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New Report Implicates CIA in Torture and Kidnapping Ring

Protesters from Witness Against Torture protesting the nomination of John Brennan to head of the CIA (photo by Justin Norman courtesy of World Without Torture).

Protesters from Witness Against Torture protesting the nomination of John Brennan to head of the CIA (photo by Justin Norman courtesy of World Without Torture).

The Open Society Foundation whose work is to “build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people” came out with a comprehensive report on the practice of the U.S. government and the CIA on torture and “rendition:”

Suspected terrorists were seized and secretly flown across national borders to be interrogated by foreign governments that used torture, or by the CIA itself in clandestine “black sites” using torture techniques.

is the most comprehensive account yet assembled of the human rights abuses associated with CIA secret detention and extraordinary rendition operations. It details for the first time what was done to the 136 known victims, and lists the 54 foreign governments that participated in these operations. It shows that responsibility for the abuses lies not only with the United States but with dozens of foreign governments that were complicit.

More than 10 years after the 2001 attacks, Globalizing Torture makes it unequivocally clear that the time has come for the United States and its partners to definitively repudiate these illegal practices and secure accountability for the associated human rights abuses.

By engaging in torture and other abuses associated with secret detention and extraordinary rendition, the U.S. government violated domestic and international law, thereby diminishing its moral standing and eroding support for its counterterrorism efforts worldwide as these abuses came to light. By enlisting the participation of dozens of foreign governments in these violations, the United States further undermined longstanding human rights protections enshrined in international law—including, in particular, the norm against torture. As this report shows, responsibility for this damage does not lie solely with the United States, but also with the numerous foreign governments without whose participation secret detention and extraordinary rendition operations could not have been carried out. By participating in these operations, these governments too violated domestic and international laws and further undermined the norm against torture.

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