Washington, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) An official of the U.S. prison in the illegal naval base in Guantanamo, acknowledged at a hearing that military authorities placed hidden microphones to eavesdrop on inmates” conversations with their lawyers.
Washington has a detention center at its military base located in Cuban territory against the will of the people and government of the Caribbean island.
U.S. Navy captain Thomas Welsh, main legal adviser to the head of the naval base, said in a hearing held there that he had been assured that the microphone was not meant to spy on the prisoners’s private meetings with their legal representatives nor with the Red Cross.
According to Welsh, the microphone was more like a smoke detector on the ceiling of a room where prisoners considered high-value by the Pentagon were meeting.
Military officials tried to justify their actions and said they videotaped meetings between lawyers and detainees so that guards could respond quickly in case of an emergency.
The lawyers have been requesting since early February that the military judge temporarily suspend the pre-trial hearings being held at the naval base, because the military espionage services are monitoring the conversations of defenders with their clients, and censoring the actions at court meetings.
There are numerous reports on the use of cruel techniques at that facility, such as sleep deprivation, confinement of prisoners naked in rooms with low temperatures and exhausting interrogations.