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Activists Seek Access to U.S. Detainees

U.S. military officials on Thursday denied any mistreatment of terrorism suspects after two human rights groups asked the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to intervene on behalf of detainees. The New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights and the International Human Rights Law Group petitioned the Washington-based commission, asking it to ensure the prisoners were neither tortured during interrogations nor transferred to other countries for questioning. “Some have been blindfolded and thrown into walls by U.S. military personnel as well as being subjected to loud noises and deprived of sleep,” the groups claimed in the petition. The rights groups want the commission to send inspection teams to U.S. bases where detainees are being held, including Guantanamo Bay and Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. The U.S. military denies it has violated the human rights of those it has detained as part of the war against Osama bin Laden and the alQaida terrorist network. Full Story

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