9/11 victim dies in U.S. custody

But it’s not polite to talk about this particular victim:

Adnan Latif, a mentally incapacitated man wrongly swept up in Pakistan in 2001 and shipped to Guantanamo, has died, the Pentagon announced today. Latif was ordered releasedin 2010 — because, you know, he was innocent — but President Obama refused and kept him locked in the Cuban prison, where he had been repeatedly tortured. Latif’s death comes after an intensive hunger strike and at least one suicide attempt. Did we mention he was innocent? Or, as the Pentagon put it: “Latif arrived at Guantanamo in January 2002 and was being detained consistent with the law of war…Joint Task Force Guantanamo continues to provide safe, humane, legal and transparent care and custody of detainees.” His lawyer, David Remes, remembers Latif, who, dead at 32, spent more than a third of his life in Guantanamo: “Slightly built and gentle, he was a father and husband. He was a talented poet, and was devoutly religious. He never posed a threat to the United States, and he never should have been brought to Guantanamo. The military has not stated a cause of death. However Adnan died, it was Guantanamo that killed him. His death is a reminder of the human cost of the government’s Guantanamo detention policy and underscores the urgency of releasing detainees the government does not intend to prosecute.”

4 thoughts on “9/11 victim dies in U.S. custody

  1. Had Congress, specifically the Republicans in Congress, authorized the money to close Gitmo it would have been closed 2 years ago. They did not. So don’t blame Obama for having this man’s blood on his hands. Blame the Republicans in Congress and their fascist supporters like FOX, Adelson, the Koch brothers, Karl Rove, Evangelical Christians and the neo-cons (Zionists).

  2. You’re saying that Latif was tortured—after—Obama took office in 2009? Is that what you’re saying? Or is the mere fact that he was kept at Gitmo considered to be torture by you?

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