In an effort to crack down on the drugs trafficking trade, the US Coast Guard is picking up increasing numbers of suspected smugglers far away from its shores, detaining them on ships for weeks or months at a time without a trial. The number of detainees has increased significantly in recent years. According to the New York Times Magazine, in the 12 months to September 2017 the US Coast Guard captured more than 700 suspects and chained them up aboard American ships for weeks at a time. The policy has been likened to that pursued in Guantanamo Bay , the controversial US military prison in Cuba where hundreds of prisoners at a time have been detained without trial. Despite a pledge by former US President Barack Obama to close the prison, as of January 19, 2017 there were 41 detainees there. Guantanamo isn’t the only U.S. prison shrouded in mystery — the Coast Guard has floating ones in the Pacific too. https://t.co/eqVQCcNaHL — DelmarvaNow! (@MyDelmarvaNow) 29 ноября 2017 г. Forget Guantanamo: This is almost as abhorrent as the secret prison on that island out in the Indian Ocean we leased from the UK to which #CIA “extraordinarily rendered” (kidnapped & trafficked) undeclared persons.. #DiegoGarcia https://t.co/iVoYNx9mtI @usatoday gets a citation — Ryan Zbojovsky (@Zbojovsky) 29 ноября 2017 г. In January 2012, the US Defense Department started a program called “Operation Martillo (Spanish: Operation Hammer),” focused on intercepting drugs traffickers… Read full this story
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