March 01, 2017

Meet Jihadi Ron: The ISIS suicide bomber, paid for by you!

Rebel Staff

Jamal Udeen al-Harith — a Manchester-born British national of Jamaican descent, formerly known as Ronald Fiddler before his conversion to Islam in the early 1990s — was the recipient of up to £1 million in British taxpayers’ money as compensation for the British government’s alleged complicity in his rendition to — and detention at — the United States’ naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Al-Harith’s Guantanamo file, part of a dump obtained by the Guardian, says the U.S. shipped him to Camp X-Ray following his arrest in Kandahar, Afghanistan, “because he was expected to have knowledge of Taliban treatment of prisoners and interrogation tactics”.

His file also purports that he travelled to Sudan in 1992 with a well-known Al-Qaeda operative named Abu Bakr — this is around the same time that Osama Bin Laden and his network was active there.

Despite these assertions, however, the implication made by the allocation of such a hefty out-of-court award is almost certainly one of al-Harith’s innocence, or at least a validation of his claim to be — and yet, last week, the twisted 50-year-old blew himself up in an ISIS suicide mission to kill Iraqi soldiers in Mosul, Iraq.

Quite rightly, media reports have focused almost explicitly on al-Harith’s final actions and on the absurd governmental oversight that enabled a known potential extremist to not only receive such an outrageously large sum of taxpayers’ money, but to travel to the Middle East to execute attacks of his own.

But little attention has been given to al-Harith’s treatment at the hands of the Americans — and whilst it’s impossible to ignore the evidence that enhanced interrogation techniques were utilized at Camp X-Ray, it must be asked: what happened to al-Harith that was so dreadful that compelled Tony Blair’s Labour government to dole out almost £1 million to this man?

And then there's this anecdote — from The Men Who Stare At Goats, by acclaimed journalist and author Jon Ronson, first published in 2004. Ronson sat down with al-Harith for an in-depth interview in June of that year. The two men discussed al-Harith’s detainment, the “shackles”, “the beatings” — and this remarkable snippet:

Jamal used his time inside the Brown Block to do stretching exercises [this] made the interrogators more angry, but instead of beating him, or threatening him, they did something very odd indeed.

A military intelligence officer brought a ghetto blaster into his room. He put it on the floor in the corner. He said, "Here’s a great girl band doing Fleetwood Mac songs."

He didn’t blast the CD at Jamal. This wasn’t sleep deprivation […] Instead, the agent simply put it on at normal volume.

"He put it on," said Jamal, "and he left." [...]

This sounded to me like the tip of a very strange iceberg.

"And what happened next?" I asked.

"When the CD was finished, he came back into the room and said, ‘You might like this’. And he put on Kris Kristofferson’s greatest hits. Normal volume. And he left the room again. And then, when that was finished, he came back and said, ‘Here’s a Matchbox Twenty CD.'"

"Was he doing it for entertainment purposes?" I asked.

"It’s interrogation," said Jamal. "I don’t think they were trying to entertain me."

Is the recipient of such treatment worthy of a £1 million compensation settlement? Feel free to let us know in the comments section.

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commented 2017-03-02 19:59:04 -0500
commented 2017-03-02 19:58:46 -0500
It isn’t just the music. It’s the music in the context of confinement.
commented 2017-03-02 19:49:38 -0500
Culture Club would have had him on his knees sobbing and broken…….:-)
commented 2017-03-02 17:36:40 -0500
Kris Kristofferson and Matchbox 20. Do these fiendish interrogators have no humanity?
commented 2017-03-02 10:43:35 -0500
Playing reprise after reprise of Boy George drove me right off SIRIUS and brought out a mean streak in me……I really wanted to hurt him…I mean I wanted to skin him alive with a potato peeler and gouge his eyes out with a melon ball scoop. And when I told the persistent subscription renewal people this they just wouldn’t take me SIRIUSly……:-) So don’t tell me that four inch speakers and music selected by a sadistic torture fiend can’t bring out the very worst in you….or information you never thought you would divulge.
commented 2017-03-02 10:28:27 -0500
This confirms what I have always suspected. Terrorists (in general) become enraged when anything is done to defuse their rage. Calling pleasant music an “interrogation” technique is ludicrous. And the British government had to cough up mega-pounds to make up for the poor guy’s “suffering.” Give me a break.
commented 2017-03-02 09:37:56 -0500
How sad I was looking to see him on C.B.C.
commented 2017-03-02 09:37:56 -0500
How sad I was looking to see him on C.B.C.
commented 2017-03-02 02:25:29 -0500
I hope Trudeau’s children grow up and hate him for what he will have done to Canada. I can’t see them just adopting his agenda for our country. I’m sure, once they reach adulthood they will have expected something else, like the free and peaceful nation he took advantage of in his youth. They may want a different environment in which to get an education, marry and raise a family of their own. If that be true, Trudeau may not get those Christmas Dinner invites, if we still have Christmas in this country by then.
commented 2017-03-02 02:11:31 -0500
Whats the big deal, as Canada had to pay 11.5 Million to Maher Arar in 2007. If a Western person got tortured by some sort of Muslim Country, they would get nothing as the Country would probably be broke.
commented 2017-03-01 22:13:00 -0500
I seem to recall something similar to this on Homeland. They captured some bad guy, and they blasted heavy metal on and off to torture him.
commented 2017-03-01 21:58:07 -0500
I’m sure he fits PM Tater Tot’s “refugee” criteria, Common in!
commented 2017-03-01 21:26:21 -0500
@ Paul Maurice commented 3 hours ago
Why else would there be huge assignment numbers in TruDopes’ and many of the other government officials – security details – running 24/7 – on OUR $$! The spud is smart enough to know that everything he does that is as treasonous as it is – has fatal consequences by the citizens who he is so aggressively ruins. The reality of it – TruDope is teasing the “devil” beyond his personal capability to man up for himself, realizes. Appears more like a police driven agenda – and if our canadian police get that stupid – they had better start taking large doses of smart pills. A display of their simply mindedness arrogance regarding their authority & safety is a real eye-opening experience. Canada needs to get on with draining it’s swamps!!
commented 2017-03-01 20:11:31 -0500
I am among those who know that “The Men Who Stare at Goats” is no joke…but it was fun to see it portrayed as one…..this fellow was indeed subjected to a master of interogation….and I am willing to bet that the reason why he blew himself up was his guilt at having sung like a bird and betraying his cause.

Now as for this form of “torture” being worthy grounds for that level of tort compensation…..any and all of us who have been the captive audience of the media are entitled to ex-gratia compensation for that torture and playing with our heads…no that is not a joke.
commented 2017-03-01 19:03:15 -0500
Deport them, the whole dammed lot of them. These sub humans have no place in a civilized society. If we let them be, they will end up killing us all, including Trudeau and his gang of misfits. Not a one of them is worth anything to Canada.
commented 2017-03-01 17:55:01 -0500
Utterly and totally crush and condemn supporters of Bill M-103…..this includes arch traitor to Western and Canadian values, the insidiously evil Justin Trudeau.
commented 2017-03-01 17:52:44 -0500
Shoot him graveyard dead, along with all other Jihadist Muslims and their sympathizers.
commented 2017-03-01 16:48:08 -0500
Since 9/11 – IN THE NAME OF ISLAM (SATAN): 32,904 Attacks, 210,900 Killed, 294,910 Injured that we know of.