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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:21 PM
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US guards 'filmed beatings' at terror camp
Senator urges action as Briton reveals Guantanamo abuse

Dozens of videotapes of American guards allegedly engaged in brutal attacks on Guantanamo Bay detainees have been stored and catalogued at the camp, an investigation by The Observer has revealed.
The disclosures, made in an interview with Tarek Dergoul, the fifth British prisoner freed last March, who has been too traumatised to speak until now, prompted demands last night by senior politicians on both sides of the Atlantic to make the videos available immediately.

They say that if the contents are as shocking as Dergoul claims, they will provide final proof that brutality against detainees has become an institutionalised feature of America's war on terror.

Senator Patrick Leahy, the senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, who has been an outspoken critic of the Abu Ghraib abuse, said he would demand that Rumsfeld must produce the videos this week

'Congressional oversight of this administration has been lax in many areas, including detention policy in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo,' Leahy said. 'It is past time for that to change. If photos, videotapes or any other evidence exists that can help establish whether or not there has been mistreatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, it should be provided without delay to Congress.

'I have asked the Pentagon for sufficient information to allow Congress to evaluate the effectiveness and propriety of the treatment of those in our custody. Pentagon officials owe the Congress a comprehensive response. I have made clear that compliance must include any tapes or photos of the activities of the ERF or any other military or intelligence units there.'

In London, Menzies Campbell, the Liberal Democrat deputy leader, said: 'The Government must demand that these videos be delivered up, and the truth of these very serious allegations properly determined once and for all.

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,69...
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Webster Green Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:26 PM
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1. Seems like they would have destroyed them all last week....(n/t)
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burythehatchet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-16-04 12:03 AM
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2. This is much more explosive than your title would indicate, I believe
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Straight Shooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-16-04 12:28 AM
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3. But but but -- they're enemy combatants!
:eyes:

All's fair in love and war, but to bush they're one and the same.
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LittleApple81 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-16-04 12:56 AM
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4. But but but we already classified them as subhuman nonpersons! n/t
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