US atrocities and war crimes
“War crimes” is indeed a strong phrase. Yet it applies. If any other country was planning death camps, or shooting war prisoners, the sanctimonious US adminstration would be screaming. Yet war crimes like these are precisely what the US is committing.
US plans death camp
“The US has floated plans to turn Guantanamo Bay into a death camp, with its own death row and execution chamber without leaving its boundaries, without a jury and without right of appeal”
“Afghan Massacre: The Convoy of Death”
“Broadcast for the first time ever in the US: eyewitnesses testify that US troops were complicit in the massacre of up to 3,000 Taliban prisoners during the Afghan war
The film has been broadcast on national television in countries all over the world and has been screened by the European parliament. Human rights lawyers are calling for investigation into whether U.S. forces are guilty of war crimes. But no U.S. media outlet has broadcast the film.
Today, on Democracy Now!, the U.S. broadcast premiere of a documentary film called Ã¢â‚¬Å“Afghan Massacre: The Convoy of Death.Ã¢â‚¬Â The film provides eyewitness testimony that U.S. troops were complicit in the massacre of thousands of Taliban prisoners during the Afghan War.
It tells the story of thousands of prisoners who surrendered to the US militaryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Afghan allies after the siege of Kunduz. According to eyewitnesses, some three thousand of the prisoners were forced into sealed containers and loaded onto trucks for transport to Sheberghan prison. Eyewitnesses say when the prisoners began shouting for air, U.S.-allied Afghan soldiers fired directly into the truck, killing many of them. The rest suffered through an appalling road trip lasting up to four days, so thirsty they clawed at the skin of their fellow prisoners as they licked perspiration and even drank blood from open wounds.
Witnesses say that when the trucks arrived and soldiers opened the containers, most of the people inside were dead. They also say US Special Forces re-directed the containers carrying the living and dead into the desert and stood by as survivors were shot and buried. Now, up to three thousand bodies lie buried in a mass grave. “
Red Cross denied access to POWs
The United States is illegally holding thousands of Iraqi prisoners of war and other captives without access to human rights officials at compounds close to Baghdad airport
The International Committee of the Red Cross so far has been denied access to what the organisation believes could be as many as 3,000 prisoners held in searing heat. All other requests to inspect conditions under which prisoners are being held have been met with silence or been turned down.