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Ahoy! America’s secret prisons at sea

3 June 2008 by Mike Gogulski
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From The Guardian:

US accused of holding terror suspects on prison ships

The United States is operating “floating prisons” to house those arrested in its war on terror, according to human rights lawyers, who claim there has been an attempt to conceal the numbers and whereabouts of detainees.

Details of ships where detainees have been held and sites allegedly being used in countries across the world have been compiled as the debate over detention without trial intensifies on both sides of the Atlantic. The US government was yesterday urged to list the names and whereabouts of all those detained.

Information about the operation of prison ships has emerged through a number of sources, including statements from the US military, the Council of Europe and related parliamentary bodies, and the testimonies of prisoners.

[…]

“By its own admission, the US government is currently detaining at least 26,000 people without trial in secret prisons, and information suggests up to 80,000 have been ‘through the system’ since 2001. The US government must show a commitment to rights and basic humanity by immediately revealing who these people are, where they are, and what has been done to them.”

Well, don’t count on that happening any time soon.

Also instructive, the related Guardian blog post, where commenters add such sparkling jewels as:

Who cares? I certainly don’t. Let them rot.

and

Liberals and Non Americans the world over may cry and whine…….the ends justify the means.

and

Good for the Navy. It’s a great idea.

The military blacksite program = much ado about nothing.

and

Who the heck cares if we are holding prisoners on ships? This is war, in case you America haters don’t remember.


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