U.S. Accused Of Extensively Torturing 15 Libyans Suspected of Terrorism

Posted by | September 6, 2012 18:29 | Filed under: Top Stories

Submitted by Mr. Right

Human Rights Watch details how interrogators brutally tortured opponents of Muammar Gaddafi.

U.S. intelligence officers systematically and Soviet Gulag-style brutalized Gaddafi opponents who fell into their hands before transferring them to Libya for more torture. The abuse meted out by U.S. interrogators included beatings, sexual humiliation, sleep deprivation, starvation, and in one case the threat to rape a dissident’s wife. Detainees were chained to walls naked—sometimes diapered—in pitch-dark cells, for weeks or months at a time; they were restrained in painful positions for long periods of time, and forced into cramped spaces. Doctors sometimes monitored the abuse to ensure the detainees didn’t die…

In a 154-page report, “Delivered Into Enemy Hands: US-Led Abuse and Rendition of Opponents to Gaddafi’s Libya,” released Sept. 6, HRW investigators document how the U.S. with U.K. assistance rendered 15 Gaddafi opponents, delivering them to Libya’s spy chief, Musa Kusa. “Before 9/11, you went to countries where we couldn’t reach you. But now, after 9/11, I can just pick up the phone and call MI6 or the CIA,” crowed Gaddafi’s intelligence boss to rendered dissident Sami Mostefa al-Saadi. Three of the returned dissidents say British, American, Italian, and French intelligence officials interrogated them subsequently in Libyan prisons.

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