posted on Mar, 20 2012 @ 12:25 AM
A new report reveals that US forces continue to send detainees to prisons where torture is practiced, despite NATO's promise to suspend prison
transfers last September. The report carried out by the Afghan Independent Rights Commission and the Open Society Foundation documents numerous cases
of torture in Afghan detention facilities between February 2011 and January 2012. The document has credible evidence in 11 recent cases where
practices such as “beatings, suspension from the ceiling, electric shocks, threatened or actual sexual abuse, and other forms of mental and physical
abuse” were commonplace.
Researchers also discovered widespread violations of prisoners’ rights were in evidence, “including the right to counsel and family
notification.” According to the study, these techniques are “routinely used to obtain confessions or other information.” Abuses were found to be
committed both in Afghan National Police facilities (ANP) and the National Directorate of Security facilities (NDS). Moreover, the document presents
evidence that even after NATO announced it would suspend prison transfers in September, “some US forces or personnel continue to transfer
individuals to NDS Kandahar.”
The risk of torture for the detainees upon arrival was “widely acknowledged.” In spite of this fact, “CIA or other US intelligence officials”
may be sending prisoners to banned facilities. The report states that although the Afghan government has maintained its commitment to stamping out
torture in its prisons, it has done very little to address the issue. “In some cases, instead of dismissing and prosecuting responsible officials,
the Afghan government has simply reassigned officials to other detention facilities.”
How much longer is this crap going to continue? Disgusting. Horrific. Complete lack of respect/compassion for humanity. Not only does NATO appear to
be well aware of this and looking the other way, I think a larger issue is our government, military and intelligence community has little, if any
respect for the rights of others. This torture is illegal, has been previously "outed", confronted, and our military and intelligence officials
simply went back to what they were previously doing.
We all remember when pictures came out of the torture/sexual abuse in the prisons. Well it strongly appears that stuff hasn't stopped and is
continuing, and I hope people don't ignore it or not pay attention simply because gruesome pictures haven't been released. Do we need them? We all
have a good idea of what this torture looks like, and in no way, shape or form is it acceptable at this time.