Friday, December 09, 2005

Dark Days- Los Angeles Times

Dark Days in Prisons at Home and Abroad - Los Angeles Times: "Mokayev said his brother told him of being forced to kneel with his hands cuffed to his ankles, being sprayed with a gel that caused a painful rash, then carried out, still shackled, and hosed down with a stream of water. Kudayev and several other prisoners said Guantanamo guards would turn up the air conditioning to the freezing point, then turn it off until breathing became difficult.

He was forced to take unidentified pills that gave him chest pains and made his muscles feel like stone.

'They beat them if they didn't want to take these pills, and they would administer them by force to them,' Tekayeva said. 'Afterward, he would just hunch into a fetal position.'

The U.S. has denied forcing medication or any other abuse at Guantanamo but as a matter of policy does not comment on individual cases.

'All detainees in custody at Guantanamo, without exception, are treated humanely and are provided excellent medical care by dedicated medical professionals,' said Lt. Col. Jeremy M. Martin, director of public affairs for the U.S. military in Guantanamo Bay.

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