Friday, September 07, 2012
Report: USA tortured Gaddafi enemies and rendered them to Gaddafi for more torture
by Larry Geller
While the eyes of the nation were focused on the Democratic convention, Human Rights watch released what should be, in a more caring world, a blockbuster report on US torture and cooperation with the Gaddafi regime.
The 154-page report, “Delivered into Enemy Hands: US-Led Abuse and Rendition of Opponents to Gaddafi’s Libya,” is based on interviews conducted in Libya with 14 former detainees, most of whom belonged to an armed Islamist group that had worked to overthrow Gaddafi for 20 years. Many members of the group, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), joined the NATO-backed anti-Gaddafi rebels in the 2011 conflict. Some of those who were rendered and allegedly tortured in US custody now hold key leadership and political positions in the country.
[Human Rights Watch, US: Torture and Rendition to Gaddafi’s Libya, 9/6/2012]
For more information than you will find in the commercial press, check out the article above. Below is a short YouTube video followed by a detailed interview you can download from the WBAI audio archives.
Warning: The WBAI interview is best listened to after breakfast. It describes several methods of torture that the CIA applied to its captives, with medical doctors present to assist.
And no, no one has been convicted of the human rights abuses that this country has been increasingly shown to have committed.
WBAI News Director Andrea Sears interviews Laura Pitter, the author of the report, as part of last night’s WBAI Evening News. The program is in the WBAI archives and may be downloaded here. It will remain for only about seven days. The interview starts at about 20 minutes into the program. Click the thingy on the player below to hear that segment.