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Video: American Hikers Say Iran Used Gitmo to Justify Prison Abuse

| by Michael Allen

As President Obama, Gen. David Petraeus, liberal activists and Sen. John McCain predicted numerous times, foreign countries are now using the US torture committed at Guantanamo Bay and CIA prisons as an excuse to treat Americans poorly. 

This was confirmed by American hikers Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, the two Americans who were recently released from an Iranian prison where they were held on spying allegations since 2009.

Speaking to the media, for the first time, Bauer and Fattal detailed the human rights violations they had experienced, which included poor prison conditions and long periods in isolation.

These complaints mirrored those filed by the lawyers of prisoners at American prisons controlled by the military and the CIA.

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According to Bauer and Fattal, Iranian prison guards repeatedly used the harsh conditions of Guantanamo Bay and CIA prisons to justify their own human rights violations.

During his unsuccessful 2009 effort to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, President Obama claimed that techniques used by the American military there would be used to justify actions against captured Americans.

Obama said the prison’s closure would allow the U.S. to regain the “moral high ground” in combating terrorism, while Admiral Dennis Blair called the prison a “a rallying cry for terrorist recruitment.”

CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus, then the top commander in the Middle East, said: “Gitmo has caused us problems, there’s no question about it. I oversee a region in which the existence of Gitmo has indeed been used by the enemy against us.”