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CIA flights: Amnesty accuses U.S.

LONDON, England (CNN) -- The CIA has used private aircraft operators and front companies -- sometimes using European airspace -- to detain terror suspects at secret locations or transfer them to countries that condone torture, Amnesty International said in a report released Wednesday.

In a summary of "Below the radar: Secret flights to torture and 'disappearance,'" the humanitarian organization accuses the CIA of using the practice of "rendition," or illegally transferring people from one country to another to bypass judicial and administrative oversight.

Washington has denied that terror suspects are transferred to other nations to avoid U.S. and international laws on torture.

"The U.S. administration has tried to circumvent the ban on torture and other ill-treatment in many ways. The latest evidence shows how the administration is manipulating commercial arrangements in order to be able to transfer people in violation of international law," said Irene Khan, secretary-general of Amnesty International.

"It demonstrates the length to which the U.S. government will go to conceal these abductions," she said.



The German news magazine Der Spiegel has been following this topic for some time. Their latest can be read here. (http://service.spiegel.de/cache/international/0,1518,409919,00.html)
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This was also on the Dutch radio this morning. They said that Amnesty had 'hard proof' that these flights had indeed taken place. This hard proof allegedly consisted of testimonies of former detainees, which were confirmed by information from other sources. Just remember that all European governments denied having any knowledge of these flights, also based on Condy's assurance that they hadn't - to the best of her knowledge - never taken place! This becomes increasingly unbelievable, though I never believed all these denials. Wim.
There is no question in my mind (never has been) that these flights took place. It fits perfectly with the neocon "secret" government strategy. Their philosophy is one of a governance of the unwashed masses by an elite few. Lying to the people is a cornerstone that is not only expected, but necessary to keep the republic intact. So . . . secret rendition flights to foreign countries to torture suspects in the name of protecting the republic is fully within the strategy of the current administration.

December 2008

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