Claims of secret CIA jail for terror suspects on British island to be investigated

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Ian Cobain and Richard Norton-Taylor
Friday October 19, 2007
The Guardian

· Legal charity urges action on Diego Garcia claims
· Prisoners may have been held in ships off coast

Allegations that the CIA held al-Qaida suspects for interrogation at a secret prison on sovereign British territory are to be investigated by MPs, the Guardian has learned. The all-party foreign affairs committee is to examine long-standing suspicions that the agency has operated one of its so-called “black site” prisons on Diego Garcia, the British overseas territory in the Indian Ocean that is home to a large US military base.

Lawyers from Reprieve, a legal charity that represents a number of detainees at Guantánamo Bay, including several former British residents, are calling on the committee to question US and British officials about the allegations. According to the organisation’s submission to the committee, the UK government is “potentially systematically complicit in the most serious crimes against humanity of disappearance, torture and prolonged incommunicado detention”.

One possibility which the foreign affairs committee may explore is that suspects have been held on a prison ship off the coast of Diego Garcia. The UN special rapporteur on torture, Manfred Nowak, has said that he has heard from reliable sources that the US has held prisoners on ships in the Indian Ocean. There have also been second-hand accounts from detainees at Guantánamo of prisoners being held on US naval vessels.

One detainee told a researcher from Reprieve: “One of my fellow prisoners in Guantánamo was at sea on an American ship with about 50 others before coming to Guantánamo. He told me that there were about 50 other people on the ship; they were all closed off in the bottom. The people detained on the ship were beaten even more severely than in Guantánamo.”


h/t: CLG

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15 thoughts on “Claims of secret CIA jail for terror suspects on British island to be investigated

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  3. I happen to “know” Mr. Premel, and yes, it’s him – all over the internet under pseudonames. Dork. (AND fraud.)

    (Yes, my email address is real!)

  4. I just did a search on the IP from the person who demanded his name to be removed and guess what? Mark’s IP shows up. So the exact same thing happened here. What is going on?

  5. fracas, hmm, this is very interesting. Thanks for sharing your similar blog experience. Yes, this person did demand that his name be removed from the comment above by Mark.

    The plot thickens.

  6. dandelion salad… I had a post about syvette wimberly on my blog, and a couple of readers (or so i thought) mentioned him in their comments. That was 7 months ago. Suddenly, he shows up posting at my blog and many others, demanding his name be removed from the pages.

    At one of those blogs, I read that other readers thought the initial comments talking about him were posted by him. I checked the IP’s of the comments against his current post demanding their withdrawal and lo and behold… the same IP provider. WOW… what a coincidence. At some blogs, they’ve just made fun of his demand. I’m getting some advice before I allow someone to bully me… especially if it turns out that he did post the first comments. It’s not nice to mess with people on their blogs that way.

  7. Mark, I has to edit your comment as the “someone” you mentioned wrote me asking for his name to be removed from your comment.

    12:00 AM

    And it turned out to be you! You used a false name to write this comment (and probably a false email address) then 5 months later demand that Premel’s name be removed.

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  12. With the movie rendition approaching and about to be released on screens worldwide, Rendition is about to take center stage in the american media again on talkshows all around the world. Recently, a month ago, “someone” came out on CNN and talked about Rendition. He gave figures and details more in depth than we are hearing about. Now suddenly, all his interviews have been taken down off of the internet. I personally would like to the knows truths behind such secret programs. i find it extremely fascinating. thanks for your article.

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