American Detainees Faced Gitmo Treatment Inside US

Isolation, sensory deprivation nearly drove one insane
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 8, 2008 5:15 PM CDT
One page of 91 pages of documents produced by the U.S. Fleet Command that show daily decisions made about the treatment of American detainees.   ((AP Photo/ACLU))
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(Newser) – An American detainee held in a US military brig was driven nearly insane by months of punishing isolation and sensory deprivation, documents obtained by the AP show. The Bush administration labeled two citizens and a US resident “enemy combatants” and held them for years without criminal charges at military jails inside the US; the men were repeatedly denied access to attorneys, mail, human contact, natural light, and small amenities like soccer balls.

Their treatment sparked concern from those in charge of the facilities, the documents reveal. The men were subject to the same treatment as Guantanamo detainees. However, the Guantanamo jail was created by the Bush administration specifically to avoid allowing detainees any constitutional rights. “I fear the rubber band is nearing its breaking point here and not totally confident I can keep his head in the game much longer,” one supervisor wrote.