So now we're not only letting the Chinese interrogate our prisoners, we're softening them up for the Chinese interrogators first.
Buried in a Department of Justice report released Tuesday are new allegations about a 2002 arrangement between the United States and China, which allowed Chinese intelligence to visit Guantanamo and interrogate Chinese Uighurs held there.
According to the report by Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine, an FBI agent reported a detainee belonging to China's ethnic Uighur minority and a Uighur translator told him Uighur detainees were kept awake for long periods, deprived of food and forced to endure cold for hours on end, just prior to questioning by Chinese interrogators.
Now, to be fair, it's not like the Chinese are getting special treatment when we allow them to interrogate their oppressed minorities or anything:
An official authorized to speak on behalf of the Defense Department but who declined to be named confirmed it was Pentagon policy to allow officials from other countries to have access to interview their nationals at Guantanamo but declined to discuss the specifics alleged in the report.
So, you know, if we should pick up any gay poets or anything, Raul Castro should feel free to ask for his secret police to have a chat with them.
Does this mean we think that Uighurs wobble around the edges of terrorism? Well, not exactly:
The U.S. State Department has found China to have suppressed the religious freedom of Uighurs, who are Muslim, and has accused the Chinese government of persecuting, even executing, those who advocate Uighur independence.
In 2006, after the United States released five Uighurs from Guantanamo, China asked for them to be repatriated so they could be prosecuted as terrorists. The United States declined to do so, out of concern they would not be treated humanely. Instead they transferred the men to Albania, which was the only country out of 90 approached by the U.S. government who would take them.
So. We won't send them to you so that you can prosecute them and torture them. But why not come over and interrogate them here? We've got nice facilities. We'll have a beer after or something.
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