By Tim Ryan, Courthouse News Service
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (CN) — The highest-security prison camp at Guantanamo Bay has nothing that could make the noises and vibrations described by an accused plotter of the 9/11 attacks, a former commander of the camp testified Friday.
Testifying anonymously, the commander who left Camp 7 in May insisted that Ramzi bin al Shibh has not faced an “eight-year-long conspiracy” of harassment.
The testimony contradicts statements by alleged al-Qaida member Hassan Guleed in support of bin al Shibh’s claims.
Guleed, who has been held at Guantanamo since 2006 without charge, said he has experienced the same noises and vibrations in the camp bin al Shibh routinely reports.
“We have mental torturing in the Camp 7,” Guleed said Thursday in the courtroom.
The commander who testified today said these reports prompted an investigation that in part involved him sitting in a cell near bin al Shibh’s for 40 minutes.
Investigators found no basis to the reports.
Years of complaints about noises and vibrations led military judge Col. James Pohl to issue an order this past November that directed the camp to stop disturbing bin al Shibh.
Bin al Shibh has said the noises and vibrations continued, however, leading to two days of witness testimony during this week’s pretrial proceedings.
While bin al Shibh described the noises as banging on his roof and the fence behind his cell, Guleed said it sounds like a person banging on the roof with a hammer.