Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Terror Suspect Claims Torture by Americans, Not Enough Entertainment at Guantanamo Bay

This is inhumane! Unscented deoderents? No toilet in the recreation room? You might as well beat him with barbed wire! What is next on the list of barbarity?? Removing his reading materials? Barbaric! This has to stop!

FOXNews.com - Terror Suspect Claims Torture by Americans, Not Enough Entertainment at Guantanamo Bay - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News: "In a lengthy written statement, Khan said the CIA and the Defense Department tortured him after his capture in Pakistan as well as when he was transferred to the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.

"I swear to God this place in some sense worst than CIA jails. I am being mentally torture here," said Khan in a statement read by his personal representative about his time in Guantanamo. "There is extensive torture even for the smallest of infractions."

Chunks of the transcript were removed, including what appears to be additional discussion of torture, including during his detention by the CIA.

"The redaction of Majid Khan's testimony regarding his treatment in the CIA secret program strengthens the view that the administration has something to hide," said Priti Patel, an assistant attorney at Human Rights First. "Covering up abuses in this way is a strategy guaranteed to backfire."

The transcript, however, includes detailed descriptions of what Khan said was abuse at Guantanamo. He said he has been unable to see his daughter, was denied communal recreation for 11 weeks, went four weeks without sunlight and fresh air, was deprived of basic or comfort items for three weeks, had his beard shaved twice and was forced to wear a protective suicide prevention smock.

And he complained that he was only given cheap unscented soap and shampoo, and that in the recreation room there is "no weight lifting machine, no toilet, no sink, ho hoops, and even balls them self have little air in them; they hardly bounce."

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