Afghan Video: CIA threatened Taliban prisoners with death
lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Dec 8 08:15:56 MST 2001
Video shows CIA threatened to let prisoner be killed
War on terrorism
By Andrew Buncombe in Washington
The Independent, 08 December 2001
Video evidence has emerged that CIA operatives were threatening
Taliban prisoners they would be left to die if they did not
co-operate under interrogation.
In an exchange captured on video by an Afghan cameraman, two officers
threatened the American Taliban fighter John Walker, who was being
held at a prison fortress near the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif
two weeks ago. One of the officers is Mike Spann, a member of the
special activities division of the agency's directorate of operations
the paramilitary wing of the agency's secret espionage branch who
was killed in an uprising at the prison only hours later. Nearly 400
Taliban prisoners were also killed as the uprising was put down.
The precise nature of the threat raised by Mr Spann and a CIA
colleague called Dave is unclear, but on the video Mr Spann, 32,
wearing jeans and a black jumper and with an AK47 assault rifle
strapped across his back, is seen nodding towards Mr Walker, 20, and
then saying to Dave: "I explained to him what the deal is". The video
shows Mr Walker kneeling on the ground, emaciated, filthy, wearing
loose black trousers and a tunic, with his elbows tied behind his
back, and cowering as Mr Spann remonstrates with him. Mr Walker
stares at the ground throughout.
"Dave" then replies: "The problem is, he's got to decide if he wants
to live or die. If he wants to die, he's going to die here. Or he's
going to f****** spend the rest of his short f****** life in prison.
It's his decision, man.
Louis Proyect, lnp3 at panix.com on 12/08/2001
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