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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

More Torture Tapes

I think these things are starting to reproduce like spores:

Would it surprise you to know that the government just admitted to another torture tape, this one of Mohammed al-Qahtani's treatment? The Obama Administration has continued the Bush Administration's attempts to stonewall on release of this material.

The government never disclosed the existence of these tapes as exculpatory information in Mr. al Qahtani’s habeas case. CCR had filed a motion in February 2009 to compel the government to turn over exculpatory evidence in their client’s case and to hold the government in contempt for it’s “flagrant violation” of a judge’s November 2008 order to do so [...] The videotapes the government is required to produce will reveal the time period at the end of three months of intensive solitary confinement and isolation that immediately preceded the implementation of the “First Special Interrogation Plan,” a regime of systematic torture techniques approved by former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld for use against Mr. al Qahtani. In a letter to his superiors reporting possible abuse of men in U.S. custody, T.J. Harrington, Deputy Assistant Director, Counterterrorism Division, FBI described Mr. al Qahtani during this time as “evidencing behavior consistent with extreme psychological trauma (talking to non-existent people, reportedly hearing voices, crouching in a corner of the cell covered with a sheet for hours on end).”

The lawyers will receive these tapes, based on the judge's order. Qahtani is the man Susan Crawford, who helped run Gitmo for the Bush Administration, admitted was tortured by the US government.

The Obama Administration will never be able to suppress all this evidence forever. They might as well come clean about the past.

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