Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Globalized Torture...One Of The Fifty-Four.



Update: Alison has more, much more, about what we, specifically, have done...

From the Open Society Foundation's report on the CIA's global torture program (from the 2nd page of the executive summary, pg 6 of the document):
...The report also shows that as many as 54 foreign governments reportedly participated in these operations in various ways, including by hosting CIA prisons on their territories; detaining, interrogating, torturing, and abusing individuals; assisting in the capture and transport of detainees; permitting the use of domestic airspace and airports for secret flights transporting detainees; providing intelligence leading to the secret detention and extraordinary rendition of individuals; and interrogating individuals who were secretly being held in the custody of other governments. Foreign governments also failed to protect detainees from secret detention and extraordinary rendition on their territories and to conduct effective investigations into agencies and officials who participated in these operations. The 54 governments identified in this report span the continents of Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America, and include: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Libya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Yemen, and Zimbabwe...

Are we still the country we think we are?

And do not forget...The US Senate's own report, just released has made it clear that this initiative did little, if not nothing, to generate any useful new actionable intelligence.



e.a.f. said...

What people ought to understand it can happen to them also. The leaders of the countries named ought to be all tried in The Hague for crimes against humanity, etc. They have put a lot of world leaders on trial. There is nothing which says it can't be the then president of the U.S.A. or the P.M.s of some of "us nice countries".

We are no better than those two bit dictatorships we like to say are so terrible. our country participated and we voted those politicians into office. WE all share the guilt.

Whether they torture one person or a hundred, its still unacceptable.

Thank you for the post.

RossK said...


It is, indeed, amazing the blind eyes we, the citizenry, turn toward what is done in our name.

It is also amazing how we refuse to see stuff like this as a root cause that contributes to other people's zealotry.