Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Making Friends By Outsourcing Torture


More Than 50 Countries Helped the CIA Outsource Torture By Spencer Ackerman 02.05.13 http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2013/02/54-countries-rendition/

[Excerpted] A new report from the Open Society Foundation details the CIA’s effort to outsource torture since 9/11 in excruciating detail. Known as “extraordinary rendition,” the practice concerns taking detainees to and from U.S. custody without a legal process — think of it like an off-the-books extradition — and often entailed handing detainees over to countries that practiced torture. The Open Society Foundation found that 136 people went through the post-9/11 extraordinary rendition, and 54 countries were complicit in it. 

Some were official U.S. adversaries, like Iran and Syria, brought together with the CIA by the shared interest of combating terrorism. “By engaging in torture and other abuses associated with secret detention and extraordinary rendition,” writes chief Open Society Foundation investigator Amrit Singh in a report released early Tuesday, “the U.S. government violated domestic and international law, thereby diminishing its moral standing and eroding support for its counterterrorism efforts worldwide as these abuses came to light.”.... [end excerpt]

See also

U.S. Military Taught Officers: Use ‘Hiroshima’ Tactics for ‘Total War’ on Islam By Noah Shachtman and Spencer Ackerman 05.10.12 http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/05/total-war-islam/all/

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