The Constitution Project has just released a comprehensive report on America's torture programs in Guantanamo Bay and beyond. The main finding, set in bold type in the original: 'Perhaps the most important or notable finding of this panel is that it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture.' The Constitution Project is a bipartisan non-governmental body; official Washington has still not investigated US torture and Obama has promised impunity to the people who created it. Here's the sickening story of a man whose eyeballs were nearly gouged out by Guantanamo guards:
It is not hot stabbing pain that Omar Deghayes remembers from the day a Guantánamo guard blinded him, but the cool sensation of fingers being stabbed deep into his eyeballs. He had joined other prisoners in protesting against a new humiliation -- inmates being forced to take off their trousers and walk round in their pants -- and a group of guards had entered his cell to punish him. He was held down and bound with chains.
"I didn't realise what was going on until the guy had pushed his fingers inside my eyes and I could feel the coldness of his fingers. Then I realised he was trying to gouge out my eyes," Deghayes says. He wanted to scream in agony, but was determined not to give his torturers the satisfaction. Then the officer standing over him instructed the eye-stabber to push harder. "When he pulled his hands out, I remember I couldn't see anything -- I'd lost sight completely in both eyes." Deghayes was dumped in a cell, fluid streaming from his eyes.
The sight in his left eye returned over the following days, but he is still blind in his right eye. He also has a crooked nose (from being punched by the guards, he says) and a scar across his forefinger (slammed in a prison door), but otherwise this resident of Saltdean, near Brighton, appears relatively unscarred from the more than five years he spent locked in Guantánamo Bay.
The Atlantic has published an interview with Deghayes here.