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US silent on Guantanamo abuse claim : Aren’t we all opaquely silent about the lack of transparency in global affairs?‎
April 16, 2009, 8:36 am
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Aren’t we all hurting, prisoner or free?

Don’t we all distrust anything anyone says in public, especially our elected politicians?

Aren’t we all blinded already by global violence, hate and revenge?

Aren’t we all opaquely silent?

“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people. “

Martin Luther King Jr

US silent on Guantanamo abuse claim

Al Jazeera 16/4/2009

The US state department has refused to comment on a claim that guards at Guantanamo Bay prison camp abused a Chadian prisoner held there.

Al Jazeera reported on Tuesday that Mohammad al-Qurani had been beaten and tear-gassed by guards after Barack Obama, the US president, pledged to end abuse at the camp in January.

Cory Crider, a member of al-Qurani’s legal team, told Al Jazeera on Wednesday it was hard to ascertain how al-Qurani had been treated in recent months as the situation varied from camp to camp within the facility and also there had been  “ramping up” of secrecy in the new administration.

On his second day in office, Obama ordered the closure of the prison, which has been heavily criticised by rights groups over reports of ill-treatment of detainees.

He also ordered that prisoners held there be treated in line with the Geneva Conventions, which prohibit the abuse of detainees.

Ramzi Kassem, a lawyer for some detainees at Guantanamo Bay, said his clients had been subjected to similar abuses at Guantanamo Bay over the past two years and that the situation had remained the same despite the Obama administration coming to power.

“However, he ( Obama ) tasked the department of defence with conducting that review, so the same people… who had been running the operation for years were charged with being critical of their own operation. So, when the report came out, it said that everything was all right. It really wasn’t critical and independent in the ways we would have wanted.”

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