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FBI Documents Detail Possible Guantanamo Detainee Abuses January 3, 2007

Posted by notapundit in Military News, US News.

WASHINGTON (AP)–The FBI says its employees witnessed more than two dozen incidents of military officials and civilian contractors possibly mistreating detainees at the Guantanamo Bay military base.

Documents released Tuesday described a contractor who covered much of a detainee’s head in duct tape for chanting the Koran, a female prison guard who allegedly handled a detainee’s genitals and wiped menstrual blood on his face and contractors who left a detainee in a sweltering, unventilated room until he pulled out his own hair and nearly passed out.

The documents were released to the American Civil Liberties Union, which is suing former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on behalf of former military detainees who say they were abused. Many of the incidents have already been reported and are summarized in the lawsuit.

The records were gathered as part of an internal FBI survey in 2004 and are not part of a criminal investigation.

The agency asked 493 employees whether they witnessed aggressive treatment that wasn’t consistent with the FBI’s policies. The bureau received 26 positive responses.

The agency’s reports did not say whether any laws were broken. They said nothing employees observed rose to the level of abuse seen at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

FBI spokesman Richard J. Kolko said all the information in the reports were passed on to the Pentagon’s inspector general.


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