Feb 2, 2007

Psy-Ops Gitmo Style

A well informed prisoner is a happy prisoner. Right?

Military officials have removed a poster of Saddam Hussein from the American detention center in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, after complaints from a detainee that it was intended to intimidate the prisoners there.

Lawyers for the detainee said the 7-by-3-foot poster, in a small recreation area for prisoners, featured images of Mr. Hussein being sentenced to death and a heading in Arabic that stated, "Because Saddam chose not to cooperate and not to tell the truth, because he thought by lying he would get released, for that reason he was executed." ...

"A recent poster showed Saddam Hussein's capture, court appearances and sentencing," (chief military spokesman in Guantánamo, Cmdr. Robert Durand) said in an e-mail message. "The intent of this poster was to show that the Iraqi people are making progress and have delivered justice."

Lawyers for the detainee who complained, David Hicks, an Australian who was captured in Afghanistan in 2001, said news articles about Mr. Hussein's execution were also displayed in the recreation area. Other articles described the accidental decapitation of a Hussein co-defendant in a subsequent hanging. ...

Since the camp's opening, American military officials have displayed posters they created in Arabic and other languages that conveyed news events. Lawyers for the detainees said they focused on the arrests of terrorism suspects and the deaths of Iraqi and Afghan insurgents. Military officials described the posters as balanced.

In the past, military officials barred lawyers for the prisoners from describing outside events to them or giving them news articles.

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