Release Chinese from Gitmo, U.S. lawmakers urge
This is another version of extraordinary rendition: the Chinese government has been taking Chinese nationals to Guantanamo Bay for interrogation, and two US Representatives want the practice stopped.
The two lawmakers, Reps. Bill Delahunt, D-Massachusetts, and Dana Rohrabacher, R-California, said the Uighurs -- members of a Chinese ethnic group -- should be compensated and apologized to for any abuse they may have suffered while held in the detention center at U.S. naval base in Cuba.
Uighurs fled their homeland in western China and settled in Afghanistan and Pakistan, only to be swept up in the U.S.-led dragnet for terrorists after the September 11 attacks.
A federal judge has called their imprisonment unlawful, but the Bush administration opposes releasing them unless they can go to a country other than the United States.
At a House Foreign Affairs hearing on interrogation methods at Guantanamo, Delahunt asked Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine to confirm that Chinese officials were let into the prison.
"We were informed that the Chinese government sent people to interview and interrogate the Uighurs," Fine said.