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NEWS ORGANIZATIONS DEMAND VIDEO OF GUANTANAMO PRISONERS BE MADE PUBLIC

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

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Prisoner being moved from his cell for forced feeding.

“A group of news organizations on Friday filed a motion … in a federal court seeking the right of the public to see videotape evidence of force-feedings of a Guantanamo detainee in order to be able to ‘exercise democratic oversight of its Government.’

That  is the first sentence of an article posted on Common Dreams with the following headline

News Outlets: Public Must See ‘What Is Done in Their Name at Gitmo’     Sixteen news organizations file motion to release video evidence of forcible cell extractions, force-feedings of Guantanamo prisoner.  

The prisoner, Abu Wa’el Dhiab,  like many others, was cleared for release by US courts years ago but remains in the torture camp at Guantanamo with no recourse for protest but a hunger strike.  The article goes on to say:

“The government was ordered last month to release to Dhiab’s  lawyers video of his force-feedings, but the evidence is classified as ‘Secret’ by the government and as such the public has been prevented from viewing it.  Yet ‘the public has a qualified right under both the First Amendment and the common law to inspect and copy this evidence,’ the news outlet[s] state.

‘”Specifically, the Press Applicants seek to unseal videotape evidence submitted in connection with petitioner’s efforts to stop the Government from forcibly feeding him, utilizing procedures that he contends constitute “torture” and violate his rights, and that this Court has described as ‘painful, humiliating and degrading …”‘

Read the full article here.

Most of the people in the US never think about these prisoners and others in US black sites around the world.  It is, however, our tax money that pays for this torture.  It is our tax money that paid to round up these men, most of whom have never done any harm to the US or to anyone, and to convey them to Guantanamo and the other torture centers.

Are you content to be supporting torture?  What are you doing in this matter?  Please share any steps you are taking to end US torture.

Adnan Latif, pictured above, seriously ill was approved for transfer three times by two different administrations in 2004, 2007, and 2009, but died in the torture camp.  In reviewing his petition for habeas corpus, the district court had agreed that he should be released, finding that the single secret document that was the basis for his detention was too flawed to be credited. – Read more here.

How many more of the prisoners will die before they are set free?  Will US citizens work together to stop US torture?  What will that work look like?  How will it be done?