Defense attorneys call it Brooklyn’s Abu Ghraib. On the ninth floor of the
federal Metropolitan Detention Center in Sunset Park, terrorism suspects
swept off the streets after the Sept. 11 attacks were repeatedly stripped
naked and frequently were physically abused, the Justice Department’s
inspector general has found.
The detainees – none of whom were ultimately charged with anything related
to terrorism – alleged in sworn affidavits and in interviews with Justice
Department officials that correction officers:
* Humiliated them by making fun of – and sometimes painfully squeezing –
* Deprived them of regular sleep for weeks or months.
* Shackled their hands and feet before smashing them repeatedly face-first
into concrete walls – within sight of the Statue of Liberty.
* Forced them in winter to stand outdoors at dawn while dressed in light
cotton prison garb and no shoes, sometimes for hours