Skip to comments.Testimony of Spc. Brandon Neely
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...
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Do we know just how many jihadists were there when he left in June 2002?
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!
Iraq Vets against the war...sounds like a Commie outfit to me.
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
“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.
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.
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.
He could be the next John Kerry!
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:
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
Naw, he just likes his fudge.
Just another anti-war puke.
Send treats to the troops...
Great because you did it!
Does he feel guilty about EATING a prisoner?
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.
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.
Send treats to the troops...
Great because you did it!
I bet this is the fat little butterball during an FTX:
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Antiwar US Vets Support Israeli Military Objectors
by Brandon Neely Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008 at 2:57 PM
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.
Specialist, US Army Reserve. Went AWOL October 1990 to resist Gulf War deployment. Discharged in lieu of courts martial.
Specialist, US Army, communications. Went AWOL March 2007 to resist Afghanistan deployment. Discharged in lieu of courts martial.
Specialist, US Army, medic. Went AWOL June 2005 to resist Iraq redeployment, later won honorable discharge.
Sergeant, US Army, journalist. Currently refusing Inactive Ready Reserve recall.
Sergeant, US Army, airborne infantry. Went AWOL April 2007 following Iraq deployment. Discharged in lieu of courts martial.
US Army, security. Refused Iraq deployment in 2008. Served one month in the brig.
US Marine Corps. Resisted Iraq deployment and was discharged March 2003.
Lance Corporal, US Marine Corps, logistical support. Went AWOL February 2003 to resist Iraq deployment. Served six months in the brig.
Second Lieutenant, US Army, infantry. Discharged May 2007 as a conscientious objector.
Sergeant, US Army. Went AWOL in 2005 to resist Iraq deployment and has lived in Canada since.
Private Second Class, US Army. Went AWOL January 2005 to resist Iraq deployment and currently lives in Canada.
Senior Airman, US Air Force. Went AWOL in 2007 following Afghanistan deployment and has lived in Canada since.
US Marine Corps, mortar man. After two Iraq deployments, now refusing Inactive Ready Reserve recall.
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.
Lance Corporal, US Marine Corps. Went AWOL in 2006 to resist Iraq deployment and has lived in Canada since.
Staff Sergeant, Army National Guard. Refused to redeploy to Iraq in 2004. Served nine months in the stockade.
Sergeant, Army National Guard. Went AWOL and later discharged following 2005 Iraq deployment.
US Army, military police. Refused recall from the Inactive Ready Reserve in 2007.
US Army, medic. Discharged as a conscientious objector November 2004 following Afghanistan deployment.
Corporal, US Marine Corps, artillery control. Refused Desert Storm deployment August 1990. Served two months pre-trial confinement. Discharged in lieu of courts martial.
Senior Airman, US Air Force, crew chief. Applied for conscientious objector discharge July 2008. Awaiting decision on his application by the military.
Hospital Corpsman, Third Class, US Navy. Discharged following 2004 Iraq deployment.
US Army, airborne infantry. Discharged as a conscientious objector following 2003 Iraq deployment.
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.
Private, US Army. Went AWOL November 2006 to resist Iraq deployment and has lived in Canada since.
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.
Send treats to the troops...
Great because you did it!
“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.
Yeah probably at a McDonalds or Burger King from the looks of it.
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.
LOL! Too funny!
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.
This group is to Hanoi Boy Kerry’s “Winter Soldiers” what the Cub Scouts are to the Boy Scouts.
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.
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.
Please tell me that some patriotic Texan has beaten the shit out of this traitor.
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/
Unless he signs an affidavit (and the IVAW guys never do), this “testimony” can safely be regarded as leftist anti-military agitprop.