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article imageReport: Former detainees at 'secret prison' in Afghanistan abused

By Andrew Moran     Oct 16, 2010 in World
Bagram - According to a new report from an independent think-tank group, former detainees of an alleged secret prison in Afghanistan claim they were abused and tortured. The United States military has repeatedly denied these accusations.
Digital Journal reported in February that Afghans claimed that the Bagram United States Air Force is President Barack Obama’s Guantanamo Bay detention center because of alleged torture, nightly raids and the large number of health hazards.
A new report from the independent think-tank group Open Society Foundations, funded by billionaire George Soros, states that prisoners were deprived of sleep and placed in cold isolation prison cells. Furthermore, the detainees were not given enough food or blankets and were not allowed to practice their religion.
One detainee testified in the report and said the Tor Jail “was like hell on Earth” because he was sleep deprived, the food was inadequate and they were not allowed to go to the bathroom despite being given plenty of water. Another man said he was only provided with biscuits and described the prison cells as very cold, which was done on purpose in order to receive a confession.
“Given the consistency of the accounts, the Open Society Foundations believes these are genuine areas of concern, and not outliers, that run counter to US rules on detainee treatment,” the report states. “Confinement Conditions at a U.S. Screening Facility on Bagram Air Base calls on the government to investigate detention standards at the facility and recommends immediate actions to reduce the likelihood of mistreatment, such as providing additional blankets and food to detainees.”
BBC News reports that the U.S. military claims the detention facility complies with both U.S. and international law. Spokesperson for the U.S. military, Captain Pamela Kunze denied the allegations: “The Department of Defense does not operate any secret prisons.”
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