Kait Ryan recently sent out this email and I feel strongly that these obviously strong correlations should be explored further. Especially when Dr. William Binney’s survey comes out.
Guantánamo prisoner to testify about CIA torture ahead of 9/11 trial
May 10, 2017
“Zubaydah has been called to testify at the military commission war court in Guantánamo over the treatment of a fellow captive, Ramzi bin al-Shibh, one of five detainees charged with committing the 9/11 attacks. Al-Shibh has long complained that he is subjected to psychological torture at Camp 7, including the beaming of sounds and vibrations into his cell to disturb his sleep.
Evidence to support Al-Shibh’s contention, which has been denied by the military, is contained in Enhanced Interrogation, the book written by James Mitchell, the retired air force psychologist who helped develop the CIA’s interrogation program. The book refers to sound and vibrations having been inflicted on the detainee.”
Previous article sent about this detainee:
Secret Documents Show a Tortured Prisoner’s Descent
November 12, 2016
Ramzi bin al-Shibh, an admitted and unapologetic co-conspirator in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was captured in Pakistan in 2002. For years, the C.I.A. shuttled him through its network of prisons, interrogating him with some of its most brutal methods.
The full list of techniques used against him remains classified, but a Senate Intelligence Committee report and former government officials have said that he was chained naked to the ceiling, deprived of sleep for more than 72 hours at a time, and subjected to long stretches of darkness, cold temperatures and persistent loud music. In at least one prison, in Romania, officials said the prefabricated cells were kept on springs to keep prisoners slightly off balance. After Mr. bin al-Shibh had been kept in isolation for more than two and a half years, government psychologists noted a “clear and escalating effect on his psychological functioning.”
In late 2006, President George W. Bush ordered the secret prisons closed, and Mr. bin al-Shibh was transferred to the military detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Medical records from Guantánamo obtained by The New York Times show how military doctors struggled to understand and treat the psychiatric problems he had developed in America’s secret prisons.
Mr. bin al-Shibh says he is unable to sleep “because of problems he had in the past at another facility.” He begins to complain that the guards are sending smells, noises and subtle vibrations into his cell to torment him. He also describes a chronic skin allergy that gives him painful pins-and-needles sensations. Military psychiatrists find that he has “adjustment disorder with depressed mood,” which means he has developed marked sadness and hopelessness in response to recent stress.
Complaints about odors, sounds and vibrations persist, to the point that doctors wonder whether a neurological disorder is causing hallucinations. Mr. bin al-Shibh tells doctors that, before arriving at Guantánamo, he had been hung from the ceiling, which he says causes tingling sensations in his arms and legs. Doctors note that lotions and medications have not helped. They fill out a form for “suspected detainee maltreatment.” They cross off the word “suspected” and write in “alleged.”
Mr. bin al-Shibh screams that it is too cold in his cell. But when guards raise the temperature a single degree, he responds that it is too hot. He continues to complain of “skin sensations,” prompting him to strip off his clothes or refuse blankets, exacerbating the temperature problems. Psychiatrists give a preliminary diagnosis of delusional disorder. He refuses psychiatric drugs, but doctors recommend that he “be involuntarily medicated with a long-acting antipsychotic medication.”
Doctors give Mr. bin al-Shibh another antipsychotic injection over his objections. He tells a psychiatrist: “I am not sick. You are sick.” Delusional disorder is now his primary diagnosis. His behavior improves, though skin problems persist, and he requests ointments and anti-itching medication. He agrees to take Zyprexa, another antipsychotic, but denies having problems.
Mr. bin al-Shibh screams at the guards and bangs on the camera in his cell, demanding that people stop shaking his bed when he is sleeping. When a psychiatrist tells him that these are the same delusions that led to his forced medication, Mr. bin al-Shibh curses at him, then looks sullen and says, “Give me the pill.” He screams that his leg shackles are too tight when he is unshackled.
Nearly a dozen psychiatrists affirm a diagnosis of delusional disorder over the years, though eventually Mr. bin al-Shibh refuses to take antipsychotic medication and doctors stop forcing it on him. He frequently refuses to meet with doctors. Complaints of bed shaking, sounds and vibrations persist. In 2013, he tells a military judge that the sounds get louder when he tries to concentrate.
Mr. bin al-Shibh testifies before a military commission, telling a judge that the guards have machines that can produce vibrations from anywhere. In C.I.A. prisons, he says, officers used vibrations and sounds as part of interrogations. “But now why do they keep doing these things?” he asks. Even when doctors give him special earplugs, he says, he can still hear the noises.
Mr. bin al-Shibh added: “You cannot sleep, you cannot read, you cannot pray, you cannot do anything. And they follow you everywhere you go.” Mr. bin al-Shibh has refused to meet with a panel of government psychiatrists to assess his competency to stand trial for theSept. 11 attacks. He insists he is sane and competent, and the case is moving forward.