The U.S. military is fighting in court for the right to search Guantanamo detainees' genitals before and after they meet with their lawyers. The military says it needs the genital searches—which a federal judge halted last week, an order the Justice Department asked the judge to put on hold late Tuesday night — because it's says detainees will smuggle contraband in their crotches. That stuff can be used to injure guards or other detainees, or commit suicide, the government says. Where do the detainees get it? As Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly wrote in an affidavit, "Outside visitors appear to be one of the likely sources of the contraband that JTF-GTMO has discovered, particularly items not normally found in the camps such as electronic devices, food items, and non-issue clothing." But if you look at the contraband, it suggests some of it comes from inside sources—maybe the American guards?
Kelly included two photos (above and at right) of contraband confiscated in June. Some of them do look like crude weapons, like an old nail file. Others look like garbage, such as a broken popsicle stick. But some are more curious. At The Public Record, Jason Leopold writes:
At least one item, a pair of Oakley sunglasses, is “standard Army issue,” according to former Guantanamo guard Joseph Hickman, leading him to believe that guards are providing the prisoners with some contraband, planting the material in their cells or are just being sloppy and the prisoners are “paying the price by being punished.”
Another item looks like a hook that air assault-qualified military members use when rappelling off cliffs and helicopters. Hickman asks, "how would all of that end up in a detainee’s cell?" Another item is a pen covered with the military's digitized camo pattern, which is the kind of thing you can buy, though not exclusively, in military shops. Another item looks like one of those hand exercisers used to strengthen your forearms.