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  • Thursday, March 09, 2006

    Authorisation for torture came from "the very top"

    Uruknet has this piece which takes a look at an expose on murders in Afghanistan:

    In December 2002, two Afghan detainees, Dilawar and Habibullah, were found dead in their cells, hanging from their chains, within days of each other at the Bagram Collection Point in Afghanistan. They had been shackled by their wrists to the ceiling and severely beaten—one had been "pulpified" by blows, according to a medical examiner—by American soldiers The Bagram facility was a clearinghouse for prisoners captured in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and elsewhere, and by all accounts a hell-hole.

    An army report said that attacks on Mr. Dilawar, a 22-year-old farmer and part-time taxi driver, were so severe that "even if he had survived, both legs would have had to be amputated." The military also admitted that the death of Mullah Habibullah, aged about 30, was attributed to a blunt force injury, in addition to a blood clot in the lung.

    Although both deaths were labeled "homicide," an army spokesman in Afghanistan told the media that the men had died of natural causes. After an investigation, the army acknowledged the deaths were murders.

    Wilkerson told "60 Minutes" the he could "smell" a cover-up and was asked by Powell to investigate how American soldiers had come to use torture.

    "I was developing the picture as to how this all got started in the first place, and that alarmed me as much as the abuse itself because it looked like authorization for the abuse went to the very top of the United States government," said Wilkerson.

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