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October 23, 2021

54 countries helped CIA after 9/11, report says

Some 54 countries helped facilitate the CIA’s secret detention, rendition and interrogation program in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to a new human rights report that documents broad international involvement in the U.S. campaign against al-Qaida, The New York Times reports.The report, to be made public Tuesday by the Open Society Justice Initiative, a rights advocacy group, is the most detailed external account of other countries’ assistance to the United States. It includes things like permitting the CIA to run secret interrogation prisons on their soil and allowing the agency to use their airports for refueling while moving prisoners around the world.The report identified 136 people who had been held or transferred by the CIA, the largest list compiled to date, and describes what is known about when and where they were held. It adds new detail to what is known about the handling of both dedicated al-Qaida operatives and innocent people caught up by accident in the global machinery of counterterrorism.Some of the harsh interrogation methods the CIA used on prisoners under President George W. Bush have been widely denounced as torture, including by President Barack Obama, who banned such techniques. In addition, some prisoners subjected to extraordinary rendition – transferred from one country to another without any legal process – were sent to countries where torture is standard practice.Amrit Singh, the author of the Open Society report, titled “Globalizing Torture,” said she found evidence that 25 countries in Europe, 14 in Asia and 13 in Africa lent some sort of assistance to the CIA, in addition to Canada and Australia. They include Thailand, Romania, Poland and Lithuania, where prisoners were held, but also Denmark, which facilitated CIA air operations, and Gambia, which arrested and turned over a prisoner to the agency. “The moral cost of these programs was borne not just by the U.S. but by the 54 other countries it recruited to help,” Singh said.

Six terror suspects were detained in a secret CIA prison in Romania

The report reveals Romania had hosted six terror suspects in a secret CIA prison and allowed using its air space for secret CIA operations, ‘Globalizing Torture’ reveals.  The fact that Romania hosted a CIA ‘black site’ was firstly revealed by the Human Rights Watch on November 6, 2005. A Council of Europe report in 2006 ‘confirmed’ a secret detention site is presupposed in Romania, Mediafax reports.  It quoted an airplane that landed in Timisoara on January 25, 2004 wearing plates N313P and took off on January 26, while on another occasion the same plane arrived on Baneasa Airport, coming from Szymany, Poland. Both cases look according to the ‘detainee drop-off’ operations, the report mentions. Among the persons detained by CIA in Romania, there are mentioned: Waleed Mohammed bin Attash (Tawfiq bin Attash), Janat Gul (Hammidullah), Riduan Isamuddin (Hambali), Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Abd al Rahim al Nashiri i Ramzi bin al-Shibh. The report also mentions that a German journalist had interviewed an Afghan youngster that was saying he had been detained in Romania. Romanian authorities have always denied Romania had hosted CIA ‘black sites’.


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