View Full Version : Afghans claim regime has secret torture prisons!

10-15-2010, 03:15 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">KABUL, Afghanistan A new report from a U.S. foundation details allegations of detainee abuse as recently as this year from Afghans who say they were held at a secret jail inside the main American military base in Afghanistan.

The U.S. military has long operated a facility to detain those captured in Afghan operations, first inside Bagram Air Field and now right next door. But some former detainees have alleged for years they were held at a smaller, more isolated location at the base, dubbed the "Black Jail." ...

The report released Thursday by the New York-based Open Society Foundations, a grant-making and policy organization <span style='font-size: 11pt'>founded by liberal billionaire George Soros</span>, lists a host of accusations of mistreatment at the alleged site. Former detainees said they were exposed to excessive cold and light, not given enough food or blankets, deprived of sleep, stripped naked for medical exams and kept from practicing their religion.

If the allegations prove true, they could tarnish the push for detention reform by President Barack Obama. His administration has ushered in improvements in detainee conditions in Afghanistan although it has been unable to deliver on a campaign promise to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. ...

The report is based on interviews from 18 detainees who say they were held at a facility matching the description of the alleged Black Jail half of them during 2009 and 2010, after the military had implemented its reforms.

"Given the consistency of the accounts, the Open Society Foundations believes these are genuine areas of concern, and not outliers, that run counter to U.S. rules on detainee treatment," the report says.

The report alleges that conditions at the Black Jail are worse than at other detention facilities in Afghanistan. Several of those interviewed said their cells were so cold and blankets inadequate that their teeth chattered and they couldn't sleep. Bright lights shone 24 hours.

"It was like sleeping in the fridge," one of the former detainees told the researchers.

The Army's Human Intelligence Collector Operations Field Manual says that detainees should not be exposed to "excessive or inadequate heat, light, or ventilation" or given "inadequate bedding or blankets." It also prohibits deprivation of necessary food, orders that detainees must not be prevented from at least four hours of sleep every 24 hours and bans forced nudity.

Many of the interviewed detainees also said they were given food that smelled awful and that they were only able to eat the biscuits supplied with their meals. They also said they were forcibly stripped for medical exams despite Muslim and Pashtun tribal sensibilities over revealing the naked body. ... </div></div>

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10-16-2010, 04:35 AM
Obviously, as I predicted, when the far left was getting their shorts all wadded in a knot over allegations of the Bush regime maintaining a secret chain of torture prisons ... it was totally feigned.

If the indignation displayed then was real ... and not just a hyper partisan reaction to spoon fed hatred ... the indignation would have continued.

It hasn't, and won't.

Where is Olberman's scowl, Maddow's righteous indignation, Matthews' holier than thou pontifications, G's daily rants against it, Aitch's bleating?


Imagine that.