SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A newly released Pentagon report says there is no evidence interrogators at Guantanamo used mind-altering drugs to question prisoners. But the report has raised new questions among lawyers for prisoners at the U.S. base in Cuba.
The Pentagon Inspector General found that some prisoners were being interrogated while they were being treated with psychoactive drugs for mental health conditions. Washington lawyer David Remes and others say the report raises the possibility that incriminating statements could have been made under the influence of medication.
The investigation was conducted in 2008-2009 at the request of Congress. The website Truthout obtained it through the Freedom of Information Act and released it this week. A Pentagon spokesman, Army Lt. Col. Todd Breasseale, said Thursday that no drugs were given to detainees to facilitate interrogation.