High-value Guantanamo detainees call home for first time in nearly a decade

Jay Leiderman
By: Jay Leiderman
February 13 2015

High-value Guantanamo detainees call home for first time in nearly a decade

The prison’s most dangerous are allowed to speak with their families in heavily monitored calls

For almost a decade, the 15 detainees considered to be the most dangerous at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been locked in a special top-security facility, deprived of some of the privileges granted to other prisoners, such as communal living, live television and periodic calls with their families.

Now, as the Pentagon moves to improve prisoner conditions, officials have allowed several “high-value” inmates to make Skype-like video calls and speak with their families for the first time since they were brought to Guantanamo Bay from secret CIA prisons overseas.

Officials have imposed strict security restrictions on the calls, monitoring both sides’ statements to ensure no classified information is divulged, making for a disruptive experience that in one case stretched a 30-minute conversation to four hours.

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