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U.S. abuse exposed in illegal Guantánamo base

Prisoners in Guantánamo are treated like slaves. Photo: Reuters

More than 750 secret reports disclosed by Wikileaks have confirmed abuses committed by the United States in the prison on the illegal Guantánamo base and the fact that 60% of prisoners with no links to the jihad have been taken there.

The cases of the majority of the prisoners – 758 out of 779 – are described in detail in memos that the Joint Task Force in Guantánamo bay sent to the U.S. Southern Command in Miami, Florida.

There are still 170 prisoners in this prison, in which a police and penal system has been created without guarantees and where only two issues are important: how much information can be obtained from prisoners, even if they are innocent, and if they could be dangerous in the future.

Elderly people with senile dementia, adolescents, patients with severe psychiatric disorders and teachers or farmers with no links whatsoever to the jihad were taken to the prison and mixed in with real terrorists, such as those responsible for the 9/11 attack.

According to the reports, Aby Zubaydah – an alleged high-value detainee seized in Pakistan in March 2002, who spent four and a half years in CIA secret prisons – was subjected on 83 occasions to the torture technique known as water boarding, a controlled form of asphyxiation by drowning.

The 759 archives were simultaneously leaked by a number of U.S. and European media, including El País.

The U.S. administration deplored the circulation of this information but acknowledged that the reports were written with information from 2002 and 2009. (With information from El País)

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