Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Red Cross Fakes Guantanamo Torture

A "confidential" Red Cross report has been "accidentally" leaked to the New York Times, which led with a front-page story on allegations of torture at Guantanamo—allegations so trumped-up, overblown, and terrorist-coddling that they explain why the International Committee of the Red Cross, like the UN, no longer has any credibility with the American people.

"Red Cross Finds Detainee Abuse in Guantanamo," Neil A. Lewis, New York Times, November 30

"The people who worked at Camp Delta, the main prison facility, said that one regular procedure was making uncooperative prisoners strip to their underwear, having them sit in a chair while shackled hand and foot to a bolt in the floor, and forcing them to endure strobe lights and loud rock and rap music played through two close loudspeakers, while the air-conditioning was turned up to maximum levels. Some accounts of techniques at Guantánamo have been easy to dismiss because they seemed so implausible. The most striking of the accusations, which have come mainly from a group of detainees released to their native Britain, has been that the military used prostitutes who made coarse comments and come-ons to taunt some prisoners who are Muslims. But the Red Cross report hints strongly at an explanation of some of those accusations by stating that there were frequent complaints by prisoners in 2003 that some of the female interrogators baited their subjects with sexual overtures."