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Pentagon documents detail despair at Guantanamo before suicides

[JURIST] Newly released Pentagon documents [ACLU list] provide evidence of "desperate and immoral conditions" [press release] at the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] prior to the three suicides [JURIST report] there earlier this month, according to ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] on Monday released over 1000 pages of documents obtained from the military last week through a Freedom of Information Act [text; DOJ materials] request, which detail operations at Guantanamo. The documents include a 2003 medical report [PDF, see page 5] conducted after a suicide try, saying the detainee was in a "vegetative state" after an attempted hanging, and noting that he had a history of depression and should be returned to his home state. Other documents indicated that one detainee wrote his will, implying that death entered his thoughts frequently.

The documents also include a report [PDF text] written by Brigadier General Richard Formica on detainee treatment by Special Operations units in Iraq finding unauthorized interrogation methods [JURIST report] and a report [PDF] on detainee treatment in Afghanistan, as well as several court martial records. AFP has more.

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