http://www.anphoblacht.com/contents/22332AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL has called for an investigation into the use of waterboarding torture techniques by the British Army and Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) to interrogate prisoners in the North of Ireland in the 1970s.
The call came following a BBC Radio Ulster documentary on Sunday, Inside the Torture Chamber.
Waterboarding is a technique that involves a cloth being placed over a person’s face and water being poured over it to simulate the effects of drowning. It was widely used by US forces and the CIA under the Bush administration.
Patrick Corrigan, a programme director with Amnesty International, called on the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) to launch a criminal investigation into the claims:
“In the 1970s, Amnesty International investigated and exposed allegations of torture by the security forces in Northern Ireland.
“Despite a public outcry and a public renunciation of torture by the Prime Minister of the time, it seems that sections of the security forces in Northern Ireland may have continued this criminal activity.”
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-18525630Death sentence man Liam Holden: 'I was tortured into a false confession'
It happened almost 40 years ago, but Liam Holden can still recall the sensation of gasping for breath as water was slowly poured on to a towel covering his face.
"That feeling will never leave me," he says.
"Even talking about it now, I get a gagging sensation in my throat."
He was 19 at the time and was being questioned by members of the Parachute Regiment about the murder of a soldier, Private Frank Bell.
He died three days after being shot in the head as he patrolled in the Springfield Avenue area of west Belfast in September 1972.
The teenage chef was taken from his home and brought to an army post at Blackmountain school, where he was held for almost five hours.
By the end of his time in military custody, he had agreed to sign a statement admitting he had shot the soldier.
"By the time they were finished with me I would have admitted to killing JFK," he says.
It's commendable that Amnesty want an investigation into the RUC's torture, but they continue to turn a blind eye on the cases of Marian Price and other republican prisoners.