[Marxism] US: 2 Guantanamo Guards Disciplined On Abuse Allegations

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Wed May 5 23:02:20 MDT 2004

(And we STILL don't know what was going on
with Captain James Y. Yee, the Muslim chaplain,
and we haven't seen any photographs beyond the
dreadful ones with those orange jumpsuits. 
All the more reason, in light of the abuses 
now proven to have occurred in Iraq, to have
an independent outside investigation of the
situation in Guantanamo, perhaps by a body
such as the UN Human Rights Commission, or
Amnesty or Human Rights Watch if any of them
would ask permission to go take a look-see.)

US: 2 Guantanamo Guards Disciplined On Abuse Allegations

May 5, 2004 7:28 p.m.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP)--Promising a broader
investigation, the U.S. military acknowledged Wednesday
that two guards at the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay,
Cuba , had been disciplined in connection with allegations
of prisoner abuse.

Air Force Capt. Laurie Arellano, a spokeswoman at Southern
Command in Miami, also said a third U.S. guard faced abuse
allegations but was cleared of wrongdoing.

The two guards were given administrative punishments, which
often range from letters of reprimand to base restrictions,
Arellano told The Associated Press.

She said it wasn't clear what type of abuse allegedly
occurred or whether any of the three guards were still at
Guantanamo, where some 600 detainees are being held on
alleged links to Afghanistan's Taliban regime or the
al-Qaida terror network.

Military officials were still investigating the three
cases, which hadn't been submitted to a court, and whether
any other complaints of prisoner abuse had been made.

The revelations came as Guantanamo's former commander, Army
Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller, apologized Wednesday for the
"illegal or unauthorized acts" committed by U.S. soldiers
at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison. Photographs showed Iraqi
prisoners being abused by smiling American guards at the
notorious Saddam Hussein-era prison.

Miller has taken charge of U.S. prisons in Iraq. He was the
commander of Guantanamo from October 2002 to March 2004 and
has said he was able to increase the amount of valuable
intelligence tips gleaned from detainees during

The hard-nosed general attributed the success to a system
of rewards given to detainees and said officials were
working to make the detainees' incarceration more

When the first batch of detainees arrived at the prison
camp in eastern Cuba in 2001, the world reacted angrily to
pictures of the detainees hooded, shackled and kneeling
outside of the chain-link cells of Camp X-ray, a temporary
open-air prison that has since been replaced by the
sprawling Camp Delta, which has more than 1,000 cells.

Criticism from human rights groups lessened when the
detainees were moved into their permanent cells but spiked
again after a rash of suicide attempts. There have been at
least 34 suicide attempts since the mission began in
January 2001.

In its strongest public rebuke, the International Committee
of the Red Cross said in October it found "a worrying
deterioration" in mental health among many prisoners.

Some Afghan detainees recently released from Guantanamo
complained that they had been subjected to sleep
deprivation and not provided with Qurans in their cells but
none of the allegations was as severe as those being raised
in Iraq.

The criticism came as Miller, who had planned to stay in
Guantanamo for two years, came under more scrutiny in
connection with a string of arrests of U.S. military
officials and contractors.

U.S. Air Force translator Senior Airman Ahmad Al Halabi was
the first to be arrested last year and charged with 17
counts, including espionage. His court martial is set for
April 27.

A naturalized American born in Syria, Al Halabi, 25, was
accused of attempting to deliver more than 180 e-mail
messages from detainees to Syria and of failing to report
contacts with the Syrian Embassy to his superiors.

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