The world may never find out how the US tortured five detainees currently held at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba detention center: a military judge has decided to go ahead with the government’s request to censor testimonies from Gitmo inmates. The judge, Army Colonel James Pohl, signed a protective order last week that will keep the “observations and experiences” of alleged terrorists on trial for war crimes classified, keeping the press and public from hearing first-hand accounts of the so-called enhanced interrogation techniques used by the CIA to coerce intelligence from inmates.
The memo was unsealed this week, RT.com reports. Col. Pohl approved the request in the midst of the trial against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other suspects accused of plotting the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Mohammed has allegedly admitted his role in masterminding the national tragedy, but was subjected to the simulated drowning technique known as waterboarding nearly 200 times while in CIA custody. Col. Pohl says that the testimonies of Mohammed and his alleged co-conspirators must remain classified, however, as disclosing the courtroom discussions could prove detrimental to the security of the country.
“[E]nhanced interrogation techniques that were applied to the accused … including descriptions of the techniques as applied, the duration, frequency, sequencing and limitations of those techniques” will be censored, writes Col. Pohl.
Coupled with a bar on the “observations and experiences” of the defendants, the military judge has essentially ensured that the arrests, treatments and torturing of the five men remain a mystery.
“[N]ames, identities and physical descriptions of any persons involved with the capture, transfer, detention or interrogation” of the accused will be kept secret as well under the ruling, reports the Los Angeles Times, along with any “information that would reveal or tend to reveal the foreign countries” where the suspects were initially held.
All five men were held for at least three years each at secret CIA prisons until being brought to Guantanamo Bay in 2006. Although they’ve been imprisoned by America for upwards of a decade apiece, though, little information about their detention if any has been made public.
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