Saturday, October 03, 2009

Judge Confirms an Innocent Man Tortured to Make False Confessions

A Truly Shocking Gitmo Story

By ANDY WORTHINGTON

In four years of researching and writing about Guantánamo, I have become used to uncovering shocking information, but for sheer cynicism, I am struggling to think of anything that compares to the revelations contained in the unclassified ruling in the habeas corpus petition of Fouad al-Rabiah, a Kuwaiti prisoner whose release was ordered last week by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly. In the ruling, to put it bluntly, it was revealed that the U.S. government tortured an innocent man to extract false confessions and then threatened him until he obligingly repeated those lies as though they were the truth.

(The use of torture has never produced reliable results – a fact long recognised by interrogators. Why the USA & UK have relied on it lately is probably due to political meddling – tarnishing forever their reputations!)

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