7,144. 11/15/2007

“[A] Pentagon manual, leaked to Britain’s Guardian newspaper in November 2007 and published on the Internet, exposed the [Guantanamo] camp regime. It instructed the guards to keep captives in isolation for two weeks after their arrival to ‘enhance and exploit the disorientation and disorganization’ they felt during the interrogation process. Prisoners were to be ‘denied basics and access to a Quran,’ even though almost all of them were devout Muslims, used to daily prayers. And the Pentagon manual made clear that some prisoners were to be denied access to the International Committee of the Red Cross [ICRC] and delivery of ICRC mail, despite statements by the organization to the contrary once such visits began to take place.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Deepak Tripathi, Overcoming the Bush Legacy in Iraq and Afghanistan, Pages 77-78

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