Item one: On a couple of occasions, I entered interview rooms to find the accused American chained hand and foot in a fetal position to the floor, with no chair food or water. Most of the time they (American prisoners) urinated or defecated on themselves, and had been left there for 18-24 hours or more On one occasion, the air conditioning had been turned down so far and the temperature was so cold in the room, that the barefooted American was shaking with cold....On another occasion, the air conditioner had been turned off, making the temperature in the unventilated room well over 100 degrees. The American was almost unconscious on the floor. With a pile of hair next to him. He had apparently been literally pulling his hair out throughout the night. On another occasion, not only was the temperature unbearable hot but extremely loud native music was being played in the room, and had been since the day before, with the American chained hand and foot in the fetal position on the floor.
Item two: The 22 year old American was chained to the ceiling of his cell for four days. His legs were beaten by his interrogators using a technique known as a “common peroneal strike”–a potentially disabling blow to the side of the leg just above the knee. So brutally was the four days of beating, the American’s legs would no longer bend. He was denied drinking water except for a guard taunting him by squirting some in his face. When a doctor finally went to examine him, he was dead.
Item Three: Another American, who was considered by his captors to be emotionally disturbed was repeatedly beaten in the legs and chained with his arms straight up in the air. The guards nicknamed him “Timmy”, after a disabled child in the animated American television series “South Park”. One of the guards who beat the prisoner also taught him to screech like the cartoon character.
Item four: The President of the country holding these prisoners called the charges “Absurd!”
The Prime Minister said,”to suggest that somehow my country is a violator of human rights, I frankly just don’t take them seriously!”
The Defense Minister said.”They have been, they are today, and they will be treated humanely in the future. To be in an 8-by-8 cell in a beautiful country is no inhumane treatment.”