Terrorist At Guantanamo Rewarded With Perks Including Oreos After Being Tortured, Turning For Prosecution
An admitted Al Qaeda terrorist who was allegedly tortured by U.S forces and taken to Guantanamo Bay has been rewarded with perks including Oreos after becoming a witness for American military prosecutors.
Ahmed al Darbi, a 42-year-old from Saudi Arabia, has been in U.S. custody since the early 2000s and is awaiting approval from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis for release to a rehabilitation program in his home country, after pleading guilty to helping the attack on a French oil tanker off Yemen in 2002.
That guilty plea was accompanied by testimony against another suspected Al Qaeda fighter, and military court proceedings reported by the Miami Herald saw details emerge of his life after cooperation.
He was moved from the maximum security Camp Five to a nicer lodging at Camp Echo across the street at the controversial Cuba-based prison, where reported benefits include phone calls with his family, a variety of meats and vegetables for cooking, as well as desserts such as pecan pie and Strawberries n’ Creme Oreos.
Other perks listed include the Rosetta Stone program for English lessons, a PlayStation 3 and episodes of “Arrested Development.”
Darbi’s life came under scrutiny after lawyers for Abd al Hadi al Iraqi, the man he testified against, tried to show the juxtaposition with the conditions that those who do not cooperate with the U.S. endure.
He said in court documents that he was tortured at Guantanamo and at the U.S. Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, where an American soldier allegedly took out his penis and said “This is your God.”
Other alleged abuses including his being threatened with rape, sent for unwanted rectal exams, hung by his wrists and forced to clean up feces with his fingers.
Darbi is one of only eight Guantanamo detainees convicted through the tribunal system for combatants in the “War on Terror,” while others including 9/11 plotters are slated for trial.
Keeping the base open has cost more than $6 billion, though President Trump has said he wants to send more inmates there and signed an order reversing the failed Obama administration effort to close it. ___
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