It can be argued that the local music scene is at its most eclectic, with new bands and sounds emerging monthly; but in the case of this particular group, the story of Bahiyya is a unique one. We sat down with vocalist, oud player and founding member, Omar El Ayyat, ahead of the CJC gig to talk about the past, the future and the future of the past.
During the conflict France denied that it tortured, and it censored newspapers, books and movies that said that it did.
Afterward, official secrecy, propaganda and a general distaste for the subject kept discussion of French atrocities muted. Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism in Algeria, The general wrote of beating prisoners; of attaching electrodes to their ears or testicles and gradually increasing the intensity of the electrical charge; of pouring water over their faces until they either spoke or drowned.
Whether a captive talked or not, he said, he usually had him executed anyway, often doing the job himself.
He had the bodies taken to a Muslim cemetery and laid side by side facing Mecca in a meter ditch that a backhoe had dug. Lime was shoveled onto the bodies to hasten decomposition. He set up death squads, he said, and called them by that name. He ordered the assassinations of Algerian leaders and ordered the killings be disguised as suicides.
General Aussaresses insisted that the torture and the summary killings were a matter of policy. He wrote everything down, he said, and briefed Gen. Jacques Massu, his superior, every day. Mitterrand was elected president of France in InFrance granted a blanket amnesty to those who served in Algeria, no matter what crimes they may have committed there.
And it was only in that France officially recognized the combat with Algeria as a war; until then it had been called an operation to maintain order.
By then, for many French, the war was a distant memory or a chapter in a history book. But in the past returned. In July, an Algerian woman, Louisette Ighilahriz, wrote in Le Monde of being tortured, raped and kept in filth for three months by her French captors.
Then came his book and an admission by General Massu that he, too, had employed torture regularly. The European Court overturned the conviction, partly on free-speech grounds. At the time, his father was serving in the French Army.
Information about his survivors was not immediately available. In an article in Soldier of Fortune magazine inGeneral Aussaresses recounted the first time he tortured a prisoner, in The prisoner had killed a man with an ax, he said, and the victim, before dying, identified his assailant.
General Aussaresses tortured the prisoner to death. If I regretted anything, it was that he refused to talk before he died. He had used violence against a person who was not his enemy.
He got what he deserved. His actions during the Algerian War, and later defense of those actions, caused considerable controversy. Aussaresses provoked controversy inwhen in an interview with the French newspaper Le Monde, he admitted and defended the use of torture during the Algerian war.
He repeated the defense in an interview with CBS's 60 Minutes, further arguing that torture ought to be used in the fight against Al-Qaeda, and again defended his use of torture during the Algerian War in a book, The Battle of the Casbah.
Aussaresses remained defiant, he dismissed the latter act as hypocritical. Aussaresses, recognizable by his eye patch, lost his left eye due to a botched cataract operation, not combat. His father, Paul Aussaresses senior, was serving in the French military at the time of his son's birth because of the war.
InAussaresses served a year as an officer cadet in Cherchell, Algeria. The next year, inhe volunteered for the special services unit in France.
The Jedburghs worked clandestinely behind enemy lines to harness the local resistance and coordinate their activities with the wishes of the Allied Commanders. On September 1, he joined the 11th Choc Battalion and commanded the battalion from untilwhen he was replaced by Yves Godard. Inhe was transferred to Philippeville, Algeria, to be part of the 41st Parachute Demi-Brigade as an intelligence officer.
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