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Navy Secretary Says Brig Passed Inspection

May 13, 2004

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) _ The Navy’s brig, where at least three prisoners in the war on terror are being held, performed well in an inspection ordered after reports surfaced of prisoner abuse in Iraq, the Navy’s top official said.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld asked last week for an investigation into the treatment of prisoners at the Consolidated Naval Brig, a 400-cell medium-security military prison near the Charleston Naval Weapons Station.

``Our initial preliminary reports are very positive,″ Secretary of the Navy Gordon England told about 400 people Wednesday at a chamber of commerce talk. ``The brig here has a good record and the people who run it are well trained.″

Jose Padilla, an American accused of plotting to explode a so-called dirty bomb, is being held at the brig. So is Yaser Hamdi, born in America and captured with a Taliban unit in Afghanistan. A third is Ali Saleh al-Marri, of Qatar, accused of being a member of an al-Qaida sleeper cell.

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