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Military Doctors Infect Gitmo Detainee With HIV

From CagePrisoners

US Attorney H. Candace Gorman has revealed that her client Abdul Hamid Al-Ghizzawi has been infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Al Ghizzawi believes the infection happened during medical procedures at Guantanamo in 2004 when he was given a blood test which resulted in alarm amongst the hospital staff. Al Ghizzawi was not given any explanation for the alarm at the time. As a result Al-Ghizzawi has now been told that he is suffering from Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Having already been suffering from Hepatitis B and Tuberculosis (which he also acquired at Guantanamo) Al Ghizzawi has been held in severe isolation in Camp 6.

Gorman filed an emergency application with the US Supreme Court asking that the US military be ordered to treat Al-Ghizzawi’s medical problems and for medical records to be turned over to her. Chief Judge Roberts denied the motion despite it being stated by the chief medical doctor at Guantanamo, Dr Sollock, that Al-Ghizzawi did not suffer from any ill health on arrival to the base.

Al-Ghizzawi’s health has rapidly deteriorated and Cageprisoners calls for the immediate release of his medical records so that adequate medical treatment can be given to the detainee. Spokesman for Cageprisoners and former Guantanamo detainee, Moazzam Begg said,

“That a man who has endured more than half a decade in the world’s most infamous prison – without charge or trial – is now infected with the world’s most dreaded disease is preposterous. How will the US administration explain this one to his family? More ‘robust interrogation techniques’?”

With Al-Ghizzawi’s condition as it is, Candace Gorman made the following plea,

“Al-Ghizzawi is an innocent civilian turned over to the Americans in response to a bounty (cash American dollars for Arabs). Al-Ghizzawi has been taken from his wife and young daughter and he will die if he is not given immediate medical care, and yet the American military cannot be bothered… I ask that all of you please contact the American state department and ask them to release this innocent and very ill man.”

A double heart-attack of Saifullah Paracha, the death of an Afghan detainee due to cancer and the deaths of four other detainees in Guantanamo all highlight the serious medical difficulties of those being detained. The US administration must put pressure on the public to give full medical treatment to those under its control. However, the medical situation only reiterates the more pressing concern that these men must either be charged for crimes under a system that is recognised to be fair and open, or must be released expeditiously.

Cageprisoners is a human rights organisation that exists to raise awareness of the plight of the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and other detainees held as part of the War on Terror. We aim to give a voice to the voiceless.

  • Wendy

    …and the majority of Americans don't know why the rest of the world hates us.

  • http://antiwar.com Thomas

    Are warcrimes being perpetrated by the jailers in U.S.prisons, including the secret "sites" around the world?? Have they really stooped so low as to infect their charges with AIDS?? Is this their latest "tool" as prez shrub likes to call these practices of cruelty and torture that the U.S. seems driven to commit in violation of U.S.& international law??? && Oh yes, the GOV. does not WANT to treat these prisoners…..Could, should the medical personnel be sent to check out life in the Hague?? O.K., O.K. I know its the bush/neocon plan to be so monsterous, that we all fall down on our knees in obedience to their racist agenda. Even more difficult to believe, that these neocon Jewish dual citizens of Israel/U.S. are many of the lead actors in this play for world domination……which can only endanger their precarious minority still in the middle east by fanning the flames of religous intolerance and hatred. Are they not afraid that their people will reap what they so wantonly sew???

  • Jesus

    Are you crazy? "neo-con Jewish dual citizens…play for world domination…"? There are fewer than 20,000,000 (yes, twenty million) Jews on the entire planet. Most of these 20,000,000 live in relative poverty, barely subsisting as members of "lower-middle class" on whatever soil that they call home. The very notion that the Jews are somehow leaders in some diabolical scheme to overthrow the planet is not only ludicrous, it is downright asinine. One only need look at the treatment of said Jews over the past 6000 years: in every country they have ever called home, they have been first welcomed – so long as they were not allowed to own land, and were not allowed to pursue professional careers (the Jews were only allowed to be merchants and lenders) – and then, once they proved to be hard-working and successful, they were shunned, murdered and cast out.

    More than a few times, during the past 6000 years, the Jewish people have very nearly been wiped off the face of the Earth. As recently as the genocide against the Jews of Ethiopia – not some 60 years ago (during WWII), but only 20 years ago – nations have sought to destroy the Jewish people, while major world powers looked the other way. You are a fool, at best, if you believe the Jews are either interested in or capable of "world domination." More likely, you are a right-wing bigot, nutcase and world-class misanthrope, who not only does not know his/her history, but is criminally out of step with reality.

    Get a life…

  • Ashley

    I think Thomas may in some way be trying to refer to the disproportionate power of the Israel lobby over the foreign policy of the US. The sabre-rattling that is currently taking place for war with Iran is primarily being done at the behest of Israeli interests (for evidence of this look at the recent AIPAC conference).

    How on earth is a nuclear Iran a threat to America? Surely North Korea who already have the bomb and the means to deliver it to American soil should be a higher priority for America than Iran who by IAEA reports are not pursuing a nuclear weapons program anyway.

    Iran are signatories to the Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT), something Israel has refused to sign on a number of occassions. Given that US foreign aid is not supposed to go to anyone who hasn't signed it, is this not double (dual?) standards at work? (See: – http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/765538.html and http://www.antiwar.com/rep/dstar7.html)

    There are many Israeli/US dual nationals in very high positions in the current administration. The very fact that they are dual nationals shows that they have loyalty to two countries. How would they feel if something came up that was good for the US but bad for Israel or vice-versa? (I know that they would be supposed to act in the best interests of the US)

    I mean no matter how many times they say 'America's interests are Israel's interests', this is just not possible. They are 2 seperate countries, in different parts of the world, with different problems.

    When Bush can describe someone like Ariel Sharon as 'a man of peace' I can't help but think I'm in some kind of Orwellian nightmare.

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