U.S. Investigates Gitmo Abuse Allegations


IAMI, Jan 5 (Reuters) - The U.S. military's regional command in Miami
launched an investigation on Wednesday into FBI agents' allegations that
interrogators tortured prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base.

The military's Southern Command, which has jurisdiction over the U.S. base
in eastern Cuba, ordered two officers to investigate the abuse allegations
contained in FBI e-mails made public last month.

The FBI e-mails described Guantanamo prisoners being shackled hand and foot
in a fetal position on the floor for 18 to 24 hours, and left to urinate
and defecate on themselves.

One FBI agent reported seeing a barely conscious prisoner who had torn out
his hair after being left overnight in a sweltering room. Another told of
an interrogation in which a prisoner was wrapped in an Israeli flag and
bombarded with loud music and strobe lights.

SouthCom officials said an Army general and a Navy captain would travel to
Guantanamo this week to begin investigating the allegations

 


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