Roll Call at Secret Prisons
Posted on Aug 23, 2009
The U.S. military has started to disclose to the Red Cross the names of “terror suspects” imprisoned in secret detainment camps in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since the previous administration had little use for either transparency or the NGO sector, many are calling this a victory for human rights. Others are wondering why we need secret camps in the first place. —J.C.
The US military has begun notifying the Red Cross of the identities of terror suspects being held at secret camps in Iraq and Afghanistan, US reports say.
The International Committee of the Red Cross would not comment on the report, which the New York Times carried quoting unnamed US officials.
The policy reportedly took effect this month with no public announcement.
Correspondents say that, if confirmed, the move represents a victory for human rights groups.
It is unknown how many detainees are being held at the secret U.S. camp at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.