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    AFGHAN PRISONERS BEATEN TO DEATH AT US MILITARY INTERROGATION BASE Duncan Campbell, The Guardian, 3/7/03
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 10, 2003
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      AFGHAN PRISONERS BEATEN TO DEATH AT US MILITARY INTERROGATION BASE
      Duncan Campbell, The Guardian, 3/7/03
      http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,909164,00.html

      Two prisoners who died while being held for interrogation at the US
      military base in Afghanistan had apparently been beaten, according to
      a military pathologist's report. A criminal investigation is now
      under way into the deaths which have both been classified as
      homicides.

      The deaths have led to calls for an inquiry into what interrogation
      techniques are being used at the base where it is believed the al-
      Qaida leader, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, is now also being held. Former
      prisoners at the base claim that detainees are chained to the
      ceiling, shackled so tightly that the blood flow stops, kept naked
      and hooded and kicked to keep them awake for days on end.

      The two men, both Afghans, died last December at the US forces base
      in Bagram, north of Kabul, where prisoners have been held for
      questioning. The autopsies found they had suffered "blunt force
      injuries" and classified both deaths as homicides...

      SEE ALSO:

      AMERICA ADMITS SUSPECTS DIED IN INTERROGATIONS
      Andrew Gumbel, Independent, 3/7/03
      http://news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/story.jsp?story=384604

      American military officials acknowledged yesterday that two prisoners
      captured in Afghanistan in December had been killed while under
      interrogation at Bagram air base north of Kabul - reviving concerns
      that the US is resorting to torture in its treatment of Taliban
      fighters and suspected al-Qa'ida operatives.

      A spokesman for the air base confirmed that the official cause of
      death of the two men was "homicide", contradicting earlier accounts
      that one had died of a heart attack and the other from a pulmonary
      embolism¬Ö

      US officials previously admitted using "stress and duress" on
      prisoners including sleep deprivation, denial of medication for
      battle injuries, forcing them to stand or kneel for hours on end with
      hoods on, subjecting them to loud noises and sudden flashes of light
      and engaging in culturally humiliating practices such as having them
      kicked by female officers.

      While the US claims this still constitutes "humane" treatment, human
      rights groups including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch
      have denounced it as torture as defined by international treaty¬Ö

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