Oh, Those Poor Prisoners!
The Guardian has a new report out under the heading "Britain's Secret Torture Centre" and reports that prisoners at this secret prison were starved and tortured. The article makes it clear that the mean Western brutes were unduly harsh on the poor, misunderstood prisoners:
"The inmates were starved, woken during the night, and forced to walk up and down their cells from early morning until late at night. When moving about the prison they were expected to run, while soldiers kicked them. One warder, a soldier of the Welsh Regiment, told Hayward: "If a British soldier feels inclined to treat a prisoner decently he has every opportunity to do so; and he also has the opportunity to ill-treat a prisoner if he so desires...
"Former prisoners told Hayward that they had been whipped as well as beaten. This, the detective said, seemed unbelievable, until "our inquiries of warders and guards produced most unexpected corroboration". Threats to execute prisoners, or to arrest, torture and murder their wives and children were considered "perfectly proper", on the grounds that such threats were never carried out.
"Moreover, any prisoner thought to be uncooperative during interrogation was taken to a punishment cell where they would be stripped and repeatedly doused in water. This punishment could continue for weeks, even in sub-zero temperatures.
"Naked prisoners were handcuffed back-to-back and forced to stand before open windows in midwinter. Frostbite became common..."
Read the article, and you might be surprised to see who it is that The Guardian is so mad about the Brits mistreating. Here's a hint:
"All of these men had been held at Bad Nenndorf, a small, once-elegant spa resort near Hanover. Here, an organisation called the Combined Services Detailed Interrogation Centre (CSDIC) ran a secret prison following the British occupation of north-west Germany in 1945."