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A seagoing gulag – US Navy prison ships

June 9, 2008

In the current edition (June 13, 2008, p. 5) of The Week, here’s this unsurprising yet horrifying news:

A human-rights organization this week accused the U.S. of operating a network of prison ships on which terrorism suspects are held incommunicado and abused. Reprieve, a British human-rights advocacy group, based its accusations on a report pieced together from Pentagon disclosures, testimony from released prisoners, and European governmental sources. The report alleges that as many as 17 Navy ships are being used as “floating prisons,” and that some prisoners have been handed over to Arab and African governments known to torture prisoners. “they choose ships to try to keep their misconduct as far as possible from the prying eyes of media and lawyers,” said Reprieve legal director Clive Stafford Smith. The U.S. Navy denied its ships were being used as “detention facilities,” but acknowledged that some prisoners were held on ships for “a few days” at the beginning of their confinement.

More news about this here, of course from British media; there seems to be little interest from US media outlets.

An amphibious assault vehicle leaves the USS Peleliu, which was used to detain prisoners, according to the human rights group Reprieve. Photograph: Zack Baddor/AP

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. TJ D permalink
    November 17, 2008 6:20 pm

    IF so, SO! What better place should they be held? Away from the public and society to caus more terrorist activity. Again . . . SO!

  2. Jack Bauer permalink
    December 2, 2008 3:28 pm

    Who the hell cares? Screw them. Better yet, shoot them.

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