Prisoners, cleared for release, still in Guantanamo

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By Andy Worthington, Andy Worthington’s Blog:

Guantanamo Scandal: The 40 Prisoners Still Held, but Cleared for Release at Least Five Years Ago

Friday, 08 June 2012 09:31

One of the greatest injustices at Guantánamo is that, of the 169 prisoners still held, over half — 87 in total — were cleared for release by President Obama’s interagency Guantánamo Review Task Force. The Task Force involved around 60 career officials from various government departments and the intelligence agencies, who spent the first year of the Obama Presidency reviewing the cases of all the remaining prisoners in Guantánamo, to decide whether they should be tried, released, or, in some cases, held indefinitely without charge or trial. The Task Force’s final report is here (PDF).

Exactly who these 87 men are is a closely held secret on the part of the administration, which is unfortunate for those of us working towards the closure of Guantánamo, as it prevents us from campaigning as effectively as we would like for the majority of these men, given that we are not entirely sure of their status. Attorneys for the prisoners have been told about their clients’ status, but that information — as with so much involving Guantánamo — is classified.

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: “With the continued erosion of civil liberties that began in the Bush years and has expanded in the Obama administration, it was hopeful that a federal judge struck down one of the most chilling laws in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA): the right of the government to suspend habeas corpus and indefinitely detain US citizens under military authority”: here.

The US Supreme Court declined to review appellate decisions that shut the door to judicial review of the indefinite detention of Guantanamo prisoners. It also let stand an appellate ruling tossing out a civil law suit by Jose Padilla: here.

The government’s failure to secure the release of the last British resident in Guantanamo is in breach of both the Magna Carta and the Act of Habeas Corpus, campaigners have declared: here.

The tragic case of Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif hit a dead end when the US Supreme Court issued an order refusing to hear his case last week. Latif, a Yemeni man, has been imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay since January 2002, after being detained while traveling to seek medical treatment: here.

10 thoughts on “Prisoners, cleared for release, still in Guantanamo

  1. June 11, 2012

    Pentagon may have preformed medical experiments on Guantanamo detainees

    Robert Tilford

    Wichita Military Affairs Examiner

    I received a rather strange report about possible medical experiments being preformed on Guantanamo prison detainees under the guise of malaria treatment, back in 2003 and 2004 that I initially discounted as not very credible.

    However further information seems to suggest that something fishy was in fact going on here…

    The Pentagon, of course, denied the allegation at the time and then refused comment – so I did not report it.

    However, a friend who happens to be a physician, sent us an interesting link to a story he said has a “tie in” to that earlier incident when allegations were made about the strange vaccines for malaria the detainees were given.

    According to an OpEd News report by investigative journalist Jeffrey Kaye :

    “In January 2002, the Department of Defense deliberately decided that all incoming detainees at Guantanamo would be given a full treatment dose of the controversial antimalarial drug mefloquine, also known as Lariam. The purpose was supposedly to control for a possible malaria outbreak, in deference to concerns from Cuban officials. But specialists in malaria prevention have said they have never heard of such presumptive treatment for malaria by mefloquine in this type of situation. Furthermore, a summary of antimalarial measures at Guantanamo given to Army and Center for Disease Control (CDC) medical officials at a February 19, 2002, meeting of the Armed Forces Epidemiological Board failed to describe the mefloquine procedure approved a month earlier.” (see article: Guantanamo Connection? Documents Show CIA Stockpiled Antimalaria Drugs as Incapacitating Agents


    Mefloquine, according to medical websites, is used to treat malaria (a serious infection that is spread by mosquitoes in certain parts of the world and can cause death) and to prevent malaria in travelers who visit areas where malaria is common.
    Mefloquine is in a class of medications called antimalarials. It works basically by killing the organisms that cause malaria.
    However the drug does have some very serious side effects.
    For example, people on the drug tend to vomit a lot…mefloquine may make you drowsy and dizzy, and the manufacturer advises people not to operate machinery while doped up on the drug…
    These symptoms may continue for a while after you stop taking mefloquine.
    People on mefloquine experience a host of strange side effects including, but not limited to the following:
    • nausea
    • vomiting
    • diarrhea
    • stomach pain
    • loss of appetite
    • muscle pain
    • dizziness
    • loss of balance
    • ringing in ears
    • headache
    • sleepiness
    • difficulty falling or staying asleep
    • unusual dreams
    Some side effects can be very serious.

    The following symptoms are uncommon, but if you experience any of them, they advise you to call your doctor immediately and/or to seek medical care in the hospital:
    • tingling in your fingers or toes
    • difficulty walking
    • seizures
    • shaking of arms or legs that you cannot control
    • nervousness or extreme worry
    • depression
    • changes in mood
    • panic attack
    • forgetfulness
    • confusion
    • hallucinations (seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist)
    • violent behavior
    • losing touch with reality
    • feeling that others want to harm you
    • thoughts of hurting or killing yourself
    • rash
    Symptoms of overdose include:
    • nausea
    • vomiting
    • diarrhea
    • stomach pain
    • dizziness
    • loss of balance
    • headache
    • sleepiness
    • difficulty falling or staying asleep
    • unusual dreams
    • tingling in your fingers or toes
    • difficulty walking
    • seizures
    • changes in mental health
    Was mefloquine used at Guantanamo to induce a state of “learned helplessness” in detainees? Were experiments conducted on “adverse side effects” of mefloquine on the prisoners held there as part of subtle mind control efforts? We may never know for sure.

    No one I talked to can actually say one way or another. The story seems weird enough that we should probably continue to look into it further.

    Robert Tilford


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