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Tuesday, May 23, 2006


Panel urges U.S. to 'eradicate' torture, stop using secret detention facilities

GENEVA---The United States should close its prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and avoid using secret detention facilities in its war in terror, a U.S. panel report released Friday said.

In an 11-page report in its review of U.S. adherence to the Treaty Against Torture, the committee said detainees should not be returned to any state where they could face a "real risk" of being tortured.

"The state party should cease to detain any person at Guantanamo Bay and close the detention facility," said the U.N. Committee Against Torture, a panel of 10 independent experts on adherence to the U.S. Convention Against Torture.

The United States should also ensure that no one is detained in secret detention facilities under its control and disclose the existence of any such places, the report said.

The committee said that it was concerned that detainees were being held for protracted periods with insufficient legal safeguards and without judicial assessment of the justification for their detention.

President Bush has said that he would like to close the prson t Guantanamo Bay at some point, though he has not laid out a timetable.

***Yeah, right!

"I very much would like to end Guantanamo. I very much would like to get people to a court," Bush said on May 8, adding, "We're waiting for our Supreme Court to give us a decision as to whether the people need to have a fair trial in a civilian court or a military court."

The committee was also concerned about allegations that the United States has established secret prisons, where the international Red Cross does not have access to the detainees.

"The state party should ensure that no one is detained in any secret detention facility under its de facto effective control," the report said. "The state party should investigate and disclose the existence of any such facilities and the authority under which they have been established and the manner in which detainees are treated."

'Eradicate all forms of torture'

The U.N. report also said the United States must "eradicate" all forms of torture committed by its personnel in Afghanastan and Iraq and investigate allegations thoroughly, prosecuting any staff found guilty.

"The state should take immediate measures to eradicate all forms of torture and ill-treatment of detainees by its military or civilian personnel, in any territory under its jurisdiction," said the report, which was pressuring its conclusions from a hearing earlier this month into U.S. conduct.

***This administration makes the people of the United States look like a bunch of animals and that we condone this sort of thing. Anyone that takes pleasure in this sort of thing should be put away, including this administration. Maybe they will when they come up for war crimes against humanity, like starting a war with madeup information.

The United States made its first appearance before the U.N. Committee against Torture in six years earlier this month, addressing issues ranging from Washington's interpretation of the ban on torture to its interrogation methods in prisons such as Abu Ghraib, Iraq, and Guantanamo.

The committee also said the U.S. should rescind interrogation techniques that constitute torture or cruel treatment, citing methods including sexual humiliation, mock drownings and the use of dogs to induce fear.

It said some techniques "have resulted in the death of some detainees during interrogation" and criticized vague U.S. guidelines that "have led to serious abuse of detainees."

The U.S. had invited the committee behind Friday's report to visit Guantanamo Bay, but the panel "chose not to do so," according to White House spokesman Tony Snow.

***The panel chose not to do so because they have been there already or someone representing them have. They also wouldn't go because when this administration invites you somewhere, they already have things pretty well "hidden already." I'm glad that the U.N. didn't let this administration belittle them!

"Everything that is done in terms of questioning detainees is fully within the boundaries of American law."

How would we know? Because the White House says so? I don't think so. Everything else they have told us has been a lie. Why should we believe them when it comes to torture. Why would a vice president fight so hard to get the CIA excluded from these torture laws if he didn't have plans. This administration breaks the law so much, we just about "know that they have broken the torture laws too." "The people" aren't buying it anymore! WE'VE SEEN THE PICTURES! Nobody in the military is going to attempt these actions unless they were "told" to do it!

staff and news service reports
May 19, 2006

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