From the NY Times: Former U.S. Detainee in Iraq Recalls Torment, the story of an American who was detained by our forces.
One night in mid-April, the steel door clanked shut on detainee No. 200343 at Camp Cropper, the United States military’s maximum-security detention site in Baghdad.
American guards arrived at the man’s cell periodically over the next several days, shackled his hands and feet, blindfolded him and took him to a padded room for interrogation, the detainee said. After an hour or two, he was returned to his cell, fatigued but unable to sleep.
The fluorescent lights in his cell were never turned off, he said. At most hours, heavy metal or country music blared in the corridor. He said he was rousted at random times without explanation and made to stand in his cell. Even lying down, he said, he was kept from covering his face to block out the light, noise and cold. And when he was released after 97 days he was exhausted, depressed and scared.
The detainee was Donald Vance, a 29-year-old Navy veteran from Chicago who went to Iraq as a security contractor. He wound up as a whistle-blower, passing information to the F.B.I. about suspicious activities at the Iraqi security firm where he worked, including what he said was possible illegal weapons trading.
But when American soldiers raided the company at his urging, Mr. Vance and another American who worked there were detained as suspects by the military, which was unaware that Mr. Vance was an informer, according to officials and military documents.
Supposedly, his initial detention had been a mistake, but even after learning he was an American security contractor -- and whistle-blower -- he was still held, supposedly as a "threat", without access to council or recource.What have we become?
I guess this is how we are bringing democracy to the middle east: allowing overzealos "terrorist fighters" to do what they wish in the name of national security. Rights? Who needs them...
He was finally released two months later -- only after his jailers decided it was time to revisit his case... and who luckily decided he didn't really pose a threat after all.
Sounds more like Saddam's methods than those of US Forces.
OBL and his ilk "won" far more than they could have hoped for with their attacks of 9/11. By murdering 3000 of our citizens while a paranoid incompetent was in office, he was able to cripple our entire form of government.