Gitmo torturer allegedly had long history with the Chicago Police Dept.

Reuters/Shannon Stapleton

Reuters/Shannon Stapleton

A former Chicago homicide detective accused in a federal civil rights lawsuit over wrongful conviction is alleged to also have carried out interrogations at Guantanamo Bay, where his methods were described as “illegal,” “immoral” and “unconstitutional.”

The veteran police detective is reportedly the same Richard Zuley
who became an interrogator of a high profile detainee at
Guantanamo Bay as a US Navy reserve lieutenant from 2002-2004,
according to a report by the Guardian. He is said to have exported his
interrogation techniques.

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Zuley is alleged to be the chief of a “Special Projects Team” at
the naval base prison. His involvement was first reported by the Wall Street Journal reporter,
Jess Bravin in his book “The Terror Counts: Rough Justice at
Guantanamo Bay.”

According to a memoir serialized last month in the Guardian,
Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi said he was shackled
for extensive periods of time, had his family threatened, was
told to implicate others and was coerced into signing a false
confession. Slahi was suspected of being a recruiter for
Al-Qaeda. Zuley’s role in the torture of Slahi was also
identified by blogger Jeffery Kaye from footnotes in a Nov. 2008
Senate Armed Services Committee report looking into the treatment
of detainees.

The case of Slahi was singled out as a primary example of
detainee abuse. Mark Fallon, the former deputy commander of
Guantanamo’s now-closed investigative task force, said Zuley’s
interrogation of Slahi, “was illegal, it was immoral, it was
ineffective and it was unconstitutional.”

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In Chicago, three current inmates and a former convicted prisoner
are accusing Zuley and other police officers of similar tactics,
including handcuffing them for hours and forcing confessions for
crimes they did not commit.

One of the inmates is Lathierial Boyd, who was exonerated by the
Chicago’s state attorney’s office for lack of evidence in 2013
after he had served 23 years in prison. It is his federal civil
rights lawsuit that charges Zuley with using illicit techniques
to get him convicted.

The Guardian identified three other people interrogated by Zuley
who are still in state prison. According to the publication, the
same state attorney that dismissed all charges against Boyd two
years ago has reportedly agreed to review civilian complaints
against former detective Zuley.

Zuley, currently employed at the Chicago Department of Aviation,
refused to answer the Guardian’s request to take part in the
publication’s investigation.

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Guantanamo has gained notoriety over the past decade for cruel
and inhumane confinement conditions and well-documented use of
torture in the camp.

President Barack Obama’s has pledged to shut down the prison camp
but nearly 130 detainees are still being held there.

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