On the ninth floor of the federal Metropolitan Detention Center in Sunset Park, terrorism suspects swept off the streets after the Sept. 11 attacks were repeatedly stripped naked and frequently were physically abused, the Justice Department's inspector general has found.
The detainees - none of whom were ultimately charged with anything related to terrorism - alleged in sworn affidavits and in interviews with Justice Department officials that correction officers ... shackled their hands and feet before smashing them repeatedly face-first into concrete walls - within sight of the Statue of Liberty. ...
The Justice Department's inspector general has substantiated some of the prisoners' allegations - and some incidents were captured on videotape. But the Justice Department has declined to prosecute any federal correction officer at MDC.
Monday, February 21, 2005
"Brooklyn's Abu Ghraib"
New York Daily News, February 20, 2005: