US Slammed for Secret 'Floating Prisons'

Prisoners held far from courts and scrutiny, human rights group charges
By Laurel Jorgensen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2008 5:07 AM CDT
As many as 17 US Navy ships have been used to detain suspected terrorists since 2001, the human rights group Reprieve charges.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The US has detained terror suspects on some 17 naval ships that have been used as secret "floating prisons" around the world since 2001, according to a study by the human rights organization Reprieve. At least 50 prisoners were held on a single ship and delivered to unknown locations, reports the Guardian.

"They choose ships to keep their misconduct from the prying eyes of the media and lawyers," said a Reprieve representative. A Navy spokesman conceded that  suspects have been held on ships “for a few days”—but he denied vessels are used as prisons.