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Prisoner tells of 'mental torture' in secret Guantanamo camp

  • FILE - In t his Oct. 9, 2007 file photo, a Guantanamo detainee closes a door at the detention facility at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba. Somali prisoner Hassan Guleed at Guantanamo Bay told a military judge on Thursday, June 2, 2016 that he has experienced what he believes are intentional noises and vibrations inside the high-security section of the prison known as Camp 7, echoing a defendant in the Sept. 11 war crimes case who has alleged he is the victim of deliberate attempts at sleep deprivation. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

    FILE - In t his Oct. 9, 2007 file photo, a Guantanamo detainee closes a door at the detention facility at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba. Somali prisoner Hassan Guleed at Guantanamo Bay told a military judge on Thursday, June 2, 2016 that he has experienced what he believes are intentional noises and vibrations inside the high-security section of the prison known as Camp 7, echoing a defendant in the Sept. 11 war crimes case who has alleged he is the victim of deliberate attempts at sleep deprivation. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • This undated photo released by James P. Harrington, the lawyer of Ramzi Binalshibh, shows his client Ramzi Binalshibh while he is detained at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba. A Somali prisoner at Guantanamo Bay told a military judge Thursday, June 2, 2016 that he has experienced what he believes are intentional noises and vibrations inside the high-security section of the prison known as Camp 7, echoing a defendant in the Sept. 11 war crimes case who has alleged he is the victim of deliberate attempts at sleep deprivation. The testimony was intended to support allegations by Sept. 11 defendant Binalshibh, who has alleged he has been subjected to intentional sleep deprivation, which his lawyer says interferes with his ability to participate in his defense. Binalshibh and four other Guantanamo prisoners face trial by military commission for planning and providing logistical support to the Sept. 11 hijacking plot.  They could get the death penalty if convicted. (James P. Harrington via AP, File)

    This undated photo released by James P. Harrington, the lawyer of Ramzi Binalshibh, shows his client Ramzi Binalshibh while he is detained at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba. A Somali prisoner at Guantanamo Bay told a military judge Thursday, June 2, 2016 that he has experienced what he believes are intentional noises and vibrations inside the high-security section of the prison known as Camp 7, echoing a defendant in the Sept. 11 war crimes case who has alleged he is the victim of deliberate attempts at sleep deprivation. The testimony was intended to support allegations by Sept. 11 defendant Binalshibh, who has alleged he has been subjected to intentional sleep deprivation, which his lawyer says interferes with his ability to participate in his defense. Binalshibh and four other Guantanamo prisoners face trial by military commission for planning and providing logistical support to the Sept. 11 hijacking plot. They could get the death penalty if convicted. (James P. Harrington via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

A Somali prisoner at Guantanamo Bay prison has told a military judge that he and others have been subjected to "mental torture" in the high-security section of the prison known as Camp 7.

Hassan Guleed testified at the war crimes tribunal in the Sept. 11 case that loud noises, vibrations and chemical smells have been used to pressure men there into cooperating with U.S. authorities.

Guleed was testifying Thursday on behalf of a Sept. 11 defendant who says the noises and vibrations disrupt his sleep and make it impossible for him to cooperate with his defense in the death penalty case. Military officials have denied that anything intentional has been done to the defendant.

The Somali prisoner is an alleged member of East Africa Al-Qaida, but has never been charged.