Thursday, September 07, 2006

CIA Ships 14 New Prisoners To Guantanamo.

The White House breaks it silence today on secret CIA prisons as 14 new inmates are shipped to Guantanamo Bay. Amongst the 14 is Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was thought to be al-Qa'ida's third in command until his capture in Pakistan in 2003 as well as two other high profile prisoners; Ramzi Bin al-Shibh, allegedly intended to be an September 11, 2001 hijacker; and Abu Zubaydah, said to be another key al-Qa'ida co-ordinator, who was seized in Pakistan in 2002.

In a recent televised address, George Bush admitted that of CIA run prisons do existence. However he denies that these facilities have used of torture as an interrogation method: "The US does not torture. I have not authorized it and I will not." Although he has also admitted to a "alternative set of procedures" when a prisoner stops talking. These procedures were used on Abu Zubaydah during detention in the CIA prisons because "[He] knew how to resist conventional interrogation"

Bush hopes that under the new revised guidelines created by his administration, these suspects can be tried and subsequently charged; many may face capital punishment. This comes after Congress threw out the last system of military tribunals, as they were deemed to violate both domestic and International law.

Human right activists have expressed their disbelief at the claim that the USA does not use torture methods; a recent UN on Guantanamo concluded "that some of the techniques, in particular the use of dogs, exposure to extreme temperatures, sleep deprivation for several consecutive days and prolonged isolation were perceived as causing severe suffering." Although this is expected to change under the new guidelines which brings all inmates under the protection of the Geneva Convention.

The USA has already created friction with several of its European allies because of claims that it used the countries air space and airports to transport prisoners to "Black spot" areas, the CIA prisons; this is an outrage to many who wish to have no part in the USA's struggles against Islamic militancy.

The "War on Terror" is now facing growing opposition on both sides of the Atlantic, as the majority reject the Bush administration's handling of international terrorism.


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