Lost in a Yemen Jail! ... A DB Staffer Speaks About His Long, Strange
Trip and the Secret Gulag America Has Built in the Middle East and
by Anthony Wile
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across the border of Yemen for some reason, a top Daily Bell gnome
predictably (you really can't send them anywhere) attacked a senior
Yemen official with gustatory intentions. The ravenous gnome was
then taken into custody and remanded to the second-most secure jail
in all of Yemen, a political jail complete with dungeons, blindfolds
and hundreds of incarcerated supposed al Qaeda prisoners. Foolish
gnome! President Saleh's police state was not created for his nutritional
We're going to treat this interview as if we don't know you or even,
for the most part, what happened. So let's begin with the most important
question. Are you really a gnome?
Staffer: Some days it feels so.
What the hell were you doing in Yemen?
Crossing over the border in a smuggler's truck. They smuggle gas
from Oman next door where it's cheaper.
So this is a true story?
You can make up your own mind about the gnome but the jail
part is true. All that I'm going to relate here is the truth as
I saw it and recall it. I was held in Yemen in a political jail.
Yes, you were incarcerated for a month ...
Where were you taken first?
Near the Oman border. They questioned me at a secret location.
Who were "they?"
They were President Ali Abdullah Saleh's secret police. He has a
network across the country along with extensive security infrastructure.
It includes secret police stations, jails and of course, a truly
national force of informers, watchers, police and secret security
Well, that's the point. One might think Yemen is chaotic
and it is. But the security apparatus is functioning with precision.
Who pays for such an expensive operation?
The Americans must be paying for it in some way. It's an entirely
What did they want from you?
Since I had come across the border incognito a mistake I
immediately admitted and apologized for they believed the
CIA or some such organization was sponsoring me as a spy. They were
Did you answer?
They told me I would be under the authority of Yemen's laws and
regulations. So, I was reluctant. I wanted to speak to the American
Embassy first to find out the legality.
You're not much for state representation. Did you find your situation
Philosophically, I think government should get out of the way. But
when you're sitting with six unshaven Yemen secret police in dirty
robes going through your belongings and threatening you, you tend
to want any edge you can get.
What did they say when you wouldn't answer their questions?
They said they were sending me to Sanaa to the political jail there
and "God help you."
Sounds grim. What did you want to do there, anyway?
Well, I've visited numerous countries' capitals in the past two
years. Caracas, Medellin, Panama City, Montevideo, Nairobi, Muscat
and now Sanaa ... Traveling broadens the mind and DB has benefited
considerably, in my view, from my journeys. Of course, in Yemen,
I didn't see much after the first day except via a window of an
SUV partially obscured by automatic rifles. After they questioned
me at the border, I spent the night on a pallet in the local cell
in handcuffs. They were going to make me sleep with my hands cuffed
behind my back, but I managed to convince them to move the handcuffs
to the front.
You try it. I managed to sleep. But that was when I went on a hunger
strike. Not that they noticed, or not initially.
So, off you went to Sanaa.
Yes, one of the oldest and most intriguing cities in the world
with the old city itself built in the mouth of an inactive volcano.
Wow, a real tourist spot.
Funny thing, no one is visiting Yemen these days for the tourism.
I didn't see much of Sanaa. From the plane, they took me directly
to the political prison. I later found out there was one worse version
but this one was pretty bad. I spent the night three floors down
in a solitary jail cell. I refused food and water, which caused
the guards much surprise.
How were the guards generally?
They were young men, very gaunt and just as oppressed as the prisoners
in their own way. They were paid US$100 a month and locked into
the prison every night, as I understand it. A lot of them choose
to run away when they get the chance.
Are they part of Saleh's army?
Yes, some 500,000 strong but mostly conscripts. If there is a big
challenge to Saleh, the soldiers will likely run away. Social stability
is not one of Yemen's strong points at the moment.
What happened the next morning?
They moved me to a group dungeon with others.
And who were they?
Throughout my stay, I was with the most intensely spiritual young
men I've ever had the privilege to meet. In Islam, you pray with
your toes touching. There were no shoes allowed on the dingy carpets.
The guards would lock you in and then you would stand up in a row
toe to toe and the leader (by acclimation) would recite prayers.
During Ramadan, the prayers might take up to an hour. In between,
they would read the Koran, chanting to themselves. Some had memorized
all or most of the Koran.
They sound fanatical.
No, not fanatical. They were the most generous youngsters you'd
ever want to meet. Islam mandates that you share what you have,
and they were literally giving me the shirts off their backs because
I had been put into my cell without much in the way of clean clothing.
They gave me toothpaste and soap and towels. They tried to give
me food but I generally stayed on my little hunger strike for most
of the month. I found it made the jail manager nervous. He was always
trying to get the doctor to take my blood pressure. It was sort
of funny, really. I told the doctor once that I had lost about 25
pounds and he translated it into kilograms and started to laugh.
He didn't take it seriously. Others told me if I hadn't been an
American, they wouldn't have cared at all. People go into comas
there from hunger strikes and they just ignore them or pick them
up, carry them to the hospital and force feed them. And there were
other things I heard about. People who made too much noise were
handcuffed and then tasered on their handcuffs which causes
comas as well. And other young people suspected of being al Qaeda
were being hung from their hands and forced to stay awake for days
at a time.
How did they handle it?
With the resignation of youth. And with religious conviction. There
was nothing much to do in jail. They wouldn't let you have games
or pens or paper. So, you read the Koran and prayed.
Did you read the Koran?
It was in Arabic, but I had many good conversations about the Koran
and Islam. I was intensely moved by these young people, some of
them only 18 or 19, who had been captured and taken to this prison
to be interrogated by the Americans who were deciding who is al
Qaeda and who is not.
Did the Americans know about the torture and all the rest?
I cannot imagine they did not.
Did they condone it?
The Americans were regular questioners of inmates at that jail.
And others as well.
They were part of the process?
They seemed to be, from what I heard.
So there is an al Qaeda?
There is a Jihadist movement, which is more than I was prepared
to admit when I went to Yemen. But something is building in the
Middle East assiduously fanned by the West, I might add.
It was reconceived by Osama bin Laden, though in my mind he was
certainly a CIA-affiliated asset.
Explain, please ...
Well ... what are the chances that the son of the Bush family's
main business contact in Saudi Arabia a family that is worth
billions suddenly becomes a fanatical, fundamentalist Muslim
and then supposedly blows up the World Trade Towers? Pretty coincidental,
I'd say. And there are plenty of stories of bin Laden traveling
to the US in the 1990s under the name of Tim Osman to recruit for
his cause, a cause apparently sponsored by the CIA. After all, the
CIA seemingly was responsible for aggregating the original so-called
al Qaeda in the 1980s when they were recruiting young radicals to
fight the Russians in Afghanistan. They collected a data base that
they called the base as in al Qaeda. It was a "list."
The CIA seems obviously involved in the inception of al Qaeda, though
they deny it strenuously.
Were you surprised by the number and amount of al Qaeda you met?
I was surprised by the signs hanging around the necks that said
"al Qaeda." Just kidding. You would never know who was
al Qaeda at that jail and who was not. A very few admitted to being
al Qaeda. Most of these young men were simply impoverished, unlucky
and deeply religious.
What distinguishes al Qaeda from others?
Apparently, those who might be considered Jihadists I'm reluctant
to use the term al Qaeda are those who seek a return of the
Caliphate to the Middle East. This means a return to the original
Sunni Islam tenets of Mohammad, the Messenger. They will do this
via a Sura. Six highly esteemed members of society will choose the
nation's leader and he will be responsible for the new Muslim state.
Anybody can come there of any religion to live and that person will
not be oppressed in any way nor pressured to change his or her religion.
Jews especially are highly esteemed in the Koran and set above Christians
and even other Muslims.
That's a surprising perspective.
There's lots that is surprising about fundamentalist Islam. As we've
argued at DB, the truth is not being told about what's going in
the Middle East. For instance, Islam Sunni Islam, anyway
is in many ways the least intrusive religion you could ever
belong to. Taxes in the West are above 50 percent, all in all, for
many people. Islam has almost no taxes, certainly not an income
tax. Un-apostated islam has no central banking, either. Gold and
silver are considered money not fiat paper. The state in
many ways basically leaves you alone, though Sharia law is to be
administered by Islamic Courts appointed by the leader of the nation.
Isn't Sharia law fairly barbaric?
It has perhaps been applied in a barbaric way in modern times, but
inherently it is not barbaric as it takes up to four male witnesses
to get anything done. So, even if you are involved in adultery,
you have to be caught in the act by four male Muslims of the appropriate
age, and they have to be willing to stand up in an Islamic Court
and bear witness to the transgression. And if any one of them has
only seen you, say, getting dressed in the bedroom rather than being
caught in the act, then that testimony doesn't count. So the standard
of proof to apply the more significant parts of Sharia law come
with an immensely high standard.
What's the point then?
Well, the punishments lashings and stonings are fairly
significant. They are intended to scare people more than they are
intended to be applied, or so people told me. The threat is supposed
to keep people in line. But the real threat is religious. Allah
knows all of your transgressions and keeps the book of your life.
If you are not a good Muslim, you can experience hell fire. An apostate
may never go to Heaven with all of its delights.
What is an apostate?
The Jihadists would argue that all of the modern Middle East regimes
are apostated that is, none of them are applying Islam as
it ought to be applied. There is not therefore a single Muslim state
in the world. Those who believe in a return to the original message
of Mohammed want to establish an Islamic state as Israel established
a Jewish one.
But they want to do so violently?
Strangely enough, the fundamentalists have been trying to make peace
with America for years. In Yemen, there have apparently been numerous
suggestions of ceasefires, etc., but the Americans always turn them
You know this for a fact?
I was told this independently on numerous occasions.
What's the alternative?
Well, the alternative is a kind of war. In Abyan Province in the
South of Yemen, the Americans are shelling certain urban areas on
a daily basis places where rebellious tribesmen and al Qaeda
are said to be. They are sending in Saudi and American planes as
well, and at night they are apparently sending in SEALS with night-fighting
equipment. This is a significant illegal action. America apparently
has numerous troops on the ground on a nightly basis and
yet you read nothing about this is the mainstream press. America
is very far gone now, from a truth-telling standpoint. Almost everything
reported in the mainstream press in America and even the West is
a lie of some sort, or at least a fudge. The purpose is always the
same to promote world government. In fact, the more the Internet
tells the truth, the more the mainstream press does not. It's as
if the elite banking families that run the world are trying to counteract
the truth with lies and distortions.
Shouldn't Congress pass some sort of resolution if the Pentagon
is sending troops into harm's way in Yemen?
You would think so. My theory is that with all the wiretapping and
general intimidation down in Washington, it takes a very strong
Congressman to stand up and speak the truth about anything. And
many Congressmen are likely sociopaths of some sort anyway, ones
who worked to get elected to line their pockets and not to serve
their constituents as if anything in Washington could be
construed as "service."
Back to the Yemen strife. What does America hope to accomplish?
America and the Saudis want to damp down the fundamentalist movement
in Yemen, though in my view it's one that the Western intelligence
agencies bolstered in the first place.
Why would they do such a thing?
Obviously to take away more freedoms in the West. The target on
this mostly phony war on terror, in my view, is the West and the
middle class. The elites have been after middle class freedoms for
over a century. With the war on terror, they have has a reason to
escalate considerably. The Patriot Act, with all of its reductions
in what was left of freedom in the US, was written before 9/11.
During its signing they had the military patrolling the corridors
of Congress with guns. Congressmen were intimidated. The situation
in America and the West has gotten no better since then. The great
families want world government and they are willing to remove any
freedoms they need to in order to get it.
So the war on terror has little to do with al Qaeda?
In the prison I was in, people told me over and over that America
and Yemen were actually producing radicalized young men with their
How did that work?
I personally met only one man who claimed to be a legitimate member
of al Qaeda in a jail that supposedly was chock full of al Qaeda.
The rest were young men, mostly, who had the misfortune of holding
somewhat fundamentalist, or at least enthusiastic, views about Islam.
Thought crimes, in other words.
Sure. Some examples. A shopkeeper from Kenya who was taken prisoner
some six months ago for speaking to someone who held fundamentalist
views 17 years before. He was put in an even worse prison than the
one I was in. The worst prison in Yemen, where all the hard-core
Jihadists are supposedly locked up. He said it consisted of single,
individual cells it was dungeonlike, in other words
and that you were not let out even to go to the bathroom except
occasionally. He said the primary entertainment consisted of sitting
on a ratty mattress watching your urine pool in front of you. After
several months of this, he was moved to the prison where I was.
By then he'd developed severe high blood pressure. It was aggravated
by the interrogations. He said he was always being dragged in front
of Americans from the embassy and that his questioners included
one Asian man, apparently from the CIA, who was always shouting
at him that he would spend the rest of his life in prison if he
didn't reveal information that he knew. The trouble was that he
was only a shopkeeper and didn't know anything. His last significant
Islamic conversation occurred 17 years ago. He was desperate to
get out because he had a business and a family and his business
was in ruins after nine months.
Why didn't they let him go?
Well, this is the sad part. The entire political prison system in
Yemen is built on the idea that there are many al Qaeda who need
to be identified. Thus, the Americans may pay a bounty for such
people of one sort or another and the Yemeni authorities
are glad to oblige by fueling the charade with innocent people.
Any other examples?
Tons. There was a young Nigerian there with a two wives who had
studied at an Islamic center that had been shut down. He himself
had no connections to fundamentalist Islam, but when he came to
pick up his passports which the jail had been holding
they arrested him and he'd been there about three months when I
Two brothers I spent time with, both from Iraq and Yemen. The one
brother had gone rabbit hunting with a fellow who expressed some
fundamentalist views. The fundamentalist was arrested, though he
later escaped. But he mentioned the brother's name and the brother
was picked up and incarcerated. He was an engineer. Later his brother
was picked up. His brother was a schoolteacher. Neither apparently
had a history of Jihadist associations. But they were eventually
sentenced to ten years apiece by the Yemen courts.
Didn't they have representation?
Perhaps. Who knows? It doesn't matter much. There are no real laws
in Yemen. There is no burden of proof. You can be picked up and
interrogated and if you have the wrong associations, for whatever
reason, you can be held for years without a trial. This is happening
in Saudi Arabia, too, where they will now pick you up on hearsay
and then arrest your father and brothers as well on general
principles. The Saudi jails are very nice, I hear, much nicer then
the Yemen ones, with clean carpets, TVs on the walls and all the
food you can eat. But the end result is even worse. The Saudis will
hold you up to five years or more without a trial. There were some
Yemenis that had just been released into Yemeni custody and I spoke
to them. The Saudis were actually willing to hold them longer but
their families came up after five years and made a big fuss, protesting
outside of the jail. The Saudis finally let them go.
Sounds horrible despite the "comforts."
It is entirely evil. We're gradually returning to the era of Star
Chambers and guilty until proven innocent. What makes it more evil
in my view is that the West specifically America is
behind it. The Americans told the Kenyan shopkeeper or so
he told me that they had numerous jails all over the Middle
East and Africa that they controlled and that there was no escape
for him. If he was released and returned to Kenya he might find
himself in a Kenyan political jail soon enough, also controlled
Weren't the CIA and Pentagon pressured to stop building these kinds
You mean rendition centers? That's what they are. They are places
where you have no rights and all judicial systems are suspended.
That America still operates them and is still building them is symptomatic
of how far the rot has spread. They just built one in Somalia. The
American military-industrial complex is entirely out of control.
It is only a matter of time before what it is visiting on other
countries is visited on America as well. Americans are naïve
if they think they can duck their heads into the sand and avoid
the sight of what is undoubtedly headed their way. These sorts of
profoundly anti-freedom policies are no accident. They are part
and parcel of the way those at the top of the American military
and intelligence establishment actually think.
Rendition is supposed to be a thing of the past.
I've been thinking about that. In Yemen, anyway, the Americans are
hiding behind Yemeni so-called justice. Even the two nice people
at the American Embassy who came to see me and I have thanked
them several times for the work they did on my behalf were
convinced that they could not interfere with the Yemen judicial
system. I voiced my opinion on this several times to them. The Americans
are basically running Yemen, not the Yemenis, I insisted.
Did they respond?
Actually, no. They just switched the subject. Or stared. It's not
an issue that invites rational discussion.
How many times did you see them?
Only twice for about an hour altogether in about a month's time.
They said they were working behind the scenes and I believe them.
I got out in a month. Some others are still waiting to leave after
years and these individuals are the ones that have been told
they will be going. I was lucky. Also, I was from America and that
helped enormously. Saleh's entire government is scared of Americans
from what I can tell.
Saleh's not there, though.
Saleh was blown up, perhaps by the Americans, and now he's in Saudi
Arabia and who knows if he is coming back. The Saudis communicate
what they wish strategically and then the Americans decide whether
or not to implement it. That's how it appears to work.
Do you have any proof the Americans are running Yemen?
There was one fellow I spoke to or at least heard about from
several others who was called 'the Bedouin.' He was asked
by Saleh five years ago to make peace with the fundamentalists.
One of his brothers apparently had something to do with blowing
up the Hood. Anyway, he had significant contacts. He started to
reach out to about five fundamentalist leaders all dead now
and then the CIA flew a fellow over from Washington, DC to
speak to him.
What did he say?
He told the Bedouin that he could not make peace with the five fundamentalists
he was speaking to. There were larger issues that had to be taken
into account. Anyway, the Bedouin refused and the CIA man said he
would have to stay in jail until he reconsidered. The Bedouin appealed
to Saleh, and Saleh was extremely apologetic, as he should have
been. But he told the Bedouin that there was nothing he could do.
If the Americans wanted to remand the Bedouin to jail, off he would
go. Years later, he's still in jail and still refusing to cooperate
with the CIA. He has a TV in his cell as a consolation and can see
visitors in the morning. He can also move about certain portions
of the jail at will. But he's still a prisoner because he wouldn't
cooperate with the CIA. The CiA told him, by the way, that they
would build him up in the press and he would become a very big man,
a hero, if he cooperated with them.
Did he believe that?
I don't know. But he is more than a little peeved at the Americans
and at the CIA. The larger issue is the control that America asserts
not just in Yemen. I figured out finally this is going on
all over the Middle East and Africa the United Arab Emirates,
Bharain, Oman, Kenya, Nigeria, Niger, now Libya. The Americans and
NATO the West, in other words, at the behest of the major
Western banking families have built a virtual Gulag throughout
the region. They hide behind the local police as they do in Yemen
and this provides them with deniability. Nonetheless, the Americans
in particular have assiduously set up a rights-free Gulag of sorts.
There are thousands, tens of thousands, of innocent young men being
picked up in this dragnet every year who've done nothing wrong except
perhaps to be enthusiastically spiritual and to focus closely on
becoming good Muslims.
This must be a costly endeavor, when you think about it.
It is costly and it's just plain weird. The American taxpayer has
footed the bill for this transcontinental Gulag and it runs into
the billions, perhaps hundreds of billions, every year. It's scooping
young, innocent men off the sidewalk and returning them years later
as embittered enemies of the West. It's a virtual campaign to radicalize
the youth of Islam and it's no coincidence, in my view. The great
banking families want radical Islam. They want a war between East
and West, at least a cold war if not a hot one. Again, it's part
of building world government. The more chaos and hate that's being
spread, the more you need the trans-national organizations such
as the IMF, World Court and UN. The globalists' solutions have all
been constructed. Now you just need enough problems to activate
Do you think it will come to that?
Well ... let's look at the realities. The dictators being deposed
in the Middle East are all secular. Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, Ben
Ali of Tunisia, Muammar Gaddafi of Libya all of them are
non-Islamic types. And what will come about now? Probably the Muslim
Brotherhood in one way or another. The Brotherhood is apparently
penetrated and to a degree controlled by the CIA. So you have the
spectacle of the West actively deposing secularists in order to
replace them with controllable Muslim entities. Of course, it won't
be portrayed that way in the West. The Muslim Brotherhood will be
painted as a radical sect that poses an immediate danger to the
But it won't?
Not really in my opinion. Also, the Islamist-type countries may
be set against the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. Jordan and Morocco
just applied to the GCC. If America won't stand for yet another
Middle East war, you can always have one by proxy. America and NATO
will control both sides from afar. This is no idle hypothesis. I'm
told you can find white papers written on this subject from several
prestigious Middle Eastern think tanks. That's how they operate.
They write down what's coming up in the next few years. That way
they can't be accused of conspiracy. If something happens, it seems
more or less predictable because it HAS been predicted.
OK, an interesting supposition anyway. But what about al Qaeda?
Al Qaeda in Yemen, especially, provides us with an uncertain situation.
At this point one could argue that al Qaeda has served its purpose.
The West no longer wants a Jihadist movement when it can be replaced
with something a good deal more controllable the Muslim Brotherhood,
which advocates democratic elections unlike al Qaeda. On the other
hand, the form of Islam that al Qaeda advocates is growing in popularity
in the Middle East. There are fundamentalists throughout Yemen,
in numerous cities, and in Saudi Arabia as well, or so I was told.
What the West may have created will not be easily put back to sleep.
It is very hard to say, especially when it comes to Yemen, which
has 30 unruly tribes and a Southern region that wants to secede.
If you had to sum up this incident in your life how would you do
I tend to be a fairly insular person. Writing for DB especially
as many articles and other kinds of writing as I do I don't
get out a lot even when I travel. I've experienced a great deal
but mostly by accident on my travels. I certainly wouldn't have
spent time in a Yemen jail at the expense of my writing if I could
help it. I'm about to post two libertarian fiction books to Kindle
and there are many other things going on my life. You, Anthony Wile,
are to be congratulated for stepping up and actually raising the
bar on the Bell's writing and analysis. But it would never have
been my choice to stop writing for a month after having written
every day for the past 45 years. I also want to thank you for working
tirelessly to get me out. I know without your efforts I would still
We weren't going to leave you there.
Well, thanks. I knew you were working hard on my behalf and it was
very comforting. Having said that, my experience in the Yemen political
prison opened my eyes more fully to the vastness of Western manipulations
being perpetrated on the Middle East and actually the entire world.
The charade of Muslim terrorism has morphed into an entire Gulag
in which young men are being dragooned into what is essentially
a work of fiction.
You see it as a kind of directed history ...
There is increasingly little doubt in my mind that for at least
the past 100-200 years the world has experienced the fullness of
directed history. No single event is what it seems; no explanation
suffices for the wars, depressions and political and economic depredations
that the world suffers from. Every disaster, every challenge, seems
to bring world government closer. It's increasingly obvious. They're
not even trying to hide it. Western military and intelligence agencies
are fully behind these manipulations, in my view. The great banking
families are directing them. The hope for the world, as we've pointed
out time and again, is the Internet Reformation, for the truth-telling
of the Internet is blowing up power elite memes as fast as they
can be implemented.
Did those in the prison see it this way as well, at least as concerning
Islam and the war on terror?
To a large degree, yes, though many strangely enough were convinced
of the leadership of bin Laden, etc. This was confusing to me until
I realized that those at the top of a controlled war needn't share
their views with the rank and file. They go through the motions
and those beneath tend to believe what they're told. The Middle
East actually has a history of this sort of treachery going back
to the Persian Hashshashin movement.
Bell: Any final thoughts?
Just that I was incredibly moved by the young people I met who were
so generous and kind in the face of adversity. They named me Jonah
after Jonah and the whale the whale being the jail. This
is the sort of metaphorical plane on which their minds worked. They
knew nothing of rock and roll. They sing and chant the Koran, which
is one of the great works of literature of all time. Thus, these
young people were steeped in the metaphor of classical literature.
Where their peers in the West were singing along to Britney Spears,
these young people were speaking and thinking within the ambit of
a much different perspective. It was like living among young men
who saw the world through the eyes of, say, Shakespeare, a truly
unusual experience, like living within a real-life anachronism.
The nobility of their morality and the greatness of its expression
was a kind of out-of-body experience for me. It also made me understand
how so many young people can blow themselves up when facing an enemy.
Between praying five times a day and generally being bathed in this
resonant, classical expression of the Koran, one's socialization
becomes entirely focused on the Islamic message. If Islam demands
a blood sacrifice, such people will provide it. Their socialization
will support it.
It sounds quite intense. Before we let you go, we need to ask you
how you were finally released.
They called me out to have me take an inventory of my possessions.
Usually they would blindfold you and handcuff you for interrogation
purposes. But this time, they let me walk through the jail in a
very relaxed way. That night they drove me to the airport in an
SUV just the way I came in. A young man from the American Embassy
was waiting there for me and filled me in on my release and where
I was headed thanks in large part to your efforts. Then I
got on a plane and left Yemen behind.
Did you unwind on the plane?
I asked for a scotch.
Did you get it?
No. They weren't serving liquor.
It's quite a story. Thanks for presenting it. Don't do it again.
I didn't intend to do it the first time. However, I would like to
dedicate this interview to the young men who were so kind to me
and are unlawfully incarcerated in such jails throughout the Middle
East and Africa, often apparently with American support financial
and otherwise. It should end; it must end.
has been quite a month. But our prodigal gnome has returned and
he has quite a story to tell as you can see. We hope you enjoyed
it or were at least moved by it and the serious message that
The point being
made is a profound one; what is being visited on the Middle East
will not long be confined to that area. What is being done there
will soon be visited on the West itself. There is no use fooling
one's self about this.
illegality and evil that is being visited on the Middle East and
Africa will soon find a firm foothold in the West if its march is
not radically slowed or even halted. The war on terror is being
used as a way to erode Western freedoms, some of which go back centuries.
We hope the
alternative 'Net press continues to raise the alarm about these
and other such issues. There is no alternative. These issues must
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on is wrong. No amount of justification can make it right.
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Wile is an author, columnist, media commentator and entrepreneur
focused on developing projects that promote the general advancement
of free-market thinking concepts. He is the chief editor of the
popular free-market oriented news site, TheDailyBell.com.
Mr. Wile is the Executive Director of The Foundation for the Advancement
of Free-Market Thinking – a non-profit Liechtenstein-based foundation.
His most popular book, High
Alert, is now in its third edition and available in several
languages. Other notable books written by Mr. Wile include The
Liberation of Flockhead (2002) and The Value of Gold (2002).
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