This is a list of statistics relating to people being tortured at Guantanamo, Afghanistan, Iraq, and other sites as of May 2009.
Date started: October 2001, after 9/11, after invasion of Afghanistan
total detainees ever in custody: at least 775
detainees released without charge: 420
current number of detainees: 245
predicted to be put on trial: 60 to 80
predicted to be released: 170
attempted suicides: hundreds
successful suicides: at least 4
Number of cases of abuse: at least 330
Number of detainees involved in abuse case: at least 460
Number of US personnel involved in abuse cases: at least 600
Number of US personnel convicted of abuse: 54
Number of US personnel serving prison time for abuse: 40
Number of detainees who have died while in US custody: at least 100
Number of detainees deaths ruled a homicide: at least 30
Number of tapes made by CIA showing torture of detainees: at least 92
Number of tapes destroyed by CIA: At least 92
Number of hours of video footage of CIA torture: hundreds of hours
American lives saved from torture-induced confessions: Zero
Number of detainees convicted of terrorist activities as of 21 May 2009: three
A list of documents obtained by the ACLU using the Freedom of Information Act are listed here:
A list of autopsy reports of prisoners in US custody is here:
Senate report on torture of prisoners in US custody:
Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba led the investigation into prisoner abuse at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison in 2004. In his report, he stated “The commander in chief and those under him authorized a systematic regime of torture.”
In 2008, Taguba wrote a preface a Physicians for Human Rights report accusing the Bush White House of war crimes.
Dasht-i-Leili_massacre: between 250 and 3,000 (depending on sources) Taliban prisoners were shot and/or suffocated to death in metal truck containers, while being transferred by U.S. and Northern Alliance soldiers from Kunduz to Sheberghan prison in Afghanistan.
Obama administration officials said that there were no grounds for a war crimes investigation around the Dasht-i-Leili_massacre, not because they said no crime occurred, but because they claim the prisoners were not killed by American forces. Rather, they claim the prisoners were killed by Afghan forces who were working with American military and the CIA.
Dostum, was the Northern Alliance general who is accused of overseeing the atrocities. A former U.S. ambassador for war crimes issues, Pierre Prosper, told the Times that the Bush administration was reluctant to investigate the deaths, even though Dostum was on the payroll of the CIA and his soldiers worked with U.S. special forces in 2001.
Dostum was suspended from his military post last year on suspicion of threatening a political rival, but Afghan President Hamid Karzai recently rehired him.
RE: Torture tapes. “The existence and destruction of the tapes was first revealed on Thursday by CIA Director Michael Hayden in a letter to CIA employees. … Hayden made the improbable claim that the tapes were destroyed to protect CIA interrogators from retaliation by Al Qaeda. He wrote in his letter that the CIA halted the practice of taping interrogations in 2002, after only a few recordings had been made.”