A little noted book in 2011 cited CIA’s Kirk Hubbard in stating that famed psychologist Martin Seligman met to help James Mitchell with interrogation strategies just days before the former SERE psychologist flew to a CIA black site and began the torture of Abu Zubaydah.
|By: Jeff Kaye Sunday December 8, 2013 9:33 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday December 5, 2013 10:48 am|
For over eight months, more than ten prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have been on hunger strike. The hunger strike steadily grew to include over 100 prisoners until July, when the number involved in the strike started to drop. It may have been a result of forced feeding with a tube which the facility was using [...]
|By: Jeff Kaye Friday November 15, 2013 2:20 am|
Breaking a three-year silence by the medical and human rights community, a panel of doctors, attorneys, human rights professionals, university professors and ethics experts have called for an investigation into the use of mefloquine on detainees at Guantanamo Naval Prison. The prison camp had instituted in very early 2002 an unprecedented policy of administering full-treatment doses of mefloquine to all incoming detainees at Guantanamo. Complicating the report’s finding was the fact the man who signed off on the mefloquine policy, Captain Albert Shimkus, was also on the task force that investigated the medical ethical issues regarding interrogation that occupied the report.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday October 25, 2013 5:14 pm|
Military defense attorneys for suspects the United States government has put on trial for their alleged involvement in the September 11th attacks have written a letter to President Barack Obama requesting that his administration take the step of declassifying details of the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation program. They have urged the administration to do [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday October 11, 2013 6:01 pm|
An animation produced by The Guardian depicts what it has been like for Guantanamo prisoners. The “personal statements of five detainees,” four cleared for release and one who actually has been released, provide a basis for the images that are shown. The statements in the animation come from Shaker Aamer, Younous Chekkouri, Samir Moqbel, Ahmed [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday October 7, 2013 5:58 pm|
A judge has ordered the release of a Guantanamo prisoner who suffers from such a severe mental and physical illness that he is virtually guaranteed to never “return to the battlefield.” Judge Royce Lamberth ordered the United States government to “take all the necessary and appropriate diplomatic steps” to release Ibrahim Osman Ibrahim Idris after [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday August 29, 2013 11:14 am|
(update below) The Defense Department transferred two prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay prison into the custody of the Algerian government. It was the first repatriation of prisoners since President Barack Obama delivered a speech in May on the need to still close the prison. It also was the first transfer of a prisoner from the [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday August 20, 2013 10:44 am|
The military judge at Fort Meade in Maryland is expected to announce how long Pfc. Bradley Manning will be sentenced to prison some time tomorrow morning, August 21. Ahead of the announcement, I contacted Matthew Diaz, a former Navy Judge Advocate General (JAG) at the Guantanamo Bay prison. He released 558 names of detainees being [...]
|By: Jeff Kaye Thursday August 8, 2013 12:48 am|
When the government released a redacted copy of a declaration by the chief of Guantanamo detention security, they evidently forgot they had already released an earlier version. The result was a jumble of conflicting redactions, one of which highlighted claims about staffing problems at the DoD prison camp. Behind the claims, though, appeared to be both an attempt to cover up the death of a detainee last year, and a maneuver to keep attorney-client meetings in the same camp where a sophisticated surveillance program was discovered earlier this year: another example about how nothing we hear from the government about Guantanamo is straight-forward.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday August 7, 2013 3:00 pm|
Shaker Aamer is a British prisoner, who remains in detention at Guantanamo Bay, despite the fact that he has been cleared for release twice. He has been held for eleven years without charge or trial and, during his confinement, he has suffered torture. Aamer has led and participated in hunger strikes and been willing to [...]