Wednesday, January 10, 2007

An example of what's being done in our names

One client, Jum'ah Mohammed Abdul Latif al-Dossari, was seized in Pakistan in December 2001 and has been in American custody ever since.

When he was first brought into American custody on a U.S. base in Afghanistan, Colangelo-Bryan wrote, "Mr. al-Dossari and other detainees were put in a row on the ground in a tent. U.S. Marines urinated on the detainees and put cigarettes out on them.... A U.S. soldier pushed Mr. al-Dossari's head into the ground violently and other soldiers walked on him."

On his way to the interrogation room, the lawyer said, al-Dossari "was made to walk barefoot over barbed wire and his head was pushed to the ground on broken glass."

Inside the interrogation room al-Dossari was allegedly electrically shocked, spat upon, and doused over the head with a very hot liquid.

Five years later, al-Dossari remains incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay. He has never been charged with any crime.


In the meantime, al-Dossari has reportedly become suicidal and the military has placed him in solitary confinement. The only other prisoner he is allowed to see, Colangelo-Bryan said, is an exercise partner who has shown signs of severe mental illness.

Al-Dossari is one of hundreds of prisoners currently held in isolation at Guantanamo Bay.

"We're talking about a group of people who have not been charged with crimes, who will likely never be charged with crimes and for whom no individualized determination has been made that they need to be kept in isolation," Colangelo-Bryan noted. "To hold hundreds of people indiscriminately in isolation perhaps for the rest of their lives without charging them with any crime is not justice."
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