- May 19, 2004
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Source: Chicago Tribune
WASHINGTON -- The Guantanamo detainee suspected of being the would-be "20th hijacker" for the Sept. 11 attacks was subjected to abusive treatment, including being forced to wear a bra and perform a series of "dog tricks" during interrogation, according to an official report made public during a Senate hearing Wednesday.
The military investigators' report recommended punishment for the commanding officer of the Guantanamo Bay jail at the time, Army Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller, but that suggestion was overturned by a higher-ranking officer.
The report said Mohamed al-Qahtani--labeled by U.S. officials as the "20th hijacker"--was forced to stand naked before a woman interrogator for at least five minutes and was made to wear thong underwear on his head and a bra.
Qahtani also was told by interrogators that "his mother and sister were whores," according to the report, and he was led by a dog leash attached to his hand chains and made to do a "series of dog tricks" as part of the interrogation.
Female interrogators also massaged Qahtani's neck and back, and one ran her fingers through his hair and told him that resisting the questioning was futile.
A second "high value" detainee was told that he and his family would be killed if he did not cooperate.
Despite the harshness of these tactics, it is not clear that they violated any law. The Geneva Conventions prohibit sexually degrading tactics, but the Bush administration has said the Geneva Conventions don't apply to the Guantanamo detainees, saying they are suspected terrorists rather than prisoners of war.