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Guantanamo: Still Abusing After All These Years

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Posted on Sep 11, 2007

Despite fleeting promises by the administration to shut the place down, the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba is still up and running, complete with many of the terrible conditions we’ve all come to know and be ashamed of, according to transcripts recently obtained by the Associated Press.

AP via Yahoo:

One detainee bluntly informed his [administrative review] panel that he lies to interrogators and that others do as well.

“Why do you feel you have the right to lie to the interrogators?” a surprised panel member asked the detainee, Abdennour Sameur, an Algerian who was a resident of Britain.

“I was lying so that I can get my medical (treatment),” Sameur said. “Every interrogation that I have gone to I had to lie, because that was the only way I could get medical attention. ... They were giving me some kind of medical pills, but the interrogators stopped it. Every time they get a new interrogator, the interrogator stops it.”

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By Outraged, September 12, 2007 at 9:15 pm Link to this comment

#100068 by PatrickHenry on 9/12

“We as Americans wouldn’t want our military men and women treated in such fashion.”
We as American’s allow more than that.  Apparently we practice on America’s most innocent, those children who may need serious help and understanding.  There is a “school” in Canton, Mass. called the Judge Rotenburg Educational Center where the students are shocked for ANY misbehavior.  An excerpt from the article in Mother Jones magazine:

“The Rotenberg Center is the only facility in the country that disciplines students by shocking them, a form of punishment not inflicted on serial killers or child molesters or any of the 2.2 million inmates now incarcerated in U.S. jails and prisons. Over its 36-year history, six children have died in its care, prompting numerous lawsuits and government investigations. Last year, New York state investigators filed a blistering report that made the place sound like a high school version of Abu Ghraib. Yet the program continues to thrive—in large part because no one except desperate parents, and a few state legislators, seems to care about what happens to the hundreds of kids who pass through its gates.”

It goes on:
“Employees shocked him for aggressive behavior, he says, but also for minor misdeeds, like yelling or cursing. Each shock lasts two seconds. “It hurts like hell,” Rob says. (The school’s staff claim it is no more painful than a bee sting; when I tried the shock, it felt like a horde of wasps attacking me all at once. Two seconds never felt so long.) On several occasions, Rob was tied facedown to a four-point restraint board and shocked over and over again by a person he couldn’t see. The constant threat of being zapped did persuade him to act less aggressively, but at a high cost.”

And on:
“In addition, staff members are prohibited from having casual conversations with each other. They cannot, for example, say to a coworker, “Hey, did you see the Red Sox game last night?” “We don’t want them discussing their social life or the ball games in front of the students or while they’re on duty,” Israel says. “So we’ll sometimes actually have one staffer deliberately start a social conversation with another and we’ll see whether the other—as he or she should—will say, ‘I don’t want to discuss that now.’” Monitors watch these setups on the surveillance cameras and punish staffers who take the bait.”

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By PatrickHenry, September 12, 2007 at 3:54 pm Link to this comment

We as Americans wouldn’t want our military men and women treated in such fashion.

This administration has squandered any moral high ground this once great nation once had.

America should dismantle and evacuate this base and turn it back over to the Cuban people which it rightfully belongs.

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By QuyTran, September 12, 2007 at 1:46 pm Link to this comment

The whole civilized world will take a look at this picture and Bush/Cheney @ Cos. are proud of it !

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