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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 12:19 AM
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29. Raw Story: 7 Shocking Gitmo Revelations
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/04/24/wikileaks-7-shock... /

Officials arent sure what theyre doing. In 704 leaked documents assessing detainees, the word possibly appears 387 times, unknown 188 times and deceptive 85 times. Two conflicting committees from the Department of Defense worked at the facility and clashed frequently over how to classify prisoners threat levels and the quality of information they shared.

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Officials took note of every possible piece of evidence, in hopes of building mosaics of information even evidence as trivial as origami art. McClatchy reports:

Guards plucked off ships at sea to walk the cellblocks note who has hoarded food as contraband, who makes noise during the Star Spangled Banner, who sings creepy songs like La, La, La, La Taliban and who is re-enacting the 9/11 attacks with origami art.

Officials noted that information from some unstable prisoners may be faulty or untrue, but used it anyway. Yasim Mohammed Basardah, a detainee who gave information about 60 other prisoners, was noted as being unreliable, and his file stressed that information he shared should be independently verified. However, he was also given a high intelligence value, and his threat level was lowered from high to medium in exchange for his cooperation. He was resettled in Europe in 2010. According to the documents, eight prisoners have revealed information about 235 others.

Suspects were nabbed and shipped to Gitmo because they wore cheap watches. A specific model of watch a Casio style released in the 1980s was suspected to be used as a timer by al-Qaeda operatives. People in Afghanistan were seized and sent to the detention facility because they were wearing the watches, but most have been quietly released because of a lack of evidence.

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