The Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, also known as Gitmo, has been a US detention camp for international terrorists since 2002. The Cuba facility has long been criticized for its mistreatment and abuse of prisoners, with human rights activists, lawmakers and the general public calling for its closure.
According to a New York Times report, the US has made the conditions under which prisoners are kept slightly more lenient. The prisoners, previously interrogated by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), formerly would spend days and nights in isolation – each locked alone in a separate cell – often engulfed in total darkness and forced to listen to amplified white noise, the media report said.
Currently, the US military allows the 14 former CIA prisoners to walk unencumbered from their cells into enclosed open-air recreation pens, The New York Times said.
Gitmo administration has reportedly converted one of the cells into a communal pantry with a refrigerator, microwave and spices for meal preparation.
US troops can reportedly now also track the prisoners through cameras and other surveillance. According to The New York Times, Col. Steven G. Yamashita said that the incarceration conditions for Gitmo prisoners are different today than in previous years in this special CIA detention.
Lockdown is generally limited to four hours a day total, typically from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., the media report said, adding that during these time…