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Friday, January 31, 2003

Media: German citizen sited by fellow detainee in Syria, claims abuse, possible torture

Driss bin Lakoul claims to have seen Mohammed Haydar Zammar, a Syrian-born naturalized German citizen, at the Far' Falastin detention centre, which is run by Syrian military intelligence. In an interview reported by the Washington Post bin Lakoul claims that other inmates were tortured, and that he was beaten on the soles of his feet (c.f. Maher Arar's claims, entry on 26 September 2002).

Wednesday, January 01, 2003

Incident: Baker poses as detainee, gets brain injuries

According to later media reports, this month, Spec. Sean Baker, 38, will volunteer to wear an orange jumpsuit and portray an uncooperative detainee at GTMO for the purposes of a training drill.

The MPs were told that he was an unruly detainee who had assaulted an American sergeant. They subsequently inflicted a beating upon Baker so severe that it resulted in a traumatic brain injury, leaving him with seizures, blackouts, headaches, insomnia and psychological problems. In 2005, Baker will sue the Pentagon for $15 million.