European Commission Report finds U.S. Outsourced Torture

The Council of Europe's interim report on U.S. secret prisons in Europe is out. The report says there is evidence that the U.S. outsourced torture and European Governments likely were aware of it.

"There is a great deal of coherent, convergent evidence pointing to the existence of a system of "relocation" or "outsourcing" of torture," Marty said in the report to the Council of Europe, the human rights watchdog on whose behalf he is investigating.

"Acts of torture or severe violation of detainees' dignity through the administration of inhuman or degrading treatment are carried outside national territory and beyond the authority of national intelligence services," Marty said. He added that more than 100 suspects may have been transferred to countries where they faced torture or ill treatment in recent years.

"The entire continent is involved," Marty told the Council of Europe's parliamentary assembly, a body comprising several hundred national lawmakers. "It is highly unlikely that European governments, or at least their intelligence services, were unaware."

The report did not find evidence that Romania and Poland were centers for secret prisons, but it complained of the lack of cooperation from EU Governments.

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    Re: European Commission Report finds U.S. Outsourc (none / 0) (#1)
    by pigwiggle on Tue Jan 24, 2006 at 01:55:14 PM EST
    "transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended Offences" --T. Jefferson on the acts of a tyrant, 1776

    Interesting that the New York Times said that the report was nothing more than a rehash of existing press reports and provided no evidence whatsoever. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/25/international/europe/25cia.html