Today we have a post by Peace Tree contributing author, Progressive American.

The stuff that happens at Guantanamo just seems to be getting worse and worse. The Washington Post ran an article about an FBI investigation that shows terrible mistreatment of prisoners.

It has been reported that interrogators have purposefully tried to offend the prisoners by squatting over the Koran. This is not the only time that the Koran has been abused to offend the prisoners. There is a huge history is Koran mistreatment at Guantanamo Bay.

According to Pentagon spokesperson, Lt. Cmdr. Joe Carpenter, "Because he would not stop quoting the Koran," interrogators also wrapped a bearded prisoner's head in duct tape. This is nothing more than abuse. This didn't even have anything to do with questioning. The prisoner was abused for nothing more than his religion. This is the kind of thing that happened in concentration camps during the holocaust.

The Washington Post said:

In a previously unreported allegation, one interrogator bragged to an FBI agent that he had forced a prisoner to listen to "Satanic black metal music for hours," then dressed as a Catholic priest before "baptizing" him.

This is sick. How can our government allow this to happen? Are these the kind of morals and values that the right is always blabbering on and on about?

The Post also reported:

One agent reported being told that while questioning male captives, female interrogators would sometimes wet their hands and touch detainees' faces in order to interrupt their prayers. Such actions would make some Muslims consider themselves unclean and unable to continue praying.

That is not all. The FBI investigation reported 26 new cases of this kind of treatment. It is very sad that our country has come to this. It is even sadder that even after government officials hear about it, a spokesperson for the Pentagon says:

The Department of Defense policy is clear -- we treat detainees humanely . . .The United States operates safe, humane and professional detention operations for enemy combatants who are providing valuable information in the war on terror.1

If that is the case, then why are some prisoners so unhappy that they have tried to kill themselves to escape the horrors of Guantanamo? Death is never a good option. However, when prisoners see death as a better option than continuing to live another day at Guantanamo, I highly doubt that the word "humane" is a good word to describe the conditions of the camp.

Even more sickening is the fact that of the 26 reported cases of abuse, only 9 were investigated and the thoroughness of the 9 investigations has been questioned.

What are we coming to?

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