Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Tortured Souls: CIA Torture Program on foreigners and US citizens

The CIA's decade long torture program from 9/11 onward has been released in full today by the U.S. Senate Investigations wing in an anxious and stress filled United States. Anxiety over the consequences of releasing the report on CIA Torture program was so strong, security was heightened at many American embassies and consulates across the world and American service personnel were warned to keep a low profile in many countries. While there have been no terror attacks on US soil, the media and government are taking the publication cautiously and as a security issues. The report includes graphic details by prisoners over several years highlighting the use of sleep deprivation, long term isolation (similar method used in prisons would be solitary confinement), use of psychological pain, locking prisoners in boxes, forced feeding, water board, exposure to the elements and a host of other techniques that are already known to the public and world. Other countries in Europe, Africa and Asia have aided in renditions and operated CIA black list sites for terror suspects and people suspected of aiding terrorist groups. As many know this was done physically and psychology break each prisoner down and confess. The countries were paid for their aid.

Khalid Muhammad, the mastermind or "Brains" behind 9/11 attacks along Abu Zabaydah and Al Libi are among the prisoners mentioned in the senate report who went through each or most of the torturous interrogations. A lesser known prisoner, American citizen and a Muslim convert, Brooklyn born Jose Padilla went through equal hell in isolation, interrogation, tortured and being held in prison for 12 years. Beginning in 2002, Padilla was accused and sentenced to 17 years in prison in Miami after being convicted of plotting with another Florida based co-conspirator, a dirty bomb attack in U.S. city that was discovered to not exist. His case has been retried throughout the years however the judges generally come to the same conclusion. His prison sentence remains intact. In one recent case, the judge extended the prison term by 4 years to 21 years. Sadly Padilla's case is not unique. There has been other U.S. citizens sent as prisoners to Guantanamo, kept in maxium security within the U.S. or to be tortured abroad as a result of the war on terror. Many have been accused of either supporting terrorists or supplying materials for terror attacks. Dr. Aafia Siddiqui and Florida college Professor Sami al Arian are two of the most well known Americans in prison under the current terror laws. Their families have been fighting the courts and police for years to reconsider their charges and maintain their family members' innocence. Al Arian's charges have been dropped by the federal court clearing the way for him to be release after a decade in prison on guilty charges. Dr. Siddiqui has yet to be release and faces reoccurring trials.

The West's Torture Farm in Uzbekistan ABC Australia

CIA's Italian Job: Italian Imam kidnapped by CIA and tortured in Abu Gharib

ISIS and its Takfiri ilks still causing havoc in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon. Some American and European youth are still sneaking off to join ISIS despite the consequences of war, violence towards women and children, personal harm and omnipresence of death. ISIS terrorists and its militants for the cause are the latest group of wanted terrorists on the never ending search by CIA, MI5, Mossad and other Western, Iranian and other intelligence agencies to halt the next coming terrorist attacks. CIA has tried in vain to cover up its torture program by rephrasing it as "enhanced interrogations" or outright lying and minimizing the damage caused.

U.S. Foreign Policy: Secret War of CIA on Latin American & Third World

This is not the first program nor the last used by the agency. Anyone alive during the 1960s and before the start of the Cold War post World War II would tell you that torture was used by CIA long before the agency became notorious for it in Latin American in 1970s when the agency and U.S. government supported indirectly and directly notorious torture techniques and methods carried out by Latin American dictatorial governments, military, paramilitary revolutionaries/counter revolutionaries and death squads against individual people and entire nations. The CIA torture programs and support for military dictators and death squads across Central and South America including the Caribbean share eerly similarities to today's tactics used in the name of the war on terror. The same justification was used to fight communism and overcome the Red Scare. In Latin American it became known as Operation Condor and now it is war on terror. 

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