Guantanamo Bay Suicide- Cleared for release in 2004
A U.S. military investigation found GuantĂˇnamo troops didnâ€™t follow their own rules, allowing a captive to take a fatal overdose of an anti-psychotic drug a day after he was moved into a disciplinary cell from the detention centerâ€™s psychiatric ward.
A 79-page report, released Friday under the Freedom of Information Act, showed the â€śstandard operating procedures,â€ť or SOP, governing the U.S. Army Military Police required soldiers to regularly check on captives kept in solitary cells at Camp 5, GuantĂˇnamoâ€™s maximum-security lockup.
Troops didnâ€™t do it for at least two shift changes before Yemeni captive Adnan Latif was discovered dead on the floor of his Camp 5 cell at the U.S. Navy base in southeast Cuba on Sept. 8, 2012.
Rather than check on him, GuantĂˇnamo troops thought they were letting him sleep for about 15 hours â€” through a 4 a.m. medication call, the 4:55 a.m. pre-dawn prayer, breakfast, lunch, offers of two hours in a prison recreation yard and the noon call to prayer.
In one instance, a medic stopped by his cell at 4 a.m. to give him a dose of the drug that ultimately killed him. Because Latif didnâ€™t wake up, the medic left the drug on a shelf within reach of his cell door. It was still there when guards realized he was â€śunresponsiveâ€ť 10 hours later.
â€śThe failures by the night and day shift line of sight guards to follow the SOP â€¦ may have contributed to the deathâ€ť of Latif, the report by U.S. Southern Command investigators found. â€śThe failures meant that the guards were not as vigilant as the SOP required in their monitoringâ€ť of Latif.
While the report found troops failed to follow their own procedures, no soldier or sailor at the detention center was disciplined or relieved of duty as a result of the investigation, said Army Col. Greg Julian, the Southcom spokesman, on Friday afternoon.
Latif, in his 30s, had been held at the Pentagon prison camps for more than a decade. He had been diagnosed as mentally ill and frequently threatened suicide. He was cleared for release as long ago as 2004 but, because Yemen has an active al-Qaida offshoot, he and dozens of other Yemeni prisoners were kept at GuantĂˇnamo.
In death, he spent months in a morgue-like storage facility in Germany while U.S. officials negotiated the return of his remains for burial in December â€” making him the last GuantĂˇnamo prisoner released by the Pentagon.
Iâ€™ve seen murderers do less time than the Guantanamo Bay prisoners.