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The U.S. is illegally holding more Iraqis in prison than ever before---24,700---and is expanding its facilities to accommodate another 10,000, according to a published report.In addition to those detained by the U.S., the Iraqi government is holding 26,000 Iraqis in jail, bringing the total number of prisoners to almost 51,000.
“U.S. forces are holding nearly all of these persons indefinitely, without an arrest warrant, without charge, and with no opportunity for those held to defend themselves in a trial,” writes Ciara Gilmartin, the Security Council Program Coordinator at Global Policy Forum(GPF), of New York City.
“While the United States has put in place a formal review procedure that supposedly evaluates all detainees for release on a regular basis, detainees cannot attend these reviews, cannot confront evidence against them, and cannot be represented properly by an attorney,” Gilmartin said.These conditions are “in direct violation” of international human rights law, says Glimartin. Washington, however, claims due process does not apply as it is engaged in “an international armed conflict.”
Human rights authorities, however, say the conflict is not international and that human rights law applies at all times.In an effort to conceal conditions in its Iraqi compounds, the U.S. has closed them to human rights monitors such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the International Federation of Human Rights, Gilmartin said.
Sherwood Ross has worked as a publicist for the City of Chicago and Nassau County, N.Y., governments; as a news director for the National Urban League; as a reporter for the Chicago Daily News; as a workplace columnist for Reuters; as a media consultant to colleges, universities, law schools and more than 100 national magazines including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Business Week, and Foreign Policy; as a speechwriter for mayors, governors and presidential candidates, and as a radio news reporter and talk show host at WOL, Washington, D.C. He holds an award for "best spot news coverage" for Chicago radio stations in 1963. His degree from the University of Miami was in race relations and he has written a book, "Gruening of Alaska," a number of national magazine articles and several plays, including "Baron Jiro," produced at Live Arts Theatre, Charlottesville, Va., and "Yamamoto's Decision," read at the National Press Club, where he is a member. His favorite quotations are from the Sermon on The Mount.
Originally posted by budski
He's well respected and has done the research before on countless occasions.
I'd trust his word and sources before those of a lot of people on ATS
Originally posted by budski
I thought the thread was about discussion of the article and the issues it raises, rather than your usual strawmen and derailing attempts when you read something you don't like.
If that's the case, prove that there AREN'T nearly 25,000 prisoners in US custody, as well as the 26,000 iraqi's in iraqi jails.
Originally posted by hinky
As long as they have suicide murderers going on within Iraq, they apparently don't have enough terrorists being detained. I don't give one **** how many of these people are being kept and held.
They treat their prisoners (our soldiers and contractors) by torture, mutilation, and then beheading. What makes a civilized person believe these people deserve any decent treatment.
Simpletons and anti-American people will tell you that because of our actions, they act this way. No, they kill innocent people only because of the false religion they follow and have no fear of death. Leaving them alone would only endanger more people as they would spread their terroristic ways to other countries.
The terrorist need to be either incarcerated or killed. It's that simple.
Originally posted by budski
They go to the PTB and say "abdul is an insurgent" so the military lock
them up with no proof (in many cases) other than someone elses word.
They are then held without legal recourse or trial.
There's plenty of evidence about this.
I'm not passing anything off as factual information - I posted a story and my thoughts on it.
If you don't agree with it, provide evidence other than YOUR opinion that refutes it.
The person who wrote the article is a very well respected journalist, and has named his sources in international organisations.
Now would you care to get back to the point of the thread, or provide some contrary evidence, or shall I just stick you and your strawman on ignore?
Most captives transferred to tented U.S. detention camps can expect to be there roughly 35 days before their case file is viewed by the Combined Review and Release Board, a panel of U.S. and Iraqi officials. Detainees are allowed to offer a written statement to the panel, but they do not appear in person before it. After a reading of a detainee's file, the panel then recommends whether to continue holding the person or not, though final release authority rests with the U.S. commander of detention operations, Major General Douglas Stone.
On February 7, 2006, Mark Denbeaux, professor at Seton Hall University Law School and counsel to two Guantanamo detainees, and Joshua Denbeaux released a report on the Guantanamo detainees.
This report used information contained in the Combatant Status Review Board Letters, released by the Department of Defense, to compile a profile on the detainees. It provides a more detailed picture of who the detainees are, how they ended up at Guantanamo, and what evidence there is to support their classification as enemy combatants.
Some of the information contained in the report include the fact that only 8% of the detainees are classified as Al Qaeda fighters and only 5% were actually captured by US forces (most were arrested by Pakistan and the Northern Alliance and then turned over to the United States).