Torture and Abuse at Guantanamo

From Holden:

As detainees are transferred to their native countries we are learning more about what is being done in our name at GITMO:

Leading human rights lawyer Clive Stafford-Smith will reveal how Shafiq Rasul, Asif Iqbal and Rhuhel Ahmed all suffered abuse organised by US military chiefs who went on to control Iraq’s notorious Abu Ghraib prison.

The report, which is being produced by human rights lawyers to bring fresh pressure on the Government and the US to close Guantanamo, will call for America to release – and Britain to view – so-called “video nasty” films of prisoners being maltreated.

One former detainee testifies:

The military police deliberately chose the time when they knew we would be praying to come up and down banging on the cage doors, saying, “Allah Akbar”, and then insist on doing cell searches when we were praying. The guards deliberately felt up my private parts under the guise of searching me.

If I refused a cell search, military police would call the Extreme Reaction Force, who came in riot gear with plastic shields and pepper spray. The ERF entered the cell, ran in and pinned me down after spraying me and attacked me. The pepper spray caused me to vomit on several occasions. They poked their fingers in my eyes, banged my head on the floor and kicked and punched me and tied me up like a beast. They often forced my head into the toilet.

When the ERF were called, they were always accompanied by someone with a video camera.


They came to do a search of the whole camp in Ramadan 2002. They deliberately put my finger toothbrush on the Koran. I tried to tell them to take it off because it was disrespectful. They poked their fingers in the spot below my right eye and put their hands on my face. They put me on the floor and jumped on me. I was knocked out and lost consciousness as a result of being beaten.

When I woke up, there were voices and it was dark. I was on the floor in the same cage with my head against the toilet. Eventually they stood me up against the door, took the cuffs off me and took away all my things once again.