Secret Red Cross Report: US Tortured Detainees

By Caitlin Taylor

Mar 16, 2009 9:50am

The New York Review of Books reports that a secret 2007 report by the International Committee of the Red Cross concluded that the Bush administration’s treatment of detainees "constituted torture."

The report looked at the treatment of 14 detainees transferred from CIA "black site" prisons in Afghanistan, Morocco, Poland, Romania, and Thailand to the Detainee Center at Guantanamo Bay and concluded the US was responsible for "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment."

Concludes the report: "The allegations of ill-treatment of the detainees indicate that, in many cases, the ill-treatment to which they were subjected while held in the CIA program, either singly or in combination, constituted torture. In addition, many other elements of the ill-treatment, either singly or in combination, constituted cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment."

The Washington Post reports that the CIA declined to comment but a U.S. official familiar with the report said, "It is important to bear in mind that the report lays out claims made by the terrorists themselves."

– jpt

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