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UNKNOWN DETAINEES

Stan posted this a couple of days ago. Three suicides covered up in 2006.

Now a 58-page study prepared by law faculty and students at Seton Hall University in New Jersey starkly challenges the Pentagon’s claims. It notes serious and unresolved contradictions within a Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) report – which was publicly released only in fragmentary form, two years after the fact – and declares the military’s internal investigation an obvious cover-up. The only question is: of what?

I have highlighted the death of prisoners in US military custody  before, in Iraq and in Pakistan.

These deaths seem to be suicide. Should we be surprised? Doesn’t the military deal in death. Prisons are miserable. Locking enemies and captors up behind closed doors is eventually going to lead to homocide or suicide. The stresses and stressors are too large.

Inevitably the question is why would the authorities usher a cover up? My guess because they didn’t want a closer look at the entire operation at Guantanamo.

Just another tragedy in the long list to come from that corner of Cuba.

Elsewheres, the Detainee 063 has launched a blog and twitter feed of the Guantanamo interrogation log of Mohammed al-Qahtani. It is being published in real time. Each entry appears exactly seven years after it was first recorded.

This is the best deadpan and frigid use of twitter since Jenny Holzer, who incidentally has done her own amazing work on the ‘war about terrorism’.