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Tuesday, December 11, 2007
 

Suspect Gives First Person Account of CIA Rendition & Secret Prison

The CIA's destruction of videotaped al Qaeda interrogations put a spotlight on Majid Khan, a Gitmo detainee who is suing the U.S. government over a claim he has been tortured while in U.S. custody.

As part of that case, an affidavit was submitted by Khaled El-Masri, a German citizen of Lebanese descent. In the document El-Masri makes extremely detailed allegations about how he was seized while traveling and his interrogations while held (along with Khan) in a secret CIA prison in Afghanistan:

"I felt two people violently grab my arms, one from the right side and the other from the left. They bent both my arms backwards. This violent motion caused me a lot of pain. I was beaten severely from all sides. I then felt someone else grab my head with both hands so I was unable to move. Others sliced my clothes off. I was left in my underwear. Even this they attempted to take off. I tried to resist at first, shouting out loudly for them to stop, but my efforts were in vain. The pain from the beatings was severe. I was terrified and utterly humiliated. My assailants continued to beat me, and finally they stripped me completely naked and threw me to the ground. My assailants pulled my arms back and I felt a boot in the small of my back. I then felt a stick or some other hard object being forced in my anus. I realized I was being sodomized."

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