Jul 9th 2013 - WHY DID the director of the CIA, John Brennan, surreptitiously come to Poland last month for meetings at the ministry of interior and the ministry of foreign affairs? The American embassy in Warsaw and Polish government sources did not confirm or deny his visit, but a local tabloid stated that Mr Brennan travelled to Warsaw and that he went to Romania on the same trip. And on June 18th, the Romanian president's website confirmed that Mr Brennan was in Bucharest.
Romania, Poland and the CIA are involved in extraordinary rendition, which means the outsourcing by the CIA of torture sessions. (The CIA prefers the term "enhanced interrogation techniques".)
This practice is well documented. An in-depth report by the Open Society Justice Initiative entitled "Globalizing Torture" quotes no less than 54 countries as participants in this programme in which 136 individuals were subject to secret detention and extraordinary rendition.
On the scale of denial of the practice, Romania is top. "No such activities took place on Romanian territory", according to the foreign minister. So what exactly happened around 2003 in the basement cells of a non-descript barrack in the northern part of Bucharest may never be acknowledged. And yet the building known, ironically, as “Bright Light” is most probably one of the "black sites" of the extraordinary rendition programme as journalists discovered. read more>>>