Forcibly "Baptizing" Muslims at Gitmo

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The witnesses this time are FBI agents who saw abuse. Not terror suspects. FBI agents. Money quote:

The reports describe a female guard who detainees said handled their genitals and wiped menstrual blood on their face. Another interrogator reportedly bragged to an FBI agent about dressing as a Catholic priest and "baptizing'' a prisoner ...

The agency asked 493 employees whether they witnessed aggressive treatment that was not consistent with the FBI's policies. The bureau received 26 positive responses, including some from agents who were troubled by what they saw.

"I did observe treatment that was not only aggressive but personally very upsetting," one agent wrote, describing seeing a man left in a 100-degree room with no ventilation overnight. "The detainee was almost unconscious on the floor with a pile of hair next to him. He had apparently literally been pulling his own hair out throughout the night."

Another agent said he heard several "thunderclaps" then saw a detainee lying on the floor with a bloody nose. Interrogators told the agent the man was upset and had thrown himself to the floor.

In one report, an agent said he saw a detainee draped in an Israeli flag in a room with loud music and strobe lights. A note on the report said the Israeli flag "may be over the top but not abusive." The words "may be" were then crossed out and replaced with "is."

The baking of a human being in a virtual oven overnight is torture, plain and simple. But the deliberate effort to use affronts to Islam as a way to disorient Muslim prisoners is just sickening. It's also beyond stupid. Here we are attempting to persuade moderate Muslims that the U.S. stands for them, and is not a cover for "Zionist crusaders," while we wrap prisoners in an Israeli flag and blasphemously baptize them as Catholics. It's so unhinged it could only have emerged from the Pentagon of Donald Rumsfeld. You can read the FBI documents here.

(Photo: the remnants of a "coercive interrogation" at the U.S.-run prison at Abu Ghraib in Iraq, 2003.)