US Tortured Detainees, Says Red Cross Report

A secret 2007 report by the International Committee of the Red Cross concluded that the Bush administration’s treatment of detainees “constituted torture,” say media reports attributing the information to the New York Review of Books.

The report findings are based on the treatment of 14 detainees transferred from CIA “black site” prisons in Afghanistan, Morocco, Poland, Romania, and Thailand to the Detainee Center at Guantanamo Bay and conclude that the US was responsible for “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.”

In conclusion the report says: “The allegations of ill-treatment of the detainees indicate that, in many cases, the ill-treatment to which they were subjected while held in the CIA program, either singly or in combination, constituted torture. In addition, many other elements of the ill-treatment, either singly or in combination, constituted cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.”

According to Washington Post, the CIA has declined comment on the report. But an unnamed US official familiar with the report said, “It is important to bear in mind that the report lays out claims made by the terrorists themselves.”

(With Inputs from ABC News)

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