM PST by GLH3IL
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To: GLH3IL

Do we know just how many jihadists were there when he left in June 2002?


2 posted on 02/16/2009 8:17:45 PM PST by txnativegop (God Bless America! (NRA-Endowment))
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To: GLH3IL
http://www.thenewstribune.com/tacoma/24hour/world/story/627287.html

Former Guantanamo prison guard Brandon Neely poses Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009 in Houston, Texas. Neely has come forward in this final year of the detention center's existence, saying he wants to publicly air his feelings of guilt and shame about how some soldiers behaved as the military scrambled to handle the first alleged al-Qaida and Taliban members arriving at the isolated U.S. Navy base.

An excerpt from the article: Neely, a burly Texan who served for a year in Iraq after his six months at Guantanamo, received an honorable discharge last year, with the rank of specialist, and now works as a law enforcement officer in the Houston area. He is also president of the local chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War.

Burly Texan, eh? He looks like a fat-&ssed whiner whose mommy fed too many donuts. What-a-slug!

3 posted on 02/16/2009 8:20:19 PM PST by Sarajevo (You're just jealous because the voices only talk to me.)
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To: Sarajevo

Iraq Vets against the war...sounds like a Commie outfit to me.


4 posted on 02/16/2009 8:21:22 PM PST by ducdriver (99% of liberals give the other 1% a bad name.)
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To: txnativegop

nope, but i bet we have some freepers that know a great deal about what is and is not truthful about what this supposed soldier has allegedly said


5 posted on 02/16/2009 8:22:12 PM PST by GLH3IL (Slainte Mhath)
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To: Sarajevo

“Burly Texan, eh? He looks like a fat-&ssed whiner whose mommy fed too many donuts. What-a-slug!”

Yeah...creepy. I don’t trust him.


6 posted on 02/16/2009 8:27:23 PM PST by toldyou (Even if the voices aren't real they have some pretty good ideas.)
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To: GLH3IL

Talk about pure BS from this Blue Falcon.

No training on how to handle detainees? You handle them the same way as if you would handle any other prisoners just like he was supposedly trained to do at Fort Lostinthewoods. My God what a moron!

I was a scout (19D) and I know more than this idiot who’s job is supposed to include the handling of prisoners.

I say we find all those others who have served at GITMO and counter this a$$clown’s lies and exaggerations with the truth. I bet that when it comes down to it, there will be nobody who recalls him even being near any detainees.


7 posted on 02/16/2009 8:28:58 PM PST by 2CAVTrooper (Man is not free unless government is limited.)
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To: GLH3IL

If I see “Iraq Veterans Against The War”, that invalidates the source immediately. I’ve seen enough of those people at the Gathering of Eagles and outside Walter Reed to know what they are.


8 posted on 02/16/2009 8:29:30 PM PST by rlmorel ("The Road to Serfdom" by F.A.Hayek - Read it...today.)
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To: GLH3IL

He could be the next John Kerry!


9 posted on 02/16/2009 8:30:52 PM PST by lacrew (Obama and cabinet: Fool and the Gang)
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To: GLH3IL

1. Guantanomo should be addressed as a geopolitical question rather than a question of abstract principal.

This means questions such as “should innocent people be detained” or “should people be abused during detention” should be subordinate to concerns of how to achieve such principals. Closing Gitmo will increase the detention of innocent people and will increase incidents of abuse worldwide.

2. People detained by the political agents of Gitmo have been treated far worse in a geopolitical sense

The recent treatment of the polish engineer detainee is illustrative:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1139505/Horrifying-video-militants-beheading-Polish-engineer-released-Pakistani-Taliban.html

This is not to serve as a “justification” for any American abuses but as a clarifying question as to how released detainees would operate biopower in their new found realms.

3. Released detainees have returned to combat against US soldiers

4. Gitmo detainees are a tiny percentage of individuals detained on the battlefield— many more guilty go free.

5. Innocent til proven guilty is not a global construct and its strategic enforcement by advocacy groups is a deliberate effort to undermine global human dignity.

6. The lack of gitmo increases human rights abuses by:

encouraging killing in the field rather than detaining
increase the use of rendition
increase the use of surrogates
increase the use of isolationism as a foreign policy, leading to genocide


10 posted on 02/16/2009 8:34:53 PM PST by lonestar67 (Israel is not the enemy.)
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To: Sarajevo

Naw, he just likes his fudge.


11 posted on 02/16/2009 8:36:52 PM PST by ConservativeMind (Who is now in charge of the "Office of the President-Elect"?)
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To: GLH3IL
He was in the army for 5 years and only made specialist? If he was worth a crap, he should have been E-6 after 5 years.

Shocker: Leftist Anti-War Agitator And Veteran Accuses Military Of Abuse At Gitmo

12 posted on 02/16/2009 8:37:41 PM PST by smokingfrog (Is it just my imagination, or is the water in this pot getting a little too hot?)
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To: GLH3IL
I have spoken out against the Iraq war and took a stand when I was recalled in 2007 and refused to go back and I decided that I needed to tell my story about Guantanamo as well. How can I as a father tell my children to tell the truth and stand up for what they believe in if I was not willing to do the same?

Just another anti-war puke.



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13 posted on 02/16/2009 8:37:51 PM PST by JCG
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To: Sarajevo

Does he feel guilty about EATING a prisoner?


14 posted on 02/16/2009 8:40:27 PM PST by LeonardFMason
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To: GLH3IL
I remember David Hicks very clearly as, to me, he is one of the two most memorable detainees I came across. Due to him being able to communicate so clearly with us. And because he just reminded me of a guy I would have just gone out and have a beer with.

On 11 November 1999, Hicks travelled to Pakistan to study Islam and began training with Lashkar-e-Toiba in early 2000.

In January 2001, Hicks was provided with funding and an introductory letter from Lashkar-e-Toiba. He then travelled to Afghanistan to attend training at Al-Qaeda camps.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Hicks#Lashkar-e-Toiba

The latest from Lashkar-e-Toiba was the 2008 Mumbai massacre. Nice bunch.

You could go have a beer with 'em. And then get beheaded, no doubt.

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15 posted on 02/16/2009 8:42:49 PM PST by JCG
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To: GLH3IL
He's not only a porker, he's dumber than a box of rocks.

http://ivaw.org/member/brandon-neely

16 posted on 02/16/2009 8:52:40 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Have You Punched A Democrat Today? - Do it for the children.)
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To: Sarajevo
Looks like Piggy from Lord of the Flies, or the butterball kid from the Goonies.

I bet this is the fat little butterball during an FTX:

17 posted on 02/16/2009 8:53:00 PM PST by 2CAVTrooper (Man is not free unless government is limited.)
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To: GLH3IL

Original article is at http://houston.indymedia.org/news/2008/12/65875.php Print comments.

Antiwar US Vets Support Israeli Military Objectors
by Brandon Neely Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008 at 2:57 PM
bneely27@gmail.com

Statement signed by over two dozen U.S. military war resisters. Reprinted by AlterNet, Democracy Now, The Progressive, Common Dreams, Indymedia, and Daily Kos.

We are U.S. military servicemembers and veterans who have refused or are currently refusing to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan.

We stand in solidarity with the Israeli Shministim (Hebrew for "12th graders") who are also resisting military service. About 100 Israeli high school students have signed an open letter declaring their refusal to serve in the Israeli army and their opposition to "Israeli occupation and oppression policy in the occupied territories and the territories of Israel." In Israel, military service is mandatory for all graduating high school seniors, and resisters face the possibility of years in prison.

We have also refused to participate in unjust acts of military aggression, and many of us have gone to prison or currently live with that possibility as a result. We believe that resistance to unjust war is a bold assertion of humanity in the face of overwhelming violence.

The Global War on Terror, like the Israeli occupation, is propped up by racism and dehumanization and sets the stage for never-ending war and occupation. We are inspired by the brave refusal of our brothers and sisters in Israel to take part in these destructive policies, and we want to let them know today, December 18th--the day of international solidarity with the Shministim--that they have our deepest respect and support.

In Solidarity,

Stephanie Atkinson
Specialist, US Army Reserve. Went AWOL October 1990 to resist Gulf War deployment. Discharged in lieu of courts martial.

Chris Capps-Schubert
Specialist, US Army, communications. Went AWOL March 2007 to resist Afghanistan deployment. Discharged in lieu of courts martial.

Eugene Cherry
Specialist, US Army, medic. Went AWOL June 2005 to resist Iraq redeployment, later won honorable discharge.

Matthis Chiroux
Sergeant, US Army, journalist. Currently refusing Inactive Ready Reserve recall.

James Circello
Sergeant, US Army, airborne infantry. Went AWOL April 2007 following Iraq deployment. Discharged in lieu of courts martial.

Carl Davison
US Army, security. Refused Iraq deployment in 2008. Served one month in the brig.

Matthew Edwards
US Marine Corps. Resisted Iraq deployment and was discharged March 2003.

Stephen Funk
Lance Corporal, US Marine Corps, logistical support. Went AWOL February 2003 to resist Iraq deployment. Served six months in the brig.

Andrew Gorby
Second Lieutenant, US Army, infantry. Discharged May 2007 as a conscientious objector.

Patrick Hart
Sergeant, US Army. Went AWOL in 2005 to resist Iraq deployment and has lived in Canada since.

Ryan Johnson
Private Second Class, US Army. Went AWOL January 2005 to resist Iraq deployment and currently lives in Canada.

Dale Landry
Senior Airman, US Air Force. Went AWOL in 2007 following Afghanistan deployment and has lived in Canada since.

Benjamin Lewis
US Marine Corps, mortar man. After two Iraq deployments, now refusing Inactive Ready Reserve recall.

Robin Long
Specialist, US Army. Went AWOL in June 2005 to resist Iraq deployment and lived in Canada until being deported July 2008. Currently serving a 14 month sentence at the Miramar Naval Brig near San Diego, California.

Christopher Magaoay
Lance Corporal, US Marine Corps. Went AWOL in 2006 to resist Iraq deployment and has lived in Canada since.

Camilo Mejia
Staff Sergeant, Army National Guard. Refused to redeploy to Iraq in 2004. Served nine months in the stockade.

Geoff Millard
Sergeant, Army National Guard. Went AWOL and later discharged following 2005 Iraq deployment.

Brandon Neely
US Army, military police. Refused recall from the Inactive Ready Reserve in 2007.

Perry O'Brien
US Army, medic. Discharged as a conscientious objector November 2004 following Afghanistan deployment.

Jeff Paterson
Corporal, US Marine Corps, artillery control. Refused Desert Storm deployment August 1990. Served two months pre-trial confinement. Discharged in lieu of courts martial.

Ryan Souza
Senior Airman, US Air Force, crew chief. Applied for conscientious objector discharge July 2008. Awaiting decision on his application by the military.

Chanan Suarezdiaz
Hospital Corpsman, Third Class, US Navy. Discharged following 2004 Iraq deployment.

Benjamin Viges
US Army, airborne infantry. Discharged as a conscientious objector following 2003 Iraq deployment.

Dean Walcott
US Marine Corps, military police. Went AWOL in 2007 following Iraq deployment and has lived in Canada since.

David Wiggins MD
Captain, US Army, doctor. Resigned commission near the Iraq border during Desert Storm 1991.

Steve Yoczik
Private, US Army. Went AWOL November 2006 to resist Iraq deployment and has lived in Canada since.


18 posted on 02/16/2009 8:53:07 PM PST by smokingfrog (Is it just my imagination, or is the water in this pot getting a little too hot?)
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To: GLH3IL
Upon arrival, detainees were screamed at throughout the whole process. They were told to shut up, walk faster, and what not. Some guards would call them "Sand N-ggers." I never heard that phrase until I was at Guantanamo.

My BS detector went off on this one. He graduated high school in 1998 and finished Army boot camp at age 20-21. Served tour in Egypt and arrived in Gitmo in 2002. Plus, his dad is a retired Army master sergeant and he was from Huntsville, Texas -- and he never heard that term before?

I didn't think the Army took deaf guys.

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19 posted on 02/16/2009 8:55:38 PM PST by JCG
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To: GLH3IL
"...now works as a law enforcement officer in the Houston area.

Security guard?

20 posted on 02/16/2009 8:59:43 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Have You Punched A Democrat Today? - Do it for the children.)
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To: smokingfrog

“He was in the army for 5 years and only made specialist? If he was worth a crap, he should have been E-6 after 5 years.”

Or at least E-5.

Based on his writings, I’d say that he failed the board at least once or twice.


21 posted on 02/16/2009 9:03:01 PM PST by 2CAVTrooper (Man is not free unless government is limited.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Yeah probably at a McDonalds or Burger King from the looks of it.


22 posted on 02/16/2009 9:07:45 PM PST by 2CAVTrooper (Man is not free unless government is limited.)
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To: GLH3IL

I read the (very long) interview. He seems credible....but, none of the abuses he cites are much worse than what I’ve seen on the Discovery Channel, in stories about high security U.S. Prisons. He seems to have given in to a “Stockholme Syndrome” like respect and friendship with the prisoners also. He is very young, and he feels genuine guilt over these minor abuses...and the leftist are exploiting him much like they did with Cindy Sheehan. The tenor of the questions was over the top.


23 posted on 02/16/2009 9:25:21 PM PST by lacrew (Obama and cabinet: Fool and the Gang)
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To: 2CAVTrooper
I bet this is the fat little butterball during an FTX:

LOL! Too funny!

24 posted on 02/16/2009 9:28:30 PM PST by Sarajevo (You're just jealous because the voices only talk to me.)
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To: GLH3IL

Let’s see now, this guy admits to abusing detainees and is ashamed now, but it is all someone else’s fault?

Seems he will fit in just perfect with the merry band of Kerry kooks.


25 posted on 02/16/2009 9:28:39 PM PST by DakotaRed (Don't you wish you had supported a conservative when you had the chance?)
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To: DakotaRed

This group is to Hanoi Boy Kerry’s “Winter Soldiers” what the Cub Scouts are to the Boy Scouts.


26 posted on 02/16/2009 9:31:56 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Have You Punched A Democrat Today? - Do it for the children.)
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To: lacrew
I'd agree with the stockholm syndrome appraisal, and add a complete lack of horsesense. his assessment of Hicks was clearly absent of the reality, that if dude was on Soldier of Fortune with a RPG on his shoulder, it was there to be used.

He told us yes, that was him in the picture with the RPG, but that was not even Afghanistan; the picture had been taken in Kosovo--I believe he said.
Hicks did not come across as the cold-blooded killer we were told all these guys were. He was a normal guy like me. And not much older. He would sit there, crack a joke, and make small talk. Just like any other normal person would.

right before they kill you.

27 posted on 02/16/2009 9:55:22 PM PST by blueplum
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To: lacrew

Agree. I think he’s having legitimate adjustment problems. He seems rather immature and not suitable for MP duty. He’s seeking some sort of recognition and validation because he has an underdeveloped sense of himself. What he described is objectively not torture. There are internal mechanisms to deal with the rare incidents wherein a guard or other staff steps over the line. Some day, he’ll regret his betrayal of his fellow soldiers.


28 posted on 02/17/2009 12:06:17 AM PST by oneolcop (Lead, Follow or Get the hell out of the way!)
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To: Sarajevo

Please tell me that some patriotic Texan has beaten the shit out of this traitor.


29 posted on 02/17/2009 6:13:17 AM PST by ohioman
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To: GLH3IL

All I had time to read was the story about the detainee who wouldn’t drink the can of Ensure, a common nutrient they would give detainees who were malnourished, so as to
(obviously) head off inevitable criticisms of “starving” the prisoners intentionally. Multiple requests to take the liquid from multiple officials led to an ugly incident where he was hit as a last resort, and he still didn’t effectively swallow the liquid. Neely later claims he found out (from other prisoners) that the man thought he was being poisoned,which begs the question of why the countless other prisoners who’d drunk Ensure couldn’t tell him it wasn’t poison? Or why didn’t he see that for himself? IN any event, this particular ‘incident’ looks like it might not have even been avoidable if they’d had use of a translator/


30 posted on 02/17/2009 6:36:43 AM PST by supremedoctrine ("One was drawing funny faces, but his own was grave"--Richard Hughes, A High Wind in Jamaica)
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To: GLH3IL

Unless he signs an affidavit (and the IVAW guys never do), this “testimony” can safely be regarded as leftist anti-military agitprop.


31 posted on 02/17/2009 6:41:26 AM PST by Interesting Times (For the truth about "swift boating" see ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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