Detainee No. 200343

Ken AshfordIraqLeave a Comment

In Iraq, an American contractor, who was also an informant for the FBI, was captured and imprisoned in April:

[G]uards arrived at the man’s cell periodically over the next several days, shackled his hands and feet, blindfolded him and took him to a padded room for interrogation, the detainee said. After an hour or two, he was returned to his cell, fatigued but unable to sleep.

The fluorescent lights in his cell were never turned off, he said. At most hours, heavy metal or country music blared in the corridor. He said he was rousted at random times without explanation and made to stand in his cell. Even lying down, he said, he was kept from covering his face to block out the light, noise and cold. And when he was released after 97 days he was exhausted, depressed and scared.

No charges brought.  No lawyer (in the article, this American notes, quite correcty, that Saddam Hussein himself had more rights than he did). 

You might think that his captors were "the enemy", but you would be wrong.  His captors were the U.S. military.  This is how, under the Bush regime, Americans are treating Americans.

It’s kind of hard to be in the exporting-freedom-to-the-Middle-East business when we act like this.

Read the whole thing.