U.S. Building Terror Prison in Morocco

The U.S. is helping to build a new prison for terrorists in Morocco. The prison compound is run by the Moroccan Secret Police.

George Bush says we don't engage in torture, so there's nothing to worry about, right? Not according to Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch:

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other groups critical of the policy have compiled dossiers detailing the detention and apparent torture of radical Islamists at the DST's current headquarters, at Temara, near Rabat.

A recent inquiry into rendition by the Council of Europe, led by Dick Marty, the Swiss MP, highlighted a pattern of flights between Washington, Guantanamo Bay and Rabat's military airport at Sale.

A ghost air plane was spotted bringing prisoners to Rabat's military airport in December. Here's a 2004 HRW report on Morocco.

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    Re: U.S. Building Terror Prison in Morocco (none / 0) (#1)
    by Justina on Sun Feb 12, 2006 at 03:44:37 PM EST
    In 1997, I headed a public defender project in Cambodia. Many practices of the Pol Pot regime were still in evidence. Our attorneys encountered numerous instances of pre-trial torture, illegal detention in private prisons set up by government officials, and extra-judicial executions. The experience gave me great respect for the American criminal justice system where such practices were virtually non-existent...then. Now, less than ten years later, the use of torture for interrogation is promoted and defended by President Bush and Vice President Cheney. The Bush administration has established private jails in foreign countries for the extra-judicial imprisonment of "detainees". Those imprisoned are not afforded counsel, notice of the charges against them, trial by impartial magistrate or jury, not even notification to their families of their imprisoment. We learn this week that President Bush lied when he said that all the GITMO prisoners were "bad guys". In fact, 90% of the GITMO prisoners are not Al Qaeda, Taliban or terrorists, but were kidnapped and sold to the US by Pakistani and Afghanistani allies at so much per head. It is no wonder that Bush didn't want these prisoners to be brought to court. He had no evidence against them. The Pol Pot regime was responsible for the death of almost two million Cambodians. Millions were killed in Hitler's death camps and Stalin and Mao's gulags. It is no longer possible to say that the same can't happen in the United States when we learn from a January 27, 2006 press release that Vice President Cheney's Halliburton company has just received a billion dollar plus contract to construct detention camps inside the U.S. for "an overflow of immigrants and other special programs". How much longer will it be before casting a vote for a Democratic candidate qualifies one for a berth in one of Halliburton's special detention facilities? It is imperative that Americans who value democracy and our Constitution, be they conservative or liberal, unite to stop the Bush administration's imperial presidency. We must demand that our congressional representative shut down the funds for secret detention centers, torturing interrogation teams, death squads, and new military excursions into the Middle East, Africa and South and Central America. We must vote corrupt Republicans out of office and put a Democratic majority in Congress to restore our democracy.

    Re: U.S. Building Terror Prison in Morocco (none / 0) (#2)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Tue Feb 14, 2006 at 12:53:57 PM EST
    Justina... We must vote corrupt Republicans out of office and put a Democratic majority in Congress to restore our democracy. Haven't you been trying to do that? Because we all know...the Dems have NEVER been corrupt and NEVER did anything like this when they were in charge.... LOL Nice dream world you live in.

    Re: U.S. Building Terror Prison in Morocco (none / 0) (#3)
    by Sailor on Tue Feb 14, 2006 at 01:32:22 PM EST
    Please show proof that Dems built gulags, exported torture, held 1000's of people, some US citizens, w/o out charges for years. And BTW, 'he did it first' is not an excuse. Didn't your momma teach you anything?

    Re: U.S. Building Terror Prison in Morocco (none / 0) (#4)
    by Edger on Tue Feb 14, 2006 at 01:54:33 PM EST
    Sailor, Skewers... hot fire... marinade... ;-)