Monday, July 13, 2009

Torture, murder and disappearances: US tools in US Wars - THE CONTAINERS

Afghan Massacre - The Convoy of Death - Documentary by former BBC producer Jamie Doran

The film tells the story of thousands of prisoners who surrendered to the US military's Afghan allies after the siege of Kunduz. Some three thousand of the prisoners were forced into sealed containers and loaded onto trucks for transport to Sheberghan prison, when the prisoners began shouting for air, U.S.-allied Afghan soldiers fired directly into the truck, killing many of them. The rest suffered through an appalling road trip lasting up to four days, so thirsty they clawed at the skin of their fellow prisoners as they licked perspiration and even drank blood from open wounds. Witnesses say that when the trucks arrived and soldiers opened the containers, most of the people inside were dead. They also say US Special Forces re-directed the containers carrying the living and dead into the desert and stood by as survivors were shot and buried. Some of the witnesses in the film have already been killed. While US Administration has deepened the United States’ commitment to Afghanistan, sending 21,000 more American troops there and asking the support of its allies, Afghan General Dostum, was on the CIA payroll at the time of the massacre, has been reappointment as military chief of staff to the Afghan president Karzai.

On July 10, 2009, in the New York Times, James Risen wrote about the massacre HERE.

Obama on the Massacre - CNN's Anderson Cooper July 12, 2009: