FD Editor’s Note: I wonder… will these men be able to sue? If I was a betting person, I would be on no. These men DESERVE to win a lawsuit! We know that they were not simply arrested and held. We know how the CIA deals with terrorism suspects. There will be torture. There will be maltreatment. In fact, the man they mention here, Khaled el-Masri was not only tortured, but sodomized while in CIA custody. He was one of the renditioned disappeared. He spent four months in solitary confinement in a dark and filthy concrete box. Note the article I linked is from 2012 and mentions the Torture Report – they were hoping it would eventually be approved, but they were not hopeful. As it happened, only a small part of it, a bit over 8% was released. That isn’t much when presented that way, is it? As much as that part shows us, one has to wonder how much worse it gets.
Revelations continue to unfold from the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s detention and torture program. The latest disclosures reveals that at least 26 detainees were wrongfully detained in the CIA prisons, even by the agency’s own standards.
Among those that were wrongfully imprisoned included high profile cases such as Khaled el-Masri, a German citizen, mistakenly identified for someone with the same name as well as Salt Pit. Laid Saidi, an Algerian, who was detained in Afghanistan for 16 months. In Saidi’s case, the report details CIA torture tactics used against Saidi such as ice water baths and nearly three days of standing sleep deprivation before the CIA realized he was not the person they were pursuing.
The report, based on investigators’ review of more than six million pages of CIA documents, counted that there were 119 prisoners detained in CIA custody. However, the CIA says that it the correct number of erroneous detentions were ”far fewer” than 26 but in the agency’s formal response to Senate, they did not provide an official number. Human rights advocates believe that there were more than 26 individuals mistakenly detained.
Until September 11, 2001, the United States officially spoke against secret imprisonment. However, the report reveals that protections for basic international human rights were discarded and, like torture, secret prisons were implemented in the government’s efforts to prevent another attack.
“Detainees often remained in custody for months after the C.I.A. determined that they did not meet the MON standard,” the report says, mentioning to the “Memorandum of Notification” signed by President George W. Bush less than a week after 9/11. The notification allows for the detention of “persons who pose a continuing, serious threat of violence or death to U.S. persons and interests or who are planning terrorist activities.”
The report was released after nearly two years of heated political debate over its contents. The report details the CIA’s use of torture during the Bush administration (2001-2009).
Pressure continues for the prosecution of those involved in the torture. Edward Snowden’s lawyer is the latest, calling on Europeans to prosecute US torture architects. So far the U.S. government has not revealed plans to try in court those responsible for these crimes.
For more information regarding the Senate Report on CIA Torture read teleSUR’s agenda piece here.