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New board to review detentions

The US defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, announced the creation of a new board to review the detention of terrorist suspects at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp yesterday, but made it clear that many would be held indefinitely. “We need to keep in mind that the people in US custody are not there because they stole a car or robbed a bank,” Mr Rumsfeld said. “They are enemy combatants and terrorists detained for acts of war against our country, and that is why different rules have to apply.” He claimed that the interrogation of inmates had produced essential intelligence in Washington’s “war on terrorism”. The US would hold them as long as necessary, because it was “a security necessity and, I might add, it is just plain common sense”. Full Story

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