Documents about the treatment of Binyam Mohamed, 30, a British resident being held at Gitmo shows that waterboarding was one of the more easier forms of torture inflicted.
Mohamed’s lawyer fears that her client will die at the detention camp. Lieutenant-Colonel Yvonne Bradley, an American military lawyer, is planning on demanding the release of her client at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. Bradley will also be requesting the disclosure of 42 secret documents that show not only that her client was tortured but that the British government knew it was happening.
The Telegraph reports:
Another source familiar with the case said: “British intelligence officers knew about the torture and didn’t do anything about it. They supplied information to the Americans and the Moroccans. They supplied questions, they supplied photographs. There is evidence of all of that.”
All terror charges were dropped against Mohamed last year.
Britain is countering that the United States threatened to withhold intelligence from the government if information was released on Mohamed’s torture.
The LA Times reports:
“Matters regarded as secret by one government should be treated as secret by others. For it to be called into question would pose a serious and real risk to continuing close intelligence-sharing with any government,” Reuters news service quoted the British Foreign Office as saying.
According to Bradley her client is dying at the camp and that conditions have worsened since Obama became president.
Of the 260 detainees at Gitmo 50 are on a hunger strike. Witnesses have stated that those prisoners are being force fed or face beatings when they refuse. There are at least 20 inmates that are listed on the critical list.
The Guardian quotes Bradley:
“It is so bad that there are not enough chairs to strap them down and force-feed them for a two- or three-hour period to digest food through a feeding tube. Because there are not enough chairs the guards are having to force-feed them in shifts. After Binyam saw a nearby inmate being beaten it scared him and he decided he was not going to resist. He thought, ‘I don’t want to be beat, injured or killed.’ Given his health situation, one good blow could be fatal,” said Bradley.