The arguments in support of the “enhanced interrogation” techniques embraced by the Bush administration have always seemed flimsy. New developments in Libya illustrate a downside of that program that even Bush’s sharpest critics failed to foresee. The BBC reports:
The commander of anti-government forces in Tripoli says he wants an apology from Britain and America for his transfer to a prison in Libya in 2004. Abdel Hakim Belhaj, then a terror suspect, says he was tortured after being arrested in Bangkok. He says he was taken to Libya by a CIA and MI6 operation, allegedly confirmed by documents sent to Gaddafi’s regime.
The Foreign Office said the government had a “long-standing policy” not to comment on intelligence matters.
Mr Belhaj told the BBC: “What happened to me and my family is illegal. It deserves an apology. And for what happened to me when I was captured and tortured. For all these illegal things, starting with the information given to Libyan security, the interrogation in Bangkok.”
According to the Guardian, these documents were discovered in an abandoned office building in Tripoli by staff from Human Rights Watch.
Mr Belhaj said that MI6 and the CIA did not witness his torture at the hands of the former Libyan regime, but did interview him afterwards.