Gita Gutierez, a CCR lawyer for the Saudi Guantanamo inmate named in the suit, Mohammed al Qahtani, said her client had been subjected to illegal mental and physical abuse and torture.
Qahtani, a Muslim, has never been charged with a crime. He was kept in isolation for 160 days, deprived of sleep for 48 days, forbidden to pray unless he cooperated with interrogators and was sexually assaulted by a female soldier, Gutierez said.
She said Rumsfeld had taken a personal interest in her client and approved interrogation techniques used against him.
Former U.S. Army Brigadier General Janis Karpinski, who ran the Abu Ghraib prison at the time photographs depicting the abuse of prisoners were widely published and was blamed for it, said she was ready to testify against her former boss Rumsfeld.
Karpinski said the abuse was directed by military intelligence, over which she had no say.
Qahtani has never been charged with a crime. Jose Padilla, another prisoner of this alleged war, was captured on the “battlefield” we call O’Hare airport. He has yet to be charged with a crime either, like many others in this “war,” but remains incarcerated. The “War on Terror” under Donald Rumsfeld and George Bush seem to believe that torture will induce confession, guilty or not. Rumsfeld remains free and will likely die that way. Bush, meanwhile, is about to make his first-ever visit to Vietnam. Ironic, yes, but educational, no, probably not.
Another “Padilla-like” case, documented here by Glenn Greewald. Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, was captured on the battlefield known as “Peoria.” This really is embarrassing, and sickening. As Greenwald says:
There is no greater betrayal of the core principles of American political life than to have the federal government sweep people off the streets, throw them into a black hole with no contact with the outside world and no charges asserted of any kind, and simply keep them there for as long as the President desires — in al-Marri’s case, with respect to detention, now five years and counting.