Wednesday, January 03, 2007


More atrocities at Gitmo

FBI Reports Duct-Taping, 'Baptizing' at Guantanamo

The reports released yesterday were the result of an internal survey conducted in 2004 by the FBI, which asked nearly 500 employees who had served at Guantanamo Bay to report possible mistreatment by law enforcement or military personnel. More than two dozen incidents were reported, including some that the government had revealed in earlier document releases.”

500 employees interviewed for “possible mis-treatment” and this is the best the ACLU can get: 26 incidents, not all of them newly reported and as the Post article indicates, it’s not even clear all the incidents are separate ones. And, while not excusing any real mis-treatment, mocking religious artifacts doesn’t exactly rise to the level of excessive tickling.

But still: “Jameel Jaffer, deputy director of the ACLU's National Security Program, said the new documents highlight the need for more focused and aggressive investigation of allegations of detainee abuse at Guantanamo Bay.”

Can anyone reasonably imagine a scenario where the release of reports would NOT have highlighted to the ACLU “the need for more focused and aggressive investigation of allegations of detainee abuse at Guantanamo Bay”?

Trust me; were our own Special Forces to change their Survival Training to emulate the very worst conditions experienced by detainees at Gitmo, their three-week training program would instantly become the easiest three weeks of a Special Forces soldier’s career.

Consider the other side of the coin.
Officials said al Qaeda inmates have attacked American guards on a daily basis. During the 12-month period that ended in August 2006, authorities reported 3,232 incidents of detainee misconduct. They included 432 assaults with bodily fluids, 227 physical assaults and 99 efforts to incite a disturbance or riot.
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