According to his own statements, Dr. James was influential in both the policy and day-to-day operations of interrogations and detention at GTMO from January to May 2003. The information presented below suggests that while Dr. James served in Guantánamo in the spring of 2003, abuse in interrogations was widespread and cruel treatment was official policy. This combination of factors raises serious questions about Dr. James’ ethical conduct in the prison camp, questions that warrant immediate investigation. Take a look at the evidence yourself.
A. Larry James:
A1. Fixing Hell: An Army Psychologist Confronts Abu Ghraib
Authors: Col. (ret.) Larry C. James (and Gregory A. Freeman) at 35, 36, 49, 32, 50-51, 62, 63, 63-65
B. Survivor testimony:
B1. Affadavit of Omar Ahmed Khadr, submitted in Omar Ahmed Khadr v. The Prime Minister of Canada, et al
Citations: para 56-57, para 59.
C. Government Records:
C1. Senate Armed Services Report: Inquiry into the Treatment of Detainees in US Custody
Date: November 2008
Pages: 39 (note 277), 128-129, 132-135
C2. Commander’s Inquiry, Allegation of Inhumane Treatment of [redacted]
Date: May 3, 2003
Pages: 1318-1319, 1335-1337, 1365
C3. Draft Memo on BSCT Standard Operating Procedures
Date: November 2002
Citations: para. 4(a), 4(d), 4(e).
C4. Memo on BSCT Standard Operating Procedures
Date: November 2004
Citations: para. 3(a)
C5. Camp Delta Standard Operating Procedures
Date: March 2003
Citations: 4.3, 8.1-8.8
C6. Email discussing Guantanamo [parties redacted]
Date: July 31, 2005
C7. Memo from Jay Bybee for John Rizzo
Date: August 2002
Subject: Interrogation of al Qaeda Operative
D1. Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act
Source: Sections 6(3) and 7(1).
D2. Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court
Source: Article 8.
D3. Criminal Code
Source: Section 269.1(2-3).
F. Secondary Sources:
F1. OLC Memos Confirm Integral Role of Health Professionals in US Torture
Date: Apr. 16, 2009
Author: Physicians for Human Rights