CIA spokesman George Little continually insists the agency has operated its terrorist detention and interrogation program in accordance with US law. After being held for nearly three years in secret CIA prisons or “black sites,” a Yemeni prisoner, Khalid Al-Maqtani, was finally released without any charges being brought before a judicial tribunal. Al-Maqtania told Amnesty Internatonal he spent 28 months in isolation without anyone telling him the nature of his alleged crimes. He was arrested in Iraq on suspicion of being a foreign insurgent, transferred to Abu Ghraib prison where he was beatedn, deprived of sleep, suspended upside down in painful positions, intimidated by dogs and induced hypothermia.
After nine days of interrogation in Abu Ghraib, he was flown to Afghanistan where he again was tortured and kept in isolation. According to Amnesty International, the CIA turned him over to Yemen authorities in 2006 and he was not released until May, 2007. In July, 2007, President Bush issued an executive order banning “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment” of terror suspects by the CIA.
As an American, I wonder how those who wrote the Constitution would have reacted to such a story of human degradation. I know they never would have accepted the Bush ratonale that allows torture and violation of human rights in the name of “ticking bombs” that must be defused. As of this date, Mr. Al Maqtan has not been any bomb, ticking or not.