I’ve been asked why I publish articles as dark as this. The answer is because we need to save these people. Given that rogue elements of our own governments committed the atrocities that most of these people are being blamed for, most of them are innocent of crimes. In my view, we cannot stand idly by and watch while they are being tortured and killed.
While our crimes against humanity and war crimes are being perpetrated, there can be no rest or peace for our consciences. Somewhere inside ourselves, we know crimes like this are going on.
‘Gitmo prisoners tortured to death’
Tue Jun 14, 2011
Relatives of Saudi national Yasser al-Zahrani and Yemeni Salah al-Salami have demanded a federal appeals court reconsider their cases claiming they have new information backing up their case including direct eyewitness accounts from four US military guards.
“They have direct eyewitness accounts of a cover-up of the actual circumstances of the deaths” their attorney, Padriss Kebriaei said, according to AFP.
At the time of their death, Al-Zahrani, 21, and Al-Salami, 33, had been held in custody without charge, detained incommunicado for about four years at Guantanamo Bay.
The Pentagon says the two men, along with another individual that his family has not filed a complaint, committed suicide by hanging themselves in their own cells.
However, Joe Hickman, a US soldier that was on guard at the night of their death claims that he had seen the three prisoners being transferred to another facility known as “Camp No.”
“Guards nicknamed the facility ‘Camp No’ because anyone who asked if it existed would be told, ‘No, it doesn’t,'” the families’ petition said.
The accounts indicate that the men were killed either by accident or during torture sessions at a remote facility outside the main compound.
A medical examination has confirmed signs of torture on the body of one of the inmates.
The US invaded Afghanistan in 2001 with the claimed goal of flushing out the al-Qaeda group. Many people were arrested and tried in Guantanamo prison without clear charges since it opened in 2002.