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Group Seeks Fate of Terror Suspects
AP via SFGate ^ | 2/27/7 | KATHERINE SHRADER

Posted on 02/27/2007 12:31:25 PM PST by SmithL

A human rights group is asking President Bush to disclose the fates of all terror suspects held since 2001, including at least 16 it believes have been locked up in secret CIA facilities.

Human Rights Watch said it compiled a report about the 16, whose whereabouts are unknown, along with 22 others possibly held by the CIA, based on interviews with former detainees, press reports and other sources.

The report — "Ghost Prisoner: Two Years in Secret CIA Detention" — includes an accounting from Marwan Jabour, a Palestinian who says he was held incommunicado for more than two years by the United States and Pakistan.

Human Rights Watch interviewed Jabour in December and is telling his story as part of a push for more information from the Bush administration. Jabour says he was beaten, burned with an iron, held naked and chained to the wall of his cell so tightly that he could not stand up.

His imprisonment ended last summer when the United States flew him to Jordan from a secret detention facility that he believed to be in Afghanistan, he says. By September, he says the Jordanians turned him over to the Israelis. Six weeks later, he was let go in the Gaza Strip, where the 30-year-old had family.

U.S. counterterrorism officials would not confirm Jabour's account but said they view him as one of al-Qaida's most dangerous.

In a letter to Bush on Monday, Joanne Mariner, director of Human Rights Watch's terrorism and counterterrorism program, said her organization recognizes some terror suspects may have committed crimes that merit incarceration. Yet "the decision to imprison such persons must be taken in accordance with legal processes," she said.

Rather than vanishing, they should be charged with crimes, she said.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bleedingheartattack; hrw; humanrightswatch; jabour; marwanjabour; renditions; terrorsupporters

1 posted on 02/27/2007 12:31:26 PM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL
Rather than vanishing, they should be charged with crimes, she said.

Did she think of another possibility, like that they were kept "imprisoned" because they maybe spied for America and them being "imprisoned" implied they had no choice but was a handy way to sew up their cover? Huh?

2 posted on 02/27/2007 12:45:55 PM PST by LurkedLongEnough
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To: SmithL

If he is viewed "as one of al Qaieda's most dangerous", and was in detention, then the failure to evaporate him without traces is a court-martial offense.


3 posted on 02/27/2007 1:11:18 PM PST by GSlob
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To: SmithL

Human rights groups? When have they ever stood for a cause I believed in? Never? It seems that all of their efforts are directed toward undermining American security, in one way or another. Where do these people live? -- in some never-never land where everyone is honest and pure and devoted to the welfare of others? Most of us live in a real world that can be very hard and unyielding. Those human rights folks need more than one lesson in real life consequences of foolish behavior.


4 posted on 02/27/2007 2:06:32 PM PST by Continental Soldier
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To: Continental Soldier
"Human rights groups?"
As those concerned are by their nature not humans but rabid beasts, the concept of 'human rights' does not apply there, and the human rights groups have no standing.
6 posted on 02/27/2007 6:14:39 PM PST by GSlob
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