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Unredacted Documents Reveal Prisoners Tortured To Death

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post Feb 13 2009, 03:32 AM
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Unredacted documents reveal prisoners tortured to death
Stephen C. Webster
RAWSTORY, February 12, 2009

http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Unredacted_d...ed_to_0212.html

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The American Civil Liberties Union has released previously classified excerpts of a government report on harsh interrogation techniques used in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay. These previously unreported pages detail repeated use of "abusive" behavior, even to the point of prisoner deaths.

The documents, obtained by the ACLU under a Freedom of Information Act request, contain a report by Vice Admiral Albert T. Church, who was tapped to conduct a comprehensive review of Defense Department interrogation operations. Church specifically calls out interrogations at Bagram Air base in Afghanistan as "clearly abusive, and clearly not in keeping with any approved interrogation policy or guidance."...

..."In both cases, for example, [prisoners] were handcuffed to fixed objects above their heads in order to keep them awake," reads the document. "Additionally, interrogations in both incidents involved the use of physical violence, including kicking, beating, and the use of "compliance blows" which involved striking the [prisoners] legs with the [interrogators] knees. In both cases, blunt force trauma to the legs was implicated in the deaths. In one case, a pulmonary embolism developed as a consequence of the blunt force trauma, and in the other case pre-existing coronary artery disease was complicated by the blunt force trauma."

In a press release, the ACLU summarized the documents as detailing, "[An] investigation of two deaths at Bagram. Both detainees were determined to have been killed by pulmonary embolism caused as a result of standing chained in place, sleep depravation and dozens of beatings by guards and possibly interrogators. (Also reveals the use of torture at Gitmo and American-Afghani prisons in Kabul).

"[An] investigation into the homicide or involuntary manslaughter of detainee Dilar Dababa by U.S. forces in 2003 in Iraq.

"[An] investigation launched after allegations that an Iraqi prisoner was subjected to torture and abuse at 'The Disco' (located in the Special Operations Force Compound in Mosul Airfield, Mosul, Iraq). The abuse consisted of filling his jumpsuit with ice, then hosing him down and making him stand for long periods of time, sometimes in front of an air conditioner; forcing him to lay down and drink water until he gagged, vomited or choked, having his head banged against a hot steel plate while hooded and interrogated; being forced to do leg lifts with bags of ice placed on his ankles, and being kicked when he could not do more...


If steps don't begin soon to prosecute these war crimes (which won't happen), America will be lumped in with Nazi Germany in the pages of history (which it will - or, I should say, already is).
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Has anyone thought about why all this torture in various facilities around the planet was deemed "necessary"?
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Center for Constitutional Rights/Amnesty International joint FOIA archive:

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QUOTE (painter @ Feb 17 2009, 09:17 AM) *
Has anyone thought about why all this torture in various facilities around the planet was deemed "necessary"?


Practice?
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Practice?


Well that is certainly one side "benefit," along with training the next generation of the black arts along with further "refinement" of the technique. There is also the need to establish precedent -- especially if establishing a full-on police state is on the agenda.

But, no, I was thinking more along the lines of the need for "evidence." Generally speaking, victims of torture will "confess" to whatever you want (or need) them to confess to. If you are conducting a bogus war on terror based on false-flag operations, at some point you may find yourself needing "confessions" to further justify your activities.

Just guessing, really.
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