Former detainee reveals details of secret CIA program
14 March 2008
The cruelty and illegality of the US government’s program of secret detentions can be illustrated by one man’s story. It is the story of a man who was never charged with any crime, but who was held in secret CIA custody for nearly three years, becoming the victim of enforced disappearance.
This man is 31-year-old Yemeni national Khaled Abdu Ahmed Saleh al-Maqtari, one of the men most recently released from the CIA’s secret detention program. In interviews with Amnesty International, he has given a full account of his ordeal since he was taken into custody by US forces in Iraq in January 2004.
Initially held in Abu Ghraib, Khaled al-Maqtari was transferred first to a CIA secret prison in Afghanistan, and then, in April 2004, to a second secret prison in an unidentified country – possibly in Eastern Europe. He was held there in complete isolation for a further 28 months, before being sent to Yemen and eventually released in May 2007.
His account contains numerous allegations of torture and other ill-treatment in detention. These include prolonged isolation, repeating beatings, sleep deprivation, forced nudity, exposure to extremes of hot and cold, as well as sensory deprivation and overload with bright lighting and loud music or repeated sound effects.
The effects of torture
Khaled al-Maqtari is now a free man, but he suffers the effects of psychological and physical torture and other ill-treatment.
See also here.
From CBC in Canada:
U.S. ‘manufactured story’ on 2002 Afghan gun battle: Khadr’s lawyer
Pentagon under pressure from Canadian officials, says Kuebler
Last Updated: Thursday, March 13, 2008
A military commander “retroactively altered” a report of a gun battle in Afghanistan in 2002 to redirect blame for a U.S. soldier’s death to Omar Khadr, Khadr’s defence lawyer alleged Thursday.