Rendered, Tortured & Discarded: A Shocking Story of an Innocent Man’s Ordeal in U.S. Prisons Abroad

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1912 illustration of an inmate in an American ...
1912 illustration of an inmate in an American prison receiving “the paddle”, a form of torture used for punishment. This was illegal at the time. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/7/6/

A new exposé by human rights investigator Clara Gutteridge for The Nation magazine looks at secret U.S. operations in Africa and how the United States rendered, tortured and discarded one innocent man from Tanzania. Suleiman Abdallah was captured in Mogadishu in 2003 by a Somali warlord and handed over to U.S. officials, who had him rendered to Afghanistan for five years of detention and torture. Imprisoned in three different U.S. facilities, Abdallah said he was subjected to severe beatings, prolonged solitary confinement, forced nakedness and humiliation. He said he was also sexually assaulted, locked naked in a coffin, and forced to lie on a wet mat, naked and handcuffed. Abdallah was finally released in July 2008 from Bagram Air Force Base — with a piece of paper confirming his innocence. However, he has received neither reparations nor apologies for his ordeal. “The worst of the torture, we’re not authorized to talk about, because it’s too painful for him,” Gutteridge says. “What I can say is that he was subject to some of the worst torture that I have ever encountered in interviewing over a hundred U.S. torture victims.” [includes rush transcript]

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