WAS THE FORERUNNER TO GUANTANAMO
By Yvonne Ridley
The forgotten few are the 100+ inmates of Al'aqrab Prison; the word means "the scorpion" in Arabic. It's an apt name for a prison buried away in the same desert sands that once concealed the treasures of Tutankhamun.
The Scorpion Prison is a hellish institution that former prisoners told me was the blueprint for America's Guantanamo, the world's most notorious jail. It is reasonable to say that this is Egypt's very own Guantanamo.
The maximum security jail is two kilometres from the main entrance to the official Tora cluster of prisons where former government ministers now reside in comparative comfort.
Many of the detainees have been held for years without trial or charge ~ very like thousands of Palestinians held in Israeli jails ~ simply for being critical of Mubarak's regime in speeches or articles. Others were convicted of trying to overthrow Israel's good friend Mubarak; the irony is that they did far less than those who rallied bravely in Tahrir Square just weeks ago.
Prison staff have the power to cut off water, light and electricity, and close individual windows at the flick of a switch, as punishment. Twenty cells are used purely for solitary confinement.
While all of the Muslim Brotherhood's political prisoners have now been released across Egypt, the agony continues for the inmates of The Scorpion Prison that is well hidden from the desert highway about 20 kilometres from the Egyptian capital.
(Aside: This is interesting in light of the fact that Washington and TPTB are whitewashing the Brotherhood image in America: this leads one to contemplate the possibility of using them in some way to serve American interests. Perhaps the plans for the Brotherhood involves these “democratic” revolutions founded in America, funded by Soros, CIA created ~ perhaps this is all about major changes planned.
Also the countries of the Middle East are rapidly falling into the outward signs of Wahhabist Islam which would fall perfectly into the pattern. The nations are being made more fundamental on all levels and this will help heat up the racial wars between Christiana and Muslims.)
*British journalist Yvonne Ridley is the European President of the International Muslim Women's Union and is a patron of Cageprisoners.