(Photo by Linda Panetta) Baghdad, 2004: Uncertainty in a time of war. A mother and child displays ID cards of family members who have 'disappeared'. They are not sure if they have been imprisoned, killed or have fled the violence.
March 15, 2009
Tales from Torture's Dark World
By Mark Danner
Adapted from a longer article, for the New York Review of Books, about the ICRC Report on the Treatment of Fourteen “High Value Detainees” in CIA Custody.
ON a bright sunny day two years ago, President George W. Bush strode into the East Room of the White House and informed the world that the United States had created a dark and secret universe to hold and interrogate captured terrorists.
“In addition to the terrorists held at Guantánamo,” the president said, “a small number of suspected terrorist leaders and operatives captured during the war have been held and questioned outside the United States, in a separate program operated by the Central Intelligence Agency.”
At these places, Mr. Bush said, “the C.I.A. used an alternative set of procedures.” He added: “These procedures were designed to be safe, to comply with our laws, our Constitution and our treaty obligations... Read complete article.