Gitmo torture claims appear substantiated by FBI documents Bernard Hibbitts at 9:06 AM ET
[JURIST] The Washington Post reported Sunday that claims of abuse and torture made by 10 former Guantanamo detainees and described in documents filed in federal court now appear to be substantiated by FBI documents recently obtained by the ACLU under the Freedom of Information Act. Both the detainee complaints and the FBI papers (the release of which was previously reported in JURIST's Paper Chase) refer to incidents of severe interrogation, humiliation, rape and other behviours contrary to the provisions of the Geneva Conventions. Even the detainees' attorneys are said to originally have had doubts about their clients' abuse claims abuse given the lack of independent evidence of problems at Guantanamo, as opposed to Abu Ghraib in Iraq, but now Brent Michum, a DC attorney representing one of the detainees, says:
now there's no question these guys have been tortured. When we first got involved in this case, I wondered whether this could all be true. But every allegation that I've heard has now come to pass and been confirmed by the government's own papers.
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