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The CIA closed its original 'black site' years ago. But its legacy of torture lives on in Thailand

In February 2015, security forces in southern Thailand hauled in a 26-year-old Muslim man and demanded he confess to participating in a violent separatist insurgency. Officers tied him to a chair, covered his face with a shirt and poured water into his mouth until he choked.

It was one of dozens of torture cases documented by human rights groups in which Thais have been subjected to mock executions, held in painful "stress positions," deprived of sleep or waterboarded.

The methods were introduced here in 2002 -- by the CIA.

Thailand was home to the agency's first secret prison, or "black site," after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. There, American officers repeatedly waterboarded at least two high-profile detainees, part of the so-called enhanced interrogation techniques that much of the world would later describe as torture.

That dark chapter in CIA history has reemerged with President Trump's nomination of a new director, Gina Haspel, a career undercover officer who oversaw the Thai black site in late 2002.

ICC in The Hague is friendly to its donor country USA, guarantees impunity for war crimes.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 10th, 2022 at 08:14:25 AM EST
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