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Passion Islam I April 2009 ORLD NEWSW I 17
‘CIA tortured terror suspects’
The CIA’s secret interrogation investigations, reasoning that it inhuman or degrading treatment,’’
programme amounted to torture for undermines the organization’s ability states the report, according to
some of the 14 “high-value detainees” to gain access to the prisoners and Danner.
held by the agency, according to influence how they are treated. The report was written shortly
published excerpts of an internal 2006 A US official familiar with the ICRC after then-President George W Bush
report by the International Committee report noted that the claims of abuse publicly declared that the United
of the Red Cross. were made by the alleged terrorists States does not and had not tortured
The ICRC report was obtained themselves. The official asked detainees at secret CIA prisons known
by Mark Danner, a journalist and to speak anonymously because as “black sites.’’
professor at the University of the Central Intelligence Agency The Obama administration has
California at Berkeley, and excerpted interrogation programme is classified. ordered the sites closed and has
in the April 9 issue of the New York The ICRC was granted private access restricted the CIA to using only those
Review of Books. The neutral, Swiss- by the Bush administration to the 14 interrogation methods approved
based ICRC is designated by the prisoners after they were moved from for use by the US military until a
Geneva Conventions on warfare to secret interrogation sites and prisons complete review of the programme is
visit prisoners of war and other people to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in conducted.
detained by an occupying power, 2006. A purported al-Qaeda training
to ensure countries respect their According to the report, as manual, obtained by police in
obligations under the 1949 accords. described by Danner, the prisoners Manchester, England in 2000 from
ICRC officials would not confirm separately and consistently described the computer of an alleged al-Qaeda
details of the report to The Associated long-term solitary confinement, operative, instructs adherents to claim
Press and denied leaking it. “We waterboarding - which simulates torture or abuse if they are captured.
regret that information attributed to drowning – prolonged stress positions, The document was translated
the ICRC has been made public. We forced prolonged nudity, beatings, and posted onto the US Justice
share our observations and concerns denial of solid food and other forms Department’s Web site.
related to US detentions as part of of abuse. A leaked 2003 ICRC report said
the confidential dialogue we maintain “The allegations of ill-treatment of that prisoners in US custody in Iraq
with US authorities and so we do not the detainees indicate that, in many had been abused in ways that in some
wish to comment on the substance cases, the ill-treatment to which cases was tantamount to torture. The
of the article,’’ said Simon Schorno, they were subjected while held in report was written before the abuses
a spokesman for the Geneva the CIA programme, either singly or at the Abu Ghraib prison became
headquarters of the International in combination, constituted torture. public. It was leaked shortly after they
Committee of the Red Cross. In addition, many other elements became known.
The ICRC generally refuses to of the ill-treatment, either singly or
comment on its prisoner-of-war in combination, constituted cruel,
Pakistan needs help to
counter terrorist groups
Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said that commission dealing with the issue but
Pakistan needs help now as terrorists the details have yet to be endorsed.
have disrupted democratic system “At a time when global financial
of the country and fanned sectarian and economic crisis has effected
conflict. our country, we should avoid doing
Larijani told a press conference anything which might lead to inflation
that the US has done many things in and recession in national industry and
Pakistan which are not in the country’s agricultures sectors as two driving
interest. force of the country’s production,”
“We too are sensitive towards said Larijani.
sectarian conflicts because Pakistan’s
and said, “Some of Obama’s behaviors
To a question about the need
security is of high significance to us,”
are disappointing.”
for relations between Iran and Arab
he added.
Larijani said outlines of the
states, Larijani said having excellent
He criticized the US President
objective-oriented subsidies bill
ties with Muslim and Arab states is a
Barack Obama for certain behaviours
have been approved by a special
general principle of Iran’s diplomacy.
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