Thursday, March 31, 2005

The rest will be from the moment the officer locked the door behind me, there I saw nearly other twenty prisoners, I was at that time depressed and confused; the only excited thing for them and for me lately was to know the full story of every new one get arrested, after I finished my stupid story I was called for the rest of my presence there as Al-Zarkawi assistant :P or the doctor;
The others were accused for hijacking, robberies, possession stolen money and even psychos…all proclaimed they were innocents just like me :P
Just few minutes I was there then it was launch time, the launch was rice, bean sauce and chicken, one of prisoners complained saying oh my god chicken chicken why they just don't change!
Still it's hard people to believe me, each time I tell my story here since prisoners food at Saddam time was merely water, bread and sometimes rice, after the launch there was tea and orange, and this is as they told me all from the seven dollar for each prisoner a day allowanced by the U.S army…even though they were complaining of the food taste, I myself didn't eat anything so can't tell why :P
As the night came down two others were brought, it was so loud and clear the cops was beating them with sticks or maybe something else, when they locked them with us I saw wounds and cuts at different parts of their bodies, few minutes later they were called again; heard from the others that it is time for the torture room electric shocks, hot or cold water were just one of the few methods they were talking about, and I was shocked that most of them were tortured and showed me an old signs of torturing.
I told them "well human rights were really improved after the war, and there is free media and newspapers, is it possible that you can uncover what is happening here?"
One laughed and pointed at man sleeping at the corner, and told me that he is chief editor of a newspaper; that man joined us and showed me many photos he took with many well known politics like Jalal Talabani, Ahmed chalabi and others…
I asked him if he is here because of something he wrote, replied "that this is nothing compared with the deep corruption happening here; look at your case, me you and the rests are here while real terrorists are out free, when you are here the cops determine how much they take money from you according to what crime you have committed"
He as an example paid them 4000$ and waited his release for about 50 days, the other was a suspect of kidnapping operation his price was 10,000$
If real terrorists were caught they ask them for even 100,000$, I didn't believe them at beginning, until next day when my brother told us that three officers asked him for a price to offer there services, like forwarding my papers to the judge or I could locked forever…
Anyway I slept that night for maybe 2 hours or less, at the morning I finally had the chance to see the judge, gave my testimony and he didn't count me as an innocent, I was freed with a bail…So now and as they say I have records;
The ironic thing that I was not arrested by the old regime, instead I was arrested by this government which I defended and till now about it…
I know the real one to blame is me, at Saddam time if such accident occurred I would walk at the opposite side, expecting that all the people near it will be arrested, not just walking there stupidly with my camera…
I really have nothing against the cops now, it took me a while to post my second part and really thought of not posting it at all, there are for sure great cops who are offering there lives for the rest of this country, waiting for the civil institutions too see the light defending for the human rights or monitor employees and all government's departments :)