WikiLeaks exposes Guantanamo torture, farcical evidence | Green Left Weekly
The release of secret US Department of Defense files on prisoners held by the US as part of the “war on terror” confirms, in the US government’s own words, the shoddy and unreliable nature of the “evidence” used to condemn prisoners at its Guantanamo Bay torture camp.
The files released by WikiLeaks also show the mentality of the US government in its attempts to prosecute and gather information about “terrorists” to justify its wars of aggression. Apart from those known to be innocent by their US captors, many others were condemned on the flimsiest of pretexts.
A number of files contain the line: “background notes are based solely on the detainee’s statements”, neglecting to mention that these “statements” were made in an environment of constant torture and threats.
Other “evidence” came from fellow detainees who “were subjected to torture or other forms of coercion” or who “provided false statements to secure better treatment in Guantanamo”, WikiLeaks.ch said.