A new AP report says that an American Muslim said that he was detained by the US government last summer in the United Arab Emirates, and tortured.
The man, Yonas Fikre, said he was arrested in June 2011 and taken to an Abu Dhabi prison, according to the AP. He was released in September.
Fikre is applying for asylum in Sweden, where he has relatives, the story said. He told reporters there that he was asked about a mosque in Portland, Ore., which has a connection to a foiled terror plot.
In a recent Mother Jones article, Fikre says he was kicked, punched, beaten on the soles of his feet and forced into stress positions while in custody. His attorney, Thomas Nelson, told the magazine:
"There was explicit cooperation; we certainly will allege that in the complaint. ...When Yonas [first] asked whether the FBI was behind his detention, he was beaten for asking the question. Toward the end, the interrogator indicated that indeed the FBI had been involved. Yonas understood this as indicating that the FBI continued to [want] him to work for/with them."
The article, which is worth a full read, said that Fikre's story was similar to that of other American Muslim men who had traveled abroad. If their stories are true, it means that the US either has returned to its policy of torturing detainees — or that it never abandoned it in the first place.