They were barred from even confidential access to some prisoners in Gitmo, we now find. This is the defense:

A spokesman, Lt. Col. Edward M. Bush III, said, "I am in no position to speculate about what happened in 2003 ... All I can tell you is what we do today. And the absolute policy now, today, is that the I.C.R.C. is granted access to everything."

Why were some prisoners withheld from Red Cross access - and in writing, a sign of the confidence some had that the Bush administration was very comfortable flouting international law? You know and I know. They were being tortured.

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