Gitmo briefing: prisoners use attorneys, media to "discredit the U.S. government"

[Reuters]

[Reuters]

PowerPoint slides from a Guantánamo Bay military document obtained by Al Jazeera show that personnel at the prison there have been instructed to inform visitors that most of the detainees held there over a decade without charge use lawyers and the media to “discredit the U.S. government.”

The military instructions say that "[Detainees use] media, lawyers and int’l organizations to spread a false message of: mental anguish, inhumane detention conditions, medical mistreatment, abuse."

Jason Leopold, writing for Al Jazeera America:

The slides also advise military personnel to cast the ongoing hunger strikes waged by the prisoners not as a form of protest against their indefinite detention and treatment, but as one of six “offensive tactics” used by detainees to attack the U.S. government.

The presentation accuses the detainees of engaging in “Information Operations” that include using “media, lawyers and int’l organizations to spread a false message of: mental anguish, inhumane detention conditions, medical mistreatment, abuse,” according to a briefing slide titled “Adversary within the camps.”

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