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Organized Criminals Do Not Use Leon Torture Methods by Khalida
July 25, 2008, 7:37 pm
Filed under: July Volume II - 2008, Latino/Caribe | Tags: ,

By Mubeen Khaleel, Islamic Post Staff Writer

John Kirby, a former federal prosecutor who helped indict the Arellano Felix cartel, cast doubt on the official explanation of the torture classes in Mexico when he told NBC  organized criminals in Mexico usually don’t use psychological torture methods which, by nature, focus on the humiliation and defilement of an individual.  “They’re [just] going to cut off their fingers and take out their teeth,” said Kirby.
Local officials claim that the extreme debasement being carried out on officers will somehow help them survive violent interrogations.  This was also the official line for officers who trained in similar programs in the U.S. and found themselves torturing victims in Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, Mosul and Bagram.
Although the fight is against organized crime and not terrorism, according to Leon’s Mayor Vicente Guerrero Reynoso and Police Chief Carlos Tornero, it is not clear who actually initiated the torture training in Mexico.
Against the wishes of the Americas Program of the Center for International Policy and Witness for Peace, the U.S. Congress recently approved without fanfare a $1.6 billion Plan Mexico, also known as the Merida Initiative, in support of President Felipe Calderón’s battle against organized crime.
The groups argue that no human rights safeguards will be adequate to justify U.S. funding for Mexican military and police under the current circumstances.


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