Guantánamo abuse ‘allowable’

GuantanamoInterrogators at Guantánamo Bay degraded and abused a key prisoner, forcing him to wear a bra and threatening him with a dog, military investigators claimed yesterday. But in a military report pre sented before the Senate armed services committee, the investigators said the treatment of the Saudi man, described as the “20th hijacker” in the September 11 attacks, did not amount to torture.

The man was not named during the hearing, but the Pentagon identified him as Mohamed al-Qahtani. The Senate panel heard that he was forced to wear a leash and subjected to investigations for up to 20 hours a day.

Guardian, 14 July 2005

See also Washington Post, 14 July 2005