International Red Cross report deems detainee treatment "Inhuman"

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    who was that that told me before that the red cross didnt see anything wrong with detainee treatment at gitmo or anyplace else,well this says otherwise!

    Report Calls CIA Detainee Treatment 'Inhuman'

    By Joby Warrick and Julie Tate
    Washington Post Staff Writers
    Tuesday, April 7, 2009; A06

    Medical officers who oversaw interrogations of terrorism suspects in CIA secret prisons committed gross violations of medical ethics and in some cases essentially participated in torture, the International Committee of the Red Cross concluded in a confidential report that labeled the CIA program "inhuman."

    Health personnel offered supervision and even assistance as suspected al-Qaeda operatives were beaten, deprived of food, exposed to temperature extremes and subjected to waterboarding, the relief agency said in the 2007 report, a copy of which was posted on a magazine Web site yesterday. The report quoted one medical official as telling a detainee: "I look after your body only because we need you for information."

    New details about alleged CIA interrogation practices were contained in the 43-page volume written by ICRC officials who were given unprecedented access to the CIA's "high-value detainees" in late 2006. While excerpts of the report were leaked previously, the entire document was made public for the first time by author Mark Danner, a journalism professor, on the Web site of the New York Review of Books.

    The confidential report sheds additional light on the CIA's handling of the detainees, who were held in secret overseas prisons for up to four years and subjected to what the agency describes as "enhanced interrogation techniques." In addition to widely reported methods such as waterboarding, the report alleges that several of the detainees were forced to stand for days in painful positions with their arms shackled overhead. One prisoner reported being shackled in this manner for "two to three months, seven days of prolonged stress standing followed by two days of being able to sit or lie down."

    In addition to the coercive methods -- which the ICRC said "amounted to torture" and a violation of U.S. and international treaty obligations -- the report said detainees were routinely threatened with further violence against themselves and their families. Nine of the 14 prisoners said they were threatened with "electric shocks, infection with HIV, sodomy of the detainee and . . . being brought close to death," it said.

    The ICRC report was based on accounts made separately to agency investigators by individual detainees, all of whom had been kept in isolation before the interviews, the document states. CIA officials have confirmed that three of the prisoners were subjected to waterboarding, which simulates drowning.

    An ICRC spokesman confirmed the authenticity of the document and said the organization "deplores that what was to be a confidential report has been made public."

    The CIA declined yesterday to comment on the report, citing the Red Cross's own policy of maintaining the confidentiality of its reports. But spokesman Mark Mansfield noted that the agency had long since ended the controversial interrogation program.

    "Director [Leon] Panetta has taken decisive steps to ensure that the CIA abides by the president's executive orders. That means CIA will not use interrogation techniques outside the Army Field Manual," he said. He noted that Panetta also has stated repeatedly that "no one who took actions based on legal guidance from the Department of Justice at the time should be investigated, let alone punished."

    Previously, top Bush administration officials defended the interrogation methods, saying they were legal and necessary to prevent terrorist attacks.

    The report's release puts added pressure on the Obama administration, which has banned the use of waterboarding and similar techniques but has resisted calls to conduct legal inquiries to determine whether Bush administration officials broke laws.

    The presence of medical personnel at CIA interrogation sites has been reported previously, but ICRC investigators found that their participation in some of the more harsh episodes to be a severe breach of medical ethics. The report said the officials were enlisted to ensure that the detainees did not die or suffer irreparable damage.

    The report can be accessed at http://www.nybooks.com/icrc-report.pdf.
     
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    And in furthur news, GM to push Sedgways on the streets of NYC. :lol::lol::lol:
     
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    so you dont give a shit that it is now proven via the international red cross that we broke international law in how we treated detainees? How humane and truly caring of you willow tree, you are an exceptional human being!:clap2:
     
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    no, I personally don't give a shit that the iirc found we broke international law jackazz. It wasn't the iirc that got their azzes murdered on 9-11 was it? Did you hear those jackazzes come out on 9-12 and say the terrorist broke any fucking international laws huh jackazz?? well didyahuh? now go cry us a fucking river about "inhuman" treatment whydonchya?
     
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    Here's a picture of what I consider "inhuman" treatment. How about you?




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    so it just proves what a non caring inhuman bitch you are.....:clap2:

    and before you go there I care about what happened to those on 9/11 but that didnt give us carte blache to be cruel and in human to anyone that stood out different from us like in the book i read of actual accounts of detainees at gitmo who were treated with utter disrespect...like a 60 + year old crippled man who could barely walk but was considered an an "enemy combatant" who was made to stand without crutches for extended periods of time, made to take a bath in front of female soldiers as a daily humiliation ritual and was beaten.
     
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    By the way, they're Segues.

    The IRC didn't say that about the hijackers because everyone already knew that. However, the CIA also isn't a terrorist organization (er, wait a minute...) so if it broke international law then its important for US citizens to know that because we are a nation founded on ideals opposed to those which make it okay to torture people. Sorry, but I never believed the US should abandon its ideals and use the same methods used by the Spanish Inquisition, the Kamir Rouge, the Nazis, the USSR, and other sadistic inhumane people like kidnappers, child molesters and torturers.

    If the terrorists are evil, and we allow our nation to torture people to try and beat the terrorists, then we've already lost.
     
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    I don't give a shit what you think as well as i don't give a shit what the IRC thinks.. like I said,, where the fuck were they on 9-12 doyathink? poor old mistreated terrorists.. you gonna give em a home in your neighborhood???
     
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    There you have it folks. The right has no respect for the law of the land (treaties signed by the US become the supreme law of the land as per the Constitution). They care only about politcal power.

    The leader of their party and the US government sanctioned torure. A stain forever on the US and endless shame on the supporters of this international war criminal - GW Bush.
     
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    and the left will believe any old Blame AMerica first propaganda that corrput entities like the UN or the IRC spoons feeds them. Grow the fuck up whydonchya? omg the terrorists were treated with disrespect oh :eek:, but nary a fucking word from these IRC assholes when 3000 people were exploded, burned, incinerated or forced to jump to their deaths.. and I don't think we heard a fucking thing from the IRC when the Israelsi were and are subjected to daily rocket attacks.. oh fuck no,, and not a goddamned thing when the terrorists were running around beheading people.. oh fuck no,, but don't don't don't disresepct any terrorist for god's sake or we the LEFT will have a fucking coniption fit.
     
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