Wednesday, February 6, 2013

CIA renditions 'aided by 54 countries'

Ireland offered ‘covert support’ to CIA renditions
February 06, 2013 - Ireland is one of 54 countries identified as colluding with authorities in the US to operate the CIA’s controversial programme of extraordinary rendition in the aftermath of the Sept 11 attacks in 2001.

A report by the New York-based Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) claimed the practice was covertly offered support by about 25% of the world’s governments.

It claims 136 prisoners were secretly detained and interrogated by the CIA in prisons located outside the US, known as “black sites”, where they were subjected to torture and other abuse.

The OSJI said the Government had permitted the use of its airspace and airports for flights associated with the CIA’s extraordinary renditions operations.

It cited a 2007 report by the European Parliament which expressed concern about 147 stopovers by CIA-operated aircraft at Irish airports, mostly at Shannon.

They included aircraft linked to the extraordinary rendition of several high- profile detainees including Khaled El-Masri and Abu Omar.

According to Amnesty International, an aircraft that transferred Yemeni national, Khaled al Makhtari, from Iraq to Afghanistan refuelled at Shannon the day before the transfer. read more>>>

CIA rendition report author believes UK could face human rights court
5 February 2013 - British and 24 other European governments accused by OSJI of co-operating in global kidnap, detention and torture operation

Up to two dozen European countries including the UK could face proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights from their involvement in the CIA's extraordinary rendition operations after 9/11, according to a human rights organisation that has documented worldwide secret support for the programme.

At least 54 different governments – more than a quarter of the world's total – were covertly engaged with the global kidnap, detention and torture programme, according to a report published on Tuesday by the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI), a New York-based NGO. The greatest number – 25 – were in Europe, while 14 were in Asia and 13 in Africa. read more>>>

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