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Old 02-05-2013, 08:35 AM   Topic Starter
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Open Society releases huge report on secret detention & torture rendition.

A huge, detailed report was released today -- or at least hit my feed today, by the Open Society Justice Initiative in some of the most detailed research on the secret detention of prisoners in "black sites," as well as extraordinary renditions that allowed prisoners to be tortured.

The CIA is heavily indicted for enabling and expanding this entire program, especially in the years following 9/11. But 54 other countries are also thrown into the mix, in what's turning out to be a pretty tough read on what our planet's nations resort to when they think cutting legal corners makes more sense than the rule of law.

Here's the OSJI's blurb on it:

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Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Central Intelligence Agency embarked on a highly classified program of secret detention and extraordinary rendition of terrorist suspects. The program was designed to place detainee interrogations beyond the reach of law. Suspected terrorists were seized and secretly flown across national borders to be interrogated by foreign governments that used torture, or by the CIA itself in clandestine “black sites” using torture techniques.

Globalizing Torture is the most comprehensive account yet assembled of the human rights abuses associated with CIA secret detention and extraordinary rendition operations. It details for the first time what was done to the 136 known victims, and lists the 54 foreign governments that participated in these operations. It shows that responsibility for the abuses lies not only with the United States but with dozens of foreign governments that were complicit.

More than 10 years after the 2001 attacks, Globalizing Torture makes it unequivocally clear that the time has come for the United States and its partners to definitively repudiate these illegal practices and secure accountability for the associated human rights abuses.
Here's the study itself (pdf): http://www.opensocietyfoundations.or...e-20120205.pdf

I'll be posting updates to this thread as I read through it.
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