Gitmo Meets Geneva Rules: Pentagon Report

Study urges changes in rules for 'most troublesome' detainees
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2009 8:54 AM CST
Gitmo Meets Geneva Rules: Pentagon Report
In this 2008 photo, detainees, in white, and US military guards walk around Camp 4 detention facility at the US Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

A Pentagon report conducted for President Obama asserts that Gitmo treats its prisoners humanely and in accordance with the Geneva Convention, reports the Los Angeles Times. The report does, however, call for some reforms, such as giving the most dangerous inmates more contact with other prisoners and opportunities for prayer. Obama asked for the report as part of his executive order to close Guantanamo Bay by the end of the year.

The report, conducted by Navy Adm. Patrick M. Walsh, hasn't been officially released yet. Already, human rights groups have slammed the findings. "That assessment is difficult to digest when our clients in Camps 5 and 6 are physically and psychologically breaking down because their conditions and isolation have become so unbearable,” said an attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights. (More Guantanamo Bay stories.)

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