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Fifty-four Foreign Governments Partnered with CIA Torture

February 27, 2013 in Economics

By Nat Hentoff

Nat Hentoff

Many reporters and I have written extensively about the CIA’s “extraordinary renditions” that were approved by George W. Bush after Sept. 11, 2001, as he heeded Dick Cheney’s advice to move into “the dark side” of our war on terror.

CIA agents kidnapped alleged terrorist leaders from the streets of various nations and sent them to other countries known for torturing their prisoners. This was a classified operation, but some survivors eventually revealed the horrors of their interrogations. Others were tortured in CIA secret prisons — “dark sites.”

Soon after taking office, President Barack Obama appeared to end the renditions, yet some remain in secret. I’ll have more on that later.

What my fellow journalists and I didn’t know — until a startling Feb. 5 report, “Globalizing Torture,” by the Open Society Justice Initiative — was the extent of the other countries complicit with the CIA in its torture programs.

Written by Amrit Singh, senior legal officer of the National Security and Counterterrorism program at the Open Society Justice Initiative, the report is “the most comprehensive account yet assembled of the human rights abuses associated with CIA secret detention and extraordinary rendition operations” (opensocietyfoundations.org).

The report “details for the first time what was done to the 136 known victims and lists the 54 (yes, 54!) foreign governments that participated in these operations” (“Secret CIA black sites and globalizing torture,” opensocietyfoundations.org).

According to the report, these governments’ involvement included “hosting CIA prisons on their territories; detaining, interrogating, torturing and abusing individuals; assisting the CIA in the capture and transportation of detainees; permitting the use of their airspace and airports for secret CIA flights transporting detainees; providing intelligence leading to the CIA’s secret detention and extraordinary rendition of individuals; and interrogating individuals who were being secretly held in the custody of other governments.”

As I have been reporting, some of these nations joining in torture are deeply ashamed and are sharply punishing those of their intelligence officers and others who were so unstintingly helpful to the CIA.

The countries whose governments have been permanently stained by our CIA’s limitless masters of torture include: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Libya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, the …read more
Source: OP-EDS

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