David Hicks, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee from Australia, claims that he was tortured during his five years of imprisonment.
Hicks was recently freed after a U.S. military appeals court overturned his conviction for supplying material support for terrorists in Afghanistan.
"I was subjected to five-and-a-half years of physical and psychological torture that I will now live with always" Hicks told the media in Sydney, Australia, noted Reuters.
While Hicks initially confessed to helping terrorists, his lawyers claim that his confession came as a result of being tortured, a problem that has plagued many terrorism cases in Guantanamo Bay.
Hicks' release comes right on the heels of revelations that a former Chicago police detective with a history of allegedly torturing minority suspects in the Windy City also worked as a brutal interrogator in Guantanamo Bay.
According to The Guardian, Richard Zuley, who worked for the Chicago police department from 1977 to 2007, allegedly performed the following: "Shackling suspects to police-precinct walls through eyebolts for hours on end; Accusations of planting evidence when there was pressure for a high-profile murder conviction; Threats of harm to family members of those under interrogation used as leverage; Pressure on suspects to implicate themselves and others; Threats of being subject to the death penalty if suspects did not confess."
While stationed in Guantanamo Bay as a US Navy reserve lieutenant, Zuley allegedly used brutal tactics on Mohamedou Ould Slahi in 2003 such as "multiple death threats, extreme temperatures, sleep deprivation and a terrifying nighttime boat ride in which he was made to believe that worse was in store," noted The Guardian.
Mark Fallon, who was part of a military investigative task force in Guantanamo Bay, claimed that Zuley’s treatment of Slahi “was illegal, it was immoral, it was ineffective and it was unconstitutional.”
“The way that he approached interrogations at Guantanamo,” Fallon told The Guardian. “If that’s any reflection of what he did in Chicago, it would not surprise me that he’s got a few issues going on right now.”
Lathierial Boyd, who spent 23 years in jail for a murder he didn't commit, claims that Zuley planted evidence to convict him while knowing he was innocent (video below).
In an Interview with The Guardian, Boyd described Zuley as "sick."
After passing two lineups and not being picked out, Boyd claims Zuley told him that he would be charged anyway.
Boyd's conviction was overturned in 2013, and several more convictions of African Americans (Lee Harris, Andre Giggs, Benita Johnson) linked to Zuley are being questioned.