CAMEROONIAN TROOPS TORTURED AND KILLED PRISONERS AT BASE USED FOR U.S. DRONE SURVEILLANCE | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


CAMEROONIAN TROOPS TORTURED AND KILLED PRISONERS AT BASE USED FOR U.S. DRONE SURVEILLANCE

Troops in the West African nation of Cameroon have tortured prisoners at a remote military base that is also used by U.S. personnel and private contractors for drone surveillance and training missions.

As the U.S. military has fortified the Cameroonian site, known as Salak, and supported the elite local troops based there, the outpost has become the scene of illegal imprisonment, brutal torture, and even killings, according to a new investigation by The Intercept and the Goldsmiths, University of London-based research firm Forensic Architecture, based on extensive research by Amnesty International. Nearly 60 victims held at Salak described to Amnesty International how they were subjected to water torture, beaten with electric cables and boards, or tied and suspended with ropes, among other abuses.

Forensic Architecture investigated conditions of detention and torture at two sites of illegal incarceration, run by Cameroon’s security forces, to accompany a new report by Amnesty International. See the full investigation here.Video: Forensic Architecture

No evidence has emerged that U.S. personnel were involved in torture, but photos and videos from Salak show U.S. soldiers and civilian contractors near the facilities where prisoners were held, and detainees testified to seeing and hearing Americans in uniform during their imprisonment.

“We can’t be 100 percent sure that Americans were aware of the torture,” said Ilaria Allegrozzi, Amnesty International’s lead researcher on a new report about abuses by Cameroonian forces. “But our evidence demonstrates that at Salak these practices occur in places that are accessible and can be visible to U.S. and other foreign personnel.”

Salak serves as ground zero for Cameroon’s fight against the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram, a campaign that the United States has thrown its full support behind. Last month, President Donald Trump sent a letter to Congress outlining current “deployments of U.S. Armed Forces equipped for combat

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US military absolutely cannot tolerate the practice of torture anywhere it functions on this planet, period, end of discussion.

When the US either tortures, or outsources, or ignores torture where it operates, the following happens; people around the world rightly understand that Americans have utterly no concern regarding human rights or human dignity, when it comes to prisoners of war; they don't care that the information is not actionable, and is simply stated to get the torture to stop; and it gives carte blanche to anyone around the world to torture American military and civilian personnel.

Back during World War II, there was an interrogator, Hanns Scharff, who only used kindness as his MO. Because of his effectiveness, humanitarianism, and his gentleness, he was so respected by the US that he was brought over to the US to lecture to the American military about interrogation.

I sincerely wish that the US military would consistently abide by this man's code of ethics; but then again, he was a truly civilised human being, for whom the ends did not justify the means.

Hanns Scharff

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