WASHINGTON – The Pentagon released Monday the names of Guantanamo Bay’s 46 “indefinite detainees” — terrorism suspects considered too dangerous to transfer from the prison and who cannot be tried in court.
The 15-page list, unveiling details about the prisoners for the first time, was released to The New York Times and The Miami Herald in response to freedom of information requests.
It also included the names of all 166 detainees who remain at the U.S. military jail in southeastern Cuba. The men designated for indefinite detention are comprised of 26 Yemenis, 12 Afghans, three Saudis, two Kuwaitis, two Libyans, a Kenyan, a Moroccan and a Somali. Two of those men, both Afghans, have died. One committed suicide and the other died of a heart attack.
U.S. official say that because the men were subjected to harsh interrogation techniques — namely, the simulated drowning technique known as waterboarding, which has been denounced as torture — they cannot be prosecuted because the evidence against them is tainted and cannot be admitted in court.