We’ll Know Soon Enough

TheRed Cross intends to visit the 14 detainees recently trasferred from the CIA’s gulags to Guantanamo Bay. Although the Red Cross typically does not release information gleaned from these meetings, nor do they publicize their criticisms of prsions around the world, the organization will facilitate communication between the detainees and their families.

That’s how we will learn just how badly they have been tortured over the past several years.

The Red Cross expects to meet for the first time 14 high-level terrorism suspects who were recently transferred from CIA secret prisons to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, at a visit to the camp starting next week, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Antonella Notari, chief spokeswoman for the International Committee of the Red Cross, said officials will arrive Monday for a scheduled two-week visit to Guantanamo. The ICRC is the only neutral agency with full access to Guantanamo detainees.

“There is no reason to believe that there should be a problem seeing these detainees in the course of the visit,” she said. “The priority of the upcoming mission is to talk in private and to register the newly transferred detainees and to provide them the means to communicate with their family members through Red Cross messages.”


The Geneva-based humanitarian organization, which visits prisoners of war under the Geneva Conventions on warfare, always demands access to all detainees and to the facilities where they are held. It insists on the right to meet one-on-one with prisoners at all of its visits.

“The ICRC expects to be able to talk in private to any detainee — including the 14 recently transferred to Guantanamo Bay,” Notari said.

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