Defense Lawyers Let Inside Secret Gitmo Camp

First-ever visit to undisclosed locale 'helpful:' defense attorney
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 20, 2008 11:34 AM CST
The sun rises over Camp Delta detention compound at Guantanamo Bay US Naval Base, in Cuba.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Defense lawyers were allowed for the first time into a section of the prison at Guantanamo Bay so restricted that even its location on the US base is secret. The pair of military attorneys for an alleged Sept. 11 plotter went to Camp 7 to gauge the effects of the prison-within-a-prison on a man so unstable he believes his bed shakes.

Both lawyers said they were barred from revealing what they saw on the "helpful" 90-minute tour. After being driven there in the same closed van used for prisoners to conceal the route, they viewed client Ramzi Binalshibh's cell, medical facilities, and a room where detainees can watch movies. Prisoners there have been visited by Red Cross workers before.