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KENAPA CARI PASAL BAKAR AL QURAN?

Apabila Tentera Amerika sekali lagi menimbulkan ketegangan di Afghanistan dengan isu pembakaran Al Quran di Markas Tentera Udaranya di Bagram ianya jelas menunjukkan bahawa Amerika termasuk NATO tidak pernah belajar apa-apa mengenai toleransi agama dan langsung tidak menghormati sensitiviti masyarakat setempat.

Ianya menjadi satu teladan buruk dan seluruh dunia kini mempunyai persepsi bahawa Amerika memang tidak pernah ikhlas dalam menjalin hubungan dengan masyarakat Islam dimana sahaja didalam dunia ini, ditambah dengan layanan kelas kedua kepada penduduk Islam di Amerika sendiri, dunia semakin pasti bahawa Amerika tidak pernah jujur dan serius dalam segala tindakannya yang bersangkutan dengan Islam dan umatnya.

Menyeret Presiden Obama untuk meminta maaf kepada Presiden Hamid Karzai adalah langkah paling akhir yang mampu difikir oleh pasukan PR di Rumah Putih bagi memulihkan keadaan yang semakin menegang di bumi yang pernah membenamkan negara Kesatuan Sosialis Soviet Russia (USSR). Akan tetapi Obama sendiri tahu bahawa Hamid Karzai tidak mempunyai apa-apa kuasa di luar tembok kota Kabul. Malah, Hamid Karzai hanya berkuasa di waktu siang sahaja di Kabul, di malam belum tentu siapa yang berkuasa di situ.

Terdahulu, dunia tergamam dan tentera Amerika telah dikecam hebat gara-gara anggota Marinnya kelihatan didalam satu paparan video disebuah laman maya sedang melakukan sesuatu yang jelas bertentangan dengan Konvensyen Geneva iaitu mengencing keatas mayat-mayat yang didakwa sebagai mayat anggota Taliban yang terbunuh didalam pertempuran. Perbuatan menghina dan memalukan mayat adalah sesuatu yang dikutuk didalam agama Islam, justeru perbuatan itu dianggap sebagai biadap dan dikira menghina Islam. Rakyat Afghanistan menjadi berang lantas mereka merusuh dan mendesak agar mereka yang terlibat diambil tindakan yang sewajarnya. Pemerintah tentera Amerika tidak punya banyak pilihan melainkan menjatuhkan hukuman setimpal kepada para tentera yang mengencing mayat-mayat tersebut.

Sebelum pada itu, tentera Amerika juga telah membangkitkan kemarahan penduduk tempatan apabila mereka memilih untuk mengaibkan mayat anggota Taliban yang terbunuh dalam satu pertempuran di Gumbad, Kandahar dengan cara membakar mayat-mayat tersebut. Peristiwa pembakaran mayat-mayat ini telah didedahkan oleh seorang wartawan Australia yang turut serta didalam operasi ketenteraan tersebut ketika itu. Pegawai Pemerintah Amerika apabila dihubungi berhubung isu ini telah berdolak dalik dengan menyatakan bahawa pembakaran mayat adalah dibenarkan dibawah Konvensyen Geneva bagi tujuan hygiene dan keagamaan. Lebih ironi lagi, mayat-mayat tersebut telah dihadapkan ke Mekah ketika dibakar.

Insiden demi insiden yang tercetus dikatakan berpunca daripada kecuaian pihak pemerintah tentera Amerika dalam memahamkan anggotanya mengenai budaya dan sensitiviti penduduk tempatan. Tetapi kepada penulis, ianya tidak begitu. Apa yang berlaku, sejujurnya adalah, Tentera Amerika tidak dapat menyorokkan pendirian sebenar mereka terhadap rakyat Afghanistan, pastinya, mereka masih dan tetap percaya bahawa serangan ke atas World Trade Centre direncanakan oleh pengganas yang menghuni dikawasan dunia yang serba mundur lagi gersang ini. Kebencian dan dendam ini diterjemahkan melalui tindakan dan layanan yang diberikan kepada rakyat Afghanistan melalui beberapa siri penghinaan yang bertali arus tanpa henti.

Penulis mempunyai pengalaman bergaul bersama masyarakat Afghanistan yang terdiri dari suku kaum Pashtu, Hazara, Uzbek dan lain-lain lagi di Afghanistan, juga bersama para pelarian Afghan yang mendiami pelbagai kem-kem pelarian dan penempatan pelarian di sepanjang sempadan Afghanistan-Pakistan, di Peshawar dan di wilayah Ningarhar. Penulis pernah berada di wilayah Afghanistan seperti Sherbagan, Jowjzan, Ningarhar, Parachinar, Kabul, pernah juga melalui Khyber Pass dan Salang Pass yang mahsyur itu.

Penulis berpengalaman mengembara dan bermusafir bersama mereka, memahami hati budi mereka dan budaya mereka. Penulis juga sempat merasakan keempat-empat musim di Afghanistan. Disini penulis suka untuk berkongsi serba sedikit mengenai masyarakat Afghan yang penulis kenali.

Masyarakat Afghanistan adalah satu masyarakat yang didominasi oleh kaum lelaki. Keputusan penting di buat oleh lelaki dan perlu dipatuhi. Menjadi anak lelaki merupakan suatu rahmat dan kelebihan bagi sesebuah keluarga. Anak perempuan kadangkala tidak termasuk didalam hitungan anak-anak yang mereka miliki. Kelahiran anak lelaki amatlah meriah dan diraikan manakala kelahiran anak perempuan adalah sepi dan seringkali ibu yang melahirkan dicerca kerana melahirkan bayi perempuan. Layanan kelas kedua kepada kaum wanita dianggap sudah baik daripada dilayan sebagai hamba abdi.

Golongan berpendidikan tinggi terutamanya di bidang agama sering dilantik menjadi pemimpin. Mereka juga sering diangkat bagi mengetuai dan menggerakkan sebarang organisasi. Nasihat mereka diperlukan dalam setiap tindakan. Ada kalanya mereka ini membantu membangunkan komuniti dan ada kalanya mereka juga menjadi sebahagian daripada kerosakan besar didalam komuniti.

Mereka mengamalkan Mazhab Hanafi dalam semua amalan agama mereka, terdapat sebahagian kecil yang mengamalkan Mazhab Shafie dan menjadi pengikut Syiah. Mereka amat fundamental dalam perlaksanaan agama. Perkara yang dikira furu’ dalam masyarakat kita boleh menjadi perkara asas dalam masyarakat mereka. Pada mereka orang lelaki Muslim yang tidak berjanggut tidak sempurna Islamnya, malah ada yang taksub mengatakan siapa yang tidak berjanggut adalah bukan Islam. Mereka kuat bersolat, solat sunat sebelum dan sesudah solat fardhu, paling kurang ialah empat rakaat dan mereka menganggap seolah-olah solat sunat itu solat wajib.

Dari segi keselamatan, boleh dikatakan hampir 100% setiap rumah Afghanistan memiliki senjata api, jika bukan AK-47 mungkin sepucuk pistol tersorok dimana-mana didalam rumah tersebut. Mereka kebiasaannya hidup didalam suasana “extended family”, dimana kesemua ahli keluarga dari berbagai generasi akan tinggal sekali dan saling bergantung antara satu sama lain. Ahli keluarga lelaki yang tertua dan masih sihat akan menjadi ketua keluarga.
Dalam perbualan, samada serius atau santai, sekiranya anda seorang lelaki, jangan sebut apa-apa mengenai orang perempuan. Ini merupakan satu pantang utama dalam budaya mereka. Bercerita tentang adik perempuan, kakak, makcik atau mana-mana saudara perempuan adalah perbuatan tercela yang akan menyebabkan mereka marah. Ianya kelihatan agak keterlaluan dan melampau, tetapi ianya merupakan satu nilai yang digunapakai dan diterima oleh rata-rata semua masyarakat Afghanistan. Jadi, jangan mengundang masalah dengan bertanya tentang adik perempuan atau kakak sesiapa secara terbuka didalam apa jua majlis.

Apa yang sebenarnya ingin penulis maksudkan ialah bahawa masyarakat Afghanistan disamping keramahan, keterbukaan dan kemesraan mereka dalam persahabatan, mereka mengamalkan satu budaya yang begitu tertutup, konservatif yang diwarisi sejak sekian lama. Mereka amat berpegang teguh kepada kepercayaan yang dianuti dan mereka telah terbukti sanggup bergadai nyawa bagi memelihara kesucian dan kemuliaan agama. Dan, perkara ini telah berjalan sejak sekian lama dan telah menjadi ciri-ciri bagi seorang Afghan.

Kesimpulan yang boleh penulis nukilkan, sekiranya Amerika masih lagi mahu mencuba-cuba untuk melakukan provokasi melampau di bumi Afghanistan, mereka jangan terkejut melihat penduduk dari seluruh Afghanistan bersatu dan menentang mereka, tanpa perlu Al Qaeda dan Taliban campurtangan, mereka akan bangkit bersatu mengusir Amerika dari bumi Afghanistan. Mereka telah buktikan dengan menghalau British dan Russia suatu ketika dahulu. Amerika sedang menunggu detik masanya sahaja.

SHAHRUL PESHAWAR, menulis dari Gombak

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The Uighur Massacre: We don’t need your solidarity Al-Qaeda!

Media Statement 15th July 2009

The Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia aligns itself with the rest of the world in condemning the recent unrest in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region caused by the Chinese Government’s mishandling of an alleged delicate internal matter. While we see that the root cause of this problem is simply human greed and arrogance, we strongly feel that there is no justification for the actions by the Chinese government in creating the conditions that caused the conflict and participating in fueling further the recent violence in Urumqi.

We are also extremely appalled by the apparent call for reprisals made by the Algerian-based offshoot of Al-Qaeda in Morocco (p.23 NST 15 July 2009) which does not in any way help to end the unrest. Violence begets violence; the only solution to this issue is through peaceful resolution and not conflicted approach. Al Qaeda and the likes are at best short-sighted and opportunistic political groups that have manipulated Muslim sentiments; their threat no longer originates from the secluded areas of the borderlands, but from its extremist symbolism that has long since metastasized to other organizations and individuals of the Muslim world.

Death totals and injury figures increase daily. The factory violence, rumors of this incident, and the government’s inaction, sparked an estimated 10,000 Uighur protestors to take to the streets in Urumqi. Heavy-handed policing toward Uighurs is thought to have played a role in turning the initially peaceful protests in Urumqi into violent riots. It is probable that the substantial influx of Han Chinese to the region has played a role in the current unrest. China’s Uighurs are undoubtedly amongst the most repressed peoples of the world.

Unlike the violent reaction called for by the Algerian-based offshoot of Al-Qaeda in Morocco, we reiterate the call by our fellow civil society organizations on the Chinese government:

• To allow external, impartial observers and journalists to report the unrest in an uncensored manner;

• To carry out an open and independent investigation into the ethnic clash and deaths that took place in Guangdong in late June.

• To deal with the protestors in a proportionate and even-handed manner and provide those arrested with fair trials in accordance with international standards. Adequate investigations on the circumstances surrounding all deaths should be carried out.

• To respect and provide opportunities for Uighurs to enjoy their human rights including their religious and cultural rights.

• To abandon the policy of changing the demography of the region through Han migration and trying to assimilate them into the Han community.

• To recognize and give effect to the right of self-determination of the Uighurs in accordance with international law and China’s own grant of autonomy to the region.

• To establish inter-ethnic goodwill councils to address inter-ethnic problems and promote unity through peaceful conflict resolution.

There is an extremely urgent need for the world community to end all the continued brutalities, murders and violence against Muslims and other minorities. Al-Qaeda’s response aggravates but does not alleviate. Our failure in this instance and like instances to do so reflects a condoning of violence and discrimination and proves that the mere passage of resolutions of condemnation is not the answer.

Azril Mohd Amin
Vice President Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia

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UNICEF: Children and women displaced by conflict in Pakistan need urgent and ongoing support

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Source: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Date: 03 Jul 2009 GENEVA, 3 July 2009

UNICEF is deeply concerned about the condition of thousands of children who have been displaced by conflict, or who remain in affected areas, in north-western Pakistan.

Nearly 50 per cent of the estimated 2 million displaced are children, many of whom are in urgent need of health and educational services, nutritional support, access to clean water and sanitation as well as protection. Their situation has been compounded by the harsh summer temperatures.

UNICEF is especially concerned that some 700,000 children are due to start the new school year in September in 3,700 schools that are currently occupied by 150,000 IDPs. If these schools are not vacated and rehabilitated soon, the education of all these children will be interrupted. Some of these children could even drop out of the education system permanently.

The speed and magnitude of the crisis has stretched the capacity of the government, host communities and humanitarian actors to the limit. Though fighting is reported to have subsided in Swat and Buner, IDPs continue to seek refuge in camps and communities in northern parts of North West Frontier Province (NWFP) and new displacements are being recorded into southern parts of the province due to military operations in South Waziristan.

“In Pakistan we face a unique humanitarian challenge, since the vast majority of the displaced are seeking shelter in host communities which are far more difficult to reach with basic services than in the camps,” said UNICEF’s Director of Emergency Programmes, Louis-Georges Arsenault.

While basic needs are being met in camps, the situation is critical for the vast majority of IDPs living in host communities. In the thousands of school buildings that have been converted into IDP shelters and other spontaneous camps that have sprung up throughout parts of NWFP to cope with the influx of people from conflict-affected areas, children and families are living in cramped conditions with limited to negligible access to safe drinking water and sanitation – and are difficult to reach with basic hygiene materials and education to decrease the likelihood of water borne diseases.

At equal risk are host communities who are shouldering the burden with limited resources and fragile infrastructure in the aftermath of food prices spikes that took root in 2007. UNICEF is working closely with the government of Pakistan and other partners to provide services and information to displaced children and women.

To prevent the outbreak of diseases, over 200,000 children have been vaccinated against measles and 230,000 people receive safe drinking water and hygiene education in IDP camps and communities. To date, 47,400 children and 20,400 mothers have been screened for malnutrition, and the 11,000 moderately malnourished have received care within their own communities. While malnutrition rates are presently low, the vulnerability of the population requires sustained support to prevent the situation from deteriorating rapidly.

The Pakistan Humanitarian Response Plan, revised in May to cope with new displacements caused by the military operations in Swat and Buner, has so far raised less than a third of the $543 million required to support 1.7 million IDPs for six months. As part of the Appeal, UNICEF requested $52 million. To date $22.5 million has been received from donors and is in hand –and another $9.3 million has been pledged. “Without sufficient funding, it will be impossible to ensure that thousands of children and families affected by the conflict have the services and support they require in the time of their greatest need. Equally important is support to the host communities who are struggling to cope with their new found burden,” said Arsenault.

About UNICEF

UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.

In Pakistan and elsewhere, it has provided vital relief and reconstruction support to help individuals rebuild their lives after emergencies. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

For further information, please contact:

Kathryn Grusovin, UNICEF Islamabad, Tel +92-300-5018542, E-mail: kgrusovin@unicef.org.

A Sami Malik, UNICEF Islamabad, Tel +92-300-8556654, E-mail: asmalik@unicef.org.

http://www.unicef.org/Pakistan

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Suspected US missile kills 20 in Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – A suspected U.S. missile strike by a drone aircraft flattened a militant hide-out in northwest Pakistan on Saturday, killing 20 local and foreign insurgents, intelligence officials said.

At least 15 militants were also wounded in the attack in the restive South Waziristan tribal region, where Pakistan has launched several military operations against the Taliban, al-Qaida and their local supporters in recent years.

The Taliban surrounded the targeted house and transported the dead and wounded out, said three intelligence officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media

No government or military spokesmen were available for comment.

Pakistan is a key ally of the United States in its fight against terrorism, but it has opposed missile strikes in the country’s tribal regions where Taliban and al-Qaida insurgents are believed to be operating.

The U.S. has launched more than 30 missile attacks in recent months.

Saturday’s attack came days after Pakistani leaders told Richard Holbrooke, an American envoy dispatched by President Barack Obama to the region, that the U.S. attacks should be stopped as they were counterproductive and fueling anti-America sentiment in this Islamic nation.

It also came a day after a militant group holding an American employee of the United Nations warned it would kill him within 72 hours and issued a grainy video of the blindfolded captive saying he was “sick and in trouble.”

SHAHRUL PESHAWAR – Continuous attack on Pakistani land by American Forces will only spark the anger of the people and may jeopardize any effort or attempt to release John Solecki.  Personally, I feel that US is not serious in releasing Solecki.

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Bali bombers buried after execution

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) — Three men executed for the deadly 2002 bombings of two nightclubs in Bali, Indonesia, were buried Sunday, before hundreds of emotional supporters.

 Relatives and supporters of Imam Samudra carry his body during a funeral Sunday in Serang, Indonesia.

Early Sunday, the three convicted bombers were executed by firing squad. Imam Samudra, Amrozi bin Nurhasyim and his brother Mukhlas, who is also known as Ali Ghufron, were executed at 12:15 a.m. at Nusa Kampangan prison, said Jasman Panjaitan, a spokesman for Indonesia’s attorney-general.

Autopsies were performed on the men before the bodies were turned over to their families, Panjaitan said.

The bombers’ bodies were taken by helicopters to Tenggulun and Serang, cities in East and West Java province respectively, where thousands of sympathizers and onlookers turned out Sunday for their funeral processions.

In Tenggulun, at least one police officer was injured by “pushing and shoving” between police and funeral-goers.

Some supporters of the bombers, who never expressed remorse for their actions, shouted “God is great!” and called the men holy warriors, The Associated Press reported.

Samudra was returned to his family in Serang for a funeral, news services reported.

The deadly bombing ripped through two popular nightclubs in Kuta, on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, in October 2002.

The blasts killed 202 people — more than half foreign tourists — and injured more than 300. Dozens of victims were burned beyond recognition or blown to pieces by the massive blasts.

Among the dead were 88 Australians, 28 Britons and eight Americans, The Associated Press reported.

Peter Hughes, 48, who survived the bombings, said news of the executions took him back to “the actual moment” when the first bomb went off.

“We had to fight for our life pretty hard back then, and it’s a been a struggle every day since,” Hughes said.

More than half of his body was burned, and he had horrific cuts, he said. He said it took two years to recover from his injuries.

“I guess I’m truly lucky,” he said. “But you know, the scars on the outside to me aren’t so bad, but it’s what’s on the inside. You cope [with] it mentally, and I guess that’s the worst scar of all.

“You’re living that every day. And every day you’re actually going through it. It’s just a battle,” he said. “These three bombers who have been executed, it’s all over for them now, but I have to get up tomorrow and do exactly the same thing.”

Authorities blame the attacks on the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah, which aims to create a Muslim “superstate” across much of Southeast Asia.

Amrozi’s and Mukhlas’ brother, Ja’far Shodeq, said he still believes that his siblings were innocent.

He claimed that Amrozi was in their hometown, Tenggulun, the night of the attack watching football, despite Amrozi’s admission to CNN that he bought the explosive ingredients and the van used in the attack.

“It’s been a long journey, and it’s been six long years for this to work its way through the Indonesian judicial system, but it’s a good day because at least justice has been delivered, and the three people who were most responsible for this truly horrific atrocity have finally met the fate that they deserve,” said Sananand Dhume, author of “My Friend the Fanatic: Travels with an Indonesian Islamist.”

The men showed neither fear nor remorse in recent interviews with CNN. They had asked to be beheaded, saying it was the Islamic way of execution, but the execution was accomplished by firing squad.

A lawyer for the men said he sent a letter to the president of Indonesia but would not say what the letter said.

Speculation had grown in recent days that the executions were imminent when graves were dug in Tenggulun, in Indonesia’s East Java province.

One grave was dug this week for the brothers in the same cemetery where their father is buried.

On Saturday, Amrozi’s two wives and daughter, his brother’s two wives and the men’s brothers traveled to Nusakambangan Prison in central Java, where the men were executed, according to Antara, the national news agency of Indonesia. The agency quoted Abu Sholeh, head of the village of Tenggulun.

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Maria Kotronakis of Sydney, Australia, whose two sisters were killed, said she was angry that the men never showed remorse, but with the executions, “justice has been served.”

“By executing them, the Indonesian government has said, ‘No terrorists allowed,'” she added.

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Iraqis still at the top of the asylum seeker table, despite drop


GENEVA, October 17 (UNHCR) – A UN refugee agency report released on Friday shows that the number of Iraqis seeking asylum in industrialized countries dropped in the first six months of this year, but they were still by far the top nationality seeking asylum in these destinations.

According to the asylum trends report, the number of claims made by Iraqis (19,500) during the first six months of 2008, was higher than the combined number of asylum claims submitted by citizens of the Russian Federation (9,400) and China (8,700), the second and third most important source countries. Other important countries of origin of asylum seekers were Somalia (7,400), Pakistan and Afghanistan (6,300 each).

Compared to the previous six months, however, the number of Iraqi asylum seekers fell by 18 percent and by 10 percent compared to the first half of 2007. In spite of this downward trend, Iraqis still accounted for 12 percent of all asylum applications lodged in the industrialized world.

Sixty percent of all Iraqis claimed asylum in only four countries: Sweden (20 percent), Germany (18 percent), Turkey (14 percent) and the Netherlands (12 percent). One in five of all applications by Iraqis were submitted in Sweden (3,900), which has been the main destination country for Iraqi asylum seekers for some time.

Arrivals in Sweden, however, have seen a recent drop following a change in Swedish decision-making on Iraqi asylum claims, which has resulted in fewer Iraqis submitting applications. At the same time, applications by Iraqis have gone up in Germany, the Netherlands and Norway. Germany, for example, received 3,400 Iraqi asylum claims in the first half of 2008, the same level as in the preceding six months, but four times more than in the first half of 2007.

Overall, an estimated 165,100 asylum claims were submitted by all nationalities in the industrialized countries during the first half of 2008.

The United States remained the largest single recipient of new claims by asylum seekers of all nationalities during the first six months of 2008. An estimated 25,400 individuals submitted asylum applications in the US, representing 15 percent of all applications lodged in the 44 industrialized countries covered by the report.

Canada ranked second country of destination with 16,800 applications by asylum seekers of all nationalities during the first six months of 2008, followed by France, the United Kingdom and Sweden.

The number of asylum claims submitted in industrialized countries in 2007 rose by 9 percent compared to 2006. This upward trend has continued during the first half of this year, with data showing an increase of 3 percent compared to the first half of 2007.

Assuming that current patterns remain unchanged during the next six months, UNHCR expects the number of asylum claims lodged during the whole of 2008 to reach up to 360,000, or 10 percent higher than in 2007.

SHAHRUL PESHAWAR – No stability and conditions are still dangerous and uncontrollable.

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Ramadhan Appeal

Mr. President, United States of America

Do not torture these prisoners. Do not abuse the privileges given to you.

Visit these websites to find more…

http://www.wiolawapress.com/campxray.htm

http://www.campxray.org/

http://geocities.com/torturevictim/cuba.html

http://www.angelfire.com/empire/preshezmuslimah/camp_x.htm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/static/in_depth/americas/2002/inside_camp_xray/default.stm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guantanamo_Bay_detainment_camp

http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/prison/camp-x-ray/

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