Friday, February 04, 2011
New York Times gets firsthand view of Egyption torture chambers
by Larry Geller
Maybe now the New York Times will be more interested in tackling the atrocities committed by the US government when it kidnaps and renders detainees to Egypt to be tortured. These Times reporters weren’t tortured, but they got an education when taken away by Egyptian police.
The Mukhabarat has had a working relationship with American intelligence, including the C.I.A.’s so-called rendition program of prison transfers. During our questioning, a man nearby was being beaten — the sickening sound somewhere between a thud and a thwack. Between his screams someone yelled in Arabic, “You’re a traitor working with foreigners.”
Ms. Mekhennet asked her interrogator, “Where are we?” The interrogator answered, “You are nowhere.”
We were blindfolded and led to the blank room where we would spend the night and into the next afternoon on the orange plastic chairs. The screams from the torture made it nearly impossible to think.