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Torture victim's records lost at Guantánamo, admits camp general

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posted on Apr, 21 2008 @ 07:44 AM
· No evidence of al-Qaida suspect's interrogation
· CCTV automatically recorded over tapes

The former head of interrogations at Guantánamo Bay found that records of an al-Qaida suspect tortured at the prison camp were mysteriously lost by the US military, according to a new book by one of Britain's top human rights lawyers.

Retired general Michael Dunlavey, who supervised Guantánamo for eight months in 2002, tried to locate records on Mohammed al-Qahtani, accused by the US of plotting the 9/11 attacks, but found they had disappeared.

The records on al-Qahtani, who was interrogated for 48 days - "were backed up ... after I left, there was a snafu and all was lost", Dunlavey told Philippe Sands QC, who reports the conversation in his book Torture Team, previewed last week by the Guardian. Snafu stands for Situation Normal: All #ed Up.

Saudi-born al-Qahtani was sexually taunted, forced to perform dog tricks and given enemas at Guantánamo.

The CIA admitted last year that it destroyed videotapes of al-Qaida suspects being interrogated at a secret "black site" in Thailand. No proof has so far emerged that tapes of interrogations at Guantánamo were destroyed, but Sands' report suggests the US may have also buried politically sensitive proof relating to abuse by interrogators at the prison camp.

Other new evidence has also emerged in the last month that raises questions about destroyed tapes at Guantánamo.

Cameras that run 24 hours a day at the prison were set to automatically record over their contents, the US military admitted in court papers. It is unclear how much, if any, prisoner mistreatment was on the taped-over video, but the military admitted that the automatic erasure "likely destroyed" potential evidence in at least one prisoner's case.

The erased tapes may have violated a 2005 court order to preserve "all evidence [of] the torture, mistreatment and abuse of detainees" at Guantánamo. The order was retroactive, so it also applies to the 2003 loss of al-Qahtani's records.

There must have been some damaging evidence for them to destroy these tapes and records. Obviously they knew this would raised red flag if these records came up missing. But...they went ahead anyway to destroy them. Theres more to this story. I would think its safe to say the CIA was doing more than just water boarding. And maybe just maybe all those "terrorist" were'nt terrorist.

[edit on 21-4-2008 by Master_Wii]

posted on Apr, 21 2008 @ 07:47 AM
It still amazes me that the they destroyed those tapes, the white house destroyed their email... etc and nothing ever happend. It is like a get out of jail free card.

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