Abu Hamza, according to his infidel lawyer, has got the blues and can you blame him? His easy life in the UK is about to be a faint memory as he’s being extradited to the US. His kids are all criminals and his beard won’t stop itching.
Alun Jones told judges at London’s High Court on Wednesday that extremist cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri is suffering from depression, inability to concentrate and short-term memory loss. Jones says he needs a brain scan and should not be extradited to America.
Luckily he can get a brain scan here. And if Abu Hamza is truly depressed, one treatment for severe depression is electroshock therapy. ECT or Electroconvulsive Therapy is still in use for really tough cases of depression and the United States has some top notch ECT specialists in a little facility positioned near Cuba to take maximum advantage of the advanced Cuban health care system. Those specialists, I know, will be pleased to help Abu Hamza beat the blues. And if ECT doesn’t work, there’s always Hydro-Immersive Therapy, which former patients like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed absolutely swear by.
Not that Obama would allow Abu Hamza access to this kind of advanced mental health therapy. That must be why the American health care system is so hopelessly backward.
Still one of those UN special rapporteur fellows is warning that Abu Hamza’s loneliness in prison will be akin to torture.
Juan Mendez, a UN special rapporteur, last night wrote to the Government warning that pushing ahead with plans to deport Hamza, 54, along with four fellow suspects including Babar Ahmad, would breach the UN Convention Against Torture. He claims the solitary confinement they would endure in US “supermax” prisons amounts to torture.
“As we speak my office is sending a communication, dealing with the possible extradition to the US of five people who will be subjected to solitary confinement,” said Mr Mendez, who is UN special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. “The UN Convention Against Torture states you cannot extradite or deport someone to any place if he or she could be tortured,” he added.
In his report to the General Assembly last year, Mr Mendez stated that solitary confinement beyond 15 days could lead to irreversible psychological damage. If extradited, the five suspects are expected to be detained at ADX Florence prison in Colorado, where they face indefinite solitary confinement.
Mr Mendez added: “For 22 to 23 hours a day they are left to look at a wall with no meaningful social contact with anybody, maybe one hour a day exercising by themselves.
Juan Mendez clearly has a point. It would be inhuman to deny Captain Hook the company of his fellow American prisoners. There’s no need whatsoever for keeping him in solitary confinement. He should be encouraged to mingle with other prisoners and they should be encouraged to mingle with him. It should also be explained to the other prisoners that in Mr. Hamza’s religion, having sex with small children is okay and that they should not hold this against him.
If the resulting socialization doesn’t cure his depression, then I don’t know what will.