I've been going on and on about whether the US is holding people in secret interrogation camps abroad. Now AP reports that the Red Cross Fears U.S. Is Hiding Detainees and has been expressing this concern to the US for some time without getting a satisfactory reply:
But Notari told The Associated Press that some suspects reported as arrested by the FBI on its Web site, or identified in media reports, are unaccounted for.
“Some of these people who have been reported to be arrested never showed up in any of the places of detention run by the U.S. where we visit,” Notari said.
She said she had read media reports that some people are being held at Diego Garcia, a British-held island in the Indian Ocean used as a strategic military base by the United States, but the ICRC has not been notified of any prisoners there.
“We just simply have absolutely no confirmation of this in any formal way,” she said.
The U.S. government has not officially responded to a Red Cross demand for notification of all detainees, including those held in undisclosed locations, she said.
That request was made by ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger in January during a visit to Washington that featured meetings with Secretary of State Colin Powell, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice.
“So far we haven't had a satisfactory reply,” Notari said.
This is a serious issue.