Gitmo commander voices frustration at abuse claims by press, rights groups

[JURIST] Army Brig. Gen. Jay Hood, senior military commander of the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, voiced frustration Thursday at press and rights group portrayals of abuse at the facility. Hood's comments follow a since-retracted Newsweek article [official website; JURIST report] describing mistreatment of the Koran and an Amnesty International report [official website; JURIST report] calling the prison camp the "gulag of our time." According to Hood, reporters do not visit the facilities themselves, ignoring what he called the military's "openness and willingness" to work with them. Every organization that has stated an interest in the past two years, said Hood, has been alllowed to visit the detention facilities. Reporters who visit the base have, however, expressed frustration with extensive rules and restrictions on photography on and on reporting names of prison employees. They also claim that the details about provided about detainess are insufficient. The Washington Times has more.

 

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