Karzai Calls for Torture Investigation
But skeptics doubt it's a serious effort
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 22, 2013 2:19 PM CST
Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a press conference at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 14, 2013.   (AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid)

(Newser) – Hamid Karzai has ordered an investigation into reports of torture at Afghanistan's prisons, in the wake of a UN report claiming that nearly a third of detainees NATO had transferred into Afghan custody had been abused or tortured. But the team Karzai appointed includes advisers from the interior ministry and the National Directorate of Security, both of which were implicated in the UN report, al-Jazeera reports.

Afghanistan's initial response to the report was to deny it. "If we rip out people's fingernails, then show the scars. Prove it," one official was quoted as saying. Now Karzai is promising the team will "fully investigate" the claims, and report back in two weeks "so that follow-up measures can be taken," according to Radio Free Europe. But one Kabul lawyer predicts the panel will conveniently find nothing. "They will only speak in front of NDS authorities, to people they are confident will not speak up."

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Jan 28, 2013 12:54 AM CST
Yeah, Spuds, and if America had handed (name your favourite CEO of any defense contractor) to the Taliban . . . . We too easily forget the answer to "What did OBL do wrong?" varies depending on who is asked. We also forget that other people routinely ask a question virtually NO American ever asks: "What was it that made OBL do what he did?"
Jan 28, 2013 12:46 AM CST
Well, Americans have been advising them and training them for long enough now - for them to learn these ropes (both the torture ropes and the "how to *wink, nudge* investigate them" ropes).
Jan 23, 2013 5:50 AM CST
This quote is just HILARIOUS to me! "The NDS utilizes not one, but several abusive methods to obtain information. But there is nothing we can do, no one is allowed to interfere, especially in terrorism-related cases." Change NDS to CIA, FBI, or DHS, and nobody would think there's anything wrong with it AT ALL... . Because, sometimes, you have to "work, sort of, through the dark side, if you will". Because, "we must defeat the evildoers." Gawd people are just so overwhelmingly full of shyte...