Plenty of hard day’s nights ahead for Islamic State pair

Justice looms for the men charged with torturing innocents before killing them. BBC, October 7:

Two ex-British alleged Islamic State suspects have been charged in the US with terrorism offences over the killing of four American hostages. Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh are accused of belonging to an IS cell dubbed “The Beatles” involved in kidnappings in Iraq and Syria … the charges were “the result of many years of hard work in pursuit of justice” for the four Americans who died — James Foley, Steven Sotloff, Kayla Mueller and Peter Kassig.

It was always John’s band. Metro, February 10, 2018:

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Along with Mohammed Emwazi — the killer nicknamed Jihadi John — and Aine Davis, they are thought to have been part of a group named after the 60s band because of their English accents. The four Londoners were linked to a string of hostage murders in Iraq and Syria during the bloody Islamist uprising.

They won’t be getting back together. CNN, January 20, 2016:

ISIS has confirmed the death of “Jihadi John” — aka Mohammed Emwazi, aka Abu Muharib al-Muhajir — in the latest issue of its Dabiq magazine. US officials said in November that they were reasonably certain the English-speaking voice of the terror group had been killed in a targeted drone strike in Raqqa, Syria, ISIS’ de facto capital.

I should have known better — now it’s the two of us. The Daily Mail, Aug­ust 24:

The ISIS Beatles say they fear a life sentence in a “hell on earth” maximum security prison in the United States that for some people would be a “fate worse than the death penalty”. Alexanda Kotey, 36, and El Shafee Elsheikh, 32, face rendition to the US, (which has) agreed that (it) will not insist on the death penalty for the duo. Kotey … last year said he and Elsheikh agreed that being convicted in the States would be a terrible scenario.

There’s a place. The Mirror, August 24:

A former British military intelligence officer said: “Justice in the States for Kotey and Elsheikh will not be about rehabilitation but serious punishment and revenge. Theirs will be a life of aching drudgery and boredom. The supermax strips away any comfort and distraction. It will be their worst nightmare.

It’s all too much. Amnesty International UK press release, July 16, 2014:

The US government’s callous and dehumanising practice of holding prisoners in prolonged solitary confinement in the country’s only federal super-maximum security prison amounts to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment …

You can’t do that. Amnesty press release continues on the jail that is all it’s cracked up to be:

… the severity of conditions in (supermax prison) ADX Florence has caused prisoners to suffer from extreme paranoia, perceptual distortions, psychosis, depression, insomnia and hypertension, while some prisoners have self-harmed …

Self-harmed? That’s a change. These are savages who burned men alive, drowned them in cages, killed babies, raped children and decapitated innocents while practising cannibalism. They purposely detached themselves from mankind and it looks as if we’ve found just the place. 5280 Magazine, August 12 last year:

As Robert Hood, a former warden of the ADX, told The New York Times in 2015, “This place is not designed for humanity.”

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