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February 15, 2010

OBAMA'S SECRET PRISONS

Independent, UK - A string of recent exposes has shown that Obama is in fact maintaining a battery of secret prisons where people are held without charge indefinitely – and he is even expanding them.. . .

Obama ordered the closing of the CIA's secret prisons, but not those run by Joint Special Operations. They maintain a Bermuda Triangle of jails with the notorious Bagram Air Base at its centre. One of the few outsiders has been into this ex-Soviet air-hangar is the military prosecutor Stuart Couch. He says: "In my view, having visited Guantanamo several times, the Bagram facility made Guantanamo look like a nice hotel. The men did not appear to be able to move around at will, they mostly sat in rows on the floor. It smelled like the monkey house at the zoo."

We know that at least two innocent young men were tortured to death in Bagram. Der Spiegel has documented how some "inmates were raped with sticks or threatened with anal sex".....

Once you vanish into this system, you have no way to get yourself out. . . Bagram is being given a $60m expansion, allowing it to hold five times as many prisoners as Guantanamo Bay currently does. . . .   The abuse is leaking out to other, more secretive sites across Afghanistan. They are so underground they are known only by the names given to them by released inmates - the Salt Pit, the Prison of Darkness. . . . The British lawyer Clive Stafford Smith estimates there are 18,000 people trapped in these "legal black holes" by the US.


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