A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld the Obama administration's new policy of search procedures at Guantanamo Bay that detainees had challenged saying invasive practices such as frisking of their anal and groin areas discourage them from consulting with their lawyers.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reversed an earlier court ruling that favored the detainees. The appeals court said the administration's search policy, as well as a rule restricting the location of detainees' meetings with lawyers, are both "reasonable security precautions."
David Muraskin, an attorney for the detainees, criticized the court, saying it had shown "disregard for the rights of Guantanamo detainees."
A Pentagon spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment.
The U.S. military holds just under 150 foreign captives at the detention camp on the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba. The detainees are suspected militants, most of whom were captured in Afghanistan following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.