"I'm talking of people having their children tortured in front of them until they sign a confession. I'm talking of people being boiled alive. And the intelligence from these torture sessions was being received by the CIA, and was being passed on."

According to Raw Story

Craig Murray, the rector of the University of Dundee in Scotland and until 2004 the UK's ambassador to Uzbekistan, said the CIA not only relied on confessions gleaned through extreme torture, it sent terror war suspects to Uzbekistan as part of its extraordinary rendition program.

The claims, if true are simply horrifying.
"I'm talking of people being raped with broken bottles,"
"I'm talking of people having their children tortured in front of them until they sign a confession."
"I'm talking of people being boiled alive."

There was if I remember rightly a diary earlier in the week discussing the claims, at least in part of the ties between Kharzai, the Bush administration and a proposed pipeline which was to be built across the country.  Mr Murray reiterates these claims.

"There are designs of this pipeline, and if you look at the deployment of US forces in Afghanistan, as against other NATO country forces in Afghanistan, you'll see that undoubtedly the US forces are positioned to guard the pipeline route. It's what it's about. It's about money, it's about oil, it's not about democracy."

The Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline is slated to be completed in 2014, with $7.6 billion in funding from the Asian Development Bank.

Not sure if this has been diaried already, but I would think these claims, coming from a UK senior public servant who has served in the capacity as ambassador to the country in question, Uzbekistan, would have some level of credibility.

The full article is here.

Originally posted to Unenergy on Fri Nov 06, 2009 at 03:48 PM PST.


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