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Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Incident: death, Wali

After he hears that he is suspected of being involved in rocket attacks on US bases, Abdul Wali will turn himself in to US forces today. He will be taken into US custody. In three days time, he will be dead.

On 27 July 2003, an Afghan governor (probably the governor of Kunar) will declare on Islamic radio that Wali died of a heart attack, and that there were no marks, bruises, or signs of abuse on the body. This is done despite the fact that an autopsy was not be conducted on Abdul Wali. It will later be revealed by a spokesperson for the governor that he suspected heart problems only because U.S. officials insisted Wali was not mistreated.

Despite U.S. officials' insistence that Wali was not mistreated, CIA operative David Passaro will later be charged with mistreating Wali. Witnesses allege that allege that Passaro beat Wali with a heavy flashlight 10 to 30 times and kicked him so hard that he came off the ground and later begged to be shot. According to prosecuters Passaro was only charged with assault, rather than murder, because they would need to examine Wali's body, which is buried in an area unsafe for U.S. troops.

On 13 April, 2005, court documents relating to the trial of Passaro will be released. See entry on 13 April 2005.

Monday, June 02, 2003

Media: rendition of detainees

US News (archived by Free Republic) reports that "The CIA has helped move dozens of detainees not only to Jordan but also to Egypt, Morocco, and even Syria. Dubbed "renditions," the transfers have stirred concern by critics over those nations' records for torture."

(For those who have a sense of humour regarding the Freepers, some of the comments below the article are enlightening regarding the US Administration's support base's opinion up until this point).

Sunday, June 01, 2003

Incident: Mehboob Ahmad detained

This month, Mehboob Ahmad will detained by US military. Over the next five months, he will be held at various locations in Afghanistan, including the Gardez and the Bagram Air Base. According to his statement on the ACLU website, during his detention he was:
  • hung upside-down from the ceiling;
  • pushed and kicked while he knelt on a wooden pole;
  • stripped and kept naked for long periods of time;
  • probed anally;
  • subjected to sensory deprivation; and
  • threatened that soldiers would rape his wife.
His legs will remain painful for years after his release.