Posted by: Lister | June 8, 2007

Rendition of seven year old

Secret CIA prisons in Europe did exist.

Dick Marty, the author of a report for the Council of Europe, told Channel 4’s Dispatches programme – ‘we can now confirm that there were secret CIA prisons in Poland and Romania.’

The governments of both countries have vigorously denied any involvement. But investigators found that the facilities were run by CIA operatives reporting directly to the offices of the country’s presidents.

[…] The CIA, it says, was able to fly prisoners to these ghost prisons thanks to an agreement signed by all NATO members, including Britain, granting “blanket over flight clearances” to US forces involved in the War on Terror.”

[…] Rendered from countries including Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia and Sudan, they include children as young as seven; six human rights groups today filed a lawsuit seeking information on their whereabouts.

The Telegraph

The report says the relatives of suspects, including children as young as seven, had been held in secret detention on occasions.

“Since the end of Latin America’s dirty wars, the world has rejected the use of ‘disappearances’ as a fundamental violation of international law,” Prof Meg Satterthwaite, of the Centre for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University’s School of Law, said in a statement.

Joanne Mariner of Human Rights Watch said it was unknown if the suspects were now in US or foreign custody, or even alive or dead. “We have families who have not seen their loved ones for years. They’ve literally disappeared,” Miss Mariner said.

Among the cases detailed in the report is the detention in September 2002 of two children, then aged seven and nine, of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the admitted Sept 11 mastermind, who is now held at Guantanamo Bay. “According to eyewitnesses, the two were held in an adult detention centre for at least four months while US agents questioned the children about their father’s whereabouts.”

According to wiki, although there are claims that KSM was captured by Pakistan’s ISI in Sept 2002, the official capture date is March 2003.

Craig Murray’s blog words the KSM details differently, adding “later detained” to the infomation:

Among the cases detailed in the report is the detention in September 2002 of two children, then aged seven and nine, of confessed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was later detained and is now held at Guantanamo. “According to eyewitnesses, the two were held in an adult detention center for at least four months while U.S. agents questioned the children about their father’s whereabouts,” the report said. The groups said the lack of information about the prisoners “prevents scrutiny by the public or the courts, and leaves detainees vulnerable to abuses that include torture.”

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