Torture By Proxy

TORTURE BY PROXY….A Guantanamo detainee named Majid Mahmud Abdu Ahmad filed a court petition recently that describes yet another torture related memo:

The March 17, 2004, Defense Department memo….suggested sending Ahmad to an unspecified foreign country that employed torture in order to increase chances of extracting information from him, according to the petition’s description of the memo.

….The memo appears to call into question repeated assertions by the administration that it does not use foreign governments to abuse suspected militants ? what critics call “torture by proxy.”

The defense team’s characterization of the memo was not disputed by either government lawyers or by the judge in the case, who was able to read the entire memo.

For more on this, see Fafblog.

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