(AFP) – Jul 12, 2012
WASHINGTON — Guantanamo inmates receiving medication for psychological problems may have provided unreliable information in their altered mental capacity, said a Pentagon report obtained by AFP Thursday.
Some prisoners at the notorious US detention center in Cuba were interviewed while receiving treatment for poor mental health, according to the report from the inspector general of the US Department of Defense.
"Some detainees received ongoing medication with psychoactive drugs (for treatment of diagnosed medical conditions) which could impair an individual's ability to provide accurate information," the document said.
The report "found no evidence that the (department) authorized the use of mind-altering drugs to facilitate interrogation."
An online magazine featuring investigative reporting, Truthout (truth-out.org), published the report after it filed a request to authorities two years ago, citing a free press law.
"Under the system set up, any statements detainees made during these interrogations would be presumed accurate, even if detainees took medication that could produce unreliable information," Shayana Kadidal, a lawyer coordinating representation for Guantanamo inmates, told Truthout.
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