U.S. Picks Up where Al-Qaeda Left Off October 7, 2010

by Will

Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute

October 7, 2010

In 1999, Syrian-born Abdul Rahim al-Janko fled an abusive father and ended up in Afghanistan. He was taken hostage by an al-Qaeda cell, which tortured him for months.

When the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, Janko had been a prisoner of al-Qaeda and then the Taliban for 18 months. He and four other prisoners were taken into U.S. custody and treated as terrorist suspects, rather than terrorist victims.

Janko’s torture continued at the hands of U.S. interrogators. Al-Qaeda had beaten the soles of his feet and subjected him to electric shocks, eventually wringing from him a false confession of being an Israeli or American spy. American interrogators urinated on him, subjected him to stress positions and sleep deprivation. He was transferred to Guantanamo, and not released until June 2009.

Janko has filed suit against the U.S. government, which will doubtless insist that its abuses are covered by the supposed state secrets privilege and not subject to review or accountability of any kind.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

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