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MoA: Secret CIA Prisons in Pakistan

A German daily reports the existance of at least three secret CIA prisons in Pakistan. A German doctor, says he has treated a child in one of those prisons for tuberculosis.

I have so far found no note on this report in the English speaking press, so here is my translation.

The prisons are to the outside under Pakistani control. They are heavily shielded from the public, but are co-led by the CIA. According to eye-witnesses there are up to 1,000 terror suspects in the camp near Miran Shah alone. A German doctor reported to our paper that he had treated an imprisoned twelfe year old child there for tuberculosis a few month ago. "The boy was already imprisoned for a year in this CIA's Pakistani Abu Ghraib - without indictment, legal counsel and without medical treatment," the doctor complained.

(Note on the paper that published this story: The Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung (NOZ) is a north-western German regional paper covering several counties, national and international news with a circulation of 185,000 during weekdays and 450,000 on weekends. It is well known, often cited and held in high regard by other outlets for its non-regional coverage and interviews. The paper is hold privatly and political neutral. The best comparison to the US market is probably the former Knight Ridder, now McClatchy newspapers. In short - it is a serious paper that would not publish this without checking its sources.)

by Fran on Sun Oct 1st, 2006 at 02:02:16 AM EST
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German original here. It's very short - only 6 grafs - and MoA got the money graf. Dateline is 29 Sept.

The sources cited are vague: "research by this newspaper"; "eyewitnesses"; and the aforementioned doctor. The report places the camps "in the vicinity of the localities Kohat, Miran Shah and Wana in the western Pakistani region [sic] of North Wasiristan and Banu".

No other German outlet has picked it up either (of course, today it's all Schumi). And the Neue Osnabrücker is not the sort of newpaper from which one would normally expect foreign investigative journalism.

On the other hand, I think most of us will pretty much agree on the fundamental plausibility of such a claim.

I dunno.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Sun Oct 1st, 2006 at 05:50:55 AM EST
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