Red Cross report says detainees at CIA ‘black sites’ were tortured | csmonitor.com

In January, protestors outside the White House denounced torture. Now, a leaked Red Cross report says the CIA tortured detainees at secret prison sites. NEWSCOM/File

In January, protestors outside the White House denounced torture. Now, a leaked Red Cross report says the CIA tortured detainees at secret prison sites. NEWSCOM/File

Red Cross report says detainees at CIA ‘black sites’ were tortured | csmonitor.com

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) concluded in 2007 that US methods to extract information from prisoners at secret CIA jails as part of the “war on terror” amounted to torture, according to excerpts from a confidential report published on the website of the The New York Review of Books on Sunday.

With US President Barack Obama on record as backing the prosecution of officials involved in “clear instances of wrongdoing,” the report could fuel calls for such legal action.

Though allegations of the torture of terror suspects at CIA-run “black sites” have been widely detailed before, the Red Cross report has “an unusual claim to authenticity,” the article’s author, Mark Danner, wrote in an op-ed for The New York Times.

I believe the United States owes it to itself as much as it does to it’s global reputation to actively prosecute anyone who may have been involved in the torture of terror suspects. To do otherwise puts us on the same level of the terrorists who we condemn for acts of violence against innocent people around the world.

I believe the true mark of a great democracy is its willingness to hold itself accountable to the highest standards of justice, trust, decency and fairness.

NPR interviewed Mr. Danner about his article on Sunday’s “All Things Considered” program. (Listen to the report here.)

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About Bernard McCoy

My views are my own and not a reflection of my employer. I'm a professor of Journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I've also been a working journalist for the past 29 years. I have covered news stories in war zones, reported on human and natural disasters, presidential conventions, a presidential inauguration and the September 11th, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. My career experiences include work as an award-winning documentary producer, television news reporter, photographer, producer, and anchor. I worked at WIBW-TV, Topeka, KS., KCTV, Kansas City, MO, WKBD-TV, Detroit, MI., WILX-TV, Lansing, MI. and WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH. I have also worked as a contributing reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, Associated Press, CBS, CNN, the Ohio News Network and lecture at the Kosovo Institute of Journalism and Communications. I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in telecommunications management from Michigan State University.
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