Here, another old blog post by me which I thought was lost.
CIA tried to use ex-Guantanamo prisoners as spies
30 June 2005
Mood: Thinking Playing: War, by Edwin Starr
Dutch TV program NOVA of today is about an attempt by the United States CIA to use ex-prisoners of Guantanamo Bay camp as spies in The Netherlands and other countries.
They tried with five men of Moroccan ancestry. NOVA interviewed three of them.
Two of them declared that the CIA promised them the right to stay in The Netherlands.
Their lawyer, Mr Mohamed Hilal, said that for that they were supposed to spy within the Moroccan Dutch community.
Experts say the story of these three Moroccans is credible.
The five Moroccans were imprisoned in August 2001 in Afghanistan. Then, they went to Guantanamo Bay camp.
Last August, they were released without charges and sent to Morocco.
In NOVA, Mohamed Ouzar, Mohamed Mazouz, and Brahim Benchekroun said that the CIA in Guantanamo offered them to spy in five countries, including The Netherlands, Canada, and Switzerland.
There was heavy pressure on them not to return to Morocco. The CIA said they’d probably be tortured there.
In spite of the bad circumstances in Guantanamo, where prisoners were isolated in their cells and one said he had been ill most of the time, the prisoners refused the offers; as they said, they had committed no crimes and owed their captors nothing.
A Moroccan court released them after their return to Morocco.
NOVA showed the report on the three Moroccans to Martin Dillon. He wrote much on British intelligence in Northern Ireland.
Today, this intelligence expert studies mainly the CIA. Dillon says the ex-prisoners’ testimony fits into US tactics in Guantanamo Bay.
Also Dutch intelligence expert Wil van der Schans says the ex-prisoners’ story is credible. He suspects Dutch secret service AIVD were also implicated in this case.
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