Ex-Gitmo prisoner: US tortured me with needles, IV tubes
Another Gitmo prisoner has come forward to describe the torture he received at Guantanamo Bay. And, no, there was no "ticking bomb" Hollywood-ish scenario this time either. Lakdar Boumediene was never charged or interrogated, just falsely imprisoned for seven years.
A former prisoner held at Guantanamo Bay says he was tortured, but never interrogated about the reason the US said they’d arrested him for — even after seven years in captivity.
He also provided a graphic account of new elements of what may be considered “ad-lib” torture — guards inappropriately using hypodermic needles and IV tubes intended for forced feeding during hunger strikes.
He further said he was kept awake for 16 days straight — which was often done by splashing detainees eyes with cold water when they nodded off in their cell under bright lights. The account was published by ABC News.
The former detainee, Lakhdar Boumediene, is now in France with his family. He was never charged.
Boumediene was first captured and accused of being part of a plot to bomb the US embassy in Sarajevo. But charges against him were dropped by the Bosnian government. Subsequently, however, they turned him over to the US military.
The charges were dropped, and the Bosnian courts ordered him and five others freed. But under pressure from the Bush administration, the Bosnian government handed him over to the U.S. military. He was shackled and transported by military plane to Cuba.