Magazine article The American Prospect

Dossier: An Ounce of Detention

Magazine article The American Prospect

Dossier: An Ounce of Detention

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The United States has detained approximately 70,000 people outside U.S. territory since late 2001 ... It's believed that more than 10,000 are still in U.S. custody in various camps and prisons in the United States, Cuba, Iraq, and Afghanistan ... In a May 13, 2004, story, The New York Times reported that the whereabouts of the high-level al-Qaeda detainees were so secret that "one official said he had been told that Mr. Bush had informed the CIA that he did not want to know where they were" ... U.S. agents in Abu Ghraib hid numerous detainees from the Red Cross, according to a leaked report by U.S. Army Major General Antonio Taguba ... These people were referred to as "ghost detainees" ... According to General Paul Kern, who oversaw one of the military investigations into U.S. policies and practices of interrogation and detention, there were "perhaps up to 100" cases of ghost detainees in U.S. custody in Iraq ... American forces have operated at least 17 detention facilities in Iraq and 25 in Afghanistan ... According to a report by the New York University Law School and the New York City Bar Association on America's "extraordinary rendition program," 150 people are estimated to have been "rendered" in the last four years . …

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