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US violating human rights – again February 2, 2007

Posted by Some Muslim in News Commentry, USA, War on Terror.

The BBC reports that –

A Lebanese-born German, who accuses the CIA of having kidnapped and tortured him, says he is determined to get an apology from the US authorities.

Khaled al-Masri alleges that he was seized in Macedonia, flown to a secret jail in Afghanistan and tortured there.

It’s good to see that German authorities have some sense, are looking after their citizens, and have ordered the arrest of 13 suspected CIA agents.  Just as the US would not be expected to accept any other government kidnapping and treating American citizens in such a manner, it cannot expect that such actions will go unnoticed when done to other countries.

As the article reports:

Mr Masri says he was abducted at the end of 2003 and detained for five months before being released in Albania after the Americans realised they had got the wrong man.

That’s right.  This man was abducted and detained, and tortured for five months before the CIA realised he was innocent, and simply threw him back out on the street, without so much as an apology.

Elsewhere in Europe:

Meanwhile in the Italian city of Milan, court hearings to decide whether to indict 25 alleged CIA agents and several Italians accused of kidnapping a Muslim cleric in 2003 are under way.

Osama Mustafa Hassan, or Abu Omar, says he was abducted from the streets of Milan and then tortured in Egypt.

The fact that the US is engaged in such activity is not new, and first made news headlines when the story of Maher Arrer unfolded.  What’s worse about this case, is not only the fact that he was kept for just under a year, but also that he’s from Canada, and you’d think the US would excercise a little more care to its neighbours.

Maher Arar is a 34-year-old wireless technology consultant. He was born in Syria and came to Canada with his family at the age of 17. He became a Canadian citizen in 1991. On Sept. 26, 2002, while in transit in New York’s JFK airport when returning home from a vacation, Arar was detained by US officials and interrogated about alleged links to al-Qaeda. Twelve days later, he was chained, shackled and flown to Syria, where he was held in a tiny “grave-like” cell for ten months and ten days before he was moved to a better cell in a different prison. In Syria, he was beaten, tortured and forced to make a false confession.

He was held for nearly a year in Syria before being released to Canadian authorities. Although Syrian and Canadian authorities later found that Arrar had no terrorist links, he remains on the US terrorist watch list.

Then there’s the story of the three British Muslims held in Guantanamo Bay for nearly three years without charge or trial.  Their story is well narrated in the 2006 movie, The Road to Guantanamo.

The film tells the story of Ruhal Ahmed, Asif Iqbal and Shafiq Rasul (the ‘Tipton Three’); three young British men from Tipton in the West Midlands who were captured by the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan in 2001 and detained as “enemy combatants” at Guantánamo Bay, without charge or legal representation, for nearly three years. As well as interviews with the three men themselves and archive news footage from the period, the film contains an account of the three men’s experiences following their capture by the Northern Alliance, the subsequent handover to the United States military and their detention in Cuba. It contains several scenes depicting their alleged beatings during interrogation, the use of alleged torture techniques such as ‘stress positions’ and attempts to extract forced confessions of involvement with Al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

The Tipton Three were all released without charge in 2004.

If you haven’t seen it, I’d highly recommend watching it.  The full thing is on Google Video.  Within a day of returning from Cuba and being questioned by British police, they were released.

How much more injustice are we going to see from the US?



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