Many may not view 23 hours in isolation as torture but recent news from Assange’s father, John Shipton, proves that they intend to torture Assange until he is dead.
In a meeting in EU Parliament, both Mr. Shipton and UN special rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer, spoke of their concerns in this case. (You can see it here). John spoke of why Assange had trouble remembering his name at a recent court appearance , stating that they had put Julian in a “hot box” prior to the hearing and also strip searched him.
John Shipton pointed out:
“AU criminal law barristers who deal with indigenous people – Phillip Segal, @BarnsGreg & 8 others said they have never seen a defendant brought into court in that condition – unable to remember his name.”
Many have discussed the possible use of BZ, a chemical given to an individual to alter their mind, but it appears the use of the “hot box” caused his confused state.
According to Wikipedia seen here:
The box, also known as a hot box or sweatbox, is a method of solitary confinement used in humid and arid regions as a method of punishment. Anyone placed in one would experience extreme heat, dehydration, heat exhaustion, even death, depending on when and how long one was kept in the box. Another variation of this punishment is known as sweating: the use of a heated room to punish or coerce a person into cooperating with the torturers.
If the U.K. is willing to use such a technique on a man who is simply being held for possible extradition, what horrible forms of torture will be used on Assange once he arrives in the U.S.? This is exactly what Julian was terrified of and why he sought asylum from Ecuador. He knew what would happen to him.
I am mortified, angry and so many other emotions by this travesty of justice and mercy. If they are doing this to a well known journalist like Assange, what are they doing to others? Torture at this level was discontinued and looked down upon due to the Geneva Convention. Both the U.S. and U.K. agreed upon the definitions mentioned in this agreement and that they would not use such things anymore. These are civilized nations. We no longer live in the Dark Ages. What in God’s name do they think they are doing?
I cannot imagine what brutality and evil must bve present in those afflicting these techniques on a man who exposed criminals. The evil and injustice in this case is mind boggling. This is a cruel and unusual punishment for a man who has never been tried.
They are slowly assassinating him and destroying a man who only wanted justice for those who were victims of war crimes. While journalist organizations continue to give him awards and he is enduring hell, the average citizen sits back aesthetically allowing this atrocity to play out. What is wrong with society today when they allow such evil in their midst? This is not the MidEast, this is happening in London. Folks, something must be done before it is too late. We must save this son, father and brother from being martyred. We must free Assange!!!