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NEWS: Guantanamo Detainees Given Voice by Tribunal Court Records

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posted on Apr, 9 2005 @ 01:23 AM
The Associated press has reviewed dozens of court documents by many of the 550 terror suspects held at the U.S naval base of Guantanemo Bay in Cuba. The documents give voice and names to the terror suspects detained after the Bush Administration had sought to suppress information released through government channels. The documents reviewed of around 60 detainees at the facility provide accounts of their time spent at the facility and impression of the U. S Justice system. Allegations such as the tribunal president yelling "I don't care about international law" after one terror suspect Feroz Ali Abassi was ejected from his tribunal for repeatedly challenging the legality of detention by commenting on his right to speak.
"We believe the tribunal process gave each detainee a fair opportunity to contest their detention," said Navy Capt. Beci Brenton, a spokeswoman for the Defense Department office overseeing the prisoners at Guantanamo.

Administration officials repeatedly have said the prisoners are not entitled to the internationally accepted legal protections given prisoners of war.

The tribunals brought out previously unknown information regarding the war on terror.

"You believe anyone that gives you any information," detainee Mohammed Mohammed Hassen, who was arrested in Pakistan, objected to his tribunal. "What if that person made a mistake? Maybe that person looked at me and confused me with someone else."

The unclassified evidence against Hassen, 24, was that a senior al-Qaida lieutenant had identified his picture as that of someone he might have seen in Afghanistan.

The tribunals also had access to classified evidence that the detainees were not allowed to see, a key reason a federal judge said in January that there were constitutional problems with the tribunals. An appeals court is considering that issue.

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The supreme court ruled last June that detainees may challenge their imprisonment and since then there has been allegations of abuse and broken geneva conventions, which the Bush Administration has repeatedly stated do not exist as these prisoners are not classified as prisoners of war.

A number of detainees have recorded in the court documents from their tribunal hearings which are contesting their detention, that they had been tortured or mistreated.

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[edit on 9-4-2005 by Mayet]


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