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Alka Pradhan 🇺🇸
Tomorrow marks the 17th year since the illegal prison at Guantanamo Bay was opened. You might hear a lot about Guantanamo today, but you will not hear much about the military commissions. Let me fix that. 1/
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Alka Pradhan 🇺🇸 Jan 10
Replying to @PradhanAlka
The military commissions have now been pushed by three successive administrations to try to prosecute the men the USG believes to be responsible for 9.11. They are one of the most bipartisan atrocities in US history. 2/
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Alka Pradhan 🇺🇸 Jan 10
Replying to @BaluchiGitmo @CIA
The men being tried before milcomms - such as my client, , were all brutally tortured by the for years at the black sites (secret prisons). The thought detainees would never see the light of day. 3/
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Alka Pradhan 🇺🇸 Jan 10
Replying to @PradhanAlka
Some detainees died from torture at the black sites. The best-known example is Gul Rahman, who froze to death after being stripped and beaten. 4/
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Alka Pradhan 🇺🇸 Jan 10
Replying to @CIA
Gul Rahman's torture was overseen by contractor psychologists Mitchell & Jessen who were paid $40 mil each by to design a medieval torture program. 5/
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Alka Pradhan 🇺🇸 Jan 10
Replying to @BaluchiGitmo
survived 3.5 yrs of continuous torture: He is deteriorating from that torture today, without proper medical care or torture rehab at Guantanamo. 6/
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Alka Pradhan 🇺🇸 Jan 10
Replying to @DeptofDefense
likes to boast about providing adequate detainee medical care, but they do not, it is a lie. 7/
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Alka Pradhan 🇺🇸 Jan 10
Replying to @BaluchiGitmo
In 2006, and others being tried before military commission were brought to Gitmo. George W Bush gave a speech announcing their rendition to Gitmo for prosecution at the milcomms, while calling them all terrorists. 8/
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Alka Pradhan 🇺🇸 Jan 10
Replying to @TheJusticeDept @CIA
However, the men were not put on trial right away, because realized that any evidence against them had been acquired through torture. Torture-acquired evidence is illegal. (Oops?) 9/
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Alka Pradhan 🇺🇸 Jan 10
So instead, sent in the to *reinterrogate* and the others. Until 2017, these interrogations were marketed as the “clean team” statements, because wasn’t being stripped, whipped, or water-doused while asked questions. 10/
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Alka Pradhan 🇺🇸 Jan 10
Replying to @FBI @CIA @BaluchiGitmo
In fact, the worked with the at the black sites WHILE was being tortured! Everyone’s hands are filthy, and so is all of their evidence. Check out bottom of pp. 18 and 21: 11/
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Alka Pradhan 🇺🇸 Jan 10
Replying to @PradhanAlka
Prosecution, I'm looking at you. 12/
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Alka Pradhan 🇺🇸 Jan 10
Replying to @CIA
Bc USG can’t make their fake illegal Gitmo courts work, they’ve tried other scare tactics to keep Gitmo open. For example, happily gave out classified information to make some Hollywood propaganda in Zero Dark Thirty: 13/
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Alka Pradhan 🇺🇸 Jan 10
Replying to @CIA
Gitmo prosecution also threatened to prosecute defense counsel who investigated torture, because they’re terrified of what we’ll find. 14/
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Alka Pradhan 🇺🇸 Jan 10
They want to make sure everyone thinks and other detainees are guilty WITHOUT having to give them a fair trial. That is illegal, and the should be deeply ashamed (SO SHOULD WE ALL). 15/
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Alka Pradhan 🇺🇸 Jan 10
Replying to @unitednations
In fact, the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued a major opinion last year, saying that the USG has violated presumption of innocence and used torture-acquired evidence and can’t hold a fair trial at Gitmo anymore. 16/
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Alka Pradhan 🇺🇸 Jan 10
Replying to @BaluchiGitmo
The WGAD also told the USG to release immediately. That’s right, a prominent group of international legal experts called for the release of Ammar al Baluchi, whose health is rapidly deteriorating at Gitmo after 15 years of US torture and detention. 17/
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Alka Pradhan 🇺🇸 Jan 10
Replying to @CIA
The USG hasn’t responded, because they believe that no one really cares anymore about a group of Muslim men whom Hollywood and the say are terrorists (without having to prove it). They’re not wrong. 18/
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Alka Pradhan 🇺🇸 Jan 10
Replying to @GOP @TheDemocrats
Congress doesn’t care about the milcomms anymore because now both and have ownership of it, so no political points to score. Things would be VERY different if 7 white men from Western countries were being tried in illegal courts by the USG, because . 19/
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Alka Pradhan 🇺🇸 Jan 10
Replying to @PradhanAlka
Human rights groups often don’t want to discuss the Gitmo milcomms because the public presumption of guilt make advocacy too messy. What happened to “human rights for all humans”? 20/
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