WikiLeaks Reveals Secret Guantánamo Files, Exposes Detention Policy as a Construct of Lies

25.4.11

Well, the cat is now out of the bag, and Guantánamo will, hopefully, be closer to closure — and the lies that powerful Americans tell about it will, hopefully, be closer to silence — as a result. For the last few weeks, I’ve been working as a media partner with WikiLeaks, along with the Washington Post, McClatchy Newspapers, El Pais, the Daily Telegraph, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, Aftonbladet, La Repubblica and L’Espresso, navigating thousands of previously unseen documents about Guantánamo that were made available to the whistleblowing website last year, allegedly by Pfc Bradley Manning, who has been imprisoned for nearly a year by the US government, awaiting a trial.

With the release date of the project brought forward unexpectedly, the files — profiles of nearly all of the 779 prisoners who have been held at Guantánamo, compiled by the Joint Task Force responsible for running the prison and known as Detainee Assessment Briefs (DABs) — have begun to be made available on WikiLeaks’ website, accompanied by an article that I wrote introducing them, and offering a first attempt to indicate their importance — both in what they hide and what they reveal — along with a guide to how to read them.

Needless to say, there will be much more analysis in the days and weeks to come, but for now I hope you enjoy my explanation, cross-posted below, which is borne of five years of research and writing about Guantánamo, filtered through a careful analysis of JTF-GTMO’s compromised and compromising cache of documents, which, as I explain, constitutes “the anatomy of a colossal crime perpetrated by the US government on 779 prisoners who, for the most part, are not and never have been the terrorists the government would like us to believe they are.”

WikiLeaks Reveals Secret Files on All Guantánamo Prisoners
By Andy Worthington, WikiLeaks, April 24, 2011

In its latest release of classified US documents, WikiLeaks is shining the light of truth on a notorious icon of the Bush administration’s “War on Terror” — the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, which opened on January 11, 2002, and remains open under President Obama, despite his promise to close the much-criticized facility within a year of taking office.

In thousands of pages of documents dating from 2002 to 2008 and never seen before by members of the public or the media, the cases of the majority of the prisoners held at Guantánamo — 765 out of 779 in total — are described in detail in memoranda from JTF-GTMO, the Joint Task Force at Guantánamo Bay, to US Southern Command in Miami, Florida, known as Detainee Assessment Briefs (DABs).

These memoranda, which contain JTF-GTMO’s recommendations about whether the prisoners in question should continue to be held, or should be released (transferred to their home governments, or to other governments) contain a wealth of important and previously undisclosed information, including health assessments, for example, and, in the cases of the majority of the 172 prisoners who are still held, photos (mostly for the first time ever).

They also include information on the first 201 prisoners released from the prison, between 2002 and 2004, which, unlike information on the rest of the prisoners (summaries of evidence and tribunal transcripts, released as the result of a lawsuit filed by media groups in 2006), has never been made public before. Most of these documents reveal accounts of incompetence familiar to those who have studied Guantánamo closely, with innocent men detained by mistake (or because the US was offering substantial bounties to its allies for al-Qaeda or Taliban suspects), and numerous insignificant Taliban conscripts from Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Beyond these previously unknown cases, the documents also reveal stories of the 399 other prisoners released from September 2004 to the present day, and of the seven men who have died at the prison.

The memos are signed by the commander of Guantánamo at the time, and describe whether the prisoners in question are regarded as low, medium or high risk. Although they were obviously not conclusive in and of themselves, as final decisions about the disposition of prisoners were taken at a higher level, they represent not only the opinions of JTF-GTMO, but also the Criminal Investigation Task Force, created by the Department of Defense to conduct interrogations in the “War on Terror,” and the BSCTs, the behavioral science teams consisting of psychologists who had a major say in the “exploitation” of prisoners in interrogation.

Crucially, the files also contain detailed explanations of the supposed intelligence used to justify the prisoners’ detention. For many readers, these will be the most fascinating sections of the documents, as they seem to offer an extraordinary insight into the workings of US intelligence, but although many of the documents appear to promise proof of prisoners’ association with al-Qaeda or other terrorist organizations, extreme caution is required.

The documents draw on the testimony of witnesses — in most cases, the prisoners’ fellow prisoners — whose words are unreliable, either because they were subjected to torture or other forms of coercion (sometimes not in Guantánamo, but in secret prisons run by the CIA), or because they provided false statements to secure better treatment in Guantánamo.

Regular appearances throughout these documents by witnesses whose words should be regarded as untrustworthy include the following “high-value detainees” or “ghost prisoners.” Please note that “ISN” and the numbers in brackets following the prisoners’ names refer to the short “Internment Serial Numbers” by which the prisoners are identified in US custody:

Abu Zubaydah (ISN 10016), the supposed “high-value detainee” seized in Pakistan in March 2002, who spent four and a half years in secret CIA prisons, including facilities in Thailand and Poland. Subjected to waterboarding, a form of controlled drowning, on 83 occasions in CIA custody in August 2002, Abu Zubaydah was moved to Guantánamo with 13 other “high-value detainees” in September 2006.

Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi (ISN 212), the emir of a military training camp for which Abu Zubaydah was the gatekeeper, who, despite having his camp closed by the Taliban in 2000, because he refused to allow it to be taken over by al-Qaeda, is described in these documents as Osama bin Laden’s military commander in Tora Bora. Soon after his capture in December 2001, al-Libi was rendered by the CIA to Egypt, where, under torture, he falsely confessed that al-Qaeda operatives had been meeting with Saddam Hussein to discuss obtaining chemical and biological weapons. Al-Libi recanted this particular lie, but it was nevertheless used by the Bush administration to justify the invasion of Iraq in March 2003. Al-Libi was never sent to Guantánamo, although at some point, probably in 2006, the CIA sent him back to Libya, where he was imprisoned, and where he died, allegedly by committing suicide, in May 2009.

Sharqawi Abdu Ali al-Hajj (ISN 1457), a Yemeni, also known as Riyadh the Facilitator, who was seized in a house raid in Pakistan in February 2002, and is described as “an al-Qaeda facilitator.” After his capture, he was transferred to a torture prison in Jordan run on behalf of the CIA, where he was held for nearly two years, and was then held for six months in US facilities in Afghanistan. He was flown to Guantánamo in September 2004.

Sanad Yislam al-Kazimi (ISN 1453), a Yemeni, who was seized in the UAE in January 2003, and then held in three secret prisons, including the “Dark Prison” near Kabul and a secret facility within the US prison at Bagram airbase. In February 2010, in the District Court in Washington D.C., Judge Henry H. Kennedy Jr. granted the habeas corpus petition of a Yemeni prisoner, Uthman Abdul Rahim Mohammed Uthman, largely because he refused to accept testimony produced by either Sharqawi al-Hajj or Sanad al-Kazimi. As he stated, “The Court will not rely on the statements of Hajj or Kazimi becasue there is unrebutted evidence in the record that, at the time of the interrogations at which they made the statements, both men had recently been tortured.”

Others include Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani (ISN 10012) and Walid bin Attash (ISN 10014), two more of the “high-value detainees” transferred into Guantánamo in September 2006, after being held in secret CIA prisons.

Other unreliable witnesses, held at Guantánamo throughout their detention, include:

Yasim Basardah (ISN 252), a Yemeni known as a notorious liar. As the Washington Post reported in February 2009, he was given preferential treatment in Guantánamo after becoming what some officials regarded as a significant informant, although there were many reasons to be doubtful. As the Post noted, “military officials … expressed reservations about the credibility of their star witness since 2004,” and in 2006, in an article for the National Journal, Corine Hegland described how, after a Combatant Status Review Tribunal at which a prisoner had taken exception to information provided by Basardah, placing him at a training camp before he had even arrived in Afghanistan, his personal representative (a military official assigned instead of a lawyer) investigated Basardah’s file, and found that he had made similar claims against 60 other prisoners. In January 2009, in the District Court in Washington D.C., Judge Richard Leon (an appointee of George W. Bush) excluded Basardah’s statements while granting the habeas corpus petition of Mohammed El-Gharani, a Chadian national who was just 14 years old when he was seized in a raid on a mosque in Pakistan. Judge Leon noted that the government had “specifically cautioned against relying on his statements without independent corroboration,” and in other habeas cases that followed, other judges relied on this precedent, discrediting the “star witness” stlll further.

Mohammed al-Qahtani (ISN 063), a Saudi regarded as the planned 20th hijacker for the 9/11 attacks, was subjected to a specific torture program at Guantánamo, approved by defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld. This consisted of 20-hour interrogations every day, over a period of several months, and various other “enhanced interrogation techniques,” which severely endangered his health. Variations of these techniques then migrated to other prisoners in Guantánamo (and to Abu Ghraib), and in January 2009, just before George W. Bush left office, Susan Crawford, a retired judge and a close friend of Dick Cheney and David Addington, who was appointed to oversee the military commissions at Guantánamo as the convening authority, told Bob Woodward that she had refused to press charges against al-Qahtani, because, as she said, “We tortured Qahtani. His treatment met the legal definition of torture.” As a result, his numerous statements about other prisoners must be regarded as worthless.

Abd al-Hakim Bukhari (ISN 493), a Saudi imprisoned by al-Qaeda as a spy, who was liberated by US forces from a Taliban jail before being sent, inexplicably, to Guantánamo (along with four other men liberated from the jail) is regarded in the files as a member of al-Qaeda, and a trustworthy witness.

Abd al-Rahim Janko (ISN 489), a Syrian Kurd, tortured by al-Qaeda as a spy and then imprisoned by the Taliban along with Abd al-Hakim Bukhari, above, is also used as a witness, even though he was mentally unstable. As his assessment in June 2008 stated, “Detainee is on a list of high-risk detainees from a health perspective … He has several chronic medical problems. He has a psychiatric history of substance abuse, depression, borderline personality disorder, and prior suicide attempt for which he is followed by behavioral health for treatment.”

These are just some of the most obvious cases, but alert readers will notice that they are cited repeatedly in what purports to be the government’s evidence, and it should, as a result, be difficult not to conclude that the entire edifice constructed by the government is fundamentally unsound, and that what the Guantánamo Files reveal, primarily, is that only a few dozen prisoners are genuinely accused of involvement in terrorism.

The rest, these documents reveal on close inspection, were either innocent men and boys, seized by mistake, or Taliban foot soldiers, unconnected to terrorism. Moreover, many of these prisoners were actually sold to US forces, who were offering bounty payments for al-Qaeda and Taliban suspects, by their Afghan and Pakistani allies — a policy that led ex-President Musharraf to state, in his 2006 memoir, In the Line of Fire, that, in return for handing over 369 terror suspects to the US, the Pakistani government “earned bounty payments totaling millions of dollars.”

Uncomfortable facts like these are not revealed in the deliberations of the Joint Task Force, but they are crucial to understanding why what can appear to be a collection of documents confirming the government’s scaremongering rhetoric about Guantánamo — the same rhetoric that has paralyzed President Obama, and revived the politics of fear in Congress –  is actually the opposite: the anatomy of a colossal crime perpetrated by the US government on 779 prisoners who, for the most part, are not and never have been the terrorists the government would like us to believe they are.

Andy Worthington is the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press, distributed by Macmillan in the US, and available from Amazon — click on the following for the US and the UK) and of two other books: Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion and The Battle of the Beanfield. To receive new articles in your inbox, please subscribe to my RSS feed (and I can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Digg and YouTube). Also see my definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, updated in July 2010, details about the new documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (co-directed by Polly Nash and Andy Worthington, on tour in the UK throughout 2011, and available on DVD here — or here for the US), my definitive Guantánamo habeas list and the chronological list of all my articles, and, if you appreciate my work, feel free to make a donation.

63 Responses

  1. Jeffrey Kaye says...

    Great work, Andy. I’m sorry the story got broken early, and the New York Times with their lousy coverage. Though I imagine Wikileaks is angry at the Guardian, too, their coverage seems pretty good.

    My first take on the material has taken off on the work Jason and I have done on the totality of the “exploitation” program at Guantanamo, and can be viewed here:

    http://www.truthout.org/guantanamo-detainee-reports-hint-psychological-research/1303743823

    I look forward to reading more of your analysis. Best, Jeff

  2. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks, Jeff. I saw that you’d got in there already with an article. Great work — although I still don’t know how you do it. Do you have a clone?

  3. Andy Worthington says...

    On Facebook, Ann Alexander wrote:

    I thought of you when I heard this news last night, Andy. I knew it would be keeping you busy. Hope you’re recovering.

  4. Andy Worthington says...

    Emma Allan wrote:

    shared

  5. Andy Worthington says...

    Amir Khan wrote:

    Thank you Andyworth! Dad has been asking about you and wishes you well…..
    Shared.

  6. Andy Worthington says...

    Ciudadano Kane Kane wrote:

    I also thought of you, Andy!…it looks like you might be closing this topic soon!, hope so!

  7. Andy Worthington says...

    Ann Alexander wrote:

    So you have been involved with Wikileaks going through these documents. Gosh Andy. I’m glad to know that they had they had the good sense to ask the expert. I wonder what you thought when you trawled through this. Vindication surely must have been part of it. Also despair that it has taken so long to be revealed.

  8. Andy Worthington says...

    Carol Anne Grayson wrote:

    Thanks Andy for all you have done for years to highlight injustice… I too thought that Andy will be snowed under with these latest releases…but if anyone can dissect and analyse this information you can.. I empathise having gone through thousands of blood documents in the past spanning 30 years… it can be overwhelming…

  9. Andy Worthington says...

    George Kenneth Berger wrote:

    Extraordinary Andy. Good work. I’m sharing and Digging now.

  10. Andy Worthington says...

    Deborah Emin wrote:

    Excellent Andy. The hospital must have been a great place to do your work from. You never fail to impress with your wonderful work. Let’s close the damn place already. Put up a sign that says “never again.”

  11. Andy Worthington says...

    Terry Sully wrote:

    work pays off!! glad the truth is revealed

  12. Andy Worthington says...

    Berkeley Copwatch wrote:

    rad

  13. Andy Worthington says...

    David Barrett wrote:

    Good stuff, Andy. Glad you’re involved in this analysis.

  14. Andy Worthington says...

    Ghaliyaa Haq wrote:

    Andy – you never, ever fail to AMAZE at how quickly you get these out! You are like a writing machine!! GREAT JOB!

  15. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks, my friends, for the support. This has been an extremely intense 24 hours. I had about two hours’ sleep, and have been on the go all day — with three radio interviews, one TV appearance, a conference call, and endless phone calls. I’m trying to complete what needs to be done today before collapsing!

    Fortunately, my foot is now so close to being well (even if normal toes don’t have dried black skin on them!) that I was able to move about freely for the first time for at least two months today — walking, cycling and without any bandages whatsoever!

  16. Andy Worthington says...

    George Kenneth Berger wrote:

    Good to hear that you are pretty well recovered, Andy. I too have asked myself how you manage to keep going so intensely and quickly. And now more so than ever.

  17. Andy Worthington says...

    Ghaliyaa Haq wrote:

    Wow!! Good going, Andy – but please take care of yourself! You are way too valuable – and too good a person – no one wants to see you ill.. :-) I’m praying for ya! I hope you can get some rest soon! I need to email you about something – which is better, here, or email? I will wait until you rest though. :)

  18. Andy Worthington says...

    Willy Bach wrote:

    Thanks again Andy. Re-posting!

  19. Andy Worthington says...

    Allie Mcneil wrote:

    thank you for this, reposting/sharing…grateful that you have covered this so long and so well

  20. Andy Worthington says...

    Iman El-Maghribi wrote:

    great job!

  21. Andy Worthington says...

    Lisa Barr wrote:

    great job. sharing.
    reads like a stieg larsson novel in some parts. is this the stuff npr and the ny times refused to touch?

  22. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks again, my friends, for the latest wave of supportive words. They are very much appreciated!
    Ghaliyaa, next week might work — either here or by email, and Lisa, this is the material that was leaked to the New York Times, the Guardian and NPR, hence the rush release of documents on Sunday night.

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  25. Andy Worthington says...

    Lance Ciepiela wrote:

    Bush Jr remains unaccountable to the law even though serious violations of laws are a matter of public record..read more
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  26. Andy Worthington says...

    Mui J. Steph wrote:

    What I’ve read so far, including a few of the pdfs, makes me think the government had no interest in learning the truth. They rely on torture, forced confessions, Chinese mainland propaganda and known liars for “evidence.” I can’t believe they’re that stupid. I can’t help but think our government has done a con job. First bounty, numbers important, quotas, fill prisons, then establish reasons for holding. Make plenty of justifications like using creepy compromisd psychologists to establish a “psychological profile” that will justify the decisions they have already made from the very start.

  27. Andy Worthington says...

    Mui J. Steph ‎wrote:

    “Psychological constructs” from compromised creepy shrinks:
    http://truthout.org/guantanamo-detainee-reports-hint-psychological-research/1303743823

  28. Andy Worthington says...

    Lisa Barr wrote:

    and they ignored it, right?

  29. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks, Mui. Great analysis.
    Lisa, I’m not sure what you’re getting at. Sorry. The New York Times, the Guardian and NPR all got hold of the documents from another source and rushed articles out on Sunday evening. I’m not sure they’ve ignored anything in particular — although the Times’ coverage has left a lot to be desired — but they did start a kind of unprincipled race to get information out there. For the record, the Telegraph, one of WikiLeaks’ media partners, got the first story out after a tip-off about the leak, at 1 am on Monday morning.

  30. Andy Worthington says...

    Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin wrote:

    One, two, a million WikiLeaks, exposing all the govt’s and corporate crimes.

  31. Andy Worthington says...

    Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin wrote:

    Andy, just keep putting stuff out, don’t be dissuaded by anybody or anything. It’s matter of life and death to expose gov’t and corporate wrongdoing, crimes, and subversion of the masses of people.

  32. Andy Worthington says...

    Tamzin Jans wrote:

    Andy, you’ve been reporting the same since a long time and now it is a little more public, but do you think this will finally bring Guantanamo to a closure? Obama and many leaders knew what was going on, but they still imprisoned Bradley Manning, even after knowing the truth about Guantanamo. How does one put an end to all this injustice?

  33. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks, Lorenzo, for the great encouragement.
    And Tamsin, the administration will change if there’s enough external pressure. Personally, I think it’s time for the international community — including the UN — to start complaining loudly, as they did back in 2005 and 2006 in particular.

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    Obama should have stuck to his guns and brought these prisoners to a maximum security prison in the U.S. All prosecutions in federal courts have been well done and many have been given their full civil rights and information to conduct a proper defense. I am surprised the U.S. Military hasn’t captured a few goats and sheep for some carnal fun and games.

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