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What Really Happened At Gitmo?

A detainee is escorted by military police at Camp 4 of the maximum security prison Camp Delta at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in this Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004 file photo, in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
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One Guantanamo prisoner told a military panel that American troops beat him so badly he wets his pants now. Another detainee claimed U.S. troops stripped prisoners in Afghanistan and intimidated them with dogs so they would admit to militant activity.

Tales of alleged abuse and forced confessions are among some 1,000 pages of tribunal transcripts the U.S. government released to The Associated Press under a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit - the second batch of documents the AP has received in ten days.

The testimonies offer a glimpse into the secretive world of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where about 520 men from 40 countries remain held, accused of having links to Afghanistan's ousted Taliban regime or Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network. Many have been held for three years.

Whether the stories are true may never be known. And it wasn't immediately clear how many abuse allegations had been logged from the tribunals or how many of them had been investigated. Dozens of complaints have surfaced from detention missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo, but the government couldn't offer a breakdown Monday.

Sunday morning - responding to an earlier batch of documents and their allegations about treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay - Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said suspects there are being dealt with "humanely" and with "dignity."

Muslims in several countries have demonstrated in recent weeks over allegations that a Quran, their faith's holy book, was flushed down a toilet by guards at Guantanamo. Myers denied that.

The human rights group Amnesty International also released a report last week calling the prison camp "the gulag of our time."

Myers, speaking on "Fox News Sunday," said the report was "absolutely irresponsible." He said the United States is doing its best to detain fighters who, if released, "would turn right around and try to slit our throats, slit our children's throats."

In an interview with CNN's "Larry King Live," Vice President Dick Cheney also slammed Amnesty International, saying he can't take the organization seriously now that it has suggested that the U.S. has violated human rights.

In the newly released documents, one detainee, whose name and nationality were blacked out like most others in the transcripts, said his medical problems from alleged abuse have not been taken seriously.

"Americans hit me and beat me up so badly I believe I'm sexually dysfunctional. I don't know if I'll be able to sleep with my wife or not," he said. "I can't control my urination, and sometimes I put toilet paper down there so I won't wet my pants."

"I point to where the pain is. ... I think they take it as a joke and they laugh."

The tribunal president promised to take up the man's medical complaint but, in five pages of questioning, never brought up the alleged abuse.