Hassan bin Attash

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Hassan Mohammed Ali bin Attash
Born c. 1985 (age 30–31)
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Detained at Guantanamo, previously held in "the dark prison"
Alternate name Hassan Mohammed Salih Bin Attash
ISN 1456
Status Still held in Guantanamo

Hassan Mohammed Ali bin Attash (Arabic: حسن محمد علي بن عطاش‎, Ḥasan Muḥammad ʿAlī bin ‘Aṭṭash) is a citizen of Saudi Arabia, held in the United States Guantanamo Bay detainment camps, in Cuba.[1] Joint Task Force Guantanamo counter-terrorism analysts estimate that bin Attash was born in 1985, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

As of July 11, 2012, Hassan Mohammed Ali bin Attash has been held at Guantanamo for seven years ten months.[2]

Attash was just sixteen or seventeen when he was captured.[3][4] Hassin is the brother of Waleed Mohammed bin Attash, who has also been described as an inmate in the CIA's network of secret prisons.[5] Hassin too claims he spent time in the other prisons, including "the dark prison", prior to being detained in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.[6]

Human Rights Concern[edit]

The circumstances of Hassan bin Attash have triggered the attention of several human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, Reprieve and Human Rights Watch.[5][7][8][9] According to their accounts Hassan bin Attash was captured on September 10, 2002, spent time in the dark prison, spent sixteen months in Jordan, where he was hung upside down, and beaten on the soles of his feet, which were then immersed in salt water. They assert that he underwent this kind of questioning until he was willing to sign anything. They claim that he wasn't interrogated about anything he himself had done, but rather about the activity of his older brother. They assert that his 70-year-old father underwent similar questioning. Bin Attash was flown to Guantanamo in March 2003.

The Boston Globe quoted Guantanamo spokesmen Lieutenant Commander Chito Peppler, who insisted, "US policy requires all detainees to be treated humanely,"[9]

Peppler repeated the assertion that none of the captive's assertions of abuse were credible because al Qaeda trained operatives to lie about abuse.[9]

Transportation to Guantanamo Bay[edit]

Human Rights group Reprieve reports that flight records show two captives named Al-Sharqawi and Hassan bin Attash were flown from Kabul in September 2002. The two men were flown aboard N379P, a plane suspected to be part of the CIA's ghost fleet. Flight records showed that the plane originally departed from Diego Garcia, stopped in Morocco, Portugal, then Kabul before landing in Guantanamo Bay.[10]

Habeas corpus[edit]

A writ of habeas corpus was filed on behalf of Bin Attash.[11]

Joint Review Task Force[edit]

When he assumed office in January 2009 President Barack Obama made a number of promises about the future of Guantanamo.[12][13][14] He promised the use of torture would cease at the camp. He promised to institute a new review system. That new review system was composed of officials from six departments, where the OARDEC reviews were conducted entirely by the Department of Defense. When it reported back, a year later, the Joint Review Task Force classified some individuals as too dangerous to be transferred from Guantanamo, even though there was no evidence to justify laying charges against them. On April 9, 2013, that document was made public after a Freedom of Information Act request.[15] Hassan bin Attash was one of the 71 individuals deemed too innocent to charge, but too dangerous to release. Although Obama promised that those deemed too innocent to charge, but too dangerous to release would start to receive reviews from a Periodic Review Board less than a quarter of men have received a review.

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  1. ^ OARDEC (May 15, 2006). "List of Individuals Detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from January 2002 through May 15, 2006" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. Retrieved 2007-09-29. 
  2. ^ "Hassan Mohammed Ali Bin Attash - The Guantánamo Docket". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Kids of Guantanamo, cageprisoners.com, June 15, 2005
  4. ^ http://www.andyworthington.co.uk/2011/06/11/wikileaks-and-the-22-children-of-guantanamo/
  5. ^ a b List of “Ghost Prisoners” Possibly in CIA Custody, Human Rights Watch, December 1, 2005 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Hrw051201" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  6. ^ U.S. Operated Secret 'Dark Prison' in Kabul, Reuters, December 19, 2005
  7. ^ Guantánamo: pain and distress for thousands of children, Amnesty International
  8. ^ Reprieve uncovers evidence indicating German territory may have been used in rendition and abuse, Reprieve, October 10, 2006
  9. ^ a b c 7 detainees report transfer to nations that use torture, Boston Globe, April 26, 2006
  10. ^ Richard Norton-Taylor, Duncan Campbell (March 10, 2008). "Fresh questions on torture flights spark demands for inquiry". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-03-17. Flight plan records show that one of the aircraft, registered N379P, flew in September 2002 from Diego Garcia to Morocco. From there it flew to Portugal and then to Kabul. Passenger names have been blacked out. However, Reprieve, which represents prisoners faced with the death penalty and torture, said that in Kabul the aircraft picked up Al-Sharqawi and Hassan bin Attash, two suspects who were tortured in Jordan before being rendered to Afghanistan and flown to Guantánamo Bay. Those rendered through Diego Garcia remain unidentified. In a letter to Miliband, Clive Stafford Smith, Reprieve's legal director, said: 'It is certainly not going to rebuild public confidence if we say that two people were illegally taken through British territory but then refuse to reveal the fates of these men.' 
  11. ^ David H. Remes, Marc D. Falkoff (2008-07-18). "Guantanamo Bay Detainee Litigation: Doc 152 -- STATUS REPORT" (PDF). United States Department of Justice. Retrieved 2008-09-23.  mirror
  12. ^ Peter Finn (January 22, 2010). "Justice task force recommends about 50 Guantanamo detainees be held indefinitely". Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2015-05-19. Retrieved July 21, 2010. 
  13. ^ Peter Finn (May 29, 2010). "Most Guantanamo detainees low-level fighters, task force report says". Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2015-05-19. Retrieved July 21, 2010. 
  14. ^ Andy Worthington (June 11, 2010). "Does Obama Really Know or Care About Who Is at Guantánamo?". Archived from the original on 2010-06-16. Retrieved July 21, 2010. 
  15. ^ "71 Guantanamo Detainees Determined Eligible to Receive a Periodic Review Board as of April 19, 2013". Joint Review Task Force. 2013-04-09. Archived from the original on 2015-05-19. Retrieved 2015-05-18. 

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