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New Documents Reveal Unlawful Guantánamo Procedures Were Also Applied On American Soil
NEW YORK - October 8 - According to newly released military documents, the Navy applied lawless Guantánamo protocols in detention facilities on American soil. The documents, which include regular emails between brig officers and others in the chain of command, uncover new details of the detention and interrogation of two
The documents were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic at Yale Law School and the American Civil Liberties Union.
"Guantánamo was designed as a law-free zone, a place where the government could do whatever it wanted without having to worry about whether it was legal," said Jonathan Freiman, an attorney with the Lowenstein Clinic at Yale. "It didn't take long for that sort of lawlessness to be brought home to our own country. Who knows how much further
According to the documents, Navy officers doubted the wisdom of applying Guantánamo rules on American soil. In particular, officers expressed grave concern over the effects of the solitary confinement imposed upon the three men detained at the brigs, a practice that was considered to be even more extreme than the isolation imposed at Guantánamo. Navy officers also exhibited frustration with the Defense Department's unwillingness to provide the detainees with access to legal counsel or any information about their fates.
"The application of Guantánamo protocols on
The documents clearly show that the standard operating procedure developed for
Padilla and al-Marri have reported being subjected to many of the brutal interrogation techniques used at
Although the newly released military documents include mandatory "weekly updates" on the three men for certain periods, the weekly updates pertaining to Padilla and al-Marri for most of 2002-2004 - the period during which the two were being detained incommunicado and interrogated - were not released, but were also not reported as withheld or as missing, suggesting the possibility that Guantánamo-like interrogations were taking place.
Last month, the ACLU urged the
The newly released documents are available online at: www.aclu.org/safefree/
The Guantánamo Standard Operating Procedure is available online at: www.aclu.org/safefree/
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