The recent release of classified documents on Guantanamo Bay detention center have provided insights into how the facility was run, the prisoners held there and the government policies regarding it.

The NY Times reports: “That began as a jury-rigged experiment after the 2001 terrorist attacks now seems like an enduring American institution, and the leaked files show why, by laying bare the patchwork and contradictory evidence that in many cases would never have stood up in criminal court or a military tribunal.”

Among the findings:

Mohammed Qahtani. A Saudi believed to have been an intended participant in the Sept. 11 attacks, Mr. Qahtani was leashed like a dog, sexually humiliated and forced to urinate on himself.

A Sudanese cameraman for Al Jazeera, Sami al-Hajj, was held at Guantánamo for six years was for questioning about the television network’s “training program, telecommunications equipment, and newsgathering operations in Chechnya, Kosovo, and Afghanistan,” including contacts with terrorist groups.

Read article.  See interactive graphic.

The Washington Post has an interactive tour of Guantanamo Bay.  Read its article on the whereabouts of Al Qaeda leaders.