U.S. Detention Practices Become Major Foreign Policy Issue

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Friday, July 1, 2005
Bruce Zagaris
In May 2005, U.S. detention practices became a major foreign policy issue as information about its abusive detention practices, albeit denied as false, triggered riots and loss of life in several Islamic countries. On May 27, 2005, thousands of Muslims engaged in protests to denounce reports that U.S. interrogators at the prison camp at Guant?namo Bay and anti-American rallies occurred in Pakistan, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Middle East. On May 26, 2005, a U.S. military inquiry uncovered five instances in which guards or interrogators at the Guant?namo Bay detention facility in Cuba mishandled the Koran, but found "no credible evidence" to substantiate claims that it was ever flushed down a toilet. All but one of the five incidents appeared to have occurred before January 2004. Two service members have been punished for their conduct, one recently...[more]