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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 03:32 AM
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66. Senators queries Pentagon on letters from detainees
Posted on Fri, Jun. 09, 2006
Senators queries Pentagon on letters from detainees
Knight Ridder Newspapers

MIAMI - Democrat Sen. Patrick Leahy is asking the Pentagon to explain why the military is withholding letters a Guantanamo detainee wrote U.S. lawmakers from behind the razor wire at Camp Delta.

``Is this really happening?'' the Vermont senator and senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee scrawled across the bottom of a letter this week to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

He asked for an answer by Monday.

At issue are 98 handwritten letters that Pakistani captive Saifullah Paracha, 58, wrote between February and May to most of the U.S. senators and Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District of Columbia's delegate to Congress.

``He says that he and all the others demand justice,'' Paracha's attorney Gaillard Hunt told The Miami Herald in a telephone interview Friday, explaining that the man accused of terrorist ties sent him the letters a month ago for delivery.
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