FBI Documents: Reminder of ‘Gross Human Rights Abuses’

November 1, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Additional F.B.I. documents regarding torture of detainees, were released on Friday in response to a lawsuit, by the American Civil Liberties Union and Judicial Watch, a Washington-based watchdog group. The documents provide greater insight into one of the darkest periods of American history, revealing that the F.B.I. questioned the legality of the overseas CIA torture methods. And that the Justice Department considered prosecuting CIA employees for their roles in illegal torture methods, but ultimately declined to do so.

Many of the F.B.I. documents were previously released, but some of the censoring has been removed in this latest document dump.

The ACLU noted that the newly released documents are yet another reminder that Bush administration officials sanctioning illegal torture methods, have not been held accountable.

Jameel Jaffer, Director of the ACLU National Security Project said in a statement:

“The documents released today add to our knowledge about the origins, scope and consequences of the Bush administration’s torture program. The documents are also a reminder, however, of gross human rights abuses that have yet to be investigated seriously by Congress or the Justice Department (DOJ). The last administration’s decision to endorse torture undermined the United States’ moral authority and compromised its security, but the failure of the country’s current leadership to fully confront the abuses of the last administration is only compounding these harms.”

The ACLU also condemned President Obama for allowing the DOD to legally withhold prisoner abuses photos from Freedom of Information Act requests:

“The Obama administration pledged to be transparent and accountable to the American people. These photos are critical to understanding the abuses of the Bush interrogation program and ensuring that they never happen again,” Americans have a right to know about the crimes that were committed in their name,” said the ACLU in its press release.

The new documents show that F.B.I. officials visiting overseas “black sites” were essentially appalled at not only the illegal treatment of detainees, but also of the lack of effectiveness of the brutal torture methods used.

F.B.I. officials visited an overseas secret prison run by the CIA in 2002 and discovered prisoners “manacled to the ceiling and subjected to blaring music around the clock.”

The F.B.I. were alarmed to find 9/11 prisoner, Ramzi bin al-Shiebh shackled naked to a floor, after being denied access to him for five days. The F.B.I. believed al-Shiebh had “valuable actionable intelligence,” but the CIA ended F.B.I. interrogations of the accused 9/11 plotter.

The September 2002 overseas visit to the CIA black site was the last involvement the F.B.I. had with CIA interrogations.

For those of you that have the stomach for it, the newly released documents can be found here.



One Response to “FBI Documents: Reminder of ‘Gross Human Rights Abuses’”

  1. mackie mccleod on November 1st, 2009 12:47 pm

    to view a partial list of crimes committed by FBI agents over 1500 pages long see
    forums.signonsandiego. com/showthread.php?t=59139

    to view a partial list of FBI agents arrested for pedophilia see
    dallasnews .com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=3574

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