"we lost all of our civil rights." judge described U.S. troops kicking in doors of houses at night with women and girls asleep in their beds. She described disappearances and accounts of torture. What the United States and NATO are doing, seizing people, locking them up, disappearing them, and torturing them is clearly illegal and against international law, she said. According to international treaties, she went on, when one country occupies another, the host country does not lose its sovereignty, and yet all decisions are now being made by the occupying country without any say by the Afghan government.
A second judge spoke up. "Your Constitution speaks of freedom and a people's government," she said, "but the United States is running secret prisons, torturing, disappearing people, and locking people up for years with no due process." The behavior of the United States, she said, violates everything that she and her colleagues were being taught the United States stands for. "It may seem trivial," she continued, "but it effects our daily lives." If a member of the international occupying forces gets into a hit and run with their car, and you go to the base to complain, you are threatened. They have total immunity from any rule of law. Case involving U.S. forces, she said, we have to rely on the U.S. court system, and we often hear about these people being acquitted."the United States tells other countries how to be democratic and operate within a rule of law, but the United States as role model breaks every one of those things."
A third judge said that she had witnessed helicopters coming and taking away all of the men in a compound, leaving the women and children screaming. This is not war, she said, but if it is a police action then who authorized it? There is no probable cause, she said. None! And the men are disappeared.
A fourth judge said that even a child in rural Afghanistan knew the truth, that the Taliban was simply an excuse.(full Article click here)
The Convoy of Death tells of how American special forces took control of the operation, re-directed the containers carrying the living and dead into the desert and stood by as survivors were shot and buried.
This is the documentary they did not want you to see.The Convoy of Death won a Gold Special Jury Award at the Worldfest Houston Film Festival 2004.
Afghan Dasht-i-Leili massacre-The Convey of Death
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The Dasht-i-Leili massacre occurred in December 2001 during the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan where 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 through the Dasht-i-Leili desert in Afghanistan.
- Public Interest (blog), article on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee investigation into the 'Convoy of Death' and the mass grave at Dasht-e-Leili (7 January 2010)