May 1, 2005

SOME STUFF YOU'RE FORCED TO OUTSOURCE:

U.S. Recruits a Rough Ally to Be a Jailer (DON VAN NATTA Jr., 5/01/05, NY Times)

Seven months before Sept. 11, 2001, the State Department issued a human rights report on Uzbekistan. It was a litany of horrors.

The police repeatedly tortured prisoners, State Department officials wrote, noting that the most common techniques were "beating, often with blunt weapons, and asphyxiation with a gas mask." Separately, international human rights groups had reported that torture in Uzbek jails included boiling of body parts, using electroshock on genitals and plucking off fingernails and toenails with pliers. Two prisoners were boiled to death, the groups reported. The February 2001 State Department report stated bluntly, "Uzbekistan is an authoritarian state with limited civil rights."

Immediately after the Sept. 11 attacks, however, the Bush administration turned to Uzbekistan as a partner in fighting global terrorism. The nation, a former Soviet republic in Central Asia, granted the United States the use of a military base for fighting the Taliban across the border in Afghanistan. President Bush welcomed President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan to the White House, and the United States has given Uzbekistan more than $500 million for border control and other security measures.

Now there is growing evidence that the United States has sent terror suspects to Uzbekistan for detention and interrogation, even as Uzbekistan's treatment of its own prisoners continues to earn it admonishments from around the world, including from the State Department.

The so-called rendition program, under which the Central Intelligence Agency transfers terrorism suspects to foreign countries to be held and interrogated, has linked the United States to other countries with poor human rights records. But the turnabout in relations with Uzbekistan is particularly sharp.


Someone had to make them talk.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 1, 2005 10:38 PM
Comments

Closing Gitmo and shipping the prisoners to some more or less inaccessible part of Uzbekistan would make a lot of sense. No foreign correspondent is going to stray more than a few hours drive from a decent bar, so anything we do to these terrorists will go unnoticed.

Posted by: bart at May 2, 2005 8:49 AM

Wouldn't do to let the Filipinos have all the fun.

Posted by: Lou Gots at May 2, 2005 12:02 PM

How about Attu? Outdoor housing there might have a strong effect on the "prisoners".

Posted by: jim hamlen at May 2, 2005 10:59 PM
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