2004 Gitmo Operations Manual on Wikileaks


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Score another one for the Wikileaks web site. Just a few weeks ago it leaked the 2003 Standard Operations Procedure Manual for Camp Delta in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. This week it leaked the 2004 SOP manual and tracked the changes in the documents from year to year.

Habeas Corpus lawyers from the Center for Constitutional Rights reviewed the manual and found—surprise surprise—that the procedures are not in compliance with the Geneva Conventions:

Systematic denial of Red Cross access to prisoners remains. The use of dogs remains. Segregation and isolation are still used routinely and systematically – including an initial period of at least 4 weeks “to enhance and exploit the disorientation and disorganization felt by a newly arrived detainee”, only terminated at the behest of interrogators. Both manuals assert that detainees will be treated in accordance with the “spirit” of the Geneva conventions “to the degree consistent with military needs”, but never assert that the conventions are actually being followed at Guantanamo. Put into practice, neither manual complies with the Geneva conventions.