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Wednesday, 23 January, 2002, 11:47 GMT
Rumsfeld lashes out at critics
United States Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has firmly dismissed criticism of the treatment of Taleban and al-Qaeda prisoners at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
At a Pentagon briefing, Mr Rumsfeld said all the 158 prisoners were being treated humanely.
UK parliamentarians have also joined international criticism over the prisoners' treatment - spearheaded by human rights groups, including Amnesty International and the Red Cross.
The US has classed the detainees as "illegal combatants" rather than prisoners of war, denying them rights enshrined in the Geneva Convention on prisoners of war.
Mr Rumsfeld said the captives were being treated humanely and to suggest otherwise was "just plain false".
"What's going on down there is responsible, humane, legal, proper and consistent with the Geneva Convention," he said.