The Ghost of the 15th Detainee
(RAW STORY) Last week, I wrote about the recently leaked Red Cross report that detailed medical personnel involvement in the torture of detainees in the CIA’s secret prisons. There were 14 names in that ICRC report, detainees who made it to Gitmo after their ‘harsh interrogations.’
Missing from that list is Manadel al-Jamadi, an Iraqi man who was picked up by Navy SEALS in Iraq, and interrogated by the CIA.
Jamadi isn’t on the list because he died in the care of CIA interrogator Mark Swanner at Abu Ghraib in 2003. From The New Yorker in 2005:
Two years ago, at Abu Ghraib prison, outside Baghdad, an Iraqi prisoner in Swanner’s custody, Manadel al-Jamadi, died during an interrogation. His head had been covered with a plastic bag, and he was shackled in a crucifixion-like pose that inhibited his ability to breathe; according to forensic pathologists who have examined the case, he asphyxiated. In a subsequent internal investigation, United States government authorities classified Jamadi’s death as a “homicide,” meaning that it resulted from unnatural causes. Swanner has not been charged with a crime and continues to work for the agency.
Jamadi’s death was a murder, as concluded by the Army’s own Criminal Investigations Detachment:
“The Final Autopsy Report listed the cause of Mr. AL-JAMADI’s death as blunt force injuries of the torso complicated by compromised respiration, and the manner of Mr. Al-JAMADI’s death as homicide.”
Manadel al-Jamadi was not able to tell Red Cross investigators how he was tortured, as were the 14 who survived the CIA’s ‘cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment’ in secret prisons before being shipped off to Guantanamo.
But, Jamadi’s family, the photographs, the autopsy report — and even the CIA agent charged with his care — remain, along with the truth, or call it Jamadi’s ‘ghost,’ as a reminder of what took place in the CIA’s secret prisons.
While The Washington Post’s account of the ICRC report includes a standard Bush-era dismissal of the claims contained in the report:
The CIA had no immediate comment on the report. Previously, top Bush administration officials defended the interrogation methods, saying they were legal and necessary to prevent terrorist attacks. A U.S. official, commenting on a leak of portions of the report in March, said: “It is important to bear in mind that the report lays out claims made by the terrorists themselves.”
Manadel al-Jamadi’s ghost shall not be so easily dismissed.
Jamadi’s wife and son hold a photo of an American GI grinning over his corpse. [Photo: Karim Ben Khelifa]
EDITORS NOTE: FOR THE COMPLETE STORY ON THIS FROM THE INSIDERS VIEW, INCLUDING THE FEMALE GI IN THE PHOTO, GO TO THE RED PILL DOCUMENTARY PAGE AND WATCH – STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE.