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.
|By: Jeff Kaye Saturday December 15, 2012 7:42 pm|
|By: Jeff Kaye Sunday July 24, 2011 6:22 pm|
In an an arrogant riposte to an earlier posting of mine, Lawfare blogger and member of the Hoover Institute Task Force on National Security and the Law, Benjamin Wittes, proclaimed he is “Happy to be a government proxy.” But what do you expect from an commentator who thinks stress positions, sensory deprivation, forced nudity and isolation are only “modestly coercive”?
|By: Jeff Kaye 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.