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    Guantanamo Detainees Tell First Independent Visitor About Scars from Torture and Hopes to Leave

    Guantanamo Detainees Tell First Independent Visitor About Scars from Torture and Hopes to Leave

    UNITED — At the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, the aging men known by their serial numbers arrived at the meeting shackled. Every single one told the visitor — for many the first independent person they had talked to in 20 years — “You came too late.”

    But they still talked, about the scant contacts with their families, their many health problems, the psychological and physical scars of the torture and abuse they experienced, and their hopes of leaving and reuniting with loved ones.

    For the first time since the facility in opened in 2002, a U.S. president had allowed a United Nations independent investigator, Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, to visit.

    She said in an interview with The Associated Press that it's true she came too late, because a total of 780 Muslim men were detained there following the 9/11 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, and today there are just 30 remaining.

    The United Nations had tried for many years to send an independent investigator, but was turned down by the administrations of George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump.

    Ní Aoláin praised President Joe Biden's administration for allowing “critical voices” into the facility. And she expressed hope other governments that have barred U.N. special investigators will follow Biden's example.

    The -born law professor said she believes the cross-section of “high-value” and “non-high value” detainees she met…

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