Daily Archives: June 6, 2008

Completely Disgusted

I was watching The News Hour last night and Jeffrey Brown was interviewing Carol Rosenberg of the Miami Herald about the start of the Guantanamo hearings for the trial of Ramzi bin al-Shibh and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. She mentioned that the proceedings were being shown to reporters via a closed-circuit system that was on a 20 sec delay so that the information being streamed to reporters could be censored for security concerns. A bit into the interview she mentioned that Ramzi bin al-Shibh was on psychotropic meds:

Ramzi bin al Shibh, one of the detainees, who — the one who was shackled to the floor, talked about some psychotropic drugs he was on, and the screen went blank, and the white noise came, and we were told that we couldn’t hear the discussion of what kind of drugs he’s on as part of his HIPAA privacy protections.

WTF, HIPAA protections!!! These suspects, who should be prisoners of war with the associated legal status, have no defined legal rights under national or international law but they have HIPAA protections? That’s a cop out if I’ve ever heard it.

Amnesty International has this to say:

Observers were later told that the sound had been cut under the Health Information Protection Act (HIPA). Such an explanation suggests that even if the US Constitution and international law are deemed by the US authorities not to apply to the detainees, this piece of legislation does.

Makes my head want to explode. What an utter disgrace. When are they going to tear that abomination that is Gitmo down and do this in a manner that is consistent with the principals principles that this nation is supposed to represent?