Wednesday, November 9, 2011

SCOTT HORTON—“Dryboarding” and Three Unexplained Deaths at Guantánamo

Go read the whole thing to see why I'm a bit upset that we haven't prosecuted the Bush administration for war crimes.--SS

SCOTT HORTON—“Dryboarding” and Three Unexplained Deaths at Guantánamo: Did the three Guantánamo prisoners who died the evening of June 9, 2006, succumb to the misapplication of a controlled-suffocation technique called “dryboarding?” That prospect was raised last week in a report by Almerindo Ojeda, a linguistics professor who heads the University of California at Davis’s Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas, and who is the principal investigator for the center’s Guantánamo Testimonials Project. Earlier this year, after reading the “Guantánamo ‘Suicides,’” reports from Seton Hall Law School and the responses from the U.S. government and its defenders, Ojeda decided to undertake his own review of the case. After combing through published accounts and prisoner interviews, and meticulously reconstructing heavily censored government investigative materials, he emerged skeptical of the conclusion advanced by the Pentagon that the prisoners committed a perfectly synchronized triple suicide. . . .

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