Thursday, July 30, 2009

Tortured Detainees

At the center of [former Guantanamo detainee Binyam] Mohamed's efforts lie the claims of high British government officials that the Obama administration has repeatedly threatened to cut off intelligence-sharing programs with the U.K. if the British High Court discloses information which British intelligence officials learned from the CIA about how Mohamed was tortured. New statements from the British Foreign Secretary yesterday -- claiming that Hillary Clinton personally re-iterated those threats in a May meeting -- highlight how extreme is this joint American/British effort to cover-up proof of Mohamed's torture.


The British government's claims about these threats led the British High Court to conclude that it could not disclose those facts in good conscience because the U.S. was, in essence, threatening to put the lives of British citizens at risk by terminating intelligence-sharing over terrorist threats.

  Glenn Greenwald

But wait, there’s more. And if this doesn’t scream through your brain, nothing will.

A judge ruled Thursday that one of the youngest detainees brought to Guantanamo Bay is being held illegally and must be released — 6 1/2 years after the detainee from Afghanistan says he was tortured into confessing at age 12.


Jawad's attorneys took their case for his release to the federal court in Washington, where they argued that he continued to be subjected to torture at Guantanamo and has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. They say he's been isolated with only minimal contact with other inmates, subjected to sleep deprivation, and has tried to commit suicide.


The Justice Department said Friday it would no longer hold Jawad as a wartime prisoner. But officials wanted to keep him at Guantanamo while conducting a criminal investigation, saying the government had new eyewitness evidence and would speed up a grand jury investigation.


Yes, and to avoid bringing him to trial and having to further publicize what they’ve done to this young man. He doesn’t know exactly how old he is because where he’s from they didn’t keep birth records, but he says he was captured when he was about 12. The Pentagon claims a bone scan shows he was 17. How convenient. Seventeen – adult status. Either way, he was tortured into a confession.

....but hey, do what you will anyway.

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