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AP: Gitmo Guards Bragged of Beatings

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Posted on Oct 6, 2006
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An iconic image of beatings at Guantanamo. (The guard pictured is not one of the men described in the article.)

Guantanamo guards are bragging in bars about things like slamming detainees heads into cell doors, according to a Marine sergeant’s sworn statement, surfaced by the AP.

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  • AP:

    Guards at Guantanamo Bay bragged about beating detainees and described it as common practice, a Marine sergeant said in a sworn statement obtained by The Associated Press.

    The two-page statement was sent Wednesday to the Inspector General at the Department of Defense by a high-ranking Marine Corps defense lawyer.

    The lawyer sent the statement on behalf of a paralegal who said men she met on Sept. 23 at a bar on the base identified themselves to her as guards. The woman, whose name was blacked out, said she spent about an hour talking with them. No one was in uniform, she said.
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    By MP Mike, May 15, 2012 at 10:02 pm Link to this comment
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    After spending a year as a Detainee Sergeant of the Guard (supervisor)at GITMO, I can tell you that NO MARINES worked the cell blocks. So, what you have, even if you’re foolish enough to believe this picture is actually at GITMO-as “Thomas” correctly pointed out in a 2010 post, you’d be believing a lie. There were NO BEATINGS, no flushing of Qurans down the toilets-at least NOT by any Americans, though there were several cases of detainees doing it themselves just so they could demand a cell change to be closer to their “buddies.” All of the negative press about GITMO comes from people who either were never there, or who spent anywhere from one day to one week there at the base, and precious little time talking to people who actually did the hard work involved. Another case of “a little bit of knowledge is dangerous…”

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    By thomas, July 28, 2010 at 6:00 am Link to this comment
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    The picture of the man that looks as though he is about to punch a bound person on the ground is not from GITMO. This is one of the pictures released during the Abu Grab incident. Doesn’t excuse the behavior however misreplesentation of the photos origin says a lot about your credability which seems to be lacking. If you are trying to act as a credible journalistic enterprise you are held to the same standards!

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    By Wayne, February 23, 2009 at 6:45 pm Link to this comment
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    All of this is left wing propaganda. It would make me laugh that any of you believe it if it were not so sad and disappointing.
    I will not say that that are never any abuses because these guards are human.
    Our military people are held to the highest standards of any in the world and 99.99 % are good.
    You people need to read and something besides left wing blogs, NBC and YouTube.

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    By EoS, October 6, 2006 at 8:58 pm Link to this comment
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    I never gave my permission to print IN TORTURE WE TRUST across our flag. Unfortuantely my president and congress has.

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    By bob, October 6, 2006 at 8:15 pm Link to this comment
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    I’m ashamed. How can we allow this to continue. Time for new leaders. VOTE!!

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    By kevin99999, October 6, 2006 at 12:44 pm Link to this comment
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    It is sad to see that this is the true face of america.

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