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Rose Siding Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 09:04 PM
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Red Cross representatives meet with prisoners at Guantanamo
The International Committee of the Red Cross confirmed Thursday that its representatives have met with the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and 13 other terrorist suspects who were transferred to U.S. military custody in September after years in secret CIA detention facilities.

The meetings took place at the U.S. prison for suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, ICRC spokesman Simon Schorno said. He said the Red Cross had provided the men with forms for letters, but declined to say which, if any, had written to their families.

Schorno also declined to discuss what was learned about the men's treatment while they were held by the CIA. Under tradition, the Red Cross reports its findings about a prisoner's treatment only to the country holding the prisoner.

Confirmation that the 14 men had been seen by Red Cross delegates came on the same day that the Pentagon announced it had released 17 Guantanamo prisoners. Sixteen were sent to Afghanistan and one to Morocco, the Pentagon said.

It didn't name the men, but said they'd been freed after a series of internal reviews and diplomatic dialogue with their native countries.

The releases leave 437 prisoners at Guantanamo.

http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/15743833.htm

Here's the article about thier release- no mention of the Red Cross visit-
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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951-Riverside Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 10:21 PM
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1. These red cross visits are pointless since they classify their reports
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NOLADEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 07:34 AM
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2. Yep....A political show I am ashamed the Red Cross participates in
I have my doubts that they are even speaking with actual detainees.

This is such a national disgrace.

CLOSE GITMO NOW!!!!
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dubykc Donating Member (321 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 10:32 AM
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3. The Repuga are trying to "soften" the image of GITMO...
by alowing the Red Cross in, but we can be sure the detainees that are interviewed are CAREFULLY selected. A quote from the article I read was this:

"Their private meetings with Red Cross delegates, who included a doctor and translators, are not monitored by the military, Schorno said."

Are they that naive?

The military has recorded every word, and maybe even added or deleted a few.

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