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    Al-Qaida Detainees Disappeared : By SAM DOLNICK 10/11/04 Associated Press -- NEW YORK - At least 11 al-Qaida suspects have disappeared in U.S. custody,
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      Al-Qaida Detainees 'Disappeared' :

      10/11/04 "Associated Press" -- NEW YORK - At least 11 al-Qaida
      suspects have "disappeared" in U.S. custody, and some may have been
      tortured, Human Rights Watch said in a report issued Monday.

      The prisoners are probably being held outside the United States
      without access to the Red Cross or any oversight of their treatment,
      the human rights group said. In some cases, the United States will
      not even acknowledge the prisoners are in custody.

      The report said the prisoners include the alleged architect of the
      Sept. 11 attacks, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, as well as Abu Zubaydah,
      who is believed to be a close aide to Osama bin Laden.

      In refusing to disclose the prisoners' whereabouts or acknowledge the
      detentions, Human Rights Watch said, the U.S. government has violated
      international law, international treaties and the Geneva Convention.
      The group called on the government to bring all the prisoners "under
      the protection of the law."

      "I think the U.S. demeans itself when it adopts the philosophy that
      the ends justify the means in the fight against terror," said Reed
      Brody, special counsel with Human Rights Watch.

      CIA spokesman Mark Mansfield said the agency has not seen the report
      and declined to comment.

      The report — titled "The United States' `Disappeared:' The CIA's Long-
      term 'Ghost Detainees'" — said many of the prisoners have provided
      valuable intelligence to U.S. officials. But it also cited reports
      that some detainees have lied under pressure to please their

      Human Rights Watch has no firsthand knowledge of the treatment of
      these detainees. Much of the report stems from news accounts that
      have cited unidentified government sources acknowledging the torture
      or mistreatment of detainees.

      The report provides a brief sketch of 11 detainees believed to be
      incommunicado in undisclosed locations. They hail from countries
      across the Arab world, including Libya, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and
      Kuwait. U.S. authorities have confirmed the detention of six of them,
      the report said.


      Abu Ghraib interrogator tells his story:

      "Yeah, I've had a couple people tell me, 'Well people shouldn't know
      about this. We've gotta keep this quiet,'" Brokaw says.




      Spies "lap up" info from torture:

      British spies "lap up" information gathered through torture, hurting
      Britain's ability to fight for human rights, the ambassador to
      Uzbekistan has said in a leaked memo obtained by Reuters.





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