US Defends Conditions Inside Gitmo
Military releases rare photos of cell to prove conditions OK in 'Five Echo'
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2011 5:23 AM CST
In this image released by the US Military Joint Task Force Guantanamo, the interior of a cell from a disciplinary block known as Five Echo is pictured with a wide-angle lens.   (AP Photo/U.S. Military, MC2 Kilho Park)

(Newser) – To defend conditions in a disciplinary block at Guantanamo Bay prison, US military officials have released photos of the rarely seen interior, reports the AP. "Five Echo," a section of the prison used for "noncompliant" detainees, had been accused of violating Geneva Conventions by lawyers for some of the detainees, who said its cells are so small small, lights are so bright, and air quality so poor that they are inhumane. "Five Echo is really a throwback to the bad old days at Guantanamo," said an attorney representing three inmates.

But Gitmo officials disputed those characterizations, saying the cells were, by nature, worse than regular cells, but still acceptable. "It is safe, human, and meets all the regulations," says an Army representative. Army officials said the disciplinary section of the prison, Camp Five, is currently about half-full, with about 50 prisoners, but subsection Five Echo is completely empty. The 15 most notorious prisoners at the camp are kept in the top-secret Camp Seven.

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Dec 11, 2011 4:30 PM CST
of course the military will have pictures of the best looking prison cell. does anyone remember the military hospital ward that was a disgrace to all present and past military. the do that to our sons and daughters if the will do that to there own what do you think they will do to U.S. Civilians let alone the so call bush Friend i mean enemy!
Dec 10, 2011 8:10 PM CST
Yeah so IS a prison. Stick Bradley in it as well
Dec 10, 2011 8:10 AM CST
Hey,?? Wasn't Obama going to close this place?? Oh Yea, just another broken promise, say anything to get elected!