Independent Investigation of Torture

Center for Victims of Torture calls for independent investigation of torture

A group that helps international victims of torture is calling for an independent investigation of prisoner abuse allegations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The Minneapolis-based Center for Victims of Torture says it is sending letters to President Bush and the Minnesota congressional delegation, asking for an independent commission.  The group also says the US must provide torture victims with legal help and medical and psychological rehabilitation.

Under recent criticism, White House and Pentagon officials have been defending the conditions and treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay almost daily.  Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld yesterday told NBC that an independent investigation doesn't make sense.

Over the weekend, Republicans and Democrats visited Guantanamo Bay to view the conditions for themselves and some say they're impressed with what they saw.