Former Gitmo soldier describes sexual interrogation tactics

[JURIST] Female interrogators at the US military prison camp at Guantanamo Bay used various sexual tactics, including touching, provocative attire, and even smearing a prisoner's face with fake menstrual blood in their attempts to obtain information from Muslim detainees, according to a report written by a former Army Sgt. Erik R. Saar, who worked as a translator at the secretive camp from Dec. 2002 to June 2003. The sexual tactics were an apparent attempt to use the detainees' Muslim beliefs in order to elicit information. Muslim law strictly forbids men to have contact with women other than their wives and family. AP, which obtained the report, has more. Saar's manuscript seems to generally corroborate a claim made by soon-to-be-released Gitmo detainee Mamdouh Habib [JURIST report], an Australian national, that detainees were tortured by "prostitutes" during their detention.

 

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