The Oldest Man In The World: 256 Years Old Man Reveals SHOCKING Secrets To The World

What is the longest a person has ever lived for? Meet Li Ching Yuen, a man who lived an astonishing 256 years!  And no, this is not a myth or a fictional tale.

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By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today – Source: Spirit Science and Metaphysics

According to a 1930 New York Times article, Wu Chung-chieh, a professor of theChengdu University, discovered Imperial Chinese government records from 1827 congratulating Li Ching-Yuen on his 150th birthday,  and further documents later congratulating him on his 200th birthday in 1877. In 1928, a New York Times correspondent wrote that many of the old men in Li’s neighborhood asserted that their grandfathers knew him when they were boys, and that he at that time was a grown man.

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Li Ching Yuen reportedly began his herbalist career at the age of 10, where he gathered herbs in mountain ranges and learned of their potency for longevity. For almost 40 years, he survived on a diet of herbs such as lingzhi, goji berry, wild ginseng, he shoo wu and gotu kola and rice wine. In 1749, at the age of 71, he joined the Chinese armies as teacher of martial arts.  Li was said to be a much-loved figure in his community, marrying 23 times and fathering over 200 children.

According to the generally accepted tales told in his province, Li was able to read and write as a child, and by his tenth birthday had traveled in Kansu, Shansi, Tibet, Annam, Siam and Manchuria gathering herbs. For the first hundred years he continued at this occupation. Then he switched to selling herbs gathered by others. He sold lingzhi, goji berry, wild ginseng, he shou wu and gotu kola along with other Chinese herbs, and lived off a diet of these herbs and rice wine.


According to one of Li’s disciples, he had once encountered an even older 500-year-old man, who taught him Qigong exercises and dietary recommendations that would help him extend his lifespan to superhuman proportions. Apart from Qigong and a herb-rich diet, what else can we learn from this Master of Longevity?

How about this: On his death bed, Li famously said, “I have done all that I have to do in this world”. Could his peaceful last words also hint at one of the biggest secrets to a long and prosperous life? It’s interesting to note that in the West, we’re often taught to believe that aging is something that must be “beaten” with high tech infrared devices and state of the art medication.


Li was asked what his secret was to longevity. This was his reply: “Keep a quiet heart, sit like a tortoise, walk sprightly like a pigeon and sleep like a dog.” These were the words of advice Li gave to Wu Pei-fu, the warlord, who took Li into his house to learn the secret of extremely long life.

Li maintained that inward calm and peace of mind combined with breathing techniques were the secrets to incredible longevity. Obviously, his diet would have played a large role. But its fascinating that the old living person in recorded history attributes his long life to his state of mind.


With the average lifespan for the Western world currently sitting between 70-85 years, the thought of someone living over 100 years old seems like quite the stretch. The thought of someone living over 200 years old seems extremely suspicious. But why don’t we believe that people can live this long?

We have to keep in mind that some people in this world don’t live a grueling 9-5 lifestyle, they don’t have to deal with the stresses of debt, they aren’t breathing polluted city air, and they exercise regularly. They don’t eat refined sugars or flour, or any foods that have had pesticides sprayed on them. They aren’t living off of the standard American diet.

They aren’t eating fatty meats, sugary deserts, and genetically modified foods. No antibiotics. No alcohol and no tobacco. Their diets not only exclude junk foods that we so often indulge in, they also include superfoods and herbs which are like steroids for our organs and immune system.

They also spend their spare time in nature practicing breathing techniques and meditating which have been proven to improve mental, physical, and emotional health. They keep things simple, get proper sleep, and spend a great deal of time in nature under the sun. When we get a chance to relax in the sun, we feel instantly rejuvenated and call this a “vacation”. Imagine spending a lifetime doing that in the mountains, and combining that with perfect mental, spiritual, and physical well-being.

I do not doubt for a minute that if we all did the things we knew we were supposed to do, that living to be 100 years old would be commonplace. When we treat our bodies right, who knows how long we can live for?

Confirmed: Dr. Jeff Bradstreet Who Linked Vaccines to Autism Was Murdered (He didn’t commit suicide)

Nearly one year has passed since Dr. Jeffrey Bradstreet, a renowned physician known for his skepticism of immunizations (particularly the MMR vaccine) and his progressive autism research was found dead, floating in a North Carolina river with a single gunshot wound.

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By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today – Source:

Nearly one year has passed since Dr. Jeffrey Bradstreet, a renowned physician known for his skepticism of immunizations (particularly the MMR vaccine) and his progressive autism research was found dead, floating in a North Carolina river with a single gunshot wound.

Leading up to his death, Bradstreet was working with a highly controversial molecule that occurs naturally within the human body and is believed to be capable of treating and reversing autism.

Researchers claim that GcMAF (Globulin component Macrophage Activating Factor), which becomes the GC protein after combining with vitamin D in the body, is effective for treating HIV, diabetes and diseases of the liver and kidneys. More importantly, GcMAF experts predict that the natural molecule has the potential to be a universal cure for cancer

Due to the controversial nature of Bradstreet’s research, as well as the fact that his office was raided by officials with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the days leading up his death, the physician’s family hired a private investigator in hopes of finding the truth about Bradstreet’s untimely demise.

‘It is our 100 percent belief that Jeff did not commit suicide’

Finally, new details regarding Bradstreet’s death have been revealed through a recent interview conducted by the producer of the documentary VAXXED. Polly Tommey sat down with Bradstreet’s baby brother Thom and his lovely wife Candice at the AutismOne conference held towards the end of last month at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois.

Thom said that while the family knew in their hearts that Bradstreet was murdered, it wasn’t until they had the opportunity to review the case forensically that they realized the evidence supports their theory that his death was in no possible way a suicide, as has been reported by police and the mainstream media.

“People who knew him knew he would never take his own life,” said Thom, adding that information uncovered by a forensic scientist hired by the family validates that conjecture. After meeting with the medical examiner and reviewing case files and photographs, the private forensic scientist ruled that Bradstreet’s death was absolutely not a suicide.

“It is our 100 percent belief that Jeff did not commit suicide. Not only because of who Jeff was as a person, but because we looked at the science of it; we looked at the medical proof and it’s just not possible that Jeff took his own life,” commented Thom.

“Unfortunately, there’s an ongoing investigation so there’s not a lot we can share about the specifics. But the way the bullet entered into the body, it’s almost impossible for an individual to do that and it was far enough away that it left no tattooing, no significant burn marks or anything like that.”

‘Where would the world of autism be without Jeff Bradstreet?’

Bradstreet’s younger brother noted that while it would be easy to say the murder was a conspiracy due to his controversial (and highly effective) work, they can’t yet say for sure, adding that they must know for sure before reaching any conclusions regarding the perpetrator(s)’ identity.

The family said that while they are still overcome with immense sadness, they know that Bradstreet is in heaven because he was a “great man of faith” who loved God.

“The sadness is to know that there’s all these parents out here, existing patients of Jeff or recently diagnosed, where do they go? Where would the world of autism be without Jeff Bradstreet? [Without] his 20 years of knowledge and input and experience, where would we be?” asked Thom.

The Bradstreets asked the public for patience while they attempt to uncover who may have been behind their loved one’s death.

“Have patience. Be in prayer. Stay actively involved in the world of autism,” said Thom, adding that supporting projects like VAXXED is a great way to continue Bradstreet’s legacy.

SHOCKING: Cancer Curing Doctor Found Shot Dead shortly after Govt. Raid on Clinic

In recent articles the use of cannabis oil (THC) has been explored in the treatment of seizure, proving with literature that the oil can have a drastic and positive impact on patient quality of life.

Big Pharma companies and ‘sponsored’ medical practitioners would prefer you believe in pixie dust than alternative medicines.

In recent times, the demonization of chiropractors has also been spotlighted, with the American Medical Association portraying them as quacks.

The suppression of medical science is a history backdating over decades.

Coupled with the oddity of several medical researchers who were on the cusp of medical breakthroughs, meeting with unexpected and sometimes violent deaths, one’s curiosity is piqued, to say the least.

One such medical researcher was the pioneering Dr. Bradsheet, found floating in a river recently, with a gunshot wound to the chest. Dr. Bradsheet was working on a molecule called GcMAF, a little known but potentially groundbreaking cure for cancer, and treatment for HIV and autism.

GcMAF is a naturally occurring molecule in the body, and has demonstrated its healing properties over multiple studies, with little side effects on the patient.

As with all treatments there are pros and cons, but the pros in this instance seem to outweigh chemotherapy for instance, costing less than US$2000 for a full 24-week treatment that is witnessing over 85% success rates, prolonged remissions, cure, and what appears to be a life-long immunity after treatment in a high percentage of cases.

Dr Bradsheet’s death followed a raid on his clinic by the U.S. government confiscating his research on GcMAF and halting his treatment of his patients.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration had outlawed its use, calling it an “unapproved drug.” However, in dozens of countries around the world, including Japan, GcMAF is legally practiced and with outstanding results.

GcMAF has been hailed by those who use it as the “universal cancer cure.” The blood product (Globulin component Macrophage Activating Factor) can treat a range of conditions including HIV, autism, and Parkinson’s disease.

Where endocannabinoids can be mimicked by the use of THC at a molecular level; the GcMAF works by stimulating the immune system and activating macrophages “so they can destroy cancer cells and other abnormal cells in the body.”

According to a FAQ page of a treatment clinic in Japan, GcMAF can treat the following diseases where there is immune dysfunction or compromise.

Cancer-Curing-Doctor-Found-Shot-Dead-shortly-after-Govt.-Raid-on-Clinic-1In a world where cancer and other illness’ are a lucrative business, a potential miracle treatment like GcMAF can be seen as a threat.

Laws such as the 1939 Cancer Act in the UK, which makes it illegal to discuss the possibility of curing cancer with your medical provider, become part of the medical world’s monopoly on profiteering from disease.

Lives can be saved each year simply by repealing this Act, let alone providing further funding for GcMAF research and THC repeal of prohibition.

Six doctors on the East Coast of Florida were found dead in one month, most in similar circumstances: single gunshot wound.

Although some of these cases have presented open and close cases, in the context of the above, too many questions remain unanswered. As for the case of Dr. Bradsheet, his family are calling for answers, most of which are falling on deaf ears.

The Dark Prison: Victims of the CIA’s Brutal Torture Programme Speak Out

Victims of the CIA’s brutal interrogation programme speak out about torture and its effect on their lives.

By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today – Source: Al Jazeera

“In the immediate aftermath of 9/11 we did some things that were wrong. We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks.”

It’s been more than a year since US President Barack Obama admitted that the CIA tortured prisoners at its interrogation centres.

While the CIA has long admitted the use of waterboarding, which simulates drowning by pouring water into a person’s nose and mouth, a truncated and heavily redacted report by the Senate Intelligence Committee in December 2015 detailed other abuses that went beyond previous disclosures.

Reading like a script from a horror film, some of the techniques involved prisoners being slapped and punched while being dragged naked up and down corridors, being kept in isolation in total darkness, subject to constant deafening music, rectal rehydration and being locked in coffin-shaped boxes.

Critical to the development of the CIA’s brutal interrogation programme was a legal memo that said the proposed methods of interrogation were not torture if they did not cause “organ failure, death or permanent damage”.

Despite failing to produce any useful information about imminent terrorist attacks, the CIA meted out these and other brutal treatments for years after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

And with dozens of people having since been released without charge, and at least a quarter of them officially declared to have been “wrongfully detained”, the effects of torture live on with the victims, burned into their minds.

Fault Lines explores the plight of these men struggling to overcome their harrowing experiences of torture since leaving CIA-run black sites.

Editor’s note: In this two-part Fault Lines special, we expand on our original film The Dark Prison, exploring the plight of the men struggling to overcome their harrowing experiences of torture since leaving CIA-run black sites. The full one-hour documentary will be available online from September 13.

The dark prisoners: Inside the CIA’s torture programme

Despite US admissions that it tortured people after 9/11, little has been heard from the victims themselves.

“There is a proverb that a human being is stronger than a stone and more tender than a flower.” – Habib Rahman, brother of Gul Rahman (Prisoner #24) who died in CIA custody

Just days after the 9/11 attacks, US President George W Bush authorised the CIA to begin covertly detaining people it suspected of being terrorists. Within the year, Department of Justice lawyers provided the first set of memos that would draw a legal line between so-called “enhanced interrogation” and torture. Up to that point, secret imprisonment was considered a violation of human rights.

While I was starving, near freezing, naked and cut off from my family, my torturers would keep me awake for days…. From all the beatings, I learned that sleep meant pain.

Ammar al-Baluchi, victim of the CIA torture programme

CIA black sites were set up all over the world, and suspected terrorists were rendered, detained and subjected to brutal abuses: sleep deprivation, sensory deprivation, auditory overload, rectal rehydration, waterboarding and stress positions, as well as other forms of treatment designed to humiliate and degrade.

The torture years continued for nearly a decade until, in 2009, President Barack Obama signed an executive order putting an end to the practice.

In December 2014, the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) released what is now known as the “Torture Report”, the 500-page executive summary of a roughly 6,700-page still-classified investigation. The abridged version was declassified despite fierce objections from the CIA, some Republicans and even the White House.

It revealed that the programme was not only more brutal than the CIA had let on for years, but also ineffective – suggesting that the agency had wilfully misrepresented its tactics’ usefulness to policymakers and the public. Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Intelligence Committee, a Democratic senator from California who has supported the agency in the past, concluded that: “Under any common meaning of the term, CIA detainees were tortured.”

To this day, only one individual has been jailed in connection with the CIA’s torture programme: John Kiriakou, a former analyst and case officer-turned-whistleblower, who was the first person to confirm the agency’s use of waterboarding in 2007.

No survivor of the CIAs torture programme has had a day in a US court: claims have been repeatedly shut down by invoking state secrecy and immunity doctrines.

In the first year of his presidency, Obama said: “Nothing will be gained by spending our time and energy laying blame for the past.”

Still, survivors continue to seek accountability. ACLU lawyers are pursuing a case on behalf of three former CIA detainees, including Mohamed Ahmed Ben Soud, the family of Gul Rahman, and Suleiman Abdullah Salim. The case targets James Mitchell and John “Bruce” Jessen, the two psychologists contracted by the CIA to design and implement the agency’s torture programme.

While officials may prefer to close the book on that dark period in America’s history, for the CIA’s victims, the effects of their experiences live on in their bodies and minds. Within the Torture Report was an official list of 119 names belonging to men who had been detained and interrogated in secret prisons.

The list is a window into the breadth of the programme. According to The Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s Rendition Project, which has compiled some of the most extensive reporting on the individual cases to date, would-be CIA prisoners were picked up from more than 20 countries, with nearly 60 nations identified as being complicit in the rendition and/or detention of these prisoners.

Although detained as suspected terrorists, many of these men were never charged with crimes by the US. Many were picked up on the basis of thin or faulty intelligence; a few entered the programme because of mistaken identity. According to the SSCI review, 26 individuals did not meet the CIA’s own standards for detention.

A photo taken from a book assembled to commemorate the life of Gul Rahman, the only man known to have died in the CIA’s torture programme [Courtesy Dr. Ghairat Baheer]

Inside the Dark Prison

Although the locations of the CIA’s prisons have never been officially confirmed, more than half of the 119 CIA detainees are thought to have passed through a black site believed to be near the international airport in the Afghan capital Kabul.

It is widely believed to be the same prison that the Senate Investigation code-named “Detention Site Cobalt”. The men who had been detained there knew it as the Dark Prison. According to the Senate investigation, one CIA official described the place as a “dungeon” and considered the prison itself an “enhanced interrogation technique”.

Fault Lines sent several questions regarding “Cobalt” to the CIA. One, on behalf of a family whose loved one died in custody there more than 14 years ago, was simply, “Where is his body?”

In response a CIA spokesperson referred Fault Lines to documents on the CIA website, and sent back a statement that read, in part, “…the programme had shortcomings and the Agency made mistakes. CIA has owned up to these mistakes, learned from them, and taken numerous corrective actions over the years.”

The remains of the detainee were not mentioned.

The layout of the Dark Prison, as former CIA detainee Mohamed Ahmed al-Shoreiya Ben Soud recalls it [Courtesy of Mohamed Ahmed al-Shoreiya Ben Soud]

Are the torture years over?

Despite the disclosures of the Torture Report, the individuals who were detained have not been approached by the Senate for their testimony.

Today it happened to us; tomorrow it’ll happen to someone else… Maybe in the future the American government will consider some segment of the population as threats and it will torture them as well.

Mohamed Ahmed al-Shoreiya Ben Soud, former Dark Prison detainee

In the course of making The Dark Prison, Fault Lines spoke with 14 prisoners in almost a dozen countries, some of whom had never spoken to the media before – but all of whom had spent time in “Cobalt”.

Many were too traumatised, angry or afraid to speak on record, others were in countries Fault Lines could not access for security reasons.

Throughout this year’s presidential campaign, candidates such as Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have repeatedly called for techniques used during the US’s torture years to be reintroduced in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, which is also known as ISIS.

In response to the attacks in Brussels, Belgium, Trump said on the Today show, “If they could expand the laws, I would do a lot more than waterboarding.”

Mohamed Ahmed al-Shoreiya Ben Soud, one of the men who spoke to Fault Lines about his experience in the CIA’s programme, doesn’t think the torture years are officially over.

“Today it happened to us; tomorrow it’ll happen to someone else,” he said. “Maybe in the future the American government will consider some segment of the population as threats and it will torture them as well.”

Ben Soud’s story, as well as those of four other men, appear below – told, where possible, in their own words.


Prisoner #52: Mohamed Ahmed al-Shoreiya Ben Soud

Mohamed Ahmed al-Shoreiya Ben Soud’s detention began in April 2003. He was captured outside the house he lived in with his wife and daughter in Peshawar. Khalid al-Sharif, who was staying with Ben Soud, was detained with him.

Both men were native Libyans and were members of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), a movement formed in the 1990s in external opposition to the authoritarian rule of Muammar Gaddafi. The US State Department labelled LIFG a terrorist group in 2004.

Ben Soud was in US custody for roughly 16 months after which he was released to the Libyans. He remained in jail in Libya for nearly seven years and was released in 2011.

In a series of interviews with Fault Lines, Ben Soud described what it was like in the Dark Prison – and also shared drawings of his memories of how the facility was laid out.

Fault Lines: How did you learn whose custody you were in?

Mohamed Ahmed al-Shoreiya Ben Soud: In my first interrogation shortly after having entered, I was brought in naked and stood there in the interrogation room. They removed the bag over my head. I found a female interrogator with the American intelligence saying to me in the harshest tone as she banged on the table, “You are now a prisoner of the United States of America. You now have no rights since the events of 9/11.”

Can you remember what the prison looked like?

The prison was basically a warehouse with a high ceiling. It was divided into two sections. One section consisted of interrogation rooms. Another section contained cells where prisoners were held.

Could you see into any of the other cells?

No, you couldn’t see anything. There was an opening that was about 10cm by 30cm below the door. That’s it. It was only for ventilation. There were metal bars through the opening. Perhaps they thought you could escape through the 10cm-by-30cm opening.

The entire building was dark. Inside the room it was dark. There was no light. When they would enter the cell, they would use a headlamp or a flashlight. I would not have known what the room looked like but for the flashlights they used. I would see what’s right next to me. Otherwise you learn by feeling. You figure out what you’re eating through feeling it. This is rice.

The music was miserable and filled the place. It was rock music, ugly and horrific.

What do you remember about the cell?

There was nothing in it. Just a small mattress. Everything else was a regular floor. What stood out to me was the bathroom that we would use, which was a bucket. We would remove the lid, and the smell would fill the room.

The area around the cells would be filled with mice. When they would give you the food, you would see a small amount of it left. The rest was eaten by the mice.

Mohamed Ahmed al-Shoreiya Ben Soud’s drawing of the cell he lived in for a year in the Dark Prison [Courtesy of Mohamed Ahmed al-Shoreiya Ben Soud]

You can still picture it exactly?

Yes, exactly. I lived in this cell for an entire year. I memorised its details and still remember them now. Its measurements, how it looks, the writings I wrote on the wall. These details are carved in my mind.

This ring, which was hung up from the ceiling, we were hung from it, in different positions. We suffered from it a lot. We would be hung for long periods and we would be in tiring and exhausting positions. The prisoner would sleep while his hands and feet hung from the ring. The guard would pass by here and use his flashlight to see that you were awake and not asleep.

The first five months that we spent in this room, we did not take a shower. We did not touch water unless we were being tortured. Our hair was not cut. Our fingernails looked scary. Five months without any care or attention. After five months, on September 3, 2003, they allowed us to cut our nails, to use the bathroom, to wash ourselves, once a week. They started to cut our hair. This was a very difficult time. Everything, every section of this room, tells a story of great suffering.

The water that we used to use to drink, wash and use for the bathroom was two small bottles. Each bottle was 1.5 litres. Three litres a day you would drink, wash your face, that was it. They would not give us clean water, but a metal jug filled with dirty water.

Can you tell us more about how they used the ring?

My left leg was broken. When they would put us in this stress position, they would tie my two hands to my right leg. Right now I have to lean on my left side so that I can have some relief. Even now, if I sit on my left leg, even for a little while, I immediately don’t have any feeling in it. Even if I walk for a little bit, I still feel pain.

They could do anything – hit, kill… anything. Because there were no human rights, no humanity, no principles, no ethics…. No one was holding them accountable or supervising them.

Mohamed Ahmed al-Shoreiya Ben Soud, former Dark Prison detainee

We’ve heard about a smaller room where prisoners were occasionally taken.

Did you see it? 

It was a cell. Or rather, it was a grave.

There was a rod that hung from the highest ceiling. It was all covered in blood. They would hang the prisoner’s hands from the ceiling, with this rod. So the prisoner’s toes would barely touch the floor.

I was hung from this place for a day and a half, and my leg was broken. The blood went down to my leg so it got swollen. It was frightening. For a day and a half, I did not drink water or use the bathroom or pray. I was naked.

The entire time we were in this place, the most dangerous thing I was thinking of was that they had no red lines.They could do anything – hit, kill, they could do anything. Because there were no human rights, no humanity, no principles, no ethics.

This is what was scary about this place. There were no limits, there were no standards as far as how these people would act. No one was holding them accountable or supervising them.

What do you think they were trying to achieve with this treatment?  

I think that the lone intention was to break our spirits as prisoners, to break our will so we would reach a point of personal deterioration and lose hope for everything.

One of the sleep-deprivation tactics used as part of the CIA’s enhanced interrogation programme involved suspending prisoners by their hands from a metal bar near the ceiling of a cell so that their feet barely touched the ground [Courtesy of Mohamed Ahmed al Shoreiya Ben Soud]

Prisoner #37: Ghairat Baheer

In the 1980s, Dr Ghairat Baheer was a political ally of the United States. He was a senior member of Hizb-e-Islami, an armed, counter-insurgent group within the Afghan mujahideen that drove the Soviets out of Afghanistan and was supported by the CIA.

In the decade following the Soviet withdrawal, Baheer was part of official channels between Afghanistan and other countries, including Australia and Pakistan.

Things changed after the 9/11 attacks. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the leader of Hizb-e-Islami and Baheer’s father-in-law, opposed the US invasion and occupation of Afghanistan.

Baheer brought Fault Lines to a quiet neighbourhood of Islamabad where he was arrested in his home on October 29, 2002. Walking through the deserted residence brought back many difficult memories for the 53-year-old doctor and politician.

“It was two in the morning. They were pressing that bell at my house. My eldest daughter was suffering from hepatitis A and had a pretty severe fever, and I was awake sitting with her. I came out and opened the gate. I think more than 30 people entered. They had guns and pistols. They said: “We’re going to search the house.”

Interrogation was another torture…. If you’re not cooperating, they will put you in a long box, like a coffin, and they will close the door on you. There is no oxygen. It’s completely closed. Stones are put on your top. You feel as if you’re dying.

Ghairat Baheer, former Dark Prison detainee

They tied my hands and ankles, put goggles [over my eyes], mufflers over my ears and put a hood on me. I could not breathe. There was a chain from my ankles to my waist. It was very difficult to walk. They were punching me and pushing me backwards and forwards.

My wife was in the house and my five daughters and two sons. The eldest daughter at the time was in grade 11, and the youngest was a six-month-old baby. I didn’t say goodbye, there was no opportunity given.

This was the last time I saw my family for six years.

I was a peaceful man. I was a politician. During the jihad period, everyone participated in armed struggle against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. Even in that time, I remained on the political side of the Afghan struggle. After 9/11, I was vocal in my opposition to America’s policy towards Afghanistan and the region.

Americans believe in freedom of speech. I was not doing anything related to any kind of militancy. There was no link between me and the Taliban. There was no link between me and al-Qaeda.

I was shifted to Kabul. The facility as a whole was dark. The Americans working there were using torches in order to see. It had three loudspeakers – they were on 24 hours, with a very huge voice, Michael Jackson or some other stuff. You could not hear anything else. They would not let you sleep. Once in a month they used to change the cassette. So in this period of two or three or four minutes, we could feel some kind of calmness.

At one stage I almost reached a breaking point. I was in that Dark Prison. I had a very high fever, I had a very severe stomach problem. I was starving to death, almost. I was beaten very badly. The room was very cold. An American guard was passing, and I told him I’m sick, please take me to the doctor. He hit me with his torch. I became unconscious. The waste bucket also dropped on the floor, so the room was very messy and smelly. Then they took me to the interrogation.

Interrogation was another torture. You are locked to the wall. They will not let you sit down. Two people will be punching you. If you’re not cooperating, they will put you in a long box, like a coffin, and they will close the door on you. There is no oxygen. It’s completely closed. Stones are put on your top. You feel as if you’re dying.

I was not expecting that I would survive or that one day I would be a normal human being living with my family.

My release was extraordinary. I was brought from prison to the palace, and I was the guest of Afghan President [Hamid] Karzai for at least one week. I then met my family members and one of my daughters who is now finally at medical college. Her name is Tiaba.

I was asking, “Where’s Tiaba?” She was standing in front of me. She says, “I’m Tiaba.” I said, “Is that you? You have grown up.”

Dr Ghairat Baheer with Fault Lines correspondent Sebastian Walker outside his home in Islamabad where he was arrested in 2002 [Singeli Agnew / Al Jazeera]

Prisoner #24: Gul Rahman

Ghairat Baheer was not taken into custody alone. When security forces came to arrest him in October 2002, his driver, two security guards and a former employee named Gul Rahman were also taken into custody. Rahman was in Islamabad for an appointment with an asthma specialist and had planned to spend the night with the Baheer family before returning home.

Rahman would become Prisoner #24 in the CIA’s programme. His interrogation included “rough takedown” – where interrogators bum-rushed a prisoner in his cell, stripped him naked, placed a hood over his head and assaulted him – and “cold water dousing”.

He is the only CIA prisoner acknowledged by the agency as having died as a result of his treatment.

The SSCI report cites an internal CIA review of Rahman’s death, which determined he most likely died of hypothermia. He was “short-chained” to a wall, with his hands and feet bound closely together, and left half naked in the Dark Prison where temperatures dipped to near freezing.

Rahman died only weeks after he was detained, but it would be years before his family would learn of his death. That was thanks to Kathy Gannon and Adam Goldman’s reporting for the Associated Press in 2010. Rahman’s relatives said they weren’t able to believe the story until the Senate report confirmed it.

The Rahman family lives in the Shamshato refugee camp on the outskirts of Peshawar. The camp is usually off-limits to journalists, but Fault Lines was able to enter it and speak to members of the Rahman family with the help of Baheer.

Habib Rahman, Gul Rahman’s brother:

“If I were to tell you the memories I have about my brother, they would never end. I wish you had the time to stay with me for a night and I could understand your language, so that I could tell you what kind of a personality he had.

I never saw or heard anything from him that made me disappointed in him. He was nice to everyone. He was very special and very caring.

After he was arrested, I made a lot of effort to find a channel to contact the Americans. I would spend two or three months at a time in Kabul, but no one would listen to me. The Americans denied to us that they were holding him. We thought he was with the Pakistanis, and that he was alive.

They should have told us the truth. They should have given us his body.

Now we are asking: Why was it kept a secret? What had Gul Rahman done? The important thing for us is that the persons involved in this crime receive punishment. I wish that they are dealt with in accordance to the law, that justice is done.”

Hajira, Gul Rahman’s eldest daughter:

“Americans themselves always speak out on human rights. If they want to implement them, then this is the time. Why did these criminals kill my father in this manner? Why did they put him in such a cold place? What proof did they have for what they did to my father?

Even now they should give us his body. They should find it. Those who did this injustice to my father know where it is. They should give us his body so we can bury it according to Islamic culture.”

Obaidullah, Gul Rahman’s nephew:

“I read the [Senate] report. It was a bit of a shock to think how the human mind could arrange this kind of interrogation. I was crying because of my uncle. That was the first time that we understood the Americans had used these methods to intimidate him.

The psychologist – I think he’s responsible for all these things that were done. He is the one who was leading the interrogation process. He was a psychologist, not an official CIA man. He was controlling, ordering and doing all those cruelty techniques to my uncle.

If I had a chance to speak with the Americans, I would ask them, are you human? I don’t think that a human would do these things, this cruelty.

My uncle died in 20 days. Our family waited 14 years with no information.”

“Since that year and until now, my body is on fire. How can one forget her child? Our grief is the same every night. It has never changed.Morwary, Gul Rahman’s mother: 

What crime did my son commit? If he had committed a crime, you could have detained him for 10, 20 years or maybe a lifetime. But at least tell us what his crime was. There was no trial for him. He has died, and we don’t even have his body.

I only say this: Did he commit such a big crime that you hid his bones from us?

Prisoner #55: Ammar al-Baluchi 

He is portrayed in the opening scenes of the controversial movie Zero Dark Thirty as a detainee who the CIA says provided useful information under torture. The agency has cited his case to justify its use of enhanced interrogation techniques, but the Senate investigation refuted the claim.Ammar al-Baluchi is the nephew of alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. He is accused of transferring money to the hijackers. A citizen of Pakistan, he was captured there in 2003 and spent his first days in CIA custody at the Dark Prison.

Baluchi was one of 36 CIA detainees who were then sent on to Guantanamo. Until recently, even the memories of these detainees were considered classified information by the US government. According to Baluchi’s attorney, James Connell, since the release of the Senate investigation summary, that designation has slowly started to change.

Fault Lines sent a list of questions to Baluchi focusing specifically on the enhanced interrogation techniques he experienced in US custody. He answered some of them in his own handwriting; others were retyped during a government classification review process. (Some were either not answered or did not pass the classification review process.) Below is a portion of that Q&A, which constitutes the first time Baluchi has communicated directly with the media.

Fault Lines: Can you describe how water was used during your “interrogations?”

Fault Lines: How was sleep deprivation used during interrogations, and what effect did it have on you?

Fault Lines: What was the single worst experience you had while being interrogated by the CIA?

Fault Lines: Is there anything you would like to say to the designers of the CIA programme or your interrogators?

Prisoner #24: Jamil El-Banna 

El Banna had told his wife he had be in Gambia for two to three weeks. He wasn’t able to speak to her again for more than four years. According to the CIA torture report, el Banna (or number 36) was in the Dark Prison for six or seven days.In 2002, during a business trip to Gambia, Jamil El Banna says he was kidnapped by Gambian intelligence officers and handed over to Americans. He would soon end up on the floor of a private plane to Kabul with his legs and hands bound.

He disputes this, claiming he was there between three weeks and a month before being transferred to a military prison in Bagram, 50km north of Kabul. Three and a half months after his initial detainment, he would be taken to Guantanamo Bay.  

During his interview with Fault Lines last summer in London, he noted that the sound of an airplane passing over reminded him of his five years in captivity.

Fault Lines: You remember your experiences when you hear the noise of a plane?

El Banna: I always remember them. I’d never forget. They were very tough times. I try to forget, but I can’t. The horrible moments, the insults, the torture. There are some things I have forgotten.

In the report on the CIA torture programme, it says you were put in a “stress position” while in the Dark Prison. Can you describe what it was?

What is meant by “stress position” is that they tie your arms to a metal bar, so you’re half-standing. So neither standing nor sitting, practically bent over. You can’t move at all. You’re stuck. There are placeholder holes in the wall. They tie you up like this for days. Then they bring it down and tie you like this. And then they lower it further.

My back probably can’t straighten itself any more. It’s angled a bit. So imagine being in this position for three or four days. And then they’d tie you to the ground and you wouldn’t be able to stand up or move at all. Of course you’re hands are tied up. You’re abdomen is tied up. Your feet are tied up, and then you’re tied to the wall. This is the torture that is called “stress position”.

They just left me for a whole month. I would scream at the top of my lungs because of how painful it was. At that moment, I preferred death, and not to be tortured in this manner.

You’ve gone through this horrific ordeal. How does it affect your life today?

Of course my memory, I’ve lost it. I’ve lost the ability to focus and to remember. I could put this phone down here and then forget where I put it. Previously my memory was excellent. My wife tells me my memory is gone. She’s the one who tells me these things.

I also have night terrors. My wife knows this best. I wake up scared, lost and sweating. In those moments, I’m remembering those situations.

My back is in pain. I can’t stand for more than 10 minutes. I’m taking pills. Sometimes I can’t sleep because I get extremely worried. I have prescription sleeping pills so I can sleep.

Can you estimate how long will it take before you can put that experience behind you?

I don’t think that’ll happen. I’m going to stay like this. I’m going to remember everything and what I’ve lost. My brothers are gone. My mother is gone. [Editor’s note: All died while El Banna was in custody.] Those losses have shattered my heart. They’ve had a vast impact on me. How could I have a normal life? I can’t.

Do you think you were a different person than you were before?

Of course. When I entered Guantanamo, I was in my 40s. I had dark hair and a dark beard. When I left, all my hair was white.

Do you ever get depressed? Have there been any other psychological impacts?

If I get depressed, I take a pill and I feel better. I have a report on my case written by top doctors that’s about 200 pages on my psychological situation.

How often do you talk about your experiences with family and friends?

I don’t talk about it typically. This is the first time I talked about it to anyone. I get depressed when I talk about it. I get dizzy. I don’t like to talk about it.

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Krishnamurti – The Real Revolution (Best Speech Ever)

Jiddu Krishnamurti (/ˈɪd ˌkrɪʃnəˈmɜːrti/;11 May 1895 – 17 February 1986) was a speaker and writer on matters that concerned humankind.

By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today

In his early life he was groomed to be the new World Teacher but later rejected this mantle and withdrew from the organization behind it. His subject matter included psychological revolution, the nature of mind,meditation, inquiry, human relationships, and bringing about radical change in society. He constantly stressed the need for a revolution in the psyche of every human being and emphasised that such revolution cannot be brought about by any external entity, be it religious, political, or social.

Krishnamurti was born in British India and in early adolescence, he had a chance encounter with prominent occultist andtheosophist Charles Webster Leadbeater in the grounds of the Theosophical Society headquarters at Adyar in Madras. He was subsequently raised under the tutelage of Annie Besant and Leadbeater, leaders of the Society at the time, who believed him to be a “vehicle” for an expected World Teacher. As a young man, he disavowed this idea and dissolved the Order of the Star in the East, an organisation that had been established to support it.

He said he had no allegiance to any nationality, caste, religion, or philosophy, and spent the rest of his life travelling the world, speaking to large and small groups and individuals. He wrote many books, among them The First and Last Freedom, The Only Revolution, and Krishnamurti’s Notebook. Many of his talks and discussions have been published. His last public talk was in Madras, India, in January 1986, a month before his death at his home in Ojai, California.

His supporters, working through non-profit foundations in India, Great Britain and the United States, oversee several independent schools based on his views on education. They continue to transcribe and distribute his thousands of talks, group and individual discussions, and writings by use of a variety of media formats and languages.

He was unrelated to his contemporary U. G. Krishnamurti, although the two men had a number of meetings. Click HERE – Full Life of Jiddu Krishnamurti

NASA Astronaut Grows The First Ever Flower in Space

Good news for astronauts! Freeze-dried space food may soon be a thing of the past thanks to astronaut Scott Kelly’s successful attempt to grow the first ever flower in space.

By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today – Image Credit: NASA

Kelly is no stranger to space horticulture however. Last year he managed to grow lettuce on board the International Space Station (ISS).

Now he’s used his zero gravity vegetable garden to grow Zinnias, a type of edible flower most commonly found in salads. Given that astronauts are still largely dependent on freeze-dried meals, such experiments could prove vital for future space missions as renewable food would enable astronauts to broaden their scope of space exploration. Providing they have enough fuel of course.

NASA now hopes to repeat their success by attempting to grow tomatoes in 2018. Then all they need to do is to invent a salad dressing that won’t float around when you try to pour it.





(NASAOn Jan. 16, 2016, Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly shared photographs of a blooming zinnia flower in the Veggie plant growth system aboard the International Space Station. Kelly wrote, “Yes, there are other life forms in space!

This flowering crop experiment began on Nov. 16, 2015, when NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren activated the Veggie system and its rooting “pillows” containing zinnia seeds.

The challenging process of growing the zinnias provided an exceptional opportunity for scientists back on Earth to better understand how plants grow in microgravity, and for astronauts to practice doing what they’ll be tasked with on a deep space mission: autonomous gardening.

In late December, Kelly found that the plants “weren’t looking too good,” and told the ground team:

“You know, I think if we’re going to Mars, and we were growing stuff, we would be responsible for deciding when the stuff needed water. Kind of like in my backyard, I look at it and say ‘Oh, maybe I should water the grass today.’ I think this is how this should be handled.”

The Veggie team on Earth created what was dubbed “The Zinnia Care Guide for the On-Orbit Gardener,” and gave basic guidelines for care while putting judgment capabilities into the hands of the astronaut who had the plants right in front of him.

Rather than pages and pages of detailed procedures that most science operations follow, the care guide was a one-page, streamlined resource to support Kelly as an autonomous gardener.

Soon, the flowers were on the rebound, and on Jan. 12, pictures showed the first peeks of petals beginning to sprout on a few buds.

In The Last 48 hours, We Have Had An Average Of One Syrian Killed Every 25 Minutes – UN

Death rains down on Syria as ceasefire wobbles. At least 100 killed in air raids, shelling and rocket fire since Friday as government forces and rebels battle.

By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP Today – Source: Al Jazeera

At least 20 people have been killed in a Syrian government air strike on a hospital in the city of Aleppo.

The attack is the latest in an intensification of government assaults on the city, with at least 100 civilians killed in air strikes, shelling and rocket fire since Friday.

“In the last 48 hours, we have had an average of one Syrian killed every 25 minutes, one Syrian wounded every 13 minutes,” the UN special envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, said.

The renewed fighting has all but destroyed a delicate ceasefire that started at the end of February, with UN-led peace talks now in doubt.

De Mistura has urged the US and Russia to intervene to save them.

Syria Civil War: Inside the bomb shelter. Driven by fear for his family’s safety, a Syrian fighter constructs a bomb shelter in besieged Ghouta.

Abu Nidal Abed, a 43-year-old fighter in the Free Syria Army (FSA), his wife and two children have been sleeping in a hastily constructed bomb shelter for months.

Located in the Saqba town in the Ghouta area of Damascus’ countryside, their home has been damaged by air strikes launched by the Syrian government throughout the five-year civil war.

“I spent 45 days building the bomb shelter to protect us from the rocket fire and air strikes,” he told Al Jazeera.

The Syrian conflict broke out as a largely unarmed uprising against President Bashar al-Assad in March 2011, but it was not long before it evolved into a full-on civil war.

The UN special envoy for Syria, Steffan de Mistura, estimated last week that more than 400,000 people have been killed throughout the fighting in Syria.

Much of the Ghouta region is under siege by government forces and pro-Assad armed groups, including the Lebanese Hezbollah.

The siege has made it difficult for residents to access humanitarian supplies, including medicine and vaccinations, resulting in a wave of illnesses.

Explaining that he had already lost one son in the civil war, Abed said he was motivated by fear for his children’s safety, hoping to protect them from the exposure to the Syrian government’s air strikes.

Abed’s son, 25-year-old Nidal, was killed while fighting with the FSA in the Damascus countryside in 2015.