Widespread Breakdown of Safeguards at Gitmo

On in excess of twelve events throughout eight years, Adnan Latif whined to his lawyer that his American capturers constrained him to take drugs that left him feeling like “a zombie.”

The 36-year-old Guantanamo detainee, who kicked the bucket there last year in a high-security cell, asserted he was infused with obscure substances while he rested and utilized with pills at whatever point the gatekeepers considered him to be rowdy, which seemed, by all accounts, to be frequently.

The military more than once excused Latif’s charges as the distrustful ramblings of a troublesome and cerebrum harmed dread suspect. Be that as it may, it turns out his story was valid – and just the tip of a still-lowered icy mass.

Latif’s story of constrained sedating, and different parts of what has arisen as a painful decade of endless confinement at Gitmo, is exposed in a tactical report delivered Friday because of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) demand recorded by this columnist last year following the youthful Yemeni’s strange and lone demise.

The declassified 79-page report subtleties the US military’s examination concerning Latif’s accounted for self destruction, discovered that Guantanamo watches added to his demise by neglecting to follow various conventions set out in the office’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs); yet nobody has been considered responsible or confronted disciplinary activity for the situation.

Nor does the report clarify how the fragile most youthful child of a Yemeni dealer wound up on an examination table, his body bound with an amazing drug mixed drink of unsure beginning.

Prescience satisfied?

Latif, who experienced a horrible cerebrum injury brought about a long time previously, accepted the gatekeeper power was attempting to kill him. As indicated by unclassified notes taken in May 2012 by David Remes, his Washington D.C.- based attourney, Latif said he now and then eliminated mental drugs from his mouth “since I would prefer not to [… ] here.” A word in Remes’ notes is absent. He said it very well may be “bite the dust.”

Remes additionally composed that Latif was being cured with “narcotics and psychotropics [and] painkillers,” and noticed that his customer said he was some of the time given some unacceptable measurement and some unacceptable drug.

After Latif was discovered inert in his cell last September, a post-mortem examination report closed he ended it all by accumulating and ingesting two-dozen dosages of Invega, endorsed a month sooner to treat schizophrenia.

The report doesn’t make reference to Latif by name. Maybe, it alludes to him by his internment number, ISN156 – recognizable proof denotes that were on his body sack when he was at long last gotten back to Yemen last December.

US military examination finds that Guantanamo jail watches added to the demise of prisoner Adnan Latif. [US Military]

Notwithstanding Invega, the medication used to treat schizophrenia, a formerly ordered toxicology report made public last week uncovers the presence of other enemies of psychotics and painkillers in Latif’s framework, including codeine, Percocet, Seroquel, Ativan, Celexa, morphine and Remeron – drugs that can bring about extreme incidental effects whenever taken in mix, as indicated by a redacted duplicate of the recently delivered report.

To finish it off, Latif, who was a successive appetite striker, additionally experienced intense pneumonia that went undetected preceding his demise. The report faults Latif, himself, for the institutional disappointments that prompted his passing, saying he was “an extraordinarily difficult prisoner.”

Remes calls the report “a whitewash,” adding that Latif’s demise is an “circuitous aftereffect of [President Barack] Obama’s inability to move Yemenis back to Yemen.”

Two official organizations throughout the span of 10 years closed Latif didn’t have a place at Guantanamo and had cleared him for discharge, however he and different prisoners kept on mulling there, without being charged and without any expectation of a way to opportunity.

Judicial procedures and other documentation over the course of the years demonstrate Latif was looking for clinical help for the devastating mental and actual harm supported in an auto collision when he was cleared up in a post-9/11 trawl for psychological oppressors close to the Afghan-Pakistan line. He was offered toward the Northern Alliance for a $5,000 abundance and showed up at the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay as one of the jail’s first prisoners.

“Everybody is to be faulted and nobody is to be faulted,” Remes said of the report. “They transformed him into a human drug store and afterward fault him for being testing.”

Reports affirmed

The tactical report, given by United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), affirms the subtleties contained in a progression of analytical stories this journalist distributed between September 2012 and January of this current year into the conditions behind Latif’s passing.

A different examination concerning Latif’s passing by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) is progressing.

The report says Guantanamo specialists analyzed Latif, who was “totally visually impaired in his left eye,” with “Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder with withdrawn attributes,” and portrayed one of his anxiety attacks “as hyper with maniacal provisions, potentially influenced by Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

“In layman’s terms, these judgments convert into a person that would be temperamental in disposition, character and connections,” the report said. “The determination likewise implies that the individual would be hard to live or work with and would be inclined to impulsivity and to hurt self or others, for the most part carrying on with life starting with one emergency then onto the next.”

A commentary in the report adds that Latif’s “analyze developed throughout his detainment at” Guantanamo, proposing that his endless confinement might have added to the crumbling of his psychological wellness.

Boundless breakdown

Resigned Army Brig. Gen. Stephen Xenakis, a therapist who has counseled on various Guantanamo detainee cases, including giving a sworn statement in 2010 about Latif’s physical and state of mind, addressed why Latif was recommended sure drugs and not given others.

“They say he has bipolar turmoil and he’s not endorsed mind-set stabilizers that commonly are recommended for individuals with bipolar confusion,” said Xenakis, who evaluated a duplicate of the report. “That is absent in his drug list. I’m truly amazed.”

Xenakis said the report’s decisions undercut affirmations by Guantanamo authorities that detainees are getting quality clinical consideration.

“Quality consideration implies having a prepared staff and having a staff that has worked in a specific setting for quite a long time,” he added. “It’s not simply keeping calculations or rules. It’s unpretentious and it has to do with the craft of the clinical practice and commonality, for this situation, with a specific populace. Furthermore, you have individuals who have not regularly worked with this sort of populace under these conditions… “

The shortfall of capabilities reaches out a long ways past the clinical staff to the most elevated positions of initiative.

Col. John Bogdan, the superintendent at Guantanamo, has affirmed in ongoing procedures that he has no related knowledge running a jail activity.

The report subtleties an inescapable breakdown of shields and strategies at the jail office, where even disallowances against taking care of natural life were not followed.

“Watchmen and clinical work force over and over disregard different … Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs),” the report said. “At times, the watchmen and clinical work force are new to the SOPs. In different cases, the watchmen and clinical work force know about the prerequisites yet for different reasons, neglect to follow them.”

Also, with almost 200 methods set up at Guantanamo – 79 of which apply to clinical conditions – “watches demonstrated that requirement of the SOPs is probably the greatest test they face.”

Following Latif’s demise, military authorities told this correspondent that watchmen kept an eye on detainees each one to three minutes and that clinical staff and corpsmen were tireless when medicine was managed. The tactical examination discovered this was not the situation, as per the report.

There were additionally preparing inadequacies and infringement in the manner by which prescriptions were controlled by Navy corpsmen who should follow a rigid convention to guarantee detainees swallow the medications.

One night shift corpsman told agents he didn’t remember truly having been visited by anybody in his authority chain. “I have felt undetectable, with nobody appearing to try and realize I was working here.”

For Latif’s situation, a day prior to his demise, a corpsman just dropped drug off in a crate in his cell entryway and never verified whether Latif, who was resting at that point, had taken it, the report said.

Clinical preparing methods and record-keeping were additionally defective, adding to “infringement and to disarray of … staff.” The Joint Medical Group officer and senior authority, including the Senior Nurse Executive, “show up generally eliminated from a few parts of what is happening at the strategic level” at the medical clinic, the mental unit and the confinement camps.

These disappointments, the report states, added to Latif’s demise. In spite of the fact that veering off from the SOPs is viewed as an Article 92 infringement – inability to comply with a request or guideline – under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, nobody was considered responsible for the inescapable procedural breakdown that brought about the passing of Latif, the 10th prisoner in 11 years to leave Guantanamo in a body pack.

Besides, the report noticed that Guantanamo administration neglected to execute certain shields intended to secure detainees following a past self destruction in May 2011, in which another detainee who experienced psychological wellness issues had the option to stroll into the entertainment yard in the dead of night with a bed sheet and, undetected, attach it to a post and hang himself.


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