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How an Innocent 26-Year-Old Got Sold Into Guantanamo Hell for a $5,000 Bounty

He was just a man, one of hundreds - thousands perhaps - who was in the wrong place at the wrong time after 9/11.

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Adnan was housed in isolation in a section of Camp 5, where prisoners are checked on by the guard force every three minutes, 24 hours a day.

A former Guantanamo guard who still serves in the military and requested anonymity, told Truthout the guards need to "see skin" when they walk the block to check on the detainees.

"The guards are checking to make sure the detainees are alive. They need to see them breathing," he said. "They do their rounds and they have a block log where they write in what they observed. It's a sheet that you fill out on every shift recording the detainees' movement every 30 minutes or so. You write something like, 'walked cell block and all secure.' The log is then given to the block NCO (non-commissioned officer) who enters the information into the Detainee Information Management System (DIMS). That is then sent over the SIPRNET system. The only way, in my opinion, they wouldn't have been able to catch his death is if the guards weren't following the SOP (Standard Operating Procedure). That is - if they weren't walking the cell blocks."

In addition, the prisoners, especially those housed in Camp 5, are subjected to round-the-clock video and audio surveillance. The cells are wired for sound and a dome-like camera is affixed to the ceiling of the cells.

Durand, the Joint Task Force-Guantanamo spokesman, noted there are also certain Guantanamo prisoners who are deemed to be "Detainees of Interest (DOI)" and those prisoners are subject to monitoring every 60 seconds, or "continuous checks."

The number of prisoners determined to be Detainees of Interest is classified, Durand said, but given Adnan's past behavior he certainly appears to fit the description. "A detainee may be designated as a detainee of interest if they represent a threat to themselves, other detainees, the guard force or good order and discipline in the camps."

Adnan told Remes he was under constant surveillance and the guards scrutinized his every move. The only privacy Adnan had, he claimed, was when his back was facing the cell door window.

So if the Guantanamo guard force had been properly monitoring Adnan via video surveillance and walking the cell blocks to check on him - at minimum, every three minutes - is it possible that he fell "unresponsive and motionless" within that time frame but was still alive when he was transported to the Naval hospital?

Durand won't say. Presumably that will be determined by the multiple investigations.

The Autopsy

Adnan's autopsy was conducted and observed by a medical examiner, an observer/recorder, a technician and a mortician from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner from Dover Air Force Base, Durand said. Following the autopsy, which usually takes about two hours, a mortician prepared Adnan's body for burial.

Then, Durand said, "A Muslim military chaplain, the Joint Task Force-Guantanamo Cultural Advisor and Islamic volunteers from the staff were on hand to ensure the appropriate handling of the body."

"The traditional Islamic burial rites were performed, including the rituals of washing and shrouding the body and offering prayers for the deceased," he added.

Meanwhile, back in Yemen, the rituals of grief for the family remain in limbo.

Officials say the results of the autopsy could take several weeks, pending lab results, toxicology and other analyses. In any case, the autopsy results, when completed, are classified, Breasseale said.

The Yemeni government official told Truthout that US officials appear to have ruled out suicide as the manner of his death.

"There were many different theories being discussed," he said. "They still can't figure out how he died."