Tuesday, March 16, 2004

British detainees describe Guantanamo Bay 

It took the British government less than 24 hours to conclude that the five British detainees released from Guantanamo Bay last week posed no threat to national security. The five men were held at the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay for two years, and released by the British in less than a day. And here's how two of the men describe conditions in the camp:
Dergoul described "botched medical treatment, interrogation at gunpoint, beatings and inhuman conditions"...

Al-Harith said he was beaten and put in isolation because he refused injections and was sometimes forcibly given unidentified drugs.
Whoa. I thought the conditions at Guantanamo had been okayed by human rights groups. I guess not.

On the other hand, one Russian prisoner supposedly would rather stay in Guantanamo than go back to a Russian prison. But just because the conditions in Guantanamo may be better than those in some foreign prisons doesn't mean they're ethical.
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