Last week David Hick’s lawyer said that Hicks was in a bad way mentally after over a year over solitary confinement, and living in Hotel Guantanamo.
Yesterday, I read this:
United States authorities insist there’s nothing to suggest David Hicks’ mental health is suffering.
They turned down an Australian request to send in an independent psychologist and instead had their own doctors check on the psychiatric health of the Adelaide-born father of two, who’s been locked up in Guantanamo Bay for five years.
The Guantanamo doctor gave Hicks a clean bill of health, indicating there was nothing to suggest the Australian terror suspect was suffering depression or anxiety.
What a load of Bull Shit. How obvious is it that they are hiding the truth? How can Johnno Howard and that foreign affairs prick be such suck-ups?
Anyway, the article went on to describe what senators were told in a parliamentary hearing earlier this week about Hicks’ surroundings and daily routine in the US military prison in Cuba:
Last December he was moved to Camp Six, described this week as more humane by the US commander in charge at Guantanamo.
Hicks lives in a cell 3.6 by 2.3 metres that receives no direct sunlight, is climate controlled at 25 degrees Celsius and has glass observation panels for prison staff to check detainees aren’t trying to commit suicide.
He sleeps on a double bunk bed, but has no roommate, and has a plastic table, a seat and bookshelf in his cell for reading and writing.
But the bookshelf is mostly empty. He has 52 books but is only allowed two in his cell at any one time.
Toilet paper is rationed – he’s allowed 30 sheets at a time – because others at Guantanamo have used it to block the toilets and cause flooding.
The Americans describe it as a security issue.
Hicks is kept in his cell for 22-hour stretches. For two hours a day – which can be at any time of the day or night – he is allowed into the exercise yard.
But, for whatever reason, he was refused the privilege 21 times last month, meaning he was in his cell for 24 hours.