A detainee at the infamous Guantanamo prison died on Saturday September 8, 2012. Today the prisoner has been named as Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif, a 32-year-old Yemeni who had been held in Gitmo since 2002.
A ten year jail term on a young man, which would have been so much longer had he not died. Incarceration at Gitmo rarely follows any rules or conventions. The US can paint the picture however they want to suit their own ends but the facts speak for themselves. When you forgo rules such as fair and free trials with proper sentencing you set a precedent which one day will bite back.
Look online to find a little information about this man and his death: "The detainee found dead in a maximum-security cell at Guantánamo was a Yemeni captive with a history of suicide attempts who at one time won a federal judge’s release order, only to see his case overturned on appeal and rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The detention center on Tuesday identified the dead captive as Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif, in his 30s, held since January 2002 as prisoner No. 156. Latif was found unconscious in his cell Saturday afternoon, the military said. Guards and military medical staff could not revive him. He was the ninth detainee to die in the 11 years of the detention center.
The military withheld Latif’s identity while the Naval Criminal Intelligence Service began an investigation and the Obama administration notified members of Congress and Latif’s family of the death."
Today is September 11, 2012 eleven years to the day since the Twin Towers were struck by terrorists killing many immediately and many more in the years that followed. Two wars in the name of 9/11 resulted in too many civilian and military deaths. Two wars that helped destabilse a huge area of the World.
Gitmo, a notorious prison was created in a supposed civilised country, The USA. Prisoners maltreated. Prisoners who did not stand trial nor receive a sentence. Prisoners who were tortured. Prisoners such as Adnan who have died in Gitmo. Nine such deaths at the last count we believe.
In July 2012, 168 prisoners remained in Gitmo. Various sources online are still fighting for their release. Some prisoners may be terrorists whilst others may be relative innocents caught up in the madness that followed 9/11. Gitmo remains as America's shame. If there are accusations and allegations to answer then so be it. Simply locking people up and throwing away the key is barbaric.