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U.S. troops often abuse prisoners in its worldwide jails
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13:38, March 13, 2008

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The United States has many secret jails across the world, where prisoners were treated inhumanely, says the Human Rights Record of the United States in 2007 issued here on Thursday.

"Secret prison" and "torturing prisoners" have become synonymous with America, says the report which was released by the Information Office of the State Council of China.

In May 2007, the UN special rapporteur on the protection of human right while countering terrorism said after his visit to the United States the latter has detained 700 people in Afghanistan and 18,000 in Iraq for reasons related to the fight against terrorism.

The special rapporteur expressed his concern over the conditions of detainees at Guantanamo Bay and other secret detention facilities, the lack of justice protection and access to fair trial for terrorist suspects, as well as the rendition of suspects.

He also expressed his disappointment that the U.S. government had refused to allow him to visit Guantanamo Bay and other places of secret detention.

In addition to Guantanamo Bay where prisoners were subject to gruesome tortures, the United States also ran secret facilities in Jordan and Ethiopia, where detainees were brutally treated.

The Washington Post reported on Dec. 1, 2007 that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had been running a secret jail on the outskirts of Jordan capital Amman since 2000, where many non-Jordanian terrorism suspects had been detained and interrogated with severe abuse.

According to media reports, CIA detained hundreds of AL-Qaeda suspects in a secret location in Ethiopia. The detainees came from19 countries and included women and children as young as seven months.

They were illegally deported to Ethiopia where they were held in horrific conditions in crowded jails, with a dozen detainees sharing a single 10 feet by 10 feet cell. There were little food, and abuse and torture were commonplace.

Also CIA often tortured detained terrorist suspects by using waterboarding and mock execution.

The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) described in a report how waterboarding is done: the prisoner is bound to an inclined board, feet raised and head slightly below the feet. Cellophane is wrapped over the prisoner's face and water is poured over him. Unavoidably, the gag reflex kicks in and a terrifying fear of drowning leads to almost instant pleas to bring the treatment to a halt.

The New York Times said in a report on Dec. 7, 2007 that CIA in 2005 destroyed at least two videotapes documenting the interrogation of two Al-Qaeda operatives in 2002 in the agency's custody, which was widely believed that CIA was trying to destroy evidences of the existence of its secret detention program.

Besides, women prisoners were often subject to humiliation in Iraq. Reports said many of them became victims of Iraqi police and the occupying forces.

According to a Spain-based newspaper Rebellion's report, Iraqis said there had never been so many rapes and atrocities against women in any war since the Middle Ages as witnessed in the Iraqi war.

Source: Xinhua

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