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
one of the CIA's own covert prisons, a "black site."
Poland feels sting of betrayal over CIA 'black
After the 911 attacks, the staff of the Counter
Terrorist Center, directed by J. Cofer Black, went from 300 to 1,200 nearly
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.
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,
"I saw seven or eight men with black clothing and wearing
They beat me from all sides, from everywhere, with hands and feet.
With knives or scissors they took away my clothes.
The beating was just to humiliate
me, to make me
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
A reverse rendition was suggested.
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."
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
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.
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.
happened to justice, honor
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 "
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
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.
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
received front-page media coverage throughout the world and has been the
subject of criminal and intergovernmental investigations in Europe.
allegations are supported by eyewitness testimony and physical
We brought suit against
CIA Director George
Tenet seeking compensation for the brutal treatment of El-Masri,
administration insisted the case be dismissed as any
litigation of the claims
would reveal state secrets.
argument prevailed and the
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 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.
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 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
"No good intelligence is going to come from abusive
practices."- Lt. Gen. John F. Kimmons, Army Deputy Chief of Staff for
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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