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Posted on Mar 14, 2008

A drawing by Khaled al-Maqtari of what he says he experienced at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

A Yemeni man has told Amnesty International that he was abducted and tortured and spent nearly three years in secret prisons at the hands of the CIA. Khaled al-Maqtari says that without charge, legal representation or even a word to his family he was shuttled from one prison to another and ultimately dumped into Yemeni custody, once the U.S. had finished with him.


After nine days of interrogation at Abu Ghraib, Mr Maqtari said he was flown to a secret CIA detention facility in Afghanistan and held there for three months.

Amnesty says it has obtained flight records which show that a plane operated by an alleged CIA front company flew from Baghdad to Kabul nine days after his arrest.

Mr Maqtari said that while in Afghanistan he was subjected to further torture and ill-treatment, including prolonged solitary confinement, the use of stress positions, sleep deprivation, exposure to extremes of hot and cold, sensory deprivation and disruption with bright lighting and loud music or sound effects.

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By Purple Girl, March 16, 2008 at 4:45 am Link to this comment

This is not US, nor our Principles.
These actions have placed the citizens of this Country in grave Danger again.
Those who have confiscated our Flag and have run through the world spreading their unethical and Immoral Business practices and Stratedgies are Guilty of Reckless endangerment.
9/11 was the result of this Corp mentality.
WE are NOt Corproationist- we are defenders of the FREE MARKET.
These Corps and their Operatives in Gov’t have caused the Hatred we are expereincing. Let US be Clear- we are Not Them! they have infiltrated, infested and contaminated OUR national identity. Tehy ahve worked hand and hand with the most vile of Foreign leaders and sponsors to oppress the Masses.
We were Built on the admiration and legitmancy of the MASSES, against such tyranny, imperilaism, Dictatorship and monarchy.
To save not only FAce, but our ‘Great Experiment’ we MUST hold these entities accountable. WE must indict not only the Cheney gang, but also the Corp Pimps and their foreign financers. TREAON, WAR CRIMES AND CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY ( gift of Natural resources given to Us all by a God or by ‘mere’ Nature are not commodities to be hoarded, and profited from- a Sin against the God/ nature which granted them to Us to aid Us in our responisblity as the Stewards of this Planet)

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By Fadel Abdallah, March 15, 2008 at 7:16 pm Link to this comment

The CIA and the Pentagon are two of the most hated institutions in the word over. And given what we know about these and what they do, they are indeed the most disgraceful institutions any political system would allow to exist, and more so when they are seen as the product of the so-called most celebrated democracy in the world.

In fact, the CIA and the Pentagon are ironically the most anti-democratic institutions that can be had. Worst yet, they are promoted and linked to national security, while the things they do are the cause of bringing more insecurity and hate towards the United States as a whole.

Given the secrecy that surrounds their work and the huge amounts of tax-payers’ money wasted by these institutions, with little or no accountability, one can be justified in calling them anti-democratic.

Two of the most valued fruits of a democracy are peace and human rights. And as is evident from recent history and events, these two institutions have been producing only wars and human rights violations, both at home and abroad. And the politically naive folks continue to wonder, “Why people around the world hate us?”

If America is serious about reforming itself and its institutions, the CIA and the Pentagon are the two most in need of reform, if not total elimination for the sake of America’s good and for the good of the whole world.

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By Bill Blackolive, March 15, 2008 at 8:54 am Link to this comment
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Very interesting how US citizens now grow less surprised their government tortures individuals yet think said government does not murder its citizens.  I tell friends to see patriotsquestion9/11 and like as not they will lie to me, say they went there and saw some shills.  What to call such psychology but schizoid.  Our leaders and our population are schizoid, in general.  Hey, what was that preacher of Obama’s saying?  Rich whites run this nation.  How untrue is that?  Maybe in the midst of rich whites running the US a couple are colored?

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By PatrickHenry, March 14, 2008 at 5:13 pm Link to this comment

Start here.

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By C. Bracke, March 14, 2008 at 10:21 am Link to this comment
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Why all the coverage!?  You have a Shakespearean fall by an extreme hypocrite and you’re surprised!? C’mon!

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By weather, March 14, 2008 at 7:11 am Link to this comment
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if that were even possible.

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