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Military knew Gitmo prisoners were being abused mentally.

October 10th, 2008 | by Dusty |

From Jurist:

US military officers feared for the mental health of alleged terrorism detainees held in isolation in the US, according to documents received through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and released Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) . The materials released Wednesday are a collection of heavily redacted e-mail communications between unidentified US military officials involved in the detention of alleged terrorism suspects Yaser Hamdi, Jose Padilla, and Ali al-Marri at US Navy brigs in Virginia and South Carolina. In one e-mail found in the released documents (PDF), an unidentified US official expressed concern over Hamdi’s mental health due to his imprisonment, saying:

I saw the detainee this morning during routine daily rounds and found him to be in low spirits and somewhat depressed. … He indicated he feels very stressed due to his incarceration and being here now for almost (14) [sic] months, with no news pertaining to his future. … He went on to indicate that he feels as if he has been forgotten and that no one is working on getting him freed. … He indicated that he would continue to endure, but he did not leave me with a good impression that he is capable of going on much longer. … I know I can not give him any false hope, but I fear the rubber band is nearing its breaking point here and not totally confident [sic] I can keep his head in the game much longer. I will continue to monitor his behavior and get the [redacted] onboard [sic], but fear that once this individual decides to go south, there will be little if anything, [sic] I can do to bring him back around. I have directed my staff to pay close attention to his behavior, to pick up their discussions with him and that I will conduct evening rounds in an effort to assure him we are concerned about his state of mind and health and welfare .

Rotten bastards. AP has more.

Crossposted at Sirens Chronicles.

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