Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Oz Troofers to Feature Mamdouh Habib

At a conference next week.

Who is Mamdouh Habib? He's a former Australian coffee shop owner, who claims to have been brutally tortured by the US after he was arrested in Pakistan shortly after 9-11. A number of US outlets picked up on story, including Bob Herbert of the NY Times. Of course, few of these outlets noted the most signal fact about Habib; that he had met the people behind both the 1993 and 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.

Maha has told the Australian media that her husband did not support Sheikh Omar's actions, but simply wanted to try and raise money to buy him medication for diabetes.

"He was isolated and sick, you know - just for human rights. It was something to do with the human rights," she told ABC.


As I commented at the time, Habib's story of his torture kept changing with time:

He said that during one interrogation session, a woman wearing a skirt said to him, "You Muslim people don't like to see woman," he said. Then she reached under her skirt, Mr. Habib said, pulling out what he described as a bloody stick. "She threw the blood in my face," he said.


But in another account:

The Australian Mamdouh Habib, who was released last month, has said he was strapped down while a woman told him she was menstruating on his face.


Tim Blair, an Aussie blogger, covered Habib's claim of an "Electrified Treadmill of Tormentulation.

Mark Roberts used to point out that the Troofers represent the "Fair Play for Al Qaeda Committee". Their embrace of Habib just proves that they are terrorist enablers.

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