New Report Confirms Torture at Guantanamo Bay

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Fence line around the courtroom for the military commissions taking place at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (Brigid Bergin/WNYC)

A new report by the Constitution Project, a nonpartisan and independent organization, concludes that, without a doubt, the United States engaged in “the practice of torture” in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The report includes testimony from a Navy captain stationed at Guantanamo Bay, who became disillusioned with what he saw as unethical treatment of prisoners.

Currently at the facility, 43 of the 166 prisoners are on hunger strikes, in protest of the what they perceive to be the unethical conditions at the facility and their indefinite detention without trial.

Karen Greenberg is the Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School.

A new report by the Constitution Project… a nonpartisan and independent organization… concludes that… without a doubt… the US has engaged in “the practice of torture” in the years after September eleventh. 
The report includes testimony from a Navy captain stationed at Guantanamo Bay… who became disillusioned with what he saw as unethical treamtnet of prisoners.
As of Sunday, 43 of the 166 war-on-terror captives are on hunger strikes… in protest of the conditions at the facility. 
Reporting to us from Guantanamo about this situation is our friend and correspondent for the Miami Herald… Carol Sandberg. Also with us is Karen Greenberg… Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School

Guests:

Karen Greenberg

Produced by:

Tyler Adams

Comments [2]

Charles

In hearing about the release of the "report" by the Constitution Project (a conglomeration of mostly-left leaning lawyers and others, mostly associated with law school or university faculties on one way or another), my immediate reaction was to wonder what someone like John Yoo thought about the subject.

This segment didn't answer that question; I presume that The Takeaway did not ask that question. I further supposed that with a report of 500+ pages, someone like John Yoo would want to read it before commenting.

Naturally, The Takeaway led with what fit the producers' worldview. And they lined up the reliable expert on the subject from the anti-antiterror left, Karen Greenberg. Who, in her spare time away from the Soros Foundation and writing for such left-wing periodicals as The Nation, The Guardian and Mother Jones, supplies anti-antiterror commentary wherever and whenever she is called by public radio or by Al Jazeera.

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestoryamericas/2013/04/201341782038679336.html

And that is the story; all wrapped up in the first available news cycle. How Karen Greenberg managed to get a copy of the report so fast that she could comment on its contents within hours I'll never know. But listeners can probably rest assured that if there is a rebuttal to the report, it won't be heard on The Takeaway.

Apr. 17 2013 02:48 PM
listener

If weatherboarding which Navy SEALs are subjected to is torture
then what are drone strikes today and what are journalists doing about it?
If reporters can report on Girmo why could they
not get to a Philadelphia courthouse last week?

Apr. 17 2013 09:29 AM

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