Once again, I find myself unable to sleep, because once again I am haunted by the image in my mind's eye.
Every day, several times a day, I am haunted by an image of two little boys, the sons of Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, who were kidnapped when they were 7 and 9 years old and turned over to the CIA. They have been gone for almost six years, think about that SIX YEARS. We don't even know if they are alive or dead. They are held in YOUR NAME. There are reports that they have been tortured, using insects and food deprivation. Please, demand of your Congressional Representative and your Senators that they ask publically for an accounting of these two little boys who are now teenagers, having spent almost half their lives in US custody.
More details after the break.
Here is an excerpt from the time of their kidnapping:
We have your sons: CIA
March 10 2003
By Olga Craig
Two young sons of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the September 11 attacks, are being used by the CIA to force their father to talk.
Yousef al-Khalid, 9, and his brother, Abed al-Khalid, 7, were donetaken into custody in Pakistan in September when intelligence officers raided a flat in Karachi where their father had been hiding.
Mohammed fled just hours before the raid but his sons and another senior al-Qaeda member were found cowering behind a wardrobe in the apartment.
The boys have been held by the Pakistani authorities but this weekend they were flown to America where they will be questioned about their father. CIA interrogators confirmed that the boys were staying at a secret address where they were being encouraged to talk about their father's activities. "We are handling them with kid gloves," said one official. "After all, they are only little children, but we need to know as much about their father's recent activities as possible. We have child psychologists on hand at all times and they are given the best of care."
Here is an excerpt from the affidavit of the father of one of their first cellmates, who says they were TORTURED, using INSECTS and FOOD DEPRIVATION:
Also according to Mohammed, he and Majid were detained in the same place where two of Khalid Sheik Mohammed’s young children, ages about 6 and 8, were held. The Pakistani guards told my son that the boys were kept in a separate area upstairs, and were denied food and water by other guards. They were also mentally tortured by having ants or other creatures put on their legs to scare them and get them to say where their father was hiding.
Here is part of the statement by Khalid Sheikh Mohammad at his Combatant Status Review hearing, about his children:
They arrested my kids intentionally. They are kids. They been arrested for four months they had been abused.
Please, these CHILDREN are being held in YOUR NAME, they have done nothing but be born to the wrong man. Demand accountability for them.
UPDATE: Thanks everyone for recommending this diary. I am hopeful that lots of Kossacks will read it and ACT.
UPDATE II: I'm off to get some rest. Thank you all for your generous help and don't forget to follow through by contacting your Congressional Representatives and Sentors.