SOUTHCOM Commander Spins Latif Death Investigation to Justify Groin Searches

By: Thursday July 18, 2013 2:56 am

SOUTHCOM’s General Kelly files a declaration with the court that draws on an investigation into the death of Adnan Latif to justify a policy of genital searches at Guantanamo. It’s no surprise that he misrepresents the conclusions of that report for his own purposes. Those conclusions paint a damning picture of command failure and non-accountability at the Cuban-based U.S. prison.

New DoD Report Details Nightmare Leading to Gitmo Detainee’s Death

By: Saturday June 29, 2013 8:23 pm

Unsatisfying in its conclusions, a new Department of Defense report on the suicide of Guantanamo detainee Adnan Farhan Abd Latif, describes a healthcare and guard-detention regime at the Cuban-based US military base that is unprofessional, sloppy, confused, and subservient to military command. But even worse is the Joint Task Force – Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) command, who failed to implement what SOUTHCOM investigators described as “many of the required changes identified in previous detainee death investigations.”

Gitmo Detainee’s Body Returned to Yemen, New Details on His Death Revealed

By: Saturday December 15, 2012 7:42 pm

The U.S. Southern Command has announced that after three months, they’ve released the remains of Adhan Farhan Abdul Latif to Yemen. This first official statement verified earlier reports Latif supposedly overdosed on prescription drugs, but the announcement also adds the surprising new information that “acute pneumonia” was a contributing cause of death. DoD is not answering any questions right now, though their press release only adds a new wrinkle to what was already a murky picture about Latif’s death.

DoJ Cites Koppelman, Wittes Hit Pieces on Scott Horton’s “Guantanamo Suicides”

By: Friday July 15, 2011 12:59 pm

Alex Koppelman and Benjamin Wittes, both of whom wrote hit pieces attacking Scott Horton’s award-winning article in Harper’s, “The Guantanamo Suicides,” won a bit of infamy by having their attacks cited in a government brief seeking a denial of a lawsuit filed by the parents of two of the dead prisoners. What’s even more galling is that their articles were poorly researched and basically government apologia. The U.S. government appears to have taken notice, and used their articles for their own purposes, making Koppelman and Wittes, wittingly or not, government proxies in the matter of the Guantanamo suicides controversy.

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