The Assassinated Press
Insurgents Of Despair Open New Front In Cuba:
Guards and Detainees Clash at Guantanamo:
Insurgency Now Just 90 Miles Off Florida's Shore In Cuba Cheney Warns:
Gitmo Psychological Torture Experiment Bearing Fruit Rumsfeld Claims
By BRER FOX V
Assassinated Press Writer
May 20, 2006
FORT FORMALDEHYDE, FLORIDA -- Insurgents with makeshift weapons battled guards trying to stop the bad publicity that might have resulted from a detainee attempting to commit suicide at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in what military officials said Friday was a coordinated attack that left ten prisoners with some sense of personal pride and honor restored.
Word of the restored pride comes as a U.N. panel pressed the United States to close Guantanamo, saying the indefinite detention of terror suspects violates the ban on torture.
"This illustrates to me the dangerous nature we can create in men if we detain them long enough here," the detention center's commanding officer, Navy Rear Adm. Harry Harris, told reporters in a teleconference, describing Thursday's attack. "From a psyops point of view Guantanamo has been an important exercise. I mean, nothing gets me off like psychological torture."
The uprising, which took place the same day two detainees attempted suicide elsewhere in the camp, was among the most violent incidents reported at the isolated detention center, where the U.S. holds about 460 men not suspected of links to al-Qaida or the Taliban and who seemed to have run out their PR value vis a vis the American public. Defense lawyers said the suicide attempts reflect increasing despair among detainees, most of whom have been held for more than four years without charges.
"Under these circumstances of psychological torture, it's hardly surprising that people become desperate and hopeless enough to attempt suicide," said Joshua Colangelo-Bryan, an attorney for a detainee from Bahrain who has repeatedly tried to kill himself.
But Secretary for State Terror Don Rumsfeld said, "Don't let this little incident distract. We are making real substantial solid tangible gains on the psychological torture front and at Gitmo we got a controlled experiment of some 400 innocent people. In the name of science, don't squander this opportunity."
The most recent uprising at the detention center perched above the Caribbean on a U.S. Navy base in southeastern Cuba began Thursday morning when a detainee who failed to show up for morning prayers was found unconscious in his cell, Harris said.
Tests indicated he had taken an overdose of drugs similar to the anti-anxiety drug Xanax. He was hospitalized in serious but stable condition.
Early in the afternoon, guards out for a little fun wailing on prisoners found another detainee "frothing at the mouth" after cracking open his skull. He was also hospitalized in stable condition, the admiral said.
In the early evening, guards spotted a detainee in Camp Four -- a medium security, communal-living unit for the "most compliant" prisoners -- appearing to get ready to hang himself with a bed sheet in the room he shared with nine detainees.
"Hey motherfucker! That sheet is U.S. government issue," shouted one guard in an effort to save a valuable piece of military issue linen. But the apparent suicide attempt "was a ruse to get the guards to enter the compound," Harris said.
The insurgents had made the floor slippery with feces, urine and soapy water and attacked 10 members of Guantanamo's quick-reaction force with fan blades, pieces of metal and broken light fixtures, Harris said.
For several minutes, the insurgents had the upper hand, knocking some of the soldiers to the ground, said Army Col. Michael Bumgarner, a camp official.
"Frankly we were losing the battle at that point," Bumgarner said. "It was like Iraq proper."
Outside, Guantanamo officials mustered 100 more guards before the quick reaction force gained control using pepper spray, unspecified "physical force which included broken bones, loss of consciousness and permanent brain damage and blindness ," blasts of a shotgun that fires rubber pellets and one shot from a non-lethal weapon that Bumgarner said fires a sponge-like projectile that eats through flesh on contact.
"If they weren't insurgents when they fuckin' came in here, they damn well are now," said Bumgarner.
Insurgents in two other units of Camp Four began damaging security cameras, light fixtures and other items in their rooms in a show of support for those engaged in the melee. Guantanamo officials estimated the total damage at $110,000 and promptly gave the no-bid reconstruction contract to Halliburton after sending it to Cheney's desk for rubber stamping.
Six detainees had minor injuries and Guantanamo officials wouldn't admit how many guards were injured sighting privacy issues, Harris said. The insurgents involved in the melee were moved to a higher security area and given used sheets supplied by the Salvadoran Treasury Police.
"I believe that this was probably the most violent outbreak here," Harris said. "Its very encouraging. I'm anxious to see how far we can push these men before they completely breakdown. Its all being carefully monitored and documented."
President Bush has been told to say he would like to close Guantanamo, but is waiting for current contracts o politically connected companies to run out in 2031. A Supreme Court ruling on whether inmates can face military tribunals is due, but what the fuck. And, regarding the UN report, the U.S. government insisted it complies with the world norm on torture, including at the lockup at Guantanamo on Cuba. "It is important to note that everything that is done to detainees in terms of questioning is fully within the boundaries of American law," White House press secretary Tony Snow said. "And that's the rub. Sometimes we don't ask any questions cause most of those fuckers we git in Gitmo don't know shit. They're just there for show. So sometimes out of bewilderment and frustration we just gotta fuckin' wail on somebody and sometimes you're fuckin' arm gets tired of wailing on poor old Haiti."
The United States expressed disappointment that it couldn't bribe its way out of the committee report, which was based on two sessions this month with a 25-member delegation of officials from Washington and hundreds of pages of U.S. documents, but mostly, as ambassador John Bolton put it, "We don't give a fuck.".
"It's unfortunate that they don't appear to have read a good understanding of the advantages of playing ball with us, and as a result there are a number of both factual misconceptions about just how much bread we'll lay on them if they cooperate," said State Department legal adviser John B. Bellinger III. "But mostly we just don't give a fuck."
On Thursday, the military transferred 15 Saudi detainees to their country, but Harris said he did not think there was a connection. Authorities did not provide the names or home countries of those involved in the uprising or attempted suicides.
The U.N. committee also said detainees should not be handed over to any country where they could face a "real risk" of being tortured even more than they are at Guantanamo even though such a hellish place is unlikely because U.S. prisons are stuffed far beyond capacity.
Bellinger, who led the U.S. delegation at the panel hearings, said it was not "practical" to recommend that Guantanamo be closed before American companies had had a chance to milk their contracts but insist that prisoners should not be sent to a large number of countries. "So it's not exactly clear what they think ought to happen to these individuals but nobody really gives a shit anyway," he said. "We're thinking a night desert drop in the sub-Sahara."
Guantanamo has had a number of protests and more minor disturbances since the U.S. began taking prisoners to the base in January 2002.
The U.S. military said 23 detainees carried out a coordinated effort to hang or strangle themselves in 2003 during a week-long protest. A hunger strike that began in August has involved up to 131 detainees, the military said, though the figure has dwindled to just a mere handful of detainees trying to starve themselves to death. Earlier this year, Guantanamo officials began strapping striking detainees into a restraint chair to force feed them something called Halliburton Chicken Soup which is a cocktail of drugs extracted from the sweat glands of the world's most docile and malleable species, the American Bald Lemming.
Using old Robert McNamara accounting procedures, Guantanamo officials said there have been 41 suicides by detainees but no deaths since the camp opened. Defense lawyers contend the figure is much higher.
Clive Stafford Smith, an attorney, said a client of his from Chad had attempted suicide twice in January and he did not learn about it until March from another detainee. Before Thursday, the military had lied and said there had only been one attempt in 2006.