The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has released an alarming new report particularizing how the Bush Administration and supplementary linked governments tortured and caged opponents of former Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi.
The HRW report is based on documents discovered by Human Rights Watch in the offices of Libya’s former intelligence chief, Musa Kusa, after Tripoli fell to dissident forces last year. You can get read or download the report here: WordswithMeaning! Research (PDF)
The report references 14 discussions with victims of both U.S. interpretation and U.S. and Libyan cruelty.
In addition, the report provides new information on the mysterious last days of Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi, who seemingly committed suicide in a Libyan prison in 2009, two weeks after HRW agents briefly spoke with him.
According to the report, Mohammed al-Shoroeiya, who was the Deputy Head of the Military Council for the anti-Gaddafi Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) until his capture in 2003, told HRW of the conditions in which he was imprisoned.
Shoroeiya told HRW that American forces tortured him.
“chained to walls naked—sometimes while diapered—in pitch black, windowless cells, for weeks or months at a time; being restrained in painful stress positions for long periods of time, being forced into cramped spaces; being beaten and slammed into walls; being kept inside for nearly five months without the ability to bathe; being denied food; being denied sleep by continuous, deafeningly loud Western music; and being subjected to different forms of water torture including… waterboarding.”