Close Guantanamo Bay! Detainees abused

12 Sep

According to transcripts obtained by Associated Press, which it obtained from the Pentagon under the Freedom of Information Act ,Guantanamo Bay detainees complain of abuses in their camp. The transcripts include reports of clashes whereby detainees throw body wastes at guards; guards interrupting detainees during prayer; and interrogators withholding medicine.

British medical journal, Lancet, also published a protest letter from 260 signatories of mainly doctors and anti-torture activists, accusing the military doctors in the imprisonment centre for force-feeding detainees on hunger strike and keeping fraudulent records on those who died as a result of failed interrogations.

According to two psychiatrists, Al Jazeera’s cameraman, Sami al-Hajj, who is currently detained in Gitmo, and on a hunger strike for 247 days, is said to be suffering from severe depression which could lead to death. Both of them said that the man needed immediate medical attention and that if al-Hajj remained in the camp, his life could be in danger.

A separate Guardian news also reported that two judges have overthrown the legality of the military tribune system. Says Jameel Jaffar, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, “I think this could be the end of the military commissions.”

All these latest reports, findings and court judgements only discredit the Bush’s administration insistence in keeping the Guantanamo Bay operational. The call to close Gitmo has never been more urgent.

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One Response to “Close Guantanamo Bay! Detainees abused”

  1. Beju September 16, 2007 at 10:36 am #

    I have read a lot of Guantanamo Bay and although I don’t profess to know everything there is to know about the place, I believe I know enough to say that Guantanamo Bay is a symbol of everything that is evil in this world and its name alone will remind generations to come of how evil the Bush administration was in office.
    Books I recommend reading which give a good insite into Guantanamo Bay include:

    “Guantanamo: The War On Human Rights” by David Rose
    “Inside The Wire” by Erik Saar and Viveca Novak

    The War on Human Rights is an excellent concise book. It covers

    How most of the detainees at Guantanamo are of little to no risk of committing a terrorist act and were just swept up in the post 9/11 clean up of Afghanistan

    How most of the detainees, even if found guilty, will still never be released from Guantanamo

    How innocent civilians were captured by the Northern Alliance and paid a bounty by the US who were after Taliban or Al-Qaeda fighters. The Northern Alliance fed lies to the US to get the bounty and the US didn’t much care as long as they captured somebody.

    That there are no serious terrorists at Guantanamo even though the Bush administration likes to say so

    Life for the guards at Guantanamo Bay

    The reasoning for Guantanamo’s existence as a detention facility

    Where the Bush administrations methodology for extracting information was derived from and how effective it REALLY was

    Donald Rumsfelds personal involvement in the life of a detainee

    How the Bush administration obtained unlimited control during the “War on Terror”

    Inside the Wire is from the account of one of the guards at Guantanamo who translated from English to Arabic and vice versa. Very good insite into someone who initially was very pro Bush and pro the war on terror and how quickly that can change once they witness what really is going on at Guantanamo Bay.

    Apart from that, good work on the blog. Looks really good and Ill add you to my blogroll.

    Cheers.

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