6 days after the 911 attacks George Walker
Bush authorized a novel range of covert action, including renditions,
campaigns and cyber attacks against those identified as
Counter Terrorist Center, relies on its Rendition
Group to kidnap people:
dressed head to toe in black, including masks,
they blindfold and cut the clothes off captives, administer an enema and
they transport their victims to a detention facility
operated by cooperative "allies", including Afghanistan, or one of the CIA's
own covert prisons, a "black site."
After the 911 attacks, the staff of
the Counter Terrorist Center, directed by J. Cofer Black, went from 300
to 1,200 nearly overnight.
J. Cofer Black embraced a "Talmudwood model" of
operations that played well with George Walker Bush, where the
president was keeping a
scorecard of captured or killed terrorists.
Mamdouh Habib, an Egyptian-born Australian
citizen kidnapped in
Pakistan in October 2001
was sent to Egypt for interrogation
where he was burned by cigarettes, given electric shocks and beaten.
Mohamedou Oulad Slahi, a Mauritanian and former Canada resident, turned
himself in to the Mauritanian police 18 days after the 911 attacks because
Mohamedou Oulad Slahi heard the Americans were looking for him. Mohamedou Oulad
Slahi was spirited to Jordan, where he spent eight months undergoing
Muhammad Saad Iqbal Madni, an Egyptian imprisoned by
Indonesia authorities in January 2002, is flown to Egypt for
Iqbal Madni is tortured for 13 months in Afghanistan.
a German, stated:
"I saw seven or eight men with black clothing and
They beat me from all sides, from everywhere, with hands and feet.
With knives or scissors they took away my clothes.
was just to humiliate me, to make me silent.
They stripped me naked.
I was terrified.
They tried to take off my pants.
tried to stop them so they beat me again.
And when I
was naked I heard a camera."
The first night Khaled el-Masri was kicked
and beaten and warned by an interrogator:
"You are here in a country
where no one knows about you, in a country where there is no law. If you die,
we will bury you, and no one will know."
Khaled el-Masri's passport
analysis by Office of Technical Services concluded the passport was
The CIA had
imprisoned the wrong man.
A reverse rendition was suggested.
Return Khaled el-Masri to Macedonia and release him.
would be no trace.
No airplane tickets. Nothing.
No one would
The day of his release, the prison director who Khaled
el-Masri believed was an American, told him he "had a suspicious name."
A Macedonia bus driver has confirmed that Khaled el-Masri was taken
away by border guards on the date he gave investigators.
forensic analysis of
Khaled el-Masri's hair showed he was malnourished during the period he says he
was in the prison.
Flight logs show a plane registered to a CIA front
incorporation flew out of Macedonia on the day Khaled el-Masri says he was
flown to Afghanistan.
A Boeing subsidiary,
Jeppesen Dataplan Inc., provided flight planning and logistical support
with the full knowledge it was profiting from what one senior corporate
official openly described as "torture flights."
lawsuit against the federal government was first thrown out of court in May
2006 and finally by the Supreme Court in October 2007.
justices honor the request to dismiss the lawsuit on grounds that
trying the case
would reveal secret classified information about actions in the 'war on
terror' and provide material
support to the terrorists.
I heard about the imprisonment of Khaled el-Masri, abducted, tortured and
imprisoned for over five months by the CIA, the more sick to my stomach I
What ever happened to justice,
honor and decency?
you wonder why people
hate us, this is it.
The George Walker Bush
administration is refusing to allow justice to take place by hiding behind "
It makes me embarrassed to
call myself an American." - Cpl. Robert A. Pratt, Marine Corp
"It is incredible
that Khaled el-Masri was kidnaped by US government agents, abused and
transported to Afghanistan for torture in a secret prison, then dumped on an
Albanian hillside five months later when agents realized he was not the right
like the behavior of Nazi
Germany or Chile under
The US has become a rogue nation, one that believes it
alone has the right to disregard legal norms and the rights of other nations.
State secrets defense,
born solely out of the military's desire to cover up its lies and ineptitude in
States vs Reynolds case, has been allowed by courts to become an easy
way for the government to avoid accountability." - Alex Murray
"El-Masri's ordeal received front-page media coverage
throughout the world and has been the subject of criminal and intergovernmental
investigations in Europe.
His allegations are
supported by eyewitness testimony and
Nonetheless, when we brought suit against former
CIA Director George
Tenet and others seeking compensation for the brutal treatment of El-Masri,
administration insisted the case be dismissed because any litigation of the
claims would reveal state secrets.
The government's argument prevailed,
and the Supreme
Court declined to intervene.
As the law stands, the US can
engage in torture, declare it a state secret
and, by virtue of that designation alone, avoid any accountability for conduct
that violates the Constitution and
universal human rights
A broad range of
executive misconduct has
been shielded from judicial review under this doctrine." - Ben Wizner
"Extraordinary renditions are utterly
inconsistent with our broader foreign policy goals of promoting
democracy and the rule of law,
the very foundations of civil society.
These practices have brought
America universal condemnation and
have frustrated our efforts to work in a concerted way with our allies in
They also yield no good
November 2007 over a hundred people had experienced "extraordinary" renditions
and not a single one has been convicted of a crime.
have undermined our very commitment to fundamental American values.
These fundamental American values are what define us a people, as a
When we allow our government to undermine them, we undermine
everything we stand for, everything we are.
Look at the case of Khaled
El-Masri, an innocent man kidnapped and brought to Afghanistan by the CIA where
he was brutally interrogated and then dumped off in the Albanian countryside.
Nations across the globe envy our commitment to freedom and
rule of law.
are appalled at our hypocrisy when
we betray those values." - Congressman William Delahunt
intelligence is going to come from abusive practices."- Lt. Gen. John F.
Kimmons, Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence
George Tenet, told
the 911 Commission that even before
911 the US had abducted
more than 70 foreigners it considered terrorists - a process
John Yoo declared legal in a memo.
"I helped run the CIA's rendition program.
Simply and callously put,
covert forces cannot kill the number of enemies that require killing. Although
the covert services can
successfully eliminate the enemy leaders, its
foot soldiers and
civilian supporters are not being wiped out." - Michael F.
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