The Gitmo Dilemma
Classified documents released by the government watchdog group Wikileaks reveals the disturbing operations of Guantanamo Bay.
The 700 plus documents, dubbed The Guantanamo Bay Files, disclose questionable procedures of Gitmo officials. They include torture, unwarranted detentions, and exaggerating the danger posed by detainees.
Despite the recentness of the leaks publication, news organizations throughout the world were quick to meticulously analyze the files content. While some periodicals chose to omit specific details from their reports, the atrocities committed were difficult to ignore.
Unwarranted Arrests and Detention
Ever since the creation of the Guantanamo detention center in 2002, one of the key concerns of it's critics was the validity of inmate criminality. The details from yesterdays leak gives credence to the Gitmo detractor's anxieties.
In one document, detailing an incident from 2003, an Afghan shepherd was arrested near a roadside bombing. Despite interrogators dismissing the likelihood of his enemy combatant status, he was still imprisoned for three years, following his military tribunal.
According to the documents, the injustice suffered by the Afghan shepherd is indicative of the circumstances many detainees faced during their internment. Sami al-Hajj, a journalist for Al-Jazeera, was imprisoned for six years while being questioned about details of the news agency he worked for.
"While Mr. Hajj insisted he was a journalist, his file says he helped Islamic extremist groups courier money and obtain Stinger missiles and cites the United Arab Emirates' claim that he was a Qaeda member," reports the New York Times.
Even more disturbing than the dubious criteria for enemy combatants were the methods of interrogation utilized. The report detailed sleep deprivation, shackling, and sexual humiliation as methods to extract intelligence. One such example was of Mohammed Qaktani who, among other things, was forced to urinate on himself.Continued on the next page