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Secret Prisons, Torture, and Killings continue in CIA anti-terror actions

Well, it turns out that the Bush administration has been caught in yet another lie. In the face of domestic and world wide condemnation of the US “secret Prisons” and “Rendition Flights” that the administration used to circumvent US and World laws on torture and illegal detention, the Bush administration has claimed that all of the secret prisons are empty, and that there are no more “rendition” flights. Unfortunately, a number of human rights groups have figured out that only a fool will believe what a politician says, and decided to do their own investigation (see http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6728675.stm for the BBC story).

What they found was that the US moved a number of prisoners from “secret prisons” to Guantanamo Bay. But there are still 39 “ghost detainees” that the US government has refused to account for. So where are they? There are two possibilities: They are still being held in a secret prison somewhere, or they’re dead. So, who are these prisoners? The US has done everything possible to hide their identities, but this much is known: they originate from countries including Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, and Sudan. Note that the US is not currently at war with most of those countries – we simply kidnap the people we want to torture, and they disappear. The Human rights groups “Human Rights Watch and Cageprisoners have reported that children as young as seven years old are among the detainees. You have to wonder what the administration hopes to get by torturing a 7 year old. If this is what Bush’s “War on Terror” means, maybe its time to rethink who the terrorists are. Secret Prisons, Torture, Forced Confessions, and a complete abrogation of basic human rights sounds a lot like a terrorist to me.


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