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Rights Groups Say US Has ‘Disappeared’ 39

From those tireless defenders of human liberties at Reuters:

[Reuters caption:] A guard shuts the gate to the airport in Szymany in northeastern Poland identified by Human Rights Watch as a potential site of an alleged CIA prison in this file 2005 picture. Six human rights groups urged the U.S. government on Thursday to name and explain the whereabouts of 39 people they said were believed to have been held in U.S. custody and ‘disappeared.’

Groups list 39 “disappeared” in U.S. war on terror

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Six human rights groups urged the U.S. government on Thursday to name and explain the whereabouts of 39 people they said were believed to have been held in U.S. custody and “disappeared.”

The groups, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, said they filed a U.S. federal lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act seeking information about the 39 people it terms “ghost prisoners” in the U.S. “war on terror.”

“Since the end of Latin America’s dirty wars, the world has rejected the use of ‘disappearances’ as a fundamental violation of international law,” professor Meg Satterthwaite of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University’s School of Law said in a statement.

The report said suspects’ relatives, including children as young as seven, had been held in secret detention on occasion.

CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano dismissed the report, saying the CIA acts in “strict accord with American law” and its counter-terrorist initiatives are “subject to careful review and oversight.”

“The United States does not conduct or condone torture,” he said…

The list of 39 people said to have been held in U.S. custody at some point was compiled using information from six rights groups, including London-based groups Cageprisoners and Reprieve and the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York…

Joanne Mariner of Human Rights Watch said it was unknown if the suspects were now in U.S. or foreign custody, or even alive or dead.

“We have families who have not seen their loved ones for years. They’ve literally disappeared,” Mariner told Reuters…

The groups said the lack of information about the prisoners “prevents scrutiny by the public or the courts, and leaves detainees vulnerable to abuses that include torture.” …

You see, it is the lack of information that proves their case.

Still, with all the real “disappearances,” actual torture and true terrorism and that has taken place in the world over the last couple of decades, it is a true travesty that these America-hating frauds would decide to go after the US.

But I guess their masters insist.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, June 7th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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