Reaction to Moazzam Begg's Guantanamo Account

Renee Montagne talks to Jackie Northam about Moazzam Begg's ­account of his imprisonment at Guantanamo.

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And we return now to NPR national security correspondent Jackie Northam, who's in Guantanamo Bay.

And, Jackie, we've just heard from a former detainee. Does his story resonate with what you've seen there?

JACKIE NORTHAM: Quite a few detainees who have been released from Guantanamo said that they were beaten and went through solitary confinement during their time here. The International Committee for the Red Cross, which has regular access to the detainees, say those allegations have dropped off quite dramatically. Defense lawyers say they're still going on. On the other side, Guantanamo officials, military officials say, you know, all detainees are treated humanely.

The broader question that he raises, though, is this due process and that has not been resolved. You know, only 10 people have been charged down here of the 450-plus detainees, and the rest are just languishing without any sense of what their future holds. And, you know, that lack of due process has been one of the major criticisms here of Guantanamo.

MONTAGNE: Jackie, thanks very much. NPR national security correspondent Jackie Northam. You're listening to MORNING EDITION from NPR News.

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