Leaked rules detail rewards and penalties at Guantánamo

Published on The Guardian, by Ewen MacAskill in Washington, November 16, 2007.

2 excerpts: The inner workings of the Guantánamo detention camp, ranging from items allowed in cells to how many witnesses should be present for cavity searches, have been revealed in a Pentagon manual leaked on the internet.

The manual covers almost every aspect of life at the base, from arrival to burial – with a graphic showing how Muslims should be buried.

Although the manual dates from 2003, the year after the camp at the US navy base in Cuba opened and before some changes in its running were implemented, it offers a rare glimpse of life in the high-security camp. The 238 pages list the rules governing the daily life of the prisoners but also provide insights into how the US guards and interrogators view the inmates …

… Main points:

  • Behaviour management plan to “enhance and exploit the disorientation and disorganisation felt by a newly arrived detainee”;
  • A reward system to encourage cooperation;
  • Access to Red Cross denied to some prisoners;
  • Guards told line to take with media: “We are making progress in global war on terror through a concerted effort with coalition partners”.

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