If the CIA does not render suspected terrorists to countries where they are possibly tortured, then why would they want to silence the EU on torture flights?
The CIA tried to persuade Germany to silence EU protests about the human rights record of one of America’s key allies in its clandestine torture flights programme, the Guardian can reveal.
According to a secret intelligence report, the CIA offered to let Germany have access to one of its citizens, an al-Qaida suspect being held in a Moroccan cell. But the US secret agents demanded that in return, Berlin should cooperate and “avert pressure from EU” over human rights abuses in the north African country. The report describes Morocco as a “valuable partner in the fight against terrorism”.
The British Government has continuously refused to discuss the issue of ‘extraordinary rendition’ with both the Council of Europe investigation and the more recent inquiry by MEPs in which Geoff Hoon was particularly evasive when questioned. Some MEPs have even received death threats. Clearly there is something that the American and British governments do not want to be made public.
In other news Vice President Dick Cheney has confirmed that detainees are subjected to the form of torture known as ‘water-boarding’ although the Bush administration denies that causing the sensation of drowning counts as torture. Cheney seems to think it’s a good idea.