The BBC reports on claims that we’re mentally torturing inmates at Gitmo.

US detainee ‘mentally tortured’

A Pakistani-born US resident detained at Guantanamo Bay has said he was “mentally tortured” there, according to a transcript released by the Pentagon.

Majid Khan, who has been accused of planning to blow up petrol stations in the US, also described how he tried to commit suicide by chewing on an artery.

After tales of how Mr. Kahn denies being an enemy, the last 3 paragraphs of the story described this awful “mental torture”.

Mr Khan complained about how US guards had taken away pictures of his daughter, given him new glasses with the wrong prescription, shaved his beard off, forcibly fed him when he went on hunger strike, and denied him the opportunity for recreation.

This led him to attempt to chew through his artery twice, Mr Khan said.

Later, Mr Khan produced a list of further examples of psychological torture, which included the provision of “cheap, branded, unscented soap”, the prison newsletter, noisy fans and half-inflated balls in the recreation room that “hardly bounce”.

Oh, the ever-luvin’ humanity. And this is what passes for “news” from the BBC. You can’t just scan the headlines at the BBC; they may say the exact opposite of the truth. No mention in the headline that this was just a “claim” of mental torture.

And is this really newsworthy; a guy at Gitmo proclaiming his innocence while claiming that cheap soap and noisy fans are mental torture? It is to the BBC, apparently. Wild claims of torture where there is none are featured on their “Americas” front page. It has about as much validity as the latest UFO conspiracy theory, but that doesn’t make the front page.

It’s still all about the narrative.

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