Inside Gitmo: America’s Shame

Rolling Stone:

“Until recently, we were told if any of the details of the torture were made public, it would cause grave damage to national security,” says David Nevin, Mohammed’s lead counsel. “Before that, we were told that if any of the words of our client were let out, it would cause great damage to national security. At one point, I asked them, ‘So if he says he likes peanut butter, that’s classified?’ With a straight face, they said yes.”

Mohammed’s and his fellow accused’s thoughts are no longer classified, but the details of what happened to them are, even after the release of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s torture report, in December 2014. “Now it’s down to who did the torturing and where the torturing was done,” says Nevin. “You have this cascade of layer upon layer of secrecy. It’s an absurd situation. Think about someone having something inflicted on them, and therefore they possess classified information – their memories are classified, they are owned by the United States government.”

 

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