Thursday, June 10, 2004

Is There No End?

The U.S. Army conducted a training exercise that included planting an "undercover" soldier to pose as a detainee at the Guantanamo Bay detention center in order to study conditions there. What they found was disturbing to say the least. The undercover soldier was beaten so severely that he has since been discharged from the Army. Despite an earlier attempt to deny the causes of the discharge, the Army has now come clean, as reported by the Associated Press via The New York Times:

"Reversing itself, the Army said Tuesday that a G.I. was discharged partly because of a head injury he suffered while posing as an uncooperative detainee during a training exercise at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

The Army had previously said Specialist Sean Baker's medical discharge in April was unrelated to the injury he received last year at the detention center, where the United States holds suspected terrorists.

Mr. Baker, 37, a former member of the 438th Military Police Company, said he played the role of an uncooperative prisoner and was beaten so badly by four American soldiers that he suffered a traumatic brain injury and seizures. He said the soldiers only stopped beating him when they realized he might be American.

Bruce Simpson, Mr. Baker's lawyer, said his client is considering a lawsuit."

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