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Firedoglake » More than just financing Bush Wars…

According to the report by Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine, an FBI agent reported a detainee belonging to China’s ethnic Uighur minority and a Uighur translator told him Uighur detainees were kept awake for long periods, deprived of food and forced to endure cold for hours on end, just prior to questioning by Chinese interrogators.

Susan Manning, a lawyer who represents several Uighurs still held at Guantanamo, said Tuesday the allegations are all too familiar.

U.S. personnel “are engaging in abusive tactics on behalf of the Chinese,” she said Tuesday. When Uighur detainees refused to talk to Chinese interrogators in 2002, U.S. military personnel put them in solitary confinement as punishment, she said.

These are, I presume, the same Uighurs whom we later determined did not pose a terrorist threat, but whom we couldn’t release because they faced a credible threat of torture and persecution if returned to their native country. I guess no we know why the pentagon considered the threat of torture and persecution credible.

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