More Prisoner Abuse… This Time at Gitmo

Senator Patrick Leahy (D) is demanding an investigation into fresh reports of abuse and/or torture at the Camp Delta prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The allegation was made by The Observer:

Dozens of videotapes of American guards allegedly engaged in brutal attacks on Guantanamo Bay detainees have been stored and catalogued at the camp, an investigation by The Observer has revealed.

The only evidence so far has been from a handful of detainees who have since been released. Tarek Dergoul, the fifth British prisoner freed last March, shared his experience:

“They pepper-sprayed me in the face, and I started vomiting. They pinned me down and attacked me, poking their fingers in my eyes, and forced my head into the toilet pan and flushed.

They tied me up like a beast and then they were kneeling on me, kicking and punching. Finally they dragged me out of the cell in chains, into the rec[reation] yard, and shaved my beard, my hair, my eyebrows.”

It’s no wonder that all of these abuses are taking place in American prisons in foreign countries, since legislators have very little control of foreign policy outside of some military oversight committees. The foremost authority is still military and executive, who only seem to be addressing these problems when photographic ducumentation is made public.

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