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Report: U.S. Officials Were Warned of Abuse at Afghan Prisons


FILE-- In this file photo dated Sunday, March 25, 2007, an Afghan National Army soldier stands in front of the gate of the newly refurbished Pul-e-Charkhy prison during an opening ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan. Prisoners in some Afghan-run detention facilities have been beaten and tortured, a United Nations report said Monday Oct. 10. 2011, but the international organization said that the mistreatment was not the result of government policy.(AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq- FILE)(AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq- FILE)

Top U.S. officials were given warning of detainee abuse in Afghan prisons, but continued to transfer detainees to problematic facilities, The Washington Post reports.

Afghan and Western officials told the Post that top officials from the State Department, the CIA and U.S. military received “multiple warnings” about detainee abuses at Afghan intelligence facilities that the United Nations later publicly revealed had engaged in "systematic torture."


In late August, the United Nations brought allegations of this abuse to Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, who stopped transferring detainees to the problematic facilities. Earlier this month, the U.N. released a public report revealing that some inmates at Afghan detention facilities were hung by their wrists, subjected to electric shock, and had their genitals twisted until they passed out, according to the Post.

"The prospect that U.S. officials failed to act on prior warnings raises questions about their compliance with a law, known as the Leahy Amendment, that prohibits the United States from funding units of foreign security forces when there is credible evidence that they have committed human rights abuses,” the Post reported. 

U.S. officials denied that they had ignored credible warnings and took appropriate steps to correct concerns about detainee abuse in the past. “Whenever allegations of human rights violations are raised with us, we move quickly to work with the host government to investigate and resolve them,” White House spokeswoman Caitlyn Hayden told the Post.

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