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3 Mar, 2007 00:37

Human rights group asks George Bush about CIA secret detainees

Human rights group asks George Bush about CIA secret detainees

A human rights group has sent a letter to the U.S. President George Bush asking him to disclose the fate of all terror suspects held in secret CIA prisons and demanding the whereabouts of these detainees to be revealed.

In a new 50 page report based on interviews with former detainees, news reports, and other sources, the human rights watch says that 38 suspects, who have been held in secret CIA jails, or black sites, are missing.

The attacks of September 11 set a new course for the U.S. administration. From the patriot act to wiretapping the new measures were adopted in order to avoid acts of terror, although with such methods, controversy has followed. 

“We want Congress to take up this matter. There are many other prisoners who were secretly held but they have disappeared, where are they? There are many issues here that are wrong with this system, and we want to ask whether we need to be still keeping using this model,” said John Sifton, a human rights watch researcher.

“Terrorism is a human rights issue, and being held in CIA prison is simply outside the law,” he added.

The report entitled “Ghost prisoner: 2 years in a secret CIA prison,”  also tells the story of terrorism suspect, Marwan Jabour, a Palestinian man who claims he was tortured and held incommunicado for more than 2 years by the U.S. and Pakistan.