Release The Binyam Photographs

Here's the statement from Binyam Mohamed about his treatment by the U.S.:

“I hope you will understand that after everything I have been through I am neither physically nor mentally capable of facing the media. I have been through an experience that I never thought to encounter in my darkest nightmares. Before this ordeal, torture was an abstract word.”

What's chilling about this is that US military or CIA or special forces may have tortured Mohamed while he was being held by the Moroccans and the Pakistanis, suggesting that under Bush-Cheney, "extraordinary rendition" may have meant not just handing over suspects to regimes which tortured them, but using the cover of those regimes to torture the prisoners ourselves in even more sadistic ways than at Abu Ghraib:

On one occasion, while tied to the wall, his clothes were stripped off, he said. Then, one man took a scalpel and made cuts on his chest. Then they cut his genitals, Mr. Mohamed said. “I suffered the razor treatment about once a month,” Mr. Mohamed said, according to Mr. Stafford Smith’s declassified notes of the interview.

In January 2004, five soldiers wearing face masks and Timberland boots dragged him from his cell and stripped him. He heard an American accent. There was a female in the group. She took pictures of his wounds with a digital camera, he said. “She was one of the few Americans who ever showed me any sympathy,” Mr. Mohamed told his lawyer. “When she saw the injuries I had she gasped. She said, ‘Oh my God, look at that!’ ”

He was taken to American-run Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, his lawyer said, where more photos were taken.

We need to see those photos; and we need to find out what happened to him. And all the others.

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