Guantanamo detainees say Islam mocked by US guards

Guantanamo detainees say Islam mocked by US guards

[JURIST] More recently-declassified notes of some Guantanamo detainees' conversations with their defense attorneys include allegations that US personnel at the camp repeatedly mocked Islam, made disparaging remarks, and took religiously-abusive actions such as that of a prison barber in cutting the shape of a cross into a detainee's hair. The latest revelations are consistent with previous reports about interrogation practices purposefully violative of Muslim moral and religious principles [JURIST report]. Official Defense Department statements have hitherto highlighted a respectful posture towards Islam at the camp, including the provision of Muslim chaplains [US State Department report], issuance of Korans, prayer rugs, and religiously correct meals [2002 US DOD report]. A US Southern Command spokesman has said that there has been no change of policy. AP has more.