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Sunday, 20 January, 2002, 15:21 GMT
In pictures: Camp X-Ray prisoners
The US Government has released several official photographs of inmates in the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, where the United States is holding 110 suspected members of the Taleban and Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaeda network.

The pictures, which initial reports suggested were taken as the detainees arrived at the base, sparked controversy. Some human rights groups said the pictures were reminiscent of scenes of torture during the Cold War. Washington argues that the captives are being treated humanely, stressing that they are extremely dangerous people.

Prisoners kneeling in front of guards at the Guantanamo bay camp
The prisoners are shown on arrival wearing goggles, ear muffs, masks and gloves, which the US said are a "security precaution"

US soldiers walks along with shackled prisoner
Washington has denied the captives "prisoner-of-war" status, but maintains their conditions are humane

Items issued to prisoners at Guantanamo Bay
Each prisoner has been issued with a jumpsuit, sandals, flask and shampoo

US soldiers walks along with shackled prisoner
Critics however say the conditions for the suspects are below US standards for convicted prisoners

A prisoner in his cell, surrounded by guards
The men are kept in cells measuring 1.8m by 2.4m, which are open to the elements

A guard watches over kneeling prisoners
The suspects have not been allowed lawyers, and it is unclear when or if they will be allowed legal advice.

A soldier stands at the gates to the camp at Guantanamo Bay
Despite the concerns, the camp is being expanded to take in hundreds more detainees
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Destination Guantanamo Bay
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