Scott Horton Interviews Daphne Eviatar

Scott Horton, April 12, 2011

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Daphne Eviatar, Senior Associate in Law and Security for Human Rights First, discusses the JSOC secret prisons in Afghanistan; the blurred lines between illegal torture and the near-torture allowed by the revised Army Field Manual; the greatly expanded Afghan prison population under Obama; and unfair legal hearings where secret evidence is allowed and no lawyers are provided for the accused – hardly the best strategy for winning the “hearts and minds” of Afghans.

MP3 here. (19:24)

Daphne Eviatar is a lawyer and freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, The Nation, Legal Affairs, Mother Jones, the Washington Independent, HuffingtonPost and many others. She is a Senior Reporter at The American Lawyer, Senior Associate in Law and Security for Human Rights First and was an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow in 2005 and a Pew International Journalism fellow in 2002.

2 Responses to “Daphne Eviatar”

  1. Our "strategy" seems predicated on dominating energy and mineral resources in Afghanistan and elsewhere. What seems lost in existing dialogue is the fact that neither Afghanistan nor any Afghan national played any role whatsoever in 9/11, Washington's declared motive for war.
    We are cultivating enemies, not "wining hearts and minds." When you attack a country, kill and or imprison the inhabitants who have never represented a threat to you, it is foolhardy to expect the Afghan people to harbor positive feelings about Americans and or America.
    We have truly become an insensitive, cold, and warlike international bully.

  2. 1,700 at Bagram, and smaller prisons elsewhere would be a lot smaller numbers than I would have thought.

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