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    39 Secretly Imprisoned by U.S. By RAPHAEL G. SATTER, Associated Press Writer http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070607/ap_on_re_eu/britain_us_detainees LONDON - A
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      39 Secretly Imprisoned by U.S.
      By RAPHAEL G. SATTER, Associated Press Writer

      LONDON - A coalition of human rights groups has drawn up a list of 39
      terror suspects it believes are being secretly imprisoned by U.S.
      authorities and published their names in a report released Thursday.
      Information about the so-called "ghost detainees" was gleaned from
      interviews with former prisoners and officials in the U.S., Pakistan,
      Afghanistan, and Yemen, according to Amnesty International, Human
      Rights Watch, and four other groups.

      "What we're asking is where are these 39 people now, and what's
      happened to them since they 'disappeared'?" Joanne Mariner of Human
      Rights Watch said in a statement.

      CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano said "there's a lot of myth outside
      government when it comes to the CIA and the fight against terror."
      "The plain truth is that we act in strict accord with American law,
      and that our counter terror initiatives — which are subject to careful
      review and oversight — have been very effective in disrupting plots
      and saving lives," Gimigliano said. "The United States does not
      conduct or condone torture."

      Information on the purported missing detainees was, in some cases,
      incomplete, the report acknowledged. Some detainees had been added to
      the list because Marwan Jabour, an Islamic militant who claims to have
      spent two years in CIA custody, remembered being shown photos of them
      during interrogations, it said. Others were identified only by their
      first or last names, like "al-Rubaia," who was added to the list after
      a fellow inmate reported seeing the name scribbled onto the wall of
      his cell.

      But information for at least 21 of the detainees had been confirmed by
      two or more independent sources, said Anne Fitzgerald, a senior
      adviser for Amnesty International.

      President Bush acknowledged the existence of secret detention centers
      in September 2006, but said that the prisons were then empty. Bush
      said 14 terrorism suspects that the CIA had been holding, including a
      mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, had
      been transferred to military custody at Guantanamo Bay for trials.

      Fitzgerald said she wasn't convinced that the sites were ever emptied,
      and claimed a program of secret detentions was ongoing. "We wanted
      (the detainees') names in the public eye because of the impression
      that this is over, this is finished, and they're not doing this
      anymore," Fitzgerald said. "That's clearly not the case." Detainees on
      the list include Hassan Ghul and Ali Abd al-Rahman al-Faqasi
      al-Ghamdi, who were both named in the 9-11 Commission report as
      al-Qaida operatives.

      Another is Mustafa Setmarian Nasar, a jihadist ideologue named as one
      of the FBI's "Most Wanted Terrorists." U.S. officials have confirmed
      that Nasar was seized in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta in
      November 2005, and the activists' report said that he was taken into
      U.S. custody after his arrest, citing unnamed Pakistani officials. His
      current location is unknown.

      Also missing is Mohammed Omar Abdel-Rahman, the son of the Omar
      Abdel-Rahman, the "Blind Sheik" behind the first plot against the
      World Trade Center in New York, the report said. Most of the 35 other
      detainees mentioned in the report have been previously identified,
      with the exception of four Libyans, alleged members of the
      al-Qaida-linked Libyan Islamic Fighting Group. The report says they
      were handed to U.S. authorities and have not been heard from since.

      The four other groups involved in drafting the report were the Center
      for Constitutional Rights in New York, the Center for Human Rights and
      Global Justice at New York University's School of Law, and Reprieve
      and Cageprisoners — both London-based rights groups.



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