Al-Qaida Detainees 'Disappeared' :
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By SAM DOLNICK
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.
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