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Report: EU Nations Knew of CIA Abductions

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Posted on Jan 23, 2007
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A damning report making its way through the European Union Parliament says a number of EU countries knew of CIA abductions and operations in Europe related to the practice of extraordinary rendition, including more than 1,000 covert flights over European airspace. The report also says the UK, Italy and Poland resisted the investigation.


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EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and EU counter-terrorism co-ordinator Gijs de Vries are accused of failing to reveal all they knew to the special parliamentary committee.

The committee’s conclusions, published in draft form November, are similar to those of a separate Council of Europe investigation published last year, which talked of a “global spider’s web” of secret flights.

The report says more than 1,000 covert CIA flights crossed European airspace or stopped at European airports.

The volume of flights was greatest in the UK, Germany and Ireland, it adds.

The MEPs say the UK, Poland, Italy, Germany and seven other countries knew of the flights and the detention programme, which may have violated EU human rights law.

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By Rodney Matthewsr, January 25, 2007 at 12:03 pm Link to this comment
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Most of the countries that allowed or looked the other way to the Bush adminstrations kidnapping and torture were payed off in the form of foreign aid. People forget about the 25 Billion dollar bribe in, mean foreign aid offered to Turkey to use their military bases and air space which they turned down, just before the invasion of Iraq. The countries that cooperated with allowing the Bush adminstration to kidnap and torture, has stooped to immoral level of the World’s Greatest Terrorist, King George the Decider.

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By Hank Van den Berg, January 24, 2007 at 10:18 am Link to this comment
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Europe’s complicity is not surprising.  Given the extent of the renditions, how could there not have been local comlicity. 
This revelation of European comlicity shows that, while it has been our own Bush administration that has led the retreat from human rights and international responsibility, it is still us, the U.S. citizenry, that will have to change our course.  We cannot rely on the rest of the world to oppose President Bush and limit the damage he is doing.  Wake up, Americans!  No one else is going to get us out of the mess we have voted ourselves into.  No one else is going to deal with dismal state we have let our political institutions fall into.

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By Steve Hammons, January 24, 2007 at 6:23 am Link to this comment
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The torture carried out by the Bush administration is one of their alleged crimes—one of many alleged crimes.

At some point in the future, maybe they will be held legally and morally accountable.

Many in the military, intelligence, law enforcement and legal fields seem to be determined to bring Bush administration players to justice at some point in the future.

Intelligence gathering, interrogations, psychological operations and smiliar activities do not need to be so immoral and brutal. In WWII, a special US Army unit did things a different way:

Secret WWII Army Intelligence Unit Has Lessons for Us Now

Steve Hammons
American Chronicle
October 28, 2005

http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=3312

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By trantieungoc, January 23, 2007 at 7:16 pm Link to this comment
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All countries which knew about this barbarious campaign but their mouth shut should be considered cowardly and will not be tolerated. They have to pay this debt generations after generations.

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