Monday, April 25, 2011

Leaked Classified Files Offer Insights into Detainees

The New York Times reports that more than 700 classified military documents have been leaked.  The documents were made available to The New York Times and several other news organizations.  They  provide "new and detailed accounts of the men who have done time at the Guantánamo Bay prison in Cuba, and offers new insight into the evidence against the 172 men still locked up there."  The documents include assessments of detainees written between February 2002 and January 2009.  Among other details, the documents meticulously record the detainees’ possessions at the time of capture, illnesses, and infractions committed at GTMO.  The Times reports that the documents are "largely silent about the use of the harsh interrogation tactics at Guantánamo — including sleep deprivation, shackling in stress positions and prolonged exposure to cold temperatures — that drew global condemnation."  However, the article also points out that the documents "show the seat-of-the-pants intelligence gathering in war zones that led to the incarcerations of innocent men for years in cases of mistaken identity or simple misfortune."