Friday, February 14, 2014

Pakistani Drone Victim Seized, Tortured, Released, Threatened With More

You can't convince me this happened without Pakistani and US government knowledge. Kevin Gosztola:
A drone victim, journalist and activist who has spoken out against drone strikes in Pakistan, who was abducted from his home over one week ago, has been released.

Drone strikes vehicle
Kareem Khan, who has been pushing a legal case against the CIA and Pakistan government for killing his son and brother with a drone in December 2009, was abducted in the early hours of February 5 by at fifteen to twenty men. Some of them, family members said, were wearing police uniforms.

According to the human rights organization, Reprieve, Khan was taken to a cell in an “undisclosed location.” Later that day, on February 5, he was “blindfolded and driven for approximately 2-3 hours to another undisclosed location where he remained until his release.”

“While detained, Mr Khan was interrogated, beaten and tortured. He was placed in chains and repeatedly questioned about his investigations into drone strikes, his knowledge of drone strike victims and his work advocating on their behalf,” Reprieve reported.

Khan was driven to the Tarnol area nearby Rawalpindi, where he lives. His kidnappers threw him from the van and warned him “not to speak to the media.”

Prior to his abduction, Khan was due to fly to Europe and address German, Dutch and British parliamentarians about his experience with drone strikes and the work he has done as a journalist investigating strikes in the region. Also, according to Al Jazeera, he was to speak to “UK legislators in London and the International Criminal Court in The Hague.”

Parodying the late great Tennessee Ernie Ford,
If the drones don't get ya, then the state thugs will.
Ya dodge sick tin drones...
We are going through another of those periods in which it is dangerous to life and limb to be a journalist, especially a war journalist... and the dangers are not limited to the weaponry, or to the troops of just one side. And I wouldn't bet on its being confined to Pakistan in the long run.

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