U.S. general stands by Guantanamo methods

June 28, 2004 at 12:51 PM
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BAGHDAD, June 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army general who oversaw the Guantanamo detention center for suspected terrorists says there was no torture, and he stands by interrogation methods.

Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller ran the Guantanamo operation in Cuba from November 2002 until he took up his post overseeing detention centers in Iraq, including Baghdad's notorious Abu Ghraib facility this April.

"There was no torture at Guantanamo," he told the Christian Science Monitor, adding, "I'm proud of everything done at Guantanamo."

Last week, a military judge ordered Miller and three other senior U.S. Army officers to submit to questioning from defense lawyers for U.S. soldiers accused of abusing detainees at Abu Ghraib.

Miller is regarded as a central figure in the prison case because of his role in attempting to transfer lessons in intelligence gathering and interrogation from the detention facility at Guantanamo to Iraq.

The United States did not grant the roughly 600 detainees at Guantanamo formal protection under the Geneva Conventions, as it has for all detainees in Iraq, except alleged terrorists.

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