Tuesday, February 27, 2007

E.U exposes countries involved in the CIA torture program

E.U. Report Faults 16 Nations in Probe Of Secret CIA Flights
By Molly MooreWashington Post Foreign ServiceThursday, February 15, 2007; Page A14

PARIS, Feb. 14 -- The European Parliament on Wednesday approved a report admonishing 15 European countries and Turkey for helping the CIA transport terrorism suspects held in secret or for failing to cooperate in the parliament's investigation of the practice.
The legislative body for the European Union's 27 countries said many member states have been "turning a blind eye" to the CIA-operated flights carrying prisoners who were subjected to "incommunicado detention and torture" during interrogations, violating E.U. human rights standards.
The report, which repeated basic findings made in a draft released last year, admonished 11 countries for having a role in CIA flights: Germany, Sweden, Spain, Ireland, Greece, Cyprus, Denmark, Turkey, Macedonia, Bosnia and Romania. The report also cited Britain, Austria, Italy, Poland and Portugal as uncooperative in the probe.
read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/14/AR2007021401654.html

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Ghost Houses vs. Black Sites

•‘Black site is a military term that has been used by United States intelligence agencies to refer to any classified facility whose existence or true purpose is officially denied by the US government’
•Because it is illegal for the government to hold prisoners in secret prisons in the United States, the CIA placed them in overseas in eight countries, including Thailand, Afghanistan.
•Germany and Italy are mad at US because of using their countries by CIA in this program. They already indicted 13 CIA Operatives (see: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wpdyn/content/article/2007/01/31/

What is going on in these palces is no difference from the Ghost Houses of Sudan. This is why Sudanese human rights groups should join in hand with other groups in the US against the Torture Program run by CIA in Guntanamo and other Black Sites.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

CIA and Black Sites

more on this provocative issue
On the Boeing 737 Business Jet, Khaled el-Masri said, "all the people were in black clothes and black masks. They put earplugs in my ears and a sack over my head." After putting chains on his legs, they led him onto the plane. "They threw me on the floor and injected me with something. I blacked out."—From Ghost Plane: The True Story of the CIA Torture Program, Stephen Grey (St. Martin's Press)

read more: CIA agents on trial over torture flights
posted Sat Feb 17 2007 http://www.itv.com/news/world_78f5c24acc9baa2d599158ff32429945.html
In addition, a very strong response from the community is in this powerful questioning from a retired law professor to one of the lawyers who are involved in this cover business, which was published here: http://www.wweek.com/wwire/?p=7178:
"Michael Munk, a former political science professor from Portland, asked the Oregon State Bar to continue its investigation of Scott Caplan.
Caplan has refused to tell the Bar how he met the mysterious Leonard T. Bayard, head of a Portland company that owned a plane the CIA used to fly terror suspects to countries that practice torture.
Caplan filed the articles of incorporation for that company, Bayard Foreign Marketing LLC, with the state in 2003. Reporters and human-rights advocates contend it was a CIA shell company and that Bayard does not exist.
Munk asked the Bar last year to investigate whether Caplan violated ethics rules by filing false paperwork. Munk told WW he’s pushing the case to draw attention to the use of torture in the war on terror.
In a Jan. 31 letter to the Bar, Caplan refused to say how he met Bayard or why he was convinced at the time that Bayard was a real person. Caplan says he did nothing wrong but that attorney-client privilege prevents him from discussing the case.
In a letter to the Bar today, Munk fired back, saying Caplan should have publicly cut off representing the company by the end of 2004, when media reports made it clear Bayard was a ghost. Munk asked the Bar to refer the case against Caplan to a professional responsibility board for further review. "

Monday, February 05, 2007

Torture in the US: Black Sites or Ghost Houses?

N379P-The US Torture Plane
Guantanamos in Europe?
Is the CIA using secret locations in Europe to interrogate prisoners in America's war against terror? Reports about "black sites" have unsettled even the Bush administration's closest European partners.
Read more:http://www.spiegel.de/international/0,1518,383670,00.html

And mor articles on this new brand of the Sudanese Ghost Houses!
You Can Stop the CIA Torture Taxi
Read the indictment we delivered. After you know the fact, we really encourage you to take your own action to shut down the CIA Torture Taxi. We have delivered an indictment to Aero Contractors charging them with violations of US and international laws prohibiting torture and have visited members of the Johnston County Commissioners and the Airport Manager asking them to take action. Follow up with them.Let's haunt the county officials by email, phone, or personal visit if you're in the area.