A victim of post 9/11 hysteria and greed, Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif was entirely innocent of any connection with any terrorist group othe than
happening to be an Arab moslem.
No evidence was ever found connecting him to terrorism or violent militancy of any kind, and later medical examinations taken of him upon intake
into military custody would corroborate his story regarding the nature of the head injuries he had come to Pakistan to treat. Indeed, when he was
apprehended he was found not to be in possession of weapons or extremist literature of any kind - what he had with him were copies of his medical
While during all his years in custody Latif has never been charged with nor convicted of any crime related to terrorism or any other offence, his
death now is made even more tragic due to the fact that he had been recommended for release from Guantanamo by the Department of Defence since as
early as 2004, and again in 2007, which said at the time that it had determined that he "is not known to have participated in any combatant/terrorist
training". In 2009 a special task force commissioned by the Obama administration also ruled that Latif should be released, a decision which its
internal mandates specified could only be reached by the unanimous consensus of all US intelligence agencies. However despite being cleared for
release he remained in military custody as a decision had been made not to repatriate any prisoners to Yemen due to ongoing political instability in
the country, effectively leaving him and others like him in a state of indefinite detention.