Friday, May 01, 2009

CNN's Shocking United Arab Emirates Torture Video

The United States isn’t the only country in the world with a torture problem on its hands these days. CNN reports:

A videotape of a heinous torture session is delaying the ratification of a civil nuclear deal between the United Arab Emirates and the United States, senior U.S. officials familiar with the case said.

In the tape, an Afghan grain dealer is seen being tortured by a member of the royal family of Abu Dhabi, one of the UAE’s seven emirates.

The senior U.S. officials said the administration has held off on the ratification process because it believes sensitivities over the story can hurt its passage. The tape emerged in a federal civil lawsuit filed in Houston, Texas, by Bassam Nabulsi, a U.S. citizen, against Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al Nahyan. Former business partners, the men had a falling out, in part over the tape. In a statement to CNN, the sheikh’s U.S. attorney said Nabulsi is using the videotape to influence the court over a business dispute.

A video featuring portions of the torture tape in question is above. The story goes on to quote a State Department official whose comment ought to be immediately heeded by his own government:

When asked about the case, Acting State Department spokesman Robert Wood said only, “We urge all governments to fully investigate allegations of criminal acts. “
Yes, we do. We may not uncover tapes of former president Bush torturing “War on Terror” detainees, but surely it’s worth looking into.

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