Guantanamo, drugs for prisoners


This video is called Guantanamo: Torture Of 15 Year Old Boy At Hands Of Canadian And American Cowards.

Jeffrey Kaye, Truthout in the USA: “A new medical journal article seriously questions the US government’s rationale for use of the controversial antimalaria drug mefloquine on all detainees sent to the detention center at Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay US Naval Base”: here.

Prisoner dies at Guantanamo Bay: here.

A ninth prisoner has died at US concentration camp Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the US military admitted on Monday, two days after the man was found unconscious in his cell: here.

11 thoughts on “Guantanamo, drugs for prisoners

  1. I have listened to this three times and I see no problem with it. In fact I am quite disappointed with the title of othe post “Guantanamo, drugs for prisoners.” If the US or Canada wanted to get rid of the ongoing problem of Guantanamo prisoners thery would not be giving them anything for malaria. This young boy who was recruited for war and is now facing the consequences has to face up to what he has done. I see no evidence of “torture” but I do see honest interrogation. So this post is full of inuendo and absent facts.

    • There are two issues here: mefloquine and the 15-year-old prisoner.

      Mefloquine, as the journal article (by a US Army doctor, see the link) points out, is not just any antimalaria drug, but a very controversial one.

      From Wikpedia:

      In August 2009, Roche stopped marketing Lariam [Mefloquine] in the United States. …. Rare but serious neuropsychiatric problems have been associated with its use.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mefloquine

      More about adverse effects:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mefloquine#Adverse_effects

      People wirh, eg, a history of psychological problems should not get Mefloquine. Many of the Guantanamo prisoners are from the Afghan war zone. As we know with US soldiers, many people in that zone get PTSD or similar diseases.

      Deliberately not giving prisoners any antimalaria drugs in a malaria zone would be a war crime. Giving them especially this one is very dubious.

      As for 15-year-old Omar Khadr: his torture which he talks about happened off camera, of course. American troops in Germany post 1945 usually did not torture 15-year-old Hitler youths recorded to the armed forces. They did not keep those boys imprisoned for years. They even did not torture Hitler’s Wehrmacht and Waffen SS generals. These people became welcome in the new NATO armies against the Soviet Union a few years later, in spite of Hitler’s crimes in which they had participated.

  2. You are so right. The only people who actually completed their their sentences were the half a dozen who included Speer and Hess, who had evaded the death sentence at Nuremburg. And their prison conditions were spartan but not cruel.. Most of Hitler’s other tools got away with it.
    What puzzles me about the unspeakable barbarities of Guantanamo is that in 1945 no Western power would have dreamed of inflicting them on anyone. What has changed, why have our standards and morals deteriorated to this point?

  3. i’ve just forced myself to watch that awful video. What has happened to that boy? I can’t bear to think of that child away from his parents and anyone who has his welfare at heart. The cruellest thing I ever saw… bullying and mental torture of a terrified child.
    Has he been released yet? Has he gone home?

    • Hi Valerie, he is still in Guantanamo. About Omar Khadr, from Wikipedia:

      He is one of the youngest prisoners held in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, and the first since World War II to be prosecuted in a military commission for war crimes committed while still a minor. His conviction was widely denounced by civil rights groups and various newspaper editorials.[14] He has been frequently referred to as a child soldier[15][16] and was formally identified as such by the head of the United Nations child soldier program in a letter to the Military Commission in October 2010.[17][18] The only Western citizen remaining in Guantanamo, Khadr is unique in that Canada has chosen not to seek extradition or repatriation despite the urgings of Amnesty International, UNICEF, the Canadian Bar Association and other prominent organisations.[19][20][21][22] A 2009 review determined that the Canadian Cabinet had failed Khadr, by refusing to acknowledge his juvenile status or his repeated claims of being abused.[23][24] In April 2009, the Federal Court of Canada ruled that the Charter of Rights and Freedoms made it obligatory for the government to immediately demand Khadr’s return. After a hearing before the Federal Court of Appeal produced the same result, the government announced they would argue their case before the Supreme Court of Canada.[25][26]

      In January 2010, the Supreme Court ruled that Khadr’s constitutional rights had clearly been violated, but it stopped short of ordering the government to seek his return to Canada.[

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omar_Khadr

  4. Thanks for the information. I feel miserable…but not half as miserable as he does.

    You are amazing the way you can give us so much information. You perform a very real public service, and deserve a medal, if one believed in medals…

    • Hi Valerie, thank you for your valuable comment. It lets me know that there is at least a small “butterfly effect”, like I describe in the About of this blog :)

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