Another Torture Lawsuit

From Holden:

The torture is alleged to have taken place at GITMO this time. As these suits pile up one wonders when the SCLM will take notice.

Lawyers for six men arrested in Bosnia and detained at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp sued the federal government Wednesday, leveling new allegations of abuse and torture by U.S. forces.

The lawsuit asks a judge to force the Department of Justice and Department of Defense to release information that would allegedly prove the torture of prisoners by American forces at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba.


The materials requested include the plaintiffs’ medical records and military videos shot at Guantanamo Bay that purportedly show prisoners being abused.

One of the detainees, Mustafa Ait Idir, claims in the lawsuit that he was severely beaten while his hands were tied behind his back and that he later suffered a mild stroke.

“The guards picked him up and slammed his body and his head into the steel bunk in his cell,” the lawsuit says. “They then threw him on the floor and continued to pound his body and bang his head into the floor.”

The guards held his face in the toilet “and repeatedly pressed the flush button,” according to the lawsuit.


In February, a secret U.S. military report obtained by The Associated Press said there were videotapes of riot squads subduing Guantanamo detainees by punching some of them, tying one to a gurney for questioning and forcing a dozen to strip from the waist down.

The plaintiffs’ lawyers believe one of the videotapes shows Idir being abused, Kirsch said.

Human rights groups and defense lawyers have long charged that some information used as the basis for incarceration at Guantanamo Bay resulted from abuse or torture.