By Caleb T. Maupin
Published Jun 18, 2007 12:04 AM
A Swiss politician named Dick Marty has issued a Council of Europe expose showing, based on his interviews with U.S. and European intelligence sources, that there were several CIA secret prisons in Poland and Romania from 2003 until 2005. In these prisons, detainees, mainly from the Middle East, were shackled and forced to remain naked for months at a time without any charges being brought against them. The guards wore masks to hide their faces. “Interrogation techniques,” a euphemism for torture methods, were used.
The CIA called the report “exaggerated,” but never denied that such prisons existed or countered any of the report’s claims.
The report shows that there were 10 secret flights to Poland by U.S. military planes. Six of them were from Afghanistan.
It appears that some of those who saw their country bombed and invaded by the United States, and picked up a gun to resist, found themselves apprehended, put onto a plane, and shipped like a piece of cargo to prisons in Eastern Europe, where they faced torture and interrogation.
This report just adds to the growing body of knowledge about U.S. policy toward prisoners accused of being “terrorists” since Sept. 11, 2001. It is worldwide knowledge that the U.S. military brutally tortured people at Abu Ghraib, with the torture approved high up the chain of command. An unknown number of people are currently held without charges by the U.S. government at Guantanamo Bay, where they are subjected to brutality and abuse.
This latest report from Marty just reinforces the fact that the capitalist class, in its naked pursuit of profit and control of the Middle East, will stop at no amount of brutality, torture, violation of human rights, and repression. The only law in the eyes of the Republican Party, which carries it out, and the Democratic Party, which silently approves it, is that oil profits from the Middle East must continue to feed the parasite class of Wall Street, with no limit.
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