Human Rights Watch: CIA torture cover-up in Libya revealed
September 6, 2012
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has revealed new evidence of a US torture cover-up, showing the West snatched Gaddafi’s opponents from African and Asian countries, then tortured them at secret CIA prisons as part of post-9/11 Bush-era policies.
“The documents are significant because they shed light on the still-opaque CIA renditions program, identify former detainees by name, and provide corroborating evidence…most notably confirming the involvement of the US, the UK, and other governments,” stated the report.The new report uses as sources documents seized after the fall of Gaddafi’s regime at the Libyan intelligence headquarters. They reveal previously-unknown instances of waterboarding by the CIA that took place nine years ago in Afghanistan. Original documents and correspondence are attached to the report and show organized cooperation between the US, UK and other Western countries with Gaddafi’s regime.
The documents “show a high level of cooperation between the United States, the United Kingdom and the government of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on the transfer of Gaddafi’s opponents into Libyan custody.”
Allegedly, this cooperation was formed after Gaddafi gave up nuclear ambitions and agreed to help fight Islamist terrorism, The New York Times reported.
‘Chained to walls naked, diapered, beaten, denied food and sleep’
HRW describes grave abuses committed by CIA almost a decade ago, which included “being chained to walls naked — sometimes while wearing diapered [sic] — in pitch dark, windowless cells, for weeks or months at a time; being restrained in painful stress positions for long periods of time, being forced into cramped spaces; being beaten and slammed into walls; being kept inside for nearly five months without the ability to bathe; being denied food and being denied sleep by continuous, deafeningly loud Western music,” the report found.
This report undermines previously-made claims by current and former CIA officials that only three terrorist suspects were waterboarded, none of them Libyan, while being held in US custody.
Further it casts doubt on a three-year criminal investigation of the CIA interrogation program, which was concluded last week by the US Department of Justice without any charges being filed.
HRW researchers used the names in the discovered documents to track down past US detainees transferred to Libyan custody and interviewed them. This revealed new information about a US detention center in Afghanistan, interrogation methods and rendition operations.
Many of those people detained now live freely in Libya and occupy new government positions.