Jan. 6 suspects in a D.C. prison believe Guantanamo would be much better. I’ve got news for them. - Upsmag - Magazine News

Jan. 6 suspects in a D.C. prison believe Guantanamo would be much better. I’ve got news for them.

When I saw that 34 Jan. 6 offenders signed a handwritten letter asking to be moved from a Washington, D.C., prison to the U.S. jail at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, I raised an eyebrow like everybody else. The letter was sent in court Friday and began trending on Twitter on Monday. 

I have actually represented Guantanamo Bay detainees for nearly a years. The rosy image painted because handwritten letter bears no similarity to the truth of Guantanamo Bay.

While the Jan. 6 offenders are incorrect about conditions at Guantanamo Bay, they are not incorrect about their own jail situations.

One early significant debate was brought on by guards’ desecrating Qurans — barely “being considerate of spiritual requirements,” as the offenders composed. Guantanamo Bay likewise doesn’t have the “centers for exercise/entertainment” the males believe it has; I and other attorneys have actually combated — and lost, in the meantime — a fight to enable them to continue developing and openly sharing their art work as a type of treatment for the abuse they suffered at U.S. hands.

Far from having access to “superior treatment,” the males have no significant care for their severe medical conditions, lots of originating from that abuse. It took years of suits to get an MRI device to Guantanamo Bay, where it ultimately broke completely — however not prior to it verified among my customers’ mental retardation from his CIA poundings.

However while the Jan. 6 offenders are incorrect about conditions at Guantanamo Bay, they are not incorrect about their own jail situations. Inhumane conditions at Guantanamo Bay are at least partially an extension of jail culture in the U.S. The Washington prison where the Jan. 6 offenders are being held was the topic of a memo from the U.S. Marshals Service in 2015, which explained the rejection of food and water “for punitive factors” and “big quantities of standing human sewage.” 

Those concerns have actually all been imported to Guantanamo Bay at numerous points over twenty years. Therefore has physical violence. Omar Deghayes has discussed losing an eye after guards attacked him. Military detectives revealed that Mohammed al-Qahtani was required to use a bra and bark like a pet. When my customers Emad Hassan, Mohammed Ahmad Ghulam Rabbani, Abu Wa’el Dhiab and Samir Moqbel opposed their detention with an appetite strike, they were completely force-fed while incapacitated in restraint chairs. The previous couple of years have actually seen dripping sewage and stopping working facilities in the camp where my customer Ammar al Baluchi was held, developing unhygienic conditions in times of Covid-19.

There have actually been no reports that the Jan. 6 offenders are being dealt with even worse than other prisoners at the Washington prison, and the conditions there are not distinct amongst U.S. centers. Rikers Island in New York City, for instance, has actually long been understood for dreadful conditions. It made headings when again in 2015 for having, according to a New york city Times report, “particular locations covered in trash and urine.”

This is an outcome of overcrowding and understaffing — and, well, searing indifference to the wellness of the prisoners. The holding cell decried by the Jan. 6 offenders on page 4 of their letter? Households and advocates of prisoners on Rikers have actually declared that their enjoyed ones have actually been secured in singular confinement for prolonged time periods in infraction of the state’s Stop Act, which was signed into law in 2015. 

In reality, the prevalent usage of holding cell and other punitive conditions in U.S. jails so alarmed Juan Méndez, who acted as the United Nations Unique Rapporteur on Torture (an independent abuse specialist) from 2010 to 2016, that he openly slammed the nation. Then the U.S. would not give him access to examine state jails. Méndez implicated the U.S. of postponing his evaluation of its centers. The U.S. federal government has likewise disallowed U.N. unique rapporteurs from examinations at Guantanamo Bay because it opened in 2002.

Even with all of this, lots of Americans might not see the cruelty caused by the federal government. Race is a significant element. Black Americans are sent to prison at almost 5 times the rate of white Americans in state jails. Likewise, the males tortured by the U.S. federal government and now suffering in extreme conditions without treatment at Guantanamo Bay are specifically nonwhite Muslims. Methodical bigotry depends upon passiveness towards the “otherized” minority.

It ought to alarm us that the conditions at the Washington prison, where mainly Black individuals are sent to prison, make nationwide headings just when mainly white detainees grumble about the conditions there (and misguidedly request for transfers to the one location associated with abuse worldwide). And maybe if the detainees were all white males from Western nations, Guantanamo Bay would have been closed ages back — if it had actually ever been opened in the very first location.

However allyship can take lots of kinds, and basic human rights use similarly to those charged with conspiracy, like a few of the Jan. 6 offenders, as those charged with absolutely nothing at all, like the majority of the Guantanamo Bay detainees. If the Jan. 6 offenders assist us require the U.S. federal government to reform our awful culture of inhumane jail time, then I invite their voices on this vital problem and expect genuine modification in their conditions as my associates and I work for genuine modification for the males at Guantanamo Bay.

Let’s simply all concur that transfer to Guantanamo Bay is no service.

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