Another GTMO Suicide

Andrew Sullivan —  Jul 10 2013 @ 8:37am

The Miami Herald got the details of the prisoner, Adnan Latif, who finally killed himself, nine years after he was cleared for release:

A 79-page report, released Friday under the Freedom of Information Act, showed the “standard operating procedures,” or SOP, governing the U.S. Army Military Police required soldiers to regularly check on captives kept in solitary cells at Camp 5, Guantánamo’s maximum-security lockup. Troops didn’t do it for at least two shift changes before Yemeni captive Adnan Latif was discovered dead on the floor of his Camp 5 cell at the U.S. Navy base in southeast Cuba on Sept. 8, 2012.

As usual at GTMO, no accountability for anything and little credibility to the investigation:

While the report found troops failed to follow their own procedures, no soldier or sailor at the detention center was disciplined or relieved of duty as a result of the investigation, said Army Col. Greg Julian, the Southcom spokesman… David Remes, a lawyer who won Latif’s unlawful detention suit in federal court but saw it overturned on appeal, dismissed the report Friday as “a whitewash.” He noted in particular that investigators failed to interview any of the other prisoners held on the same disciplinary block at the time Latif died.

I don’t really know how to explain this under Obama – except to say it reveals the callousness of this country’s policies toward innocent prisoners, callousness regularly endorsed by the Congress and the polls. Over a hundred prisoners are now on hunger strike. If I were in their shoes, I’d try to starve or overdose myself to death as well.