US Afghan Detainees Sent to Torture Prisons
Torture is official US policy.
by Stephen Lendman
Post-9/11, torture became official US policy. Bush officials mandated it. Obama continues it in US overseas prisons and foreign ones, including in Afghanistan.
Even the Army Times noticed. On March 18, it headlined "US sent detainees to banned prisons," saying:
A report by two human rights groups revealed the practice continues "despite an announced moratorium on such moves." More on their report below.
The New York Times also covered the story in an article headlined, "Groups Report on the Continued Transfer of Detainees to Afghan Prisons," saying:
Following months of investigations, evidence shows American agencies "abett(ed) torture," besides committing it at US run prisons like Bagram, Guantanamo, and numerous black sites. It's one of many American dirty secrets.
While "not groundbreaking," the new report increases the body of evidence "uncovered last year by the United Nations, and highlights the continuing challenge of trying to end the abuse."
Documented cases examined captured US detainees transferred to Afghan facilities known to commit torture. transfers continued after doing so was supposed to stop.
Evidence also suggests US personnel, perhaps including CIA and/or other intelligence officials are involved. US embassy spokesman Gavin Sundwall withheld comment, saying he hadn't seen the report.
He doesn't need it to know what's happening. It's been longstanding since America showed up. Other reports documented egregious abuses at Bagram and other US torture prisons.
On March 17, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) and Open Society Foundations (OSF) released their detailed 67-page report.