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Terror suspects arrive at Gitmo

Published September 8, 2006

WASHINGTON - The 14 terrorism suspects transferred to the Guantanamo Bay detention center from overseas CIA prisons arrived in good health, the prison commander said Thursday.

Speaking to reporters by telephone from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Navy Rear Adm. Harry Harris said that "for operational security reasons" he would not reveal any information about the new prisoners' confinement. He would not say, for example, whether they were being held separately from the rest of the prison population.

Harris said he signed for custody of the 14 when they arrived from an undisclosed location on Monday.

President Bush announced on Wednesday that he had ordered the 14 suspects - including the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks and architects of the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole and the U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania - transferred from CIA custody to Pentagon control and moved to Guantanamo Bay.

"They arrived safely and all appeared to be in good condition," Harris said. He would not discuss any details of their transfer.

The detainees were moved by vehicles to a dock on the western side of Guantanamo Bay, where they boarded a ferry for movement to the eastern side of the bay, Harris said. "Upon arrival they began the standard in-processing procedure," which he said included physical and dental examinations.

[Last modified September 8, 2006, 02:27:54]

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