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FBI Papers Detail Accounts of Abuse at Guantanamo

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Newly released documents from the FBI contain eyewitness accounts of abuse at Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. The descriptions come from interviews with nearly 500 agents who served at the prison.

One agent describes a detainee in an unventilated room where temperatures were well above 100 degrees. He reports, "the detainee was almost unconscious on the floor, with a pile of hair next to him. He had apparently been literally pulling his own hair out throughout the night."

Another account describes a long-haired bearded detainee who was "gagged with duct tape that covered much of his head." There are accounts of Koran mistreatment, and of sexual humiliation.

The events took place in 2002 and 2003. The FBI determined that bureau personnel did not mistreat detainees. The report says all the reported incidents involved outside entities, the majority of whom could not be identified.

These documents were released as part of an ACLU lawsuit against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other top military officials.