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"Sometimes I feel like the sane person in a community of the mad; sometimes I feel like the one blind man where all others see; the one groping savage in the college of the learned, and always, during service, I feel like a heretic in heaven." - Samuel Langhorne Clemens

6 days after the 911 attacks George Walker Bush authorized a novel range of covert action, including renditions, assassinations, disinformation campaigns and cyber attacks against those identified as al-Qa`ida associates.

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 sleeping drugs;

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."

Poland feels sting of betrayal over CIA '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" in which the president kept a scorecard of captured and 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 interrogation.

Muhammad Saad Iqbal Madni, an Egyptian imprisoned by Indonesia authorities in January 2002, is flown to Egypt for interrogation.

Muhammad Saad Iqbal Madni is tortured for 13 months in Afghanistan.

Khaled el-Masri, a German, stated:

"I saw seven or eight men with black clothing and wearing masks.

They beat me from all sides, from everywhere, with hands and feet.

With knives or scissors they took away my clothes.

In silence.

The beating was just to humiliate me, to make me silent.

They stripped me naked.

I was terrified.

They tried to take off my pants.

I tried to stop them so they beat me again.

I was humiliated.

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 genuine.

The CIA had imprisoned the wrong man.

A reverse rendition was suggested.

Return Khaled el-Masri to Macedonia and release him.

There would be no trace.

No airplane tickets. Nothing.

No one would believe him.

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.

A 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."

Khaled el-Masri's lawsuit against the federal government was first thrown out of court in May 2006 and finally by the Supreme Court in October 2007.

Supreme Court 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.

"The more 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 became.

What ever happened to justice, honor and decency?

If 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 " state secrets."

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 person.

This sounds like the behavior of Nazi Germany or Chile under Pinochet.

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 the United 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 physical evidence.

We brought suit against CIA Director George Tenet seeking compensation for the brutal treatment of El-Masri, the Bush administration insisted the case be dismissed as any litigation of the claims would reveal state secrets.

That 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 guarantees.

A broad range of executive misconduct has been shielded from judicial review under this doctrine." - Ben Wizner

"Extraordinary rendition is inconsistent with the broader foreign policy goal of promoting democracy and the rule of law - foundations of civil society.

These practices brought America universal condemnation and frustrated efforts to work in a concerted way with allies in fighting terrorism.

They also yield no good intelligence.

By November 2007 over a hundred people had experienced "extraordinary" renditions and not a single one has been convicted of a crime.

Renditions undermine our commitment to fundamental American values.

These fundamental American values are what define us a people.

Khaled El-Masri, an innocent man, was kidnapped, brought to Afghanistan by the CIA, brutally interrogated and dumped in the Albanian countryside." - Congressman William Delahunt

"No good 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. Scheuer

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