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US Law Prohibits Transferring Guantanamo Prisoners to America

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The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) reported on "torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment of" Guantanamo prisoners.

Documented evidence was obtained. Abusive treatment is standard practice. Waterboarding is one of many tactics. 

Others include beatings, painful hog-tying, prolonged stress positions, electric shocks, sensory deprivation, extreme heat and cold, deafening sounds, and much more.

CCR described prolonged isolation. "Approximately 70%" of detainees "are in solitary confinement or isolation," it said.

"Virtually none have ever been charged, and most will never be charged or tried."

"Yet, they remain in 'super-maximum security confinement' conditions." Doing so exceeds what's psychologically tolerable.

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Pentagon authorities won't acknowledge what's done. Euphemisms substitute. Prisoners get greater "privacy" and "single-occupancy cells," they claim. Hell is hell. Sanitizing it doesn't wash.

Conditions speak for themselves. Cells are small, windowless steel cages without access to natural light or air. Fluorescent lights stay on 24 hours a day. Sleep is impeded.

Attorney Brent Mickum represents Bisher al-Rawi. He's "slowly but surely, slipping into madness," he said. He has no human contact. He's entirely cut off from the outside world. So are most others.

Attorney Clive Stafford Smith said his client smeared feces on his cell walls. When asked why, he couldn't explain.

Prisoners are zombie-like. They resemble the living dead. Appalling treatment continues out of sight and mind. Media scoundrels say nothing.

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CCR explained Guantanamo by the numbers:

Since 2002, an estimated 779 men were detained. Nearly all were Muslims. Another 664 men were transferred from Guantanamo. It now holds 166 indefinitely.

According to US government records, 92% aren't terrorists. They're not Al Qaeda fighters. Eighty-six men cleared for release remain detained. 

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